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Hitachi buys major stake of ABB unit

Hitachi buys major stake of ABB unit

Japanese technology giant Hitachi has announced plans to acquire an 80.1% stake in ABB's power and grids business for an estimated JPY 704 billion ($6.4 billion), with the option to buy the remainder.

Taiwan's first major offshore power deal signed

Taiwan's first major offshore power deal signed

Macquare Capital and Swancor have signed a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with Taiwanese state utility Taipower for the output of the joint venture's (JV's) 376MW Formosa 2 project.

German wind output to increase in 2018

German wind output to increase in 2018

Renewables are expected to cover 38% of gross electricity consumption in Germany in 2018, according to preliminary figures, up two percentage points from last year, with grid upgrades also on the horizon.

News and Analysis

Mercedes-Benz to build electric car with wind power

Vehicle manufacturer Mercedes-Benz has signed a power purchase agreement with Statkraft to supply its electric car factory in Bremen, northern Germany, with renewable electricity.

Hornsdale battery has 'significant impact' on market

AUSTRALIA: A report into the first year of operation at the Hornsdale Power Reserve (HPR) battery has found it performed above expectations.

Power sector eyes zero emissions by 2045

EUROPE: European electricity generators could cut their net CO2 emissions to zero by 2045 given sufficient political will and support from citizens, the trade association Eurelectric said in a detailed study.

GE supplying first US hybrid

UNITED STATES: GE Renewable Energy has been awarded the contract to supply components to the country's first commercial wind-solar hybrid project developed by Juhl Energy.

US grid designed for 'yesterday's technologies'

UNITED STATES: Outdated wholesale market rules in the US are preventing full participation by renewable energy, including wind power, according to a new report by consultancy firm Grid Strategies.

In depth

Mixing it up -- how wind and solar can work together

WORLDWIDE: As technology costs come down, combining wind, solar and energy storage looks like the way to integrate renewables at least cost.

A palliative, not a panacea -- the trouble with storage

WORLDWIDE: Storage is being heralded as the answer to many of the challenges to come with the transition towards electricity systems that use increasing amounts of variable renewable energy. But what benefits do these technologies really offer to justify their high costs?

Viewpoint: Knowledge helps operator respond to grid demands

WORLDWIDE: Wind farms are now being built to produce power on a gigawatt-scale, particularly offshore, putting them on a par with large fossil-fuel power stations.

Wind-to-battery aids Acciona integration commitment

SPAIN: Acciona Energy has added a battery storage facility to one of its wind farms, allowing it to further explore grid integration and the use of wind generation to provide reserve power from its central renewables control room.

Review of 2017 - part two

WORLDWIDE: The second half 2017 was difficult for many of the major OEMs with a drop off in the Indian market a key factor. Windpower Monthly takes a look at this trend and the other big stories from the second half of 2017.

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