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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

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.

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

Wind energy’s growing importance for UK electricity generation

September 4th, 2014 by RenewableUK

Wind turbines off-shore in the North Sea photographed on 13 August 2014 (©RLLord All Rights Reserved)

Wind turbines off-shore in the North Sea photographed on 13 August 2014 (click on image to expand – ©RLLord All Rights Reserved)

RenewableUK said that August 2014 was an exceptional month for wind energy, with new records set and electricity generation levels exceeding both nuclear and coal generation, according to official National Grid statistics.

On five separate occasions, wind energy overtook coal-fired plants for electricity generation over a single day, which is the first time this has ever happened in the UK.

Electricity produced by UK wind energy exceeded the electricity generated from coal on the 3, 9, 11, 12 and 17 August 2014.

This strong performance continued towards the end of the month when onshore and offshore wind generated more than Continue reading