Developers propose plans for UK’s largest solar energy system

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New solar farm could begin producing electricity by 2020 Hive Energy and Wirsol Energy have submitted plans to develop the largest solar farm in the United Kingdom. If the proposal moves forward, the developers plan to have the solar energy system begin generating electricity by 2020. The plan must be approved by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, which has shown some support for solar power in the past. Once completed, the new solar farm will significantly increase the UK’s solar energy capacity. Solar energy system aims to…

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Wind energy achieves new milestone in Europe

Wind Energy Milestone Achieved

Wind power sets a new generation record in Europe last month Wind energy reached a new milestone in Europe at the end of October. On October 28, wind farms in 28 countries throughout the European Union generated approximately 25% of all the electricity that was used in Europe. This is approximately 153.7 gigawatts, which is enough to power about 197 million homes. Wind energy has grown very quickly in Europe, especially as the cost of wind turbines continues to fall. Several countries have also shown strong support for offshore projects,…

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Hywind offshore wind energy system begins operation in Scotland

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Large-scale wind farm officially begins operation off the shore of Scotland One of the world’s first and largest offshore wind energy systems has officially begun operating off the coast of Scotland. Called Hywind, the new wind farm has been under development for 15 years. Norway’s Statoil is responsible for the development of this project. The wind farm is comprised of floating wind turbines, which allows them to be installed at greater depths. As such, these wind turbines can take advantage of stronger wind currents that can be found further away…

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UK and Canada team to embrace renewable energy and phase out coal

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Nations come together to cut their usage of coal power The United Kingdom and Canada have announced that they will be working together to end their use of coal in the coming years. Through this partnership, the UK hopes to phase out coal power by 2025, with Canada following suit by 2030. The two countries are set to invest more heavily in renewable energy in order to accomplish this task. The countries have confirmed their commitments to fighting climate change be reducing emissions and increasing their consumption of clean power.…

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China is the world’s most attractive renewable energy market

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Report shows that China holds the top spot in the world’s renewable energy market China is retaining its top spot as the world’s most attractive market for renewable energy, according to a yearly report from Ernst and Young. The report shows that the country has established major momentum in the solar power space. Currently, the country stands as the world’s leading solar market, having increased its total solar capacity by 21 gigawatts of capacity within the first six months of this year. China has also significantly increased energy capacity in…

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Irish offshore wind energy system gains new support from Parkwind

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Parkwind has become a strategic partner in the Oriel Wind Farm An offshore wind energy system being built in Ireland has received a major investment that could speed up development. Parkwind, an offshore wind developer based in Belgium, has announced that it has become a strategic partner in the Oriel Wind Farm. The project is being developed in the North West Irish Sea, some 22 kilometers from Dundalk. Parkwind has invested in the project in order to aid in its development, offering expertise and financial support. New wind project will…

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Renewable energy sets a new record in the UK

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One third of UK electricity came from renewable sources Nearly one third of the United Kingdom’s electricity came from renewable energy sources during the second three months of this year, according to a government statement. Clean power has set a new record in the country, which has been increasing its focus on new forms of energy in recent years. During the first three months of this year, 26.9% of the UK’s electricity came from renewable sources. During the following three months, however, renewable energy accounted for 29.8% of the nation’s…

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Wind energy may supply 30% of Europe’s electricity by 2030

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Reports highlight the possible future of Europe’s wind power sector WindEuorpe, a trade group focused on wind energy in Europe, believes that wind power could provide as much as 30% of Europe’s electricity by 2030. The organization has release two reports highlighting the growth of wind power throughout Europe. Several countries have embraced this form of clean energy in order to cut emissions and reliance on fossil-fuels. Some have even shown strong support for offshore wind projects, which have the potential to generate large quantities of electrical power. Wind capacity…

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California may take a bold move with clean vehicles

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State may be looking to ban the sale of conventional vehicles in the future Several large cities throughout the world have embraced plans to ban the sale of vehicles that consume fossil-fuels. California may soon follow this example, according to the California Air Resources Board. The organization suggests that Governor Jerry Brown has expressed interest in this concept, which could help California cut down on emissions and support the aggressive adoption of clean vehicles. The state has spent several years attempting to secure the success of clean vehicles and has…

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Clean vehicles may soon become China’s primary focus

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Government is looking into plans to ban the sale of all conventional vehicles in the future China may soon embrace a more aggressive stance on transportation. The Chinese government has announced that it is currently forming plans to ban the sale of all vehicles powered by fossil-fuels. The country is following the United Kingdom, France, and Norway in this endeavor. These countries have committed to banning conventional vehicles in the future in order to support the adoption of clean vehicles that produce no harmful emissions. Transportation sector is becoming more…

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UK launches new program to support fuel cell vehicles

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Hydrogen for Transport Program aims to promote the adoption of clean vehicles A new hydrogen-focused program has been launched in the United Kingdom. Called the Hydrogen for Transport Program, it aims to help promote the adoption of fuel cell vehicles throughout the country. The program is also meant to help establish a working hydrogen fuel infrastructure that will be capable of supporting new vehicles. ITM Power, a leading developer of fuel cells, has praised the program for its ambitious goals. The company has been working to promote fuel cells and…

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New geothermal energy system could take form in Scotland

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Plans to develop a new geothermal system are advancing in Scotland Plans to develop a new geothermal energy project in Glasgow, Scotland, may become reality next month. The United Kingdom Geoenergy Observatories Project is looking to build Glasgow’s Geothermal Energy Research Field. The new system would help gather information on the viability of geothermal power. This form of energy has begun to gain more attention in the United Kingdom in recent years. This is largely due to the country’s overarching interest in clean energy. Scotland may become a leader in…

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Ikea to begin offering solar energy products in the UK

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Ikea is bringing solar panels to its UK stores Retail giant Ikea has plans to break into the solar energy market. The company has announced that it will begin selling solar panels and energy storage systems at its stores in the United Kingdom. These products will be sold alongside similar solutions provided by Solarcentury, a solar energy company based in the UK. Ikea is the latest in several retailers that have begun to offer solar panels and related services. These retailers are benefitting from the growing demand for clean energy,…

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Wind energy could have a promising future in the UK

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Falling cost of wind turbines could encourage UK government to show more support for clean power The cost of wind energy is dropping quickly, which is creating more pressure on the United Kingdom government to rethink its support of clean power. According to consultancy firm Arup, onshore wind energy systems can be developed in the UK for the same price as new gas systems. Onshore wind farms are also approximately half as expensive as some nuclear power plants. Arup suggests that the technology used in the wind energy sector has…

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Floating wind energy system is taking form in Scotland

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Hywind project aims to provide wind energy to Scotland The world’s first floating wind energy system is taking form in Scotland. Called Hywind, the wind farm is meant to harvest electrical power in waters that are too deep for conventional offshore turbines. This may allow the wind farm to take advantage of stronger wind currents, allowing it to generate more electricity and funnel this power back to the mainland. The project could herald a new era for the wind energy space, where turbine technology is advancing at an accelerated rate.…

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Scotland sets another wind energy record

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Wind energy continues to reach new heights in Scotland Scotland has set yet another record with its wind energy production. Within the United Kingdom, Scotland has established itself as a primary wind energy market The Scottish government has invested heavily in wind power in recent years, setting several production records. Over the past six months, wind energy has reached a new milestone in Scotland, further solidifying its role as a thriving wind market. More than 1 million MW-h of electricity produced in the first six months of 2017 During the…

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