• Clarke Energy buys Boston-based CHP provider

    Liverpool-based Clarke Energy is buying a company in Boston that specialises in the design, manufacture, installation and maintenance of combined heat and power (CHP) systems.
    The acquisition of Co-Energy America expands Clarke Energy’s geographical coverage and product range into smaller CHP plants between 35kW and 300kW as well as gives it packaging and assembly capability for the US market.
    The buyout includes the addition of 17 new employees and an installed gas engine fleet of 95 unit
  • Renewables are on the up as 75 states and regions drive global adoption

    75 states and regions are now generating more than 45% of their electricity from renewable sources.
    That’s according to the Climate Group and CDP, who say state and regional governments around the world are advancing the global transition to renewable electricity – it notes on average, these governments have each reduced their emissions by 14%.
    However, as global emissions continue to rise, the report calls for the 124 states and regions studied to set more ambitious emissions reduct
  • Half of all water customers ‘don’t understand their bills’

    Half of all water customers across the UK don’t understand their bill.
    New research from Echo Managed Services suggests nearly 13.5 million households struggle to understand jargon and find their bill difficult to read.
    In a survey of 1,000 UK households, it found 14% of billpayers believe that their supplier uses confusing terminology in their communication with customers, while just 39% think their supplier is trying to connect with them in a “clear and simple” way.
    The repor
  • Labour manifesto promises 1m green jobs to tackle climate crisis

    Party wants UK workers to take advantage of opportunities in a global green economy worth £3tnLabour is promising to create 1m green jobs in the energy sector and through nationwide home refurbishments in a bid to tackle the climate crisis.Environmental protection is expected to be a central theme of Jeremy Corbyn’s general election manifesto, launched in Birmingham today, with new jobs promised through insulation upgrades, offshore wind and carbon capture developments. Continue read
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  • Hutchinson Engineering to build vital part of Hornsea Two foundations

    9Cheshire-based Hutchinson Engineering has won a contract to build and assemble 30 Suspended Internal Platforms (SIPs) for Hornsea Two offshore wind farm,
    Offshore wind specialist EEW Group awarded the tender following a successful competitive process.
    The SIPs are large steel components, each weighing 10 tonnes and 12 metres high – they will be suspended inside the yellow transition pieces that form the visible part of offshore wind turbine foundations.
    Ørsted’s Hornsea Two w
  • Researchers design an improved pathway to carbon-neutral plastics

    Researchers have designed a new and improved system for efficiently converting CO2, water, and renewable energy into ethylene -- the precursor to a wide range of plastic products -- under neutral conditions.
  • Unilever inks five-year deal with Viridor for recycled plastic

    Unilever has signed a five-year agreement to receive a range of recycled plastic from waste management company Viridor.
    It will provide the plastics from its £65 million Avonmouth Resource Recovery Centre near Bristol, which is powered by non-recyclable waste through its new £252 million Energy Recovery Facility.
    The two companies, both founding members of the UK Plastics Pact, have previously worked together with Nextek on detectable black plastic packaging for Unilever’s TRES
  • Wind more effective than cold air at cooling rooms naturally

    The effectiveness of non-mechanical, low-energy methods for moderating temperature and humidity has been evaluated in a series of experiments.
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  • This humidity digester breathes in atmospheric water and exhales energy

    Integrating a super moisture-absorbent gel with light-active materials, researchers have developed a humidity digester to dry the ambient air while generating energy. The method is a green alternative to air conditioners with a trick -- pulling water out of thin air.
  • Bill Gates-backed concentrated solar firm breaks commercial temperature records

    A Bill Gates-backed concentrated solar energy company called Heliogen has reached temperatures greater than 1,000°C.
    The start-up claims is the first time this has been achieved commercially and says the feat was accomplished at its commercial facility in Lancaster, California – it used advanced computer vision software to accurately align a large array of mirrors and efficiently reflect sunlight onto a target.
    Heliogen says previous commercial concentrated solar thermal systems have b
  • Ireland invests €11m in energy research and development

    The Irish Government has announced funding totalling €11 million (£9.4m) for 50 energy research, development and demonstration projects.
    They are aimed at helping deliver solutions for cleaner power for homes, businesses and communities across Ireland and help the nation achieve its 2030 clean energy targets.
    One of the projects is research into the development of an innovative, financial solution for low interest rates and long term finance to enable homeowners to invest in energy up
  • GE Renewable Energy lands 350MW order for onshore wind turbines in Texas

    GE Renewable Energy has landed a 350MW order to supply turbines to an onshore wind power project in Texas.
    The firm was selected by Innergex Renewable Energy to deliver 139 of its 2MW onshore wind turbines on 89-metre towers for the 350MW Foard City Wind Project.
    The deal also includes a 20-year full-service agreement for GE Renewable Energy to maintain the turbines.
    In 2018, GE Renewable Energy supplied more than 3GW of turbine capacity, making up around 40% of the total onshore wind installed
  • Recruiting: Executive Director, Sustainable Energy Association (Full-Time)

    Location: Central Birmingham, West Midlands
    Closing Date: 5th December 2019
    Shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview 11th and 12th December.
    Package: £Competitive Basic Salary + Performance Incentive
    In this Senior Leadership role, The Executive Director will have overall responsibility for running leading campaign organisation, the Sustainable Energy Association.
    The Organisation
    We work with political and business leaders to develop policies which will contribute to a transiti
  • Better insight needed on future EU emissions reductions, say auditors

    Data for greenhouse gas emissions in the EU is reported in line with international requirements but better insight is needed into future reductions.
    That’s according to the European Court of Auditors, which suggests further improvements to reporting are required on how EU and national mitigation policies contribute to meeting emission reduction targets for 2020, 2030 and 2050.
    They add better insight is also needed into specific sectors such as agriculture and forestry.
    The Auditors said t
  • UK government ‘spends less than £1 per person per year on tree planting’

    The UK government is spending less than £1 per person per year on tree planting.
    That’s the claim from Friends of the Earth, which says spending on planting and management in the UK has been in overall decline for several decades, falling to around £56 million across England, Scotland and Wales in 2017-2018.
    It suggests tree planting rates reflect extremely modest funding levels, without money for tree planting, woodland creation and forestry being distributed by the UK governm
  • Vattenfall and Microsoft pilot ‘world’s first’ hourly renewable power matching

    Vattenfall and Microsoft are piloting what is claimed to be the world’s first hourly matching scheme in Sweden that aims to provide customers a new level of transparency into their electricity consumption.
    The new 24/7 solution connects power generation such as wind and hydropower from Vattenfall with data from smart meters that measure real time consumption
    Guarantees of Origin (GOs), an electronic document which provides proof of the source of a given quantity of renewable energy, are cu
  • Billionaires invest in giant Australian solar farm to supply power to Singapore

    Andrew ‘Twiggy’ Forrest joins Mike Cannon-Brookes to raise tens of millions of dollars for Sun CableThe mining magnate and philanthropist Andrew “Twiggy” Forrest has joined fellow billionaire Mike Cannon-Brookes in raising tens of millions of dollars to build a giant solar farm in the Northern Territory to supply electricity to Singapore.The company behind the project, Sun Cable, said Forrest’s Squadron Energy and Grok Ventures, the investment firm of Cannon-Brookes
  • North Sea oilfields could help contain climate change, says report

    Offshore infrastructure in place to store carbon emissions under seabed, new report heraldsNorth Sea oil executives believe the ageing fossil fuel basin may still lead a global climate revolution by providing a testbed for clean energy breakthroughs.An industry report has revealed that the North Sea could emerge as an unlikely climate hero by becoming a global showcase for the energy transition after decades producing fossil fuels. Continue reading...
  • Ofgem seeks views on equipment used in biomethane production

    Ofgem is inviting views on the industry standards and practices that are currently used for commissioning equipment used in biomethane production for injection.
    That is under the Non-Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme, which was introduced to help support the transition to low carbon heating in the UK.
    The RHI provides support for biomethane production by allowing producers to become registered onto the scheme and receive payments in respect of eligible biomethane they produce that i
  • North Sea ‘could play leading role in decarbonisation’

    The North Sea could play a leading role in the transition to a low carbon energy system.
    That’s according to a new report from PwC and Oil & Gas UK (OGUK), which suggests technologies such as Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage (CCUS) technology, aided by the alternative use of infrastructure and the production of hydrogen, could help convert the region from one of predominantly oil and gas production to one focused on renewable development.
    Based on interviews with more than 20 ke
  • Bristol’s polluted air ‘is killing five people every week’

    Air pollution in Bristol is causing the premature deaths of five people every week.
    That’s the alarming finding reached in a new study from King’s College London, which examined how particulate matter and nitrogen dioxide contribute to health conditions such as asthma, heart disease, cancer and strokes.
    They calculated these airborne substances cause approximately 260 people to die annually, a figure they extrapolate could rise to 36,000 deaths across the UK each year.
    The results of
  • easyJet pledges to offset carbon emissions from all flights

    Budget airline easyJet has pledged to offset the carbon emissions from the fuel used for all of its flights.
    It is part of the company’s ambition to become the world’s first major airline to operate net zero carbon flights across its whole network.
    It will undertake carbon offsetting through schemes accredited by two of the highest verification standards, Gold Standard and VCS, which will include forestry, renewable and community-based projects.
    easyJet has also signed a Memorandum o
  • There are 69m pieces of wanted furniture in the UK – but don’t throw yours away!

    There are 69 million pieces of unwanted furniture in UK homes – but before you take yours to the dump, listen to what the North London Waste Authority (NLWA) has to say.
    The NLWA is urging people to upcycle unwanted items rather than dump them or buy new ones, in order to help avoid massive volumes of waste clogging up landfill sites and to help reduce the number of resources being used, such as trees being cut down for wood.
    It notes two-thirds of people believe at least one item of furni
  • Tata Steel to cut 3,000 jobs in Europe

    Tata Steel has announced plans to cut as many as 3,000 jobs across its European business.
    Around two-thirds of those are expected to be office-based roles but it insisted there will be no plant closures.
    More than half of the planned job reductions are thought to be in the Netherlands.
    It is part of Tata Steel’s programme focused on improving its financial performance and accelerating the company’s journey towards carbon-neutral steelmaking.
    It also includes plans for efficiency gain
  • Siemens addresses operational technology security with new partnership

    Siemens has partnered with cybersecurity firm Fortinet to address the security challenges associated with the convergence of operational technology and IT networks.
    The firms stress while operational technology environments have traditionally been isolated from the rest of the IT network, efforts to blend the two in order to become more responsive and agile business have increased vulnerability to cybersecurity threats.
    Siemens has joined Fortinet’s Fabric-Ready Technology Alliance Partner
  • ITM Power and Iwatani collaborate on hydrogen energy systems

    Energy storage and clean fuel company ITM Power has joined forces with the US subsidiary of Iwatani Corporation for hydrogen energy systems.
    They have signed a collaboration agreement for the deployment of multi MW electrolyser-based hydrogen energy systems in North America, with a vision to reduce pollutants and improve air quality by offering renewable hydrogen to the transportation, energy storage and renewable energy sectors.
    The partnership enables the companies to share opportunities and w
  • ‘Global wind speeds are increasing’ say scientists

    Global wind speeds are increasing, boosting energy generation from wind turbines.
    That’s the call from a new report published in the journal Nature Climate Change, which expects wind generation could increase by more than a third in the next 10 years.
    It notes wind speeds across the globe have increased rapidly over the past decade, reversing a trend of falling wind speeds since the 1970s – researchers say if this trend were to persist for at least another decade, the amount of wind
  • Salesforce commits $17m to support UN’s sustainable development goals

    US cloud-based software company Salesforce has made a commitment to invest $17 million (£13m) to support the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
    The 17 SDGs, adopted by 193 countries, measure the collective progress against the world’s most pressing challenges, including those related to climate change and environmental degradation.
    Over the next year, Salesforce will provide the grants to non-profit partners to advance the SDGs and volunteer one million hours to support
  • UK becomes seventh most attractive nation for renewable investment

    The UK is now the seventh most attractive destination in the world for investment in renewable energy.
    That’s according to the 54th EY Renewable energy country attractiveness index, which shows the UK has moved up one place in the rankings as Japan moved down into eighth position
    The report ranks 40 countries on the attractiveness of their renewable energy investment and deployment opportunities – it notes despite investment into certain parts of the UK economy having stalled as a re
  • Lesley Rudd to Step Down as Sustainable Energy Association Chief Executive

    Richard Burnley, Vice President of the Sustainable Energy Association (SEA), today announced that Lesley Rudd, SEA Chief Executive, is to step down in February. Lesley, who has been Chief Executive of the SEA for the last 3 years and was Policy Director before that, is leaving the SEA to take up the role of Chief Executive of Electrical Safety First. Electrical Safety First is the UK charity dedicated to reducing the number of injuries and deaths caused by electricity across the UK.
    Richard said
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  • New York announces $4m for energy efficiency in schools

    New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced $4 million (£3m) in funding to help schools invest in energy efficiency and green energy projects.
    The programme, which will support schools serving Prekindergarten through Grade 12 students, is encouraging them to lower energy use and utility bills while cutting greenhouse gas emissions.
    The P-12 Schools Initiative supports the state’s goal to reduce emissions by 85% by 2050.
    Schools participating in the programme will receive complime
  • Decarbonizing the power sector

    Electricity supply is one of the biggest CO2 emitters globally. To keep global warming well below 2°C, several paths lead to zero emissions in the energy sector, and each has its potential environmental impacts -- such as air and water pollution, land-use or water demand. Using a first-time combination of multiple modelling systems, an international team of researchers has now quantified the actual benefits and downsides of three main roads to decarbonization.
  • Boosting wind farmers, global winds reverse decades of slowing and pick up speed

    In a boon to wind farms, average daily wind speeds are picking up across much of the globe after about 30 years of gradual slowing. Research shows that wind speeds in northern mid-latitude regions have increased by roughly 7% since 2010.
  • Environmental services sector tackles emissions with Pledge to Net Zero

    The UK’s first industry commitment requiring science-based targets from its signatories to tackle their greenhouse gas emissions has been officially launched.
    Pledge to Net Zero is aimed at organisations working in the environmental services sector and is intended to help the UK reach its goal of reaching net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
    Led by the Society for the Environment (SocEnv), the Association for Consultancy and Engineering (ACE), the Institute of Environmental Managemen
  • Spain’s Audax inks PPA with innogy for solar power

    Spanish renewable energy company Audax Renovables has signed an agreement to buy green electricity from innogy’s solar plant in the country.
    Under the 10-year power purchase agreement (PPA), innogy will supply electricity from its 50MW Alarcos solar farm from the first half of 2020 when it is expected to be fully operational.
    The plant is currently under construction south of the city of Ciudad Real in the Autonomous Community Castilla-La Mancha.
    It will produce enough electricity to power
  • Generation ‘must be part of the answer in decarbonising the UK’s energy systems’

    Generation must be part of the answer in decarbonising the UK’s energy systems.
    That’s the verdict from Mark Rose, Director of Total’s Major Business, who spoke to ELN Editor Sumit Bose at Energy Live Expo – the energy giant was partner sponsor of the industry event.
    He stressed in order to reach net zero by 2050, generation must be part of the answer, suggesting that to electrify sectors such as transport, power demand would inevitably have to increase.
    Mr Rose said: &ld
  • Bill Gates backs startup using sunlight to create 1,000C-plus heat

    Heliogen uses mirrors to concentrate solar energy that can power heavy industryBill Gates is backing a new venture which aims to turn sunlight into a source of heat exceeding 1,000C degrees that could help replace fossil fuels.The world’s richest man is joining investors behind Heliogen, the first company to concentrate sunlight to reach temperatures that are high enough to power heavy industry without carbon emissions. Continue reading...
  • Network companies call on politicians to take bolder action to go net zero

    Network companies have called on politicians to take bolder action to go net zero.
    The Energy Networks Association (ENA), which represents the firms that manage infrastructure such as wires and pipes, says government, industry and communities can deliver a greener future which benefits people in every part of Britain.
    These businesses say acting now will ensure every home across the country has access to green energy, as well as provide new green jobs to “reinvigorate industrial centr
  • UK ‘must hit 9.7% decarbonisation rate to reach net zero by 2050’

    The UK must hit a 9.7% decarbonisation rate in order to reach the target of going net zero by 2050.
    That’s according to PwC’s Low Carbon Economy Index (LCEI), which shows despite the UK leading the G20 nations in terms of having the most rapid decarbonisation rate since 2000, at 3.7%, the rate of progress has slowed in recent years.
    The report warns the gap to meet climate targets is widening and stresses the UK needs to act faster to create a pathway to carbon neutrality that o
  • Labour Party ‘has dropped plans to go net zero by 2030’

    The Labour Party has dropped plans to go net zero by 2030 and will instead work towards achieving the goal “well before 2050”.
    The Telegraph has reported that the party’s manifesto promises to make “substantial progress” towards carbon neutrality rather than committing to a hard deadline.
    Despite a motion being passed to speed up the journey towards decarbonisation at the Labour Party Conference in September by including a 2030 target in the election manifesto. Shad
  • US announces $15m for energy projects on tribal lands

    The US Department of Energy (DOE) is providing up to $15 million (£12m) in new funding for energy infrastructure projects on tribal lands.
    Projects sought under the Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programmes are fuel and technology neutral, with applications invited from Indian Tribes, which include Alaska Native Regional Corporations and Village Corporation, Intertribal Organisations and Tribal Energy Development Organisations.
    They can install energy generating systems and energy effi
  • Total Lubrifiants launches range of recycled hydraulic fluids for industrial use

    Total Lubrifiants has launched a range of recycled hydraulic fluids for industrial use.
    The firm’s new ECO2 offering is made from regenerated oil, reducing the environmental footprint of lubricant production by contributing to the circular economy.
    it says the product also offers a solution to the end-of-life cycle of lubricants, which are often difficult to dispose of.
    The lubricants are suitable for use in all types of industrial hydraulic systems and are ten-times less energy-intensive
  • Poland’s solar market ‘set for exceptional growth’

    Poland’s solar market is set for exceptional growth, with capacity installations forecast to soar in the immediate future.
    That’s the call from analytics firm GlobalData, which says the nation’s “phenomenal growth” in solar installations in 2019 is expected to continue, with 3.15GW of capacity expected to be installed by 2022.
    The nation recently surpassed 1GW of installed capacity and is set to reach up to 1.3GW by the end of this year.
    GlobalData suggests this is
  • Renewable energy: climate crisis 'may have triggered faster wind speeds'

    Windfarms could be able to generate more energy due to phenomenon, says reportThe global climate crisis could lead to more renewable electricity being generated by spurring faster wind speeds for the world’s growing number of windfarms, according to research.Scientists have discovered that the world’s shifting ocean circulation patterns may have triggered a rapid increase in wind speeds over the last 10 years. Related: Climate change: do more now or risk catastrophe, warns energy age
  • Climate crisis striking a blow for windfarms, new research suggests

    Scientists say shifting ocean circulation patterns may have triggered rapid wind speed riseThe global climate crisis could help to generate more renewable electricity by spurring faster wind speeds for the world’s growing number of windfarms, according to new research.Scientists have discovered that the world’s shifting ocean circulation patterns may have triggered a rapid increase in wind speeds over the last 10 years.We believe that the escalating climate crisis is the defining iss
  • Climate crisis could lead to more wind power, says report

    Scientists say shifting ocean circulation patterns may have triggered rapid wind speed riseThe global climate crisis could help to generate more renewable electricity by spurring faster wind speeds for the world’s growing number of windfarms, according to research.Scientists have discovered that the world’s shifting ocean circulation patterns may have triggered a rapid increase in wind speeds over the last 10 years. Related: Climate change: do more now or risk catastrophe, warns ener
  • UN calls for urgent action to address biomass use in Africa

    The UN is calling for urgent action to address the production and consumption of biomass as a source of energy in Africa.
    A new study by UN Environment Programme (UNEP), in collaboration with the African Union Commission (AUC), found biomass production in the continent accounted for 90% of round-wood production in 2016, out of which 16% was converted to charcoal.
    It suggests the population growth, rapid urbanisation, poverty and lack of income growth remain the major drivers of biomass consumpti
  • Lamborghini and MIT develop new material to advance supercapacitor tech

    Automobili Lamborghini and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed an innovative synthetic material to advance supercapacitor technologies.
    They say the substance will serve as the technological base for a new generation of supercapacitors, which can be used to regulate the power flowing from batteries.
    The supercar manufacturer and the research facility have authored a patent for the material and plan to conduct further research to explore its properties and expand its pr
  • Welsh Government estate smashes 2020 carbon reduction target

    The Welsh Government administrative estate has surpassed its carbon reduction target for 2020, with a significant 66% fall from its 2010/11 baseline.
    That’s more than double its expected target of 30%, moving on track towards its goal of a minimum 80% reduction in CO2 emissions by 2050.
    Emissions from gas and electricity also fell by 21.2% as of 31st March 2019 and consumption of water reduced by 1.6% per person over the reporting period.
    While the amount of waste produced has risen by 6.3

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