Archive for February, 2013

WWF report on EU achieving 100% renewable energy supply by 2050

February 14th, 2013 by WWF

(click on report cover to go to WWF report download page)

The WWF has produced the report ‘Putting the EU on Track for 100% Renewable Energy‘, which shows where Europe needs to be by 2030 in order to reach a fully renewable energy system by 2050.

It is comes just as the European Commission is beginning to consider post-2020 climate and energy plans.

By 2030, the EU could be reducing its energy use by more than a third and generate almost half of the remainder from renewables.

The post-2020 climate and energy policies needed to deliver this vision would help the EU to reduce its €573 billion external fossil fuel bill and cut its greenhouse gas emissions in half. Continue reading

Building Integrated solar PV sector company receives financial boost

February 13th, 2013 by Oxford Photovoltaics

Dr Henry Snaith, founder of Oxford Photovoltaics Ltd., holding a piece of glass with the thin non-toxic, organic solar cell printed directly onto it (click image to expand - image ©Kevin Arthur, courtesy of Oxford Photovoltaics Ltd)

Cleantech investment specialists MTI Partners Ltd has announced the completion of a £2 million investment round in Oxford Photovoltaics Limited (OPV), an Oxford University spin-out Materials/Cleantech company commercializing solid-state dye sensitized solar cells for the Building Integrated Photovoltaic (BIPV) sector.

These new, transparent solar cells can be produced from inexpensive, abundant, nontoxic and non-corrosive materials and be scaled to any volume.

They can be printed directly onto glass in a range of colours, making them ideally suited to use in glazing panels and facades.

This latest investment round allows OPV to build on its highly experienced technical and commercial teams and construct its own product development and test facilities at the Begbroke Science Park near Oxford, UK. Continue reading

Judi Zebedee talks about her 27,000 mile bicycle odyssey after Guernsey Bicycle Group AGM on 28 February

February 13th, 2013 by Guernsey Bicycle Group

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The Guernsey Bicycle Group (GBG) has their AGM at 7.30 pm on Thursday 28 February 2013 followed at 8 pm by a talk by Judi Zebedee on her 27,000 mile, 27 month bicycle odyssey through 34 countries and across four continents.

The AGM and Judi’s talk will be at La Villette Hotel, St Martin, Guernsey.

”The talk is not just for Bicycle group members; non-members are very much encouraged to come along,” Rollo de Sausmarez, GBG Secretary, said. Continue reading

Talk on Guernsey’s amphibian and reptile survey on 25 February 2013

February 13th, 2013 by La Société Guernesiaise

western green lizard, Lacerta bilineata, in the undergrowth on Guernsey's east coast (click image to expand - image courtesy of and ©Michelle Dumont)

The results of the 2012 survey of Guernsey reptiles and amphibians will be presented at Frossard Theatre, Guernsey Museum, Candie Gardens, St Peter Port at 8 pm on 25 February 2013.

In 2012, a group was formed to begin the first survey of Guernsey reptiles and amphibians – frogs, newts, slow worms and the elusive green lizard. Continue reading

Association of Guernsey Charities’ Forum organised with the States of Guernsey on 20 February 2013

February 12th, 2013 by The Association of Guernsey Charities

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The Association of Guernsey Charities is holding a Charity Forum at Les Cotils, St Peter Port on 20 February 2013 to discuss the relationship between the States of Guernsey and Guernsey voluntary organisations.

Doors will open at 6.40 pm, and presentations will begin at 7.00 pm.

Spaces for the Forum are limited, and the event is open only to organisations that are members of the Association of Guernsey Charities.

Anyone interested in attending will need to register by visiting the Association of Guernsey Charities website.

The evening will include some talks by charities that already have a good working relationship with the States of Guernsey to illustrate what can be achieved. Continue reading

Insurance Corporation’s Guernsey Conservation Awards competition entry deadline 28 May 2013

February 12th, 2013 by Insurance Corporation Conservation Awards

(Please click image to download Conservation Awards 2013 entry form as a PDF file to your computer)

Environmentally friendly gardeners have the chance of winning £2,000 with the launch of the 2013 Insurance Corporation Conservation Awards.

The event, in its 24th year, is open to any private Bailiwick of Guernsey individual, club, company, organisation and any Guernsey educational institution.

The entry deadline for Guernsey residents is Tuesday 28 May 2013 with judging on 4 June and the presentation of awards on 13 June 2013.

The top prize last year was won by the Little Trees Project, which was organised by The Guernsey Society of the Men of the Trees.

It focused on tree planting and habitat creation to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Continue reading

Refurbishing and converting diesel buses to electric battery power

February 11th, 2013 by Jay Leno's Garage

Jay Leno interviews Macy Neshati, VP of Complete Coach Works based in Riverside, California but with facilities in several US states.

Complete Coach Works buys old buses and refurbishes them and puts in an electric powertrain so that the all-electric bus is substantially less expensive than a brand new electric bus.

Complete Coach Works bought a 1996 American built New Flyer bus for complete reconditioning and conversion to an electric powertrain. The converted bus currently has a range of about 90 miles on a single charge (with the air conditioning on) but the company hopes to improve that to 120 miles.

Electric bus maintenance is very low. There is no need for oil changes or oil filters or coolant fluid so much less waste is produced during routine maintenance.

The braking system lasts longer because it employs regenerative braking to charge the 12 packs of lithium ion phosphate batteries, which can store 213 kWh. The batteries can be fully charged in four hours. Continue reading

Cheap food isn’t to throw away

February 9th, 2013 by Richard Lord

Seeing destitute people at Victoria Station in London rushing by outdoor tables of eateries and snatching disposable plates of leftover food abandoned by paying customers is a reminder of how many people are perpetually hungry. Many of us take food for granted.

About one third of the weight of Guernsey’s household waste is made up of food waste. Some of this weight is vegetable peelings but much of the weight is food that has spoiled.

Guernsey’s household food waste is currently left out on the street for collection largely in black bags where it is vulnerable to gull and cat attack. These animals rip open the bags in search of food and leave a mess on the pavement, which is time consuming to clean up.

A gull rummaging through household waste on Pedvin Street, St Peter Port on 7 May 2012 (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

This problem is heightened during the longer daylight hours of spring and summer when gulls raise their young.

The cost to dispose of household food waste at the Mont Cuet landfill in 2013 is over £152 per tonne, which adds up to a total Continue reading

A carbon price necessary with other actions to meet emission targets

February 7th, 2013 by Mark Golden

Diesel exhaust emissions from the Guernsey Electricity power Station on 2 February 2009 (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

To fight climate change, corporations and consumers should have to pay for emitting greenhouse gases, speakers at a recent Stanford University energy conference agreed, but other government actions are still needed.

Several countries, as well as the state of California, have instituted a price on carbon, either by taxing greenhouse gas emissions directly or by issuing a limited number of emission permits that utilities and other heavy polluters must purchase.

Many supporters of putting a price on carbon insist that governments should otherwise drop all other climate change rules and let the free market do its work once the tax takes effect.

Speakers at the US-Australian Dialogue on Energy conference on 16 January 2013 did not see the issue that way. Continue reading

Port of Cherbourg plans to be a hub for marine tidal energy development

February 7th, 2013 by Ports Normands Associés

In the first half of 2012, energy group EDF and multinational engineering company Alstom decided to locate their offshore-wind-turbine operations in Cherbourg.

Following this decision, Ports Normands Associés (PNA), in association with the local authorities of Basse-Normandie, have decided to develop the opportunities that other marine renewable energies offer including tidal power.

The port of Cherbourg is ideally located for constructing, maintaining and running future tidal-energy farms because of its close proximity to the Raz Blanchard (Alderney Race) with its strong tidal currents.

This expanse of water, one of the world’s largest such sites for tidal energy, could provide up to half of France’s overall tidal power, while also representing a significant energy source for Alderney in the Bailiwick of Guernsey.

However, installing tidal-energy generators is only possible if the port of Cherbourg can be extended by 35 hectares, which will be a significant development for the port.

Aerial image of Cherbourg Harbour showing the location of the planned 35 hectare land reclamation to accommodate marine tidal industry development (click image to expand - image courtesy of V.Laisney, Ports Normands Associés)

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