Enecsys Secures £25 Million Investment to Accelerate Growth Plans

UK-based Enecsys, a leader in reliable, long-life solar micro inverter systems for residential and commercial applications, has secured a further £25 million in equity financing to invest in its growth plan, in what is the largest private equity raise by any European clean-tech company, so far, in 2011. Enecsys was founded in 2003 and its … Read more

EIB Delivers Record Lending for Climate Action in 2010

In 2010, the European Investment Bank (EIB) increased financing for climate action projects to Eur19 billion, representing an impressive 30% of its lending in the European Union. Significantly up from Eur16 billion the year before, this is a new landmark in supporting sustainable growth and building a low-carbon future in Europe. In 2010, total EIB … Read more

Industry Divided Over EU Initiatives to Meet Renewable Energy Targets

Renewable Energy World Europe, Europe’s leading renewable energy conference and exhibition, has announced that the industry remains divided as to whether the EU can achieve its 20-20-20 targets (generate 20% of its total energy from renewables by 2020). In a survey of global utility companies and energy firms, Renewable Energy World Europe found that 44% … Read more

New €1.2 billion European Research Infrastructures on Wind, Solar and Nuclear Energy

Three new pan-European energy research infrastructure projects have been announced by the EU. A wind research facility is planned in Denmark, a concentrated solar power installation in Spain and a nuclear research reactor in Belgium. The overall investment is about Eur1.2 billion. They will be part of the Roadmap of the European Strategy Forum on … Read more

EU-Africa Renewable Energy Partnership Launched

At the recent High Level Meeting of the Africa-EU Energy Partnership (AEEP) in Vienna, EU Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs and EU Commissioner for Energy Gunther Oettinger launched the Renewable Energy Cooperation Programme (RECP) together with the African Union and announced a planned contribution of Eur5 million to start the programme. This programme of cooperation … Read more

Zero Emission Tractor of the Future Makes Debut

An increasing demand for reduced emissions and energy independence has fueled the need for new technology and the use of alternative fuels in agriculture. One of the most promising developments, the New Holland NH hydrogen-powered tractor, has just made its North American debut. More than just an idea, the NH tractor is a 106 hp … Read more

Ireland has the Potential to Achieve Energy Independence Using Renewable Energy Resources

Ireland has more than three times its total energy requirements available from readily accessible renewable energy sources on its own doorstep. Yet despite access to such vast and plentiful clean energy resources, Ireland is still heavily dependent on volatile foreign fossil fuel, importing almost 90% of its energy needs. As conventional energy sources run out … Read more

Renewable Energy Courses Available in Clare

The newly opened Renewable Energy Centre – imecofarm – now offers a comprehensive set of introductory courses, renewable energy talks as well as hands-on workshops at its premises near Clarecastle in County Clare. The centre is equipped with displays of step-by-step guides and full-scale working models of wind, solar and water power. “Our courses will … Read more

Early Signs of an Energy Technology Revolution to Tackle Climate Change

Having called for an energy technology revolution to tackle climate change and enhance energy security and economic development, the International Energy Agency (IEA) is seeing the first signs of this happening across the globe. However, it cautions that more needs to be done to achieve the necessary long-term cuts in CO2. The new IEA study … Read more