Wind and solar energy is set to power music recorded at the legendary Abbey Road Studios thanks to a deal struck this week between Universal Music UK and renewable electricity supplier Ecotricity. The agreement will see Ecotricity provide energy powered by wind turbines and solar arrays to four of Universal Music UK’s key London sites, including its Kensington High Street HQ and Abbey Road Studios – the world’s oldest purpose-built recording studio, famed for the eponymous album produced there by The Beatles. Ecotricity has overseen several projects in recent months, including an on-site NHS wind turbine and “hybrid” wind parks. Earlier this year, the company gained planning permission to create some of the first hybrid energy parks in Britain, by combining current wind farms with two new “sun parks” in Devon and Leicestershire respectively. The energy supplier plans to build a 100-acre sports and green technology ecopark next to the M5, which could create more than 4,000 jobs in the emerging green economy. It also recently agreed a deal to purchase 3.1 million additional shares in rival renewable energy supplier Good Energy, increasing its stake in the company from 5.58% to 24.85%.
Edie 26th Jan 2017 read more »
With the RHI covering a number of widely-varying renewable technologies, it’s not surprising that not all are as happy as others regarding the recent reforms. The Renewable Energy Association (REA) is a broad church, and broadly speaking its biogas, solar thermal and heat pump members are content with most of the reforms. But biomass heat developers are far from happy.
Solar Portal 26th Jan 2017 read more »
SCOTTISH small wind turbine manufacturer Gaia-Wind yesterday celebrated the production of its 1000th turbine since the company moved its operations from Denmark to Glasgow in 2011. The milestone was acknowledged as Gaia-Wind confirmed new orders from Japan and Italy. The 1000th turbine also marks the beginning of a relationship with Scottish Water Horizons Ltd – a commercial subsidiary of Scottish Water – which is rapidly growing their renewable energy portfolio across the Scottish Water estate. It has been a busy 18 months for Gaia-Wind, with the company winning the Scottish Green Energy Award for exports; achieving certification of its G-W133 turbine in Japan and opening a Japanese subsidiary; and exporting more than 90 per cent of production for the second consecutive year. They were also finalis ts in the Scottish Export Awards. Gaia-wind turbines are now installed in Tonga, Japan, Australia, the United States, the Caribbean, Sweden, Denmark and Italy, as well as all over the UK. By 2020, Gaia-Wind turbines are expected to deliver a good economic return in almost every market without any form of government subsidy.
The National 26th Jan 2017 read more »
The UK government has announced £28 million in new funding for energy innovation projects that will help bring down energy costs. The announcement was made by British climate-change minister Nick Hurd as part of the government’s new Business and Energy strategy, which aims to lead to new products, services, and more effective ways of doing business with a lower carbon impact. Under the new investment, up to £9 million will be spent on a competition to reduce the cost of energy storage, including electricity, thermal, and power-to-gas storage and up to £600,000 for feasibility studies for projects that can store energy on a large scale, for use when it’s needed. Up to £7.6 million will be available for advancing energy demand side response technologies that can help both private and public sector organisations reduce energy use in peak times. To reduce the cost of energy for industry, the government will invest around £9 million in a competition for ‘industrial energy efficiency accelerator’. The competition would help to find new ways of improving the energy efficiency of UK industry, helping to develop industry-specific options for a low carbon future.
Scottish Energy News 26th Jan 2016 read more »
Solar Portal 25th Jan 2017 read more »
Energy storage has been placed at the heart of the UK’s new industrial strategy as the government attempts to position itself at the forefront of research and innovation in the global market. Following months of anticipation, the government’s Modern Industrial Strategy released yesterday (23 January) reveals the government’s focus on battery technology due to its potential to support smart energy systems and the automotive sector. Advances in both these areas have been named within the ten ‘pillars’ of the strategy and according to the 132-page document, drawing together battery, energy storage and grid technologies “is sensible because step-changes in innovation will likely involve all of them”.
Solar Portal 23rd Jan 2017 read more »
The opening in January 2017 of an “eco-hamlet” for council house tenants in West Wales is great news. I have nothing but praise for a development which builds houses with a low carbon footprint, using locally grown wood, to make homes which are well insulated and powered by solar energy. It was also quick to build, with large sections being made in a factory and then assembled on site. And it was relatively cheap – at around £70,000 to £100,000 per building, it is certainly comparable to the costs of more conventional builds. These houses are an inspiration to the construction industry and an aspiration for the home owner. After all, who wouldn’t like to live in a house that had yearly utility bills of £200, rather than the national average of £1,500? So the problem is not the six wonderful solar houses at Glanrhyd, Pembrokeshire, or the lucky people who will get to live in them (and enjoy shared use of an electric car). The problem is that we’ve seen all of this before – but nothing changes. What we really need is far, far more of them.
The Conversation 26th Jan 2017 read more »
Warwickshire County Council Energy Co.
At a Warwickshire County Council cabinet meeting on Tuesday, the council supported proposals that would see an additional six solar farms installed across the county. The proposal is part of a larger scheme, which also sought to create a council-run energy company. The plans for the energy company were also backed by the cabinet and now need the support of the individual district and borough councils. If the energy company scheme is supported residents in Warwickshire could soon have an alternative to the ‘big six’ energy companies that supply gas and electric.
Rugby Advertiser 25th Jan 2017 read more »
The Solar Trade Association Scotland has welcomed the draft new Scottish energy strategy – which includes many of its ‘asks’, for example, the pledge to further the role of solar in the review of building regulations and a planned action to address grid constraints will also encourage solar developers. John Forster, Chairman, STA Scotland, said: “We look forward to working with the Scottish Government to help deliver their ambitious targets. “Scotland’s solar potential has yet to be tapped so there is a large scope for growth in the industry, creating local jobs and business opportunities as well as environmental benefits.” “There is strong evidence that large growth of solar will have significant benefits for Scotland. It will help meet the Scottish Government’s fuel poverty and community energy targets, as one of the most versatile renewable sources. It also complements the existing renewable energy mix; research shows that solar helps reduce the cost of intermittency associated with wind.
Scottish Energy News 24th Jan 2017 read more »
Solar Waste Management
A waste management firm has saved 361 tonnes of CO2 in nine months following the delivery of a 1000KW solar retrofit project at its plant in East London. Bywaters installed the 700MWh solar panel array on the roof of its main facility in Bow last February. The array provides most of the power needed for Bywaters’ 650,000 tonnes per annum materials recovery factory, making the company nearly self-sufficient. Meanwhile, London’s South Bank Tower is expected to save around 11,850 kg of C02 after a 100-panel, 26 kilowatt-peak (kWp) solar PV system was installed on the roof of the newly-developed skyscraper. And Europe’s biggest ever floating solar array was recently installed on the Queen Elizabeth II Reservoir, just south of the River Thames.
Edie 24th Jan 2017 read more »
Waste Management World 27th Jan 2017 read more »
CHP & Demand Management
Illustrating the potential role of combined heat and power in balancing variable renewables an arms-length council-owed district heating company in Gateshead is set to boost its projected life-time income by nearly £1 million after signing up to a power demand-response scheme run by Flextricity based in Edinburgh. The Gateshead District Energy Scheme, which is currently being commissioned, and will be fully operational by mid-2017, has become part of Flexitricity’s demand response network netting the company more than £60,000 per year over the next 15 years for smoothing out peaks and troughs in national electricity demand.
Scottish Energy News 24th Jan 2017 read more »
Business Green 24th Jan 2017 read more »
Letter: Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris and Chair of C40, Lord Mayor of Sydney, Governor of Tokyo and Mayor of Cape Town. The next four years will be crucial in determining if the world can avoid the worst impacts of climate change. As America inaugurates a president who has cast doubt on global warming, European leaders are distracted by Brexit and the rise of populist movements and China adjusts to providing global leadership on climate change, it is now cities and businesses that are delivering the boldest ideas and most ambitious plans for a sustainable low-carbon future. As political and business leaders meet in Davos, the message from city halls and boardrooms is clear. The urgency of the climate crisis and the economic potential of shifting towards a greener future are too well established to be rolled back by forces of isolationism at a national level. To achieve the transformation needed will require $375bn of investment in sustainable infrastructure in cities, according to C40. Fortunately, our efforts to tackle climate change also present incredible opportunities. The projects that cut emissions, clean the air that we breathe and build low-carbon infrastructure will also improve public health, encourage social inclusion and create jobs. Through networks like C40 and We Mean Business, city leaders and businesses are examining the data and committing to serious, science-based targets to reduce emissions and cut their environmental impact. Cities are where the future happens first. It has been the same throughout history and it is true once again as we face the unprecedented threat of climate change. If we cannot rely on the leadership of nations in these crucial four years, then mayors, chief executives, scientists, entrepreneurs and citizens will bear the burden instead. The consequences of failure are too dire and the opportunities for us to succeed are simply too great.
FT 24th Jan 2017 read more »
Exeter Central Library could save £70,000 in energy costs over the next 20 years, thanks to its roof-top solar panels. The (29kW) solar (photovoltaic) array is just one of several community-owned sustainable energy projects that have been completed following help from Devon County Council (DCC).
Exeter Daily 23rd Jan 2017 read more »
Fashion designer and climate campaigner Vivienne Westwood has called on the fashion industry to set the trend in switching to green energy – with the goal of getting half of Britain powered by renewable energy. Vivienne Westwood is now powering her fashion business with green energy and is campaigning for the fashion industry and the public to switch away from dirty fossil fuels, even naming her Autumn-Winter 2017-18 Vivienne Westwood show at London Fashion Week as ‘Ecotricity’. Westwood said: “We must all demand a fast transition to clean energy. We require a Green Economy for human life to remain sustainable and flourish. It is so ridiculously easy to switch to green energy.” The majority of premises run by Vivienne Westwood within the UK have now transitioned to green energy and green gas with Ecotricity, and the UK company aims to be entirely supplied by Ecotricity by next year.
Scottish Energy News 23rd Jan 2017 read more »
Business Green 23rd Jan 2017 read more »
According to the latest data from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF), unsubsidized large-scale solar is beginning to beat not only wind but also coal and natural gas at current prices. If true, and if the same begins to apply elsewhere, it will be a turning point in global electricity markets making solar-generated power the cheapest form of electricity generation.
Energy Post 23rd Jan 2017 read more »
Solar plus Storage
The bungalows of Oxspring may look an unlikely testing ground for a new technology billed as a way to help renewable power, stymie energy price rises and aid the local power grid. But later this month, dozens of homes in this South Yorkshire village will have a home battery installed as part of a £250,000 trial to see if they can make solar power more valuable to homeowners and less painful for grid managers. Smaller than the high-profile Powerwalls introduced to the UK by Elon Musk’s Tesla last year, the British-engineered batteries will be fitted for free in 30 homes with solar panels on their roofs and 10 without.
Guardian 21st Jan 2017 read more »
With clients ranging from The Queen to the Scottish Parliament, a small company in Forres has been playing a leading role in Scotland’s renewables revolution for more than three decades. AES Solar is the longest running solar thermal manufacturer in Western Europe, offering a range of bespoke systems to domestic and commercial clients capable of generating heat or electricity. Such is its reputation, the Moray-based firm’s technology can be found in both Holyrood and Balmoral, The Queen’s private estate in Royal Deeside.
Scotsman 21st Jan 2017 read more »
So What If There Were a Larger and More Sustained Energy Efficiency Effort across the Economy, What Would be the Impact? The real challenge of positive economic impacts is to those policy makers who are working hard to develop sustainable energy savings. As disposable household income is spent, additional energy is consumed as the economy seeks to meet increased demand for goods and services. Over time this can erode the initial absolute energy savings of the original initiative. Thus, a key challenge in the near term is to better understand this type of economic rebound effect and its impact on net energy savings. Improving our understanding of how people use this income released by lower energy bills will allow energy policy makers to better forecast net energy efficiency outcomes and to better accommodate economic growth, while retaining energy savings and carbon reductions.
University of Strathclyde 11th Jan 2017 read more »