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European Commission Approves Aid for Danish Coal-to-biomass Plant Conversion

Renewable Energy - Mon, 2017-06-26 04:20

The European Commission (EC) last week said that it has approved state aid for the conversion of a coal plant to biomass in Kalundborg, Denmark.

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South Australia Has 185 Potential Sites for Pumped Storage Hydro

Renewable Energy - Fri, 2017-06-23 15:05

There are 185 sites in South Australia that are potentially suitable for off-river pumped hydro storage, according to the results of research at The Australian National University.

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NYSERDA to Fund Emerging Energy Storage Technology

Renewable Energy - Fri, 2017-06-23 13:20

NYSERDA announced that up to $6.3 million is available for energy storage technologies that have not yet been commercialized but could support renewable power sources in New York State

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Solar LCOE, a Data Mining and Fact Driven Challenge

Renewable Energy - Fri, 2017-06-23 08:42

Fully identifying and understanding real life cycle solar PV costs creates a challenge; while not addressing those costs in detail accurately and dramatically, increases project risk. The probability that one can effectively cut costs without clearly understanding what the underlying costs are, is exceptionally low.

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Collaborative Underwater Robots for Offshore Industry

Renewable Energy - Fri, 2017-06-23 06:29

Today, DTU inaugurates a laboratory where researchers will complete a modular robot for use in e.g. offshore wind turbine platforms. The robot will be used for inspection, and the long-term vision is that it will be able to carry out underwater repairs on foundations and rigs.

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NY Green Bank’s Clean Tech Investments Reach $346 Million

Renewable Energy - Fri, 2017-06-23 05:51

NY Green Bank’s investment portfolio reached $346.1 million in 1Q17, an achievement that is expected to ensure a total investment of about $1 billion into New York’s clean energy market, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office.

 
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Panel Makers Surge After Trump Proposes Solar on Border Wall

Renewable Energy - Fri, 2017-06-23 05:13

Shares of solar manufacturers rose sharply Thursday after President Donald Trump told supporters that mounting solar PV panels atop his proposed Mexican border wall would allow the project to pay for itself.

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If Saskatchewan Can Build a Geothermal Power Plant, Why Can’t B.C.?

Renewable Energy - Thu, 2017-06-22 11:39

While news of Saskatchewan’s plan for a small geothermal power plant was met with excitement by renewable energy advocates, experts say British Columbia is far better situated to capitalize on the technology yet has failed to do so.

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Researchers Win DOE Grant for Solar Communications Security System

Renewable Energy - Thu, 2017-06-22 11:10

A three-year study to develop a generic cybersecurity system for monitoring communications between distributed resource energy generators — including solar — and the grid is being developed by the Coordinated Science Laboratory (CSL) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, under a $900,000 U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) grant.

 

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The Many Fates of Former Solar Decathlon Houses

Renewable Energy - Thu, 2017-06-22 07:30

Compelling. That’s what the stories behind the Solar Decathlon represent to me. Normally, I am focused on the current competition — working with the university teams and our partners to host the Energy Department’s largest public event showcasing student-built solar houses. 

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Smart Control Systems and Better Energy Efficiency with 'Smart City' Technology

Renewable Energy - Wed, 2017-06-21 13:07

Several U.K. cities are looking to initiate smart projects and developments to improve the efficiency of local services, enhance sustainability and develop their competitiveness. Smart city initiatives improve the ‘liveability’ of a city, helping to attract business and talent to support economic and business growth.

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The Global Transition to Renewable Energy — Can the Caribbean Lead the Way? Part 2: The Challenges

Renewable Energy - Wed, 2017-06-21 12:21

With the confluence of positive factors described in Part 1 of this article, why has the pace of adoption of renewables not been more rapid Indeed, there has been progress, but it has been slow and uneven, depending on the island. There are several reasons for this.

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Australian Firm Issues Tender for 640 MWh of Energy Storage Services

Renewable Energy - Wed, 2017-06-21 06:07

Brisbane, Australia-based Lyon Group yesterday said it is seeking interest for contracts to cover up to 640 MWh of storage capacity across Victoria, South Australia and Queensland.

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Toronto Hydro, Ryerson Launch Pilot Project to Store Energy in Pole-mounted Compact Box

Renewable Energy - Wed, 2017-06-21 05:33

Toronto Hydro is testing pole-mounted energy storage devices that can supplement electricity during peak hours in homes. In a pilot project, a compact white box, a little bigger than a suitcase, has been mounted about six metres up a hydro pole in the Keele St.

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Feasibility study funded for small hydropower project in England

Renewable Energy - Tue, 2017-06-20 14:23

The Staverton Hydro Community Benefit Society this week announced it is using a £20,000 (US$25,000) grant from the Rural Community Energy Fund to begin a feasibility study into replacing a long-closed small hydropower plant with a new 100-kW plant on the River Dart in Devon, England.

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Changing How Solar Power Rolls

Renewable Energy - Tue, 2017-06-20 11:18
Traditional solar panels used to power satellites can be bulky with heavy panels folded together using mechanical hinges. An experiment that recently arrived at the International Space Station will test a new solar array design that rolls up to form a compact cylinder for launch with significantly less mass and volume.
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Flow Battery Provider Recognized with Green Chemistry Challenge Award

Renewable Energy - Tue, 2017-06-20 10:35

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently recognized Mukilteo, Wash.-based flow battery provider UniEnergy Technologies with a Green Chemistry Challenge Award.

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India Solar Tariffs: Part 2 — Dude, Where's My Return?

Renewable Energy - Tue, 2017-06-20 10:01

Any analysis of solar returns has to be first de-linked from return expectations for thermal. Rather than chip away at a thermal derived returns benchmark

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The Global Transition to Renewable Energy — Can the Caribbean Lead the Way? Part 1: The Potential

Renewable Energy - Tue, 2017-06-20 08:23

The Caribbean depends on imported oil for approximately 90 percent of its energy needs; the exception is Trinidad and Tobago, which has its own source of oil and natural gas. Although the world currently is benefitting from a relatively low cost of oil, 

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Listen Up: Tesla Solar Roof Tiles — Customer and Installer Perspectives

Renewable Energy - Tue, 2017-06-20 07:45

There’s no doubt in my mind that the home of the future will be solar powered. Intuitively it would be great if the roofing material provided that solar power.

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