A little late, but here’s the greentech news round up for the week of 17 March
Japanese Environment minister Nobuteru Ishihara announced plants to promote the development of offshore windfarms as part of his countries renewable energy strategy.
The development bank of Ethiopia announced that it would be making available $20m to develop geothermal energy projects. East Africa has considerable potential to develop geothermal energy and Ethiopia is hoping to follow the example of Kenya.
The UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change announced that 1,803 homeowners had their properties assessed for the Green Deal loan scheme in it’s first month of operation.
The worlds largest concentrated solar power (CSP) plant was launched. The 100MW Shams 1 plant located in Abu Dhabi will power thousands of homes in the UAE.
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Three pilots from the Paramus Flying Club in New Jersey made a 500 mile flight from Rhode Island to the Wright Brothers Memorial in a single-engine Cessna burning fuel made from used cooking oil.
Australian company Muradel won a AUD $4.4m government grant to develop an algal biofuel plant.
The London Array became the world’s largest operational offshore wind farm when the 141st turbine pushed power production up to 507MW. The previous record was 500MW held by the Greater Gabbard farm off the coast of Suffolk in England.
The World Bank announced plans to expand renewable power generation in developing countries by tapping geothermal energy.
Progress on a US$1.4bn hydropower project was halted by Chilean courts following a fishing group’s motion to stop it.
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Energy giant Shell released modelling that projected that solar would become the largest source of energy by 2070.
UK solar energy generator Lightsource Renewable Energy purchased two solar parks totalling 9.6MW from Germany-based project developer Wirsol.
China reported that the Xiluodu Hydropower Plant will enter into operation in June. The plant operated by China Three Gorges Corp will be China’s second largest hydropower plant by the end of 2014.
The Scotish government provided £3m to the European Marine Energy Centre in Orkney to install an extra test site for wave-power generation.
Honda announced a $65m partnership with SolarCity to provide cheaper solar power
Finally according to reports in The Register a “Top Harvard physicist” has warned that the wind could run out in the future as giant wind farms cause it to run out. We’ll put that one in the drawer labelled “things not to worry about”