The Rt. Honourable Tim Yeo MP, chairman of the House of
Commons Environmental Committee, became the first parliamentarian to check
out the raw power behind Disenco Energy's new home energy producing appliance
at Prodrive Automotive Technology's Warwick location. The expertise of the
motor sport and automotive technology specialists has been leveraged by Disenco
to produce an engine capable of producing all the hot water and heating needs
of a family as well as up to 70% of their electricity requirements at peak
times from a dishwasher-sized appliance installed in the home. Mr. Yeo states:
“I was delighted to have the chance of seeing the HomePowerPlant. This has
tremendous potential to help cut the carbon footprint of homes, of small
businesses and of buildings of all kinds. It could also speed up the introduction
of decentralised micro-generation of electricity.”
Disenco News Release 7th Jan 2008 more >>
week ending 11 January 2008
A pioneering school is leading the way in green energy by generating its own electricity on site. Mount Pleasant Junior School in Market Weighton has become the first in the East Riding to have a wind turbine installed to help power the school.
Hull Daily Mail 10th Jan 2008
A ZERO-carbon community at the heart of Corby is the focal point for the borough's plans to help tackle climate change.
Nothants Evening Telegraph 10th Jan 2008
Chorley residents could find it easier to generate their own green energy under major new plans announced by Conservatives, says the Tories' prospective Parliamentary candidate for Chorley, Alf Doran. Policy proposals have been unveiled by the Conservatives to promote decentralised energy' and microgeneration, as part of a strategy to fight climate change, make our energy supply more secure and help consumers save money.
Lancashire Telegraph 10th Jan 2008
MONKLANDS residents are being encouraged to make their homes more environmentally friendly by applying for a ‘green grant’. The Energy Saving Trust have approved close to 2300 grants over the past four years to Scottish householders to install renewable technology and make their homes more environmentally friendly.
Airdrie and Coatbridge Advertiser 10th Jan 2008
A BLOW has been dealt to home wind turbines following a national study centred in Warwick district. An interim report by town-based environmental consultants Encraft, which has launched 24 turbine sites across the UK over the last year - ten of which are in Warwick and Leamington - has found that in some cases turbines are generating even less electricity than that needed to power a single lightbulb.
Leamington Observer 10th Jan 2008
BLAIRGOWRIE High, Rattray Primary, Coupar Angus Primary and Burrelton Primary will go head to head with six other schools in Perth and Kinross over the course of the following five months to reduce their school’s carbon footprint. The schools achieving the biggest percentage reduction of their school’s carbon footprint between now and Easter will be awarded a renewable energy installation to the value of £10,000 provided by Norwich Union.
Blairgowrie Advertiser 10th Jan 2008
East Grinstead Turbine
An Energy saving experiment is allowing a Turners Hill "green flag" school to further its environmentally friendly status. Wind turbines were installed at the village primary school in November and the students are busy monitoring the results.
East Grinstead Courier 10th Jan 2008
A TRAILBLAZING wind power project in Warwickshire has been hailed a success. Volunteers at the Hill Close Victorian Gardens, Warwick, were the first in the district to win permission to install a wind turbine as part of a county-wide drive to promote cleaner and greener power sources last year. The gardens were included in The Warwick Microwind Trial after they were restored to their former glory last January in a £1.2 million scheme.
Coventry Telegraph 10th Jan 2008
German Solar Revolution
On a bleak airfield 30km (19 miles) outside Leipzig in former East Germany, a quiet but sunny revolution is taking place. Derelict, communist-era barracks give way to hectares of solar arrays, lined up, row upon row, like a sea of gleaming plasma TV screens. This is the heart of Germany's solar industry and, although still under construction, once complete it will be the world's largest solar power station, covering the equivalent of 200 football pitches and providing enough electricity for 10,000 homes.
BBC 10th Jan 2008
Micro-CHP making progress
Fuel cell developer Ceramic Fuel Cells Ltd (CFCL) has shipped a NetGenPlus unit to the UK part of its agreement with E.On UK and Gledhill Water Storage to develop micro-combined heat and power (m-CHP) products for the British market.
SmallCap News 10th Jan 2008
Forbes 10th Jan 2008
Solar panels, woodchip boilers, small-scale wind turbines and other renewable energy projects are getting a boost in Dorset. The county council is promoting environmentally friendly systems in public and community buildings, such as village halls and leisure centres, as well as at schools
Dorset County Council 9th Jan 2008
Businesses and households considering installing micro wind turbines are being urged to assess possible locations carefully before installing the technology after a new study revealed massive variations in turbines' effectiveness.
Business Green 9th Jan 2008
Disenco Energy plc (TSX:DIS) today announces the appointment of Autocraft Industries UK as the volume engine manufacturer for its unique home energy producing and carbon footprint cutting appliance, HomePowerPlant. The engine to be built by Autocraft is the powerhouse behind Disenco's dishwasher-sized appliance, which is capable of producing all the hot water and heating needs of an average family, as well as up to 70% of their electricity requirements at peak times. Full production begins in 2008.
PR Newswire 9th Jan 2008
View from Microchap 9th Jan 2008
The Rt. Honourable Tim Yeo MP, chairman of the House of Commons Environmental Committee, became the first parliamentarian to check out the raw power behind Disenco Energy's new home energy producing appliance at Prodrive Automotive Technology's Warwick location. The expertise of the motor sport and automotive technology specialists has been leveraged by Disenco to produce an engine capable of producing all the hot water and heating needs of a family as well as up to 70% of their electricity requirements at peak times from a dishwasher-sized appliance installed in the home. Mr. Yeo states: "I was delighted to have the chance of seeing the HomePowerPlant. This has tremendous potential to help cut the carbon footprint of homes, of small businesses and of buildings of all kinds. It could also speed up the introduction of decentralised micro-generation of electricity."
PR Newswire 7th Jan 2008
Disenco News Release 7th Jan 2008
A new report which aims to ensure the Scottish bioenergy sector develops its full potential was presented to Environment Minister Michael Russell for his consideration. The Woodfuel Task Force was launched in June 2007 with the aim of increasing the supply of wood for renewable energy production. The report - 'Increasing the supply of wood for renewable energy production in Scotland' - contains 26 recommendations which aim to boost bioenergy in Scotland and play a major part in helping the Scottish Government to achieve its ambitious renewable energy targets.
Forestry Commission Press Release 9th Jan 2008
Aberdeen Press & Journal 10th Jan 2008
Northern Ireland Schools
Minster Michelle Gildernew MP MLA has launched Phase Two of the Switched on Schools initiative, at Moat Primary School, Lisnaskea. Over £1.3million will be invested in the installation of solar panels and small wind devices in 35 rural schools.
Northern Ireland Executive 9th Jan 2008
A development of new houses at Carrington will have two properties fitted with solar energy systems, in a bid to see how well the technology performs and guage the effect on fuel bills. House builder Countryside Properties is using its Carrington Park development to examine the viability of alternative energy sources as a means of saving money on fuel bills whilst also reducing carbon dioxide emissions. Two four bedroom townhouse properties are being fitted with solar thermal panels which will heat water directly using the energy of the sun, and solar photovoltaic tiles that use the sun’s heat to generate electricity.
Mile-end Campus sticks to Merton
THE green light has been given for a major new building at the Mile End Campus of Queen Mary, University of London. The building will have ten per cent on-site renewable energy, naturally ventilated offices.
Newham Recorder 9th Jan 2008
ONE of the country’s first ‘eco-villages’ built in Kent will be about quality and not green ‘novelties’, the organisation behind it has pledged. Regional director of English Partnerships (EP) David Edwards said a development of 500 highly energy efficient homes at Connaught Barracks, Dover, will act as an example of good quality green house building for the rest of the country.
Dover Mercury 9th Jan 2008
AN AYRSHIRE businessman, Gordon Proven, at the forefront of alternative energy for the past three decades has picked up the Outstanding Achievement Award in the prestigious Scottish Renewables Green Energy Awards. Proven Energy has manufactured and installed more than 1500 turbines.
Ayrshire Post 9th Jan 2008
Tesco in Plymouth is hoping to cut its carbon footprint by installing two wind turbines in its car park. It has applied for planning permission to install two 30-foot turbines of a modern 'vertical axis' design, which makes less noise and copes better with changes in wind conditions.
Plymouth Evening Herald 8th Jan 2008
Gordon Brown has said that he wants all new houses to be carbon neutral by 2016. His government has also made much of its plans to create “eco-towns” of newly built sustainable homes. The fundamental problem, however, is that New Labour believes the market has the solution, when in fact it’s the source of the problem.
Socialist Worker 8th Jan 2008
A WREXHAM farmer has hatched a plan that could power an entire village using cow dung. Dairy farmer Richard Tomlinson, of Lodge Farm, Holt, is proposing to install an anaerobic digester which could utilise the waste from his organic herd, along with food waste from Wrexham Industrial Estate, in order to power up to 500 homes – about the equivalent of the village of Holt.
Wrexham Evening Leader 8th Jan 2008
Daily Post 9th Jan 2008
THE Renewable Energy Association (REA) has called on city leaders to re-think their move to suspend an order of environmentally-friendly heating systems for Edinburgh schools. The biomass boilers were set to be included in five secondary and two primary schools being built in the Capital. But the order was stopped after council chiefs said there had been recent concerns from the science community about emissions called "particulates" from the boilers.
Edinburgh Evening News 8th Jan 2008
ENERGY and environmental experts last night called for further investment in small hydro-electric schemes as Scotland's first large project in the sector in 50 years neared completion. The calls for more micro projects come as the Forum for Renewable Energy Development in Scotland prepares to report to the Scottish Government on the place hydro-power has in the country's future energy provision.
Scotsman 8th Jan 2008
South Ayrshire Council has granted planning permission for a proposed new community hospital at Bridgefield, in Girvan. The hospital will be fitted with a wind turbine.
Scotsman 8th Jan 2008
A £1.6m renewable power scheme which will give a remote island electricity 24-hours-a-day for the first time is due to go live within weeks. Years of planning have gone into the scheme on Eigg. There are more than 30 homes on the island, which will be provided with electricity generated from a mix of hydro, wind and solar power.
BBC 8th Jan 2008
An update of what has happened over the past year to boost this technology.
MicroChap 7th Jan 2007
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Green Distribution Centre
A proposed distribution centre in Derbyshire will have industry 'green' credentials aiming to achieve exemplary carbon performance across the whole site. On-site energy generation from solar panels and wind turbines, green roofs and rain water harvesting are among the eco proposals being considered.
Burton Mail 7th Jan 2008
Three County Durham schools have been earmarked for extra funding as part of a bid to tackle climate change. The schools – Seaham School of Technology, Shotton Hall School and Sedgefield Community College – could share in up to £1.15m of Government funding to help lower their carbon emissions. They are among 200 schools across the country that could receive extra cash over the next three years to help them meet the new national target for cutting carbon emissions from new school buildings by 60 per cent.
Jeremy Leggatt: Renewables markets are growing very fast overseas, both because of the subsidy policies (eg Japan, California) or their equivalents such as feed-in laws (eg Germany, Spain). Mass markets are inevitable now. The issue is whether UK plc will be a player, with strong domestic industries and domestic job creation, or miss out, having to import everything and support overseas jobs. As things stand we are set to miss out. But subsidies for renewables, or their policy equivalent, are not needed for long. Costs for renewables are generally falling, just as the costs of traditional power are rising.
Guardian 7th Jan 2008
Home wind turbines are significantly underperforming and in the worst cases generating less than the electricity needed to power a single lightbulb, according to the biggest study of its kind carried out in Britain.
Encraft Ltd has launched a series of software tools designed to be incorporated into company websites to help customers better understand microgeneration. The range of tools includes a carbon footprint calculator, a micro-wind power calculator, a solar potential calculator and a solar hot water calculator - amongst others.
EnviroSolutions 6th Jan 2008
MORE than £500,000 has been awarded to a hyrdo-electric project on the River Esk in the North York Moors National Park which could provide power for 600 homes. Six small-scale power schemes – five on the Esk and another at Beck Hole, near Goathland – could be developed with the help of £521,000 provided by Yorkshire Forward, the Government's Regional Development Agency. The national park's project and renewable energy officer, Peter Jones, said: "These unobtrusive systems would harness the power to generate electricity for 600 homes."
Yorkshire Post 4th Jan 2008
Darlington & Stockton Times 4th Jan 2008
HOUSEHOLDERS are being encouraged to get their hands on some cash and save the environment in the process. The Energy Saving Trust is pushing for more people to apply for a £4000 grant to make their houses more energy efficient. Already the organisation has given £19million to homeowners across Scotland for systems such as solar hot water systems, ground source heat pumps, biomass heating systems and wind turbines.
Glasgow Evening Times 4th Jan 2008
A WILLOW-burning power station at the centre of a housing scheme in Conisbrough is Doncaster's latest green housing proposal. The scheme, the latest idea to include a sustainable on-site power generator in the borough, goes before the planning committee next week.
Doncaster Star 4th Jan 2008