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Essential maintenance to GJ1 Jersey – Guernsey electricity cable

May 17th, 2017 by Guernsey Electricity Ltd.

Guernsey Electricity switched off the cable importing electricity from France in early May 2017 to undertake essential maintenance work to the Channel Islands Electricity Grid.

The planned maintenance should take about two weeks to complete.

It will include work in the Barkers Quarry substation, as well as complementary work on the grid in Jersey and France.

After two successful years of operation following a pre-emptive repair in 2015, the submarine cable GJ1 will be inspected and reburied.

The CS Recorder, a ship owned by GMSL, will rebury the section of cable subject to weather conditions.

CS Recorder in St Peter Port harbour on 17 May 2017 (click image to expand)

Alan Bates, Chief Executive of Guernsey Electricity, said “‘we are undertaking maintenance of the Channel Islands Electricity Grid system to ensure that our infrastructure continues to provide Guernsey with a secure and stable power supply.

This work has been carefully planned for the summer months when electricity demand is at its lowest level.

We have ensured that Guernsey Electricity Ltd’s on-island electricity generators are ready to meet the demand,” he said.

“The cable GJ1, which imports low carbon energy from France via Jersey, normally provides up to 90% of Guernsey’s electricity.”

Guernsey Electricity Ltd has invested nearly £30 million in on-island generation infrastructure to meet the island’s electricity demand during electric cable maintenance.

 

 

Offshore Wind Power Generation presentation by Professor David Infield on 3 May 2017

May 2nd, 2017 by Channel Island Group of Professional Engineers

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The Channel Islands Group of Professional Engineers (CIGPE) is hosting a lecture in Guernsey and Jersey by Professor David Infield from the University of Strathclyde on “Offshore Power Generation.”

Dr. Infield is Professor in Renewable Energy Technologies.

His Guernsey presentation will be at the Princes Royal Centre for Performing Arts in St Peter Port. The presentation begins at 7.30 pm on Wednesday 3 May 2017.

The imperative to save energy and financially viable technology to do it

October 30th, 2015 by Richard Lord

Eric Rondolat, CEO of Philips Lighting, speaking to the Business for the Environment Climate Summit conference in London (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Eric Rondolat, CEO of Philips Lighting, speaking to the Business for the Environment Climate Summit conference in London (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

Frenchman Eric Rondolat, CEO of Philips Lighting, didn’t mince words when he spoke at the Business for Environment conference in London in September 2015.

“We absolutely need to save more energy than we do today and we need to do it faster,” he said.

There’s an absolute sense of urgency to this quest because of two striking facts.

The climate is changing and our demand for energy is increasing because the global population is growing, people are moving from rural areas to cities, there is a rising middle class, and an ageing population.

Demand for energy is growing twice as fast as the rate that we are currently saving energy.

The good news is that there are financially viable technologies available to save energy. Continue reading

Crucial role of energy productivity in electricity generation capacity

October 23rd, 2015 by Richard Lord

Trevor Hutchings of the WWF speaks at the Business for the Environment Conference in London (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Trevor Hutchings of the WWF-UK speaks at the Business for the Environment Conference in London in September 2015 (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

Trevor Hutchings, Director of Advocacy at the WWF-UK, and formerly leading the low carbon economy programme at the UK government’s Department of Energy & Climate Change, had the last word at the B4E Climate Summit conference in London in September 2015 by making a clarion call to conference delegates to promote the need and opportunity for energy efficiency and energy productivity.

He praised the fact that in many countries economic growth had been decoupled from carbon emissions but recognised that although momentum for energy productivity was building, the pace and scale of progress wasn’t rapid enough.

He highlighted the huge opportunities for improved energy efficiency in the UK economy.

“Energy efficiency should be an infrastructure priority,” he said.

Implementing cost-effective energy efficiencies, such as the installation of energy efficient street lighting, could represent a saving of 10% of the UK’s overall energy consumption, which would displace the need for some new power stations. Continue reading

Lessons from Bristol – European Green Capital 2015

October 6th, 2015 by Richard Lord

George Ferguson, Mayor of Bristol, speaking at the Business for the Environment Climate Summit conference in London (©RLLord - click image to expand)

Mayor of Bristol George Ferguson CBE, speaking at the Business for the Environment Climate Summit conference in London (©RLLord – click image to expand)

Speaking at the Business for the Environment Climate Summit in London on 9 September 2015, George Ferguson CBE, the architect and charismatic Mayor of Bristol, gave an impassioned speech about the imperative and urgency to make cities and communities more energy efficient.

He wrote the booklet “Races Against Time” in 1983 and said that action to become more energy efficient and resilient was more urgent now than ever as ‘we haven’t moved far enough’.

During his short tenure as Mayor of Bristol he has been a strong advocate for action to tackle climate change.

Mayor Ferguson holds the portfolio for Energy, Climate Change and Resilience with the Core Cities which include ten Core cities in the UK from Glasgow to Cardiff, and eight of the principal English cities that are not London.

He described Bristol as a historic, complex and hilly city of 500,000 people with a third of its area covered with greenery and water. Continue reading

Fossil fuel asset exposure poses clear risk to investment portfolios

September 25th, 2015 by European Climate Foundation

German coal fired power station with steam coming from the cooling towers (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

German coal fired power station with steam coming from the cooling towers (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

According to the Arabella Advisors report published on 22 September 2015, the movement to divest from fossil fuels and invest in renewable energy and climate solutions has grown 50-fold in the last year to reach $2.6 trillion.

More than 400 institutions and 2,000 individuals have pledged to divest from fossil fuel investments.

Recent pledges have come from the California Public Employees’ Retirement System, the Norway Pension Fund, the Canadian Medical Association, the World Council of Churches, and the University of California system.

These commitments include governments and investors from 43 countries and multiple sectors, including pension funds, health, education, philanthropy, faith, entertainment, climate justice and municipalities. Continue reading

Tidal energy realisation takes a big step with installation of tidal turbine array in the Netherlands

September 25th, 2015 by Tocardo International BV

The realisation of electricity generation from tidal energy has taken another big step forward with the installation of five Tocardo tidal turbines to generate renewable energy in the Eastern Scheldt (Oosterschelde) storm surge barrier, in Zeeland in the Netherlands.

Five Tocardo tidal turbines suspended from (image courtesy of Tocardo Tidal Turbine (click image to expand)

Five Tocardo tidal turbines successfully installed in the Oosterschelde barrier in Zeeland in the Netherlands (click image to expand – image courtesy of Tocardo International BV)

This installation is the largest tidal energy project in the Netherlands as well as the world’s largest commercial tidal installation of five turbines in an array.

The five Tocardo Tidal Turbines are suspended from a steel structure designed and built by Huisman.

The Tidal Power Plant was engineered and produced in only nine months, and the 50 metre long and 20 metre wide tidal power plant structure was successfully installed in under two hours between the pillars under the Eastern Scheldt storm surge barrier. Continue reading

Bicycle generator to charge mobile phones at Sark Folk Festival

June 28th, 2015 by Richard Lord

The Eleanor Foundation will erect a tent at the Sark Folk Festival where people will be able to charge their mobile phones in return for a voluntary donation towards the charity’s water and solar lamp projects in the Kagera region of Tanzania.

Allister Cary of The Eleanor Foundation charging up mobile phones with his bicycle (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Allister Cary of The Eleanor Foundation charging up mobile phones with his bicycle (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

Allister Carey, who founded The Eleanor Foundation in memory of his daughter who was a keen cyclist and a passionate supporter of Water Aid, has bought an Electric Pedals generator, which is powered by the back wheel of a bicycle to provide charging for up to eight mobile phones at a time. Continue reading

OpenHydro transitioning from R&D to grid-connected tidal arrays

May 6th, 2015 by DCNS

Open Hydro has been in business ten years (please click image to expand - image courtesy of OpenHydro)

OpenHydro has been in business ten years. Company employees stand in front of a test turbine that was deployed at EMEC in Orkney, Scotland (please click image to expand – image courtesy of OpenHydro)

OpenHydro, a tidal energy company owned by DCNS, celebrates a decade in business this week.

The Irish headquartered business is planning delivery of two of the world’s first grid connected tidal arrays in France and Canada in 2015.

OpenHydro is working with Emera in the Bay of Fundy, Nova Scotia to deploy and grid connect two 16 metre turbines (2 MW each), tapping into one of the most powerful tidal environments on Earth.

OpenHydro will also install two grid-connected, 16 metre turbines at EDF’s Paimpol–Bréhat site off the Brittany coast.

The company has almost one gigawatt of projects under development – equivalent to 25% of Ireland’s electricity demand.

OpenHydro’s commercial portfolio comprises projects in Scotland, the Channel Islands, Canada, Northern Ireland and France, with utility partners including SSE Renewables, Alderney Renewable Energy (ARE), Emera, Brookfield Renewable Energy Group and EDF. Continue reading

Boost production and market for renewable energy technologies to build energy security

September 10th, 2014 by Nature

A field of photovoltaic panels with wind turbines in the distance near Goch, Germany on 4 January 2012 (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

A field of photovoltaic panels with wind turbines in the distance near Goch, Germany on 4 January 2012 (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

In a comment piece in this week’s Nature, Professor John Mathews and Dr Hao Tan write that countries should follow China’s lead and boost markets for water, wind and solar power technologies to drive down costs.

The authors argue that by placing the emphasis on production scale and market growth, China is driving down costs and thereby “contributing more than any other country to a climate-change solution.”

As the scale of Chinese manufacturing has grown — production of solar cells has expanded about 100-fold since 2005 — the costs of renewable-energy devices have plummeted.

Countries such as Germany and South Korea, like China, are boosting their national renewable-energy industries and markets.

But others, including the USA and the UK, seem yet to notice this shift and are pursuing ineffective energy policies, including considering alternative fossil-fuels sources, putting trade tariffs on Chinese-made solar panels, and importing energy technologies.

Professor Mathews and Dr Tan call for a new narrative in climate and energy discussions.

“As in China, renewables must be seen as a source of energy security, not just of reduced carbon emissions,” the authors wrote in their comment piece.

The authors also highlight the need for international climate and energy discussions to address the role of markets and financial drivers in delivering renewable technologies and energy to everyone.