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.

Poland Can Increase Renewable Energy Nearly Five-Fold by 2030, Finds New IRENA Report

Country can source 38 per cent of its electricity from renewable energy sources by 2030

San Francisco Agency Launches Campaign for One of the Largest Investment Crowdfundings on Record for California Water Project

- Mercury360 is helping water tech startup guide the campaign for their first commercial project. - Marketing campaign supporting $10M California investment crowdfunding campaign to build largest solar desalination plant in state.

Ballard Announces $5M Strategic Investment from Nisshinbo, an "Environmental and Energy Company" Group

Ballard Power Systems announced that Nisshinbo Holdings Inc., an "Environmental and Energy Company" Group in Japan, has agreed to make a $5 million strategic equity investment in Ballard.

As Fast As Lightning: Lufft Releases A New Weather Sensor with Integrated Lightning Detection

Lufft of Stuttgart Germany released the WS800 Weather Station with integrated lightning detection. The new sensor takes all the same innovative weather sensor technology known to lufft and adds advanced lightning detection. The new member of the Lufft weather sensor family allows the precise reconstruction of the location where and the times at which such acts of nature occurred.

Business Transformation in Energy: Event Invitation

TouchstoneEnergy, Europe's leading finance software and IT consultancy dedicated exclusively to the oil and gas, renewables, mining and downstream trading industries is proud to bring together experts from a diverse range of sectors including Energy, Finance and Hospitality exclusively to our Delivering Change seminar.

First Ballard-Powered Fuel Cell Bus Deployed in City of Yunfu, China

In June 2015 Ballard announced that we had signed definitive license and supply agreements with each of Nantong Zehe New Energy Technology Co., Ltd. and Guangdong Synergy Hydrogen Power Technology Co., Ltd. to support the planned deployment of an initial 33 fuel cell-powered buses in two Chinese cities. The first of these buses was debuted at the opening ceremony of a government exhibition in the City of Yunfu on October 18th, 2015.

Texas hits new wind power milestone on Thursday

By Jordan Blum for Fuel Fix:  The Texas electric grid hit a new record for wind power use early Thursday, as the state continues dominating the rest of the nation in wind farm growth.

At 12:30 am Thursday, the main Texas grid operator reported that nearly 37 percent of demand was met with wind power. The Electricity Reliability Council of Texas, which manages nearly 90 percent of the state’s electric needs, said it used 12,237.6 megawatts of wind power at the time. That bested a previous record set on Sept. 13 of 11,467 megawatts.

A megawatt powers about 500 typical Texas residences during periods of normal demand.

The new record came the same day as the American Wind Energy Association reported Texas accounted for nearly half of the nation’s wind power growth in the third quarter of the year. Texas added 771 megawatts of wind generation in the third quarter and, nationwide, about 1,600 megawatts were put online. Texas now has about 16,400 megawatts of wind power, according to the AWEA, which is about 10,000 megawatts more than the second and third windiest states, California and Iowa.  Cont'd...

Solar industry puts forward emergency £1 solar rescue plan

Alternative proposal gains widespread support as consultation set to close

275+ Groups to Obama: Keep Leading on Offshore Wind

New York has incredible potential for offshore wind, and the opportunity to develop an offshore industry that can drive down costs.

Energy Acuity Expands Renewable Energy Intelligence to Include Commercial Property Data

Energy Acuity has added commercial property data to their online renewable energy database, broadening their industry scope to benefit subscribers looking to prospect buildings for both solar development and efficiency technologies.

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