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 Some of this might be a bit outdated given time considerations and the fact that I don't get paid for doing this, but I do try and keep it as fresh and new as I can so it's still worth checking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.
Tuesday, 31 May 2016
Rolls-Royce has signed a contract with the Astilleros Gondan shipyard in Spain to design and equip a second wind farm Service Operation Vessel for shipowner Østensjø Rederi.
A brand new solar power generation site in Warwickshire, UK, has exceeded its generation target by 12 percent and also provided thousands of pounds for worthy causes in its first month of operation.
Thursday, 26 May 2016
The US presidential race is gaining pace, with only three candidates left in the running – two Democrats and the infamous Donald Trump. It’s fairly certain that Trump would be an absolute disaster for US clean energy and action on climate change, but just how bad would he be? However, if a Democrat won, which candidate, out of Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders would be the most promising with regard to US renewables? Here’s where we find out.
According to the US Department of Energy, 400 billion kilowatts of hot water goes down the drain annually in the US, roughly $40 billion worth of energy at an average cost of ten cents per kilowatt. Wastewater heat recovery is a process that can recover the heat energy from all that hot water and use it to heat buildings, and also to cool them. Such systems are currently being commercialised throughout the USA, Canada and the UK and one company that is actively engaged in installing them is International Wastewater Systems. In a recent installation, in a 172-unit condominium complex, an installation now provides hot water for all the units with an efficiency of about 550 percent – saving the residents about 70 percent on their hot water heating bills. In addition, there is an estimated emissions reduction of 100 tonnes per year.
REM talked to the company’s founder and CEO, Lynn Mueller, to find out more about the technology, its future potential and how the company is taking advantage of the sizeable opportunities available.
Wednesday, 25 May 2016
University of Texas at Dallas researcher Dr. Kyeongjae Cho has made a discovery that could open the door to cellphone and car batteries that last five times longer than current ones.
National Grid and RES are working on the first battery energy storage systems to provide a dynamic frequency response service in sub-second timescales in Great Britain.
Tuesday, 24 May 2016
Thousands of wind power developers, manufacturers, workers, executives, and more have arrived from around the world to New Orleans for a four-day conference and exhibition
Monday, 23 May 2016
The looming EU referendum has caused sweeping uncertainty across Britain, and one sector facing significant disruption from a ‘yes’ vote in June is the energy market. Today differences in carbon taxation and charges levied on generators between Britain and other EU markets amount to a subsidy on electricity imports into Britain. This creates a situation in which British electricity generators are not on a level playing field with regard to competition to their EU counterparts and creates distortions in trade in electricity. In light of this, Britain may choose to mitigate such distortions by imposing tariffs on imported electricity in the event of a Brexit, although this in turn would make any agreement on trade with the EU much more difficult to realise.
REM talked to Vladimir Parail of global economics consultancy, Oxera to find out more about the potential impacts of each of the two possible outcomes on energy in Britain, including potential impact on renewables and climate change.
Friday, 20 May 2016
Global provider of solar energy solutions, REC, has showcased its floating PV installation at a government site in West Java, Indonesia
Thursday, 19 May 2016
Researchers at Lund University in Sweden have made progress towards the future development of inexpensive and environmentally friendly solar cells using iron-based dyes
The US Department of Energy (DOE) and US Department of Transportation (DOT) are to collaborate on the acceleration of research, demonstration and deployment of innovative transportation and alternative fuel strategies
Tuesday, 17 May 2016
CarConnect, a pioneering project to help the electricity industry better understand how plug-in electric vehicles (PIVs) charge at home in harmony with the electricity grid, is now underway in the UK
Friday, 13 May 2016
German think tank Agora Energiewende announced this week that renewable energy has been responsible for providing 95 percent of the country’s electricity demand, achieving this on Sunday May 8th.
Three years after Nissan introduced electric vehicles (EVs) and battery manufacturing to Europe, the 50,000th European-built Nissan LEAF has rolled off the production line in Sunderland, UK
Scotrenewables Tidal Power has launched its 2 MW SR2000, the world’s largest tidal turbine
The Solar Trade Assocation (STC) have got together with PwC to launch an online survey aimed at assessing the status of the UK solar industry following major changes to the policy framework
Thursday, 12 May 2016
Renewable energy could provide nearly half of the energy used to heat Europe’s homes by 2040 according to a new study by IHS Energy
The innovator of sodium-ion battery technology, Faradion, in partnership with AGM Batteries, has been awarded funding to develop its pioneering battery technology for electric vehicles
Push Energy and Buzzflyer have joined forces to form Above Surveying Ltd, a brand new aerial thermographic inspection service company specialising in solar PV
Wednesday, 11 May 2016
The US Department of Energy (DOE) has announced funding of up to $90 million in project funding for biorefinery facilities
According to a new report by Ernst & Young (EY), interest in the UK with regard to investment in renewable energy has fallen to an all time low
Tuesday, 10 May 2016
Oil and gas company Total Energy has acquired battery company Saft in order to assist its future development of renewable energy generation
Saturday, 7 May 2016
So, congratulations to the new Bristol Mayor, Marvin Rees. Now lets have a look at some of what Mr Rees intends for Bristol in the way of green policies and effective, sustainable transport.
According to his website, this includes an integrated travel scheme, investment in local rail, tackling congestion and improving air quality. All that is pretty admirable, but how is he going to set about achieving it?
"I have a positive plan to ease congestion, continue to promote cycling and make travelling by bus and rail more viable. I will make the city truly accessible to everyone, whether they are travelling by car, on foot, bicycle, bus or train.”
Promoting cycling? So, if he is honest about that, for a start that means he is likely to attract some of the same flack from Bristolian anti-cycling petrolheads that was flung at Mr Ferguson.
This is what he said to Lifecycle about Bristol Cycling City:
"It was a good title, it captured something of what we are , what we want to be and there were genuine efforts made to make conditions better for cyclists. But I think it was a missed opportunity to launch the scale of infrastructural and cultural change we needed. We have faced challenges in the past in that we approach our city’s future as a series of projects, sometimes connected and sometimes not. I can’t help but feel this fell into that trap."
And how would he actually improve cycling in Bristol, Lifecycle asked him:
"Build it into every planning decision – housing, transport and public health. As I said, it can’t be a project by project approach. It has to be natural outworking of a long term plan."
So again, if he remains true to that, he's likely to get some stick.
According to a Bristol 24/7 article published in February, he also wants to return Bristol's buses to public ownership. That would be great if he can actually achieve it...no easy task.
On clean energy, Mr Rees would pledge...
"...to make Bristol a carbon neutral city by 2050 as well as running all Bristol City Council offices on renewable energy by 2020."
Great stuff!! The Labour group have also pledged to take action on air pollution. Thing is though, how are you going to do that unless you try and curtail the amount of cars coming into the city, or make them cleaner (by promoting green motoring such as EVs and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles for instance)?
On energy poverty, Mr Rees would attempt to resolve this issue by:
"...by offering a switching service to help people save money by finding the cheapest energy tariffs."
Other promising green promises include:
"...maintaining a frack-free Bristol, stop using harmful pesticides, protect green space and promote sustainable food networks."
All good stuff, but let's see if the promises actually get converted into deeds. And it will also be interesting to see how much vitriol Mr Rees attracts.
So Mr Mayor, enjoy the glow for now. It's probably going to get a bit rougher though before too long.
Friday, 6 May 2016
A number of Sainsbury’s supermarkets in the UK are now using power generated from green gas thanks to a partnership with food waste recycling company ReFood
Thursday, 5 May 2016
Prior to his death on 14th April, the celebrated British energy expert Professor Sir David Mackay commented that renewable energy technologies like solar and wind could not meet UK energy needs. However, the industry has now issued a cautious and sensitive response.
Wave and tidal energy company Minesto has ordered a modified version of Subsea Riser Products (SRP) Rocksteady for the Deep Green tidal energy power plant
The important fact is really, now, that BPC can't legally get involved in fracking at Avonmouth. This isn't unduly surprising because Ferguson has been dead set against fracking right from the start of his term of office, and has said so quite clearly and openly. Whether third parties can or not is another issue, not helped by UK government moves to stop local authorities from resisting fracking in their own areas.
At the end of the day, any attempt to frack anywhere near Bristol will be ferociously resisted, given that the area has one of the hottest communities of young activists, as well as plenty of clean energy company's, in the country.
All the rest is politics as they say....
Tuesday, 3 May 2016
George Ferguson, current Bristol Mayor, seems to be swinging towards the anti-cycling camp. Compulsory insurance for cyclists? No damn way!!! For a start it will price new cyclists off the road, secondly, all the evidence shows that its motorists, not cyclists, who are primarily responsible for cyclist-motorist accidents. Third, cyclists don't damage the road surface, heavy transport does. Fourth, cyclists don't help to devastate the planet, fossil-fuel spewing heavy traffic does. I am sure I could think of a few more reasons, given a bit more time.
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