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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



http://www.renewableenergymagazine.com/article/uka-s-largest-pvt-system-installed-in-20151016


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



http://www.renewableenergymagazine.com/article/sunlabob-secures-solar-microgrid-projects-in-myanmar-20151013


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



http://www.renewableenergymagazine.com/article/new-government-appointments-offer-new-hope-for-20151009


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



http://interestingengineering.com/harvard-study-questions-widespread-support-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



http://interestingengineering.com/canadas-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



http://interestingengineering.com/greenpeace-report-shows-uk-can-almost-entirely-powered-renewable-energy/


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



http://www.renewableenergymagazine.com/article/equipment-and-services-for-ev-charging-stations-20151001


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



http://www.renewableenergymagazine.com/article/resilient-energy-needs-smarter-solutions-says-new-20151001


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



http://www.renewableenergymagazine.com/article/sabella-deploys-tidal-turbine-off-french-coast-20150930


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

Energy & Environment Dates 2012