Solar panel on the roof of King's Cross Train Shed
A massive £1.3m project to fit a 240 kilowatt solar system to the roof of King’s Cross station is nearing completion.
The station’s new roof captured imaginations when it opened last week and impressed many that saw it. Now the process of installing solar panels along two new curved glass roofs soaring high above the platforms and concourses is in many ways just as spectacular.
The solar PV cells are set into 1392 glass laminate units that form part of the 2,300 square metre glass roofing structure.
Newcastle has been crowned the UK’s greenest city, beating off competition from Brighton, Bristol and even London. The annual survey undertaken by Forum for the Future named Newcastle at the top of its Greenest UK Cities list for a second year in a row.
The city’s willingness to accept green technology has seen it rapidly become a vibrant eco hub benefitting greatly from the blossoming green economy. (more…)
Have you ever heard about Super Homes network? It is said that between now and 2020 the UK needs to refurbish 23 million homes to meet carbon reduction targets, that is, almost 8,000 houses everyday! (more…)
It’s a fact: the new feed-in tariff will take effect from April 1, 2012. Next Sunday, the feed-in tariff rates for photovoltaic systems with a total installed capacity of 250 kW or less will fall, while a lower multi-installation tariff is introduced by the Government.
According to the Department of Energy and Climate Change website, that “multi-installation tariff applies to PV installations where the generator or nominated recipient for FITs already owns or receives FIT payments for more than 25 PV installations on different sites. Such installations will receive a tariff set at 80% of the level of the standard tariff.” (more…)
Virtu, the name given to a new a hybrid solar panel that simultaneously heats water and generates electricity.
The new technology integrates an electricity-generating PVC cell into a hot-water-generating solar thermal panel. Through combining the two technologies, the industry is now able to address one of the problems facing PVC cells :
Solar sailing is, basically, a new way of travelling through the water, in a ship powered by wind and sunlight, depending on weather conditions. The sail is controlled by software and it’s operated automatically, tracking the sun for optimal solar and the wind for optimal sail power. Electricity created by the solar panels and stored in a battery powers the engine while the ships come in and out of the harbour. Once out in the open ocean and when more speed is needed, the diesel kicks in.
SolarSailor is a public unlisted company with offices in Australia, China and Hong Kong, which supplies patented SolarSail and Hybrid Marine technology, with applications on tankers, commercial ferries, private yachts and unmanned coast guard drones. (more…)
The solar projects, Puriton West (4MW) and Summerway Drove (1.8MW), were developed by Element Power Solar in partnership with Dublin-based BNRG Renewables. The projects were constructed and commissioned during 2011 under the U.K. Government’s Feed-in-Tariff (FIT) legislation designed to encourage construction of low carbon electricity generation from renewable energy technologies, and are both fully operational generating electricity at pre August 2011 Feed-in Tariff (FiT) rates.
Puriton West Photovoltaic Project - Via pv-magazine.com
From April 1st 2012 all households that wish to install any kind of solar PV system will need to ensure that their houses are properly insulated and meet level D of the EPC certificate to receive their Feed in Tariff (FIT)
The new requirement will apply to any building, connected to a solar PV system, whether that be a domestic or commercial property. Any building must still be covered by an EPC Level D even if it is not heated at all. The new requirements covers systems of less than 50 kW of energy produced. Financial assistance required in order to meet the new level will also be available through the government’s Green Deal scheme.
The Government Department for Energy & Climate Change have made it absolutely clear that there is no negotiation and all householders must hold a certificate at level D or above. A statement released from the department stated that: (more…)