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Renewable Energy Focus USA News - 23 Aug 2011

Editor's Choice

Investors favour flexible feedstock renewable fuel start-ups Investment in renewable fuel start-ups with flexible feedstock or diverse end products reached an all-time high of US$698 million in 2010, according to Lux Research. More

DoE: Gene could increase biomass yield Researchers have located the gene controlling ethanol production capacity in a microorganism, which could lead to increased biomass ethanol yield at lower costs. More


Wisconsin waste-to-energy project opened
A 4.8 MW waste-to-energy project has opened at Veolia Environment North America's Wisconsin Hickory Meadows Landfill.... More

Energy Storage Including Fuel Cells

Electrovaya 1.2 MWh battery storage for Ontario renewable energy
Electrovaya Inc is supplying a 1.2 MWh battery storage system for a demonstration project related to renewable energy installations in Ontario, Canada.... More

Fuel cell power plus renewable hydrogen co-production for vehicle fueling in California
The Orange County Sanitation District (OCSD) in California has commissioned a fuel cell power plant that efficiently converts biogas generated from the wastewater treatment process into electricity for use by OCSD. It also produces renewable hydrogen for an onsite fueling station operated by Air Products, to serve fuel cell vehicles in the region.... More

Top US Twitter Stories

Top twitter stories this month:

1. ClearEdge fuel cells to power historic Palace Hotel in Long Beach

2. Google Finds Clean Energy Investment Pays

3. Policy Decisions Slow US Renewable Energy Take-up, says Report

Photovoltaics (PV)

Semiconductor and solar PV merger one step closer
The merger between Applied Materials and Varian Semiconductor Equipment Associates, a provider of ion implantation equipment for semiconductor chips and solar photovoltaic (PV) modules, is one step closer to finalisation.... More

Top stories on www.renewableenergyfocususa.com

1. Solar energy could relieve peak grid strain in Texas

2. OriginOil develops new control network for algae harvesting

3. US reforms electric transmission planning

Policy, Investment and Markets

Evergreen Solar files for bankruptcy
Solar cell manufacturer Evergreen Solar has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection at the US Bankruptcy Court in Delaware.... More

Saint-Gobain buys Solar Gard
Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Corporation is buying solar and other speciality films manufacturer Solar Gard Speciality Firms from Bekaert.... More

EU complains to WTO about Canadian feed-in tariff
The EU has complained to the World Trade Organization (WTO) about the requirement of a certain share of renewable energy equipment and services to be sourced locally under the Ontario feed-in tariff.... More

Solar Electricity

Soltas Energy buys NJ solar company Sunergy America
New York’s Soltas Energy Corporation has taken a majority stake in Sunergy America LLC of Wall, New Jersey, USA.... More

California approves solar thermal and gas hybrid
The California Energy Commission has approved the construction of a 570 MW solar thermal and gas hybrid power plant in Los Angeles County.... More

Wind Power

Southwest Windpower gets GL certification
Southwest Windpower has received GL Renewables Certification for its2.4 kW Skystream 3.7, 50/60 Hz small wind turbine.... More

Texas could beat Cape Wind in the offshore race
Texas could see the installation of the US' first offshore wind farm ahead of the planned Cape Wind offshore wind farm.... More

E.ON orders 202 MW of wind turbines from Vestas
E.ON Climate & Renewables North America has ordered 112 units of Vestas’ V100 1.8 MW wind turbines, totalling 202 MW, for a project in the US.... More


26th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference & Exhibition (EU PVSEC)
Dates: 05 September 2011 until 09 September 2011
Location: Hamburg, Germany
Website: http://www.photovoltaic-conference.com

CanWEA 2011 Annual Conference and Exhibition
Dates: 03 October 2011 until 06 October 2011
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Website: http://www.canwea2011.ca

Solar Power International 2011
Dates: 17 October 2011 until 20 October 2011
Location: Dallas, TX, USA
Website: http://www.solarpowerinternational.com

10th World Wind Energy Conference & Exhibition - WWEC 2011
Dates: 31 October 2011 until 02 November 2011
Location: Cairo, Egypt
Website: http://www.wwindea.org

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