Construction has started on a solar farm that will be used to power one of Northern Ireland's key water treatment plants. The renewable energy development is being constructed next to the Dunore Water Treatment works, on the shores of Lough Neagh, and is the first time NI Water has developed a large-scale solar energy installation.
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The Bridgestone World Solar Challenge sees engineering teams from all round the world come together to design, build and then drive their solar powered cars from Darwin in Northern Australia all the way to Adelaide on the south coast, a staggering distance of over 3,000km! All the energy that powers their vehicles must come from the Sun, or be recovered from the vehicle itself in the form of kinetic energy.
Accoriding to the National Grid, this summer saw more than half of the UK's energy production come from low carbon sources, making it the UK's greenest summer on record! Between June 21st and September 22nd, the carbon intensity of the grid, which is measured in grammes of CO2 emiited per KWh of power generated, was less than half than it had been during the same period four years ago.
Australia has produced enough electricity to power 70% of homes in the last financial year. The renewable energy generated has been created by three main sources; hydro power, wind and roof solar with the remaining energy coming from large bioenergy and large solar. Renewable energy sources made up just over 17% of the electricity generated in Australia.
Research documented in the journal of Joule has provided a roadmap for 139 countries in the world to be completely powered by solar, wind and water by 2050.
The issue of air pollution and climate change is becoming more critical as time passes, the frequency of extreme weather continues to rise and each year and 4-7 million people die prematurely from air pollution, with hundreds of millions becoming ill.
Not everyone is interested in building their own home from the ground up, but could renovation be a more tempting idea?
You could transform your draughty old and unefficient home into a modern energy efficient and environmentally friendly one. You'd be doing your bit to save the environment, all whist saving yourself some money!
In March 2017, the USA set a new renewable energy record. For the first time, the combined electricity generated by their wind and solar power systems accounted for 10 percent of the all energy production. Wind reached 8% and solar managed 2% of the country's total energy production.
For the first time ever, British renewable energy sources have generated more electricity than conventional fossil fuels!
On the 7th of June, at around 2pm, the UK quietly made a landmark breakthrough in renewable energy. The National Grid reported that power from renewable sources, such as wind, solar, hydro and wood pellet burning supplied 50.7% of the UK's electricity.
A recent survey has confirmed that activity in the UK construction sector expanded at its fastest rate in 17 months in May, boosted by a surprise rebound in homebuilding.
The UK’s suite of renewables set new records last weekend as the country basked in unseasonably bright conditions for much of Sunday.
Solar PV and wind generation assets benefitted from ideal conditions as much of the country witnessed unspoiled sunshine, followed by increased wind speeds.
UK electricity prices tumbled last month as the peak-flattening effect of the country’s solar capacity occurred earlier than usual, according to monitoring and data firm S&P Global Platts.
The news follows an historic month for UK solar during which generators sent peak afternoon transmission system demand below that of night time demand for the first time, while the closure of the Renewables Obligation contributed towards one last spike in utility-scale deployment.
Transmission system demand on Saturday afternoon (25 March) dipped below overnight demand for the first time in the UK's history, with increased solar generation the root cause.
Between 1pm and 4pm demand on Great Britain’s transmission system dipped below 25GW owing to increased output from solar PV generators which benefitted from ideal weather conditions.