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 Some of this might be a bit outdated given time considerations and the fact that I don't get paid for doing this, but I do try and keep it as fresh and new as I can so it's still worth checking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, 29 February 2016
SolarWindow is a new see-through electricity generating coating technology designed for glass windows for tall towers, skyscrapers and detached homes in the US. The company claims the product has the potential to offset 30 to 50 percent of the energy demand when installed on a 50-story building - with a calculated one-year financial payback.
SolarWindow has been developed to performance standards in order to give real estate developers, engineers, architects, building designers, and future customers plenty of financial incentive and it has been rigorously tested for durability, degradation, and performance.
REM talked to SolarWindow President and CEO John Conklin to find out more.
TPI Composites Inc has announced that it plans to open a second wind blade manufacturing facility in Juarez, Mexico, in the second half of 2016.
The Carbon Trust is working as part of a consortium to help progress the development of a tidal and floating wind energy test centre in Japan.
Saturday, 27 February 2016
Alongside innovative battery technology, another potential method for charging electric vehicles (EVs) could be wireless energy transfer strips installed on road surfaces. The potential for new electric vehicles is quite exciting, particularly with regard to mass transit vehicles such as buses and trams, but the technology could one day be used for EVs also.
All around the world, the green vehicle revolution is starting to speed up. At first, the main impetus focused on electric vehicles (EVs) and other green cars powered by hydrogen or running as hybrids. However, increasingly, clean vehicle technology is beginning to appear in mass transit vehicles, particularly buses.
Thursday, 25 February 2016
A Professor at Harper Adams University in Shropshire, UK, is among a group of scientists who have discovered the benefits of gut fungi in herbivores in the production of renewable energy from biomass.
The Solar Trade Association (STA) Scotland has published a number of ‘key asks’ on solar to support the Scottish Government’s plans for 100 percent renewables by 2020.
Wednesday, 24 February 2016
Technical advisor for wind, solar and energy storage, OST Energy, is helping to provide engineering and due diligence services at the 2 GW Ben Ban solar PV development site in Aswan, Egypt.
Tuesday, 23 February 2016
Earlier this year, in late January, Manchester and Abu Dhabi Universities announced their intention to collaborate on a project to produce foam containing graphene, a material consisting of a single layer of carbon atoms arranged in a honeycomb lattice which is 10 times stronger than steel but 1000 times lighter than a sheet of paper per unit area.
Monday, 22 February 2016
A new paper from industry body Scottish Renewables has found that UK government spending could deliver a world-leading renewable energy system if £500 million of allocated funds are targeted correctly.
A solar tracker is a device that orientates a PV system, particularly a large installation such as a solar farm, towards the sun in order to enable it to capture more solar energy than it would otherwise do without such a device. In essence, tracking is about minimising the angle of incidence between incoming sunlight and a solar panel array. Solar panels can capture the diffuse part of the sun’s light, in the blue sky which also increases proportionately when it’s cloudy, as well as direct sunlight and solar trackers can increase the amount of solar energy captured. In general, tracking systems can usually capture an additional 50 percent of sunlight in summer and 20 percent in the winter, but this differs according to latitude.
Russian power producer EuroSibEnergo, part of the En+ Group, has unveiled a $200 million modernisation of its Siberian hydropower plants (HPPs) on the Angara and Yenisei rivers.
Scotrenewables Tidal Power has completed the deployment of its advanced modular anchoring system at the European Marine Energy Centre in Orkney, Scotland.
Friday, 19 February 2016
Despite the round of subsidy cuts by the UK government last year, turbine installations will continue to provide considerable returns says turbine manufacturer Norvento.
Thursday, 18 February 2016
The potential delay in the implementation of the US Clean Power Plan shouldn’t distract from shifting power generation to renewable energy according to REC Group.
Rope access blade repair and inspection specialist Altitec has signed a joint venture agreement with Obelisk enabling the two companies to deliver a range of wind turbine blade and tower services.
Wednesday, 17 February 2016
Europe’s biggest ever floating solar panel array is being installed on London’s Queen Elizabeth II reservoir as part of Thames Water’s ambitious bid to self-generate a third of its own energy by 2020.
Net metering was first established in the US state of Idaho in 1980 and in Arizona in 1981, although Minnesota is commonly acknowledged as the first state to pass an actual net metering law in 1983. It is now commonplace in certain countries, particularly the USA, but how does net metering fare against Feed-in Tariffs (FiTS) with regard to its effectiveness as an incentive for renewable energy installation? Closer scrutiny of the two approaches provides an easy answer – FiTS wins easily, being far more effective as a means of incentivizing and promoting renewable energy development.
Tuesday, 16 February 2016
This is just one episode in an ongoing struggle in which utilities all over the world have been trying to cope with the growing popularity of distributed generation technologies, often based on renewable energy such as solar power, which is enabling more and more people to generate their own power rather than relying on supplies from utilities.
An independent report has revealed that consumers could save more than £2 billion if the UK government opened up its planned renewable energy auctions to a wider range of technologies.
Monday, 15 February 2016
The regularly repeated claim that nuclear is too expensive a technology is supported by the ongoing Hinkley C debacle in the UK. A ridiculously expensive project with a long history of delays and rising costs.
The UK Carbon Trust has announced the launch of the world’s largest trial of scanning Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) technology in Dublin Bay, Ireland.
A new design for gigantic wind turbine blades longer than two football fields could help to bring 50 MW offshore wind turbines to the US and the global wind sector.
Friday, 12 February 2016
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
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 has welcomed the launch of a Government review into the potential for tidal lagoon energy across the UK.
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.
Wednesday, 10 February 2016
Without a clear policy vision for renewables towards 2030, the EU risks losing its leadership in wind energy to China, according to the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA).
Tuesday, 9 February 2016
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?
Thursday, 4 February 2016
DONG Energy will build the giant Hornsea Project One off the coast of Yorkshire in the UK after taking a final investment decision this week.
Wednesday, 3 February 2016
The 2015 North American Grid Modernisation Test Bed Survey conducted by Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) has revealed a huge interest in collaboration to help reduce the cost of smart grid modernisation.
Swedish wave energy developer, CorPower Ocean, have signed up to test their novel resonant wave energy converter at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney.
Tuesday, 2 February 2016
Siemens has won an order to supply a COBRA High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) link between the Dutch and Danish power grids which will enhance the power supply in both countries
A new set of standards and for the design and operation of tidal turbines has been published by DNV GL on the basis of outputs from a project in the Energy Technologies Institute’s (ETI) marine technology programme.
Monday, 1 February 2016
In a highly interesting conversation with Renewable Energy Magazine, Phil Horton, Managing Director of Dulas Renewable Energy discusses the present situation with regard to the UK renewable energy sector, including Labour’s proposed amendments and the possible impact of present government policy on UK renewable energy targets, particularly with regard to the UK’s present reputation as a leader in the global renewable energy sector.
The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has approved a project by San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) to install electric vehicle charging points in San Diego and South Orange counties.
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