Aug 28, 2018

Vestas secures order with ECN for Wieringermeer wind test site

Europe
Wind
Olivia Minnock
2 min
Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas has formed an agreement with Dutch R&D firm ECN Wind Energy Facilities to supply a 30MW...

Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas has formed an agreement with Dutch R&D firm ECN Wind Energy Facilities to supply a 30MW wind project in the Netherlands.

The Wieringermeer wind test site, which is being extended, will carry out testing to explore issues such as productivity optimisation and grid integration.

Vestas Northern and Central Europe stated in a news release: “With renewable energy increasing its share of the overall energy mix, Vestas works with partners across markets to improve grid integration and plant productivity, hereby ensuring renewable energy continues to grow its share.”

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The existing site will add seven Vestas turbines which ECN may use to perform tests on behalf of other parties.

Luc Rademakers, Managing Director of ECN, stated: “Apart from the high quality of the Vestas turbines and its organisation, we were very pleased with Vestas’ collaborative attitude to realise the new test site together with us.”

Nils de Baar, President of Vestas Northern and Central Europe, added: “We are excited to enter into business with leading researcher and technology developer, ECN Wind Energy Facilities, showing how Vestas continues to set the benchmark in industry testing. Together we have developed a tailored solution for the project that maximises energy production and increases customer value.”

 

 

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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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