20 January 2017 09:14 AM GMT

SolarWindow Technologies has announced plans to develop a superb problem-solving technology of electricity-generating flexible glass. It anticipates installing these sheets of electricity-generating glass veneers over existing skyscraper windows, turning entire buildings into vertical power generators and helping reduce their carbon footprint. These same veneers could be applied to flat and curved surfaces on automobiles, trucks, buses, aeroplanes, and boats to generate onboard electrical power.

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
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.

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 10th 2016
DEWA And Masdar Sign PPA For 800MW 3rd Phase Of Mohammed Bin Rashid Solar Park

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) have signed a power purchase agreement with Abu Dubai Future Energy Company (Masdar) for the 800MW third phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Solar Park. The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park is a major undertaking which will become an international reference point for the renewable energy industry,” said Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, CEO of Masdar. The park was launched to diversify the energy mix so clean energy will generate 7% of Dubai’s total power output by 2020, 25% by 2030 and 75% by 2050. “Through the Solar Park, DEWA is making a significant contribution to the UAE’s vision for a green economy. The collaboration between all parties to reach this milestone has been exceptional”, added Al Ramahi.

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November 24th 2016
Biofuels From Cultivated Biomass: A Sustainable Solution For Renewable Mobility

The Paris agreement on climate change has added impetus to the decarbonisation of transport as one of the most effective ways for realising the climate protection targets. Next to higher engine efficiencies and the simultaneous hybridization of engine technologies. Biofuels will have to play an important role in terms of a bridging function because they are already available and with biofuels from cultivated biomass, it is possible to make an immediate and effective contribution to the lowering of emissions in existing vehicle fleets.

November 2nd 2016
Technology, Lower Costs Drive Offshore Wind Boom Towards Growth Of 650% By 2030

Offshore wind power could grow more than 650% by 2030, according to a new analysis from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). “It’s poised to become a leading power generation technology in a decarbonised global economy,” said Adnan Z. Amin, Director-General of IRENA, this week, at the World Wind Energy Conference. “Now that onshore wind power is cost-competitive with conventional power generation technologies, more attention is shifting to offshore applications, characterised by high technical power generation potential”.

October 31st 2016
New Report Sees Huge British Export Potential In Booming Offshore Wind Sector

RenewableUK has released a new document today which highlights the offshore wind industry’s export potential. The document shows that British companies have already won 115 contracts to provide services for 50 offshore wind projects abroad in this rapidly-growing global sector. British companies are winning multimillion-pound contracts; making and laying cables, installing turbines, and providing other essential services. The analysis highlights 250 offshore wind farms in development around the world, representing a massive economic and industrial opportunity for the UK.

October 25th 2016
Car Parks Of The Future? New European Airport Uses Trina Solar PV Modules

The international Airport Weeze in North Rhine-Westphalia is one of the newest European airports, welcoming 1.8m passengers a year. The airport operators have now opened car park P2 for customers and equipped it with a PV carport system. This offers a dual advantage. First, the renewable energy generated by the system can be used as an additional revenue source, or for self-consumption; whilst reducing its carbon footprint. Second, the system also serves as a protective layer shielding passenger vehicles.

October 24th 2016
Vestas Receives Another Order For Wind Turbines Using De-Icing Technology

Swedish company OX2 has placed another order for 41 V126-3.45 MW turbines with power optimised mode to 3.6 MW and Vestas’ de-icing technology for their largest wind power project to date. This is the third time OX2 has placed an order for Vestas turbines in 2016, reinforcing the two companies’ strong collaboration and market position in the Nordic region. Delivery of the wind turbines is expected to begin in the Q2, 2018 and the order includes supply, installation, and commissioning of the turbines as well as a 15-year Active Output Management service agreement.

October 9th 2016
US, Canada Boost MIT Research On Clean Energy Sources Of Electricity

Hydro-Québec has announced it will provide a total of CA$100,000 over a 2-year period to research spearheaded by the MIT climate change think tank, Ouranos, located in Montréal, and the business school HEC Montréal, also in Montreal. The agreement provides for the development and implementation of a vital modeling tool that will be available for climate change researchers. The tool focuses on Québec and New England and will seek to identify opportunities for optimal expansion of renewable energy sources in the two regions, including expanded trade in electricity.

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