Energy Management Systems

Italy simplifies rules for PV storage

The rules were harmonized with the regulation for revamping and repowering of PV systems issued by the GSE in March.

ABB microgrid control system poised for UK university campus deployment

Swiss power electronics firm to install its state-of-the-art microgrid solution at the University of Chester’s new Energy Centre, in what will be the first energy management system of its kind in the U.K.

Solar leads the way in record-breaking renewable capacity additions, REN21 report says

With 161 GW installed, last year was a record 12 months for global renewable additions, finds the annual overview of the state of renewable energy drafted by REN21. Solar PV accounted for around 47% of the capacity added.

SoftBank unit completes 32.3 MW in Japan

SB Energy — the renewables development arm of Japanese telecoms giant SoftBank — has switched on a 32.3 MW solar array in Yusui, Kagoshima prefecture.

Solar among areas with biggest returns for economy, climate, researchers say

Amid growing energy demand and urgent calls for combating climate change, identifying energy technologies that are good bets for the economy and climate is increasingly important, finds study.

Solar to attract more investment than coal, gas and nuclear combined this year, says Frost & Sullivan

Analysts expect global renewable power investment to reach $243bn this year, with solar PV the fastest-growing segment and non-hydro renewables to account for 65% of all global power investment by 2020.

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Ten energy majors back global blockchain initiative

Ten energy companies from nine nations have joined forces to provide $2.5 million support for the Energy Web Foundation (EWF), a global non-profit organization focused on accelerating blockchain technology across the energy sector.

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REN21 renewables report finds strong hope for 100% renewable world by 2050

More than 70% of 114 global energy experts interviewed in REN21 Renewables Global Futures Report believe global transition to 100% renewable energy is feasible. However, challenges remain fiercest in areas of transport and larger economies.

IEEFA report: Reviewing Japan’s energy transition

In the wake of 2011’s Fukushima nuclear disaster, Japan’s electricity sector underwent a complete overhaul, and has now reached a milestone. It is determined to usher in more renewables and a policy push is set to assume a vital role.

SolarPower Europe summit opens, 6.7 GW installed in Europe in 2016

The European solar market decreased by 21% last year. This disappointing if not unexpected news opened SolarPower Europe’s annual summit in Brussels today. Grid integration of Europe’s solar capacity, EU market rules for protecting the ‘prosumer’ and reforms to the continent’s faltering Emissions Trading Scheme were major themes during the plenary session.