EGP on pole as Enel strikes $1bn China finance pact

Italian utility Enel said its Enel Green Power (EGP) renewables unit will be the biggest beneficiary of a $1bn finance and co-operation pact with China.

France taps QinetiQ in bid to end wind radar deadlock

Aerospace and defence contractor QinetiQ has been tapped by the French government to carry out radar impact assessment work on new wind farm applications, as part of an attempt to “break the deadlock” with national meteorological service Météo-France, whose objections to project siting have frequently resulted in planning refusal.

Crack it! Energy from a fossil fuel without carbon dioxide

The production of energy from natural gas without generating carbon dioxide emissions could fast become a reality, thanks to a novel technology. Researchers have been researching an innovative technique to extract hydrogen from methane in a clean and efficient way. After two years of intensive experiments the proof-of-principle has now been provided. With the experimental reactor running reliably and continuously, the future potential of this technology has become apparent.

Electric mobility contributes decisively to climate protection

The transportation sector has the capacity to nearly halve its carbon dioxide emissions by 2050 and, hence, to contribute far more than previously thought to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions. Realizing this would require further efficiency improvement and, especially, promotion of public transport in cities, alongside with a large-scale shift to electric cars, concludes a recent study.

Vestas seeks margins and German satisfaction with Availon deal

Vestas wants to capitalise on the very healthy profit margins available in the growing global O&M business and regain customer satisfaction in the key German service market following its €88m ($95.9m) purchase of European independent service provider Availon, which was announced yesterday.

China’s Envision to establish wind blade centre in US

Envision Energy, the Chinese wind group, will establish a blade innovation centre in Boulder, Colorado, to be led by Kevin Standish – formerly chief engineer of blades at Siemens Wind in the US.

Physicists come up with a way to make cleaner fuel cells

An international group of scientists has developed ion-exchange synthetic membranes based on amphiphilic compounds that are able to convert the energy of chemical reactions into electrical current. The new development could potentially be used in fuel cells, and in separation and purification processes.