More than 9.4 million people work in the renewable energy sector across the globe

According to a report by Allen & York, the 9.4 million includes 2.8 million in solar PV, 1.6 million in liquid biofuels and 1 million in wind, reflecting a “5% increase in 2015 and confirms the strength of this relatively new industry.”

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FCHEA report highlights private sector investment leading fuel cell surge in US

A new report from the Fuel Cell & Hydrogen Energy Association says that growing sales in the US highlight the range of benefits and markets that fuel cells can serve, with high-profile corporations and utilities leading a surge in both new and repeat customers.

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Creating the ultimate hybrid system by mixing solar energy and hydroelectricity

Compared to its traditional solar counterparts, floating photovoltaic (FPV) allows standard solar panels to be installed on dead water spaces to maximize utility of resources, addressing potential conflicts in areas such as food vs. fuel on land use.

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Research Focus: Improving the conversion process for Sorghum Bagasse biomass

The conservation of biomass is essential for ensuring a continuous and quality supply of feedstock for biofuel facilities around the year. However, the conservation of biomass needs appropriate pretreatments in order to guarantee a high quality (and yield) of fuel and fiber production. This study looked into the possibility of developing a large-scale drying system for Sorghum Bagasse.

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Research Focus: Improving wind turbine power conversion in variable speed wind turbines

A new section where authors highlight their peer-reviewed research published in Renewable Energy Focus Journal begins with a novel solution that could potentially protect Variable Speed Wind Turbine Doubly Fed Induction Generator converters during grid fault scenarios.

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Intertek Energy & Water in pioneering tidal energy research with leading academics

Intertek has published a study on the influence of storm surges on tidal range energy, as part of tidal energy research in collaboration with several academic institutions.

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Scotland’s first minister to speak at all-energy’s opening plenary session

Registration for All-Energy, the UK’s largest renewable and low carbon energy exhibition and conference, opens online with the news that Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, will speak in the opening plenary conference session on 10 May.

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Financing alternative energy projects – technology and regulation

Key industry participants used the World Economic Forum in Davos earlier this year in January to launch the ‘Hydrogen Council’, an initiative focused on establishing hydrogen, and specifically hydrogen fuel cells, into the over-growing mix of alternative energy sources. Another example of a continuing industry transition seeking to address the global energy ‘trilemma’ of security, accessibility/affordability and sustainability, explains Tom Eldrige.

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Redefining wave power – tapping into the global potential

From a eureka moment in the bath to the observation of an apple falling from the tree, inspiration often strikes at the least expected moments. For Dr. Stig Lundbäck, a cardiologist from Stockholm, it was the pumping mechanisms of the human heart that led to his idea for a viable wave energy converter.

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Analysis: Energy Storage Projects – An increasingly attractive investment opportunity?

The results of the National Grid’s Enhanced Frequency Response (EFR) tender published in August 2016 have come to be seen as something of a pivotal moment for the fortunes of energy storage in the UK – especially for battery technology.

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