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Started by entsust.com Jul 3, 2014. 0 Replies 0 Likes
A report out today by the British Geological Survey indicates that half of the reserves of shale gas under the UK…Continue
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Started by entsust.com Oct 31, 2013. 0 Replies 0 Likes
There any many companies supplying energy to businesses across the country, but the 'Big Six' is the name given to the major providers of British energy. They are:British GasEDF EnergyE.ON…Continue
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Started by Tim Atkinson Oct 2, 2012. 0 Replies 0 Likes
Depending on the angle you come at it from, 'sustainable' energy can mean solar, wind, tidal, geothermal or even nuclear.If it's you who might end up with a wind turbine in your view of the distant…Continue
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If you hadn't already got plans to, it might be worth considering visiting EMEX, the energy management exhibition, being held this year at ExCeL. A vast array of useful companies will be exhibiting, and happily, it's on at the same time as LuxLive 2014, the commercial lighting industry's biggest annual trade show, which is on next door on both days - the 19th and 20th November. Both are free to attend!
Excellent piece in the Guardian's Small Business Hub covering renewables for small businesses. Small verbal case studies on a few technologies, including solar PV, biomass, and a rather nifty device called a BlueGen.
The BlueGen provides electricity and heat for a hot water cylinder by using a natural gas fuel cell. Electricity-wise, it can produce 13,000 kWh of electricity a year, whilst providing 200 litres a day of hot water. You'll still need to be connected to the grid, but at 2013 UK prices, that could save you £1300 a year, before tax.
You can read the Guardian piece here, and since the BlueGen seems quite intriguing, you can visit their site here...
The BBC reports that the National Trust director-general Dame Helen Ghosh says the conservation charity has an "open mind" about allowing fracking on its land.
This appears to contradict statements during the anti-fracking protests at Balcombe, which suggested the Trust had a 'presumption against' extracting gas using the controversial technique.
You can read the full BBC piece here...
The government has given the go-ahead for the UK's first new nuclear station in a generation, BBC News reports. France's EDF Energy will lead a consortium, which includes Chinese investors, to build the Hinkley Point C plant in Somerset.
The largest controversy around the decision appears to be the Government's agreed 'strike rate' - the rate per kWh that the Government pays for the generation of the power - of around double the current wholesale price.
You can read the full story here...
Ecotricity has become the first UK supplier (that we know of) to offer 'frack-free gas' to homes and business across the UK. It is vowing not to purchase fracked gas, or allow it to enter its supply chain. Unsurprisingly, the move has the support of Green Party MP Caroline Lucas, and it may well prove popular as a CSR issue for businesses, including those in the performing arts.
Given the extremes of feeling that fracking evokes, advertising yourself as a 'frack-free' venue might win over a few punters...
In this excellent TED Talk, The missing link to renewable energy, Donald Sadoway talks about the development of a liquid metal battery for grid-level electrical energy storage.
He covers why it's so desperately needed, and also, how, rather than hiring battery technologists to do the research, he used postgraduate students. It sounds like they're well on the way to cracking it.
You can see the video here...
The subsidising of pelleted timber, including imports from the USA, to burn as 'renewable' energy in the UK is to be more strongly regulated with a 400MW cap, under proposals from the Energy Secretary, Ed Davey. Roger Harrabin reports for the BBC that the Government's chief energy scientist appears to believe the policy so flawed that the actual carbon impact of the process will not be released publicly.
Drax, one of the largest power stations in the UK has already been 50% converted to run on pelleted timber, following apparently inadvertent UK commitments to the EU to generate 20% of its energy requirements from renewable sources by 2020.
Evidence had come to light that, rather than using timber-industry waste, in fact whole trees were being pelleted for energy, while also being potentially diverted from uses such as pulp or paper.
You can read the whole piece here...
Good Energy has announced that it is intending to develop a significant number of sites to bolster its wind and solar generation capacity. The aim is to develop 110 megawatts of new generation by 2016.
To fund this development, Good Energy has announced that its ambition is to raise £1.8m from investment by pension funds and the like, while offering £2m of shares at investor prices to existing shareholders, many of whom are already Good Energy customers.
The company now claims to have 34,000 electricity customers, 10,500 gas customers and 52,000 feed-in-tariff customers.
German anti-wind groups are springing up following the country's commitment to renewables post-Fukushima. Protests are mounting following the proposal to install turbines in landscapes made famous by the Brothers Grimm.
BBC News has a feature report here...
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