Posts Tagged "wind-turbines"

Half of China’s wind power is off the grid
by TECHSTAR on JANUARY 17, 2011 - 5 Comments in ENERGY

More power than US from Chinese wind

China is now the world’s largest generator of wind energy and nearly half of the power produced by wind turbines inside China is not connected to the Grid. If that works for the world’s fastest growing economy, then why not in the West as well?

China’s installed wind-generation capacity reached 41.8 GigaWatts (GW) at the end of last year, compared to 40.2GW in the US.
The China Electricity Council said only 22.9GW was grid-connected in August last year, although there have been additional installations since then. So around 20GW are produced by wind farms or single turbines generating  power that is only available in the local area, causing an increase in population and industry in these areas. (more…)
Government grants create turbine debacle
by ALEXBENADY on FEBRUARY 25, 2010 - 3 Comments in ENERGY

Alex Kapranos turbine supporter

The UK Government’s energy conservation watchdog has admitted that consumers were duped by inappropriate grants into buying wind turbines that never stood a chance of working properly.

In an attempt to ensure that there is no repeat of the wind turbine debacle, the Energy Savings Trust, funded by Government and big energy companies, has embarked on the first large-scale trials aimed at providing definitive information on the performance of different green technologies in the UK.

The first trial concluded that an unknown amount of government cash has been wasted encouraging urban consumers to buy wind turbines when no one really knew whether they were effective or not. (more…)

UK to subsidise off-grid power for all
by ALEXBENADY on JULY 16, 2009 - 3 Comments in OFF-GRID 101, PEOPLE

UK gov says power to the people
The UK government has made off-grid thinking an integral part of the country’s energy policy with new grants available to any household or office that generates its own power.
The UK Low Carbon Transition Plan, unveiled yesterday by Energy Secretary Ed Miliband, charts exactly how the country will meet its legal commitment to cut carbon emissions by a third within eleven years. (more…)

Microgen boom forecast
by ALEXBENADY on JUNE 21, 2009 - 0 Comments in ENERGY

Box full of hot air
Demand for microgeneration equipment is set to soar in response to massive increases in domestic energy bills, says a new report.  But there is a danger that consumers will be tricked into buying the wrong gear by internet scammers such as Earth4Energy.

UK household energy spending could rise four-fold to nearly £5,000 a year within a decade, making all forms of alternative energy generation far more attractive says the  study (more…)

TV review: Green? We’ve been slimed!
by SPY_VONDEGA on JANUARY 12, 2009 - 3 Comments in COMMUNITY

It’s Not Easy Being Green (8pm, BBC2). But it’s a doddle compared to making decent TV. This is the worst ever attempt to tackle the green agenda on TV. Its so bad it might get an award for kitch.

The eco-doc series returned to BBC2 for a third run in an awkward new magazine format, after fashioning itself into a programme with no discernible purpose. (more…)

Home brew wind power
by TECHSTAR on JANUARY 10, 2009 - 0 Comments in ENERGY

Click here to buy the book
Authors Dan Bartmann and Dan Fink both have more than 20 years’ experience building wind turbines. A few years ago they started giving seminars nationally on how to build and install wind turbines.  Then they decided to write a book about their work, and publish it themselves.

Harnessing the wind can be a tricky business, and the authors provide step-by-step, illustrated instructions for building a wind generator in a home workshop. Even if you don’t plan on building your own turbine, this book is packed with information for anyone considering wind energy. (more…)

British people power
by KATIE on OCTOBER 31, 2008 - 0 Comments in ENERGY

Ed Miliband, climate change minister
The UK government has backed down in the face of utility company opposition and introduced an Energy Bill which stops short of guaranteeing householders can sell their renewable energy back to the Grid.

Although the British administration tabled an amendment to its own bill that would allow people to generate enough power to serve a community of more than 1,000 people, it does not yet require the energy companies to take a feed from their customers. (more…)

Wave powered computers
by JASMINEJACONDE on SEPTEMBER 12, 2008 - 0 Comments in ENERGY, OFF-GRID 101

From big oil to big wave
The data centres at the heart of the global Internet may soon all be off-grid. Google has filed a patent for a datacentre that uses wave motion to power on-board computers and the ocean’s water to cool them

The search giant has filed a patent for a ‘floating datacentre’ that uses wave motion to power on-board computers and the ocean’s water to cool them. (more…)

Energy independence, one house at a time
by LYDIA POLZER on JULY 21, 2008 - 1 Comment in COMMUNITY, OFF-GRID 101

We could all be living like Bob
LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) – When Bob McGovern bought a plot of land west of Laramie, he probably didn’t know the extent to which that land would set him on a course toward self-sufficiency and energy independence. It didn’t take long, however, for ideas to begin brewing in his mind on how to build a house that was “off the grid.”

The nearest utilities to the property are far enough way that McGovern estimates that it would have cost him $25,000 to get service to his house. Instead of forking out that money, he spent time researching everything from small-scale wind turbines to solar panels, battery technology and energy efficiency. (more…)

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