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    UK biofuel firm to open plant in USA

    A UK company is opening a bioethanol plant in the United States instead of this country because it is more cost-efficient.

    Vireol Bio-Energy said it originally had plans to invest in Grimsby, but decided to take advantage of the more ai???focused legislative environmentai???, mature market and other advantages in the US.

    The firm said it remained committed to biofuels and research and development in the UK and had plans to build a plant in this country.
    April 10, 2014
    April 10, 2014

    CWind secures Siemens turbine deal extension

    Offshore energy services firm CWind has secured a two year extension to its deal to support Siemens’ turbine projects.

    The firm, which provides technician services to the turbine manufacturer, has already supported a number of key wind projects, including the London Array.

    The deal will see them continuing to support Siemens with onshore pre-assembly, construction and installation of wind turbines on projects across the UK.
    April 9, 2014
    April 9, 2014
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    Renewable energy increases despite global investment drop-off, UN report claims

    Green energy sources have increased their contribution to the world’s electricity demands – despite a global drop-off in investment, a new survey has found.

    International support for renewable energy projects fell 14% in 2013 to A?128billion, as the falling cost of solar energy systems party and global uncertainty over renewable energy policies sparked a A?21billion decline.

    The report by the United Nations Environment Programme and Frankfurt School’s centre for climate and energy finance found that Chinese investment in green projects was higher than Europe’s for the first time ever – despite both continents decreasing spend.
    April 8, 2014

    Japan stops short of setting renewables’ targets

    Prime Minister Shinzo Abeai??i??s government stopped short of setting goals for renewable energy in the final version of a draft plan that reinforces atomic powerai??i??s role in Japanai??i??s energy future, calling it a vital source of generation.

    The policy describes nuclear as ai???an important base-load energy source,ai??? according to a 78-page draft obtained by Bloomberg News. The plan, the first update to the nationai??i??s energy policy since the 2011 Fukushima crisis, is expected to be approved as early as April 11, Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato said at a press conference.

    The plan represents a compromise for coalition partner New Komeito, which had pushed for the inclusion of specific targets for renewable sources. The party pledged during an election campaign in 2012 that clean energy would provide 30% of Japanai??i??s electricity by 2030, or 35% if hydropower is included.
    April 7, 2014

    St Andrews University is looking for a partner, or partners, to commercialise its so-called "supercell" diffractive optics for thin-film solar cells.

    April 7, 2014

    A team of Harvard scientists and engineers has demonstrated a new type of battery that could fundamentally transform the way electricity is stored on the grid, making power from renewable energy sources such as wind and sun far more economical and reliable.

    April 7, 2014

    Renewable energy provider Good Energy Group has recorded a 43% increase in revenues in 2013 due to rising consumer demand, the firm said in a year-end statement.

    April 7, 2014
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