New £420m solar deal sees Chinese giant enter European and UK market

New £420m solar deal sees Chinese giant enter European and UK market

A new multi-million joint venture (JV) will see Chinese manufacturer Shanghai Electric pair with Spanish firm Eland Private Equity to seek out major investments in Europe.

Fraunhofer researchers develop technique to produce aluminum windings for motors

Fraunhofer researchers develop technique to produce aluminum windings for motors

In one study, they found that the aluminum coils increase the continuous output of the electrical machines compared to the copper windings, reduce the operating temperature and at the same time save weight and raw material costs.

Chinese workers complete world's first operation on 1,100-kv DC transmission line

Chinese workers complete world's first operation on 1,100-kv DC transmission line

"The line linking northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region and the southern part of Anhui Province is the first 1,100-kv DC transmission line in the world, and there is no previous experience on its operation and maintenance," said Wu Weiguo with Anhui Electric Power Transmission and Transformation Co., Ltd. The west-to-east ultra-high-voltage (UHV) DC power transmission line, stretching 3,324 kilometers long, passes through China's Xinjiang, Gansu, Ningxia, Shaanxi, Henan and Anhui.

Hanging with the lab rats: NREL researchers lay groundwork to accelerate US clean energy transition

Hanging with the lab rats: NREL researchers lay groundwork to accelerate US clean energy transition

NREL wind energy researchers contributed to a journal article published in Science on Oct. 10 that identified three key challenges for the wind energy sector: improved understanding of the resource and its flow in the atmosphere where wind plants operate; addressing the structural and system dynamics of the largest rotating machines in the world; and designing and operating wind power plants to support grid reliability.

Is Australia about to get its first Chinese electric vehicle?

Is Australia about to get its first Chinese electric vehicle?

Well, the first ones are now on hand here in Australia – new vehicle importer EV Automotive, in collaboration with the Chinese EV manufacturing business DFSK, is formally announcing two Chinese built EVs for the Australian market at the National EV Expo and Experience Weekend in Sydney this October 26 and 27.

PV giant JinkoSolar targets 100% renewables by 2025

PV giant JinkoSolar targets 100% renewables by 2025

Chinese solar PV giant JinkoSolar has joined the global RE100 initiative, with a pledge to source 70 per cent of its electricity needs with renewable energy by 2023, and 100 per cent by 2025.The fairly obvious – and comparatively belated – move by the world’s largest solar module manufacturer comes amid a Climate Summit-inspired flurry of new companies joining the global movement, which now boasts more than 300 members.

GE Lands First Orders for 12MW Offshore Wind Turbine, and They’re Huge

GE Lands First Orders for 12MW Offshore Wind Turbine, and They’re Huge

The first orders for GE’s groundbreaking 12-megawatt Haliade-X offshore wind turbine have come from the industrial giant's home country, with developer Orsted planning to deploy more than 1,200 megawatts of the machines in U.S. waters between 2022 and 2024.

Volvo, Polestar to make electric car push into Australia in 2020

Volvo, Polestar to make electric car push into Australia in 2020

Volvo and its electrifying offshoot Polestar will make a push into Australia in the next year with two electric vehicles (EVs) and a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) in 2020.Swedish-Chinese owned Volvo has confirmed that it will bring the all-electric XC40 SUV by the end of 2020, along with a T5 twin engine PHEV option.

Risen Energy Constructing 2.5 GW HJT Module Fab

Risen Energy Constructing 2.5 GW HJT Module Fab

Being constructed in Ningbo city in Zhejiang province, the new 2.5 GW HJT fab of Chinese module maker Risen Energy is scheduled for completion in 2021, the management informed during the groundbreaking ceremony.

Chinese solar manufacturers guiding big hikes in 1H 2019 financial results

Chinese solar manufacturers guiding big hikes in 1H 2019 financial results

China-based integrated polysilicon and the largest merchant cell manufacturer, Tongwei Group has guided net profit was expected to increase in a range of 55% to 65% in the first half of 2019.

Study examines 7.8 TW solar potential of the Belt and Road route

Study examines 7.8 TW solar potential of the Belt and Road route

Chinese mega infrastructure project the Belt and Road Initiative opens up tremendous solar potential across Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Europe as a significant proportion of the countries along the route boast some of the best solar irradiation conditions in the world and expect to see their electricity demand surge in the years ahead.

Jolywood supplying 320MW of N-type bifacial modules for Dubai Expo 2020

Jolywood supplying 320MW of N-type bifacial modules for Dubai Expo 2020

China-based PV panel materials and N-type mono module manufacturer Jolywood (Taizhou) Solar Technology Co, has signed a deal to deliver 320MW of its N-type bifacial solar modules to a plant being built by Chinese firm Shanghai Electric in Dubai.

World's second EPR nuclear reactor starts work in China

World's second EPR nuclear reactor starts work in China

The two EPR reactors at the Taishan nuclear power plant will be the most powerful in the world when fully completed and can supply five million Chinese users, its owners say A next-generation EPR nuclear reactor in China has carried out its first chain reaction, French energy giant EDF announced Wednesday, becoming the second using the much-delayed European technology to reach the milestone.

Chinese Firms Could Rule Offshore Wind Market Without Ever Leaving Home

Chinese Firms Could Rule Offshore Wind Market Without Ever Leaving Home

The potential size of China's surging offshore wind market means that, despite having less advanced technology than their Western peers, Chinese original equipment manufacturers could lead the global offshore wind order rankings in years to come, said Luke Lewandowski, director at Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables.

China boosts electric car sales by removing license plate quotas

China boosts electric car sales by removing license plate quotas

The Chinese government is currently phasing out most of its electric vehicle incentives, but it is still trying to boost sales of EVs by not allowing cities to impose license plate quotas on electric vehicles.

Redflow expands into China

Redflow expands into China

Redflow Limited (ASX: RFX) is pleased to announce that it has signed a collaboration agreement with Chinese zinc-bromine flow battery company ZbestPower Co., Ltd, to supply a large scale (100kwh) Redflow battery energy storage solution for a demonstration project for a key smart grid project in China.

Offshore wind will need bigger boats. Much bigger boats

Offshore wind will need bigger boats. Much bigger boats

While wind turbine manufacturers led by MHI Vestas Offshore Wind A/S and General Electric Co. are expanding the size of their machines quickly, the small cadre of mainly closely-held specialist shipowners that does the installations is hesitant to build more ships before they know how big the vessels need to be.

Chinese Solar Inverters Hit by Latest US Trade Tariffs, but Impact Seen as Muted

Chinese Solar Inverters Hit by Latest US Trade Tariffs, but Impact Seen as Muted

Solar inverters have been swept up in the Trump administration's latest move to increase tariffs from 10 percent to 25 percent on $200 billion in Chinese goods, but analysts and industry sources say the move should have a minimal impact on the overall solar market thanks to an increasingly diversified global supply chain.

US backs 15MW turbine dream

US backs 15MW turbine dream

ABB is working on a lightweight double stator generator that uses an advanced magnet cooling system suitable for both geared and direct drive machines, scalable up to 15MW, Doe said. WEG Energy Corporation is developing a high-efficiency permanent magnet direct drive lightweight generator to integrate into its existing platform.

China Poised to Dominate EV Battery Manufacturing

China Poised to Dominate EV Battery Manufacturing

China currently owns a majority of global lithium-ion battery production, with more than 60 percent of global manufacturing capacity today, according to Wood Mackenzie. The key driver of China’s battery manufacturing ramp-up has been the generous subsidies offered by the Chinese government solely to domestic vendors.

Longi and JinkoSolar Announce Big Mono-Crystalline Capacity Increases

Longi and JinkoSolar Announce Big Mono-Crystalline Capacity Increases

Chinese solar manufacturing giants Longi and JinkoSolar on Tuesday both announced significant expansions of their production capacity for high-efficiency mono-crystalline PV products, a technology that continues to eat up market from conventional multi-crystalline.

China's quest for clean, limitless energy heats up

China's quest for clean, limitless energy heats up

The Anhei tokamak is the first facility in the world to generate 100 million degrees Celsius (212 million Fahrenheit) A ground-breaking fusion reactor built by Chinese scientists is underscoring Beijing's determination to be at the core of clean energy technology, as it eyes a fully-functioning plant by 2050.

China’s EV Competition Goes on Display at the Shanghai Auto Show

China’s EV Competition Goes on Display at the Shanghai Auto Show

As Beijing phases out subsidies for electric vehicles and introduces mandatory EV sales targets, auto companies are striving to make electric cars that Chinese drivers actually want to buy. Chinese auto brands have struggled to gain a foothold in the gasoline-powered vehicle market, making up just 10 percent of global sales.

The Challenging Path Forward for Western Turbine OEMs in China

The Challenging Path Forward for Western Turbine OEMs in China

News came recently that three western wind turbine manufacturers, namely GE, Siemens Gamesa and Vestas, failed to take a single bite of the 6-gigawatt auction for wind power in Ulanqab, Inner Mongolia. Western turbine OEMs in the Chinese market are faced with growing challenges, according to new research from Wood Mackenzie Power and Renewables.

Is Australia’s power system strong or weak?

Is Australia’s power system strong or weak?

To be sure synchronous machines can generally contribute higher levels of reactive power (i.e. provide more support) than can asynchronous power electronics which are typically used by wind farms and solar farms, however this misses an important point.

EDF’s China Offshore Wind Deal ‘Opens Door’ to Western Developers

EDF’s China Offshore Wind Deal ‘Opens Door’ to Western Developers

Even if Ørsted and other Taiwan market bidders are excluded from China there is still a good selection of European offshore wind partners for Chinese firms to choose from, said Zhao.

Chinese electric buses making biggest dent in worldwide oil demand

Chinese electric buses making biggest dent in worldwide oil demand

While electric cars are displacing global oil demand at increasing rates, new research shows electric buses are making a much bigger mark overall thus far. Bloomberg estimates that gas and diesel displacement will increase 96,000 barrels a day this year due to EVs, making the lost cumulative demand 352,000 barrels a day since 2011.

Mercedes Enlists Quantum Computing to Build a Better Electric Vehicle Battery

Mercedes Enlists Quantum Computing to Build a Better Electric Vehicle Battery

By 2023, 20% of organizations will be budgeting for quantum-computing projects, compared with less than 1% in 2018, according to technology research firm Gartner Inc. Mercedes-Benz and Daimler are working with International Business Machines Corp.’s quantum-computing division with the goal of deploying the next-generation computing power in certain use cases, possibly in about five or 10 years, Mr. Boeser said.

Senators Propose Ban on Huawei Solar Inverters, Citing ‘National Security Threat’

Senators Propose Ban on Huawei Solar Inverters, Citing ‘National Security Threat’

The letter, addressed to Energy Secretary Rick Perry and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, built on earlier action by Congress to limit Huawei's presence in the U.S. telecom market based on potential links between the company and Chinese intelligence services.

The Status of US Solar Manufacturing, One Year After Tariffs

The Status of US Solar Manufacturing, One Year After Tariffs

The Chinese company announced that plant in January of last year, roughly a week after the Trump administration unveiled its final tariffs on crystalline silicon solar cells and modules.