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18Jan2012

CSP industry should turn to biomimicry says MIT researchers

A team of researchers have discovered that if the mirrors or heliostats of a concentrating solar power (CSP) tower plant are arranged in a sunflower-inspired pattern, the efficiency of the solar field can be boosted. CSP tower plants such as PS10 in southern Spain comprise a 100-metre high pillar surrounded by rows of giant mirrors
  • 18 Jan, 2012
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10Jan2012

51% of German renewables owned by citizens

A “Citizen Power” conference will be held in the historic chamber in Bonn in July where the world’s first feed-in law was enacted in 1991. Germany, a country where 51% of the renewable energy generation is owned by its own citizens, will be hosting an international conference on community power from 3 to 5 July
  • 10 Jan, 2012
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03Jan2012

China announces completion of world´s largest battery energy storage station

China has announced the completion of what it says is surely the world’s largest battery energy storage station. Built adjacent to a 140 MW wind- and solar energy project in Zhangbei, Hebei Province, the $500 million storage station consists of battery array that will provide up to 36 MW of storage. In a written statement,
  • 3 Jan, 2012
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03Jan2012

Opower looks to replicate US success in Europe

A US energy efficiency firm whose fans include Barack Obama and David Cameron is now looking to transfer its rapid growth across the Atlantic to Europe. Opower has expanded to be worth an estimated $1bn after signing contracts with 60 US utilities since being established in 2007. Opower claims 10 million users in the US
  • 3 Jan, 2012
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