Atlantis Resources’ MeyGen passes one 1GWh mark
Having switched on MeyGen at Scotland’s Pentland Firth back in October 2016, Atlantis Resources has announced that the tidal energy facility has reached the 1GWh milestone.
The Singaporean tidal power company added the final turbine to the 6MW facility back in February, completing phase 1A of the MeyGen free stream tidal project.
Using the four AR1500 tidal steam turbines to generate the energy, the 1GWh produced so far has the potential to provide energy for as many as 700,000 homes for an entire hour.
“Yet another milestone has been achieved as we continue to see the vast potential of the world’s largest tidal power array realised,” said CEO Tim Cornelius.
“It’s extremely rewarding for all those involved to see the fruits of our collective passion and labour continuing to deliver.”
The news comes on the same day as a change in management, with Simon Counsell standing down as Chief Finance Officer, set to be replaced by current Head of Corporate Finance Andrew Dagley at the end of the month.
“I would like to thank Simon for his support and hard work over the last two years as we have transitioned the finance department from Singapore to Edinburgh, where he has built a highly competent team,” said Cornelius.
“I am delighted that Andrew will have the opportunity to join the operations board as CFO.
“He brings a wealth of experience in global renewable energy generation and we all look forward to working with him as we continue to build on Atlantis’s successes.”
The 6MW MeyGen facility is part of a larger project, with the aim of eventually housing a total capacity of 398MW.
All but two UK regions failing on school energy efficiency
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.