Biogas plant in UK to run on cheese

A new anaerobic digestion plant in the UK will use cheese residue to generate clean power. Clearfleau will soon launch an anaerobic digestion plant to provide the UK’s gas grid with biomethane and will generate this biogas exclusively from cheese production residue. The facility, which is located in Cumbria, will use feedstock such as process rinses from the local Aspatria cheese creamery site, owned by dairy giant First Milk. The plant is expected to provide over three million pounds in cost savings and revenue. The facility in Cumbria, UK was…

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Google aims to bring more green energy to Asia

The internet giant has announced its plans to provide seed funding to a non-profit that promotes renewable energy. Google has already made a long-term commitment to power 100% of its operations with green energy sourced from renewables. To date, the company has purchased over 2 gigawatts (GW) of clean power, which has made it the world’s current largest non-utility purchaser of renewables. Now, according to the company’s official Asia Pacific blog, Google is aiming to boost its green power efforts in Asia by providing seed funding to the Center for…

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Air Products to leave waste-to-energy business

An inability to resolve operation and design issues has lead to the company shutting down its W2E business. Air Products & Chemicals Inc. has announced that it will be closing down its struggling waste-to-energy (W2E) operation after it failed to efficiently resolve operational and design challenges, reported The Wall Street Journal. The initial promise was for the company’s planned renewable energy plants to power over 100,000 UK homes. In addition to powering thousands of homes in England, the two energy from waste plants that had been planned by Air Products…

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More than half of Scotland’s power came from renewable energy in 2015

Scotland surpasses clean power targets that had been established last year Scotland has managed to meet a key target in its journey to rely more heavily on clean power. The UK Department of Energy and Climate Change has released information that shows that more than half of Scotland’s energy came from renewable sources in 2015. Last year, Scotland aimed to derive no less than 50% of its energy from renewable sources, but has managed to surpass this target by 7.7% using a variety of clean power solutions. Government is showing…

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Over 400 UK churches make green energy switch

The Big Church Switch initiative has been successful. More than 400 churches in the United Kingdom are planning to make the switch to green energy to obtain the power they need for light and heat, as part of the Big Church Switch, a clean energy initiative launched by two Christian charities – Tearfund and Christian Aid – back in February. The initiative urged UK churches and households to use renewable sources of power instead of fossil fuels to help reduce carbon emissions and combat climate change. The hundreds of churches…

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Huge biofuels pilot plant announced in Australia

The development of renewable energy in Queensland would help to address climate change. Queensland, the second largest and third most populous state in Australia, is improving its renewable energy efforts by establishing a biofuels pilot plant. The state government has secured the $16 million facility for Gladstone in central Queensland. If the project is successful it could result in the state establishing a large-scale alternative fuel industry. The development of renewable energy in Queensland will also help to protect the Great Barrier Reef. The Great Barrier Reef is located off…

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Tidal energy study examines environmental effects

Research looks at environmental effects of tidal project in the Bay of Fundy. A $500,000 enhanced environmental effects monitoring program, for the tidal energy project at the FORCE site in the Bay of Fundy near Parrsboro, has been announced by the Offshore Energy Research Association (OREA), the Nova Scotia Department of Energy and Fundy Ocean Research Centre for Energy (FORCE). The program has been designed to determine the effects of in-stream tidal turbines deployed and operational in 2016, and seeks to discover the impact these devices have on the marine…

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Duke Energy to use waste to energy to run four power stations

The electric power holding company will use swine and poultry waste as a power source. Duke Energy, the largest electric power holding company in the United States has announced that it will be using the methane produced by a waste to energy process from a planned facility in North Carolina to generate renewable electricity at four of the company’s power stations. The energy from waste facility, which will be built and owned by Carbon Cycle Energy, will use swine and poultry waste to create the gas. Approximately 125,000 megawatt hours…

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Oregon is taking a big step forward with renewable energy

Governor Brown passes the Clean Electricity and Coal Transition Plan Oregon has become the first state in the United States to legislate its way away from coal and other fossil-fuels. Governor Kate Brown has signed the Clean Electricity and Coal Transition Plan, a legislation that has more than a year of political debate and controversy behind it. The legislation aims to accomplish numerous goals, namely the transition away from fossil-fuels and the adoption of various forms of renewable energy. Legislation will require utilities to abandon coal in favor of renewable…

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United Airlines powers regularly scheduled flights with biofuel

According to the major American airline, it is the first to use sustainable fuel on a regular route. Although United Airlines is not the first to have tested biofuel in its jets, it claims that it is the first to use the green fuel on a regular route. Its Boeing 737 jet that flies the Los Angeles to San Francisco route, four to five times daily, will be fueled by a mixture of 30% biofuel and 70% petroleum fuel, reported the Los Angeles Times. The first flight took off on…

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Artificial trees could generate renewable energy from vibration

U.S. researchers may have found a new form of green power generation from vibrations. New findings from an ongoing renewable energy study at Ohio State University, involving a new technology that looks something like artificial leafless trees with limited branches, show that it is likely that the trees will be able to draw consistent energy from vibrations. The researchers discovered that when shaken, the trees undergo a type of vibration that can be utilized to generate electricity and that this generation of energy could be conducted with small-scale artificial trees….

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Oregon improves renewable energy goals by voting for a coal-free future

Oregon has become the first U.S. state to pass a bill to phase out coal in the state. Oregon has voted for a complete ban on power generated by coal, becoming the first state in the U.S. to pass such a bill. Under the bill, known as the Clean Energy and Coal Transition Act, the state’s utility companies have until 2035, at the absolute latest, to make the switch from coal to other alternative power sources. In terms of its green efforts, the state is committed to obtaining at least…

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Plans revealed for world’s first enzymatic untreated waste-to-energy plant

The future UK W2E plant will use a special enzyme technology. Dong Energy UK has announced that it will begin work on its innovative waste-to-energy plant, to be located in Northwich, Cheshire, starting next month. The plant that is to be built will be a commercial, full-scale facility capable of producing biogas and recyclable materials from untreated municipal solid waste (ex. household waste); the first of its kind in the world. The company will be able to convert the untreated waste into green fuel using its REnescience enzyme technology. The…

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OMB SALERI INTRODUCES A COMPLETE RANGE OF AUTOMOTIVE HYDROGEN VALVES

Automotive Hydrogen Valves by OMB Saleri In conjunction with the FC EXPO – Int’l Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Expo in Tokyo, OMB Hydrogen Division will introduce to the market its complete range of high-pressure hydrogen valves for 700 bar and 350 bar applications such as: Tank Valves, End plug with TPRDs Check-Valves Filling Receptacles OMB Saleri hydrogen products are designed, in partnerships with prestigious car makers, to meet the major the international standards (EC79, GTR, SAEJ2600) and are a tangible and cost effective contribution to a sustainable mass production of…

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Mexico opens world’s first cactus-powered biogas plant

The biofuel made from the new plant will be used to power a vehicle fleet. Mexican company, NopaliMex, has successfully constructed the world’s first power plant that uses prickly pear cacti to make biogas. According to Nocticias MVS, the digester was designed to power the plant’s daily 8-ton production operations, as well as provide fuel for the vehicle fleet in the Mexican town of Zitacuaro, located in central Michoacan state, reported EcoWatch. The alternative fuel is expected to lower the use of gasoline by a minimum of 40%. The prickly…

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First geothermal energy plant in Canada under construction

According to reports, construction of the pilot plant is underway in Saskatchewan. Deep Earth Energy Corporation, the company behind the geothermal energy plant, has had plans to develop the facility, which will be the first of its kind in Canada, since the end of 2014. According to recent reports, the pilot plant is finally under construction in the province of Saskatchewan, at the project’s site, which is located about two hours southeast of the city of Regina, reported Clean Technica. The project could provide hundreds of megawatts of energy production…

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