New products in focus at the WORLD OF ENERGY SOLUTIONS 2016: The trade fair is a reflection of the growing dynamic of carbon-free storage and drive technologies

Exhibitors and conference participants looking towards 2017 with great confidence. The international industry event WORLD OF ENERGY SOLUTIONS 2016 showed a number of new products. Manufacturers benefit from the positive signals received from policymakers and the economy.


Plastics Pipe Institute Sponsor of 2017 Student Design Competition

GTI Team Selected by U.S. Department of Energy to Lead an $80M Supercritical CO2 Pilot Power Plant Project

Gas Technology Institute (GTI), together with partners Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) and GE Global Research, has been selected by the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) for an $80 million award to design, build, and operate a 10 MWe (megawatts electrical) sCO2 pilot power plant. The goal of this project is to advance the technology development of supercritical carbon dioxide (sCO2) Brayton power cycles.

NREL, International Colleagues Propose Strategy for Stable, Commercial Perovskite Solar Cells

Study highlights possible approaches to overcoming key challenges preventing perovskite solar cells from being competitive in the solar market

New milestone in Australian tidal energy

In an important step for this emerging form of renewable energy, a tidal energy turbine has been installed in the Tamar estuary in Launceston, Tasmania, as part of a project to investigate and optimise the device's performance.

Solvay projects 35 percent capacity increase of sulfone polymer production over the next five years

Solvay, the leading global supplier of specialty polymers, announced today that it expects to increase global production capacity for its high-performance sulfone polymers by more than 35 percent over the next five years through significant investments and process optimizations at facilities in the U.S. and Asia.

sonnen secures $85 million in growth capital and gains new partners in creating the future of energy

sonnen's new financing enables the company to continue its dynamic growth and promote its vision of a clean, decentralized and connected energy future.

Is 2016 The Turning Point For Energy Storage?

Michael McDonald for  In the future, when investors look back at the year that represented the turning point for clean energy, 2016 may be it. The industry overall is growing at a breath-taking pace, but perhaps not for the reason that some investors think. Energy storage rather than solar power and wind power are the real factors that are driving a revolution across the electrical power industry.

Energy storage changes the equation, not only in the renewables space, but in the conventional utility space as well. The concepts of spin/non-spin reserve costs, peaker prices, and a variety of other conventional concerns for utilities, lose meaning in the context of efficient and cost-effective energy storage. While energy storage was available previously, it’s only today that costs are coming down substantially. Tesla’s economies of scale on battery storage are well-known, but small start-ups like Orison are finding ways to lower costs in innovative ways as well. The graphic below from a recent EPRI presentation highlights the role that multiple layers of costs savings can play in creating economical battery storage.  Cont'd...

A guide to keeping solar panels clean and functional

One of the outcomes of 2015's COP21 summit was the push for a unified uptake of renewable energy to ensure a sustainable future for the planet. Solar power is one of the most reliable renewable sources, with a number of government schemes and initiatives in place across Europe to encourage more businesses to install panels. However, in order to ensure longevity of the panels themselves they must be kept clean and functional. Mark Burnett, VP of the Lubricants and Fuel Additives Innovation Platform at global water, energy and maintenance solutions provider NCH Europe, explains how effective solar panel cleaning is key to truly sustainable power.

Geothermal Power Market Showing Strong Growth, New Report Finds

Geothermal power showing sustained strong growth through 2016 according to a new report by the US Geothermal Energy Association (GEA). Projects now under development when completed would increase capacity outside the U.S. by 25% according to GEA.

SUNCNIM has Raised €60 Million to Finance the World's First Fresnel Renewable Energy Thermodynamic Power Plant with Energy-Storage Capacity

"The plant will be the world's first in terms of technology. Designed to be eco-friendly and 100% recyclable, it will employ SUNCNIM technology using "Fresnel mirrors". The thermal energy produced will be stored and converted into electricity via a steam generation process", explains Roger Pujol, SUNCNIM's Chairman.

World's Largest Solar Project Would Generate Electricity 24 Hours a Day, Power 1 Million U.S. Homes

Lorraine Chow for EcoWatch:  The race to build the world's largest solar power plant is heating up. California-based energy company SolarReserve announced plans for a massive concentrated solar power (CSP) plant in Nevada that claims to be the largest of its kind once built.

SolarReserve CEO Kevin Smith told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that the $5 billion endeavor would generate between 1,500 and 2,000 megawatts of power, enough to power about 1 million homes. That amount of power is as much as a nuclear power plant, or the 2,000-megawatt Hoover Dam and far bigger than any other existing solar facility on Earth, the Review-Journal pointed out.

"It's a big project," Smith told the publication. "It's an ambitious project."  Cont'd...

PVinsights: Solar prices except modules rebound as demand recover

Polysilicon prices rebound mildly in this week. All major Chinese polysilicon makers have successfully digested excess inventories in September, as the demand in the downstream has seen an obvious recovery, so as to follow the price uptrend of the downstream to raise their prices accordingly. On the other hand, non-Chinese polysilicon makers are still adjusting their price quotes lower as to trim the price gap with the Chinese makers. Hence, although Chinese polysilicon makers have obviously pushed prices higher, the average polysilicon prices this week grow mildly as offset by the descending overseas polysilicon prices.

Functionality of India's Renewable Energy Policy - In Wake of 175 GW by 2022

India has surely set up an ambitious goal of 175 GW of Renewable Energy by 2022, with solar and wind as the mainstream players aiming 100 GW (60 GW of Grid Interactive and 40 GW Rooftop) and 60 GW respectively.

VTT Develops Combustion Technologies for Biomass - Aims at Negative Emissions

VTT is seeking a carbon capture technology for Finnish power and heat production plants. The first pilots were implemented, using wood pellets, at VTT's Bioruukki and the results are promising.

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