Archive for January, 2013

Alstom completes purchase of Tidal Generation Ltd from Rolls-Royce

January 31st, 2013 by Alstom

Alstom's 1 MW tidal turbine with a rotor diameter of 18 metres, a length of 21 metres, and a weight of 150 tonnes, which can be installed in a water depth of between 35 metres and 80 metres (click image to expand - image courtesy of Alstom)

Alstom has completed the acquisition of Tidal Generation Limited (TGL) from Rolls-Royce plc.

In September 2012, Alstom announced that it had agreed to acquire TGL, which specialises in the design and manufacturing of tidal stream turbines, subject to the achievement of critical milestones including the successful installation of the 1 MW tidal turbine at the European Marine Energy Centre’s (EMEC) full-scale tidal test site in Orkney, Scotland.

On 24 January 2013, TGL, now rebranded Alstom successfully installed the 1 MW tidal turbine on the same tripod support structure used to deploy the previously tested 500 kW device. Continue reading

Vegetarian diet can reduce people’s risk of heart disease by up to a third

January 30th, 2013 by University of Oxford

Fresh organic vegetables from Guernsey Organic Growers at the Sausmarez Manor farmers' market on 4 October 2008 (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

The risk of hospitalisation or death from heart disease is 32% lower in vegetarians than people who eat meat and fish, according to a study from the University of Oxford.

Heart disease is the single largest cause of death in developed countries, and is responsible for 65,000 deaths each year in the UK alone.

The findings, in the paper ‘Risk of hospitalization or death from ischemic heart disease among British vegetarians and nonvegetarians: results from the EPIC-Oxford cohort study‘, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, suggest that a vegetarian diet could significantly reduce people’s risk of heart disease.

“Most of the difference in risk is probably caused by effects on cholesterol and blood pressure, and shows the important role of diet in the prevention of heart disease,” explained Dr Francesca Crowe, lead author of the study at the Cancer Epidemiology Unit, University of Oxford.

This is the largest study ever conducted in the UK comparing Continue reading

Guernsey charities have to 1 March 2013 to propose community project for Skipton Swimarathon to fund

January 30th, 2013 by Skipton International Ltd

The 2013 Skipton Swimarathon dates are set for 2 to 6 October 2013 at the Beau Sejour Leisure Centre.

The Lions Club of Guernsey and Guernsey Round Table organise the event, which is now in its 37th year, to help charitable causes across Guernsey.

The Skipton Swimarathon Committee is once again looking for local charitable projects to support which will make a difference to the lives of local people. Last year the principal beneficiary was the Cardiac Action Group, whose aim is to buy and provide training for the purchase of public access defibrillators which will be placed at strategic locations throughout the community.

These units are designed specifically to treat Sudden Cardiac Arrest, a condition when the heart stops beating unexpectedly. The first unit is expected to be unveiled within the next month.

Each year, the Skipton Swimarathon Committee looks for a major project in Guernsey to support, which will form the fundraising centrepiece for the event, so the Committee would Continue reading

Fuel cell buses gain prominence at World Economic Forum in Davos

January 29th, 2013 by Daimler

Mercedes-Benz Citaro FuelCELL Hybrid bus provided a shuttle service at Davos (click image to expand - ©World Economic Forum/swiss-image.ch/Photo Andy Mettler)

Two Mercedes‑Benz Citaro FuelCELL Hybrid buses with fuel cell technology provided both shuttle and regular services from 23 to 27 January 2013 at the prestigious “World Economic Forum” in Davos, Switzerland.

PostAuto Schweiz AG Mercedes‑Benz Citaro FuelCELL Hybrid buses provided an ideal means of transport for the 43rd annual meeting of the charitable foundation where leading international economic experts, politicians, intellectuals and journalists discussed the world’s most urgent health and environmental challenges.

PostAuto is the first bus company in Switzerland to use fuel cell technology in public transport. Continue reading

UK business sees benefit of plug-in hybrid and electric vehicle fleets

January 29th, 2013 by Energy Saving Trust

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UK businesses that switch to electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles could reduce their fleet fuel costs by 75%, according to the report “Plugged-in Fleets Initiative: charging forward” published on 23 January 2013, and funded by Transport for London (TfL), the UK’s Department for Transport (DfT) and delivered by the Energy Saving Trust in partnership with EDF Energy and Route Monkey.

Those organisations that operate vehicles with mileage below 80 miles per day would find that a pure electric vehicle fleet would meet their needs on a single overnight charge.

PIFI explored the potential savings organisations could make by introducing plug-in vehicles such as electric and plug-in hybrid cars and vans, into their company fleets.

Participants included Association of British Ports, Boots UK, Clean Vehicle Partnership Heathrow, London Fire Brigade, Continue reading

Rescue, recycle & revamp at crafty get-togethers in Guernsey on first Friday and Saturday of each month

January 29th, 2013 by Events

Christine Guerin at the Old Quarter Christmas street party on 6 December 2012 (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Chris Guerin of ‘My Little Shed‘ offers Crafty ‘Get-Togethers‘ at St Martin or Professor Shaw Community Centre on the first Friday and Saturday of each month.

The Friday ‘Crafty Get-together’ from 7 pm to 10 pm costs £6.00. On Saturday you can book a half-day for £6.00, either from 10 am to 2 pm or from 1 pm to 5 pm, or the whole day for £10.00. For both Friday and Saturday sessions the cost is £15.00.

Please bring along your own projects to work on in a relaxed and friendly environment.

They can include scrapbooking, card making and rubber stamping, knitting and crochet, hand sewing and needlecrafts Continue reading

Pure Beeswax Guernsey candles sell well at St Martin farmers’ market

January 29th, 2013 by Richard Lord

Rosie Dorey buys a Pure Beeswax Guernsey candle from Sue Wareham at the St Martin farmers' market on 22 December 2012 (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Sue Wareham has been making beautiful pure beeswax candles for a long time but mostly giving them away as gifts.

In November 2012 she began to sell her handmade candles under the trading name Pure Beeswax Guernsey at the Guernsey Tourist Information Centre in St Peter Port.

A selection of Pure Beeswax Guernsey candles for sale at the farmers' market in the St Martin parish hall on 22 December 2012 (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

And in early December 2012 Sue and her husband Roy began Continue reading

Irish marine tidal turbine company to be taken over by French naval defence company

January 29th, 2013 by DCNS

OpenHydro's 16 metre diameter open-centre tidal turbine in the transport to take it to the Paimpol–Bréhat tidal farm at Île-de-Bréhat off the coast of Brittany, France on 24 August 2011. (click image to expand - Photo by Fred Tanneau/DCNS and courtesy of OpenHydro)

DCNS is going to increase its holding in the capital of OpenHydro from 11% to 59.7%, through an acquisition of shares from the current shareholders and an increase in capital restricted to the Group, to take control of the Irish business specialising in marine tidal turbines.

This operation is part of DCNS’ growth plan aiming to double its sales between 2010 and 2020.

This investment is evidence of the confidence and commitment of DCNS to the development of OpenHydro.

OpenHydro will retain its team and its brand, and will benefit from the experience and the competencies of DCNS. Continue reading

Europe leads the world in offshore wind energy & the UK leads Europe

January 28th, 2013 by The European Wind Energy Association

Rhyl Flats offshore wind farm about 8 km from Llandudno off the north coast of Wales (click image to expand - image ©Bruce Stokes published under Creative Commons License)

Europe installed and grid connected 293 offshore wind turbines in 2012, which brings the total to 1,662 turbines, in 55 offshore wind farms in ten European countries.

Number of offshore wind turbines fully grid connected by EU country in 2012 (click table to expand - table courtesy of the EWEA)

The 293 turbines installed in 2012 represent 1,165 Megawatts (MW), an increase of 33% compared to 2011 installations of 874 MW.

This brings total offshore wind energy capacity to 4,995 MW. Continue reading

Black plastic has nowhere to go in Guernsey but the Mont Cuet landfill

January 27th, 2013 by Richard Lord

Accumulated over 56 days by a family of four, 85 pieces of black plastic packaging that can no longer be deposited at Guernsey's bring banks for recycling (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

At the end of November 2012 the States of Guernsey Public Services Department changed the labelling of the bring banks accepting plastic, and specified that black plastic would no longer be accepted but all other clean, food container plastic (not Styrofoam food trays, film or plastic bags) would be accepted at Guernsey’s bring banks.

Sign on a plastic bring bank showing what can and cannot be put into it (click image to expand)

The former requirement of searching for triangles and numbers embossed on plastic packaging to determine if the plastic can be deposited at Guernsey’s bring banks is no longer necessary. Continue reading