On October 27th the Jožef Stefan Institute opened the pilot plant InfraSun in Ljubljana, Slovenia. The project is based on the integration of solar heating and cooling into existing Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) installations. The setup serves as a demonstration and testing facility of emerging, advanced solar thermal technologies.
The Board of Directors of the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) has elected Markus Tacke, CEO of Siemens Wind Power, to be its new chairman. He takes over from Andrew Garrad, who held the position for the past one and a half years.
480 million Indians live without electricity, another 1.23 billion have to cope with frequent power failures. Off-grid PV solutions can change living conditions to the better - from family homes to small business units. Two examples show how it can be done.
Wien Energie has inaugurated a 38.3 MW wind farm in Styria at 1,600 metres above sea level. The wind farm is the most important high alpine wind power project in Austria.
Strong wind speeds over the weekend contributed significantly to the UK’s electricity supply as nuclear reactors remained offline and a large gas plant was suddenly hit by a fire.
Members of the German industry association Solar Cluster have submitted a proposal to José Antônio Bertotti, the Minister of Science of the Brazilian state of Pernambuco. They are suggesting completely switching the power supply of the archipelago Fernando de Noronha to renewable energies.
In cooperation with the VDE, Testing and Certification Institute Fraunhofer ISE developed a new certificate for the performance of PV installations. The new “Quality Tested” (QT) certification will ensure that independent experts analysed every step of the development of a PV plant. This includes the initial design, installation and operation.