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Wartsila Plant Uses Brewery Spent Grain

Wartsila Plant Uses Brewery Spent Grain

Wartsila has been awarded two contracts by Scottish and Newcastle (S&N), the major international brewing group, to supply and install equipment for two biomass-fueled combined heat and power plants (CHP). The two CHP plants will be located on at the company's UK breweries in Manchester, for which the order was received in the end of 2007, and Tadcaster, for which the order was received in the beginning of 2008.
China Boosts Solar Market with New Construction Ban

China Boosts Solar Market with New Construction Ban

Beijing took an important step towards rejuvenating the global solar panel sector last week when it announced new steps that will strictly limit new plant construction. This kind of government-led approach is a good short-term solution, as it will halt the introduction of new supply, which in turn will allow prices to stabilize after more than 2 years of steep […]
GCL-Poly Mops Up China’s Chaori Solar Mess

GCL-Poly Mops Up China’s Chaori Solar Mess

The latest deal involving an insolvent solar panel maker is seeing a group led by GCL-Poly Energy (HKEx: 3800) take control of bankrupt Chaori Solar, in a takeover that looks slightly ominous but also potentially interesting for investors. The ominous element comes from the fact that these bankruptcy proceedings are occurring Chinese courts, where local politics are often more important than forging deals […]
Does Solar PV Still Make Sense for the Developing World?

Does Solar PV Still Make Sense for the Developing World?

It has always been a foregone conclusion that solar photovoltaics (PV) makes sense in the rural parts of the developing world. We have seen reams of paper convincing policy makers, manufacturers, donors, multilaterals, bilaterals, etc., just how solar solves energy challenges for basic human amenities.
Opinion: Puerto Rico’s energy future is renewable

Opinion: Puerto Rico’s energy future is renewable

When Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, it cut short nearly 3,000 lives, displaced thousands of families, and subjected the commonwealth to the longest energy blackout in U.S. history. This tragedy invited a new vision for Puerto Rico’s battered electric grid, and I hoped that a central tenet of the rebuilding effort would be an aggressive move toward safe, abundant and resilient clean energy.
How food labels are driving renewable tech

How food labels are driving renewable tech

Your check-out choices really do change the world British food manufacturer Quorn has announced that it will be adding carbon footprint labels to all products in a bid to highlight the climate impact of their popular meat-free burgers and sausages. The company, set to be the first major food brand in the UK to introduce carbon labeling, revealed that it […]
Star performer: Europe installs 2.1 GW of new solar thermal in 2006

Star performer: Europe installs 2.1 GW of new solar thermal in 2006

'In a few decades, wasting gas, oil or electricity for low temperature uses such as space heating will no longer be an option.' Instead, by 2030, solar can provide well over 50% of Europe's heat by 2030. And with 47% market growth in 2006, the signs are promising. Jackie Jones reports on solar thermal in Europe and takes a brief look at some other world markets.
Why Microgrids Are Essential in India’s Electricity Generation Mix

Why Microgrids Are Essential in India’s Electricity Generation Mix

The announcement on June 23 of a partnership among Softbank, Airtel, and Foxconn for investing $20 billion in India for solar and renewable energy projects is welcome news. Many tens of gigawatts of solar generation will be deployed, augmenting today's electricity supply. The investment will be used to deploy large, grid-tied solar and wind projects, plus the manufacture of solar panels. 
Batteries May Curb Sales by Power Companies, Moody’s Says

Batteries May Curb Sales by Power Companies, Moody’s Says

Batteries that allow large users to lower their reliance on the most expensive electricity threaten to cripple sales for U.S. independent power producers and utilities, posing credit challenges, according to Moody’s Investors Service.
Manufacturing the UK’s Economic Recovery

Manufacturing the UK’s Economic Recovery

The Chancellor has his sights set firmly on driving economic recovery, and a central component of the plan is his target to increase the value of annual UK exports to £1 trillion by 2020. This equates to approximately a 100% increase from where we currently stand, and there is little disagreement that it is an exceptionally tall order. Issues of […]