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9 March 2011

UK’s Crown Estate turns to Northern Ireland’s offshore renewable energy potential

Northern Ireland will look to develop offshore wind and tidal energy off its coast, under new plans being developed by The Crown Estate.

9 March 2011

Solar park operator Etrion cuts net loss by two thirds

Solar power producer Etrion made a net loss of $18.1m in 2010, down from the company’s $59m net loss during the previous year, according to its latest earnings report.

9 March 2011

Lithium-ion battery costs predicted to drop by 30 per cent

The cost of lithium-ion batteries, vital to clean energy storage and electric vehicle applications, will drop by nearly a third within the next four years, according to an industry expert.

9 March 2011

China Nuvo Solar to acquire battery business Freya

Solar technology start-up China Nuvo Solar Energy has signed a non-binding agreement to obtain 100 per cent ownership of lithium ion battery company Freya Energy.

9 March 2011

Solazyme, Dow hook up to advance algal insulating fluid

Renewable oil producer Solazyme has signed agreements with Dow Chemical to advance its algal oils for use in next generation insulating fluids that are key to electrical applications.

9 March 2011

Two seajack boats to have blade racks installed in Cornwall

Two vessels that will be used in the construction of the Walney 2 wind farm off the coast of the Cumbria, UK, are to be fitted with blade racks at shipbuilder A&P’s shipyards in Cornwall.

9 March 2011

Green Technology Solutions calls on Mongolia’s US Ambassador to support rare earth venture

Green Technology Solutions has sought assistance with its implementation of export logistics for rare earth ore in Mongolia from the country’s Ambassador to the US.

9 March 2011

EU issues 2050 energy efficiency roadmap

The European Commission (EC) has issued an energy efficiency action plan focusing on efficiency improvements in power generation, industrial processes and building energy management, as well as the roll-out of smart grids.

9 March 2011

Prudent Energy secures grant for SunPower energy storage tie-up

Energy storage system developer Prudent Energy has secured a grant from a consortium of power organisations led by the California Public Utilities Commission and solar photovoltaic developer SunPower.

9 March 2011

North-east England generates more wind power than rest of country

The north-east of England generates more power from wind farms that the rest of the country put together, according to a recent analysis of government figures.

9 March 2011

SSE, Marsh Wind to secure future of Skykon wind turbine factory

Scottish and Southern Energy and Marsh Wind Technology have established a joint venture to secure the future of the Skykon wind turbine factory at Machrihanish in Scotland, following the Danish company’s bankruptcy.

9 March 2011

Institutional investment vital to EU’s 2050 low carbon roadmap

The European Union (EU) must continue to work with institutional investors to meet its 2050 targets, the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change said in response to the energy efficiency roadmap published yesterday.

9 March 2011

German government pledges to inform public on E10

Yesterday’s summit in Germany to address the recent difficulties with introducing ten per cent ethanol blends in the country has given the green light to the fuel, with government and industry players pledging to better inform the public about vehicle compatibility.

9 March 2011

National Grid to build wind farm transmission infrastructure in Wales

The UK’s National Grid has unveiled plans to build new infrastructure to connect wind farms in the mid region of Wales to the national electricity transmission network.

9 March 2011

Geothermal capacity could double by 2020, research shows

Investment in geothermal power could result in a 134 per cent increase in total geothermal capacity between 2010 and 2020, according to new research.

9 March 2011

Renewable Energy Generation announces contract with National Grid

Renewable Energy Generation, a wind and bio-power group, through its subsidiary REG Biopower, has won two contracts with National Grid to provide Short Term Operating Reserve using plant powered by cooking oil.

9 March 2011

Suzuki fuel cell scooter is first to get road approval

It may not be long until we see Suzuki Motor’s hydrogen fuel cell scooter hits the road, now that it has secured vital approval and European certification.

9 March 2011

Hunt Refining to off-take KiOR renewable crude

Biofuel company KiOR, which combines a proprietary catalyst system with biomass-to-renewable crude oil conversion technology, has secured an off-take agreement with US petroleum producer Hunt Refining.

9 March 2011

Columbia Power Technologies secures funding for SeaRay wave energy device

Emerging US wave power technology developer Columbia Power Technologies’ new SeaRay device has moved two steps closer to commercial viability, now that the company has secured new private and government funding, and deployed its first prototype.

9 March 2011

AEG Power Solutions acquires Spanish solar PV integrator

Power conversion technology developer AEG Power Solutions has strengthened its solar photovoltaic (PV) engineering business through the acquisition of Spain-based PV integrator OpciónDos.

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