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 Some of this might be a bit outdated given time considerations and the fact that I don't get paid for doing this, but I do try and keep it as fresh and new as I can so it's still worth checking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.
Saturday, 30 January 2016
Britain’s hydro energy industry will ‘all but disappear’ by the end of the decade warns Mark Mathieson of Green Highland Renewables.
The UK Conservative government has ‘missed the point’ on hydro energy in its recent review of feed-in tariffs, according to Mark Mathieson, Chief Executive Officer of Green Highland Renewables, based in Perth, Scotland, and one of the leading figures in the industry. Mr Mathieson believes that the country’s hydro energy industry will ‘all but disappear’ by the end of the decade as a result.
Friday, 29 January 2016
GE and Petrofac have announced a contract to engineer, construct and install a turnkey power system to connect 336 MW of clean energy from the Galloper Offshore Wind Farm to the UK national grid.
Labour-led Swansea Council has voted overwhelmingly to take a stand against fracking. It is the fifth UK council in under a fortnight to criticise the process.
The UK Transport Secretary has announced the award of £40 million funding from the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) to help four cities in the UK promote green vehicle technology.
Thursday, 28 January 2016
Tuesday, 26 January 2016
The scrapping of the Zero Carbon Homes policy by the UK government last year has left a policy vacuum that urgently needs to be addressed, says the Solar Trade Association (STA).
Monday, 25 January 2016
Energy storage is increasingly becoming a vital part of the deployment of renewable energy technologies, and with the development of increasingly innovative energy storage designs, the future for this sector looks very interesting.
Friday, 22 January 2016
A state of the art Energy Recovery Facility (ERF) has just been installed in the UK city of Peterborough and is now operational, saving the city £1 million per year.
Deserts, given their high levels of solar irradiance, are a perfect location for solar power generation, that is, except for one major problem – dust. Here's how some companies have tried to address the problem.
Thursday, 21 January 2016
Brazilian wind energy developer PEC Energia has deployed Vaisala’s Triton Wind Profiler remote sensing system for crucial wind measurement data.
A new report published by the World Energy Council (WEC) is calling for the true value of energy storage to be recognised by taking into account both its cost and revenue benefits.
Wednesday, 20 January 2016
Discussions on climate change at the foot of popular media websites seem to take a curious turn whenever China is mentioned, usually in the form of repeated accusations that the country is continuing to develop new coal plants and isn’t making much of an effort at resolving its emissions and urban pollution issues. While this may have been valid five or six years ago, increasingly, the critics couldn’t be more wrong.
Tuesday, 19 January 2016
The first in the series concerns Egypt and you can download it here.
There is no reason to believe that fire risks from solar PV arrays, including inverters, are greater than those associated with any other electrical equipment.
Despite the reduced Feed-in Tariff rate, solar PV in the UK is still a good investment with a return on investment (ROI) of about 5 percent, tax free and inflation-linked, says the STA.
British energy company TRAC International Group has introduced its TRAC advantEDGE solution to help prevent turbine blade leading edge erosion thereby reducing maintenance costs.
Aside from the personal spat with Alex Salmond over the issue, was it ever right, or possible, for Donald Trump to wage his own one-man war against a wind farm project, off the coast of Scotland?
Monday, 18 January 2016
Global solar energy provider REC is presenting its solar energy innovations at the the 2016 World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi from January 18 to 21.
Global renewable energy development company SunEdison has announced the signature of solar power purchase agreements (PPAs) with 25 California elementary, middle, and high schools.
The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) has announced $46 million in concessional loans for renewable energy projects in developing countries.
Over 500 leaders from government, business and civil society gathered in Abu Dhabi at the weekend to discuss scaling up renewable energy as the cornerstone of global climate change mitigation.
Friday, 15 January 2016
Paradoxically perhaps, scientists at the US National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are studying potential performance benefits of defects in solar cells.
Thursday, 14 January 2016
A form of ‘plastic grass’ that can generate electricity from wind energy has just been developed by scientists at Southwest Jiatong University in Chengdu, China.
The European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) has signed a long-term agreement with Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH (HMC) to host its annual conference in parallel with the WindEnergy Hamburg exhibition.
Wednesday, 13 January 2016
Siemens has been awarded an order from Westar Energy Inc to supply, support install and service 122 wind turbines at the Western Plains Wind Farm project to be constructed near Spearville, Kansas, USA.
Tuesday, 12 January 2016
European energy company Vattenfall is to begin construction of its first UK solar power project, in Carmarthenshire, Wales, later this month.
Monday, 11 January 2016
Chinese Solar PV company Trina Solar has announced the connection of three distributed generation (DG) projects to the grid in Suqian City, Jiangsu Province, China, with a total of 27 MW.
Saturday, 9 January 2016
A professor from Portsmouth University has suggested that ‘energy islands’ anchored in the North Sea and English Channel could help to meet increasing power demands.
Wednesday, 6 January 2016
Scientists at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the Swiss Centre for Electronics and Microtechnology (CSEM) have set a new world record for converting non-concentrated (1-sun) sunlight into electricity using a dual-junction III-V/Si solar cell.
Tuesday, 5 January 2016
Environmental and industrial measurement company Vaisala is to partner with companies from the Southeastern Wind Coalition (SEWC) to evaluate the growth of wind energy within the utilities’ core operating areas.
The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS)
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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