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.
PV mounting expert Clenergy delivered customised solar mounting systems for PV modules with a capacity of 40 MW to Pakistan. They are part of the first large-scale ground PV project in Pakistan at the Quaid-e-Azam Solar Energy Park in Bahawalpur.
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 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.