18 February 2016 05:45 PM GMT

The results are from a groundbreaking project aiming to develop a suite of technologies that make the process of buying, installing, and connecting rooftop solar energy systems faster, easier, safer, and less expensive. The high-efficiency, crystalline-silicon, lightweight modules enable innovative, low-cost rooftop mounting methods. As they are glass-free and frameless, they can be flush-mounted directly onto the roof, avoiding the need for racking hardware, eliminating roof penetrations, and shortening the installation time. These benefits all contribute to lowering the cost of solar electricity. In addition to these benefits, the reduced module weight decreases transportation costs and improves ease of handling. The implications are highly significant in both developed and early stage markets – worldwide.

January 29th 2016
Japan’s Sumitomo And Brazil’s Gerdau Announce Major Wind Sector Partnership

The partnership combines Japan Steel Works’ world leading manufacturing technologies, mainly in the energy sectors, with Sumitomo’s significant experience and knowledge within the renewable energy and wind-related sectors; and brings the strengths of these two companies together with Gerdau’s strong production base. This “Gerdau Summit” will focus on the production and sale of forged products for wind power generation in the Latin American market with a focus on Brazil, where Gerdau is the largest long steel manufacturer. Production is expected to begin in 2017.

January 21st 2016
New Technology Enhances Wind Energy Storage and Grid Distribution

China Guodian Corporation has put into operation the first megawatt (MW)-scale, ultracapacitor-based wind farm energy storage system in the world. The manufacturer Maxwell Technologies claims that the new technology discharges and recharges power quicker, with a longer lifetime and better performance in low temperatures. These are suitable for stabilizing short-term power output fluctuation in wind farms and cabling in large-scale deployments, ensuring reliable access to wind-generated power on the grid.

January 20th 2016
Germany’s Heliatek Presents Disruptive Solar Technology in Davos

Heliatek, recognized last year as one of the World Economic Forum’s “Technology Pioneers” presented an ultra-lightweight, flexible, solar film that is less than 1 mm thick, in Davos. Positioning it strategically as highly disruptive to the current energy model of large, polluting, CO2 emitting electricity producers by offering clean, local energy generation.

January 7th 2016
CleanSpark, Renova Power Networks Lead Microgrid Deployment

Renova Power Networks, a development company whose principals are known for innovative financing models and renewable energy systems, has partnered with San Diego-based CleanSpark, the leading advanced microgrid software and controls company, to facilitate global deployment of best-in-class microgrid technology, reduce carbon emissions cost-effectively, and increase energy security and independence.

 
January 4th 2016
Pacific Ethanol Starts Production at Californian Plant

Pacific Ethanol Inc. has started production of cellulosic ethanol at its Stockton, California facility.

December 17th 2015
E.ON, Samsung SDI Form Energy Storage Partnership

E.ON has signed an agreement with Samsung SDI Co. to collaborate and tap opportunities in the energy storage business.

December 17th 2015
Atlantis Resources to Acquire Scottish Power’s Tidal Projects

Atlantis Resources has agreed to acquire two projects from ScottishPower Renewables for its Scottish tidal development company, Tidal Power Scotland.
The value of the deal is £6.6 million (US$9.8 million), to be paid by 3,9 million shares in Tidal Power Scotland, which equates to 6% of the issued share capital. Atlantis owns the remaining 94% of TPSL. The deal is expected to close in early 2016.

December 11th 2015
Greensmith Bags Investment From E.ON for Energy Storage

E.ON has made an undisclosed investment Greensmith,, a US-based start-up company providing energy storage software and integration services.

December 10th 2015
Gevo to Raise US$10 Million for Biofuels Expansion

Gevo Inc., the US-based biofuels company, has announced plans to raise US$10 million from the sale of shares and warrants.

December 8th 2015
Duke Energy Partners Green Charge Networks for Energy Storage Systems

Duke Energy Renewables has formed a partnership with Green Charge Networks, a provider of commercial energy storage for retail, industrial and government customers, for the sale of energy storage systems.

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