GreentechLead https://www.greentechlead.com News on solar, wind, power, smart grid, renewable energy Fri, 19 Oct 2018 02:36:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 IEA outlines areas to enhance energy efficiency https://www.greentechlead.com/renewable-energy/iea-outlines-areas-to-enhance-energy-efficiency-34700 https://www.greentechlead.com/renewable-energy/iea-outlines-areas-to-enhance-energy-efficiency-34700#respond Fri, 19 Oct 2018 02:36:17 +0000 https://www.greentechlead.com/?p=34700 International Energy Agency (IEA) has released Energy Efficiency 2018 report — a global strategy focused on what governments can do to enhance energy efficiency. IEA said global energy demand rose by nearly 2 percent in 2017. Last year the world could have saved more than # 2.2 million barrels of oil per day if all countries […]

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International Energy Agency (IEA) has released Energy Efficiency 2018 report — a global strategy focused on what governments can do to enhance energy efficiency.

IEA said global energy demand rose by nearly 2 percent in 2017.

Last year the world could have saved more than

# 2.2 million barrels of oil per day if all countries had adopted the best passenger fuel economy standards
# 16 percent of industry electricity use if all countries had adopted the strongest electric motor standards
# $20 billion if everyone had purchased the top 10 percent most efficient refrigerators

IEA said emerging economies could become 50 percent less energy intensive under the Efficient World Scenario (EWS), with China and India accounting for one third of total energy demand in 2040. China and India would account for over one third of the total energy demand savings, which would translate into savings of nearly $500 billion in fossil fuel imports.

“Our study shows that the right efficiency policies could alone enable the world to achieve more than 40 percent of the emissions cuts needed to reach its climate goals without requiring new technology,” Fatih Birol, executive director of IEA, said.
Global energy use 2017The report said efficiency gains since 2000 prevented 12 percent more energy use than would have otherwise been the case in 2017. Since 2000, these improvements in the world’s major economies have offset more than a third of the rise in energy-intensive activities.

The EWS would result in a peak in energy-related greenhouse gas emissions before 2020, followed by 12 percent drop in 2040 compared with today.

The EWS would cut key air pollutants such as sulphur dioxide, nitrogen oxides and particulate matter by one third compared to today.

More efficient cooking could help reduce premature deaths from household air pollution by almost 1 million per year in 2040 in comparison with the IEA New Policies Scenario (NPS), IEA said.

IEA said average annual energy efficiency investment must double to 2025 and then double again to 2040.

All investment opportunities in the EWS are highly cost-effective and would bring significant economic benefits. IEA said policy will need to facilitate finance and business model innovation to realise this investment opportunity.

Baburajan K

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Canadian Solar wins contract from Total Eren for Australia project https://www.greentechlead.com/solar/canadian-solar-wins-contract-from-total-eren-for-australia-project-34698 https://www.greentechlead.com/solar/canadian-solar-wins-contract-from-total-eren-for-australia-project-34698#respond Thu, 18 Oct 2018 16:49:14 +0000 https://www.greentechlead.com/?p=34698 Canadian Solar announced its EPC contract to offer services to a 256 MWp solar power project in Australia for Total Eren, a French Independent Power Producer (IPP). Kiamal Solar Farm, located in Northwest Victoria, has secured several Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) with energy retailers such as Flow Power and Alinta Energy and a 20-year PPA with Mars Australia. […]

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Canadian Solar announced its EPC contract to offer services to a 256 MWp solar power project in Australia for Total Eren, a French Independent Power Producer (IPP).

Kiamal Solar Farm, located in Northwest Victoria, has secured several Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) with energy retailers such as Flow Power and Alinta Energy and a 20-year PPA with Mars Australia.

Canadian Solar in partnership with solar EPC provider Biosar Australia will start construction in October 2018. The solar power plant will reach commercial operation by mid-2019.

Canadian Solar will install over 720,000 KuMax modules (CS3U-P) on single-axis solar tracking systems. It will be the single largest solar power plant in Victoria, Australia, and will produce electricity for more than 133,500 Victorian homes.

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India’s renewable energy capacity additions face challenges https://www.greentechlead.com/renewable-energy/indias-renewable-energy-capacity-additions-face-challenges-34682 https://www.greentechlead.com/renewable-energy/indias-renewable-energy-capacity-additions-face-challenges-34682#respond Tue, 16 Oct 2018 14:58:36 +0000 https://www.greentechlead.com/?p=34682 India’s total electricity generation increased 5.3 percent in the first half of 2018 due to higher demand. Hydro-based production fell, but was offset by 5.4 percent jump in thermal electricity output and 86 percent rise in solar power generation, Fitch Ratings’ Rachna Jain and Muralidharan R said. Thermal generation capacity rose 1.4 percent, which pushed […]

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India’s total electricity generation increased 5.3 percent in the first half of 2018 due to higher demand.

Hydro-based production fell, but was offset by 5.4 percent jump in thermal electricity output and 86 percent rise in solar power generation, Fitch Ratings’ Rachna Jain and Muralidharan R said.

Thermal generation capacity rose 1.4 percent, which pushed utilisation levels by 2.2 pp to 57 percent in 1H18.

India’s total power capacity increased about 5 percent to 345GW by end-1H18, supported mainly by renewable capacity.
Renewable energy capacity additions IndiaUtilisation factors at the national level were flat as total electricity generation rose at a similar pace.

India added net capacity of 12GW in 1H18, of which 65 percent was renewable, marking another record contribution from the segment.

The tariff-based auction for wind power yielded prices of INR2.77/kWh in August 2018, with the increase from April due to higher financing cost and inadequate transmission facilities. Some solar tenders were not awarded recently because generators’ bids were at tariffs higher than previous lows.

“We believe the gap in tariff expectations of generators and utilities means fewer additions to renewable capacity in the short term,” Fitch Ratings’ Rachna Jain and Muralidharan R said in its report.
Renewable capacity IndiaA combination of capacity additions, higher utilisation and better networks counteracted higher demand, resulting in the energy deficit in 1H18 staying at 0.6 percent.

Distribution utilities are still shying away from signing new long-term power purchase agreements for thermal capacity as spot electricity remains affordable and available, and renewable contracts are cheaper.

Solar capacity could be derailed

6GW of solar capacity was added in 1H18, the largest half-yearly addition. In July 2018, the government imposed 25 percent duty on solar panels and modules from China and Malaysia. Solar developers could also have to pay higher taxes, while equipment prices could rise due to currency depreciation.

“These factors will raise costs for generators, whose bids for contracts at higher tariffs will probably be met with a cold shoulder in the short to medium term. Wind projects continue to face connectivity issues, with lacklustre growth prospects in the short to medium term,” said Fitch Ratings.

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Trina Solar delivers 123MW PV modules in Ukraine https://www.greentechlead.com/solar/trina-solar-delivers-123mw-pv-modules-in-ukraine-34680 https://www.greentechlead.com/solar/trina-solar-delivers-123mw-pv-modules-in-ukraine-34680#respond Tue, 16 Oct 2018 13:28:44 +0000 https://www.greentechlead.com/?p=34680 Trina Solar has delivered 123MW of PV modules to a PV power plant project developed by DTEK, the largest private energy company in Ukraine. The project — located near Nikopol, Dnipropetrovsk Oblast in central Ukraine — will become the largest PV power facility locally and the largest single PV power station in Europe. The solar project has a planned capacity of 246MW […]

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Trina Solar has delivered 123MW of PV modules to a PV power plant project developed by DTEK, the largest private energy company in Ukraine.

The project — located near Nikopol, Dnipropetrovsk Oblast in central Ukraine — will become the largest PV power facility locally and the largest single PV power station in Europe.

The solar project has a planned capacity of 246MW and will be capable of producing 280 million kWh of solar power per year, ranking among the top three such suppliers in Europe. The power station, for which China Machinery Engineering Corporation (CMEC) serves as the contractor, is expected to be completed in early 2019 and be connected to the grid in March.

The government of Ukraine initiated an energy development strategy, aimed at increasing total installed capacity of renewable energy to 5GW by 2020.

“As a global PV company that has maintained steady development over the long term, Trina Solar will continue to promote the application and adoption of clean energy worldwide,” Yin Rongfang, executive vice president of Trina Solar, said.

Trina Solar has sold its products sold to over 100 countries. In 2017, Trina Solar’s module shipments worldwide exceeded 9GW, over 60 percent of which were delivered to overseas markets.

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Siemens Gamesa announces changes in top management https://www.greentechlead.com/wind/siemens-gamesa-announces-changes-in-top-management-34678 https://www.greentechlead.com/wind/siemens-gamesa-announces-changes-in-top-management-34678#respond Tue, 16 Oct 2018 11:59:09 +0000 https://www.greentechlead.com/?p=34678 Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) announced changes in top management as part of its strategy to run cost-effective business operations. Ricardo Chocarro, the CEO of the Onshore Business Unit, will leave the company after 19 years. Mark Albenze will serve as CEO of the Onshore Business Unit — in the interim — in addition to […]

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Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) announced changes in top management as part of its strategy to run cost-effective business operations.

Ricardo Chocarro, the CEO of the Onshore Business Unit, will leave the company after 19 years.

Mark Albenze will serve as CEO of the Onshore Business Unit — in the interim — in addition to his role as CEO of the Service Business Unit.

Miguel Angel Lopez, CFO of Siemens Gamesa, will be non-executive chairman of the Board of Directors. He will succeed Rosa who has decided to leave the Siemens group and seek new challenges after seven years.

David Mesonero will be the new CFO of the company. As head of Corporate Development, Strategy and Integration he managed the integration of the company and contributed to the development of its strategic plan.

Siemens Gamesa will appoint a chief operating officer (COO) to drive efficiency across the businesses by combining procurement, productivity controlling & management, governance and processes shortly.

“The new leadership team and organizational structure are the right answers to the dynamic market environment we are operating in,” said Markus Tacke, CEO of Siemens Gamesa

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China’s NIO delivers 3,268 electric SUVs in Q3 2018 https://www.greentechlead.com/electric-vehicle/chinas-nio-delivers-3268-electric-suvs-in-q3-2018-34674 https://www.greentechlead.com/electric-vehicle/chinas-nio-delivers-3268-electric-suvs-in-q3-2018-34674#respond Mon, 15 Oct 2018 14:27:16 +0000 https://www.greentechlead.com/?p=34674 China-based electric carmaker NIO has delivered 3,268 electric SUVs in the third quarter of 2018. NIO said it remained on track to achieve delivery goal of 10,000 ES8s for the second half of 2018 though the China national holiday and the planned maintenance will slow its deliveries for October, Reuters reported. NIO said delivery volume […]

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China-based electric carmaker NIO has delivered 3,268 electric SUVs in the third quarter of 2018.

NIO said it remained on track to achieve delivery goal of 10,000 ES8s for the second half of 2018 though the China national holiday and the planned maintenance will slow its deliveries for October, Reuters reported.

NIO said delivery volume of the ES8, a 7-seater electric SUV, in September 2018 was 1,766 – a nearly 58 percent jump from the prior month.

The company has sold 3,350 ES8s since starting delivery on June 28. NIO said it targets to launch its 5-seater premium SUV ES6 in June-July 2019.

NIO, formerly known as NextEV and backed by Chinese tech heavyweight Tencent Holdings, is one of several largely Chinese-funded EV startups betting on the benefits of local production to compete with firms such as Tesla.

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BMW sets up vehicle battery recycling venture https://www.greentechlead.com/electric-vehicle/bmw-sets-up-vehicle-battery-recycling-venture-34672 https://www.greentechlead.com/electric-vehicle/bmw-sets-up-vehicle-battery-recycling-venture-34672#respond Mon, 15 Oct 2018 14:23:02 +0000 https://www.greentechlead.com/?p=34672 German carmaker BMW has set up a vehicle battery recycling venture with Belgian materials and recycling firm Umicore and Northvolt, which is building a battery factory in Sweden. The venture aims to design and commercialize a “closed life cycle loop” to give vehicle batteries a second life as storage products before recycling the raw materials, […]

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German carmaker BMW has set up a vehicle battery recycling venture with Belgian materials and recycling firm Umicore and Northvolt, which is building a battery factory in Sweden.

The venture aims to design and commercialize a “closed life cycle loop” to give vehicle batteries a second life as storage products before recycling the raw materials, Reuters reported.

European governments want to encourage the domestic battery industry to rival Asian players such as BYD, CATL, Samsung and LG Chem, which are building a dominant position.

BMW, which has supply deals with Samsung and CATL, said it could source batteries from Northvolt in future but said it was too early to sign any deal with the firm, which is building a plant that aims to produce 32 gigawatt hours (GWh) of battery capacity a year by 2023.

“We have this consortium because we see great potential and Northvolt could be another supplier of battery cells for us,” BMW spokesman Niklas Drechsler said after announcing the recycling venture.

He said Northvolt had to build up and ramp up their battery cell production before any supply deal could be reached.

Northvolt, which has to raise 1.2 billion to 1.5 billion euros or $1.4 billion to $1.7 billion in debt and equity this year to build an initial 8 GWh of capacity, said it wanted to deepen its relationship with BMW.

Northvolt has applied to one of its existing financiers, the European Investment Bank, for a 400 million euro loan.

BMW said it made an initial investment of an undisclosed amount in its recycling venture with Northvolt and Umicore and would provide its expertise in battery cell development.

Umicore will be responsible for active anode and cathode materials development and recycling.

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SunPower installs 1.7 MW solar system at Bose headquarters https://www.greentechlead.com/solar/sunpower-installs-1-7-mw-solar-system-at-bose-headquarters-34668 https://www.greentechlead.com/solar/sunpower-installs-1-7-mw-solar-system-at-bose-headquarters-34668#respond Thu, 11 Oct 2018 16:31:29 +0000 https://www.greentechlead.com/?p=34668 SunPower announced that it has installed a 1.7-megawatt solar system at Bose Corporation’s headquarters in Framingham, Mass. SunPower designed, constructed, financed, and will operate and maintain the fixed-tilt, ground-mount system along the southern hillside. Nearly 4,000 SunPower solar panels are expected to generate 2.4 million kilowatt hours of energy annually, bringing enough electricity onto the grid […]

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SunPower announced that it has installed a 1.7-megawatt solar system at Bose Corporation’s headquarters in Framingham, Mass.

SunPower designed, constructed, financed, and will operate and maintain the fixed-tilt, ground-mount system along the southern hillside.

Nearly 4,000 SunPower solar panels are expected to generate 2.4 million kilowatt hours of energy annually, bringing enough electricity onto the grid to supply a substantial portion of the Bose campus through a 20-year power purchase agreement.

SunPower, the No. 1 solar provider in America with the most megawatts installed according to Wood Mackenzie, has a footprint across the US including Massachusetts and New England.

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EU agrees to seek 35% cut in car emissions by 2030 https://www.greentechlead.com/climate/eu-agrees-to-seek-35-cut-in-car-emissions-by-2030-34645 https://www.greentechlead.com/climate/eu-agrees-to-seek-35-cut-in-car-emissions-by-2030-34645#respond Wed, 10 Oct 2018 16:34:17 +0000 https://www.greentechlead.com/?p=34645 European Union nations, voicing concern over a U.N. report on global warming, agreed on Tuesday to seek a 35 percent cut in car emissions by 2030, Reuters reported. EU environment ministers meeting in Luxembourg talked for more than 13 hours until nearly midnight to reach a compromise over what 2030 carbon dioxide limits to impose […]

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European Union nations, voicing concern over a U.N. report on global warming, agreed on Tuesday to seek a 35 percent cut in car emissions by 2030, Reuters reported.

EU environment ministers meeting in Luxembourg talked for more than 13 hours until nearly midnight to reach a compromise over what 2030 carbon dioxide limits to impose on Europe’s powerful carmakers.

The final rules will be hashed out in talks beginning on Wednesday with the EU’s two other lawmaking bodies: the European Parliament, which is seeking a more ambitious climate target, and the European Commission, which proposed a lower one.

EU ministers expressed deep concern over a U.N. report calling for rapid and unprecedented action to contain global warming but held back from increasing their pledge to reduce emissions under the 2015 Paris climate accord.

Several countries had sought a higher, 40 percent reduction in car emissions, in line with targets backed by EU lawmakers last week, with Ireland and the Netherlands among those voicing disappointment with the compromise deal.

Germany, with its big auto sector, had backed an EU executive proposal for a 30 percent cut for fleets of new cars and vans by 2030, compared with 2021 levels.

Curbs on the transport sector, the only industry in which emissions are rising, aim to help the bloc meet its goal of reducing greenhouse gases by at least 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030.

A call by the EU’s climate commissioner and 15 EU nations for the bloc to increase its pledge to cut emissions by 45 percent under the Paris accord has met with resistance.

Ahead of U.N. climate talks in Poland in December, the bloc’s 28 environment ministers renewed their commitment to leading the fight to limit global warming. Raising it would require the approval of all 28 nations.

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JA Solar supplies solar modules to SA Water https://www.greentechlead.com/solar/ja-solar-supplies-solar-modules-to-sa-water-34643 https://www.greentechlead.com/solar/ja-solar-supplies-solar-modules-to-sa-water-34643#respond Wed, 10 Oct 2018 10:00:40 +0000 https://www.greentechlead.com/?p=34643 JA Solar Holdings announced that it supplied all solar modules to South Australian Water Corporation (SA Water) for its 4.14MW coastal photovoltaic project. The project is part of SA Water’s efforts to achieve zero net electricity costs in Australia. SA Water operates more than 27,000 kilometers of water supply pipelines and provides water services to over 1.7 […]

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JA Solar Holdings announced that it supplied all solar modules to South Australian Water Corporation (SA Water) for its 4.14MW coastal photovoltaic project.

The project is part of SA Water’s efforts to achieve zero net electricity costs in Australia.

SA Water operates more than 27,000 kilometers of water supply pipelines and provides water services to over 1.7 million customers across South Australia. SA Water has some of the highest energy consumption in the state.

SA Water will use JA Solar’s PV modules in the photovoltaic power plants including SA Water’s Hope Valley Water Treatment Plant, Glenelg Wastewater Treatment Plant, and Christies Beach Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Enerven Energy, a subsidiary of SA Power Networks, is constructing the project.

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