Edinburgh University CHP
The picture shows pipework inside the Combined Heat and Power Plant which generates electricity for the Edinburgh University King’s Buildings campus and uses the heat losses from the engine to keep the 30 buildings on the campus warm.
week ending 12 October 2007
British Eco Energy get a mention in The Times.
Times 12th Oct 2007
An energy boss claims his company was overlooked in making Colchester United's new stadium eco-friendly - even though it sponsors the club. Allan Berry, chief executive of Colchester-based Smart Energy, could not believe the business had not been contacted about plans to make the 10,000-seat ground more sustainable. He said Smart Energy was even prepared to install free solar water heating systems, but its offer had not been taken up.
Essex Evening Gazette 11th Oct 2007
The £6m South Sefton Investment Centre will be developed using a range of innovative green technologies, including geothermal energy, providing a natural ventilation system that will provide air conditioning throughout.
Bootle Times 11th Oct 2007
TESTS could start by the end of this year to find out if South Yorkshire's first proposed "carbon zero housing" estate, built around a wind turbine, is viable. Doncaster Council's planning committee has given its backing for testing equipment to be set up at the planned site near Green Lane, Brodsworth, to see if there is enough wind for the scheme to work.
Doncaster Star 11th Oct 2007
Plans to convert Pennoyers School at Pulham St Mary, which include the installation of renewable energy devices, such as a ground source heat pump and solar panels, have been approved by south Norfolk councillors, to the delight of residents spearheading the proposals to use the building as a community centre.
Diss Mercury 11th Oct 2007
A PIONEERING eco-house project has been named as the winner of an environmental award. The converted 1950s' council semi in Smallford was transformed into an energy-efficient home by St Albans District Council in one of the first projects of its kind, winning them the Green Apple Environment Award out of 500 entries.
Herts Advertiser 11th Oct 2007
Oven ready wind turbines
The 80-metre high turbine is one of three being built at the McCains factory in Whittlesey to cut energy bills at the site by up to 60 per cent.
Peterborough Evening Telegraph 10th Oct 2007
The Treasury yesterday unveiled a new tax break for firms installing renewable
energy technologies at their locations. The tax break, for installing technologies
such as solar panels and wind turbines, is designed to make investments in
so-called micro-generation more attractive.
Under the proposals, announced as part of the Pre-Budget Review, the Treasury will exempt investment in micro-generation renewables from reassessments of business rates between revaluations.
Computing 10th Oct 2007
A Former nurse has won an appeal to site a domestic wind turbine outside her home in Louth.
Grimsby Telegraph 10th Oct 2007
York Eco-business Centre
The building will use ground source heat pumps providing occupiers with "free heat" using energy from the earth to heat and cool the building, a wind turbine generating energy for communal areas, water saving devices, a green roof, lighting saving controls linked to daylight levels and rainwater harvesting for use within the building.
York Press 10th Oct 2007
RESIDENTS have stalled plans for the redevelopment of a school because of fears over the impact of a wind turbine and heavy construction traffic.
Islington Gazette 10th Oct 2007
Green guidelines have been adopted to help builders in Colchester do their bit to save the planet. Through Colchester Council's advice on sustainable construction, developers will be encouraged to put up buildings that are energy and water efficient, and architects will be encouraged to design houses, shops, factories and offices that have natural lighting and ventilation and use renewable energy sources, like solar panels and wind turbines.
Essex Gazette 10th Oct 2007
Local councils could introduce a range of measures to speed up the reduction of carbon emissions, a report says. The study suggests the schemes would achieve the government's goal of 60% less carbon dioxide output 25 years earlier than its 2050 target. The New Local Government Network report suggests rewards and penalties for councils based on how they perform. Proposals in the report include more congestion charging and converting landfill waste into electricity.
BBC 10th Oct 2007
Carbon Footprints: Local Steps: How local government can rise to the climate change challenge, New Local Government Network, 10th Oct 2007. more >>
Friends of the Earth had been hoping that Alistair Darling would introduce a raft of measures to stimulate home electricity generation through renewable resources and assist a fledgling industry whose growth is stagnating through lack of government help. But they were disappointed.
Guardian 10th Oct 2007
Welsh Innovation in Leeds
A FIRM of Welsh architects has designed the greenest building in the UK. The £5.5m Innovate Property office on the outskirts of Leeds, which was designed by Cardiff-based Rio architects, with King Shaw Associates as environmental engineer, has the highest-ever BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) rating. It is the UK’s first commercially-developed sustainable office and pushes the boundaries of environmental design.
Western Mail 10th Oct 2007
Proposals for North Westgate in Peterborough city centre feature a host of "green" components, including the use of up to 15 wind turbines that will provide some of the power to light the new car park.
Peterborough Evening Telegraph 9th Oct 2007
Peterborough Evening Telegraph 10th Oct 2007
Wasted energy has become the target of a new Task Force to be established by the Reigate and Banstead Borough Council. In a separate move the Council has also written to the Government to protest at the threat to weaken the so-called “Merton Rule”, which requires developers to include a level of renewable energy in new developments. Cllr Ellacott said: “The Merton Rule ensured that we were able to insist on the new wood fuelled boiler at the Park 25 development, which is the largest of its kind in the south east. If the Rule is watered down, the Council’s ability to insist on similar measures in future will be reduced.”
Reigate & Banstead Borough Council 9th Oct 2007
An independent panel appointed to examine proposed alterations to the London Plan has endorsed plans by the Mayor to double the onsite renewable energy requirements for new buildings from the 10 per cent target in the current Plan. The panel’s report published today ‘applauds’ the Mayor’s ‘commitment and leadership’ in tackling climate change, and has fully endorsed the proposed changes.
GLA 9th Oct 2007
Building 9th Oct 2007
Zero-carbon & stamp duty
The Draft Statutory Instrument (DSI) says homes have to have their own wind turbine, or equivalent, on site rather than being able to sign up to off-site renewable energy sources, in order to qualify for the zero carbon stamp duty exemption.
Bridport News 9th Oct 2007
A building restoration project on the Lizard is helping National Trust volunteers to reduce their environmental impact whilst continuing their work to help conserve the coastline. The refurbished accommodation includes high levels of insulation throughout using sheep's wool, a new underfloor heating system driven by a ground source heat pump linked to three 55 metre deep bore holes, and a solar panel for water heating. Rainwater is collected from the roof and is used to flush toilets, all light bulbs and appliances are energy efficient and natural paints and floor finishes have been used for decoration.
This is the West Country 9th Oct 2007
Eco lifeboat station
"The boathouse will incorporate renewable energy systems such as solar panels, and there will be a minimal requirement for water, thanks to a rainwater harvesting system."
Western Mail 9th Oct 2007
Exmouth Journal 11th Oct 2007
An Askam school is following in David Cameron’s footsteps by installing its own wind turbine.
North West Evening Mail 9th Oct 2007
A SCIENTIST is hoping to install a wind turbine to help power his laboratory out in the country. Environmental chemist Dr Laurence Blake, who runs Hill Court Farm Research, near Pendock, has applied for planning permission to install the 12-metre (39 foot) generator. The electricity it produces will help power his lab and his home, enabling him to cut down on the amount of electricity they use from the National Grid.
Malvern Gazette 9th Oct 2007
CHILDREN at a city school are beaming with pride after being the first in
the city to have solar panels fitted on the roof. And youngsters at Forestdale
Primary School, in Wareham Road, Frankley, are keeping a daily tally of how
much power is generated by the sun.
Birmingham Mail 9th Oct 2007
Environmental Transformation Fund
Government investment in commercialising low-carbon technologies in the UK will top £370 million over the next three years, thanks to the announcement today of an extra £170 million for the cross-Government Environmental Transformation Fund (ETF).
GNN 9th Oct 2007
Public Technology.net 10th Oct 2007
New and Renewable Energy Centre Ltd. (NaREC) (1) and Yanmar Co., Ltd. (2) start the demonstration of 9.9kW Micro-Combined Heat and Power (CHP) by using 100 per cent grade bio-diesel fuel for the first time in the UK. (3)
PR Newswire 9th Oct 2007
MANCHESTER'S Co-op Bank today announced plans to plough £400m into green business projects across the country. Its corporate banking division unveiled a war chest of funds to be pumped into schemes ranging from wind farms and other forms of renewable energy to recycling and biofuels.
Manchester Evening News 9th Oct 2007
PLANS for a 51 metre wind turbine at a proposed technology centre just off the Sheffield Parkway have been submitted to Rotherham Council by Yorkshire Forward. The turbine is one of a package of energy-saving measures proposed at the new centre.
Sheffield Star 8th Oct 2007
ANYONE driving into Blackburn from Accrington will have seen a smart new building go up in a matter of months. The £3.5million business centre features solar panels on the roof and toilets are flushed by collected rain water. Bosses also intend to erect a wind turbine to make the building even more energy efficient.
This is Lancashire 8th Oct 2007
Adelaide is set to become Australia's first "solar city" as part of a $75m government pilot scheme. Under the initiative, 1,700 solar panels and 7,000 smart electricity meters will be installed in homes and businesses in several of the city's suburbs in a drive to cut energy consumption.
EDIE 8th Oct 2007
With work underway on Colchester's Community Stadium the Cabinet are set to agree funding to further improve its overall sustainability at their meeting on Wednesday 17 October. Features such as air source heat pumps have been added.
Colchester Borough Council 8th Oct 2007
Essex Gazette 9th Oct 2007
East Midlands Airport
East Midlands Airport is proposing to construct four 31.5m-high wind turbines to generate 10% of its energy. The proposal aims to make the airport carbon neutral by 2012.
Enviro Solutions 7th Oct 2007
Mr Eamon Ryan TD, Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources has officially launched Ireland's most eco-friendly development of smart homes. This is the first residential development in the Dundalk 20/20 sustainable energy zone. Sustainable Energy Ireland co-ordinate the Dundalk 20/20 project, which acts as a pilot for the rest of the country. In a 4 km zone in the centre of the town, 20% of all heat and 20% of all electricity must come from renewable sources by 2010 - this is ten years ahead of the Government target.
Enviro Solutions 7th Oct 2007
The Bournemouth shop had become the first store in the retailer’s 550-plus portfolio to enjoy a “green” makeover, making it one of the most environmentally friendly stores in Britain. We could have put up a wind turbine on the roof for people to take a picture of, but it was not economically viable at this store. It would have produced only 1% of the energy we need.
Times 7th Oct 2007
DEVELOPERS are lining up what they believe to be South Yorkshire's first carbon zero housing estate built round a wind turbine. Under the scheme put forward by South Yorkshire Partnership – an organisation linked to the regional development agency Yorkshire Forward – the estate of 350 houses in Doncaster would be self-sufficient in electricity provided by the turbine.
Doncaster Star 7th Oct 2007
Zero-carbon few and far between
With nine years to go before every new UK home is meant to be zero-carbon, there are still only a few pioneering developments that are getting near. UK households are responsible for more than a quarter of the nation’s carbon dioxide emissions. A 2006 report by the Sustainable Development Commission, the government’s advisory body on sustainable development, warned that the national environmental targets could not be achieved unless household energy consumption was significantly reduced.
Ethical Corporation 6th Oct 2007
Last year, Nottingham city council adopted a plan with measures including further purchase of green energy, a scheme to force developers to construct more energy efficient buildings, investigation of the suitability of wind turbines, as well as a commitment to using less energy use in local authority buildings.
Nottingham Evening Post 6th Oct 2007
A Luxury apartment complex at River Crescent, Nottingham will include extensive sound and thermal insulation, energy-efficient lighting and appliances and geothermal heat pumps. The pumps, and a series of wind turbines, will heat and light shared areas of the development, helping to keep service charges down.
Nottingham Evening Post 5th Oct 2007
Wind Farming in Barnet
Genesis Housing Group is set to develop over 200 homes at the site of a former Zenith camera company in Barnet. The homes have been designed by European Urban Architecture and are highly sustainable using a combination of quiet revolution vertical axis turbines and solar heating exceeding renewable energy requirements.
Southern Housing 5th Oct 2007
Zero-carbon discounts grid renewables
In a surprise move this week the government revealed that homes using renewable energy provided through the national grid will not qualify as zero-carbon. In long-awaited guidance on the government’s Code for Sustainable Homes, published on Monday, the communities department caught the housebuilding industry unawares by decreeing that off-site renewable sources of energy such as windfarms “would not be eligible unless directly connected to the development concerned”.
Building 5th October 2007
Wind Turbine – video
The helix look greats and has clear advantages over other wind solutions. Perfectly clean energy from your home. Absolutely bird safe.
Turn your home into a mini-power station
Reprinted on a recent blog - Gradually more homeowners are turning their properties into mini-power stations, generating much of the electricity they need on-site.
BBC 21st Oct 2003