UK businesses will still be able to receive support for small-scale
renewable energy technologies after Energy Minister Greg Barker
announced a change in Government policy over qualification for
the Renewables Obligation (RO) scheme. Government had suggested
excluding new small-scale solar, anaerobic digestion, onshore
wind and hydro power installations of between 50kW and 5MW from
the RO from next April. But following representations from industry,
such schemes will now remain eligible for RO support.
"This decision is most definitely the right one and will
be welcomed by all those in the renewables industry," said
Chief Executive of the Renewable Energy Association, Gaynor Hartnell. "This
is evidence of the Government's willingness to listen to
sensible and constructive debate."
And at the Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas Association, Chief
Executive Charlotte Morton said: "We are very pleased with
the speed at which DECC has responded to industry concerns and
with ministers' recognition of the need for certainty to
ensure investment in technologies such as AD."
EVENTS & EDUCATION
course to help optimise process steam systems
Burkert's new Steam Site Guide aims to help process engineers
size, optimise and ensure the safe design of their steam systems. More?
seeks the best of UK 'green' innovation
The UK's green industry business network has sent out a nationwide
call for innovators to showcase new green technologies at an event
at the IMechE. More?
MACHINERY & PRODUCTION PROCESSES
motors designed to provide high efficiency levels
With its new Marathon SyMAX permanent magnet AC motors, Regal aims
to surpass European IE4 efficiency levels five years ahead of their
scheduled implementation. More?
ensure PV modules accurately measure up
High precision displacement sensors from Micro-Epsilon are being
used to measure accurately the thickness of multi-layer photovoltaic
solar modules. More?
BUILDINGS & FACILITIES
helps maintain stable building temperature to save fuel
Solarlux microsolar glazing from Glas Wagener uses micro layers
of transparent steel to let in sunlight when it's needed - but
keep heat out in hot weather. More?
guide puts focus on efficient building design
With energy efficiency such a key issue in building design, BSRIA
has launched the third edition of its 'Design Framework for Building
VEHICLES & TRANSPORT
relay allows EV storage without battery drain
An energy efficient power relay from Hongfa allows the safe storage
of electric vehicles without battery drain and can prevent fire
in the event of an accident. More?
breakthrough based on renewable feedstock
New vehicle fuels from carmaker Audi and fuel specialist Joule
have been developed using genetically modified micro-organisms. More?
ENERGY PROCUREMENT & MANAGEMENT
can cut costs through effective energy management
Energy Saver energy management solution from Landmark Information
Group can help reduce energy costs through effective management
of energy supplies. More?
Tracker report an aid to smart energy procurement
Bespoke Market Tracker service from ENER-G is designed to help
organisations make smarter decisions about their energy purchasing. More?
film keeps black solar panels cool
Honeywell has introduced a new black laminate film, PowerShield
Cool Black, designed to keep black solar panels cooler and more
filters for biomass boilers take top award
Ceramic filters that extract effluent gases and particulates produced
by biomass boilers have won a major European award for Cheltenham-based
FUNDING & FINANCE
Trust investment backs fuel cell development
Materials company Ilika is to receive £150,000 of investment
from the Carbon Trust to support commercialisation of electro-catalysts
for use in fuel cell vehicles. More?
LEGISLATION, REGULATION & STANDARDS
standard to set framework for energy efficient buildings
ISO's latest International Standard sets out a framework
for the design process in buildings that will lead to greater energy
efficiency and lower energy bills. More?