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    UK gives approval to World’s Biggest Offshore Wind Farm

    worlds-largest-offshore-wind-farmLondon will soon have world’s biggest offshore farm off the Yorkshire coast. The Dogger Bank Creyke Beck Project will have an array of up to 400 turbines 80 miles of the Yorkshire coast. The project will cover 430 square miles will generate 2.4 gigawatts which is enough electricity to power about 2 million homes. The cost of the UK’s biggest offshore farm will be £6bn to £8bn, and it is likely to fulfil 2.5 percent of the country’s electricity needs. According to the government the project will also create 900 jobs near Yorkshire and Humberside. Dogger was chosen as a location for offshore wind farm because of its shallow seabed which is about only 30 metres deep. It is easier to lay foundations and construct large turbines; however, any company has not yet started the work.

    Posted in Alternative Energy on February 19, 2015
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    Albatern’s WaveNET system will generate energy from the waves in Scotland

    array-wavenet-albatern-1Depending completely on fossil fuels to power up the earth isn’t such a great idea anymore, not in the current circumstances of extreme pollution and a degrading environment. Instead, the only way out of this big muddle we’ve all got ourselves into, is renewable energy. Albatern, Scotland’s wave energy company, is looking at better ways to powering up, using a new system called the WaveNET. This one uses an array of floating generators, nicknamed Squids, which harvest energy from rising and falling waves.

    Posted in Alternative Energy on December 4, 2014
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    SolaRoad in the Netherlands will generate electricity while cyclists pedal away

    solar-cycle-path-3We’ve always advocated the use of bicycles, given the fact that these two-wheeled contraptions promise to take you from to your destination without spewing venomous clouds of carbon in the air. To make cycling even more greener than it already is, the Netherlands is welcoming home the world’s first solar cycle path, one that’ll soak in the energy of the sun to generate electricity.

    Posted in Alternative Energy on November 13, 2014
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    Berkshire now plays home to UK’s first floating solar power farm!

    floating-solar-planet-ciel-terreThe sun shines quite brightly during those moments when the overcast sky finally decides to skip out on long coffee breaks. Keeping this in mind, farm owner, Mark Bennett, joined hands with solar company Ciel et Terre to create a floating solar farm that plays home to 800 photovoltaic panels with a capacity of 200kW. The floating solar farm is located in Berkshire and uses Ciel et Terre’s modular Hydrelio system. Speaking to NCE, Bennett said, “We are speaking to big utility companies, to agricultural companies – anyone with an unused body of water. The potential is remarkable.”

    Posted in Alternative Energy on October 6, 2014
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    Boundary Dam project is the world’s first clean coal-fired power plant

    Boundary-Dam-for-webJust when we’d thought ‘clean coal’ was a paradox penned by a cheeky copywriter, Boundary Dam project encouraged us to look closer at what a phrase like this could actually mean! Located in Saskatchewan, this is the world’s first commercial coal-fired power plant that captures its carbon dioxide emissions! By doing this, the project aims to capture and sell around 1 million tonnes of carbon dioxide, annually.

    Posted in Alternative Energy on October 6, 2014
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    What’s the Future for Scotland’s Planned Wind Farm Rollout?

    scotland-wind-farmAlex Salmond’s SNP may have lost the independence referendum, but the drive remains to put the country on the path of becoming the “Saudi Arabia of renewables”. There has been much talk about the impact Mr. Salmond’s seeming infatuation with wind farms will have on the Scottish public. So the question is: what does the future hold for wind energy in Scotland?

    Posted in Alternative Energy on September 27, 2014
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    Finnair to use cooking oil to power its flights to New York

    finnair-airplaneThere’s something good cooking at Finnair! Very recently, this Finnish airline announced flights from Helsinki to New York powered by an environmentally sustainable biofuel. Simply put, Finnair plans to fly planes using cooking oil. To do so, the airliner will use biofuel by SkyNRG Nordic, a joint venture between SkyNRG and Statoil Aviation. This biofuel is manufactured from cooking oil recycled from restaurants and will work as a better alternative to conventional jet fuel.

    Posted in Alternative Energy on September 26, 2014
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    If all goes as planned, California could use 100% renewable energy by 2050

    renewable-powerCalifornia is currently at the forefront in the United States, bringing home new renewable energy options and stepping away from conventional coal-fired power plants. Not so surprisingly, the state could soon be powered 100% by renewable energy and Stanford has recently presented a “roadmap” to accomplish this goal by 2050. Using wind, water and sunlight to its benefit, California could soon begin basking in clean and green energy, while reducing emissions and its carbon footprint.

    Posted in Alternative Energy on August 19, 2014
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    Wale’s first grid-connected freestanding tidal turbine begins tests

    sea-turbine-2Nothing can stop the United Kingdom from soaking in some green juice, and that includes the tide! Very recently, an underwater turbine off the coast of Pembrokeshire at Ramsey Sound was unveiled. This project is currently on a 12-month long trial period and will generate clean and green renewable energy for homes in St. Davids. Built by Mustange Marin, the structure that stands seven storeys high will generate energy from tidal currents on the sea bed.

    Posted in Alternative Energy on August 13, 2014
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    Chinese student creates art installation that displays wind-energy generation in real time

    打印Art does not necessarily need to stay static and never-changing. Instead, with a little bit of innovation and a whole lot of creativity, art can be mixed with modern-day technology to churn out installations that are eye-catching and pretty useful too! Jiavu Liu, a student at the Royal College of Art (RCA), designed one such installation called the Within Invisibility, which is essentially an LED installation that reacts to wind pattern data collected from 40 Chinese cities in real time!

    Posted in Alternative Energy, Featured on July 9, 2014
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