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Two Explosions a World Apart: From Disaster Comes New Power

How Roys Poyiadjis’s and Martua Sitorus’s Partnership is Creating the Largest Biofuel Plant in Japan

Germany & China Lead in Solar Installed Capacities

Germany’s top place in the ranking is not surprising given its Energiewende focus to transition away from fossil fuels & its declared war on coal.

Molten Salt Energy Storage – Time to Bottle the Sun

A total of about 2,125 MW of molten salt energy storage projects are in pipeline which are scheduled for deployment by 2018.

Renewable Energy Surpasses Coal in the UK

Written by Keith Kohl for Energy & Capital:  For the first time ever, more energy in the UK was supplied by renewable sources than coal. For an entire quarter. Wind, solar, and bioenergy checked in at 25% of the energy supplied. All of this was possible


Technical Summaries of Wave Energy Prize Official Qualified Teams

Judges have completed reviewing the technical submissions and a total of 20 Qualified Teams are advancing to next phase of the Wave Energy Prize! Here are the entries.

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SolarCity claims highest efficiency solar panel

Tristan Edist for the Business Spectator:  SolarCity, the largest retailer of solar systems in the US (over 30% market share) and partly owned by Tesla’s Elon Musk, has announced it will produce the most efficient solar module available on the market at 22.04% conversion efficiency. SolarCity is claiming it has therefore managed to pip SunPower who have been the longstanding holder of the most efficient conventional silicon solar module on the market.

However in a subsequent discussion with Greentech Media, Peter Rive’s Chief Technology Officer conceded the majority of the panels coming off its pilot 100MW manufacturing line were hitting 21.8%.  In 2017 the company will be then moving production to a new 1 gigawatt per annum capacity plant in Buffalo which can sometimes encounter challenges with achieving stable quality levels during production start-up.

SunPower claims 21.5% efficiency for its X-Series panel although often manufacturers will  have some variance in performance of panels and make claims based on conservative estimates of performance. Greentech Media quotes an anonymous Sunpower source saying that 22% efficient panels are already coming off its production lines.  In addition the company is targeting achieving 23% conversion efficiency from panels it will manufacture from its fifth fabrication line, scheduled for start-up in 2017.


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SPI 15 - Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) Releases National Business Code

Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) today issued the SEIA Solar Business Code to further transparency and understanding in solar power transactions.

OutBack Power Showcases Easy-to-Install Solar Equipment for Electrical Contractors

All-in-one systems designed for longevity in the field save installers time, offer competitive advantage

Renewables Will Drive Denmark's Cumulative Installed Capacity Beyond 16 GW by 2025, says GlobalData

Denmark's cumulative installed capacity is expected to expand from 13.5 Gigawatts (GW) in 2014 to reach 16.1 GW by 2025 --- 'Wind power will continue to account for the majority of the country's power generation, with 44.8% of the overall share forecast for 2020,' says analyst

Gothenburg's first permanent hydrogen refuelling station is now being launched

The hydrogen refuelling station is located next to PowerCell Sweden AB's premises at Hisingen in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Wind and solar boost cost-competitiveness versus fossil fuels

Levelised cost of electricity analysis for H2 2015 shows onshore wind to be fully competitive against gas and coal in some parts of the world, while solar is closing the gap

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