On track for success in Turkey: meteocontrol provides monitoring for Kon-Tek’s entire PV portfolio

meteocontrol GmbH has won a strong partner in the shape of Kon-Tek Otomasyon AS, one of Turkey’s leading O&M service providers: Kon-Tek wants to control and monitor its entire portfolio of existing PV systems and all new systems using the meteocontrol monitoring system. meteocontrol has already equipped four new solar parks and the first existing systems with its monitoring components. All the systems will be monitored via the central platform VCOM (virtual control room). The Turkish PV market has reached its peak value to date in 2017 with newly installed capacity of around 1 GWp. Ever greater solar portfolios require professional monitoring. O&M service providers such as the Kon-Tek Energy

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ENGIE, through its Solairedirect subsidiary, inaugurates the Group’s largest solar farm in France, at Gréoux-les-Bains

On 27 September, Solairedirect, an ENGIE subsidiary, inaugurates the Group’s largest solar farm in France, in the presence of the Mayor of Gréoux-les-Bains, in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence department (04). The farm, that went into service in June 2017, covers an area of over 180 hectares. Thanks to its 300,000 solar panels and its 50 electricity transformer stations on the 2 sites of Vallongue (88.5ha) and Coteau du Rousset (92.7ha), it will produce 128 GWh per year, equivalent to the electricity consumption of around 85,000 people (excluding heating). With a capacity of 82 MW, it will also avoid the equivalent of 50,000 tonnes of CO2 per year to be released into the atmosphere.

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8.3 GW of Solar PV managed by GreenPowerMonitor including 10 projects larger than 100 MW

 GreenPowerMonitor, part of DNV GL, expected to reach milestone of 9GW PV under its management by end of 2017.  DNV GL, the world’s largest resource of independent energy experts and certification body, announced a key milestone today with GreenPowerMonitor (GPM) providing monitoring, control and asset management solutions for 10 uber-large PV energy power plants in production globally. The total solar PV capacity monitored by GPM is currently 8.3 GW and is expected to reach 9 GW by the end of the year. According to DNV GL’s Energy Transition Outlook 2017, Solar PV is expected to become a major contributor to the energy supply of the future and play a significant

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Unleashing potential for future energy solutions

Monday morning 100 participants from the UNLEASH Innovation Lab met with EnergyLab Nordhavn The sun was shining and not a cloud in sight when 100 UNLEASH talents arrived in Nordhavn early in the morning. As a project addressing some of the global sustainability challenges EnergyLab Nordhavn was very pleased to welcome the group focusing on Energy.   When introducing EnergyLab Nordhavn and the new urban energy infrastructures integrated in parts of Nordhavn a short introduction, to both the Copenhagen 2025 Climate Plan as well as overall approach to the development of the Nordhavn area is necessary. Københavns Kommune, Per Boesgaard, Chief Consultant and By & Havn, Rikke Faaborg, Head of

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Wind industry gears up for Spanish 4.1 GW deployment challenge: requests post-2020 visibility

WindEurope welcomes the 1.1 GW awarded to wind yesterday in the Spanish renewables auction. The figure adds to the nearly 3 GW wind won in the previous auction in May 2017. According to the Spanish Wind Energy Association (AEE), the installation of the projects accorded to wind this year (and in 2016) will translate into investments in excess of €4.5bn and the creation of 25,000-30,000 jobs during construction. “It is a positive signal for the wind industry, notably the Spanish supply chain,” said WindEurope Chief Policy Officer, Pierre Tardieu. “However, due to the four-year market standstill, we’re playing catch-up,” Tardieu added. “The Spanish government is trying to deploy in the

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ENGIE, partner of the Solar Impulse Foundation for a sustainable world

ENGIE and the Solar Impulse Foundation announce today their partnership at Viva Technology, in Paris, a hub for the world’s innovators dedicated to the exhibition of future technology. Isabelle Kocher, CEO of ENGIE, and Bertrand Piccard, founder of Solar Impulse, commit together to promoting concrete energy solutions that are both economically and ecologically viable. ENGIE and Solar Impulse are both convinced of the importance of innovation and technology in meeting this challenge. This commitment reflects the common roots of the history of ENGIE and the Solar Impulse Foundation: a pioneering spirit, a desire to shape a sustainable energy world and a bold entrepreneurial spirit. ENGIE, leader of the energy revolution,

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IRENA and State Grid of China to Cooperate on Accelerating Energy Transition

IRENA to work with world’s largest utility to improve grid efficiency  The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC), the world’s largest utility, agreed today to enhance their co-operation with a view to advancing the energy transition under global and regional initiatives, including the Paris Agreement and the Belt and Road initiative. The framework of the agreement includes opportunities for collaboration on activities related to integrating high shares of wind and solar, grid integration, interconnection and smart grids. The framework also includes initiating technical co-operation in the context of IRENA’s Clean Energy Corridor initiatives and capacity building activities related to integrating renewable power in

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WindEurope encourage Lithuanians to pursue their ambitious plans for wind

A WindEurope delegation (CEO Giles Dickson, Kresten Ørnbjerg of Vestas and Aistis Radavicius of the Lithuanian Wind Association) met the Lithuanian Energy Minister on 12 May. We also met the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Energy Committee in the Lithuanian Parliament and the Chair of the Economy Committee. We were encouraged to learn that the Lithuanian Government is thinking of proposing a 2030 renewables target of target of 45% of electricity (up from 16% today) as part of their new national energy strategy. We urged the Minister to include as part of this ambitious MW figures for both onshore and offshore wind and, above all, to give a clear long-term

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DNV GL starts Joint Industry Project to improve assessment of site condition data for offshore wind farms

A new recommended practice will provide industry guidance on optimal collection and assessment of site conditions which will lead to time, cost and risk reduction in offshore wind farm designing. DNV GL invites industry partners to start a Joint Industry Project (JIP) for improving the collection and assessment of site conditions data for offshore wind farms. Aiming to increase the efficiency of collecting site conditions, the new JIP will work with stakeholders from across the wind industry. The knowledge generated from the JIP is planned to be ultimately incorporated in a DNV GL recommended practice. The design of an offshore wind farm is dependent on the quality of the calculated

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CENER organizes the annual project meeting of NEWA, developing the New European Wind Atlas

A group of around 50 wind energy experts coming from 8 European countries have met these days in Pamplona to participate in the annual Project meeting that will develop the new European wind atlas which receives the name of NEWA (New European Wind Atlas). From Monday to Wednesday last week several working sessions took place under the organization of CENER (Centro Nacional de Energías Renovables) Wind Energy Department, which coordinates the technical Spanish team involved in this project. For this annual meeting of NEWA partners, on top of analyzing the experiments results carried out up to date in Scandinavian Countries, Germany and Portugal, actions of the second half of the Project

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