Vestas Secures Biggest Wind-Turbine Order in Three Years
Vestas Wind Systems won a 400 MW deal to supply wind turbines to two Duke Energy Corp. wind farms in Texas. This is the largest order Vestas has received in three years. The company’s previous single-sale order that was larger was a 420-megawatt Australian deal made in August 2010. The recent transaction suggests that Vestas is regaining ground in the U.S. after announcing no new orders in the first eight months of this year. To date, the Danish manufacturer now has three U.S. orders totaling 540 megawatts.
New Efficiency Records for CPV
A European partnership formed by Soitec, the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE), CEA-Leti, and the Helmholtz Center Berlin posted a new record of 44.7 % efficiency for its four-junction concentrated photovoltaic cell. The partnership produced positive results thanks largely to Soitec’s background in wafer bonding technology and Fraunhofer ISE’s experience in epitaxial growth of III-V materials and device characterization, explained by Frank Dimroth, project leader on the Fraunhofer side and Jocelyne Wasselin, team leader on the Soitec side. The previous record was at 43.5 % efficiency, posted only four months ago.
Statoil’s Third Oil Discovery in Canada May Exceed Projections
Statoil announced that its third oil discovery off eastern Canada may hold more recoverable oil than previously estimated because the area still has several prospective sites. The company said recently that its Bay du Nord discovery in Canada’s Flemish Pass Basin may hold 300 million to 600 million barrels of oil. With more than 850 million barrels of oil equivalent found this year, Statoil is currently the most successful explorer for conventional resources.
Canadian PM Confident that Keystone XL will be Approved
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said his government will continue to fight for the approval of Keystone XL pipeline even if President Obama scraps the project. Harper said he is optimistic the U.S. will recognize the potential of the proposed project. Obama has assured Harper that his decision will be based on what he believes is the best interests of the United States based on the facts. Harper says that the facts are clear and adds that there is an “overwhelming” case for the project to be approved.