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  • Record 13bn euro invested in offshore wind in 2015: 3GW new capacity

    Offshore wind investments in Europe doubled in 2015 to €13.3 billion in a record year for financing and grid-connected installations.   A total of 3,019 MW in new offshore wind capacity came online in European waters in 2015, more than double what was connected to the grid in 2014. Europe's total offshore wind capacity is now 11,027 MW. A further 3,034 MW of capacity - spread across ten ...


    By WindEurope

  • Five Winds works with the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers, CSA Standards and UL Environment to develop sustainability standards

    WASHINGTON, DC (August 10, 2010) - The Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM) today announced that it has partnered with two leading standards organizations, CSA Standards and UL Environment, to jointly develop voluntary sustainability standards for home appliances. The new standards will take a life cycle approach and are intended to be used by governments, retailers, and other ...

  • EC support for UK power link raises Ireland’s offshore export potential

    The European Commission (EC) announced November 18 it had given priority status to ISLES, a cluster of Irish Sea grid projects which would transmit power from proposed Irish offshore wind farms to the UK grid. There are currently five Irish offshore windfarm projects for a total 2.6 GW of capacity. The inclusion of ISLES in the EC’s list of “projects of common interest” allows ...

  • Bonanza Creek long term ecological research - 2009

    Like many research programs, our LTER site is continually struggling to manage numerous remote sensor stations and their data . We are constantly looking to improve the quality and availability of the data they are collecting while using technician time and resources effectively. One option on the market to manage sensor network data is Vista Data Vision (VDV) and after some initial testing, we ...


    By Vista Data Vision

  • Official UK statistics show gradual move to low-carbon economy

    Recent official statistics show that the UK is actually moving into a low-carbon, energy-efficient economy, although the speed of progress may be considerably less than green campaigners would wish for. The Department of Energy and Climate Change's provisional monthly energy statistics for the first quarter of 2014 found that, compared with the same period in 2013: ...


  • The UK lags behind EU counterparts to achieve 20% renewable energy target

    While some countries have almost hit their targets the UK still has a long way to achieve its 15% renewable energy target by 2020. The EU is more than halfway to reaching its 20% target of generating energy from renewables by 2020, according to new figures published today by Eurostat. The EU's 2009 directive on renewable energy set individual targets for all 27 member states, with a goal for the ...


    By Vital Efficienci Ltd.

  • New analysis shows Ohio can meet future carbon pollution standards

    New analysis of Ohio’s power sector shows that the state is in a strong position to meet – and possibly exceed – national carbon pollution standards that will be established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the coming years. The analysis, conducted by experts at ...

  • The Energy Revolution is Here

    We live in an exciting time. Yes, glaciers are melting, sea levels are rising, and in my new home in the Western United States, earlier snowmelts, longer summers, and hotter temperatures have made wildfires 400 percent more frequent. And yet, there are encouraging signs we are in the midst of an energy revolution that is sure to transform our climate, our economy, and our lives for the better. ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Water Plant’s Investment in GTI Covers Brings Both Operational and Safety Benefits

    The Utility: The Griswold Water Treatment Plant is part of Aurora Water, the utility that manages water and wastewater in the city of Aurora, Colorado, USA. This direct filtration plant treats 80 million gallons of water per day (302,800 m³/d). The Utility’s Needs: Originally built in 1965, the Griswold Water Treatment Plant had undergone ...

  • Cladophora in the Great Lakes: impacts on beach water quality and human health

    Cladophora in the Great Lakes grows rapidly during the warm summer months, detaches, and becomes free-floating mats as a result of environmental conditions, eventually becoming stranded on recreational beaches. Cladophora provides protection and nutrients, which allow enteric bacteria such as Escherichia coli, enterococci, Shigella, ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • A Thirsty Future for the Middle East

    Whilst some dream of a rosy future for the Middle East, the more pragmatic see a future devoid of roses or any naturally unsustainable vegetation for that matter, too costly a use for an evermore precious commodity, Water. His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, recently identified water as a key ...

  • Closing the door on building new coal-fired power plants in America

    Community opposition, legal challenges, and financial uncertainty over future carbon costs are prompting companies to rethink their plans for coal. Since the beginning of 2007, 95 proposed coal-fired power plants have been cancelled or postponed in the United States--59 in 2007, 24 in 2008, and at least 12 in the first three months of 2009. This covers nearly half of the 200 or so U.S. coal-fired ...


    By Earth Policy Institute

  • Why Rare Earth Recycling is Rare (and What can We Do About it)

    Earbuds, touch screens, CFLs with a warm glow, rechargeable batteries and power windows: Most of us take these things for granted. When we do, we also take for granted a group of elements called rare earth metals, whose special electronic and magnetic properties make them a key component of many 21st century technologies. These 17 elements are actually plentiful enough — you probably have ...


    By Ensia

  • Giant seals help protect St. Petersburg from flooding

    St Petersburg is regarded as Russia’s cultural capital. To protect its people and cultural treasures from flooding, a 25-kilometer storm flood barrier is being constructed. An essential part of this structure are 40 meter-wide, seven meter-high seals, from Trelleborg. Last january, St. Petersburg was flooded for the 302nd time in its 303-year history. The water level rose more than two meters ...


  • Efficiency and the not-to-be-ignored gas-fired plant

    Carbon dioxide emissions dropped significantly in the US in 2009. The economy played an obvious role; not so obvious was the influence of power generation and its increasing efficiency. CO2 emissions have been trending down for the last decade by about 0.9%.  But the 2009 drop was far more dramatic -- 7% -- the largest decline since the Energy Information Administration ...

  • Fukushima Meltdown Hastens Decline of Nuclear Power

    On May 5, 2012, Japan shut down its Tomari 3 nuclear reactor on the northern island of Hokkaido for inspection, marking the first time in over 40 years that the country had not a single nuclear power plant generating electricity. The March 2011 earthquake, tsunami, and subsequent Fukushima Daiichi nuclear meltdown shattered public confidence in atomic energy, thus far making it politically ...


    By Earth Policy Institute

  • Fossil Fuel Development in the Arctic is a Bad Investment

    Even master chess players can miss a great move when they have been primed to look for a different one. To explore this phenomenon, researchers tracked master chess players’ eye movements when given chessboards with different layouts. With the first board, players could reach checkmate using a familiar move. When given the second chessboard, the players' eyes kept looking at the pieces ...


    By Earth Policy Institute

  • An extreme summer shows why we need to get real about climate change

    2011 was the summer of extreme weather— from the massive drought in the Southwest to record-breaking heat waves to Hurricane Irene’s torrential rains. Each of these events serves as a stark reminder of the growing impacts of climate change. Even so, the main recent discussion around climate change comes from Republican presidential candidates who have been debating the issue. Notably, ...

  • Danger and Detection of Hydrogen Sulphide Gas in Oil and Gas Exploration and Production

    A rig worker smells rotten eggs near the well head, rubs his itchy eyes as he investigates the frosty pipe connections. After a few moments, he believes all is fine as he no longer smells the tell-tale hydrogen sulphide odour. In this scenario, we can only hope the worker recognises the danger and quickly leaves the site. Oil fields, especially mature ones, can produce hydrogen sulphide gas ...

  • Will we ever stop using fossil fuels?

    Not without a carbon tax, suggests a study by an MIT economist. In recent years, proponents of clean energy have taken heart in the falling prices of solar and wind power, hoping they will drive an energy revolution. But a new study co-authored by an MIT professor suggests otherwise: Technology-driven cost reductions in fossil fuels will lead us to continue using all ...

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