22 May 2017 11:00 AM GMT

Vestas has opened an engineering design centre in Porto, Portugal, to further strengthen its global research and development setup, further strengthening its industry-leading investments in research and development. The centre will be responsible for developing core technology for Vestas’ product portfolio and is part of Vestas’ existing research and development (R&D) setup, which includes sites in the UK, Norway, Germany, India and the company headquarters in Aarhus, Denmark.

May 15th 2017
Smart Renewable Energy Forum: Digitalization Driving The New Energy World

The digital transformation in the energy industry has fundamentally changed the electricity landscape. In the future, the energy supply will be ensured by a range of renewable energy plants, storage systems and consumers acting as prosumers. The Smart Renewable Energy Forum at Intersolar Europe, the world’s leading exhibition for the solar industry and its partners, is, therefore, focusing on new concepts and technologies for digital networking along the energy value-added chain from May 31–June 2.

May 8th 2017
NEOEN Uses Innovative O&M Software For Tracking Performance At Wind Farms

Neoen, a leading renewable project developer and owner, has chosen QOS Energy’s innovative O&M management platform to monitor the performance of the 315 MW Hornsdale wind project, which will be amongst the largest wind farms operating in Australia once fully commissioned. A key benefit for Neoen is that no additional hardware or system installation is required onsite to run the software, which allows for a swift and cost effective set-up of data acquisition processes. The platform gathers and analyses data generated by each turbine for all measured values using a secure VPN connection.

April 26th 2017
GE Completes $1.65bn Acquisition Of World Leading Manufacturer Of Turbine Blades

With a stated objective of insourcing of blade manufacturing to strengthen its supply chain and increasing competitiveness by delivering greater value, GE Renewable Energy has completed its $1.65bn acquisition of Danish LM Wind Power; one of the world’s biggest producers of wind turbine blades, supplying not only GE’s existing renewables business but also rivals such as Gamesa of Spain and Goldwind of China. The deal is the biggest since GE created a separate renewables arm and LM Wind Power is to continue supplying wind blades to all industry players.

April 19th 2017
Intersolar North America And CALSEIA Celebrate Major Anniversaries With Big Bash

Intersolar North America And CALSEIA are celebrating major anniversaries with an enormous solar fundraising bash, the Summerfest, at San Francisco’s AT&T Park. It’s the home of the City’s famous major league baseball stadium, and the event combines two of America’s favourite darlings — solar power and baseball. Summerfest 2017, honouring CALSEIA’s 40th year of service and Intersolar’s 10th year in San Francisco is set to be the largest and most successful fundraising event in CALSEIA’s history.

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March 28th 2017
Grid Feeding Solar: KACO Agrees To Supply 300MW Of Inverters To South Korean DNE

KACO new energy GmbH, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of inverters for grid feeding of solar power has concluded an agreement to supply 300 MW of inverters to South Korean system provider and EPC company DNE Solar Ltd. The German company will deliver string inverters, devices that are primarily used with commercial rooftop and utility-scale solar systems. The new contract will means a doubling of the past five year’s overall volume of trade between the two companies and DNE will only purchase string inverters from KACO.

March 22nd 2017
ICCI 2017 Positions Itself As The Leading International Energy Event In Eurasia

ICCI 2017 is significant, being the first since it became a JV between Hannover Fairs Turkey, and PennWell International. “ICCI Powered by POWER-GEN” now effectively combines local knowledge, with international expertise.

March 7th 2017
Intersolar Summit USA East To Feature Solar and Energy Storage Leaders

Intersolar North America, the most-attended solar industry event in North America, has announced its one-day conference, Intersolar Summit USA East, in New York, will feature key solar and energy storage pioneers. New York itself, is a solar leader and has experienced a remarkable 795% growth in solar over the last 5 years. It’s now focused on an aggressive goal of generating 50% of all energy from renewables by 2030. Many executives will reflect on its progress and identify how similar tactics could be used to grow additional solar markets.

February 26th 2017
Manufacturing Of Printable Solar Panels Made Possible By Perovskite Breakthrough

A University of Toronto innovation could make printing solar cells as easy and inexpensive as printing a newspaper. Post-doctoral researcher Hairen Tan of U of T’s Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering and his team have cleared a critical manufacturing hurdle in the development of a relatively new class of solar devices called perovskite solar cells. This alternative solar technology could lead to low-cost, printable solar panels capable of turning nearly any surface into a power generator.
University Professor Ted Sargent, an expert in emerging solar technologies and the Canada Research Chair in Nanotechnology said, “Perovskite solar cells can enable us to use techniques already established in the printing industry to produce solar cells at very low cost.

February 6th 2017
Nordex Acquires SSP To Develop Larger, More Efficient Turbines

Nordex seeks to expand engineering skills to develop even more efficient rotors. “Rotor blades are key to lowering the cost of energy,” stated Jose Luis Blanco, COO of Nordex SE. “Our partnership with SSP Technology extends as far back as 2003 and has always been very successful and constructive. I am convinced that we will be able to significantly strengthen our innovation ability by integrating the blade experts at SSP.

February 3rd 2017
Midsummer Achieves Efficiency Record For Its Lightweight, Flexible Solar Modules

A lightweight and flexible solar module production system from Midsummer AB has now increased the conversion efficiency of its modules to 14 percent as verified by an independent testing laboratory. The DUO system is now the most widely spread manufacturing tool for flexible CIGS solar cells, said Sven Lindström, CEO, Midsummer AB Applications are e.g. floating modules, vehicles, landfills, portable power generation and membrane roofs on factories, offices and other structures that are not strong enough for traditional glass modules.

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