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Clean Disruption News: BP bets on solar business with $200m stake in Europe’s largest solar developer

BP to invest $200m in Lightsource over three years for a 43% stake in the business Lightsource is Europe’s largest solar development company, focused on the acquisition, development and long-term management of large-scale solar projects Lightsource to rebrand as Lightsource BP Combination expected to propel company’s continuing rapid expansion worldwide Lightsource and BP today announced […]

China’s LONGi plans solar manufacturing plant in India to bid for the world’s largest solar tender of 20 gigawatts (GW)

LONGi Green Energy Technology Co. Ltd may become the first Chinese company to set up a solar manufacturing facility in India, according to two people aware of the development. The plan to set up a factory in India by LONGi, the world’s largest monocrystalline solar wafer maker, comes in response to Indian government’s proposal to […]

Etihad Energy Services Company (Etihad Esco) to power DEWA water reservoirs with solar PV

Etihad Energy Services Company (Etihad Esco) has been awarded the contract for the development, and installation of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems at Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) water reservoirs. The installation of solar PV systems on Dewa’s water reservoirs will reduce the emirate’s carbon footprint and increase the proportion of solar power in Dubai’s […]

Intersolar India 2017 welcomed more than 13,000 best quality solar professionals despite surprising rainfalls during draught season

The first time in 9 years of existence, Intersolar India had to experience India’s unbelievable climate change. Surprising rainfalls accompanied the event during a draught season. Despite these consequences of the climate change Intersolar India opened the doors to a total attendance of more than 13,000 solar and energy storage experts, even 10% more than […]

Clean Disruption News: BMW batteries to have 15-year lifecycle

BMW says its range of electric vehicles will have the same life-expectancy as current internal-combustion vehicles, despite some degradation in battery efficiency. Speaking with CarAdvice in Munich this week, BMW head of battery development, Andreas Raith, said talk of longevity issues is not backed up by field data. “It’s not a marketing statement, those batteries are […]

New Report by SolarPower Europe: Operations & Maintenance Best Practices Guidelines Version 2.0

Operation and maintenance (O&M) has become a standalone segment within the solar industry and it is widely acknowledged by all stakeholders that high-quality O&M services mitigate potential risks, improve the Levelised Cost of Electricity (LCOE) and Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) prices, and positively impact the return on investment (ROI). Responding to the discrepancies that exist […]

Clean Disruption News: Electric aircraft nears take-off as Rolls-Royce, Airbus & Siemens team up to build ‘e-jets’

Airbus, Rolls-Royce and Siemens have teamed up to develop the technology needed to create electrically powered aircraft. In 2020 the companies plan to fly a demonstrator aircraft with one of its existing jet engines replaced by an electric unit. The engine will use a fan powered by electricity from an on-board generator located in the […]

Clean Disruption News: Tesla big battery officially switched on in South Australia

The Tesla big battery – the world’s biggest lithium-ion battery storage installation to date – was officially switched on in South Australia on Friday, a day after it had already demonstrated its value by injecting energy into the grid during the previous day’s afternoon peak. South Australia premier Jay Weatherill, whose government has provided the […]

Our Mission No Emissions in MENA and Beyond! – Dii Duo: Paul van Son & Cornelius Matthes

At the end of an amazing 8th Desert Energy Leadership Summit organized by Dii, which was held recently in Dubai, we visited 200 MW phase of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park. During the visit we spoke to “Dii Duo” Paul van Son, Chairman & Cornelius Matthes, Senior Vice-President of the organization about Dii mission and strategy for the […]

Solar power in Afghanistan to get $44.76 million boost from The Asian Development Bank (ADB)

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a $44.76 million grant to finance the construction of a 20-megawatt (MW) on-grid solar photovoltaic (PV) plant in Afghanistan. In an announcement, the ADB said the new facility would boost renewable energy generation and supply in the country, producing at least 43,000 megawatt hours of solar power. Photovoltaic […]

Indian Government announces “Trajectory to achieve its targets of commissioning 100 GW of Solar generating capacity and 60 GW of Wind power by 2022”

The Indian Government, announced on November 24, the trajectory for achieving its targets of commissioning 175 GW of Renewable Energy (RE), 100 GW of solar generating capacity and 60 GW of wind power, by 2022.     Addressing the gathering, Union Minister of State (IC) for Power and New & Renewable Energy , Shri Raj Kumar […]

BNEF: Australia’s Energy Guarantee Could ‘Decimate’ Wind, Solar

PM Turnbull plan calls for emissions reduction of 28% by 2030 Government to debate national energy guarantee plan on Friday Australia’s proposed National Energy Guarantee program could slash investment in large-scale wind and solar projects if the government fails to boost its 2030 emissions-reduction target, according to a report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Prime […]

Solar Innovation: Scientists Have Printed Bio-Solar Cells Onto Paper With An Inkjet Printer

A team of scientists from Imperial College London, University of Cambridge and Central Saint Martins have created a two-in-one solar bio-battery and solar panel by printing circuitry and living cyanobateria onto paper. The bio-solar cell that was created using an inkjet printer to print the living cyanobacteria onto paper. Cyanobacteria are micro-organisms that gain their […]