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. It comprises the subsea inspection and maintenance of the foundations of the wind turbines, the offshore substation and the cables.
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 But large scale solar PV will have RO support withdrawn two years earlier than other sectors, such as offshore wind.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.
A project aims to make renewable energy more visible in your neighbourhood. The Repowermap is a non-profit initiative, which was founded in Switzerland in 2008 and since 2012 repowermap.org is being supported by the European Union in the context of its Intelligent Energy Europe Programme.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for setting up a joint venture towards undertaking a first demonstration offshore wind project in India has been signed.
Involved in the MOU are the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), the National Institute of Wind Energy (NIWE), and a consortium of partners consisting of National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC), Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd (PGCIL), Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency (IREDA), Power Finance Corporation (PFC), Power Trading Corporation (PTC), and Gujarat Power Corporation Ltd (GPCL).
Researchers at the Ohio State University have developed a device, which captures energy from sunlight and stores it in form of electricity: a combined “solar battery”.
It consists of a mesh solar panel covered with a red dye (a type of dye-sensitised solar cell), which functions as an electrode shuttle, and a lithium-oxygen battery.
SolarCity has introduced a solar financing option that combines low upfront cost and immediate utility savings of a power purchase agreement (PPA) with the benefits of ownership. SolarCity customers pay for their MyPower solar loan similar to the way they pay for a solar PPA but they retain ownership of the solar panels.