The wind power expert Nordex SE received the order for the delivery and installation of a new wind park in Somme, France. Installation is scheduled for spring 2015 and the project is expected to be connected to the grid by October 2015.
Researchers at Fraunhofer ISE, in co-operation with several industrial partners, have developed a technology that could replace the screen-printing process. The dispensing technology applies a new type of material to the surface of solar cells using a non-contact printing process. The new process reduces the thickness of the metallic contact fingers on the front side of the solar cell, which increases the size of the semiconductor surface that is exposed to sunlight. This also increases efficiency (by approximately 2%) as well as electricity production.
The market for renewable energy in the mining industry is growing. THEnergy, a consulting company, has launched an online database to assess which companies are mining copper, gold or other raw materials using renewable energy.
In co-operation with the Norwegian collector manufacturer Aventa, Fraunhofer ISE has developed a solar collector made of plastic. Demonstration systems with this technology have now been put into operation on an estate of terraced houses in Mortensrud in Oslo.
Ballast Nedam has been awarded the contract for the subsea inspection and maintenance of Offshore Wind Farm Butendiek. The wind farm is owned by OWP Butendiek GmbH & Co KG, a company managed by German developer and wind farm operator wpd AG. The contract commences on 1 January 2015 and has an initial duration of 5 years.
The United Kingdom is in the throes of a massive change of the subsidy regime for electric power. The new Electricity Market Reform (EMR) will introduce Contracts for Difference (CfD) and phase out the Renewable Obligation (RO) that has been the mainstay of many larger scale (above 5 MW) renewable projects across the sectors by 2017. But large scale solar PV will have RO support withdrawn two years earlier than other sectors, such as offshore wind. The cut-off date is April 2015.
The wind power manufacturer Acciona Windpower launched a new rotor option for its AW3000 wind turbine. The AW132/3000 is suitable for IEC Class IIIb wind conditions and is scheduled to be available in 2016.