Drop in Wind Energy Costs Adds Pressure for Government Rethink

Onshore windfarms could be built in the UK for the same cost as new gas power stations and would be nearly half as expensive as the Hinkley Point C nuclear plant, according to a leading engineering consultant. Arup found that the technology has become so cheap that developers could deliver …

Major Renewable Energy Projects in Africa and Asia

Five new partners joined UN Environment’s Seed Assistance Facility today, committing to invest $50 million in clean power projects in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. In a region like sub-Saharan Africa where, 600 million people lack access to electricity, clean energy has the potential to greatly improve quality of life, economic …

Ikea Plans Mushroom-Based Packaging as Eco-Friendly Replacement for Polystyrene

Ikea plans to use packaging made with mushrooms as an eco-friendly replacement for polystyrene, the Swedish retail giant has revealed. The flat-pack furniture retailer is looking at using the biodegradable “fungi packaging” as part of its efforts to reduce waste and increase recycling, Joanna Yarrow, head of sustainability for Ikea …

ABB Delivers Dubai Sun

ABB has completed a substation to deliver the electricity generated by a 200MW photovoltaic plant in Dubai. The 400/132kV gas-insulated switchgear unit, built for local utility Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA), will connect and integrate the second phase of the Mohamed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum solar park with the …

Solar Inverter Supplier of the Year 2016

ABB in India was nominated ‘Solar Inverter Supplier of the Year 2016’. The award was presented as part of the first Solar Today Awards at Intersolar India 2016. ABB has been working in the area of integrating renewables into the grid with proven and pioneering solutions in the solar and …

A Total of 12.5GW of New Wind Capacity Was Installed in Europe in 2016

A total of 12.5GW of new wind capacity was installed in Europe in 2016, according to WindEurope data. WindEurope said in its annual wind statistics that a record €27.5bn in new investments were made last year, with more than 10.9GW added onshore and almost 1.57GW offshore. Total wind capacity in …

Statoil Eyes Wind Growth

Norwegian oil major Statoil plans to invest up to 20% of capital expenditure in other areas, such as offshore wind, by 2030. Chief executive Eldar Saetre said in a presentation of the company’s 2016 results that between 15% and 20% of Capex could go to offshore wind by the end …