Say Goodbye to Solar Power Subsidies

Mark Chediak & Chris Martin for Bloomberg Businessweek:  In 2016 the U.S. will learn if renewable energy can survive without government support. The most significant tax credit for solar power will expire at the end of 2016, and the biggest one for wind already has. These federal subsidies have provided wind and solar developers with as much as $24 billion from 2008 to 2014, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance. That’s led to a 12-fold increase in installed capacity over the past decade, helping lower costs at least 10 percent each year. Combined, wind and solar still generate less than 5 percent of electricity in the U.S. The subsidy cuts come as both industries face stiffer competition from ultracheap coal and natural gas. An NYSE Bloomberg global index of solar stocks, including those of big developers SunEdison and First Solar, has fallen about 35 percent since June. A comparable wind index is down 20 percent.   Cont'd...

DC fast charger from ABB offering credit card option for 'ultimate interoperability'

Payment flexibility expanded for ABB's Terra 53, with credit card reader providing more options for site owners, facility managers, as well as complete roaming capability for electric vehicle drivers.

Registration Now Live for SMi's 3rd annual Gas to Liquids Americas Conference

SMi are thrilled to announce that registration is now live to attend the 3rd annual conference on Gas to Liquids Americas. Returning to Houston on March 9th and 10th, this conference will provide a platform of discourse for the industry to consolidate the current state of Gas to Liquids within the wider midstream agenda.

Abengoa renews its operations and maintenance agreement for the Ain Beni Mathar hybrid plant in Morocco

Abengoa has signed a five year extension to its agreement with the National Power and Drinking Water Office (ONEE). The contract is worth approximately €63 million.

Patti Engineering to Present System Integrator Success Story at the Phoenix Contact Industry and Technology Forum

Patti Engineering's Vice President of Texas Operations, Steve Palmgren P.E., and Senior Engineer, Nicholas Hitchcock P.E., to present water and wastewater project success story utilizing Phoenix Contact's high powered wireless 'Radioline' communication technology.

Fitch: US Solar Power Projects Start Solid, Face Long-Term Risks

These findings come at an important time as solar installations are proliferating.

FFP New Hydro Acquires Red River Hydro

America's largest portfolio of new hydroelectric projects on existing dams adds a new fully-licensed project to its portfolio

Turboden awarded the Velika Ciglena geothermal project from MB Holding

In September Turboden agreed on a contract with MB Holding, one of the largest Turkish Geothermal developers. The new 16.5 MWe power plant features state-of-the-art technical solutions for geothermal power plants, maximizing the project return.

Valentin Software to Launch PV*SOL premium 2016 - The Next Generation of PV Design Software

Berlin-based Valentin Software will launch the next generation of its design software PV*SOL premium at the end of this year. With significant new features, PV*SOL premium 2016 will make the process of designing a PV system even easier and faster.

NEXTracker Now Shipping 100 MW of its Advanced Solar Trackers Worldwide Each Week

Today NEXTracker, Inc. , a Flex company, marks a significant milestone: the company is now shipping 100 MW of its solar trackers per week to locations around the world. NEXTracker has over 1800 MW of advanced trackers operating or under construction with several dozen customers on five continents.

Austin Energy Goes First Solar With 119 Megawatt Solar Project

Austin Energy is quickly establishing itself as one of Texas' most forward thinking utilities and one of its most price-savvy ones, too. Earlier this month the utility announced that it's requests for proposals for solar power projects came in at record-low costs. Now it's revealing some more information about its new contracts. Today (Oct. 29) First Solar announced that it signed a 15 year power-purchase agreement with the utility for a 119 megawatt East Pecos Solar Project.

Ballard Signs $3M Contract for Development of Fuel Cell Module to Power Trams in China

Ballard Power Systems today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement with Tangshan Railway Vehicle Company, Limited (TRC) for development of a new fuel cell module that will be designed to meet the requirements of tram or Modern Ground Rail Transit Equipment applications.

Thin film perovskite solar cell passes the efficiency test

Matthew Gunther for Chemistry World:  Perovskite solar cells may one day rival silicon-based technologies, but their performance outside the laboratory has been a constant source of contention in the past year. Now, an international team of scientists has manufactured the first thin film perovskite solar cell with a reported efficiency that has beenofficially recognised by an accredited national test laboratory.1 Since their development in 2012, the performance of light-harvesting metal–organo halide structures has seemingly improved at a staggering rate, with their efficiency increasing by six percentage points in just two years – the same increase took multi-crystalline solar cells over two decades. But their stability has been brought into question, with some international test centres taking issue with perovskite solar cells that are so unstable that they may degrade spontaneously in air, making it hard for them to assess their performance. It’s a state of affairs that Michael Grätzel from the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland has had trouble dealing with. ‘Conspicuously, you could see that from the very beginning there was very scarce information on the stability of these devices,’ comments Grätzel. ‘I have raised that issue many times – one would think that now everybody does stability work after this alarm was sounded, but not so.'   Cont'd...

Ericsson, E.ON and ABB enter cross-industry collaboration to develop smart energy solutions

Ericsson signed a cooperation agreement with E.ON and ABB to jointly develop smart energy solution for various industries--- New services and products will be introduced to the market through the innovation company Brunnshög Energi AB, launched by E.ON---- The partnership initially covers four areas: commercial real estate, transportation, solar energy production, and data centers

Three Nuclear Fusion Startups

Here are three of the more high profile startups in Nuclear Fusion.

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