Month: November 2020

SAE success at Scottish Green Energy Awards

SIMEC Atlantis Energy (Atlantis) was both delighted and honoured to scoop two awards at the Scottish Green Energy Awards. Atlantis won the Champion of Renewables award, which is presented to companies that are truly unique and have shown how much the industry has to offer and helped tell the story in a new and different… Read more »

Natural Power appoints Offshore Analytics Lead

Leading renewable energy consultancy and service provider, Natural Power, has appointed Antoine Borraccino (PhD) as Offshore Analytics Lead. Based in Natural Power’s Nantes office in France, Antoine who has a back ground in energy analysis, will support client projects globally as well as providing specialist training and guidance to the internal team of analysts throughout… Read more »


European fund manager adopts technology agnostic software to provide essential oversight of portfolio performance for its investors Gothenburg, 11th August – Glennmont Partners (Glennmont), one of Europe’s largest pure renewables fund managers, has adopted Greenbyte’s monitoring platform to oversee the technical performance of its dynamic European wind and solar portfolio. Greenbyte will be fully integrated… Read more »

Local Energy Systems Scottish Industry Network set to transform Scottish energy system and support net zero targets

Energy Systems Catapult has been appointed to lead a Local Energy Systems Scottish Industry Network (LESSIN) and bring together manufacturers, project developers, technology companies and investors to cultivate the low carbon ecosystem in Scotland. The £334,000 initiative will be led by Energy Systems Catapult in partnership with the Energy Technology Partnership and is supported by… Read more »

Top renewable energy projects crowned at virtual Scottish Green Energy Awards

More than 800 people tuned in to see 13 winners announced Chief Executive of industry body says shortlist highlights the “phenomenal skillset” of Scotland’s renewable energy industry An underwater robot which is changing the game for offshore subsea inspection processes has been handed a top award by Scotland’s renewable energy industry tonight (Nov 26). Rovco… Read more »

The Scottish Government has today published its NPF4 Position Statement, setting out that its long-term planning strategy will be driven by the overarching goal of addressing climate change.

Responding, Morag Watson, Director of Policy at Scottish Renewables, said:  “Scottish Renewables welcomes the publication of The Scottish Government’s National Planning Framework 4 Position Statement, and in particular its commitment that ‘the long-term strategy will be driven by the overarching goal of addressing climate change’. “The acknowledgment that ‘supporting renewable energy developments, including the re-powering and extension… Read more »

AceOn launches Renewergy Virtual Power Plant

AceOn Energy has launched the Renewergy Virtual Power Plant (VPP) – a ground-breaking new green energy system which could play a major part in helping the UK meet its climate change targets in the next 20 years. The company says the Renewergy VPP system can cut a home’s carbon footprint by an average of 60 per cent by maximising renewable energy usage. A household’s electricity bill would fall by between 30-40 per cent and… Read more »

first naturally biodegradable plastic packaging alternative containing graphene

UK biotech company Toraphene is preparing to unveil the world’s first truly biodegradable, compostable and commercially viable alternative to plastic packaging. The company has developed a new material, also called Toraphene, that uses biopolymers that compost naturally and biodegrade without human intervention, even in the ocean. The biopolymers are combined with Nobel Prize-winning graphene, which… Read more »

Peat document sets out wind farm benefits

Publication ‘shows how developers are caring for peatlands near their projects’ Industry is restoring peatlands damaged over many decades A new document showing the benefits of wind farms to Scotland’s peatlands is launched today (Nov 26). The easily-digested publication, titled Wind Power and Peatland: Enhancing Unique Habitats, looks at more than £2.5 million of work… Read more »

Deutsche Windtechnik achieves a new milestone: Wind turbines with a rated power of more than 10 GW under maintenance, making it the largest ISP in Europe and possibly worldwide

The international service provider for wind turbines Deutsche Windtechnik has achieved a new milestone in its 13-year company history. At the end of November 2020, the company is providing maintenance for wind turbines with a rated power of more than 10 GW. Of these, 66 percent receive long-term full service and 34 percent receive basic… Read more »

CO₂-based cardyon® products partly replace fossil raw materials

Covestro develops sustainable cast elastomer solution for the offshore industry Covestro offers a sustainable cast elastomer solution for the offshore wind power industry. It is based on a precursor of the cardyon® brand containing CO₂. The elastomers show the same good properties as petrochemical-based products. © Covestro Covestro has developed a sustainable cast elastomer solution… Read more »

Moventas introduces Exceed Evo+ high-performance wind gearbox with Moventas Orbit™ Bearing Solution.

Moventas introduces its Exceed Evo+ upgrade for the Exceed Evo gearbox, launched in Hamburg wind energy expo 2018. The Exceed Evo+ contains a new bearing concept, the Moventas Orbit™ Bearing Solution, which provides a calculated bearing lifetime of 40-years. Exceed Evo+ is the next step in the technology roadmap developed by Moventas that was launched… Read more »

First-ever offshore apprentices recruited by ScottishPower Renewables

Trail Blazing apprentices to work on East Anglia ONE offshore windfarm As the UK celebrates Wind Week (23-27 November 2020) ScottishPower Renewables is announcing the appointment of its first-ever offshore wind apprentices. Talented locals, 18-year-old Jovita Beeston from Norwich and 17-year-old Hope Reynolds from Lowestoft, secured the roles after a rigorous selection process. The two… Read more »

UK energy networks reaction: Spending Review 2020 and National Infrastructure Strategy

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak MP, presented his Spending Review 2020 to parliament today and also published a new National Infrastructure Strategy. David Smith, Chief Executive at Energy Networks Association which represents the UK and Ireland’s energy networks businesses said: “The Chancellor has made decarbonisation a priority in the Spending Review and highlighted the energy… Read more »

International grid edge study reveals countries’ needs and readiness for the energy transition

Grid edge estimated to be crucial to tackle the energy transition Assessment of grid edge readiness and need for 36 countries worldwide Results provide valuable insights for governments and industries alike In the effort to mitigate climate change, global energy markets are changing for good. Energy generation is increasingly relying on renewables, and formerly passive… Read more »

Swiss greentech company shows how consulting processes for PV systems can be simplified – for free

With its digital solution, Eturnity AG has managed to simplify the daily work of over 180 installers and energy suppliers throughout Europe. The Swiss greentech company accomplished this by developing two easy-to-use software solutions designed to facilitate planning and sales of residential PV and heating systems. The result for customers: Up to 80% time savings… Read more »

Success in the air for EMR with communications installation for UK offshore transmission system

~ High-speed microwave radio links deployed at Greater Gabbard offshore substations to transport critical plant information including wind turbine data ~ Dunboyne, Co Meath, Ireland, Wednesday, 25th November 2020:  EMR Integrated Solutions, a leading SCADA network and wireless telecommunications provider, today announced the completion of a communications upgrade project for the Greater Gabbard offshore transmission… Read more »

Saitec Engineering awarded with 2.4M€ to accelerate floating wind commercial projects

Bilbao, 25 November 2020 – Saitec Engineering has been awarded with 2.4M€ funding by the European Commission “Blue Economy Window” call. The European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) launched in November 2019 a call for proposals named `BlueInvest Grants: Investing in Blue Innovation´ with a total investment of 22M€ to develop and bring to market… Read more »

You cannot control the wind, but you can adjust your sails

Wim Schouwenaar, CEO is passionate about the work carried out by DHSS. He told PES that the whole work force is dedicated to their services and go above and beyond the call of duty. Well aware of the importance of location and reactivity this go-ahead team provide full vessel agency services and helicopter logistics for… Read more »

Up to 17GW of renewables eligible for Contracts for Difference AR4

Cornwall Insight’s Renewable Pipeline Tracker service has examined the potential capacity that could enter the Contract for Difference (CfD) Allocation Round (AR) 4, with the analysis showing there is currently 17GW* of technologies likely to be eligible to bid. This analysis is based on Cornwall Insight’s unique tiering system in the Renewables Pipeline Tracker service,… Read more »

Olympic Shipping and Safeway join forces again for Sandbank wind farm project

Contracted by JDR Cables, a world-class provider of subsea technologies and services, the multi-purpose offshore vessel Olympic Commander equipped with a 28 metre-long Safeway Seagull type walk-to-work gangway system, has been deployed for the efficient transfer of people and goods during a maintenance campaign at the Sandbank Wind Farm in the German North Sea. The… Read more »

EnBW Chooses Powerful, Resilient Delta Inverters for 2.62 MWp Solar Farm in Kenzingen

The photovoltaic system operates on a former demolition range of the French Army and saves 2,100 tons of carbon dioxide emissions each year. EnBW Solar GmbH has operated the 4.4-hectare solar farm in Kenzingen, Germany since 2016. The roughly 9,900 photovoltaic modules and the powerful Delta-M50A inverters provide 2.62 megawatts of peak power and enough… Read more »

The Government has today set out a number of changes to the Contracts for Difference (CfD) scheme ahead of the 4th allocation round (AR4) next year, which will support up to 12GW of new renewable energy capacity.

Responding, Morag Watson, Director of Policy at Scottish Renewables, said:  “Reaching our net-zero target will require using the diverse range of renewable technologies we have available here in Scotland and next year’s Contracts for Difference auctions will support the critical investment needed to achieve this. “Onshore wind is one of the cheapest forms of new energy generation and Scotland is already the… Read more »

WindEnergy Hamburg 2020 Goes Digital

Hamburg, 24 November 2020 – Unusual times require unusual measure – and new ideas. Sometimes a proven concept has to be reinvented entirely: From 1 to 4 December 2020, WindEnergy Hamburg will be held as the first purely digital event in the history of Hamburg Messe und Congress. After the trade fair had at first… Read more »

Silixa launches fibre-optic sensing-based monitoring solution for Carbon Capture and Storage

Carina® CarbonSecure™ delivers safety, sustainability, and substantial cost savings 24th November 2020, London, UK – Silixa has today announced the launch of Carina® CarbonSecure™, its distributed acoustic sensing (DAS) based solution for continuous or on-demand monitoring of all stages of carbon capture and storage (CCS) operations to guard against carbon leakage or safety issues. Glynn… Read more »

Q CELLS modules power innovative 1 MW solar carport array with EV charging for Aviva, UK

The leading UK insurer enlisted the services of renewable energy developer RenEnergy to install more than 3,000 Q CELLS solar modules for a 1 MW solar carport system at the site of the company’s iconic Plitheavis building in Perth, Scotland. The installation is one of the largest carports in the UK to combine solar and… Read more »

Shipments of LONGi high-efficiency bifacial modules reach 10GW

Low LID & High Bifacial Gain Shipments of LONGi’s high-efficiency bifacial modules have now reached 10GW, with expectations that production will reach 12GW by the end of 2020. Bifacial modules are now one of the more mature developments in solar panel technology. Thanks to their low LID and high efficiency, they are now on track… Read more »

Herman Sr. Selects Sea Machines’ SM200 Wireless Remote Helm System to Enhance Offshore Tug Operations

Boston-based Sea Machines Robotics, a leading developer of autonomous command and remote-helm control systems, announces today that Herman Sr. BV, a Netherlands-based tug and workboat company, will add a Sea Machines’ SM200 wireless, remote-helm control system to one of its Shoalbuster tugboats, the 23.35-meter Teddy, for the purposes of increasing productivity and operational safety during… Read more »

NKT is preferred turnkey supplier for high-voltage offshore wind farm project

NKT is preferred turnkey supplier for high-voltage offshore wind farm project NKT has entered into a Preferred Supplier Agreement (PSA) as main contractor for delivery and installation of high-voltage DC on- and offshore export cable systems to an European offshore wind farm. The wind farm is included in the high-voltage project pipeline listed in the… Read more »

RWE to divest a 49% stake in the UK Humber Gateway offshore wind farm to Greencoat

Agreed cash consideration of GBP 648 million RWE will remain operator of the 219 megawatts offshore wind farm RWE, one of the world’s leading renewable energy companies, has signed an agreement with Greencoat to sell a 49 % stake in the UK offshore wind farm Humber Gateway for a total cash consideration payable at completion being… Read more »

ArcVera Renewables investigates causes of a significant drop in Indian wind resource and wind farm production

ArcVera Renewables, a leading international provider of consulting and technical services for wind, solar and energy storage projects, was enlisted by a major Indian Independent Power Producer (IPP) to analyze wind resource variation cause and effect after an unexpected drop in wind farm energy production in the country. Although variable year-to-year, wind power production in… Read more »

World-first study aims to deliver safer, cleaner and cheaper hydrogen power

A ground-breaking project to develop a new way of storing hydrogen in buses has been launched by academics from London South Bank University (LSBU), School of the Built Environment and Architecture . The LSBU project aims to deliver: Improved safety with hydrogen stored at lower pressures in smaller cylinders on buses instead of the large… Read more »

Guidehouse Insights Report Shows Utilities Are Projected to Spend Over $113B on Networking and Communications Equipment and Services between 2020 and 2030

Accelerating investment is expected throughout the next decade as utilities build their communications networks, report finds Nov. 23, 2020 – Boulder, Colo. – A new report from Guidehouse Insights examines the technologies utilities are using to build their communications networks, providing global market forecasts for investments in communications hardware and services, through 2030. The need… Read more »

Planning logjam ‘threatens net-zero’, renewable energy industry warns

Local authority staff numbers fall 20% since 2011 – as demand set to skyrocket New analysis shows ‘Scotland’s local authorities do not have the capacity to deal with new renewable generation’ which is required to meet commitments Scotland’s 32 local authorities are facing a planning logjam which will jeopardise the country’s climate targets, new research… Read more »

On the road to better backsheets

How innovation has driven the next performance/cost breakthrough How can the solar industry continue on its cost-down roadmap of lowering the LCOE of solar energy, without sacrificing quality and performance? It’s a challenge that applies to many aspects of solar technology, not least to backsheets. Over the past few years, DSM has developed a new… Read more »