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Hendry Review Gives Thumbs-up to Tidal Lagoons

Renewable source could provide up to 10% of UK electricity A government report on the feasibility of using tidal lagoons to provide up to 10% of the UK’s electricity, the Hendry Review, has come out very strongly in favour of them. Former Energy Minister Charles Hendry says, “I believe that the evidence is clear that […]

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Solar Energy Outshines Its Rivals

World Energy Hits a Turning Point: Solar That’s Cheaper Than Wind Solar energy is becoming the cheapest source of electricity globally, undercutting fossil fuels and its big renewable rival, wind power. This has happened in isolated projects in the past: an especially competitive auction in the Middle East, for example, resulting in particularly low solar […]

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Google to be Powered by 100% Renewables from 2017

Internet Giant Goes Green in a Big Way The internet giant Google is going to be fully powered by renewable energy from next year. It has been gradually moving to the use of electricity from environmentally-friendly sources over the past few years, but from 2017 its electricity will be from wholly-renewable sources. The company has […]

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Wake Up and Smell the Coffee Power

bio-bean makes biofuels from waste coffee Pioneering, award-winning company bio-bean is the brainchild of former architectural student Arthur Kay. It makes biofuels from coffee waste. The idea came to Kay while studying at The Bartlett, UCL. In two years, bio-bean has grown to a team of twenty with an industrial-scale factory, winning multiple awards in […]

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Report Shows Renewable Electricity Plunging in Costs

Joint IEA-NEA investigation is optimistic about renewables over fossil fuels A Joint IEA-NEA report has just been released. This is the latest in a series of reports which look at the LCOE (Levelised Cost of Electricity).  It analysed 181 plants in 22 countries, from nuclear, fossil fuel and renewable generators. It says, “The cost of producing […]

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First UK Tidal Lagoon Generates Another £100m in Funding

Equity investment means Swansea renewable project will start later this year Essentially, the project is to wall off a 9.5 Km section of Swansea bay with a breakwater, then use the large tidal range, of over 10 metres, to generate electricity through a turbine as the tide ebbs and flows. This is quite similar to […]

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Advances in Tidal Technology – the UK leads the way

8th International Tidal Energy Summit hears about how to harness marine renewables for energy, climate change and energy security   Although there are many different designs, technologies and financial approaches in the developing Tidal Power industry, a number of key points emerged from the 8th International Tidal Energy Summit held in London from 25th to […]

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Co-Operative Energy Boosted

New government policy and Community Energy England launched   Britain lags behind in the co-operative energy sphere. In Germany 46% of renewable generation is community owned, whereas in the UK it is a mere 0.3% or 70MW. In July Community Energy England was launched to try to redress the balance. There are already several inspiring […]

Thumbnail : Greenpeace Report: How to Keep the Lights on Without Spending Too Much Money

Greenpeace Report: How to Keep the Lights on Without Spending Too Much Money

77% European renewable generation is possible by 2030 Greenpeace have released an upbeat report, which no doubt will have the denialists and “anti-windmill” people frothing into their cocoa:

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Scotland Plans New Pumped Storage Power

Upgrade for Hollow Mountain could be instrumental in Scotland’s transition to a low carbon economy Scotland is planning to add more hydro power to its existing generating site in the mountains at Cruachan, nicknamed the “Hollow Mountain”. This is a “pumped storage” power station – an important part of the generating system. Ingeniously, this uses […]

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