China Idles Fewer Wind Farms with Better Planning
Fewer wind turbines in China are now idled according to the National Renewable Energy Engineering Information Management Center. The annual rate of China’s idled wind capacity may fall to 12 percent this year from 17 percent in 2012, according to the renewable energy center’s records. Michael Parker, a Hong Kong-based analyst at Sanford C. Bernstein & Co, predicts that the rate of curtailment, the term used to describe when wind farms produce at less than their generation capacity, may decline to a single-digit level in 2015 as transmission capacity improves.
Australia Publishes the World’s First Solar Cooling Standard
Australia’s standards body, Standards Australia, has released the world’s first solar cooling standard. The standard can anticipate the annual energy performance of desiccant-based solar cooling systems and fan coil solar heating system. The standard is based on the simulation of energy savings from a solar cooling system, which is then compared with the performance of a conventional air conditioning system in a typical Australian home. The standard can also determine the hot water generation potential of a complete solar heating and cooling system and calculate emissions saved.
Global Solar Inverter Shipments Slips
This year’s second quarter saw a decline for shipments of solar PV inverters, according to IHS Research. Worldwide shipments in the second quarter of 2013 amounted to 8.3 GW, compared with 8.7 GW of capacity shipped in the equivalent quarter of 2012. IHS believes that the main culprit was the sharp slowdown in the European market. Nonetheless, looking ahead, the IHS analysis does see some cause for optimism as solar PV inverter shipments are expected to increase in the second half of the 2013 to reach more than 34.5 GW for the full year.
Chile Increases Renewable Energy Goal
Chile’s upper house of parliament has unanimously passed a bill revising its renewable energy targets from 10 percent by 2020 to 20 percent by 2025. According to Chile’s renewable energy institute, between 5 and 6 percent of the nation’s energy mix is currently sourced from renewable sources. Alfredo Solar, President of the Chilean Association of Renewable Energies say that the bill will give way to non-conventional renewable energy to be a real part of the solution to the country’s impending energy crisis. The bill will now be submitted for enactment into law.
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