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Interconnections and smart grid vital for flexible Europe power system says report


The role of interconnectors and smart grid technology in delivering a flexible power system in Europe has been highlighted in a new report.

Biogas plant in Sweden celebrates world first


The world’s first large-scale demonstration plant producing biogas via biofuels and forest residues is now supplying gas to the Swedish grid.

Call for energy engineering strategy to be UK election focus


With 100 days to go until the General Election in the UK, a new study has found that boosting training in engineering should be a focus in all the 2015 party political manifestos if the UK is to keep pace with international competition.

A crucial juncture for world energy: IEA outlook for renewables, coal, gas and nuclear


With global energy demand projected to increase by 37 per cent by 2040, new and existing power generation technologies competing for subsidies and space on the grid, and political uncertainties looming large, the International Energy Agency says today’s stresses on the global energy system cannot be ignored.

Solar PV and windpower will slash water use in GCC says report


Hitting the renewable energy targets of the Gulf Cooperation Council region will result in a 22 per cent cut in water consumption for power generation, according to a new report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

What future in Europe for ‘vilified’ coal and gas power plants?


The future of the thermal power industry in Europe – and indeed whether it has a future – was debated in Brussels on Monday night.

Project targets new insulation for renewable energy power cables


A collaboration between the UK research centre Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult and technology company GnoSys Global is developing a new insulation material for power cables to improve their performance in the renewable energy sector.

MENA set for 1800 MW of new solar projects


This year will see solar projects worth $2.7bn unveiled across the Middle East and North Africa, according to a new study.

Egypt picks 109 renewable projects for FiT scheme


A total of 94 companies have prequalified for Egypt’s feed-in tariff renewable energy scheme.

GE to integrate solar field with gas plant in Saudi Arabia


Saudi Arabia is to integrate a solar field with a combined-cycle power plant and also use condensate as a gas turbine fuel, marking a double first for the kingdom.

Alstom in Singapore microgrid project


Alstom will this month begin work on designing, developing and deploying a microgrid system in Singapore.

Buyer found for Pelamis Wave Power but all staff lose jobs


A buyer has been found for Pelamis Wave Power, which went into administration last month, but the deal comes too late to save the jobs of the remaining staff at the renewable energy company.

Senvion wins four wind farm contracts in UK


German windpower company Senvion has signed contracts for four wind farms in the UK which will have a combined capacity of 63 MW.

Vattenfall deal with Skandia marks wind power first for Sweden


Vattenfall and banking and insurance company Skandia are jointly investing almost $264m to build four wind farms in Sweden with a total output of 141 MW.

GCube insures largest solar PV park in Europe


Specialist renewable energy insurer GCube has been selected by Paris-based developer Neoen to provide cover for a 300 MW solar plant in France which once complete is will be Europe’s largest solar photovoltaic park.

Siemens installs offshore turbine on land in Germany


Siemens has installed its first 6 MW wind turbine on land in Germany.

Alstom opens France’s first offshore wind turbine factories


Alstom has today inaugurated France’s first offshore wind turbine production plants.

EON sells US wind farms to Enbridge for $650m


E.ON has sold an 80 per cent stake in two US wind farms to Canadian energy firm Enbridge for $650m.

Pelamis and MCT fate shows fragility of marine energy says Davey


UK Energy Secretary Ed Davey said today that the news of Pelamis Wave Power filing for administration and Siemens deciding to sell Marine Current Turbines “are stark reminders of how fragile and young” the marine energy industry is.

Asia to drive solar PV boom


The global cumulative installed capacity of solar photovoltaic modules will more than treble from 135 GW in 2013 to 413 GW by 2020, according to new research.