11 January 2017 10:24 AM GMT

New statistics by Carbon Brief shows that more electricity was generated by wind than coal in 2016. It’s the first time that wind has surpassed coal for an entire year, generating 11.5% of the UK’s power, compared to just 9.2% from coal. Overall, a quarter of the UK’s electricity came from renewables in 2016. This milestone is a significant first for the UK, reflecting a massive decline in coal generation, which contributed just 9.2% of UK electricity last year, with 11.5% from wind. The coal collapse has seen its output fall to the lowest level since 1935.

January 9th 2017
1366 Technologies And Hanwha Q CELLS Achieve Record 19.6% Solar Cells Efficiency

Silicon wafer manufacturer 1366 Technologies has announced that it has jointly achieved with Hanwha Q CELLS a new performance record of 19.6% cell efficiency for 1366’s Direct Wafer® technology. The result was independently confirmed by the Fraunhofer ISE CalLab and clearly, demonstrates the combined potential of the two inventions – 1366’s kerfless, drop-in 156 mm multicrystalline wafers and Hanwha Q CELLS Q.ANTUM, passivated emitter rear contact (PERC) cell process

January 7th 2017
Fraunhofer Enables Manufacturers Of PV Modules To Keep Pace With Tech Advances

With SmartCalc.CTM, Fraunhofer ISE has developed a software that helps reduce the cell-to-module power losses in PV module manufacturing. Research and industry invest lots of know-how in improving solar cell efficiency. In order that PV modules benefit from the advances in cell efficiency, the cell-to-module integration process must be performed reliably with low losses. The software was developed with this in mind and harnesses the near 40-year expertise, in this field, of Fraunhofer.

December 29th 2016
First Belgian Win For Siemens. 309 MW Offshore Wind Project Powering 300K Homes

Siemens has successfully entered the Belgian offshore wind market with a first order for the 309MW Rentel wind project. The customer is Rentel NV, part of the Otary partnership, a conglomerate of leading specialists from the Belgian renewable energy industry including investment and development companies. Siemens will supply, install, commission and service 42 wind turbines of the large direct drive platform. The output of the power plant will be sufficient to supply over 300,000 households in Belgium with clean power.

December 29th 2016
DEWA Receives UN Climate Award For Leadership In Emissions Reduction

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has received the official Certified Emission Reductions (CERs) cancellation certificate issued by United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) for the successful offset of emissions during the Earth Hour 2016, in cooperation with Dubai Carbon Centre of Excellence (DCCE). “DEWA considers carbon emissions reduction an integral part of its environmental strategy. This is in adherence with our directives to reduce carbon emissions and move towards a green economy, and the long-term initiative launched by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum ‘Green Economy for Sustainable Development’, said HE Saeed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of DEWA.

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December 22nd 2016
New Low Carbon Era Arrives for the UK. Renewables Now Mainstream, Wind Central

New Government figures show that the UK has passed the point where we have a low carbon electricity system. For the first time, renewables and nuclear are delivering 50% of our electricity, thanks to continued dramatic growth in renewable generation. Coal use and fuel imports are falling dramatically in response as we balance our economy, increase energy efficiency, cut costs and cut carbon.

December 22nd 2016
German Energy Report: Electricity Generated From Renewables Continues To Grow

The Bundesnetzagentur and the Bundeskartellamt have published their joint Monitoring Report on the main developments in the German electricity and gas markets in 2015. Key findings are that “the proportion of electricity generated from renewables continues to grow”, said Jochen Homann, Bundesnetzagentur President and that “electricity consumers in Germany continue to benefit from having a large number of suppliers, said Andreas Mundt, President, Bundeskartellamt. Also that “liquid electricity wholesale markets encourage a greater number of competitors in retail markets”.

December 20th 2016
Belgium’s Largest Offshore Wind Park Selects Wind Turbines From Vestas

MHI Vestas Offshore Wind was awarded the firm & unconditional contract for the 370 MW Norther offshore wind power plant in Belgium. The project is owned by Norther N.V. a JV between Elicio and Boreas (Eneco & Mitsubishi Corporation). and will be developed with the three sponsors Elicio N.V. (50%), Eneco (25%) and Mitsubishi Corporation (25%). Norther is located off the coast of Zeebrugge and is able to produce clean energy for 400,000 Belgian households, contributing significantly to Belgium meeting its target of generating 13% of its energy from renewable sources by 2020.

December 18th 2016
DEWA Reaches Financial Closure For 2,400MW Hassyan Clean Coal Power Project

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has reached financial closure for the 2,400MW Hassyan clean coal power project. Last June, DEWA signed the PPA, Shareholders Agreement (SHA), and other project agreements with the consortium led by ACWA Power. Total investment of the project is USD 3.4 billion through Hassyan Energy Company, which is a joint-venture between DEWA (51%) and a consortium comprising ACWA Power, Harbin Electric, and the Silk Road Fund (49%). The project consists of four 600MW net power units. They will be operational in March 2020, March 2021, March 2022, and March 2023 respectively.

December 15th 2016
AkzoNobel Acquires BASF’s Industrial Coatings Business, Strengthens Position

AkzoNobel has finalised the acquisition of BASF’s global industrial coatings business, positioning it as a provider capable of protecting every part of a wind turbine and offering a single source of supply to customers. The agreement includes all relevant technologies, patents and trademarks, as well as two manufacturing plants in the UK and South Africa. Approximately 400 employees from BASF’s industrial coatings business will now join AkzoNobel. The transaction is valued at €475 million, with BASF’s business generating revenue close to €300 million in 2015.

December 12th 2016
Biofuels Industry Questions EU Commission’s Revised Renewable Energy Directive

Farmers and Industry leaders have questioned the European Commission proposals for new legislation on clean energy which has significant implications for crop-based biofuels. In turn, the Commission views this introduction of a cap on the contribution of food-based biofuels as a mechanism to minimise the Indirect Land-Use Change (ILUC) impacts.

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