Author: Chris Griffiths


Clir Renewables onboards three of Cubico’s wind projects in Brazil and two in Uruguay to optimize performance and monitor asset health Vancouver, 6th September, 2021 – Leading investor in global renewable energy infrastructure Cubico Sustainable Investments (Cubico) has signed an agreement with Clir Renewables (Clir), a company dedicated to maximizing project returns from renewable energy assets, to… Read more »


Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners appoints renewables investment and O&M expert for asset management and financial services at one of Texas’ largest solar projects Pittburgh, September 6th, 2021 – Exus Management Partners (Exus), a leading expert in powering sustainable investments through operational excellence, has been chosen by Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) as asset manager for the 477MWdc Fighting Jays… Read more »


Global Offshore, a leading provider of cable installation, repair and trenching services to the offshore renewables, utilities and oil & gas markets, and part of the Global Marine Group, has been awarded a contract for the installation and burial of 27 array cables at Parkwind’s Arcadis Ost 1 offshore wind farm. The scope of work… Read more »

Nordex announces entry into the 6 MW class with the N163/6.X turbine

Hamburg, 6 September 2021. The Nordex Group is adding the N163/6.X turbine to its product portfolio. The Group is following up its successful approach started with the introduction of the Delta4000 series, presented for the first time in 2017, of a flexible power range – initially with the 4 MW+ class, followed by the 5… Read more »

Power Cut emergency number reaches fifth birthday

Five years ago today, in 2016, Britain’s electricity network operators joined forces to launch a three digit telephone number – 105 – to make it easier for their customers to contact them during a power cut and to report damage to power lines and other electricity infrastructure. Electricity network companies are aware of the vital… Read more »

Energy networks respond to Ofgem’s strategy for electric vehicles

Ofgem has outlined the ways it will support the roll-out of electric vehicles. Randolph Brazier, Director of Innovation & Electricity Systems at Energy Networks Association which represents the UK and Ireland’s energy networks businesses said: “Working with a flexible regulator has allowed the networks to bring forward investment of £300 million to support a Green… Read more »

Hunterston PARC announces new Development Framework consultation

A new Development Framework for the Hunterston Port and Resource Campus (Hunterston PARC) in North Ayrshire, one of Scotland’s most important industrial brownfield sites, has gone out to consultation. Responses to the fresh set of proposals, which builds on a previous detailed engagement with the local community and other stakeholders, are invited over the next… Read more »

Nordex installs first N163/5.X turbine

Hamburg, 1 September 2021 On August 31st 2021, the Nordex Group installed the first N163/5.X turbine of the Delta4000 series as planned in the citizen wind farm “Janneby” in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. With its approx. 80-metre rotor blades and a rotor sweep of 20,867 square metres, the N163/5.X is currently the most efficient Nordex turbine in… Read more »

Vehicle-integrated photovoltaics (VIPV): Flexible solar modules deliver 30 percent more power

Berlin, 02.09.2021 – Solar panel manufacturer OPES Solutions and Fraunhofer Center for Silicon Photovoltaics CSP have developed a flexible standard solar module for vehicle integration. SolFlex is based on crystalline solar cells and achieves around 30% more power per square meter than current flexible modules that use thin-film technology. Its bending radius of up to… Read more »

iCOGNIZE files patent on GDPR-compliant method for securing biometric data

The Hessian company iCOGNIZE has applied for a patent on its new split-template method for securing biometric data. In this new process, biometric data is split directly after gathering, rendering it unrecognizable. Since biometric data contains mathematical descriptions of certain characteristics of body features such as fingerprints, iris or facial details, and vein patterns, it… Read more »

Energy supplier consolidation expected to continue

The UK’s energy supply market has been undergoing a period of consolidation, with the number of fully licensed suppliers falling to under 50 from a high of 62 in 2018, according to a report commissioned by Shoosmiths and produced by Cornwall Insights – Consolidation in the domestic energy market. Not only is consolidation expected to… Read more »

PEAK Wind sells 30% stake to Integrated Wind Solutions AS

With Integrated Wind Solutions AS onboard, PEAK Wind adds additional competences and capital to continue its growth trajectory To continue the company’s growth trajectory and remain in the forefront of the development of the renewable energy sector, PEAK Wind has decided to sell 30% ownership stake of the company to Integrated Wind Solutions AS, a… Read more »

University of Konstanz successfully takes legal action against patent infringements in the field of solar cell production and wins initial case

The University of Konstanz has reached an agreement with a German equipment manufacturing company on the protection of patent rights relating to their patents on LID regeneration of solar cells. With the support of TLB GmbH from Karlsruhe, Germany, a mutually beneficial agreement was reached. The foundation for this was laid by a successful  lawsuit… Read more »

Crown Estate Scotland has today launched a new leasing process for offshore wind farms to help decarbonise Scotland’s oil and gas sector.

Responding, Claire Mack, Chief Executive of Scottish Renewables, said: “While new systems to allow Scotland to capitalise on its renewable energy resource are to be welcomed, it is also important that we continue to focus as a country on our net-zero mission, and on the economic and social benefits which meeting that target with renewable… Read more »

Kensa Group Leads Green Recovery with End of Financial Year Results

The Kensa Group, the UK’s leading manufacturer and installer of ground source heat pumps, has posted its results for the financial year to April 30 2021. Strong business performance in an unprecedented year Revenues increased by 82% to £25.14m producing a profit of £0.62m as the Group continued to deliver solutions for private householders, self-builders,… Read more »

Get help now to help keep winter fuel bills down

West Midlands residents are being advised to act now to help cut their fuel bills before the colder months and weather return. Organisers of the Warmer Homes West Midlands programme are reminding residents that they can provide them with information and guidance to help them heat their home affordably. The programme forms part of a… Read more »

The US company has purchased solar panels manufacturing facilities in Europe to provide a fast and reliable supply.

AIONRISE Holding Inc. (Delaware, USA) has purchased fully automated solar panels manufacturing located in Georgia, Europe in March 2021. The main target markets for a brand are the USA and Europe. The factory was built by Swiss and German PV technology companies and started operation in 2019 with an annual capacity of 500MW. AIONRISE solar… Read more »

Energy networks respond to Strategic Innovation Fund launched by Ofgem

Ofgem has announced a Strategic investment Fund to help unlock Net Zero, with around £450 million to be invested in energy network innovation from 2021-2026. Dan Clarke, Head of Innovation at Energy Networks Association which represents the UK and Ireland’s energy networks businesses said: “Energy networks are unlocking Net Zero, helping customers connect low carbon… Read more »

Green light for The smarter E South America in October

August 9, 2021: With 45.4 million people (21.4% of the population) fully vaccinated so far overall in Brazil, and 106.8 million people (50.5%) having received their first dose, the reopening of the economy has been given a green light by the authorities starting August 17, 2021. The severe water supply crisis currently facing Brazil makes it… Read more »

Maximum flexibility: The new IBC AeroFix G3 flat roof mounting system

Roof-penetration-free mounting system now offers even more options for covering roofs individually and economically with PV modules Bad Staffelstein / Germany, August 31, 2021 – IBC SOLAR AG, a global leader in photovoltaic (PV) systems and energy storage, presents the latest development of its aerodynamic flat roof mounting system IBC AeroFix. The new AeroFix G3… Read more »

Why I am a stubborn optimist. The opportunity in tackling climate change

By Christiana Figueres – Founding Partner at Global Optimism, co-presenter of Outrage + Optimism, co-author of The Future We Choose: The Stubborn Optimist’s Guide to the Climate Crisis In early 2010, I was charged by United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon, to lead the UN Climate Convention. Whilst I’d worked in the field of… Read more »

Big Brother star urges you to ‘look out, look up’ this bank holiday weekend

Former Big Brother winner and one of the UK’s leading DIY and home improvement experts, Craig Phillips, is urging people to stay safe this bank holiday weekend. Backing a campaign by Energy Networks Association, Craig is urging DIY and garden enthusiasts to turn Big Brother on the look out for overhead power cables, and to… Read more »

Harland & Wolff (Methil) Welcome New Apprentices To Site

Harland & Wolff, the iconic shipyard with over 160 years of maritime and offshore engineering pedigree, is delighted to welcome eleven new apprentices to its Methil site as part of its very first ‘Apprentice Induction Day’. The scheme will run in line and with partnership from Fife College and will see apprentices range from 16… Read more »


Vital Hotel Flora, a 4-star spa hotel located in the Dolomite Valleys in Trentino, Northern Italy has worked with EPC, Dolomiti Energia Solutions, and tier one inverter supplier, FIMER, to install a 64KW rooftop solar PV system, which will produce an estimated 75,000 kWh of clean energy and save 48 tonnes of carbon emissions each… Read more »

Q CELLS makes Grid Equity investment into portfolio of Amped Solutions projects

–         Q CELLS accelerates its complete energy solutions for customers and partners with a new financing structure to maximize project value and bankability [Irvine, United States, August 26, 2021] Today Q CELLS North America, a leading manufacturer of PV modules and provider of complete energy solutions, announced that it closed on an investment into a… Read more »

DEME Offshore prepares for next generation turbines with major crane upgrade for ‘Sea Installer’

Crane capacity increased to 1,600 tonnes Wednesday, August 25, 2021 — DEME Offshore’s  DP2 jack-up installation vessel ‘Sea Installer’ will get a major crane upgrade when the capacity is increased from 900 tonnes to 1,600 tonnes. Being built by leading crane manufacturer Huisman, the new crane will enable ‘Sea Installer’ to handle the next generation of… Read more »

Energy networks seeks stakeholder views on next version of flexibility services standard agreement

Energy Networks Association (ENA) has today launched a consultation on the next version of its standard contract for flexibility services, which seeks to further drive standardisation, consistency and transparency. Stakeholders are invited to help shape the third iteration of this standard contract, which was created through ENA’s leading Open Networks project, with input from distribution… Read more »

White & Case Advises Brite Energy Partners on US$100 million Investment from BlackRock to Expand Solar Capabilities

27 Aug 2021 … Global law firm White & Case LLP has advised Brite Energy Partners (BEP), a South Korean solar energy development and investment company, on its equity financing and further financing commitment in an aggregate amount of more than US$100 million from BlackRock Real Assets, a unit of the world’s largest asset manager… Read more »

LevelTen Energy Raises $35 Million in Series C Funding from NGP ETP, Energy Majors, VCs and Google to Accelerate the Energy Transition

LevelTen will use funds to expand its suite of renewable transaction infrastructure, accelerating deals between the world’s largest group of renewable energy advisors, buyers, sellers and financiers  SEATTLE – Aug. 25, 2021: Today, LevelTen Energy, the leading provider of renewable transaction infrastructure, announced a $35 million Series C funding round led by NGP ETP, with… Read more »

Renewable industry priorities outlined ahead of Programme for Government

Measures provide recommendations for Scottish Government Industry body Scottish Renewables has set out some of its priorities for the Scottish Government’s upcoming Programme for Government, which will be published in the coming weeks. Renewable technologies like wind, solar, hydro and more now provide the equivalent of 97.4% of the electricity consumed in Scotland. Slow progress… Read more »

DNV updates standard for floating wind turbine structures to allow for cost reduction and optimization

DNV, the independent energy expert and assurance provider, has updated the DNV-ST-0119 standard for floating wind turbine structures. The updated standard includes numerous technical improvements that allow the industry to further optimize floating wind turbine structures while maintaining a sufficient level of safety.  The main change is a completely revised section on floating stability. In addition,… Read more »

Ready to shine: Meyer Burger shines in a new light with an innovative campaign

Meyer Burger launches digital advertising campaign for its high-performance solar modules with the slogan “Ready to shine” New image film stages the power of the sun as a symbol of promise for the future Customer campaign now starts in ten countries across Europe Now that Meyer Burger Technology Ltd has launched its high-performance solar module… Read more »

White & Case Advises Lenders on Financing of Edenvale Solar Park

Global law firm White & Case LLP has advised France’s Natixis on the project financing of the 204MW Edenvale Solar Park in Queensland, Australia. The Edenvale Solar Park in the Western Downs region will be 50-50 owned by Tokyo-based trading house Sojitz Corporation and ENEOS Australia Pty Ltd, the Australian subsidiary of ENEOS Corporation, Japan’s… Read more »

Deutsche Windtechnik establishes a unit for offshore full-service in the UK – independent maintenance continues to grow

Deutsche Windtechnik has established a new country unit to provide maintenance for offshore wind farms in the UK. Deutsche Windtechnik Offshore Ltd. began its work on August 1st and is managed as an independent company. It cooperates closely with the onshore country unit, which was established in 2016. The UK is at the top of… Read more »

Control requirements for effective food production standards compliance

Food production safety detection and rejection systems demand accuracy and control sufficient to ensure not just an effective system, but one that maintains throughput and uptime. This combines a need for optimum motor control that can integrate with an automated system with real time data sharing to guarantee that standards are met. Gerard Bush, INMOCO,… Read more »

Extreme E and Enel Foundation reveal St. Helena’s first onboard scientific research project

24 August 2021, London: Extreme E, the electric motorsport series designed to raise climate change awareness, and Enel Foundation, the energy transition think tank, have today confirmed their first joint science research project to take place in the purpose-built science laboratory onboard the series’ floating centrepiece, the St. Helena. Extreme E has been working with the… Read more »