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Friday, 12 February 2016

California ‘gets it’ – The Golden State’s pro-active stance on climate change




Most people in the world actively engaged in watching the news know about the California drought, which has impacted the state particularly badly, hitting its agriculture and causing the largest spate of wildfires in their history. In April 2015, the conditions causing the drought also broke California’s low snowpack record which, according to the state’s Chief of Snow Surveys, Frank Gehrke, was ‘obliterated’, shrinking to just 3 percent of its normal size. 

Thursday, 11 February 2016

Suzlon Group announces completion of S111 turbine testing




Global renewable energy provider Suzlon Group has announced the completion of Type T testing and certification of its S111 turbine for 50 Hz and 60 Hz variants.

Tidal Lagoon Swansea Bay gives a cautious welcome to UK government review




Tidal Lagoon Swansea Bay has welcomed the launch of a Government review into the potential for tidal lagoon energy across the UK.

Wind Turbine Noise – Fact or Fiction?




Over recent years, the wind industry all over the world has had to endure a spate of protest against the construction of onshore (and offshore) wind farms. At first, the complaints were concerned with visual impact, but more recently wind turbine noise has also been a major source of complaints. Collectively, this level of opposition has been enough, in many cases, to completely thwart the development of wind farms in certain areas.

However, is there really any evidence to suggest noise, if indeed wind turbines produce any of any real significance, is a major problem? Survey after scientific survey on the matter has rejected the suggestion after prolonged and careful analysis.

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Evaluating the Earthship – an effective sustainable building concept, or not?




Earthships are green buildings constructed using a variety of recycled materials and which also use natural processes, such as solar energy, rainwater and plants, for the various utilities such as heating, power and water. The concept has worked well in warmer regions such as New Mexico where it was originally developed, but is it really suited to colder climates such as Northern Europe?

Energy & Environment Dates 2012


Solar PV Feed-in Tariff Calculator

 

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Just one percent of land is all that is needed for solar to meet UK electricity demand

The Renewable Energy Centre

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Camden County (USA) wastewater solar project

Plains & Eastern Clean Line Project

AREVA Solar Salt Storage

EMEC wave test site Orkney

New Vestas low wind turbine

Los Alamos smart grid demonstration project

Renewable energy in Germany