Global Annual Installed Capacity of Small and Medium Wind Turbines is Expected to Exceed 446 MW in 2026

Despite weakening policy drivers and competition from declining solar PV prices, the SMWT industry is still poised for growth. With a large amount of wind resource potential still available, plus several growing and emerging markets, the industry is anticipated to sustain itself into the foreseeable future. Click to tweet: According to a new report from @NavigantRSRCH, the global installed capacity of SMWTs is expected to grow from 176.4 MW in 2017 to 446.0 MW in 2026. 
"With historically leading markets such as the United States, the United Kingdom, and China seeing declining annual installed capacities of small and medium wind in recent years, other countries such as Japan, Denmark, and Italy are emerging as forces in the distributed wind market thanks to favorable government incentives," says Adam Wilson, research associate with Navigant Research. "We're also seeing a shift with medium-sized turbines as their niche slowly shrinks as drivers continue to favor small wind turbines for distributed wind and larger multi-megawatt turbines dominating utility-scale applications."  Full Press Release:

Brightstar Solar Recognized for Providing Jobs and Clean Energy in Massachusetts

The Solar Power World Top 500 Solar Contractors List includes Marlborough-based solar firm, which employs 8 local professionals

Introduction of New Moringa Cultivar Enhances ROI of Moringa Feedstock Based Biodiesel Production

By using Moringa MOMAX3 tree for biodiesel production and then utilizing the waste for further oil extraction. Using current proven sate of art agronomy, enhanced cultivator and technologies developed by ABC, the biodiesel from Moringa would be economically viable

BioSolar Focuses on Driving Down Lithium-ion Battery Prices

Use of the Company's lower cost silicon-metal anode materials to play an important role

Stabilizing battery storage

Morgan Sherburne for U of Michigan News:  An issue that has long plagued renewable energy facilities is how to efficiently store energy collected from sun or wind.

Now, University of Michigan and University of Utah chemists have developed an energy-storing molecule that is 1,000 times more stable than current compounds, potentially leading to a longer-lived, more efficient battery.

The researchers are working to develop industrial-scale batteries that can store large amounts of energy for deployment when the sun sets or the wind stops blowing.

Deep-cycle lead batteries or lithium ion batteries are already on the market, but each type presents challenges, including the significant environmental hazards of disposal. Also, these kinds of batteries wear out relatively quickly.  Cont'd...

Brisk renewable growth across Europe - with wind and solar finally stepping up to challenge hydropower

ECOHZ analyzes recently released figures from the Association of Issuing Bodies (AIB): "The demand for renewable electricity in Europe, documented with Guarantees of Origin (GOs), has grown briskly in 2016 - up 5% from 2015 and reaching nearly 370 TWh," says Tom Lindberg, Managing Director in ECOHZ. "Behind this growth are thousands of businesses and millions of households in numerous European countries purchasing renewable electricity documented with Guarantees of Origin."

NEC Energy Solutions to Build and Operate 50 MW of Grid Energy Storage Facilities in UK for VLC Energy

NEC Energy Solutions contracted to build and operate a total of 50 MW of lithium-ion based energy storage facilities for VLC Energy, a joint venture between Low Carbon and VPI Immingham, to provide Enhanced Frequency Response to the UK electricity grid among other services. Under construction now, the facilities are expected to be operational by November 2017.

GP JOULE Chooses Breeze for Wind Farm Management

German-based GP JOULE has chosen Breeze Wind Farm Management system for wind farm monitoring, reporting and analysis.

APsystems to donate $1 of every microinverter sold to Extend the Day

SEATTLE, WA - APsystems, the global leader in advanced microinverter technology for the solar PV industry, today announced its commitment to Extend the Day, a charity organization that gives solar reading lights to school children in disadvantaged countries with no access to electricity. APsystems will donate $1 for every microinverter purchased to the nonprofit to cover all administrative expenses for its Lights for Learning program in 2017.

Younicos to upgrade energy storage system on Kodiak Island, Alaska

The agreement calls for Younicos to replace earlier-generation lead-acid batteries and battery racks with advanced lithium-ion batteries. The implementation of li-on batteries will increase the operational lifetime of the storage resource.

IREC Opens 2017 3iAwards Annual Search to Recognize Best in Nation Innovation. Ingenuity. Inspiration.

The Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) announces its Call for Nominees for its 2017 3iAwards - a prestigious annual national search for innovative people, projects and programs that promote and accelerate the sustainable growth of clean energy. The IREC 3iAwards honor innovation, ingenuity and inspiration from the nation's best in both renewable energy and energy efficiency.

How drones are helping design the solar power plants of the future

Katie Fehrenbacher for The Guardian:  At the edge of a plot of muddy farmland, a few miles down the road from the University of California at Davis, an engineer takes a few quick steps across crop rows and lets go of a three-foot drone. Within seconds, the device – which weighs less than 2lbs and carries a powerful camera – ascends hundreds of feet into the cold, clear, blue sky and begins to snap detailed photos of the ground far below, including a long row of large solar panels mounted on steel poles.

This flight is just a test, demonstrated by Kingsley Chen, the drone fleet coordinator for SunPower at the solar company’s research and development center, which is under construction and about a two-hour drive northeast of the San Francisco Bay Area. The drone will enable SunPower to survey a wide region and help design a solar power farm that can fit more solar panels on a piece of land, more quickly and for lower costs than it previously could.  Con'td...

SDG&E Unveils World's Largest Lithium Ion Battery Energy Storage Facility

Today, SDG&E is showcasing the world's largest lithium-ion battery energy storage facility in partnership with AES Energy Storage, which will enhance regional energy reliability while maximizing renewable energy use. The 30 megawatt (MW) energy storage facility is capable of storing up to 120 megawatt hours of energy, the energy equivalent of serving 20,000 customers for four hours. 
Last year, the California Public Utility Commission (CPUC) directed Southern California investor-owned electric utilities to fast-track additional energy storage options to enhance regional energy reliability. In response, SDG&E expedited ongoing negotiations and contracted with AES Energy Storage to build two projects for a total of 37.5 MW of lithium ion battery energy storage. In addition to the 30 MW facility built in Escondido, Calif., a smaller 7.5 MW installation was built in El Cajon.   Full Press Release:
 

Overcoming Policy Hurdles for Energy Storage Business Cases

In an effort to overcome regulatory challenges and advance the progress of energy storage technologies, the 10th Energy Storage World Forum has curated a platform whereby the highest number of utilities at an energy storage conference (over 34), will meet with regulators to generate solutions.

First Tidal Energy Turbine with Lockheed Martin Technology Deployed Off Scotland Coast

Under contract and in partnership with Atlantis, Lockheed Martin designed the 1.5 megawatt AR1500 turbine. In addition to system design, Lockheed Martin developed, manufactured and delivered two innovative subsystems, the Yaw Drive System (YDS) and the Variable Pitch System (VPS). The two elements enable the turbine to rotate autonomously around its base, so it always faces into the tidal flow. The pitch angle of the turbine blades also adjusts to optimize the power generation in a given tidal stream.

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