16 November 2017 11:30 AM GMT

Vestas is to repower one of Europe’s highest-located wind parks with a customised solution at the Tauernwindpark. Located in Niedere Tauern mountain massif in Styria, Austria, the Tauernwindpark is one of the highest-located wind parks in Europe, operating 1,900 meters above sea-level. ImWind, Tauernwindpark’s owner, was looking to repower the 22.75 MW wind park, which currently consists of 13 V66-1750 kW wind turbines. A wind power project in such an environment is demanding, not only with regard to turbulence caused by the mountains but also with regard to the remote site’s logistical challenges as well. 

November 16th 2017
EV Boost: BMW, Porsche, VW, Ford Launch Pan-European High-Power Charging Network

Electric vehicles and e-mobility received a major boost with BMW Group, Daimler AG, Ford Motor Company, the Volkswagen Group, Audi and Porsche announcing a joint venture IONITY, that will develop and implement a High-Power Charging (HPC) network for electric vehicles across Europe. Launching approximately 400 HPC stations by 2020, IONITY will make long-distance journeys easier and marks an significant step forward for electric vehicles and the electric highway revolution. The network will use the European charging standard Combined Charging System.

November 15th 2017
BNEF: Countries, Rich And Poor, Should Renew Efforts To Fulfil Paris Pledges

The Paris Agreement brought 195 countries together to agree on the urgency of addressing climate change. The accord showed its resilience when world leaders collectively condemned plans by the U.S. to withdraw from the pact. Yet Paris can only be judged a success when its signatories follow through on their promises. For wealthier nations, this means fulfilling the promise first made at Copenhagen to provide financial assistance to lesser developed countries. For non-OECD nations, this means adopting detailed clean energy policy measures shown to build investor confidence.

November 15th 2017
EV Infrastructure: Iceland Leads The Way, With Fast Chargers On Main Highway

ON Power, a part of Reykjavik Energy, has signed a contract with ABB for the delivery and installation of 15 Terra multi-standard DC chargers type 53 CJG at various points along Iceland’s main highway. Today there are over 1,400 electric vehicles on the road in Iceland due to a state-financed incentive program, which supports the purchase of electric vehicles. The tender for fast chargers is part of the country’s campaign to promote and expand Iceland’s e-mobility strategy by increasing the availability of flexible and robust charging stations along central locations of the national highway across the entire country.

November 14th 2017
CDP Highlights Enel As Global Leader: Meeting Energy, Carbon, Climate Challenges

Enel has been admitted for the second year in a row in the Climate A list of global environmental disclosure platform CDP, which comprises companies from around the world that have been identified as global leaders in corporate response to climate change. CDP recognised Enel’s actions to cut emissions, mitigate climate risks and develop the low-carbon economy. “The inclusion in this prestigious list further confirms our contribution to the fight against climate change, one of the most pressing challenges the world faces today and which requires full engagement from corporate players,” said Francesco Starace, Enel Group CEO.

 
November 9th 2017
100MW PV Project Win For Enel Highlights African Potential And Ethiopian Market

A consortium led by Enel Green Power has been selected as the preferred bidder for a 100 MW solar project in Metehara, Ethiopia. Ethiopia has all the potential to become a key market for Enel’s strategy in Africa due to its plentiful renewable resources, stable regulatory framework and electrification needs. In addition, the Ethiopian Government’s ‘Growth Transformation Plan 2’ is expected to collect nearly 12,000 MW of new hydro, wind, geothermal and solar capacity in partnership with the private sector, with the aim of meeting the country’s electrification needs while diversifying its generation mix in line with the government’s energy plan for the years up to 2020.

November 9th 2017
Nordex Consolidates In France. Wins Two Contracts With Joint Capacity Of 37.2MW

The Nordex Group was again awarded orders for the delivery of wind turbines to France in the third quarter. In 2018, it will be supplying fourteen wind power systems with an aggregate capacity of 37.2 MW. Starting in February, Nordex will be delivering six N117/3000 turbines for the “Coesmes” wind farm located around 40 kilometres south-east of Rennes. The turbines will be installed on the top of 120-metre high towers to ensure maximum utilisation of the good local wind conditions. At the same time, the systems permit quiet turbine operation. The customer is the project developer VSB Energies Nouvelles.

November 8th 2017
European Independent Energy Retailers Unite And Innovate In The Energy Markets

The role of independent energy retailers and service providers in the energy market were at the centre of a high-level conference on Tuesday at the European Parliament in Brussels. With the conference, EER took a strong stand in the current discussions of the future energy policy of the European Union. The EER is aiming at enhancing cross-border competition in energy markets and achieving fair market conditions for new entrants offering energy and service-related solutions. It’s also calling for effective unbundling and harmonization of market rules. Competition and transparency must be key-principles of any future market design.

November 7th 2017
Clean Energy Drives Digitalization In Power Sector. Market Growth: $64Bn by 2025

A shift is coming in the energy industry with a focus on hardware to the increased importance of software in order to make systems more efficient, resilient, and digital. Digital technologies for fossil fuel operation and maintenance are big business today, but activity is shifting towards services for distributed renewables and the connected home. New energy innovations will be centred on digital technologies and the strategic use of data, according to new research published today.

November 3rd 2017
European Innovation Engine InnoEnergy and World Alliance Pen Landmark Agreement

InnoEnergy, Europe’s sustainable energy innovation engine supported by the EIT, has signed a letter of agreement with the World Alliance for Efficient Solutions (World Alliance) to enhance the impact and increase the synergies of clean, smart and energy efficient technologies. The World Alliance is a not-for-profit organisation, launched by the Solar Impulse Foundation. The companies will collaborate on a range of initiatives, including events and mutual promotion with start-ups and investors, whilst also working more closely with their respective networks of industry experts.

November 2nd 2017
Microsoft Commits To Clean Energy. Signs Major Power Supply Deal With Vattenfall

Microsoft has signed a ten-year agreement to power its international data centre operations in the Netherlands, with Vattenfall. The deal is the largest in the sector – based entirely on wind power. Production at the Wieringermeer Wind Farm, Netherlands is due to start from 2019. “Investing in local clean energy to power our local data centre is a win-win for our business and the Netherlands. Microsoft is committed to bringing new renewable energy sources online to power our data centres,” said Brian Janous, general manager of energy at Microsoft. The Wind Farm will eventually include 100 windmills, producing approximately 1.3 TWh of renewable electricity, comparable to the consumption of around 370,000 households.

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