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UK wind pioneer from the late 1980s Windcluster is exploring the possibilities of wind turbine life extension for its Vestas V52 turbines which have been operating at Haverigg, in Cumbria, since 2005. Due to operating under relatively low stress conditions at the site and the provision of a good maintenance regime, the turbines are still in “excellent condition”, while Windcluster has gained the consents required to extend turbine life and keep the site operational for a further 15 years. The landowners readily agreed to extend the existing lease, and the required planning consent was granted by Copeland Borough Council after...

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NTR has acquired a 54 MW portfolio of co-located solar and battery storage projects in County Wexford, Ireland, from renewable energy developer, RES. The portfolio comprises two battery storage projects, adding 25 MW of storage capacity to the Irish grid network, along with 29 MW of solar photovoltaic (PV). Two of the solar projects were awarded 16-year Contract for Difference (CfD) tariffs in the inaugural Irish RESS-1 auction and the battery storage projects will apply to provide grid services through the Irish DS3 grid services scheme. The portfolio of projects will enter operations in 2022. Manus O‘Donnell, Chief Investment Officer...

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Flexible solar company Power Roll hailed the success of two funding rounds, with a total £5.8 million investment to enable the company to scale-up manufacturing.It received equity investment from 7 Ventures (i7v), Kero Development Partners and RAB Capital of £3 million. Additionally, it converted £1,250,000 loans into equity as part of the government’s Future Fund scheme.The Future Fund scheme was launched to support businesses affected by COVID-19, including those pre-profit that rely on equity investment. The scheme initially offered £250 million of government investment matched by private investment, but has since been expanded. It opened in May 2020, and closed...

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A group of mainly Spanish and French energy players have launched a project that aims to deliver low-cost green hydrogen at scale made using electricity from solar.The HyDeal Ambition initiative aims to delivering 100% green hydrogen across Europe at €1.5/kg by 2030.The production of green hydrogen generated by solar-driven electrolysis from the Iberian Peninsula will begin in 2022 with the goal of scaling capacity to 95GW of solar to drive 67GW of electrolysis capacity by 2030, enabling annual production of 3.6 million tonnes of green hydrogen.Off takers will be companies in the energy, industrial and mobility sectors that will be...

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Belgian and Danish transmission system operators Elia and Energinet have entered into an agreement to study potential links between the two countries via an energy island to be built in the Danish North Sea.The agreement is a continuation of the political cooperation agreement, which was concluded between the ministers of the two countries last week.With the signing of the agreement between Elia and Energinet, the energy island in the North Sea is now the centre for studies of three possible electricity connections to Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium, Energinet said.The Danish TSO is already collaborating with German and Dutch colleagues...

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