week ending 23 April 2010
NEW PROPERTIES at the exclusive Kingennie Fields development near Broughty Ferry are likely to generate a healthy income for purchasers when the new Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme is implemented next year. The houses incorporate ground source heat pumps, which harness latent solar energy contained in the earth to provide a truly sustainable and extremely cost effective heating solution, which can reduce heating bills by up to 50 per cent.
Guide and Gazette 23rd Apr 2010 more >>
FiT too low for AD
“The FiT for AD has been set far too low,” Mr Pollock said. “When the AD level was set the government assumed there’d be a gate fee for people bringing waste in, but in reality most on-farm AD relies on growing crops and doesn’t benefit from gate fee income.”
Farmers Weekly 23rd Apr 2010 more >>
The issue of energy-efficiency has leaped into the public consciousness in recent years. Consumers are being bombarded with advice about the best way to save electricity, save money and save the planet. But has this onslaught of information left many members of the public sceptical about the quality of advice being given? The results of a new survey would suggest that this indeed is the case.
Low Carbon Economy 22nd Apr 2010 more >>
Food Waste Power
A new age for greener energy that will see our leftover food transformed into power could be ahead – all thanks to the help of local school children. Children from Westfield Primary School have been celebrating after being told an innovative two-month project in which they took part has shown that collecting food waste from households in Bath and North East Somerset could generate enough energy for 500 homes.
Somerset Guardian 22nd Apr 2010 more >>
Bath Chronicle 22nd Apr 2010 more >>
The housebuilding industry is actively seeking new ways to achieve a 25 per cent improvement in the energy efficiency of each new home, in compliance with the proposed changes to Part L of the Building Regulations. Showersave is a simple cost-effective heat recovery system designed to reduce CO2 emissions and improve the energy efficiency rating of new build properties.
Plumbing Park 22nd Apr 2010 more >>
A Cornish graduate who has developed a portable renewable power system has secured “business angel” funding to sell the innovative device to aid agencies and the military across the world. He came up with the idea for a portable energy device that was powered by the wind and sun while studying for his BSc in renewable energy
Western Morning News 22nd Apr 2010 more >>
Eurotunnel, which manages the infrastructure of the Channel Tunnel running between Dover and Calais, officially switched on a 2.5MW wind farm on its site in Coquelles, Pas-de-Calais.
New Energy Focis 21st Apr 2010 more >>
Four hydro electric stations near Loch Lomond with a combined generating capacity of 6.7MW were approved by the Scottish Government yesterday (April 20). The schemes, all on the Glen Falloch Estate near Crianlarich, were hailed by Scotland’s energy minister Jim Mather as representing part of the country’s “untapped potential” for developing small hydro projects which can create renewable energy and tackle climate change.
New Energy Focus 21st Apr 2010 more >>
Residents in North Kesteven can find out about a range of renewable energy measures at two free drop-in events on 30 April, and 1 May. The sessions will allow people to discuss renewable technologies, such as solar panels and air source heat pumps, with experts and professional installers. They will also be able to find out about the financial incentives available to invest in renewable energy, such as feed in tariffs (FITs).
North Kesteven District Council 21st Apr 2010 more >>
AT a successful event for DIY Greener Homes held at Santon Downham Village Hall, Forest Heath residents were able view, sample and apply for free home energy efficiency materials. The list of goods on offer included; loft insulation, draught stripping, pipe insulation, hot water tank jackets and much more.
Forest Heath District Council 21st Apr 2010 more >>
Teacher Fiona McCallion gave pupils the challenge of broadening the school’s green credentials, and the council decided on a theme of renewable energy for its project. When the school’s site manager, Alan Briggs, came to them with the idea of building a solar-powered water heater from recycled materials, the school council took on the daunting task.
York Press 21st Apr 2010 more >>
A BRIGG-based company has launched ambitious plans for a wind turbine to produce its own electricity. CLS Construction, on Atherton Way, Brigg, has submitted plans to North Lincolnshire Council to erect a 25 metre wind turbine along with a new office complex in nearby Europa Way. It is hoped the turbine, which will be able to produce 15KW of electricity, enough to power the entire building.
This is Scunthorpe 21st Apr 2010 more >>
Sigma Capital has invested £750,000 in a Scottish firm that has developed a form of “green” insulation which it says works much better than conventional products. The Edinburgh-based investment business provided the funding to Energyflo Construction Technologies to help commercialise its “dynamic insulation” products. These include a form of “breathable concrete” which the company says can be used to reduce heating losses and filter out airborne pollution.
Herald 21st Apr 2010 more >>
Small Wind Drive
The growing attractiveness of the UK small wind turbine sector to investors was underlined yesterday as leading manufacturer Ampair Energy announced it had secured £1.5m in new venture capital investment. Ampair’s chief executive David Sharman told BusinessGreen.com that he plans to use the investment from Sigma Sustainable Energy to further develop the company’s product range, treble the size of its premises and fund a recruitment drive.
Business Green 21st Apr 2010 more >>
Commercialisation of Micro CHP
The 1st Edition of The Commercialization of MicroCHP provides a thorough understanding of the benefits that MicroCHP can provide, the current state of the technology, and the major players in the market.
Earth Times 21st Apr 2010 more >>
Biomass Boiler Certified
Biomass heating system manufacturer, Windhager, has announced that it will be launching its new VarioWIN wood pellet boiler this month. The system has been certified under the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS), meaning it will be eligible for financial support through the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI).
New Energy Focus 20th Apr 2010 more >>
The Climate Cops programme follows the Government’s National Framework for Sustainable Schools, working with councils to provide schools with free energy audits and recommendations to help them to reduce their carbon footprint.
Halesowen News 20th Apr 2010 more >>
Eco-Label Heat Pumps
Mitsubishi Electric has become the first UK manufacturer of heat pumps to be awarded the European Eco-label in recognition of the superior environmental performance of its Ecodan range of residential heating units. The label guarantees that the company’s three Ecodan products meet the European Energy Directive environmental criteria for heat pumps.
24Dash 19th Apr 2010 more >>
Solar and Sustainable Installation Engineers (Sasie) has become one of the first companies to register with ELECSA’s Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS). With a team of six engineers, Sasie specialises in the supply and installation of renewable energy systems for clients in the private, commercial and local authority sectors.
Heating and Plumbing Monthly 19th Apr 2010 more >>
A £280,0000 green energy training centre focused on microgeneration technologies and backed by private business is set to open later this year on Merseyside. The Green Energy Training Centre (GETC) is being set up to meet the needs of a growing UK renewable energy sector, in which the Government estimates 160,000 jobs will be created by 2020. The centre will specialise in training to install renewable energy microgeneration technologies, which include equipment such as solar panels and photovoltaic and ground and air source heat pumps, found in the home and commercial properties. It will help installers become accredited for the Government’s Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS)
Green Wise Business 19th Apr 2010 more >>
Place North West 19th Apr 2010 more >>
Click Green 19th Apr 2010 more >>
Green Grants Machine 23rd Apr 2010 more >>
New Energy Focus 19th Apr 2010 more >>
Lib Dem Plan
Danny Alexander, the Liberal Democrats’ chief of staff, claimed environmental groups had called the Lib Dem manifesto the greenest of the three, and boasted that it contained “62 green policies”, including an “eco-cashback” scheme for micro-generation and support for schools to make their buildings more energy efficient.
Guardian 19th Apr 2010 more >>
Renewable energy developer, RWE npower renewables, has begun construction of a 750kW hydroelectric station at Selset Reservoir, County Durham, in partnership with Northumbrian Water.
New Energy Focus 19th Apr 2010 more >>
A new-build hospital in Worcestershire is set to be powered by advanced renewable and energy efficient technologies, including ground source heat pumps and combined heat and power (CHP).
New Energy Focus 19th Apr 2010 more >>
WORCESTERSHIRE County Council is considering investing £1 million in energy efficiency to save money in the long run. The initial money would be used to improve building insulation and replace older lighting systems, as well as pursuing renewable energy schemes, such as solar power.
Stourbridge News 18th Apr 2010 more >>
Heat Pump Export
Star Refrigeration, the Glasgow-based specialist supplier of cooling and heating systems, has completed a £2 million deal to supply a cutting-edge heating system to a -Norwegian town – which promises to save 15% of the hourly cost of energy bills. The project will extract heat from the harbour at Drammen in -southern Norway before boosting it via a giant pump and -sending it around the town of 62,000 inhabitants, to heat houses and public amenities.
Herald 18th Apr 2010 more >>
Ecotricity has tried to take advantage of the governments new feed-in-tariff microgeneration scheme by offering early adopters, or pioneers, a higher rate for the electricity they produce.
Rapid 16th Apr 2010 more >>
NEW Feed-in Tariff (FIT) rates, which took effect from April 1, mean the installation of a small scale wind project can make an attractive investment for a farming business.
Farmers Guardian 16th Apr 2010 more >>