Power & Energy Solutions

The premier renewable energy publication

Con Edison Development (CED), one of America’s largest owners and operators of renewable energy infrastructure projects, today announced the acquisition of Big Timber Wind, LLC, a 25-MW wind project that will provide Montana residents with low-cost electricity. CED purchased the company from BayWa r.e. Wind, LLC, a renewable energy developer, wholesaler and energy solutions provider.  Big Timber Wind has substantially been completed and is expected to come online in the upcoming weeks. “This is an attractive asset with a long term 25 year utility offtake contract, which is rare in the current market. Con Edison Development has been great to work with and we would like to thank them for transacting in relatively short order,” said Florian Zerhusen, CEO of BayWa r.e. Wind, LLC. “It was a pleasure to work with BayWa r.e. Wind. We are always looking for ways to expand our clean and renewable energy services nationwide. This acquisition plants a Con Edison Development flag in the state of Montana, supporting our continued growth across the region,” said Mark Noyes, President and CEO of ConEdison Development. About Con Edison Development Con Edison Development (CED) develops, owns and operates renewable and energy infrastructure projects.  The company is one of the largest owners and operators

Read More

Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy today welcomed Her Majesty The Queen to its offshore wind turbine blade manufacturing factory at Alexandra Dock, Hull. On arrival at the site, Her Majesty drove the full 75 metre length of the turbine blade that featured as an art installation in the Queen Victoria Square, in Hull city centre, as part of the Hull City of Culture 2017 celebrations. Her Majesty was driven in to the factory building, where the giant turbine blades are hand crafted. Presented to Her Majesty were leading figures in Siemens Gamesa, both from the UK and abroad, including Global CEO Markus Tacke, UK Managing Director, Clark MacFarlane and CEO of Siemens AG, Joe Kaeser and Siemens PLC, Juergen Maier. Clark MacFarlane accompanied Her Majesty on a short tour of the factory, taking in a visit to the moulds where the mammoth 75 metre turbine blades are handmade as a single, unbroken section. Clark introduced The Queen to employees including apprentices working on the blades under construction and they explained their work. Following this, The Queen met representatives from two organisations closely associated with Siemens Gamesa in Hull, Greenpower and Pathway Plus. Siemens Gamesa aided Greenpower, an organisation teaching school children the benefits of renewable

Read More

Heraeus Photovoltaics, the worldwide leading supplier of metallization solutions to the PV industry, today announced a comprehensive cooperation agreement with Rietech Solar, a China-based manufacturer of silicon wafers for solar cells. Under the agreement, Rietech Solar will upgrade its manufacturing process to use HeraGlaze®, the new high-purity SiO2 diffusion barrier coating from Heraeus, for mass production of it multi-crystalline wafers. For Heraeus, the agreement represents a major step to expand its presence upstream in the solar photovoltaic value chain. Developed in 2017, HeraGlaze® represents a breakthrough innovation the very first step of the of the solar cell manufacturing process, when poly- crystalline silicon blocks are melted into a single silicon ingot. To deliver the highest quality of the ingot and the eventual end product, the solar wafer, HeraGlaze® is applied as a slurry on the porous surface of the crucibles. HeraGlaze® acts as a barrier and prevents thermally-induced impurities, such as iron, from transferring from the crucible to the silicon ingot during the melting and crystallization of silicon. By increasing the usable section of the silicon ingot, Heraeus will be able to increase Rietech’s wafer output yield by 3% and its customers’ cell efficiency by 0.05%. This will enable Rietech’s multi-crystalline

Read More

BELECTRIC has signed an EPC (Engineering-Procurement-Construction) Contract for a solar project in Israel with a capacity of 120 MWp. BELECTRIC, in corporation with Solel Boneh Ltd., will provide a turnkey system for the large-scale PV plant, which will be built near the village of Zeélim. Construction works are planned to start in the upcoming months. Commissioning is anticipated in 2019. The owner of the plant is Shikun & Binui Renewable Energy Ltd., which is the renewable arm of Israel’s leading infrastructure and real estate group Shikun & Binui. “Zeélim is the largest single PV project in our company history outside of Germany. We are very proud that this EPC contract has been awarded to us. This is in line with our strategy to significantly grow our business in key solar markets like Israel”, explains Ingo Alphéus, CEO of BELECTRIC Solar & Battery GmbH. “As Israel’s largest solar plant, this project marks an important step to provide eco and grid-friendly electricity to Israel and help the country to reach their target of a ten percent share of renewables in its energy mix by 2020.” Prior to the new project Zeélim, BELECTRIC has already realized 17 projects in Israel with a total capacity

Read More

Today ENGIE, Heliatek and the Department of Charentes-Maritimes officially inaugurated the world's largest BiOPV installation on a roof.  In the southwestern port of La Rochelle, France, 500 m² of Heliatek's solar films were installed on the roof of the "Pierre Mendes France" middle school. With 3 different lengths of 2, 4 and 5,7 meters, nearly 400 films were applied in record time. They were installed on two different roof surfaces. The result is the largest BiOPV - Building integrated Organic PhotoVoltaic - roof installation, worldwide to date, and the living proof of the ease and speed at which these solar films can be installed on a building. First time use of HeliaSol® - installation in record time The HeliaSol® "ready-to-use" film solution was used on a roof installation for the first time. With self-adhesive backside, as well as preconfigured wiring, HeliaSol® is mounted directly onto existing roof surfaces and only needs to be electrically connected. This 500 m² installation took very little time. Taking into account the preparation time, a team of 6 people needed only 8 hours to install 500m² of HeliaSol® as deployment took just over 2 minutes per film. With an installed power of 22.5 kWp, about 23.8 MWh

Read More

Intersolar India, a unique platform for the solar industry has been proudly associated with the Indian solar industry since 2009. The conference has been successfully providing a platform for all the stakeholders to meet, exchange information and ideas, discuss challenges and solutions and promoting the interest of the solar industry. In the Intersolar exhibition, domestic and global companies would exhibit their wares and solutions and reach out to new customers and to further bond with their existing customers. The three days of exciting proceedings open on December 5, 2017 at the Bombay Exhibition Centre (BEC). Over 100 industry experts from Indian and global solar and energy storage industries and policymakers will share their insights. Over 500 delegates are expected to participate in the conference. This year’s exhibition is certified by the US Department of Commerce and has US and German pavilions besides an exclusive pavilion for Electrical Energy Storage. Approx. 260 domestic and foreign exhibitors are showcasing their latest products and solutions and over 12,000 national and international visitors are expected to visit and benefit from the event. Conference Highlights Global installed PV capacity grew sevenfold between 2010 and 2016, from 40 GW to more than 300 GW. In 2017, an additional 100

Read More

Luxcara, one of the leading asset managers for renewable energy investments, has announced the completion of the Norwegian onshore wind farm “Egersund”. The project was secured in December 2015 for a portfolio of institutional investors. The onshore wind farm comprises 33 turbines and has a total capacity of 111.2 Megawatts. A power purchase agreement of 15 years was already signed in November 2016 and the financial close with long-term financing was finalized in March this year. Built on a plot of more than seven square kilometers in size, Egersund is located five kilometers from the western coast of Norway. The site offers outstanding wind conditions that promise continuous power production and a reliable return on capital for the investors. “We are pleased to have completed construction on schedule. With Egersund, we provide our investors access to one of the most profitable locations in Europe for ecologically sustainable power production. Norway will continue to gain importance as an energy-generating country, as has been demonstrated by the construction of electricity transmission lines between Norway and Germany as well as between Norway and Great Britain," says Dr. Alexandra von Bernstorff, Managing Partner of Luxcara. We are happy to send you high-resolution pictures on request. About Luxcara Luxcara is an

Read More

NRG Systems, a designer and manufacturer of smart technologies for a more sustainable planet, has announced the hire of Barry Logue as the company’s Lidar Wind Energy Solutions Manager. Logue, a veteran in the remote sensing space, will be responsible for all sales and account management for NRG’s Lidar products and services in North America. Logue previously served as the Global Applications Manager for Vaisala as well as the Director of Sales at Second Wind, where he helped establish new applications for remote sensing in wind resource assessment as well as operational data reporting. As a member of both U.S. and international standards committees, Logue played a pivotal role in the release of new best practice and formal standards for remote sensing devices in wind energy applications encompassing the entire wind farm lifecycle. He earned his MBA from Suffolk University in Boston and has a BS in Aerospace Engineering from Boston University. “I was impressed by the dedication and commitment NRG Systems has to the renewable energy industry and the impact the company has had, and will continue to have, on our global and individual well-being,” said Logue. “NRG Systems considers its staff to be a key element of its continued success and

Read More

The first hybrid lagre-scale energy storage system sun | systemizer was successfully connected to the power grid. It will in future stabilize the European Interconnected Network (ENTSO-E). Further major orders have already been received as the HOPPECKE battery system series is now available in a wide range of scalable capacities. “With this solution of lead and lithium storage, which can be individually combined for specific applications, we meet our customers' requirements exactly. We are currently already planning further large-scale storage facilities in power classes up to 100 MWh. For example, to ensure grid stability at other locations in Germany. But also for large photovoltaic systems in Asia. Our customers get the best cost-benefit ratio through our custom-fit solutions. We have noticed a great deal of interest in the sun | systemizer for several months now," says Michael Entrup, Head of the Stationary Energy Storage Division in the HOPPECKE Group, about the relevance of the large storage tanks for international markets. HOPPECKE hybrid storage system buffers load peaks and enables climate-neutral e-mobility In addition to stabilizing the power grid, there is already strong demand for the hybrid large-scale storage system for other applications. Small and medium-sized industrial companies can use the sun | systemizer

Read More

In the past nine months of 2017 financial year, the Nordex Group (ISIN: DE000A0D6554) generated EUR 2,319.5 million in sales (9M/2016: EUR 2,339.5 million). Accordingly, the company is at a stable high level year-on- year and within the scope of its expectations. In the third quarter the Group generated EUR 818.3 million in sales (Q3/2016: EUR 855.5 million). The Service division boosted its sales by 21 per cent, to EUR 227.5 million, making a substantial contribution to the business volume of the Group. In addition, the production output increased owing to short-term supply commitments. Turbine assembly performance was up by 26 per cent, to 2,452 MW; in the rotor blades segment, the number of units produced increased by 30 per cent, to 626 rotor blades. In this context, the share of production accounted for by factories catering to markets outside Europe rose substantially. Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation amounted to EUR 181.9 million (9M/2016: EUR 203.9 million), corresponding to an EBITDA margin of 7.8 per cent (9M/2016: 8.7%). In the third quarter the operating result came to EUR 64.4 million (Q3/2016: EUR 67.3 million), equivalent to an EBITDA margin of 7.9 per cent. The expected development of earnings is essentially attributable to declining capacity utilisation. The personnel cost quota

Read More