Energy

"Solar PV without the coffin"

Conventionally to protect the working parts of a solar panel it was encased in an aluminum coffin with a glass top… the coffin was responsible for a lot of the embedded energy that goes into making a solar PV panel as well as the ultimate capital cost. The coffin also creates all the bulk on rooftops which greatly adds to…

Léon Lankester, AAB:

"Geothermal energy will become commonplace sooner than we think"

Although geothermal energy, biomass power plants and other alternative energy sources have received a lot of attention since the recently concluded Climate Agreement , it has been the focus of attention within the horticultural sector for much longer. "Actually, for years growers have kept innovating for…

UK: Reducing energy costs by maximizing revenue from CHP

A combined heat and power (CHP) plant could, thanks to a smart connection to the electricity grid become a lucrative investment. In this video, David Schellingerhout of Glen Avon Growers in Yorkshire explains how their CHP generated more than £ 300,000 in the past decade. Glen Avon Growers purchased the…

NL: 1,430 solar panels on the roof at greenhouse building Voorwinden Group

For the past couple of weeks, the people at Voorwinden Group and SolSolutions have been working hard on their part for a greener future. On the roof of the greenhouse builder's new building, 1430 solar panels have been placed. Preceding the installation, an extensive analysis was conducted to see which…

Australia: Boosting energy efficiency for Victoria's farmers

The Andrews Labor Government is supporting Victorian farmers to invest in new equipment and technology to improve sustainability and reduce energy costs with the rollout of Agriculture Energy Investment Plan grants. Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes today visited a recipient in Serpentine, one of 36…

Press Award Plantarium 2019

One of the prizes presented annually at Plantarium is the Press Award. It is awarded by a jury of international trade journalists. The award receives international media attention, which means that participants have a great opportunity to distinguish themselves at Plantarium. All the participants from the Netherlands and abroad…

New Zealand and Africa to collaborate in geothermal development

A key geothermal facility from New Zealand is exploring ways of collaborating with GDC to boost technical capacity in the geothermal development, steam field development and resource management. The New Zealand Africa Geothermal Facility (NZ-AGF), is also in talks with GDC in providing a financial grant…

Kenya: 110 kWp solar system to power United Selections farm

At the Nakuru farm of United Selections, the installation of a solar system has started. The planned photovoltaic system with a total capacity of 110 kWp will power the 4 ha farm. As a result, not only the electricity costs but also the company's CO2 emissions are reduced by up to 113 tonnes of CO2 per…

Kenya: GDC commences exploratory drilling in Baringo-Silali

In May this year, the Geothermal Development Company (GDC) opened the Master valve of a well, the first exploration well in the Paka Geothermal Prospect and the first geothermal well, north of the equator within Kenya’s East Africa Rift System. To produce geothermal-generated electricity, wells as deep…

Ecoligo closes financing round of EUR 2.5 million to expand solar-as-a-service solution

The Berlin start-up ecoligo will receive EUR 2.5 million of funding from Saxovent, an investor specializing in ecological investments. Since its foundation in 2016, ecoligo has opened up the solar market for commercial and industrial businesses in emerging markets, driving the energy transition in these…

John Ammerlaan, Plantenkwekerij Leo Ammerlaan, about biomass plant:

"If there is a will, it can go fast"

Last year the TBM-Irisweg biomass plant in Bleiswijk was put into operation. The installation - with a capacity of 14.8 MW - is connected to the RoCa pipeline. John Ammerlaan from Plantenkwekerij Leo Ammerlaan/Plantise is a co-owner and user of TBM-Irisweg. "The great thing is that we only purchase heat…

Colombia to reopen renewable energy auction

Colombia’s first-ever renewable auction is to be held eight months after anti-trust concerns forced its postponement, the government has decided. The tender that was called off in February due to low participation of buyers has been rescheduled to take place before 31 October 2019, the Energy Ministry…

Kenya offers geothermal exploration training to African experts

Kenya, through Geothermal Development Cooperation (GDC) has offered training on the collection of geosciences data and information to 20 geologists from four African countries in a move aimed at unlocking the continent’s unexploited green energy and natural resources valued at billions of shillings. The…

Generate energy above the crop with a solar concentrator in your greenhouse

Using sunlight to generate energy without filling the greenhouse with solar panels. With this idea, Lucas de Groot recently won first prize in the Cleantech Challenge. “In the energy agreement, the Dutch government also requires glasshouse horticulture to reduce energy demand. This can be achieved by…

Colombia ratifies its goal to reach 1500MW of renewables by 2022

Colombia announced its commitment to meet its Paris Agreement targets of carbon emissions reduction by reaching an installed capacity of renewable energy sources of 1500MW by…

EU-funded research into more efficient cogeneration engine running on renewables

A new EU research project will design a novel small-scale cogeneration engine using biomass to produce heat and electricity, which could mainstream renewables in the heating…

Rolls-Royce and Yuchai Machinery broaden their collaboration

The Rolls-Royce Power Systems division and its Chinese partner Guangxi Yuchai Machinery Company intend to further intensify their collaboration in the construction and sale of engines. A corresponding agreement was signed by representatives of both companies during the visit to Friedrichshafen by a…

"Ontario's power system is ready for upcoming summer months"

Ontario’s power system is prepared to meet the province’s expected demand for electricity over the coming summer months, according to the Independent Electricity System Operator’s (IESO) latest Reliability Outlook . “Our system remains reliable as we head into the summer, with adequate resources to…

KenGen bags new $51 million geothermal tender in Ethiopia

KenGen has won a Sh5.2 billion [51.1 million USD] tender to drill geothermal wells in Ethiopia, marking the second win in the landlocked country in under four months. Business development director at KenGen Moses Wekesa said it has reached an agreement with an independent power producer (IPP), Tulu Moye…

CAN (ON): New transmission line expected to meet growing electricity needs in Windsor-Essex

The Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) has requested Hydro One to develop and construct a transmission line to meet the increasing electricity needs in the Windsor-Essex region. “The IESO is committed to ensuring Ontario businesses and communities have the electricity they need to grow and…

Photo report: Decorum Summer Fair

It is a week full of events and festivities and the Decorum Summer Fair is one of them. During this annual event all 20 decorum flower growers presented their assortment in the World Horti Center. A great opportunity for many buyers of Decorum flowers to meet the growers in person. BP news was there to…

“You really need to be a daring grower in order to take on such an adventure together”

Dutch growers open up unique biomass station for heat and CO2

On the 6th of June around 3 pm, over 300 people were walking and pointing through a well-heated and very noisy installation room containing a maze of tubes and pipes. Over 120 people came to see the new biomass station of the three growers from Sirjansland during its official opening. Which could be…

Denmark: Research project studies feasibility of CO2 capture at biomass-fired CHP plants

In Denmark, 30 percent of all energy consumed comes from renewable sources, and the country intends to increase this percentage to 50 percent by 2030 with the long-term goal of becoming a low-emission country, independent of fossil fuels by 2050. Denmark is far ahead in the process of changing its heat…

webinar, June 13

Geothermal in the Southern Cone: The New Frontier?

In the build-up to the 2019 Geothermal Congress for Latin America and the Caribbean, there will be a complementary webinar focused on the future for geothermal in Chile and Argentina. Despite the existence of a substantial resource in both countries, only one project – Cerro Pabellon in Chile – has made…


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