Please scroll down for lots of useful information. There are links to industry and environmental journals, relevant dates in the environmental and renewable energy calendar, current debates, a solar PV Feed-in Tariff calculator, green products websites, campaign groups and more. Some of this might be a bit outdated given time considerations and the fact that I don't get paid for doing this, but I do try and keep it as fresh and new as I can so it's still worth checking out.
Wednesday, 30 December 2015
Researchers at the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Masdar Institute have demonstrated that desert sand from the UAE could be used in concentrated solar power (CSP) facilities to store thermal energy up to 1000°C.
Gamesa and Iberdrola Ingeniería have signed EPC contracts with subsidiaries of Globeleq Mesoamerica Energy (GME) to build 80 MW of wind power in Costa Rica
Tuesday, 22 December 2015
The Finnish ferry and cruise ship operator, Viking Line, is to expand its use of heat power solutions from Climeon.
Researchers at the US National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have made advances towards affordable photo-electrochemical (PEC) production of hydrogen.
Friday, 18 December 2015
As more and more renewable energy comes online, utilities are beginning to modernize the grid through the development of smart grids which use information and communication technologies to make the grid more manageable and efficient.
Scotrenewables Tidal Power (SRTP) has secured a further £5.7 million from investors allowing the company to demonstrate the world’s largest tidtal turbine.
Thursday, 17 December 2015
The government has heeded national backing for solar by improving its Feed-in Tariff proposal but admits that over nine thousand jobs could still be lost.
Wednesday, 16 December 2015
Tidal energy marine operations contractor Mojo Maritime Ltd has led the installation of the first Welsh tidal energy generator in Ramsey Sound, Pembrokeshire.
Climate-KIC start-up Naked Energy has signed a landmark agreement with global manufacturer, Jabil, to scale its hybrid solar technology, Virtu.
Monday, 14 December 2015
The European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) has successfully recovered its novel Integrated Monitoring Pod following months of transmitting real-time data feeds.
Friday, 11 December 2015
Nuclear isn’t actually going anywhere, apart from, eventually (and the sooner, the better), into the history books.
Wednesday, 9 December 2015
As the pressure on the British government to hold a referendum on the question of whether or not Britain should remain a member of the European Union (EU) increases, the associated debate on this subject is also increasing in temperature.
Lisa Jacobson, President of the Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE), along with several member company executives, has called for a strong agreement from governments at COP 21.
A coalition of 38 countries and over 20 development and industry partners have joined forces at the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris (COP21), to increase the share of geothermal energy in the global energy mix.
Friday, 4 December 2015
Thursday, 3 December 2015
Vortex Energy is working to connect a total of eleven wind turbines to the Polish national grid by the end of the year
Wednesday, 2 December 2015
Boris Johnson MP, the Mayor of London, has discussed the future of solar power in the UK with a senior executive of solar inverter company SolarEdge during a three-day trade delegation to Israel.
Tuesday, 1 December 2015
Bill Gates joins with Mark Zuckerberg and other top investors for urgent global action on climate change
On the opening day of the COP21 global climate change meeting in Paris, Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg have announced they have joined together with other private investors to help fight climate change by investing in renewable energy.
Wave energy developer AW-Energy has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Mexican renewable energy developer ENAL to develop, design and deploy a 10 MW wave farm off the coast of Mexico.
The Port Fairy Pilot Wave Energy Project in Victoria, Australia, will be deployed on Thursday 3rd December with a public viewing at the weekend on Saturday 5th December.
Monday, 30 November 2015
A survey of 204 solar companies by the Solar Trade Association (STA) shows 576 redundancies with more to come next year if recent government cuts go ahead.
Friday, 27 November 2015
George Osborne announces the introduction of cheaper energy efficiency programmes to replace the ECO on the same day that a huge leap in winter deaths is revealed.
Current solar cell designs have a flaw in that the shiny metal on top of the cell reflects sunlight away from the semiconductor, but Stanford University scientists have now found a way to eliminate this problem.
Wednesday, 25 November 2015
My interview article for Fair Planet, featuring Johnny Reker from the Spatial and Environmental Planning Agency in Denmark, on Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in Europe: http://www.fairplanet.org/story/marine-protected-areas-in-europe/
Tuesday, 24 November 2015
The first solar power plant to be constructed in the Balkan state of Kosovo has been officially presented to the country’s Ministry for Economic Development by Rudis.
Thursday, 19 November 2015
SolaRoad in Krommenie, in the province of North Holland. Thus far, some countries in the world have focused mostly on installing solar panels along the sides of roads or, in the case of one South Korean highway, over the top of a cycle path running between the two carriageways. Using solar panels for the surface of the road or cycle path itself is another thing altogether.
Or is it?
Wednesday, 18 November 2015
Specialist cloud-based software company Opower has announced the launch of a new data platform to help improve utilities customer engagement with regard to clean energy and energy efficiency products.
Marine service provider, Marine and Towage Services Group Ltd. (MTS), has announced the delivery of a specialist offshore vessel to Danish company Advanced Offshore Solutions.
Tuesday, 17 November 2015
Specialist renewable energy underwriter, GCube Underwriting Ltd (GCube), has launched a unique report into wind turbine fires, drawing from its extensive claims data and experience.
Friday, 13 November 2015
The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) has announced a Memorandum of Understanding with Apple to promote the development of marine energy in Ireland.
Wednesday, 11 November 2015
Tuesday, 10 November 2015
Minesto CEO Anders Jansson has called for EU member states to coordinate action on marine energy given the potential export business benefits of the technology.
Monday, 9 November 2015
Over the last 50 years or so our homes have increasingly been stuffed with all manner of updated technological gadgets and appliances, ranging from smartphones and tablets through to Hi-Fi systems, gaming consoles and computers and laptops as well as smarter models of everyday appliances such as ovens, dishwashers, washing machines and dryers. The energy implications of this wave of technological advancement could have been severe, were it not for the whole host of efficiency and performance standards implemented by governments and industry, aimed at making these devices more energy efficient, and therefore also less costly.
Friday, 6 November 2015
Aalborg CSP has recently developed the fourth edition of its steam generator technology for molten salt concentrated solar power plants
Thursday, 29 October 2015
The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has just released its EnergyTrends statistics for June to August 2015, showing low carbon generation increased by 6 percentage points.
The release shows that primary energy consumption in the UK fell by 0.7 percent on a fuel input basis and 0.6 percent according to a temperature adjusted basis. UK energy production rose by a record 14 percent, boosted by increased UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) production (oil and gas). However, wind generation by major power producers increased by 46 percent due to increased capacity and higher wind speeds with an overall increase of 43 percent for renewables generally, incorporating growth in biomass and hydro.
Friday, 16 October 2015
The UK’s largest domestic photovoltaic-thermal (PV-T) array has been installed at a newly built family home near Canterbury using technology from Leicester based firm, Caplin Homes.
Thursday, 15 October 2015
Alstom has received a second order from Vattenfall Europe Generation AG for the main overhaul of a synchronous generator in the Markersbach pumped-storage power plant in Saxony.
Tuesday, 13 October 2015
Sunlabob Renewable Energy recently finalized a contract to provide turnkey implementation of eleven solar-powered micro-grids in remote communities of Myanmar (formerly Burma).
Friday, 9 October 2015
Australia’s wind energy industry has welcomed the appointment of the new Wind Farm Commissioner and Independent Scientific Committee on Wind Turbines, which should return a sensible tone to the debate.
Tuesday, 6 October 2015
Denmark’s cumulative installed capacity is expected to expand from 13.5 Gigawatts (GW) in 2014 to reach 16.1 GW by 2025 says consulting firm GlobalData.
Monday, 5 October 2015
The high cost and technical immaturity of bulk electricity storage systems (BES), such as pumped hydro storage (PHS), batteries, liquid air, flywheels and hydrogen, have often been mentioned as major challenges to the increased penetration of renewable energy technologies, such as wind power and solar energy.
Friday, 2 October 2015
Reid’s Heritage Homes is a Canadian company that is helping to build zero carbon homes (officially called Net Zero Homes) in the country, along with four other housebuilders (Minto, Mattamy Homes, Provident and Construction Voyer) selected by Ministry of Natural Resources Canada (NRCan). The aim is to build homes that produce as much energy as the average user consumes, largely through the incorporation of renewable energy generation technologies such as solar panels and by constructing the home in such a way that it improves the air sealing qualities of the building and increases its overall energy efficiency.
Thursday, 1 October 2015
A new report from Navigant Research finds that over the next decade, government efforts to support electric vehicles (EVs) are expected to support millions of connected charging stations.
The latest report from the World Energy Council says new thinking is required for the management and financing of energy infrastructures in order to meet increased extreme weather risks.
The engineering and project management company, Sabella, has deployed France’s first grid-connected tidal turbine in the Fromveur Strait.
Tuesday, 29 September 2015
Ballard Power Systems has agreed a new long-term license and supply agreement in support of the deployment of 300 fuel-cell powered buses in China.
Monday, 28 September 2015
Scientists at Brunel University London have designed a new hybrid roofing system which could halve energy bills in new homes.
The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS)
Should the US government waive the Renewable Fuel Standard?
Should the US government waive the Renewable Fuel Standard?
Journals and Environmental Information
- Air Quality England
- American Journal of Environmental Sciences
- Anals of Environmental Science
- Cities and the Environment
- Climate Central
- Conservation Evidence
- Ecology and Society
- Environmental Research Letters
- Grantham Research Institute (LSE) policy briefs
- Green Building Bible
- Green Building Magazine
- Green Theory and Praxis
- International Energy Agency publications
- The Green Guide environmental directory
- Windpower Monthly