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Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Aiming for operational excellence: An interview with David Swindin of Cubico Sustainable Investments

As mentioned previously in Renewable Energy Magazine, Cubico Sustainable Investments has acquired a portfolio of 18 Italian PV plants (109 MW) from Silver Ridge Power Italia, a Joint Venture between Riverstone and SunEdison. Cubico employs a unique business model where they invest in and then manage renewable assets for the long-term – typically 30-35 years. Cubico is backed by two leading Canadian pension funds and has very ambitious plans, aiming to expand rapidly and become one of the world’s leading renewable energy companies in terms of operational excellence.

REM talked to David Swindin, Head of EMEA at Cubico, to find out more about the company and its vision for the future.

Monday, 15 May 2017

H&M joins EP100 in order to enhance its energy efficiency

International fashion retailer H&M has joined global collaborative initiative EP100 in order to enhance its energy productivity and transition to a net zero carbon company.  

Monday, 8 May 2017

Antwerp scientists discover how to generate power from polluted air

Researchers from the University of Antwerp and KU Leuven (University of Leuven), Belgium, have a process that purifies air while at the same time generating power.

"Appealing to Authority": Legitimate approach or not?

In my various debates with climate change deniers, I have often been accused of "appealing to authority", i.e. judging the worthiness of an opinion based on the credentials of the person and/or organisation that presented it. This, to me, is a sensible and logical thing to do, since no-one would really expect an artist to have a good working knowledge of passenger jetliner mechanics, or actually be unleased on a jetliner if it required some maintenance, for the simple reason that this task is properly the job of a qualified aircraft mechanic, not an artist.

Oh but how they moan. Interestingly though, I've just seen this comment on a blog piece about appealing to authority which explains the deniers tactics in this area very well:

"...climate change deniers seem to use the illegitimacy of arguments from authority to dismiss the validity of the scientific consensus that is arrayed against them. That is to say, they invoke the 'marketplace of ideas' fallacy that expert and non-expert opinions are equally valid instead. However, they have no problem heaping praise upon – and almost indulging in idol-worship of – a “friendly” non-expert like Monckton or, even more so, a genuine (but no less mistaken) expert like Lindzen."

Barry Bickmore, writing on Climate Asylum, appears to have found himself in exactly the same situation as I found myself with Willis Eschenbach and What's Up With That:

"Several months ago I wrote a post here about how Lord Christopher Monckton’s handler, Bob Ferguson, had tried to get me to do a live debate with Monckton.  I declined, because I felt that live debates favor people who, well… make up whatever they want.  Instead, I proposed a written online debate, in which we would have time to check each other’s sources.  This proposal was flatly refused."

Some of these deniers are pretty sneaky, but given they are so good at lying, that shouldn't be too much of a surprise. And they will try any rotten tactic they can to avoid listening to or accepting facts while also trying to convince others to accept their nonsense.

Wales’s largest onshore wind farm begins generating energy

The largest onshore wind farm in Wales, constructed by Vattenfall, started operating at full power for the first time late on Sunday 7th May 2017.

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Los Alamos smart grid demonstration project

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