Renewable Energy

Norway could be Europe's green battery

Alta Dam in northern Norway, one of the country‘s 937 hydropower installations. Norway is the world‘s sixth largest producer of electricity from hydropower. Photo: Rehro, via Wikimedia Commons.

Norwegian hydropower could make Norway the “green battery” of Europe — not by building new power plants, but by further developing the hydropower installations that were built out beginning at the turn of the last century. Read more »

Community groups in Devon are enabling people to invest in local renewable energy projects, improving their community's resilience

A film by Regen SW and Devon County Council on the community energy journey towards renewable generation and community benifit.

For more info visit: http://www.regensw.co.uk/communities/

Ecotricity announces cut in gas bills by 6.1%, promising average annual savings of £42

Ecotricity, Britain’s leading green energy company, has announced it will cut gas bills by 6.1% – the biggest cut in the industry – following recent falls in the wholesale gas price. The company has only one gas tariff, so the price change will affect all customers, both new and existing. It comes into effect from May 1, saving customers an average £42 a year. Read more »

Electricity from wave power moves closer after Ecotricity’s successful test of British-made Searaser 'Seamill'

Alvin Smith with the Searaser © Megan Walker

Generating electricity from wave power in Britain took a step closer to reality this week after green energy company Ecotricity’s innovative device – Searaser – successfully completed first stage testing at Plymouth University’s CoastLAB wave tank.

The brainchild of British inventor Alvin Smith, Searaser is designed to overcome two of the biggest hurdles in the deployment of renewable energy on a scale that fulfils Britain’s future electricity needs – cost and variable output. Read more »

Construction on Ecotricity's Galsworthy wind farm nears completion

Construction of Ecotricity's 9.2MW wind farm on Galsworthy Moor has stepped up, with all four wind turbines expected to be in the ground by the end of September. The wind farm, near Great Torrington in Devon, will begin generating in November and will power around 7,000 average UK homes a year: the equivalent of a quarter of all homes in Torridge.

Dale Vince, Ecotricity founder, said: “Construction is going fantastically well, and this is the first of many more sites to come from Ecotricity. Read more »

MeyGen tidal project signs the UK’s largest marine energy lease

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Atlantis, owner of the world’s largest planned tidal stream energy project, MeyGen, has announced that it has signed a 398MW, 25-year seabed lease with The Crown Estate. It is the largest marine energy lease to be awarded by The Crown Estate and is the first in The Pentland Firth and Orkney Waters region, Scotland.

Atlantis recently announced that it has agreed terms with a funding syndicate for Phase 1A of the MeyGen project which will exceed £50 million. Construction is expected to commence in Q4 2014 with first power to the grid and revenues being earned in H1 2016. Read more »

Co-operative Energy to launch world’s biggest celebration of community energy

One of the younger visitors to Westmill Wind Farm and Solar Park during the inaugural Community Energy Fortnight in 2013 (Photograph: Andy Cantlon)

Community energy projects spanning the breadth of Britain will be opening their doors as part of the 2014 Community Energy Fortnight, launched this Saturday by leading energy provider, Co-operative Energy. From the Outer Hebrides to the depths of Cornwall, these events will give everyone in the UK the opportunity to get involved with – and be inspired by - community energy, through visits to wind farms and hydro stations, to DIY solar panel workshops and the launch of a community share offer. Read more »

The UK is failing to harness its bioenergy potential and will have to rely on imported biomass

The UK could generate almost half its energy needs from biomass sources, including household waste, agricultural residues and home-grown biofuels by 2050, new research suggests. Scientists from the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research at The University of Manchester found that the UK could produce up to 44% of its energy by these means without the need to import. Read more »

World Economic Forum report ranks countries by their ability to deliver secure, affordable & sustainable energy

In support of the global transition to a new energy architecture, the World Economic Forum has released the Global Energy Architecture Performance Index Report 2014. Prepared in collaboration with Accenture and designed to help countries spur their efforts to meet energy challenges and opportunities in innovative ways, the Index assesses regions and 124 countries according to economic growth, environmental sustainability and energy security performance, analysing the complex trade-offs and dependencies that affect country efforts. Read more »

SEAT's Spanish factory is home to the largest automotive solar panel installation

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SEAT al Sol project makes the Martorell plant a production efficiency pioneer

SEAT has completed the largest solar panel installation in the motoring industry. The SEAT al Sol (SEAT Sun) project, the third and final phase of which was completed this November, has seen the Spanish company install 53,000 solar panels at its manufacturing plant, covering a 270,000 square metre area - equivalent to 40 football pitches. Read more »

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