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Friday, 18 December 2015

Grid modernization for renewable energy

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.

SRTP secures £5.7 million for tidal turbine demonstrator

Scotrenewables Tidal Power (SRTP) has secured a further £5.7 million from investors allowing the company to demonstrate the world’s largest tidtal turbine.

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Leaving the EU? How would Brexit affect the UK renewable energy sector?

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.

US businesses urge strong Paris agreement to increase clean energy investment

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.

Global Geothermal Alliance launched at Paris climate talks

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

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

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.

AW-Energy and ENAL sign MoU for Mexican wave farm

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.

Australian wave energy technology to be deployed off the coast of Victoria

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.

Friday, 27 November 2015

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Marine Protected Areas in Europe

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:

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Thursday, 19 November 2015

Solar powered bike path generating more energy than expected

A year ago, in November 2014, a consortium of companies and organisations in The Netherlands constructed a ‘solar cycle path’ called 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?

Monday, 9 November 2015

Making gadgets and appliances more energy efficient – Part Two

Making gadgets and appliances more energy efficient - Part 1

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.

Most people don’t tend to think too much about this, but with the escalating challenges of climate change, it is something that we will all have to consider in depth. Here is a basic introduction.

Thursday, 29 October 2015

UK low carbon generation up by 6 percentage points

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

UK's largest PV-T system installed in Kent

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.

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Sunlabob secures new microgrid projects in Myanmar

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

New government appointments offer hope for Australian wind sector

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.

Monday, 5 October 2015

Harvard study questions widespread support for bulk energy storage

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

Canada’s Super Energy Efficient Net Zero Homes

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

Greenpeace report shows UK can be almost entirely powered by renewable energy

Equipment and services for EV charging stations expected to generate $709 million in 2024

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.

Resilient energy needs smarter solutions says new report

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.

Sabella deploys tidal turbine off French coast

The engineering and project management company, Sabella, has deployed France’s first grid-connected tidal turbine in the Fromveur Strait.

Energy & Environment Dates 2012