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Østensjø Rederi orders second wind farm support vessel from Rolls Royce

Rolls-Royce has signed a contract with the Astilleros Gondan shipyard in Spain to design and equip a second wind farm Service Operation Vessel for shipowner Østensjø Rederi.

New UK solar energy site exceeds generation targets in first month

A brand new solar power generation site in Warwickshire, UK, has exceeded its generation target by 12 percent and also provided thousands of pounds for worthy causes in its first month of operation.

The Next ‘Green President’ – Which US Presidential Candidate Is the Best for Clean Energy?

The US presidential race is gaining pace, with only three candidates left in the running – two Democrats and the infamous Donald Trump. It’s fairly certain that Trump would be an absolute disaster for US clean energy and action on climate change, but just how bad would he be? However, if a Democrat won, which candidate, out of Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders would be the most promising with regard to US renewables? Here’s where we find out.

Heat recovery from wastewater: An Interview with Lynn Mueller of International Wastewater

According to the US Department of Energy, 400 billion kilowatts of hot water goes down the drain annually in the US, roughly $40 billion worth of energy at an average cost of ten cents per kilowatt. Wastewater heat recovery is a process that can recover the heat energy from all that hot water and use it to heat buildings, and also to cool them. Such systems are currently being commercialised throughout the USA, Canada and the UK and one company that is actively engaged in installing them is International Wastewater Systems.  In a recent installation, in a 172-unit condominium complex, an installation now provides hot water for all the units with an efficiency of about 550 percent – saving the residents about 70 percent on their hot water heating bills. In addition, there is an estimated emissions reduction of 100 tonnes per year.

REM talked to the company’s founder and …

UT Dallas researcher discovers method of making batteries last five times longer

University of Texas at Dallas researcher Dr. Kyeongjae Cho has made a discovery that could open the door to cellphone and car batteries that last five times longer than current ones.

National Grid and RES launch Britain’s first sub-second frequency response service

National Grid and RES are working on the first battery energy storage systems to provide a dynamic frequency response service in sub-second timescales in Great Britain.

Windpower 2016 opens in New Orleans

Thousands of wind power developers, manufacturers, workers, executives, and more have arrived from around the world to New Orleans for a four-day conference and exhibition

The potential impacts of Brexit on energy: An interview with Vladimir Parail of Oxera

The looming EU referendum has caused sweeping uncertainty across Britain, and one sector facing significant disruption from a ‘yes’ vote in June is the energy market. Today differences in carbon taxation and charges levied on generators between Britain and other EU markets amount to a subsidy on electricity imports into Britain. This creates a situation in which British electricity generators are not on a level playing field with regard to competition to their EU counterparts and creates distortions in trade in electricity. In light of this, Britain may choose to mitigate such distortions by imposing tariffs on imported electricity in the event of a Brexit, although this in turn would make any agreement on trade with the EU much more difficult to realise.

REM talked to Vladimir Parail of global economics consultancy, Oxera to find out more about the potential impacts of each …

Singapore named as ‘Global Smart City 2016’

Analysts at Juniper Research have revealed the top ranking cities globally for smart energy installation in 2016

REC showcases floating solar PV installation in Indonesia

Global provider of solar energy solutions, REC, has showcased its floating PV installation at a government site in West Java, Indonesia

Solar cells of the future could be based on iron molecules

Researchers at Lund University in Sweden have made progress towards the future development of inexpensive and environmentally friendly solar cells using iron-based dyes

US DOE and DOT to launch smart transportation systems

The US Department of Energy (DOE) and US Department of Transportation (DOT) are to collaborate on the acceleration of research, demonstration and deployment of innovative transportation and alternative fuel strategies

UK Feed-In Tariff cuts for new anaerobic digestion plants could be worse than thought
New figures analysed by the Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA) have revealed that the Feed-in Tariff (FiT) for new AD plants could be even more heavily restricted than thought at first

Largest electric vehicle project in the world now underway in the UK

CarConnect, a pioneering project to help the electricity industry better understand how plug-in electric vehicles (PIVs) charge at home in harmony with the electricity grid, is now underway in the UK

German Renewables Provide 95 Percent of Electricity Demand

German think tank Agora Energiewende announced this week that renewable energy has been responsible for providing 95 percent of the country’s electricity demand, achieving this on Sunday May 8th.

Nissan reveals 50,000th Nissan LEAF produced in the UK

Three years after Nissan introduced electric vehicles (EVs) and battery manufacturing to Europe, the 50,000th European-built Nissan LEAF has rolled off the production line in Sunderland, UK

Scotrenewables Tidal Power launches world’s largest tidal turbine

STA and PwC launch online survey to assess UK solar industry

The Solar Trade Assocation (STC) have got together with PwC to launch an online survey aimed at assessing the status of the UK solar industry following major changes to the policy framework

How Effective Could Willow be for Biomass Energy Generation?

Nearly half of European space heating could be renewable within 20 years says IHS

Renewable energy could provide nearly half of the energy used to heat Europe’s homes by 2040 according to a new study by IHS Energy

Faradion and AGM Batteries win government funding for sodium-ion EV batteries

The innovator of sodium-ion battery technology, Faradion, in partnership with AGM Batteries, has been awarded funding to develop its pioneering battery technology for electric vehicles

Above Surveying enter the solar inspection market

Push Energy and Buzzflyer have joined forces to form Above Surveying Ltd, a brand new aerial thermographic inspection service company specialising in solar PV

US Energy Department announces funding for bioenergy projects

The US Department of Energy (DOE) has announced funding of up to $90 million in project funding for biorefinery facilities

Attractiveness of UK for renewable energy investors plummets

According to a new report by Ernst & Young (EY), interest in the UK with regard to investment in renewable energy has fallen to an all time low

French Total Group acquires battery storage company Saft

Oil and gas company Total Energy has acquired battery company Saft in order to assist its future development of renewable energy generation

Congratulations Mr Bristol Mayor!! Now, what happens next?

So, congratulations to the new Bristol Mayor, Marvin Rees. Now lets have a look at some of what Mr Rees intends for Bristol in the way of green policies and effective, sustainable transport.
According to his website, this includes an integrated travel scheme, investment in local rail, tackling congestion and improving air quality. All that is pretty admirable, but how is he going to set about achieving it?
"I have a positive plan to ease congestion, continue to promote cycling and make travelling by bus and rail more viable. I will make the city truly accessible to everyone, whether they are travelling by car, on foot, bicycle, bus or train.”
Promoting cycling? So, if he is honest about that, for a start that means he is likely to attract some of the same flack from Bristolian anti-cycling petrolheads that was flung at Mr Ferguson.
This is what he said to Lifecycle about Bristol Cycling City:
"It was a good title, it captured something of what we are , what we want to be and th…

Moronic Donald Trump threatens to bring back coal...

Guess what the Donald Trump knuckledraggers are planning to do....bring back the coal industry. Stupidity is far from dead unfortunately...

UK Sainsbury’s stores generate energy from food waste

A number of Sainsbury’s supermarkets in the UK are now using power generated from green gas thanks to a partnership with food waste recycling company ReFood

UK clean energy industry responds to comments by the late Sir David Mackay on wind and solar

Prior to his death on 14th April, the celebrated British energy expert Professor Sir David Mackay commented that renewable energy technologies like solar and wind could not meet UK energy needs. However, the industry has now issued a cautious and sensitive response.

Minesto orders modified bottom joint system for Deep Green

Wave and tidal energy company Minesto has ordered a modified version of Subsea Riser Products (SRP) Rocksteady for the Deep Green tidal energy power plant

George Ferguson and fracking? I think not...

Bristol local politics can often get incredibly tiresome and vicious, no more so perhaps than the last few days in the run-up to the Mayoral election. There's been an assertion that Ferguson was somehow trying to cover up an attempt by Bristol Port Company (BPC), which runs Avonmouth, to apply for a Petroleum Exploitation Development Licence (PEDL) for potential fracking. Actually, BPC did apply for a PEDL but then agreed with Bristol City Council to withdraw it. This is quite clearly shown in available documents. However, there is also a question of whether or not the Mayor mentioned this fact to the BCC cabinet. And so its all blown up now into the usual round of sniping.

The important fact is really, now, that BPC can't legally get involved in fracking at Avonmouth. This isn't unduly surprising because Ferguson has been dead set against fracking right from the start of his term of office, and has said so quite clearly and openly. Whether third parties can or not is anot…

No way will cyclists accept forced compulsory insurance

George Ferguson, current Bristol Mayor, seems to be swinging towards the anti-cycling camp. Compulsory insurance for cyclists? No damn way!!! For a start it will price new cyclists off the road, secondly, all the evidence shows that its motorists, not cyclists, who are primarily responsible for cyclist-motorist accidents. Third, cyclists don't damage the road surface, heavy transport does. Fourth, cyclists don't help to devastate the planet, fossil-fuel spewing heavy traffic does. I am sure I could think of a few more reasons, given a bit more time.