African Utility Week
African Utility Week, will take place from 13 - 14 May 2014 (Focus days: 12 May, post-event site visits: 15 May) at the International Convention Centre in Cape Town, South Africa.  
8th PV Fab Managers Forum
The PV Fab Managers Forum is the most important forum where suppliers and manufacturer meet and discuss current challenges and future requirements.
Vestas receives 155 MW order in Mexico for IEnova’s first wind power plant in Mexico
With reference to the Vestas Wind System A/S company announcement No. 21 of 23 May 2013, Vestas has received a 155.1 MW order for Mexico.
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UK renewable generation provides a big investor opportunity

UK renewable generation provides a big investor opportunity

Onshore and offshore wind generation in the UK are two of the strongest contenders for attracting funds from businesses and investors, according to the newest edition of PA Consulting Group’s Energy...

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Renewable energy increases share of UK's electricity mix

Renewable energy increases share of UK's electricity mix

Renewables’ share of UK electricity generation increased by more than 2 per cent in the third quarter of 2012. Renewable electricity generation was 9.5 TWh in the third quarter of 2012, an increase...

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Material and energy recycling of waste

Material and energy recycling of waste

In December 2010 the European Commission issued a new guideline which no longer sees waste as an unnecessary burden but rather as a valuable resource. The waste hierarchy distinguishes five stages: waste...

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The 6th Guangzhou International Solar Photovoltaic Exhibition 2014

The 6th Guangzhou International Solar Photovoltaic Exhibition 2014

As China’s photovoltaic industry has frequently encountered anti-dumping and anti-subsidy in foreign countries, most people focus on the solution that the government adopts to deal with the crisis....

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Energy Ocean 2014

Energy Ocean 2014

Energy Ocean is the leading industry event dedicated to promoting the development of clean, predictable and sustainable energy from the world’s oceans. Building on more than 10 years of continued success,...

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MENASOL 2014 - 6th Middle East & North Africa Conference & Expo

MENASOL 2014 - 6th Middle East & North Africa Conference & Expo

Now in its 6th year the PV Insider & CSP Today MENASOL is the region’s only event which combines market strategies with specific and cutting-edge engineering advice to cover the most exciting opportunities...

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IPPO ENERGY S.r.l.

IPPO ENERGY S.r.l.

IPPO ENERGY S.r.l. is part of the JO Group, cluster of five Italian companies and two non-profit organisations. IPPO ENERGY is an Energy Service Company (ESCo), which has its core business in the implementation...

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VRG Energy India Ltd.

VRG Energy India Ltd.

Over the decades, harnessing the sun's energy for the purpose of restoring natural resources has come a long way from just heating water to many other applications. Catering to the demanding requirements...

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ML SOLAR LLC

ML SOLAR LLC

ML Solar is a manufacture and wholesale distributor of solar energy products.  Our products include solar panels, solar cells, inverters, controllers, JBOX, tabbing, bus, flux, mounting and many other...

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STAFOR COMBI thermodynamic unit - ion heater hybrid system

STAFOR COMBI thermodynamic unit - ion heater hybrid system

The annual heating price increase encourages owners of private houses and apartments to search for new heating technologies and technical solutions to reduce these rising costs. Often, these solutions...

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Battery solution for renewable energy applications

Battery solution for renewable energy applications

Narada is a global leader in stored energy solutions for industrial applications. We complement our extensive line of motive power, reserve power, and specialty batteries with a full range of integrated...

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Istar Solar Polycrystalline Solar Modules

Istar Solar Polycrystalline Solar Modules

These Off-Grid photovoltaic modules are composed of 36 high efficiency policrystalline solar cells produced with the most innovative technologies of isotropic exturization and antireflecting coating. Istar...

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Lithuanian Wind Power Association

Lithuanian Wind Power Association

The Lithuanian Wind Power Association unites Lithuanian wind energy market participants, i.e. wind energy investors, facility producers and service providers.

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Florida Alliance for Renewable Energy

Florida Alliance for Renewable Energy

The Florida Alliance for Renewable Energy “FARE” is a coalition of concerned individuals, businesses, communities, associations, policy makers, non-profits, and renewable energy producers.  FARE is...

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European Biomass Industry Association

European Biomass Industry Association

EUBIA, the European Biomass Industry Association, was established in 1996 as an international non profit association in Brussels, Belgium. It groups together market forces, technology providers, and knowledge...

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C-LIEGE

European cities are facing major barriers to implement sustainable energy measures, aimed in particular at an efficient freight distribution and transport management. Even where there is a strong commitment...

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stoRE

stoRE aims to facilitate the realization of the ambitious objectives for renewable energy by unblocking the potential for energy storage infrastructure. Energy storage, as part of an integrated approach...

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SAVE AGE

The SAVE AGE project is the first European initiative, addressing energy efficiency issues in nursing homes as an important potential for decreasing energy consumption and costs.Besides technical improvements...

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An innovative low-cost smart paint that can detect microscopic faults in wind turbines before structural damage occurs is being developed by researchers at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland.

The environmentally-friendly paint uses nanotechnology to detect movement in large structures, and could shape the future of safety monitoring.

Traditional methods of assessing large structures are complex, time consuming and use expensive instrumentation, with costs spiraling into millions of pounds each year.

However, the smart paint costs just a fraction of the cost and can be simply sprayed onto any surface, with electrodes attached to detect structural damage long before failure occurs.

Dr Mohamed Saafi, of the University's Department of Civil Engineering, said: "The development of this smart paint technology could have far-reaching implications for the way we monitor the safety of large structures all over the world.

"There are no limitations as to where it could be used and the low-cost nature gives it a significant advantage over the current options available in the industry. The process of producing and applying the paint also gives it an advantage as no expertise is required and monitoring itself is straightforward."

The paint is formed using a recycled waste product known as fly ash and highly aligned carbon nanotubes. When mixed it has a cement-like property which makes it particularly useful in harsh environments.

Dr Saafi explained: "The process of monitoring involves in effect a wireless sensor network. The paint is interfaced with wireless communication nodes with power harvesting and warning capability to remotely detect any unseen damage such as micro-cracks in a wind turbine concrete foundation.

"Wind turbine foundations are currently being monitored through visual inspections. The developed paint with the wireless monitoring system would significantly reduce the maintenance costs and improve the safety of these large structures.

"Current technology is restricted to looking at specific areas of a structure at any given time, however, smart paint covers the whole structure which is particularly useful to maximise the opportunity of preventing significant damage."

The research has been carried out at Strathclyde with Dr Saafi working alongside David McGahon, who initiated the work as part of his PhD project. With fly ash being the main material used to make the paint, it costs just one percent of the alternative widely used inspection methods.

A prototype has been developed and tests have shown the paint to be highly effective. It is hoped further tests will be carried out in Glasgow in the near future.

Dr Saafi added: "We are able to carry out the end-to-end process at the University and we are hoping that we can now demonstrate its effectiveness on a large structure.

"The properties of the fly ash give the paint a durability that will allow it to be used in any environment which will be a massive advantage in areas where the weather can make safety monitoring particularly difficult.

"The smart paint represents a significant development and is one that has possibly been overlooked as a viable solution because research tends to focus on high-tech options that look to eliminate human control. Our research shows that by maintaining the human element the costs can be vastly reduced without an impact on effectiveness."

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    Energy Storage USA is the only event in the United States focused exclusively on the commercialization of storage, to help you bring your technology to market and win lucrative projects....

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