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 Some of this might be a bit outdated given time considerations and the fact that I don't get paid for doing this, but I do try and keep it as fresh and new as I can so it's still worth checking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.
Monday, 31 October 2016
Array Technologies, Inc. (ATI), has announced it has shipped 6 GW of solar trackers globally.
Friday, 28 October 2016
DONG Energy has confirmed its intention to build a world-class clean energy company with a portfolio based on leading competences in offshore wind, bioenergy and green distribution.
The 76 turbine Pen y Cymoedd Wind Energy Project has generated clean electricity for the first time this month, as the project moves towards full operation.
Thursday, 27 October 2016
Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore) is building an offshore system that will integrate multiple renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, tidal, diesel, and power-to-gas technologies.
Wednesday, 26 October 2016
Washington State University researchers have found a way to more efficiently create hydrogen from water – an important key in making renewable energy production and storage viable.
SolarWindow Technologies, Inc. has announced that its SolarWindows coatings have successfully performed under test conditions designed to simulate the high pressure and temperatures of the ‘autoclave’ manufacturing system.
Indian vehicle manufacturer Mahindra Electric, part of the Mahindra Group, has announced the launch of its new electric CitySmart car, the e20Plus.
A paper published by the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) highlights how building just a third of the planned coal-fired power plants would take the world past 2 degrees C of warming, pushing hundreds of millions into extreme poverty.
Flying is one of the causes of increasingly ferocious climate change. I invite you to stop.
This isn't really going to boost my popularity, but it has to be said.
Worldwide air travel is likely to double over the next two decades. 2016 is likely to beat 2015 as the warmest year on record.
If you fly, you are, yourself, part of that equation. If you post pictures on Facebook of places you've visited far away, and you flew to get there, you are therefore helping to destroy the places you profess to love, including the place you probably value most of all - your own home. We can blame the government, justifiably, but in the end you are partly to blame. And, given, that I've flown six times in the 50 years I've been alive, so am I. Which is why I won't be flying again. How you feel about this is of course up to you, but denial is not an option. Flying is one of the major causes of increasingly ferocious climate change. I invite you to stop.
The Tories have now displayed their planet-trashing tendencies yet again, as if we should really be surprised. They are not all bad, a handful of them, such as John Selwyn Gummer and, a Tory until yesterday, Zac Goldsmith, take the Earth's current environmental emergency seriously. However, most of them simply don't seem to care. The Third Runway at Heathrow falls into a pattern - an attempt to devastate the UK in the 1990's with a major programme of road building, slashing subsidies for renewable energy generation while promoting North Sea oil, nuclear and fracking, a significant amount of climate change denial within the party itself, and now approval of the third runway. The lesson is clear, as it always has been. You can't a trust a Tory to protect the planet.
In the UK, aviation is the fastest-growing contributor to climate change. According to the World Development Movement, if the third runway is built it will emit as much CO2 as the whole of Kenya. In 2009, according to figures from the Department for Transport, Heathrow generated half of all the country's aviation emissions. If a third runway is built, it will generate half the UK's overall emissions. If the UK is to meet its target of an 80 percent cut in CO2 by 2050, there must be no expansion at Heathrow, since the expansion of UK aviation will seriously undermine this target.
What about the business case for the runway proposed by those in favour of the runway? It's actually a nonsense. Most people who fly from London airports don't mind which airport they use. London has six airports in total, with seven runways. Paris has eight runways. Amsterdam has six. Frankfurt 5 and Madrid 4. Therefore comparing Heathrow in isolation with any of those cities is ludicrous.
"The second reason is that the climate impact of aeroplanes is not confined to the carbon they produce. They release several different kinds of gases and particles. Some of them cool the planet, others warm it. In the upper tropo-sphere, where most large planes fly, hot, wet air from the jet engine exhaust mixes with cold air. As the moisture condenses, it can form "contrails", which in turn appear to give rise to cirrus clouds - those high wispy formations of ice crystals sometimes known as "horsetails". While they reflect some of the sun's heat back into the space, they also trap heat in the atmosphere, especially at night; the heat trapping seems to be the stronger effect. The overall impact, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, is a warming effect 2.7 times that of the carbon dioxide alone."
- George Monbiot, 2006
The construction of a third runway would lock the UK into a path of high carbon dioxide emissions. For that reason alone, it must be stopped.
I invite you to be part of that attempt to stop the construction of the third runaway. Stop flying or reduce the amount of flying you do, restrict your flying to essential flying only, try and offset your emissions by cutting your carbon footprint in other areas of your life or by contributing to a tree planting charity every time you fly, protest, do direct action if you want to. But whatever you do, do something.
And start doing it now.
Monday, 24 October 2016
Envision Solar International, Inc., a manufacturer of EV charging equipment has announced that New York State has issued a purchase order for the Company’s EV ARC product.
Professor of Petroleum Engineering, Babs Oyeneyin from Robert Gordon University has stated that North Sea Oil could have a long bright future. Not if we want to protect the planet it won't.
According to Herald Scotland this week, Professor of Petroleum Engineering, Babs Oyeneyin from Robert Gordon University has stated that North Sea Oil could have a long bright future, while also expressing support for fracking in the meantime. Professor Oyeneyin is due to give a lecture in Aberdeen this week on the subject and commented that while clean energy is a welcome addition to the global energy mix, the oil and gas supply should be maintained in order to resolve the energy gap.
"We have explored less than 20 per cent of the world's hydrocarbon deposits, and the recovery factor is only 40 per cent" said Oyeneyin, clearly supportive of attempts to exploit as many of the world's remaining oil reserves as possible. "There is still around 60 per cent left just in and around the oil and gas fields that we have to exploit, never mind elsewhere."
However, there are a few major problems with this analysis, although you can hardly expect a petroleum engineering expert to say anything else.
For a start, North Sea Oil is in terminal decline. As Euan Mearns pointed out in 2013, UK oil production peaked in 1999 and has since declined at an annual rate of between 5 and 10 percent, accelerating to 17.9 percent in 2011. This rate of decline has continued to grow unabated, despite record high investment. Capital expenditure on new field developments and old field refurbishments grew from £2.5 million in 2008 to a projected £14 billion in 2013. Purely then, in terms of finding new reliable sources of oil, the North Sea is a dead duck, or will become so before much longer.
By far the greater problem though is climate change, which is on the point of becoming an unprecedented climate catastrophe, if not already so. 2016 has, predictably, been the warmest year on record, and we should really start to worry about this.
What we should NOT do is carrying on exploiting new sources of fossil fuels as if everything was normal, because it isn't.
But the oil industry clearly, and unsurprisingly, is not listening to this message and is carrying on trying to exploit and refurbish existing and ageing oil fields, and searching for new ones, as if there was no climate emergency at all. This is explained quite clearly by Naomi Klein in her book This Changes Everything, in which she points out that oil companies have to keep on extracting in order to recoup their initial investments. Bill McKibben is even more explicit: We have to keep 80 percent of the fossil fuels we know about, underground. If those resources are burned, we will overwhelm the planet's physical systems. It's that simple.
Except that it's not, because the oil industry just isn't listening.
"Using the industry’s own figures, it shows that burning the oil, gas and coal in the fields and mines that are already either in production or being developed is likely to take the global temperature rise beyond 2°" said British author and Guardian columnist George Monbiot recently. "And even if all coal mining were to be shut down today, the oil and gas lined up so far would take it past 1.5°. The notion that we can open any new reserves, whether by fracking for gas, drilling for oil or digging for coal, without scuppering the Paris commitments is simply untenable."
So, Professor Babs Oyeneyin from Robert Gordon University, you're wrong. We shouldn't give North Sea Oil any future at all, or shale gas either for that matter. We should shut it all down as soon as possible, and redirect and retrain those employed in the fossil fuel industry to build a 100 percent global renewable energy system instead.
Of course, you're free to say what you want, but the fact is that if we want a habitable planet for future generations, then people have to start resisting and confronting your dangerous nonsense.
Before it's too late.
Friday, 21 October 2016
Biofuels industry leaders have sent an open letter to the European Commission calling for a policy framework to support European investments in advanced biofuels.
The emission-free, electric HY4 passenger plane presented at the 2016 Hannover Trade Fair in April made its maiden flight in late September.
Thursday, 20 October 2016
Scientists at the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) have developed a prototype energy lab to demonstrate the economic viability of an energy system that reduces demand peaks on the grid.
Wednesday, 19 October 2016
The BMW Group has announced the introduction of the first plug-in hybrid version of the Mini, enabling purely electric propulsion for the first time in the iconic British motor vehicle.
Yealands Wine Group has just installed 918 photovoltaic panels at its iconic Seaview Vineyard in Marlborough to bring the total number of PV panels on its winery roof to 1,314.
Scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory have discovered a way in which to convert carbon dioxide into ethanol, potentially enabling the mass removal of CO2 from the atmosphere.
Tuesday, 18 October 2016
A new study by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory NREL study highlights possible approaches to overcoming key challenges preventing perovskite solar cells from being competitive in the solar market.
Cities now have an unprecedented opportunity to transform and decarbonise their energy supply and use, according to a new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).
Monday, 17 October 2016
Energia remains among the greenest home electricity suppliers in the Republic of Ireland, achieving the 100 percent Green Energy award for the third year in a row.
Friday, 14 October 2016
Economies have needed less energy to grow in recent years, especially in China and other developing countries, but more vigorous policies are needed to achieve climate targets, says new IEA report.
A four-year collaboration between Climeon and Aligned Energy has developed a fully-integrated green platform that can power their data centres with 100 percent clean electricity using low temperature waste heat.
Thursday, 13 October 2016
The world’s most powerful tidal turbine, developed and manufactured by Scotrenewables Tidal Power Limited, has been installed on its moorings for the first time.
Energy consultancy THEnergy sees increasing interest in strategic partnerships for both main segments of the microgrid market: remote solar- or wind-diesel hybrid and utility microgrids.
Wednesday, 12 October 2016
Siemens has been awarded a contract for the turbine supply of the Zadar VI Extension onshore wind project in Croatia.
Tuesday, 11 October 2016
Ductor Corporation have announced a partnership with ES Engineering Services to introduce the company’s biogas microbiology technology to biogas facilities in North America.
Monday, 10 October 2016
Huawei Solar UK recently secured market leading status in terms of inverter shipments and was present at Solar Energy UK last week (4th to 6th October 2016). REM talked to Alison Finch, Chief Marketing Officer at Huawei Solar UK to find out what the company is doing and where it’s going.
Friday, 7 October 2016
Tidal Lagoon Power has launched a tender for the design and construction of a £22 million Turbine Manufacturing and Pre-Assembly Plant in Swansea Bay.
Thursday, 6 October 2016
Pinarayi Vijayan, the Chief Minister of the south Indian state of Kerala, has announced that the installation capacity of the solar power plant of Cochin International airport will be doubled by February 2017.
Solar panel manufacturer REC has announced that the company has developed a formula and process to mass produce multicrystalline solar cells with efficiencies above 20 percent.
Wednesday, 5 October 2016
Ethical investment company Abundance Investments was present at the UK Conservative Party conference in Birmingham this week when Greg Clark, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, gave a speech celebrating the UK’s position as a leader in low carbon technologies.
In response, Abundance Investments co-founder and joint MD Bruce Davis commented that Mr Clark is “right to see the Green Economy as pivotal to the UK’s future” given that “over the last decade, renewables have grown to now generate more than 25 percent of the UK’s annual electricity, and efficiency is improving increasingly rapidly.”
REM decided to talk to Mr Davis and find out more about Abundance Investments and how the company views the UK clean energy sector at present.
Clean Energy Council Chief Executive Kane Thornton said it would not have mattered whether South Australia was running on coal, gas, nuclear or renewable energy when severe weather struck last week.
Tuesday, 4 October 2016
DONG Energy has recently announced plans for a multi-million pound offshore wind operations and maintenance hub in Grimsby, UK.
A new report for the Solar Trade Association (STA), for the first time, quantifies the cost of integrating solar into the UK power market.
Monday, 3 October 2016
HyperSolar demonstrates prototype that uses sunlight to successfully split water into hydrogen and oxygen that can be scaled to commercial size for the production of renewable hydrogen
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