week ending 23 July 2010
Windy Bus Depot
Wind turbine company, North Power Systems, has completed a wind turbine installation at a Transport for London bus garage. The Northwind 100 small scale wind turbine is now installed and generating wind power at the West Ham bus depot which currently houses some 320 buses.
Connecting Industry 22nd July 2010 more >>
A SMALL community in the heart of the Lake District has won backing for an ‘inspirational’ £1.6 million scheme to turn its renowned rainfall into renewable energy. Planners this week gave the green light to residents in picturesque Kentmere to harness power from the River Kent to sell to the National Grid.
Westmorland Gazette 22nd July 2010 more >>
Local efforts to tackle global warming will be seen at first hand by climate change minister Stewart Stevenson. He will be in Moray to see how initiatives backed by the Climate Challenge Fund are being put into practice. His first visit will be to the Knockando Woolmill at Aberlour which has received £9,122 from the fund towards the use of wool insulation to reduce emissions. It has also received £96,000 from the Scottish Government-funded Community and Renewable Energy Scheme to install an efficient wood pellet heating system.
IC West Lothian 22nd July 2010 more >>
Scottish Grant Cuts
A COMPANY has hit out against the decision by the Scottish Government to axe a home renewables grant scheme and is urging homeowners to act quickly if they want to make their properties more eco friendly. Solar Power Scotland, based in Linwood, is a solar panel installation company and said that to date it has installed hundreds of solar panels in homes across Scotland.
Paisley Daily Express 21st July 2010 more >>
Following his visit to Yorkshire-based insulation specialists Solarwall this week, the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Chris Huhne, has announced a massive increase in the amount of home insulation to be installed to homes in Great Britain - paving the way for the Government’s new Green Deal. Chris Huhne visited the Solarwall Energy Centre this week in his first visit to the North since he was appointed. After attending the Cabinet meeting in Bradford, he went on to visit a local property, to see first-hand the work of Solarwall’s insulation team and then onto the newly opened Energy Centre, based at Clifton, York.
ADF Online 21st July 2010 more >>
Small Turbine MCS
Manufacturer of small wind turbines, Evance, has announced that its R9000 5kW wind turbine has completed all tests and has been awarded full Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) accreditation. This accreditation is a formal recognition of the durability, reliability, safety and overall performance of the R9000.
Connecting Industry 20th July 2010 more >>
Leicester College Renewables
A college has won an award for the environmental features of its new building. Leicester’s Gateway College has its own wind turbine, solar panels and biomass boiler. They helped the college win a Gold Award at the National Green Apple Awards, which recognises work to help the environment
Leicester Mercury 20th July 2010 more >>
Sandwell District Heating
Eighty-seven Nexus Bitherm wall-mounted units with built in plate heat exchangers, three Ultramax 120kW wall mounted condensing boilers and three Ultramax R602 200kW floor standing condensing boilers have been combined to create an energy efficient district scheme at Queensridge Court, a £12 million development for the over 55s in Sandwell, West Midlands.
Heating & Plumbing Monthly 19th July 2010 more >>
Solar Training Centre
Kingspan Solar, part of Kingspan Renewables, has opened its first training centre specialising in renewable energy technologies. The facility is aimed at installers looking to boost their earning potential through an in depth understanding of solar thermal, heat pumps and unvented hot water systems as well as industry standard accreditations. Located in Halesowen, west Midlands, the training centre will provide experienced heating, plumbing and building professionals with the expertise needed to facilitate high-quality renewable energy installations.
Heating & Plumbing Monthly 19th July 2010 more >>
A new Cambridgeshire police station will utilise air source heating, solar panels to warm water, and has a central atrium which will allow air to circulate, so air conditioning is not needed.
Cambridge News 19th July 2010 more >>
Following the UK Government’s new initiative to boost the uptake of renewable power generation; a group of Midlands-based businessmen have launched a new national company to enable homeowners and businesses to take advantage of a generous package of financial incentives that have become available – and sell electricity back to the supply network. Called Mipower Ltd, the company is solely focussing on the installation of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, a technology that generates electricity from daylight.
Cision Wire 19th July 2010 more >>
The launch of a new parliamentary forum for solar PV has been welcomed by industry figures as a ‘timely addition’ to the work of the All Party Parliamentary Renewables and Sustainable Energy Group (PRASEG). Launched last week (July 15), the PRASEG solar PV section aims to provide a forum for Parliamentarians and the industry to consider the success of the Feed-in Tariff (FiT) scheme going forward and to debate the “numerous regulatory challenges still facing the technology in the UK”.
New Energy Focus 19th July 2010 more >>
Visitors to the West Bank town of Hebron this summer might find a strange-looking white vehicle motoring through its streets – the first Palestinian solar-powered car. The product of an environmentally friendly project for Palestinian engineering students, the car is bedecked with banks of solar panels and doesn’t manage to reach a speed much above 19mph (30kph) – but it is being lauded as a feat of creative engineering in the face of limited funds and scant resources.
Guardian 19th July 2010 more >>
Telegraph 19th July 2010 more >>
A new building at a centre devoted to eco awareness is more than just a checklist of green materials and practices. It is also a triumph of modernism and minimalism.
Observer 18th July 2010 more >>
THE green light has been given to experts’ plans to drill 2,000 metres below the ground in search of an environmentally-friendly energy source. Geothermal energy is seen as a very green type of renewable power, as it does not require the burning of fossil fuels like coal or gas and gives out very little in the way of emissions, except steam.
Newcastle Journal 17th July 2010 more >>
Companies interested in installing small-scale wind turbines and air-source heat pumps are still having to clear demanding planning hurdles after the government missed a deadline for introducing permitted development rights for the installations. Climate change minister Greg Barker found himself on the back foot on Monday after he was forced to explain why the Department for Communities and Local Government (CLG) had failed to comply with a statutory deadline to introduce micro-wind and domestic heat pumps into the planning system.
Business Green 16th July 2010 more >>
Mitsubishi Electric has been helping to put the case for renewable technology to the country’s leaders as part of its support for the Micropower Council which held a special renewable event at the Houses of Parliament on July 14. Mitsubishi Electric used the event to demonstrate how its Ecodan range of air source heat pumps has established itself as one of the most efficient and effective low carbon alternatives to gas and oil heating.
Heating and Ventilating 16th July 2010 more >>
Heat Pump Savings
An Oxfordshire family has just come back from a dream holiday in Spain funded entirely out of savings in their heating costs thanks to a new system which uses renewable energy from the outdoor air to slash fuel bills. The system – called an Ecodan air source heat pump – has dramatically lowered the costs to heat the 3-bedroomed home near Chipping Norton and enabled the Pearce family to not only pay for their holiday but also repay all outstanding bills with their electricity supplier.
Plumbing Park 16th July 2010 more >>
Climate change minister Greg Barker has said the UK needs a “game change” in its culture and approach to community ownership of renewable energy projects, and indicated support for recognising this in the planning system. Speaking in the House of Commons earlier this week (July 14) during a debate on renewable energy projects, Mr Barker claimed that the coalition government’s programme was clear on empowering communities to become more self-sufficient in the way they use heat and power.
New Energy Focus 16th July 2010 more >>
Scottish Permitted Development
Permitted Development Rights for Microgeneration Equipment on Non-Domestic Properties - This consultation invites views on what the thresholds might be for microgeneration equipment on non-domestic properties and is the latest stage in fulfilling the requirements of the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009. Introducing the proposals would remove the need for a planning application to be submitted for the equipment falling within the thresholds. Deadline for responses 8th October 2010
Scottish Government 15th July 2010 more >>
FiTs spur PV
Cornwall, the region in the far southwestern corner of England that is associated for many with images of cream teas, fishing boats and childhood seaside holidays, now appears set to lead the UK into new territory: solar farming. According to Ray Noble of the Renewable Energy Association, more than 40 planning applications are about to be submitted for ground-mounted PV systems up to 5 MW in size in this county alone. And the new feed-in tariff – introduced in April this year – will ensure that they generate not only power, but a steady stream of income.
Renewable Energy World 14th July 2010 more >>
The majority of the UK’s least energy-efficient homes could be brought up to near-average green standards for less than £3,000, a new analysis claims today. The Energy Saving Trust says the cost of upgrading such properties may be less than many consumers think, while also revealing that the numbers of energy-inefficient homes in both the private and rented sectors has decreased.
Guardian 13th July 2010 more >>
Birds Eye Strategy
Birds Eye last week launched a wide-ranging new sustainability strategy, dubbed Forever Food, that includes targets to cut carbon emissions 30 per cent against a 1990 baseline by 2020, reduce water consumption used in manufacturing by 20 per cent against a 2007 baseline by the same date, and ensure zero waste is sent to landfill from UK operations by 2015. We are looking at technologies and processes that can improve efficiency, such as recirculating oil when flash frying, but we are also analysing different renewable energy technologies,” he said. “One option we are looking at is a biomass system that could be partly fuelled by packaging waste.” He added that biodigestors could also be used at a number of the company’s factories to generate energy from any unavoidable food waste.
Business Green 12th July 2010 more >>
Delta’s annual review of the micro-CHP market shows that in 2009, annual sales fell to 20,930 units but in terms of power generation capacity the market size actually grew to 37.8MWe of capacity. The 2009 market was worth some 269 million. Japan remained the only market where products suitable for single-family homes are widely available, with product launched in the north-eastern US. In Europe commercial activity was focussed on 5 kWe products better suited to small businesses and multi-family homes.
Delta Energy & Environment July 2010 more >>
New Baxi Ecogen Micro-CHP duel energy system. Video
Zocial TV July 2010 more >>