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Hong Kong’s policy on environment-friendly commercial vehicles to tighten

Hong Kong’s policy on environment-friendly commercial vehicles to tighten

Hong Kong’s Environmental Protection Department will be tightening its qualifyin...

Philippines’ new wind farms add 303 MW to country’s power supply

Philippines’ new wind farms add 303 MW to country’s power supply

Two new wind farms in the Philippines have added 303 megawatts of clean energy t...

Geneva talks require “business unusual” approach – W.W.F.

Geneva talks require “business unusual” approach – W.W.F.

A “business unusual” approach is needed in the Geneva Talks to successfully deli...

New battery uses old batteries for greener energy storage

New battery uses old batteries for greener energy storage

Energizer has developed the world’s first high-performance battery made with rec...

Global warming to bring more devastating weather patterns

Global warming to bring more devastating weather patterns

The United Nations World Meteorological Organization confirmed that global warmi...

Jamaica to get 36.3 MW wind farm by 2016

Jamaica to get 36.3 MW wind farm by 2016

A 36.3 megawatt wind farm in Jamaica has received $62.7 million in funding from ...

A.D.B. provides Thailand with $85 million to develop wind power plant

A.D.B. provides Thailand with $85 million to develop wind power plant

The Asian Development Bank will be providing a company in Thailand loans to deve...

Business

Georgia taking leadership role in developing solar power

Georgia taking leadership role in developing solar power

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

The state of Georgia is emerging as a leader among the 50 states in promoting and implementing the use of solar energy, in part because of both busine...

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Technology

Penn State develops CPV system for rooftops

Penn State develops CPV system for rooftops

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Researchers at Penn State have developed a concentrating photovoltaic system that is small enough and light enough to be mounted on a building’s roof....

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Politics

New draft text for climate agreement in Geneva reached

New draft text for climate agreement in Geneva reached

Monday, 16 February 2015

A new climate change draft text has been reached during the one-week United Nations-facilitated Geneva talks, leading to a binding treaty that is expe...

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Living Green

Wall-to-floor eco-friendly interior design

Wall-to-floor eco-friendly interior design

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

The materials you surround yourself with—from flooring and window coverings to furniture and accessories—have a great impact on the health of your hom...

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Renewables

Vestas supplies Poland, U.K. with turbines

Vestas supplies Poland, U.K. with turbines

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Wind turbine manufacturer Vestas has announced that they have secured orders this week for two projects in Poland and the United Kingdom. The orders c...

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Low-Carbon

PG&E plans ambitious E.V. charger roll-out in California

PG&E plans ambitious E.V. charger roll-out in California

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

An estimated 25,000 electric vehicle chargers could be deployed in California by Pacific Gas and Electric Company. PG&E is seeking permission from Cal...

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Opinion

Unsustainable urban life: What's next?

Unsustainable urban life: What's next?

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Nutrition plays a critical role in everyone’s chance at a better future. Hunger, said Benjamin Franklin once, is the best pickle. Some say “pickle”...

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American Superconductor profits down; Sinovel blamed

American Superconductor profits down; Sinovel blamed
Photographer takes pictures of China’s wind farms in Inner Mongolia.

Electrical systems company American Superconductor Corporation announced that their revenues and profits for the first quarter of this year and the whole of fiscal year 2010 were hurt following cancelled supply deals with its largest customer.

The company's revenues for the first quarter ended June 30 fell to $9.1 million from $97.2 million a year earlier. Net loss was $37.7 million, or 74 cents a share, compared with $9.2 million, or 20 cents a share, year-on-year.

As for fiscal 2010, revenues dived 10 percent from $316.0 million in 2009 to $286.6 million. AMSC reported a huge net loss of $186.3 million, or $3.95 per diluted share, for 2010 compared with net income of $16.2 million, or $0.36 per diluted share, in 2009.

"The decline is due primarily to a lack of revenue from Sinovel," AMSC said in a statement blaming the slumping sales and losses to its largest customer. Beijing-based Sinovel Wind Group is also China's largest wind turbine manufacturer.

Last month, Daniel McGahn, AMSC president, said they expected sales will be less than $10 million in the first quarter after Sinovel refused to accept shipments of electrical components and spare parts for wind turbines in March. The parts were supposed to be used for the 1.5-megawatt and 3-MW wind turbines Sinovel builds.

AMSC said Sinovel planned to reduce its inventories first before accepting further shipments. Despite its optimism, the Massachusetts-based company eventually axed 150 jobs and saved $30 million from its 2011 expenses.

The company's relationship with Sinovel seemed to have turned sour since then. Last September 15, AMSC filed criminal and civil charges in China against Sinovel, accusing the company of illegally using the American company's intellectual property.

The complaint also included the AMSC supply contract with Sinovel. To date, Sinovel currently owes AMSC $250 million for past shipments and shipments that they're contractually bound to accept, according to Mr. McGahn.

In a conference call, Mr. McGahn confirmed that a former AMSC employee pleaded guilty to charges including economic espionage and fraudulent misuse of data in an Austrian court. The employee said Sinovel paid him well over $1 million for the information.

Mr. McGahn said AMSC's financial results for fiscal 2010 and the first quarter of fiscal 2011 are a "reflection of our past."

"Our efforts to build a better AMSC are now well underway. We have reduced our cost structure by more than $30 million annually and realigned our business into market-facing wind and grid segments."

New contracts

AMSC on Friday reported bagging $100 million in wind energy and smart grid contracts in the emerging markets of China, India and Korea.

In China, AMSC signed a new multi-year contract to deliver wind turbine electrical control systems to Beijing's Jingcheng New Energy Company, a subsidiary of state-owned Jingcheng Machinery Electric Holding Co., Ltd. Shipments are expected to begin in late 2011 and conclude in early 2014.

In India, AMSC signed a contract to deliver wind turbine electrical control systems to Inox Wind Limited. Inox manufactures 2-MW turbines under an AMSC license. The new electrical control systems are expected to be shipped late 2011, concluding in 2012.

In South Korea, AMSC signed new contracts with Hyundai Heavy Industries to provide wind turbine core electric components also this year. AMSC also announced the first superconductor wire shipment to LS Cable & System under a multi-year supply agreement in October 2010.

The company also increased its business in Europe and the United States with several new grid integration solution contracts related to wind and solar power plants. In total, AMSC's solutions will allow these plants to integrate over 150 MW of renewable energy into the grid.

AMCS also signed a multimillion dollar contract to provide their D-VAR system for Keys Energy Services, a public power utility in Florida. The system will be used to improve voltage stability as Keys Energy Services, along with the Florida Municipal Power Agency and the Florida Keys Electric Co-Operative, work on a project that seeks to increase the import capacity of a 120-mile-long transmission line to the Florida Keys from the Florida mainland.

(Oliver M. Bayani and Katrice R. Jalbuena)



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