UK Government hopeful of an entirely renewable-based grid by 2035

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has revealed his aim for a 100% clean energy electricity grid by 2035. Coal-fired electricity generation will end in 2024 and he hopes there will be an end to gas-powered generation 11 years later meaning renewables – mainly solar and wind power – will drive electricity production, along with controversial […]

UK broke renewable energy generation record in 2019, new figures reveal

A record 37.1% of electricity generated in the UK last year was renewable, according to the latest annual energy statistics published by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). The Digest of UK Energy Statistics (DUKES) includes data on energy production, consumption, demand, imports and exports. The 2019 report, published at the end […]

Onshore wind and solar ‘could boost UK economy by £29bn’

Barriers to onshore ‘shovel-ready’ renewable energy projects should be lifted by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and Treasury to provide a £28.9 billion boost the struggling UK economy in the wake of the Coronavirus crisis, according to a new report Renewable energy investment firm Thrive Renewables have published a report indicating […]

Coronavirus: Business planning for the energy sector

During these testing times of global health and economic crisis, the one thing the business world craves (apart from the good health of their teams, naturally) is certainty. We are grateful, therefore, to our friends over at the Edie newsroom for pulling together an excellent checklist for energy professionals to use during this time of upheaval. […]

Highlighting the dangers solar glare can pose to train drivers

Syntegra was asked to conduct glare analysis on a building development adjacent to a railway line in Leeds to ensure it did not have a negative impact on the signal visibility for train drivers. Network Rail requests major developments conduct a glare assessment to avoid issues on signal visibility and safety at level crossings as […]

UK renewable energy target likely to be missed

While UK figures for renewable energy reached record levels last year, officials still believe the 2020 national renewable energy targets will be missed. Government figures show 33% of electricity produced in the UK in 2018 was renewable, new Government figures show, up 2.9% on 2017, driven by growth in oil, wind, solar, bioenergy, and waste. […]

UK to use more electricity from renewables than coal for first time in 2019

The UK’s electricity system will distribute more power from renewable sources than coal-fired power stations for the first time this year, new figures indicate. The National Grid revealed that 47.9% of electricity generated between January and May this year came from clean energy sources – solar, wind, hydro and nuclear, while 46.7% came from coal […]

Emissions reduction and cash savings identified by use of low carbon technologies

Carbon emissions from energy generation and use could be cut by more than half with the introduction of low carbon technologies, a new report has indicated. Electric vehicles, renewable energy and innovative new fuels could help power the shift and lead to a reduction in emissions of 54%, says the report, ‘Technology – the climate […]

Solar powered homes mandatory

In a bid to escape the bitter Brexit debates this week, I cast my reading net further afield and was pleasantly surprised by some brighter news from across the Pond. The item that caught my eye? It’s official: any new homes built in California after 2020 will have to be at least partially solar powered. The […]

Budget 2018: The green economy announcements and reaction

In what is widely tipped to be the last budget before Brexit, the Chancellor made little mention of any major ‘green’ economic issues leaving the much-anticipated plastic tax the major announcement. Here for you to digest over a quick cuppa – not, we hope, from a disposable cup – is a round-up of key policy […]

Budget 2017: Chancellor takes action on air quality, electric vehicles and plastic waste

22 November 2017, source edie newsroom Chancellor Philip Hammond has today pledged to build an economy “fit for the future” by announcing new air quality funding, tax incentives for electric cars, and measures to combat plastic waste in his 2017 Autumn Budget. Chancellor Philip Hammond delivered the 2017 Autumn Budget to a jubilant House of […]

Electricity Storage To Stabilise Grid

As increasing volumes of power are being generated by renewables across the UK, research and investment is moving towards finding a solution to keep the grid stable as production levels and usage with wind and solar fluctuate dramatically. One answer could be electricity storage – switching availability from time of production (daytime for solar) to […]

Government downgrades forecast for solar industry

Following changes to the cost control mechanisms for the solar power feed-in tariff (FIT), the government has cut its forecast for the capacity of solar electricity panels by almost half. Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) publicised that it would cut solar subsidies by almost 25% from August followed by further cuts every three […]

What is PV?

What is PV and how does it work ? PV refers to photovoltaic (solar) panel systems, which convert sunlight into electricity using layers of semi-conducting materials. When exposed to natural daylight the panel produces a direct electrical current (DC), which is converted in to mains compatible alternating electrical current (AC) by an inverter. This AC […]