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Cheap African solar energy could power UK homes in 2018

Cheap African solar energy could power UK homes in 2018

Investors are seeking funding from the UK government for an ambitious plan to import solar energy generated in North Africa. Under the scheme, up to 2.5 million UK homes could be powered by Tunisian sunshine by 2018. The company involved says they have already spent 10 million euros developing the site. A number of overseas


Carbon Capture From Natural Gas in the UK

The first industrial carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) project from natural gas has been given the go-ahead by the British government with Shell as the contractor. Shell UK is launching the design phase for Peterhead Carbon Capture and Storage in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. It would capture over 85% of CO2 emissions that would otherwise be released into the atmosphere and then transport it through an existing pipeline


Solar Bridge Opens in London

After five years of planning and construction, a solar bridge now spans the River Thames in London. Originally built in 1886, the Victorian-era bridge has a brand new look – a canopy of 4,400 solar PV panels! They supply half the energy for the busy railroad station underneath, Blackfriars Station. Built by Solarcentury, the 6,000-plus square meters of solar panels can generate 900,000 kilowatt hours of


Solar In Europe is Now Mainstream

One of the factors in determining the viability of alternate energy sources is the cost. Ten years ago, it cost $70 per watt to install solar panels. Nowadays, that price tag has shrunk to just $1.34, at least in Europe. A sight that’s becoming increasingly common in Europe. Here Comes The Sun … At Least In Europe


Eco-Friendly Tech: Making the Case for Businesses

Installing environmentally friendly products around the office is more than just a trend in businesses across the globe. It is a business tactic. The boom in Eco-friendly technology is occurring because business owners are seeing the potential savings in the overhead costs that are associated with running their business each day. From the light bulbs


Germany: Doing Just Fine Without Nuclear

Freezing temperatures in both Belgium and Germany have put both countries’ power systems to the test this week, but neither country has experienced electricity blackouts despite the lack of nuclear power. Two of Belgium’s seven nuclear reactors – Doel 3 and Tihange 2 – were switched off this summer, following the discovery of cracks, cutting


The European Supergrid: Game Changer for Renewables?

Europe’s energy infrastructure urgently needs updating. In this interview published in the latest edition of EWEA’s Wind Directions magazine, Ana Aguado, CEO of Friends of the Supergrid, explores how this can be done. What is the supergrid and why do we need it? We define the supergrid as “a pan-European transmission network facilitating the integration


The Next Big Solar Growth Market: Romania?

With traditional European markets fading (or at least trying to fade, in Germany’s case), developers and manufacturers are scouring the globe for prospects in new and emerging markets. While many developers are turning to more obvious growth markets such as Japan or India, some more ambitious developers are turning to an often-overlooked bastion of solar


World’s Largest Community Solar Project Now Online

A 5 megawatt (MW) solar PV farm in the UK has become the first cooperatively owned project in the country – and the largest community solar farm in the world. The 30-acre solar park serves 1500 households and next door are wind turbines also owned by a community cooperative. In one of the most successful share offerings of


Solar Panels UK Launches Solar ROI Calculator

A leading UK solar power resource website www.solarpanelsuk.co.uk has just launched a new Solar PV Calculator which allows consumers within the UK to explore the potential ROI when installing solar panels. By factoring in the size of the solar panel installation, along with roof pitch and the direction the panels face allows the calculator to