May 17, 2020

Areva to provide 80 offshore wind turbines to German offshore project

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The renewables arm of French nuclear group Areva is to supply 80 wind turbines to an offshore wind farm in the German North Sea, the company said Tuesda...
The renewables arm of French nuclear group Areva is to supply 80 wind turbines to an offshore wind farm in the German North Sea, the company said Tuesday.

The company announced they signed a memorandum with Wetfeet Offshore Windenergy GmbH, to supply 80 M5000 turbines for the offshore Global Tech 1 wind farm. According to the company, Areva will provide commissioning, testing and maintenance services.

The order will be worth more than 700 million euros and is scheduled for 2011-2012. Global Tech 1 is located 90 kilometres from the coast in the German North Sea. The wind farm will generate 1.4 billion kWh per year.

"The decision illustrates the trust being placed in Multibrid's state-of-the art offshore technology and gives Areva a strong foothold on the burgeoning European offshore market," Anil Srivastava, chief executive of the Renewables business unit.

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May 13, 2021

All but two UK regions failing on school energy efficiency

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Dominic Ellis
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Yorkshire & the Humber and the North East are the only UK regions where schools have collectively reduced how much they spend on energy per pupil

Most schools are still "treading water" on implementing energy efficient technology, according to new analysis of Government data from eLight.

Yorkshire & the Humber and the North East are the only regions where schools have collectively reduced how much they spend on energy per pupil, cutting expenditure by 4.4% and 0.9% respectively. Every other region of England increased its average energy expenditure per pupil, with schools in Inner London doing so by as much as 23.5%.

According to The Carbon Trust, energy bills in UK schools amount to £543 million per year, with 50% of a school’s total electricity cost being lighting. If every school in the UK implemented any type of energy efficient technology, over £100 million could be saved each year.

Harvey Sinclair, CEO of eEnergy, eLight’s parent company, said the figures demonstrate an uncomfortable truth for the education sector – namely that most schools are still treading water on the implementation of energy efficient technology. Energy efficiency could make a huge difference to meeting net zero ambitions, but most schools are still lagging behind.

“The solutions exist, but they are not being deployed fast enough," he said. "For example, we’ve made great progress in upgrading schools to energy-efficient LED lighting, but with 80% of schools yet to make the switch, there’s an enormous opportunity to make a collective reduction in carbon footprint and save a lot of money on energy bills. Our model means the entire project is financed, doesn’t require any upfront expenditure, and repayments are more than covered by the energy savings made."

He said while it has worked with over 300 schools, most are still far too slow to commit. "We are urging them to act with greater urgency because climate change won’t wait, and the need for action gets more pressing every year. The education sector has an important part to play in that and pupils around the country expect their schools to do so – there is still a huge job to be done."

North Yorkshire County Council is benefiting from the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme, which has so far awarded nearly £1bn for energy efficiency and heat decarbonisation projects around the country, and Craven schools has reportedly made a successful £2m bid (click here).

The Department for Education has issued 13 tips for reducing energy and water use in schools.

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