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Guernsey Electric Vehicle Expo opposite Vistas at Vazon on 1 July

June 28th, 2017 by Richard Lord

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The second annual Guernsey Electric Vehicle Expo takes place opposite Vistas in Vazon from 9.30 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. on Saturday 1 July 2017.  Attendance is free.

Electric vehicles from BMW, Nissan, Tesla, Renault, Kia, Peugeot, Mitsubishi and Zero Motorcycles will be on display.

Electric bicycles will also be on show as well as an electric vehicle charge point.

Charlie Jardine of EO Charging, which supplies electric vehicle charge points, will speak at 11.00 a.m., followed by Jamie Clarke of The Little Green Energy Company, which has installed Tesla Powerwalls for energy storage in Guernsey.

Keith Hounsell of Green Acorn, suppliers of energy storage and backup power solutions, will speak at midday.

Images from the 2016 Guernsey Electric Vehicle Expo

 

London Taxi Company’s electric taxi to debut at Goodwood Festival of Speed

June 26th, 2017 by London Taxi Company

Electric London taxi being tested in cold conditions (click image to expand)

The new range-extended electric taxi from London Taxi Company (LTC) will make its debut and feature in the ‘First Glance’ paddock at the Goodwood Festival of Speed beginning on 29 June 2017 and running until 2 July 2017.

LTC have been invited to participate on this stage because of the taxi’s adaption of supercar manufacturing techniques.

LTC’s extensive use of light weighting means that LTC can get the maximum distance out of the electric battery without impacting the strength and safety of the vehicle.

Each day of the Festival the electric taxi prototype will silently take on the world famous Goodwood Hillclimb in front of some of the 200,000 visitors at the West Sussex motoring show.

The electric taxi will be driven on the hillclimb by 17 year old Katie Milner who is currently the fastest woman in the Ginetta championship.

LTC’s electric taxi appearance at the festival follows a rigorous period of testing across the world, which has included weeks and thousands of miles in both hot and cold climate endurance tests in the Arizona desert and within the Arctic Circle. Continue reading

Tocardo Tidal Power generates electricity at the European Marine Energy Centre in Orkney

June 26th, 2017 by Tocardo International BV

Tocardo Tidal Power’s 1.4 MW tidal turbine deployment at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) has received accreditation under the Renewables Obligation (RO) scheme from Ofgem (Office of Gas and Electricity Markets) in the UK)).

Tocardo entered the tidal energy industry in the UK with the FORESEA & InToTidal project and the successful installation of Tocardo’s TFS (Temporary Foundation System) in Orkney in early 2017.

Tocardo turbine installation producing power at the European Marine Energy Centre in Orkney, Scotland (click image to expand)

The TFS was prepared for deployment at the European Marine Energy Centre’s (EMEC’s) grid-connected tidal test site at the Hatston Pier in Kirkwall. Continue reading

Tour de Sez 2018 raising funds for Guilles-Alles Children’s Library

June 26th, 2017 by Sarah Groves Foundation

The Tour de Sez 2018, a 700 mile charity endurance bike ride from Guernsey to Amsterdam, had a successful launch on Saturday 3 June 2017.

Over 50 places were taken up by eager cyclists. Organisers reached their target of 85 cyclists signed-up 19 days after registration opened.

Additional registrations will be added to a waiting list.

The Tour de Sez, in memory of Sarah Groves who was brutally murdered in India in 2013, will raise money for the Sarah Groves Foundation which aims to fulfil Sarah’s own ambition in life – to enhance the lives of young people.

Vic Groves, Sarah Groves Foundation managing trustee and tour organiser, said “we are overwhelmed by the response we have received for the 2018 Tour de Sez and are so grateful that so many people want to take on this memorable challenge.”

“We recently announced our pledge to donate £50,000 to the Children’s Library Project at the Guille-Alles Library so the riders and support teams have a real focus for their fundraising activities.”

Michael Hutchinson (left) signs up to take part in Tour de Sez 2018 – a 700 mile cycle ride from Guernsey to Amsterdam – with cycle ride organiser Leon Howard (right)

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Guernsey Botanical Trust raising funds to build The Gatehouse visitor and education centre

May 25th, 2017 by Richard Lord

Stall at Seafront Sunday in St Peter Port (click image to expand)

The Guernsey Botanical Trust, which runs the Victorian Walled Kitchen Garden in Saumarez Park, Castel plans to build The Gatehouse as part of their on-going restoration project.

The Trust, which is a Guernsey charity, receives no financial support from the Guernsey government.

It needs to raise £200,000 to build The Gatehouse, which will include a visitor and information centre, an education centre, a shop called La Choppe, a crew room for garden volunteers, and storage facilities for garden tools and equipment.

Drawing of The Gatehouse in the Victorian Walled Kitchen Garden (click image to expand)

The Guernsey charity is holding a private lottery.  Five pounds Sterling buys a roof tile and enters the purchaser in a draw for the chance to win £1000.00. Continue reading

Guernsey Post Ltd invests in fleet of electric postal delivery vans

May 25th, 2017 by Richard Lord

Guernsey Post Ltd now leads the way in electric mobility on the island with the largest fleet of electric vehicles.

The company has had strong environmental credentials for many years.

It earned the ‘Keep Guernsey Green Award’ in 2009 for its biodiversity enhancement work and for improvements to building energy efficiency due to better facilities management.

Letter delivery on the island has traditionally been made on a bicycle.

Guernsey postal workers are admired for cycling up steep hills and delivering the mail on a bicycle in all weathers.

With the Internet causing a decline in the volume of letter delivery and a rise in parcel delivery, push bikes can no longer deliver the volume and weight of packaging, so the company has had to convert many of its mail delivery routes traditionally made by bicycle to van and trucks.

Guernsey Post Ltd fleet of electric Nissan postal delivery vans on 5 May 2017 (click image to expand)

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Guernsey Water creates sustainable drainage system at Vauvert Primary School

May 19th, 2017 by Guernsey Water

Guernsey Water, in partnership with Education Services and Vauvert Primary School in St Peter Port, has installed a sustainable drainage system (SuDS) at the school, which has reduced the quantity and the speed of the flow of surface water into the foul water network.

The alley has been covered in a permeable resin-bound material, which is angled gently towards the planted swale to retain even more water (click image to expand)

An alley behind the Vauvert Primary School building has been modified and resurfaced with a permeable resin-bound material to help reduce the amount of water that enters drains, and may overwhelm them in a short time during periods of heavy rainfall.

Tarmac along the outer wall of the alley has been removed to create a planted swale consisting of graded stone, grit and top soil, which receives about 200 square metres of runoff water. Continue reading

Saffery Rotary walk on 3 June 2017

May 18th, 2017 by Saffery Champness

Saffery Rotary Walk on 3 June 2017 (click image to expand)

Vice Admiral Sir Ian Corder, the Lieutenant-Governor of Guernsey, and Lady Corder will take part in the Saffery Rotary Walk on 3 June 2017.

They will be given the specially allocated walker identification numbers 1 and 2 respectively to acknowledge their support of the charity fund raising walk.

2017 marks the 20th anniversary of the Saffery Rotary Walk and the 40th anniversary of Saffery Champness in Guernsey.

Over 650 people participated in the 2016 walk with one in six coming from outside the island, making a significant contribution to the total raised of £57,526. Continue reading

Celebrate Cycle to Work Week from 22 to 26 May 2017

May 17th, 2017 by Guernsey Bicycle Group

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Guernsey Bicycle Group is proud to support Cycle to Work Week from 22 to 26 May 2017.

It’s the perfect excuse to dust off the bike, pump up the tyres, lubricate the chain (if necessary), and take the bicycle for a spin.

Cycle to Work Week is a great opportunity to join the many Guernsey people who cycle as part of their daily commute.

Nearly two thirds of Guernsey’s population live in the northern half of the island, where the ride to the main areas of commerce is only a few miles away, and over a fairly flat area.

From The Bridge, St Sampson to the waterfront of St Peter Port is a pleasant, mostly by the seaside, ten minute journey on a bicycle, and with no parking difficulties when one arrives on a bike, it can often be quicker to cycle to work this way than to drive.

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Cycling to work offers an opportunity to enjoy the outdoors, be more intimate with nature, and perhaps socialise with other cyclists.  You’ll arrive at work more refreshed than if you had sat in a car.

The Guernsey charity encourages people to commute by bike if they haven’t done so already.  Those new to cycling to work may find it a delightful and enjoyable way to start the day, and it may turn out to be a surprisingly fast way to arrive at the office.

The GBG Facebook page has more information on Cycle to Work week.

 

 

Clear Guernsey watercourses of vegetation and silt by 15 June to reduce flooding risk

May 17th, 2017 by Guernsey Water

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Guernsey Water reminds islanders who have streams, douits, and other watercourses on their land to ensure that they are cleared of vegetation and silt by 15 June 2017.

This vital maintenance of waterways is undertaken annually to ensure the unrestricted flow of water into the island’s catchments and minimise the risk of flooding.

All streams are required by law to be cleared of vegetation and other obstructions by 15 June ahead of Parish inspections by the streams committees. Continue reading