Archive for March, 2014

Cut Europe’s reliance on imported gas with a higher 2030 renewable energy target

March 19th, 2014 by The European Wind Energy Association

Wind turbines in the Thames Estuary photographed from Blue Islands flight from Amsterdam to Jersey on 7 January 2014 (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Wind turbines in the Thames Estuary photographed from a Blue Islands flight from Amsterdam to Jersey on 7 January 2014 (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

The European Commission‘s own figures show that a 30% EU renewable energy target for 2030 would cut Europe’s reliance on gas imports by almost three times as much as the European Commission’s proposal for a 27% target.

In a letter to EU foreign ministers, The European Wind Energy Association‘s chief executive Thomas Becker said that a renewable energy target of “at least 30%” would allow Europe to significantly scale back its fossil fuel imports, including from Russia.

Whereas the European Commission’s proposal would reduce gas imports by only 9%, a more ambitious, yet achievable target would cut the same imports by 26%, almost three times as much. Continue reading

Atlantis Resources’ 1.5 MW tidal turbine design being optimised by Lockheed Martin

March 19th, 2014 by Lockheed Martin

The AR1000 turbine nacelle, being prepared for transit to the deployment location at the European Marine Energy Centre in Scotland. Photo courtesy Atlantis Resources Ltd. (image courtesy of Lockheed Martin)

The AR1000 turbine nacelle, being prepared for transit to the deployment location at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney, Scotland. (click image to expand – image courtesy of Atlantis Resources Ltd.)

Lockheed Martin has commenced a contract from global tidal energy leader Atlantis Resources Ltd to optimize the design of Atlantis’ new 1.5-megawatt tidal turbine, the AR1500.

The AR1500 turbine, which is designed to operate in highly energetic tidal locations, will be one of the largest single rotor turbines ever developed.

It will have active rotor pitch and full nacelle yaw rotation.

This technology will be deployed at the MeyGen project in Scotland’s Pentland Firth and in Canada’s Bay of Fundy.

Once completed, the MeyGen project – the world’s largest tidal stream project under development – is expected to deliver up to 398 megawatts of power, enough energy to power 200,000 homes.

The MeyGen project will contribute to Scotland’s goal of 100% renewable energy by 2020. Continue reading

UK economy could gain £6.7 billion per year and create 150,000 jobs by 2020 in marine renewable energy

March 18th, 2014 by RenewableUK

(please click image to go to report download page)

(please click image to go to report download page)

The report, ‘Generating Energy and Prosperty – Economic Impact Study of the offshore renewable energy industry in the UK’ by the UK’s Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult, shows that the UK economy could gain £6.7 billion per year and create 150,000 jobs by 2020 in offshore wind, wave and tidal energy.

Jennifer Webber, RenewableUK’s Director of External Affairs, said “this new report makes a cast-iron case for maximum political support and investment in the offshore wind and marine energy sector.”

“But the jobs and the UK-wide economic reboot won’t happen to the full unless UK Government policy is 100% supportive.”

“To make the most of our world-beating resources, the offshore renewables sector need certainty on policy, with the Continue reading

Sue Daly gives a talk and film show about Dark Sky photography in Sark

March 18th, 2014 by La Société Guernesiaise

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La Société Guernesiaise presents a Sue Daly talk and film show about the ups and downs of capturing Sark’s starry skies beginning at 7.30 p.m. on 31 March 2014 at Frossard Theatre, Candie Gardens, St Peter Port.

Admission to Sue’s talk and film is free but there will be a retiring collection for the Sark Astronomy Society‘s Observation Fund.

Please contact Frank Dowding on 255215 for further information about this presentation.

 

Big Car Boot Sale at North Beach on 23 March 2014 in aid of Bridge 2

March 18th, 2014 by Richard Lord

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The Big Car Boot Sale in support of Bridge 2 will be at North Beach car park, St Peter Port from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday 23 March 2014.

Car entrance fee is £10 and van entrance fee is £15.  Set up can begin at midday.

There will be Meadow Court Farm burgers, homemade cakes, and teas, coffees, and cold drinks for sale.

 

Nissan LEAF electric cars proving extremely popular

March 18th, 2014 by Nissan Motor Company

A Nissan Leaf electric car from Freelance Motors in St Sampson at L'Ancresse in Guernsey (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

A Nissan Leaf electric car from Freelance Motors in St Sampson at L’Ancresse in Guernsey (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

Drivers of the Nissan LEAF – the world’s best-selling electric car – are racing towards the 1 billion kilometre mark.

Roberto San José, from Valladolid, was the first taxi driver in Spain to buy a Nissan LEAF, explaining that since buying his Nissan LEAF in October 2011 he has covered over 100,000 km and eliminated three quarters of his running costs.

“As long as my car is my business, my car will be a Nissan LEAF,” he said.

“The LEAF makes perfect sense. It’s relaxing to drive and it’s such a smooth ride that my clients love it too.”

“Stories like Roberto’s are powerful reminders of how buying a Nissan LEAF can revolutionise a business today.”

“He is one of many pioneers reaping the unique benefits of electric vehicles – and that number is growing by the day,” said Jean Pierre Diernaz, Director of Electric Vehicles for Nissan Europe. Continue reading

RSA lecture on ‘What Happened to The Soul?’ at GTA University Centre

March 17th, 2014 by GTA University Centre

The nature and value of spirituality in the 21st century will be discussed at the next RSA live streaming event to be hosted by the GTA University Centre.

The GTA has introduced a regular lecture series streamed live from the London-based Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) to a Guernsey audience.

The previous two lectures on what is news and on the banking crisis were well attended.

The value of a live streaming lectures is that it enables a local audience to hear from eminent international speakers on a range of diverse topics and to be able to participate in the debate generated.

“What makes it unique is that we are able to listen to the lecture from London and then look at the subject in more detail from a Guernsey perspective,” Chris Edwards, Head of Postgraduate Programmes at the GTA, said.

The forthcoming lecture is called ‘What Happened to The Soul?’ and will be held at the GTA University Centre on 31st March from 6 pm until 7.15 pm. Continue reading

Replacing insulating petrochemical spray foams with wood foams

March 14th, 2014 by Fraunhofer Institute for Wood Research

This wood foamed board is an entirely natural product made from sustainable raw materials. © Fraunhofer WKI

This wood foamed board is a natural product made from sustainable raw materials. (click image to expand © Fraunhofer WKI)

Fraunhofer scientists are developing environmentally benign insulation foam made from sustainably sourced wood that could replace insulation foam made from petrochemical plastics.

Climate protection is now a mandatory consideration for building contractors in Germany. In October 2013 the German federal government tightened up its Energy Saving Ordinance (EnEV) by decreeing that in future properties will have to consume even less energy than before.

The key to meeting these stringent requirements lies in the way walls and roofs are insulated to prevent heat loss.

Buildings are insulated by lining their facades with materials that reduce the transfer of heat to the outside environment.

Traditionally the construction industry uses hardboards or expandable foams based on petrochemical plastics because they are good insulators that are affordable and easy to produce. Continue reading

Music Celebrity Night at St Pierre Park Hotel on 4 April 2014 in aid of two Guernsey charities

March 14th, 2014 by Events

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Romanillos & Cook Image Rights have organised a glittering night of Music and Celebrities beginning at 7 pm on Friday 4 April 2014 at the St Pierre Park Hotel.

The evening event is in aid of Samaritans Guernsey and The Priaulx Premature Baby Foundation.

Compèred by Island FM’s Josh Gabriel, the evening will include live music from Jay Scott and The Find and Bob Baker & Jsky.

Prizes include a weekend in Madrid to watch Real Madrid FC, dinner and wine, a celebrity photo call, and some special newsworthy announcements.

The evening will showcase the wonderful skills of Jeweller Becky Rowe, through her company “Becky Rowe Jewellery / My-D“.

Please download and complete the form and return it with a cheque to Romanollos & Cook Image Rights Ltd, Hirzel House, Smith Street, St Peter Port, Guernsey GY1 2NG

 

 

Improving home energy efficiency a remedy for rising energy bills

March 12th, 2014 by UK Green Building Council

The UK Green Building Council is urging the UK Chancellor George Osborne to make energy efficiency of homes a top infrastructure priority in his 19 March 2014 budget.

The Council states that the UK needs to retrofit one million homes each year for the next 25 years to curb rising energy bills, reduce the occurrence of  fuel poverty, and lower carbon emissions.

Home energy consumption accounts for about 25% of the UK’s total carbon emissions.

Improving these properties offers an opportunity to stimulate investment and growth in construction, help create thousands of jobs, and export opportunities for a world-leading energy Continue reading