Demand for renewable energy is being increasingly driven by
industry, according to the latest Corporate Renewable Energy
Index (CREX) from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (www.bnef.com)
and wind turbine manufacturer Vestas. The third annual CREX report
shows that in 2011 net investment in renewable power capacity
outpaced that of fossil fuel generation.
For CREX, Bloomberg says it collects renewable energy data from the world's largest organisations, and some innovative smaller companies. The CREX ranking is then based on renewable energy procured by respondents as a percentage of total electricity spend.
Meanwhile Vestas (www.vestas.com) has launched its new V126-3.0MW
turbine that uses a structured shell blade design. This, says
Vestas, halves the capital investment in new production lines
and improves flexibility in manufacturing.
EVENTS & EDUCATION
highlights optimised compressed air efficiency
Atlas Copco Compressors is to present its latest thinking on techniques
and technologies that can optimise compressed air efficiency at
an IMechE seminar. More?
training course to focus on GIS technology
Power engineering company EA Technology is hosting a training course
in response to increasing use of Gas Insulated Switchgear in electrical
transmission substations. More?
MACHINERY & PRODUCTION PROCESSES
sealing brings higher test chamber efficiency
Unitemp has introduced a range of ESPEC test chambers that use
advanced sealing techniques to give up to a 40 per cent improvement
in energy efficiency. More?
lubricant improves packaging line performance
Using natural materials from renewable sources, GlassLube2.0 dry
lubricant from Dry Lube improves hygiene, efficiency, water and
power use in bottling lines. More?
BUILDINGS & FACILITIES
optimiser bridges the domestic/industrial divide
A new voltage optimiser available from Marshall-Tufflex aims to
bridge the gulf between domestic and commercial/industrial installations. More?
enclosures for EMS, HVAC and lighting control
Hylec-APL has introduced a range of DIN rail-mounted PCB enclosures
for use in lighting controllers, energy management systems, power
supplies and HVAC controls. More?
VEHICLES & TRANSPORT
charge point provides localised energy management
A communicating charge point that turns the charging location into
a smart energy hub has been launched by UK electric vehicle charging
company POD Point. More?
centre to develop electric vehicle battery technology
To advance the development of electric and hybrid vehicle batteries,
a UK Energy Storage R&D Centre is to be created at the University
of Warwick. More?
ENERGY PROCUREMENT & MANAGEMENT
provides automatic monitoring of biogas process
A biogas analyser from control and instrumentation company Allison
Engineering can control micro-biological desulphurisation automatically
and with no human input. More?
datalogger offers easier energy and water monitoring
COMLog datalogger from HWM uses the latest metering technology,
wireless communication options and data handling to simplify energy
and water monitoring. More?
Office announces site-specific wind forecasting service
A site-specific weather forecasting service with enhanced output
accuracy has been launched by the Met Office to benefit wind farms
and wind energy production. More?
system in control at biomass plant commissioning
Movicon 11 SCADA supervisory control and monitoring software from
distributor Products4Automation has been used to commission a major
biomass power station. More?
FUNDING & FINANCE
power and wave energy firms share £7.9m funding
Five marine energy developers are to benefit from £7.9m funding
to develop further the testing of new wave and tidal prototypes
in the seas around Scotland. More?
LEGISLATION, REGULATION & STANDARDS
proposals to encourage biomass and PV investment
The Government hopes its proposed new rates under the Renewables
Obligation will provide greater certainty for investors in PV and
biomass projects. More?