Anders Eldrup, former CEO at Dong Energy, is new Chairman of the Danish wind turbine test centre LORC. Eldrup will be Chairman of the very strong board of LORC composed of top executives from the largest wind turbine manufacturers, utilities and universities.
The Swiss inverter manufacturer Studer Innotec has further extended the presence in the Asian PV market. Studer has founded the sister company Studer India which is operating out of Bangalore. The new company will provide sales, marketing and technical support for the important Indian market.
The German engineering and services group Bilfinger, based in Mannheim, will manufacture steel foundations for offshore wind turbines in the future in cooperation with the Polish steel construction company Crist and the state-owned investment fund MARS. Construction has now begun on the new factory in the Polish city of Szczecin, and it is scheduled to be operational in 2015. The European Union is co-financing the project.
The Japanese thin film giant Solar Frontier, which is a subsidiary of Showa Shell Sekiyu KK, has announced a new record efficiency of 12.6% for CZTS solar cells. This new peak value was independently confirmed by the Newport Corporation, according to Solar Frontier.
A feed-in tariff only exists for electricity. There are no two ways about that. However, the Renewable Heat Incentive Programme (RHI) in the UK shows that this is not true. The programme provides remuneration for every kilowatt hour from solar thermal, heat pump or bioenergy sources. It will now be completely reformed.