12 September 2016 02:43 PM GMT

Suppliers to the automobile industry can challenge major manufacturers, but they face significant pressures, recently illustrated by the dispute between Volkswagen and Prevent Group. The federal state of Baden-Württemberg has now launched an advisory campaign to help medium-sized suppliers in the automobile industry to diversify into parts for electric vehicles. The aim is to help the 1,000 or more suppliers to gain a foothold in the market for systems and components in the electric mobility sector.

August 29th 2016
Enerkem Pioneering Conversion Of Municipal Solid Waste Into Biofuels

Enerkem Alberta Biofuels full-scale facility in Edmonton, Canada, became the first ISCC certified plant in the world to convert municipal solid waste into biomethanol. It announced that it has obtained certification from the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC) system for the biomethanol production of its Enerkem Alberta Biofuels full-scale facility in Edmonton, Canada.

August 24th 2016
Norway’s Asko And Scania Trucks Test Hydrogen Propulsion Power From Solar Cells

Asko, which is Norway’s largest convenience goods wholesaler, is continuing its investment in sustainable transport services. The company will together with Scania start testing trucks with an electric powertrain. Electrical energy is converted from hydrogen gas in fuel cells on board the vehicles. The hydrogen gas is produced locally, using solar cells. The trucks will run in distribution service with distances of almost 500 km. Asko’s ambition is to achieve a climate-neutral business, where the distribution of goods will take place using trucks, which run on renewable fuels and in the longer term completely on electricity.

August 18th 2016
Tata Power Solar Delivers India’s Largest PV Project, With Parts Made In India

Tata Power Solar, India’s largest integrated solar company, has successfully commissioned a 100 MW solar project for NTPC, India’s largest power Utility. Aligning with the Government’s ‘Make in India’ mission, this is the biggest solar project commissioned using domestically manufactured solar cells and modules. It delivered the project nearly 3 months ahead of the stringent schedule. Key highlights of the project were the innovative design of Balance-of-System (BoS) and cabling.

August 16th 2016
Vestas Wins 112 MW Norwegian Order For Wind Turbines Using De-Icing System

OX2 has placed an order for 31 V126-3.45 MW turbines with power-optimised mode to 3.6 MW and Vestas’ de-icing system, reinforcing Vestas’ market-leading position in Norway. “Raskiftet is OX2’s largest wind power project to date and our first wind farm in Norway. We have worked successfully with Vestas for many years and are looking forward to building another high-quality wind farm together”, said Paul Stormoen, Managing Director of OX2 Wind.

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August 9th 2016
U.S Department Of Energy $7m Project Funding For Fuel and Engine Technologies

The U.S Department of Energy (DOE) has announced up to $7 million in project funding to accelerate the introduction of affordable, scalable, and sustainable high-performance fuels for use in high-efficiency, low-emission engines as part of the Co-Optimization of Fuels and Engines (Co-Optima) initiative.

August 8th 2016
Duke Energy Monitoring Surges; Serving 3.5GW Wind And Solar Energy Plants In US

Duke Energy Renewables has announced its monitoring and control center now serves more than 3,500 megawatts of wind and solar energy plants across the U.S. since it opened in its new location in 2015. As a result of this rapid growth, the center is further enhancing its cyber security and other capabilities.

August 5th 2016
Dubai’s Invitation For Innovative Companies To Meet 21st Century Challenges

Dubai is to create a new program to reward innovative companies around the world. The Companies will compete to solve seven key “21st-century challenges”. The program is designed to create new partnerships, deploy new technologies and test them at the city-wide scale and is another example of Dubai’s deepening commitment to becoming a test bed for futuristic technologies and businesses that are intended to change the future of Dubai.

July 20th 2016
RNEG To Support Valorem’s 100MW Wind And Solar Projects Across North Africa

Renewable NRG Systems (RNRG), a designer and manufacturer of decision support tools for the global renewable energy industry, has announced that it has supplied complete resource assessment packages to French developer VALOREM to support their renewable energy project development activities in Africa. VALOREM is currently building a pipeline of five wind and solar farms at various development stages, totaling around 100 MW spread across various North African countries. The French company is also positioned as a service provider in Sub-Saharan […]

July 18th 2016
Swedish Nano Film Technology Improves Efficiency Of Solar Cells

Sol Voltaics, the Swedish development company, has developed a nano film, which can increase the efficiency of solar cells. According to research, a solar cell coated with the nano film has proven to increase its production by 50 percent or more. Lars Samuelsson, Professor of Solid State Physics at Lund University, who led the research behind the company, said: “This is fantastic progress. Standard solar cells with an efficiency of 16-17 percent can be boosted up to 27 percent. Yet the cost of the finished solar cells is no more than 10-15 percent.”

July 11th 2016
IT Innovation Essential For Upcoming Grid Integration Challenges Ahead

Modern IT solutions can act as a catalyst to accelerate the development of renewable energies, as they play a key role in adapting demand to the prevailing sun and wind conditions. Ulrich Dietz, CEO of GFT Technologies AG stated that successful implementation will require huge investments in the intelligent controlling and grid integration of wind and solar power. He believes that, in Germany, in particular, the IT industry can play a significant role in this change by formulating creative solutions. “If we are fast, we can create 50,000 new jobs in this field over the coming years at IT companies alone”. Experts forecast that 25 to 30 billion euros will have to be invested in Germany by 2030 and that the opportunities for German energy technology and the IT industry on the global markets for smart grids are immense.

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