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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

Guernsey Community Foundation facilitates a stronger partnership between HSSD and voluntary sector

July 2nd, 2015 by Guernsey Community Foundation

First PowerPoint slide of the evening (click image to expand)

First PowerPoint slide of the evening (click image to expand)

The Guernsey Community Foundation hosted a workshop at St Pierre Park Hotel on 30 June 2015, which looked at opportunities to benefit the community by building a stronger partnership between the voluntary sector and the States of Guernsey Health and Social Services Department (HSSD).

The workshop attracted 76 delegates representing over 50 voluntary organisations as well as the HSSD and other States of Guernsey departments.

Wayne Bulpitt, Chair of the Guernsey Community Foundation, opened the evening’s presentations and discussions.

He introduced Carol Tozer, HSSD Chief Officer, who discussed the challenges and opportunities faced by HSSD, speaking about the importance of the voluntary sector in helping to prevent ill-health, involving people in planning their own care, and developing more responsive services.

Ruby Parry, HSSD’s Director of Communities, led an interactive session where attendees were asked to talk about their reasons for becoming involved in the voluntary sector, and the values and principles that guided their work. 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

Saffery Champness Rotary Walkers raise funds for 11 local charities

June 27th, 2015 by Saffery Champness

Tonnelle House wishes walkers success Saffery Champness

Tonnelle House congratulates Saffery Champness Rotary Walkers less than two miles from the finish line (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

The 2015 Saffery Champness Rotary Walk was a great success with approximately 470 people taking part in the 39-mile around the island walk on Saturday 6 June 2015, which was 24% more than participated in 2014.

Organisers have said that it’s now important for all those who took part to collect their sponsorship money and hand it in so that the chosen charities and organisations can get started on their projects and initiatives.

This year, for the first time, there will be a prize draw for any walker who has raised more than £100 in sponsorship.

The winner will receive an overnight stay at the Hotel de Havelet and dinner for two at the Wellington Boot Restaurant.

The draw will take place on the 2 July 2015 by the Saffery Champness Rotary Walk’s organising committee.

Those who wish to be included need to ensure they get their funds raised handed in by 30 June 2015. Continue reading

Autism expert to give free workshop at Les Cotils on 13 July 2015

June 26th, 2015 by Carey Olsen

(please click on image to go to Gina Davies Autism Centre website)

(please click on image to go to Gina Davies Autism Centre website)

Autism expert, Gina Davies, will visit Guernsey to deliver a foundation level training course to early years practitioners in Guernsey thanks to the local branch of the National Autistic Society (NAS) and sponsorship raised by Carey Olsen.

The Attention Autism programme will be taught from 9.30 am to 4.00 pm on Monday 13 and Tuesday 14 July 2015.

During her visit Ms Davies will also deliver an evening presentation for parents and carers and any professionals unable to attend the daytime course.

The free evening session ‘Behaviour – Let’s Tackle Some!‘ will be at Les Cotils, St Peter Port beginning at 7.30 pm on 13 July 2015.  The National Autism Society book library will also be available to browse at this time.

Tickets to attend the evening session must be booked via Eventbrite. Continue reading

GBG electric bike demo on Smith Street, St Peter Port on 19 June

June 17th, 2015 by Guernsey Bicycle Group

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The Guernsey Bicycle Group has organised an electric bike demonstration at the foot of Smith Street, St Peter Port from midday to 2 p.m. on Friday 19 June 2015.

Adventure Cycles from St Martin and Ian Brown’s Cycle Shop on Les Banques will have electric bicycles for members of the public to try out up and down Smith Street, St Peter Port.

The path for electric bike travel on Smith Street will be marked by cones.

Electric bikes give cyclists the ability to easily climb Guernsey hills and to carry the extra weight of shopping and office papers effortlessly.

They assist with pedaling when the cyclist needs assistance so they do provide the bicycle rider with some exercise.

They have ample battery power to take a rider anywhere in Guernsey on a daily basis with inexpensive overnight charging.

An electric bike is an inexpensive way to commute to and from work and it avoids the hassle of wasting time and money looking for parking.

Gruelling 48 hour run in St Peter Port to raise £100,000 for charity

May 20th, 2015 by Richard Lord

Philip Smith (left) and Warren Mauger are running on a treadmill for 48 hours in early September 2015 to raise money for several charities (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Philip Smith (left) and Warren Mauger are running on a treadmill for 48 hours in early September 2015 to raise money for several charities (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

Philip Smith and Warren Mauger hope to raise £100,000 for four charities through sponsorship for an Epic 48 hour long run on treadmills in Market Square, St Peter Port, Guernsey from Friday 4 September to Sunday 6 September 2015.

They will be joined in their challenge by experienced marathon runners and record-breaking athletes Robert Young and Adam Holland.

The money raised will be split three ways with a third of the funds raised going to This is Epic, a third to The Hub, and one third to Robert Young’s chosen charities – the NSPCC and Dreams Come True. 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

Final phase of the Belle Greve Wastewater programme underway

May 1st, 2015 by Guernsey Water

High density poly pipes coming out of the factory

High density polyethylene pipes coming out of the Pipelife Norway AS factory in Stathelle (click image to expand)

As part of the final phase of Guernsey Water’s upgrade of the island’s wastewater facilities, over two and a half miles of pipe in nine sections are making their journey from Norway,

Pipelife Norway AS manufactured the purpose-built, high density polyethylene pipes in Stathelle on a fjord, where the pipes are stored temporarily in preparation for their seven-day journey to the island.

Mark Walker, Capital Delivery Manager at Guernsey Water, said “the pipes will arrive in Guernsey in early May and will, subject to formal agreement, be temporarily moored at Soldiers’ Bay, where they will be fitted with concrete collars in preparation for being placed on the seabed via a controlled sinking operation.” Continue reading

Bailiwick residents invited to enter 2015 Conservation Awards by 8 May

April 30th, 2015 by Insurance Corporation

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(click on image to view 2015 Conservation Awards entry form as a PDF file)

Conservations and ecologists are invited to enter the 2015 Insurance Corporation Conservation Awards to highlight work they are doing in the Bailiwick of Guernsey.

The awards now in their 25th year have raised the profile of many island conservation projects performed by schools, environmental groups, businesses and private landowners.

Pat Wisher from the 2014 winners, Living Streets Guernsey, said the group entered the conservation awards to highlight its Baubigny Schools enhancement programme which aims to provide an outside learning area for St Sampson High School and Le Murier School. Continue reading