May 17, 2020

Apple Combats Greenpeace's Attacks

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Apple's three facilities to run 100% on renewable energy
Apple Inc. announced its 500,00 square foot data center in Maiden, North Carolina, will be powered solely by renewable energy by the end of the year...

 

Apple Inc. announced its 500,00 square foot data center in Maiden, North Carolina, will be powered solely by renewable energy by the end of the year.

Protests organized by Greenpeace outside the company's headquarters in Cupertino, California, have been criticizing the company for its overuse of coal. Apple's CFO Peter Oppenheimer, however, says that all three of the company's data centers will be off the dirty fuel by next year.

“We are leading the industry,” he said in an interview. “All three of our data centers will be coal free, which is an industry first for anybody of our size.”

The company provided more details today regarding its plans, announcing that it is finishing the purchase of a 150 acre site where fuel cells and a solar farm will power 60 percent of the Maiden facility's total electricity. The remaining 40 percent will be gathered from renewable energy providers locally.

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The facility in California won't generate its own energy on-site, but it will use renewable sources by February 2013, while the Oregon facility will open using only renewable energy soon, according to Oppenheimer.

Greenpeace's report last month pointed to Apple, Amazon.com Inc and Twitter for not using enough clean energy. Google Inc., Yahoo! Inc. and Facebook Inc., also under fire from Greenpeace not too long ago, were given better grades.

In the technological age we live in, many forget that with a bourgeoning population comes an exponentially burdening demand for energy. Fifty years ago, the average household had a few basic appliances and one television to power. Today, the average household with the same amount of people requires three to four times as much energy, making the steps these data driven giants take now more critical.

“Apple’s announcement today is a great sign that Apple is taking seriously the hundreds of thousands of its customers who have asked for an iCloud powered by clean energy, not dirty coal,” Gary Cook, an analyst at Greenpeace International, said in a statement.

 

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Jul 30, 2021

Major move forward for UK’s nascent marine energy sector

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The UK’s nascent marine energy sector starts exporting electricity to the grid as the most powerful tidal turbine in the world begins to generate power

Although the industry is small and the technologies are limited, marine-based energy systems look to be taking off as “the world’s most powerful tidal turbine” begins grid-connected power generation at the European Marine Energy Centre

At around 74 metres long, the turbine single-handedly holds the potential to supply the annual electricity demand to approximately 2,000 homes within the UK and offset 2,200 tonnes of CO2 per year.

Orbital Marine Power, a privately held Scottish-based company, announced the turbine is set to operate for around 15 years in the waters surrounding Orkney, Scotland, where the 2-megawatt O2 turbine weighing around 680 metric tons will be linked to a local on-land electricity network via a subsea cable. 

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Described as a “major milestone for O2” by CEO of Orbital Marine Power Andrew Scott, the turbine will also supply additional power to generate ‘green hydrogen’ through the use of a land-based electrolyser in the hopes it will demonstrate the “decarbonisation of wider energy requirements.” 

“Our vision is that this project is the trigger to the harnessing of tidal stream resources around the world to play a role in tackling climate change whilst creating a new, low-carbon industrial sector,” says Scott in a statement. 

The Scottish Government has awarded £3.4 million through the Saltire Tidal Energy Challenge Fund to support the project’s construction, while public lenders also contributed to the financial requirements of the tidal turbine through the ethical investment platform Abundance Investment.

“The deployment of Orbital Marine Power’s O2, the world’s most powerful tidal turbine, is a proud moment for Scotland and a significant milestone in our journey to net zero,” says Michael Matheson, the Cabinet Secretary for Net-Zero, Energy and Transport for the Scottish Government. 

“With our abundant natural resources, expertise and ambition, Scotland is ideally placed to harness the enormous global market for marine energy whilst helping deliver a net-zero economy.

“That’s why the Scottish Government has consistently supported the marine energy sector for over 10 years.”

However, Orbital Marine CEO Scott believes there’s potential to commercialise the technology being used in the project with the prospect of working towards more efficient and advanced marine energy projects in the future. 

We believe pioneering our vision in the UK can deliver on a broad spectrum of political initiatives across net-zero, levelling up and building back better at the same time as demonstrating global leadership in the area of low carbon innovation that is essential to creating a more sustainable future for the generations to come.” 

The UK’s growing marine energy endeavours

This latest tidal turbine project isn’t a first for marine energy in the UK. The Port of London Authority permitted the River Thames to become a temporary home for trials into tidal energy technology and, more recently, a research project spanning the course of a year is set to focus on the potential tidal, wave, and floating wind technology holds for the future efficiency of renewable energy. The research is due to take place off of the Southwest coast of England on the Isles of Scilly

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