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Marine Energy: Harnessing the power of the sea

Alongside wind, marine energy is one of the renewable energy markets currently dominated by the UK with around 10MW of wave and tidal energy being tested in waters around the country.

UK Feed-in Tariff cuts will kill off the majority of FiT projects says Fisher German consultancy

If implemented, the UK governments proposed cost control measures on FiTS threaten to trigger an immediate ‘lights out’ for the majority of UK renewable energy projects warns the consultancy company.

The eight most stupid things about the UK solar cuts, according to Friends of the Earth

There’s not enough money to play with in the first place, because of George Osborne.  Begin at the beginning. The Chancellor’s antipathy towards renewable energy is legend. Back in 2011 his Treasury muscled into DECC’s turf andimposed an arbitrary, immovable cap on spending on renewables. That budget being apparently near its limit is the cause of everything that’s going on here – even though the actual budget is far bigger than FITs alone.  It’s good to keep an eye on costs, of course. But Mr Osborne’s playing hard-ball. He’s only letting DECC have £100 million to play with to fund all new installations between 2016 and March 2019. Laughable peanuts.  (Tax breaks to North Sea oil and gas, by the way, were worth £1 billion in 2013-14 alone).  A Martian would say: that’s a shame, eh. Can’t you give that a little bit more money, rather than chopping off its legs just as it’s getting going?  To which Mr …

Renewable support cuts put thousands of jobs and local power at risk says RegenSW

Responding to the publication today of the government's Feed-in Tariff Review Merlin Hyman, chief executive of Regen SW [1] said: "Today's announcement puts at risk thousands of jobs and will undermine the opportunity for local people, businesses and communities to take control of the way we generate, use and supply energy”.

“Because of the Feed-in Tariff communities and businesses up and down the country have had the opportunity to harness their own natural energy resources, helping to reduce and localise energy spend, tackle fuel poverty and generate an income to re-invest in the local area. The government’s focus should be on supporting this ‘people power’ and reducing consumers' exposure to volatile fossil fuel prices – not simply cutting costs.”

We share the government's ambition to reduce and eliminate subsidies but these proposals put at risk the remarkable progress the renewable energy industry is making with deployment and cost reductions.&quo…

UK government review of solar Feed-in Tariffs threatens possible closure of the scheme

The 10 largest solar power plants in the world

As renewable energy development increases around the world, some countries are investing in some truly huge projects, particularly when it comes to solar power.

SunGift Energy the first company in the UK to install a solar array on a public car park

Solar installation company SunGift Energy has become the first installer in the UK to fit solar panels on to the roof of a public multi-storey car park.

Midsummer granted a loan for thin film manufacturing equipment

Solar energy company Midsummer, has received a loan of 10 million Swedish Krona (SEK) from the Swedish regional development agency to support its manufacturing of equipment for thin-film solar cells production.

Capacity of UK anaerobic digestion sector surges beyond 500 MWe

The UK’s anaerobic digestion (AD) industry is now delivering a total electrical equivalent capacity (electricity and biomethane) of 514 MW across 411 plants in the farming, waste and water sectors.

UK government accused of running flawed Feed-in Tariff consultation

The Renewable Energy Association (REA), RenewableUK and the Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ABDA) have all accused the UK government of running a flawed Feed-in Tariff consultation.

"The UK's leading renewable energy trade bodies have formally complained to the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), accusing it of trying to rush through "damaging" changes to the popular feed-in tariff subsidy scheme.

Renewable UK, the Renewable Energy Association (REA), British Hydropower Association, and Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ABDA), have all accused DECC of failing to comply with Whitehall best practices, when the department launched a four-week consultation during summer recess without publishing an impact assessment alongside it.

In the consultation, which of…

Canberra to be the first capital powered entirely by renewables by 2025

The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) government has announced that Canberra will become the world’s first capital, and the largest city in Australia, to be powered entirely by renewables by 2025.

Where do we go from here: An exciting future for UK renewable energy?

The government's cuts to renewable energy subsidies in the UK were greeted with a howl of outrage by the industry, but there may be other ways in which the sector can grow and develop....

6 Major Benefits of Buying an Electric Vehicle

Electric Vehicles (EV’s) are increasing in popularity all around the world. Despite some concerns about range and speed of charging, many if not most of the major vehicle manufacturers are introducing them.

Seven benefits of microgrids

A Microgrid is a group of energy sources located in the same local area that is in turn connected into the national grid while also being able to disconnect from it and operate independently, for example in the event of an electricity outage.

Sheffield University researchers find new way to reduce wind energy costs

Engineers from the University of Sheffield have developed a novel technique to predict when bearings inside wind turbines will fail which could make wind energy cheaper.

The Mayor of Greenwash: How serious is Boris Johnson about greening London?

London Mayor Boris Johnson's green programme does indeed appear to have been successful in certain areas, notably green transport and energy efficiency. However, his early attempts at shedding a reputation for climate change scepticism haven’t, yet, been successful, and they are not likely to be eased by any future remarks about fracking or continued lethargy on renewable energy, particularly rooftop solar. So how green is he really?

Interview with Professor Stephen Bennington of Cella Energy: Plastic energy – Making hydrogen easier and safer to use

Cella Energy has developed a proprietary process that combines hydrogen-rich material with a polymer in order to create a solid form of hydrogen that resembles plastic. In its solid state, this material is more stable and therefore is easier to use as a clean power source for a whole range of applications, from UAVs to airplaces to cars.

Gamesa to supply 250 MW wind power to Indian independent power producer

Wind turbine manufacturer Gamesa has consolidated its position in India with a deal to supply 250 MW to an Indian independent power producer (IPP) called Orange.

Fast charging for EVs is really starting to take off...

Siemens to build offshore wind turbine manufacturing plant in Germany

Siemens is investing around 200 million euros to build its first production facility for offshore wind turbine components in Germany.

NHS Trust announces new EV sharing scheme

Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has announced the introduction of six brand new electric vehicles across three of its trust premises.

UK farming sector leads 40 percent surge in biogas

Figures from the Department for Energy & Climate Change (DECC) have shown a surge in UK anaerobic digestion (AD) capacity outside the water industry.

Exeter University examines new ways of generating solar energy by replicating butterfly posture

Researchers at the University of Exeter in the UK have discovered that by mimicking the V-shaped posture of Cabbage White butterflies, power generated by solar panels can be increased by almost 50 percent.