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Japan Takes Steps to Reopen Reactors

Japan on Monday reopened procedures to allow idled reactors to be brought back online, putting in place new nuclear regulations that reflect the lessons learned from the 2011 Fukushima No. 1 meltdown disaster. While power utilities are expected to rush to file applications with the Nuclear Regulation Authority for safety assessments on a total of 10 reactors, none will be restarted anytime soon, because it ...

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Coal Block Awarded to Haryana Power Generation Corporation

The power supply situation may soon see a boost in production with the Haryana Power Generation Corporation Limited ( HPGCL) ensuring fuel security for its power projects after the Union ministry of coal allocated the Kalyanpur-Badalpara coal block in Jharkhand to Haryana. Haryana power minister Ajay Singh Yadav said allocation of the coal block is a major boost to the power generation sector in Haryana. "T ...

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Ninh Thuan to Receive Another Wind Farm

The south-central coastal province of Ninh Thuan has given approval in principle for Vietnam Electricity Investment and Construction Joint Stock Company (EVNIC) to deploy a wind power project using Russian technology with total designed capacity of 40.5 MW, Pham Hong Giang, general director of EVNIC, said. The first phase of the Cong Hai wind power project will be carried out this year on 20 hectares in Con ...

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India Might Impose Solar Anti-dumping Tax on China

India is said to impose an anti-dumping tax on major solar cell and module producers globally and they will include China. Sources said recently that required by local PV firms, the Indian government would impose an anti-dumping tax on major solar cell and module producers in the world and they would include China, Malaysia and the US. The Indian anti-dumping watchdog said at the end of last year that on th ...

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Sinovel Shut Down Four Subsidiaries

China-based wind turbine maker Sinovel is shutting down four subsidiaries and insists the closures are not related to its legal issues with the U.S. In a company filing to the Shanghai Stock Exchange, the manufacturer revealed it will close the company's units in the U.S., Canada, Italy and Belgium, according to a Wall Street Journal (WSJ) report. At press time, Sinovel did not respond to requests for comme ...

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GE Stops Wind Turbine Joint Venture With Harbin Electric

Citing fundamental differences in commercial priorities and business strategy, GE says it has come to a mutual agreement to dissolve its joint venture with China-based Harbin Electric. In September 2011, GE announced the joint venture would work to manufacture and supply wind turbines to customers in China. Under the agreement, Harbin took 51% ownership of a new manufacturing facility in Zhenjiang, with GE ...

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ITC Awards Gamesa India 46MW Wind Power Project

Gamesa Wind Turbines has signed a 46 MW wind power project order with ITC Paperboards and Specialty Papers Division, part of the ITC Group. Under this contract Gamesa would be supplying 23X 2MW turbines to ITC at Tagguparthi, Andhra Pradesh. The commissioning is scheduled to be completed in the first quarter of 2014. Gamesa would be undertaking the full scope of site development, supply & commissioning ...

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Titanium dioxide, a boon for renewable energy

Australian scientists are currently studying the use of titanium dioxide, a chemical widely used as a whitening pigment, which could help store energy produced by renewable sources. The researchers said titanium dioxide which was widely used as a whitening pigment in toothpastes, plastics, sunscreens and many more applications could prove a major boon for renewable energy sector. Chemist Yun Liu, a scientis ...

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Genesis Energy Wins Approval for New Zealand’s Largest Wind Farm

A state-owned electricity company received the go-ahead to build what could be New Zealand’s largest wind farm just north of the capital, Wellington. A statement from Genesis Energy said it had no immediate plans to start construction after the country’s Environment Court confirmed resource consents for 286 turbines with a potential total generating capacity of 860 MW. Genesis Energy chief executive Albert ...

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Indonesia to Auction Solar Power Projects

Indonesia plans to use auctions to award solar-power projects, taking a cue from countries such as India and Brazil where competitive bidding has helped drive down the cost of renewable energy. Developers will bid at a discount to the state-set top price of 25 U.S. cents a kilowatt-hour of production, Alihuddin Sitompul, director for new energy and renewable energy at the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Reso ...

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