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…)
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 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…)
Box full of hot airDemand 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…)
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…)
Ed Miliband, climate change ministerThe 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…)
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…)
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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