Sep 5, 2017

Tesla to work with wind turbine producer Vestas on energy storage

Energy Storage
Wind
Jonathan Dyble
2 min
Vestas wind
The world’s largest wind-turbine manufacturer Vestas has teamed up with Tesla in the aim of creating next generation energy battery systems.

The world’s largest wind-turbine manufacturer Vestas has teamed up with Tesla in the aim of creating next generation energy battery systems.

The program is part of a wider global initiative that has been run by Vestas since 2012, working with a number of battery makers to try and improve energy storage solutions for its wind farm.

The program has included the Lem-Kaer, Denmark project, where lithium battery systems were connected to a 12MW wind plant.

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“Across a number of projects, Vestas is working with different energy storage technologies with specialised companies, including Tesla, to explore and test how wind turbines and energy storage can work together in sustainable energy solutions that can lower the cost of energy,” said Vestas.

The initiative is a competitive one from Vestas as the company attempts to consolidate its position as the number one wind turbine manufacturer, having surpassed the market share of the General Electric Company last year.

The partnership is also in line with Tesla’s move into the wind farm industry, having recently secured an energy storage contract with the Hornsdale Wind Farm in Southern Australia.

The collaboration with Vestas will only serve to propel Tesla’s energy storage initiative, something that could serve to be ground breaking in moving away from dependence upon fossil fuels.

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May 13, 2021

All but two UK regions failing on school energy efficiency

schools
energyefficiency
Renewables
Dominic Ellis
2 min
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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