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Iberdrola has announced that assembly of the first turbine unit for the 880-MW Gouvaes hydro plant has begun, signaling a key milestone in the construction of the 1,158-MW Tamega Hydroelectric Complex in Portugal. The complex, on the Tamega River, will cost more than €1.5 billion (US$1.7 billion) to complete and will...
Published: 17 Aug 2018, 12:10 By: Oxfordshire-based multicrystalline wafer manufacturer PV Crystalox has settled its long-running, multi-million-euro contract dispute with a still unnamed customer. In November this year it was revealed that the firm had been awarded substantial damages following a hearing at the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce, which required the customer to pay around €36.5...
In Iowa, Congressman Steve King says that rather than a $12 billion bailout to farmers as a result of negative impacts from the trade war with China and other major importing countries, the White House should instead approve higher blends of ethanol year-round, not just E15 but also E30 while further promoting E85. Farmers want to earn and...
In Italy, future expansion of the palm oil industry could have a dramatic impact on African primates, according to the findings of a new study led by the European Joint Research Centre, the European Commission’s science and knowledge service. The study has been published today in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). Scientists found only a few...
In Brazil, Archer Daniels Midland Co. has reached an agreement to purchase certain assets of Brazil-based Algar Agro, including oilseeds processing facilities in Uberlândia in the state of Minas Gerais, and Porto Franco in Maranhão. Under the terms of the deal, ADM will become owner of integrated crush and oil refining/bottling facilities in Uberlândia and Porto Franco. ADM will...
In today’s Digest, let’s look at trends driving the industry’s results at scale — and while money is not the measure of all progress, it is the ultimate yardstick and especially for companies that have reached industrial scale. So, let’s look at Q2 earnings statements now just coming out from four of the sector’s signature companies in fuels,...
Since the prospect of a Renewable Electricity Support Scheme (RESS) was first raised in 2015, solar developers have been closely watching the market in Ireland, to see if it could be a natural stepping-stone from the recent UK boom-and-bust phase. Last month the much delayed scheme was approved by the Irish government and is now awaiting EU state aid...
Published: 16 Aug 2018, 09:16 By: CCL Energy Group has opened a new office in the Netherlands, marking its maiden foray into mainland Europe. The new office has been opened in Tiel, located in the centre of the country, and will be managed by Matthijs Van De Water. And CCL expects to open additional offices throughout central Europe in the coming...
Published: 16 Aug 2018, 08:19 By: The Solar Power Portal and Energy Storage News Awards 2018 is now just a matter of weeks away and our respective shortlists have been made public. More than 70 projects and companies have been shortlisted across this year’s 15 public categories, with the winners set to be crowned during the gala dinner ceremony at...
In India, the Nikkei reports that Japan’s Nippon Biodiesel is developing a mobile money system that will allow villages in India and later in Sri Lanka and Mozambique collectively sell their crops as well as buy inputs such as fertilizers. The project targeting between 4 million and 5 million farmers will be supported in Sri Lanka and Mozambique...

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