Geothermal Report Ed 1 – 2011

NRG Expert’s Geothermal Report contains a global assessment of Geothermal energy developments and deployments. 2010 appeared to be a weak year for geothermal with few projects commissioned and only in existing markets. However, this is not indicative of the state of the sector as a whole. As more money was invested in geothermal last year than the previous year. Several projects are now in the advanced stages of development, e.g. in the US alone there is 722 MW of project in phase 3 and 4, and support for the sector is strong. Specifically, Japan and Indonesia are relaxing rules on developing geothermal projects on protected land, which should open up more sites for development. Over the next five years high growth markets for the sector are expected to continue to be the top six main markets, Kenya, Iceland, Mexico and South America. For the latter, developers have already been awarded concessions to explore new sites in Argentina, Colombia, Chile and Peru. In the middle of 2010 the Chilean government announced plans to invest up to USD 200 million in geothermal projects and will grant over 170 geothermal concessions over the next two years, which should result in the country installing its first generation plant in the mid-term. Kenya and Mexico and the other six major markets are likely to commission projects in the advanced stages of development.

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Wind Energy Report Ed 1 – 2011

This global report contains a full analysis of wind energy developments, worldwide and by country. 2010 was a weak year for the wind industry with only 37 GW installed. Once again growth was led by the Chinese market, which accounted for around one of every two wind turbines installed. Conse-quently, China overtook the US to become the number one wind market. The top three Chinese manufacturers, Sinovel, Dongfang and Goldwind, all increased their world rankings in terms of installed capacity, and secured more international contracts for turbines. The top five wind markets, China, the USA, Germany, Spain and India, are expected to remain the same in 2015 and 2020, with India swopping places with Spain in 2017 to be-come the fourth largest market. However, the top five markets will lose their market share as other existing and new markets install more capacity. NRG Expert expects the installed capacity to reach 398 GW in 2015 and 667 GW in 2020. We anticipate that Europe (including non EU countries) will represent some 38% of capacity, Asia 34% and North America 22% and remaining regions will count for 6%.

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World Biofuels Report

This new report looks at the global Biofuels market place now and the predictions for future growth and development. 2009 was a hard year for the biofuels sector with low oil prices and reduced demand for transport fuels. Investment was down by just over a third compared to the previous year. Plants were idle or operating at less than capacity. The industry in the EU, US, Malaysia and Indone-sia were particularly feeling the effects; both the US and EU were struggling to compete with cheaper fuels from Latin America. The projects that did receive investments mainly used mixed feedstocks and thus could adapt to changing commodity prices and supply shortages. Projects using sugar cane or next generation feedstocks such as jatropha, cellulosics or algae received significant investments.

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World Biomass Report

This new report analyses the global Biomass market, the market drivers and the key components for future growth. The biomass market suffered during the economic downturn in the face of low coal prices, logistic barriers and supply issues. 2010 saw more movement in the sector as coal prices are beginning to rise once again making co-firing coal plants with biomass more attractive. Furthermore, the biomass component of a coal-fired plant may be eligible for feed-in tariff or count towards renew-able portfolio standards. Most of these plants rely on wood pellets, often transported at great distance, rather than wood chips or other less dense biomass sources. In the wood pellets market, supplies from the US and Canada are cheaper than their European counterparts and thus North America is a major suppliers for European biomass plants. CIS countries, Russia, Australia and South Africa have entered as significant suppliers, which if they could ramp up supply, could be serious competitors to the US and Canada. Or in the case of Russia, resolve supply delay issues, could be one of the biggest players in the market.

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Global Hydro Power Report Ed 1 – 2011

This new report looks at the global hydro market, the changes, developments and forecasts for the future. Following years of stagnation and bad press, hydro power is experiencing resurgence. Tech-nologies with a lower environmental impact such as run-of-river, small hydro and low head turbines are proving to be extremely popular to both appease critics of hydro and meet energy needs. So much so that in the USA, the regulator of hydro projects, the FERC, has signed memorandum of understandings with five states to streamline the licensing of small projects. There has been an increase in pumped storage projects as a standalone option and retrofitted on to existing hydro power assets. As pumped storage is the most mature technology to store electricity generated from intermit-tent renewables such as wind and solar and then release it to meet peak demand. A large number of such projects are planned or under construction in the USA, China and Europe, which have a signifi-cant number of solar and wind projects installed or in the pipeline.

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Global Ocean Energy Report

This new report looks at the key market drivers for the global Ocean Energy market, developments and future projections. 2009 was a good year for the ocean energy sector with US $246 million invested in the sector, up from the 2008 figure. Key areas of development were wave energy, and tidal and marine current projects. For both sectors, more devices reached the prototype stage and were tested out at sea. Considerably more funding has been available for projects to take this leap. Portugal and the UK remain as the main countries for wave energy projects due to generous grants and subsidies, targets and in the case of Portugal, a feed-in tariff. Other countries making significant inroads in the sector last year include Australia, the US, New Zealand and other European countries, especially Ireland.

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Solar PV Report

This new report analyses the global SPV market, the market drivers and the key components for future growth and development. The past year and a half was characterised by downstream acquisi-tions. Solar manufacturers acquired project developers and project pipelines. Most notable of which was First Solar’s acquisition of NextLight, a major renewable energy developer with a pipeline of 1.1 GW of utility scale PV projects. Manufacturers are slowly moving their operations overseas to cheaper markets, but often keep an assembly facility in major markets because of their low labour costs. Big oil incumbents seem to be giving up on Solar with BP no longer manufacturing solar cells, except through joint ventures or by outsourcing contracts, and Shell having sold its assets in 2006.

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Global Renewables Report

This report is an overview of the global renewable energy markets including – Solar PV, Solar Ther-mal, Wind, Biomass, Hydro, Ocean technologies, Geothermal and Biofuels.

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