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Dutch make big steps in offshore wind development

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One of the largest offshore wind energy projects in the world, the Gemini offshore wind farm , is now officially opened. This 600 MW facility located 85 kilometres north of the Groningen coast, has put Netherlands among the leaders in global offshore wind development.

Once fully operational, this offshore wind farm should provide enough power to supply 785,000 Dutch households with clean, renewable energy. This $3 billion project is a joint project that includes the Canadian independent renewable energy company Northland Power, wind turbine manufacturer Siemens Wind Power, Dutch maritime contractor Van Oord and waste processing company HVC.

Gemini should provide around 13 percent of the country's total renewable energy supply, and about one quarter of its total wind power.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 May 2017 07:09

How to Understand Your Electric and Gas Bills

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When you get your electric and gas bills in the mail every month, you probably don't take too much time to read through your consumption rates. Since it's all written in the dense, technical language of energy scientists, it doesn't exactly make for easy reading.

However, what few people realize is that the bill itself offers quite a few avenues for increasing energy efficiency. While gas is typically easy enough to manage, electricity can be somewhat trickier. To reduce your electric bill, you need the advice of an expert in home and commercial electricity.

Nevertheless, there are surprising benefits to be had by paying attention to your consumption as stated on your monthly bills.

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 April 2017 12:48

The secret behind the rapid growth of wind power capacity in United States

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In 2016, wind power managed to surpass hydropower thus becoming the largest source of renewable electricity in United States.  It is now the fourth-biggest source of electricity behind natural gas, coal, and nuclear energy.

The majority of energy analysts agree that wind power capacity will continue to rise significantly in years to come. But what has made wind energy such a renewable energy force in United States?

The answer to this question lies in costs and technology.  The technological advancement in wind energy technologies did not only improve wind turbine efficiency, it has also contributed to significant decline in wind energy costs.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 April 2017 10:07

Popularity of heat pumps increases

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The prices of traditional types of thermal service regularly increase. The fact that they do harm to the environment has to be reconsidered. Changes gradually happen, and now the whole world watches renewable energy sources. In a race of alternative energy sources, the thermal pump has proved the efficiency as the eco-friendly option of usual house heating. However, thermal pumps can differ according to characteristics.

The pumps are capable of absorbing thermal energy from the air, even at rather low subzero temperatures.

Depending on features of the construction, heat pumps are divided into two types:

  • Air-to-water pumps in heating contour of which the liquid circulates,
  • Air-to-air when the house is warmed up with air.
Last Updated on Monday, 10 April 2017 12:29

Renewable energy more attractive to investors than fossil fuels

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In 2016, renewable energy sector, excluding large hydro, experienced decline in global new investment. According to the latest report by the Frankfurt School for Climate & Sustainable Energy Finance global new investment in renewables fell by 23% to $241.6 billion in 2016.

Even despite this decline in investment, renewable energy sector accounted for the record installation of new renewable power capacity. Solar, wind, biomass, geothermal and small hydro were at 138.5 GW of total capacity, up from the 127.5 GW in 2015.

The numbers for 2016 accounted for 55% of all the generating capacity added globally, which represents the highest proportion in any year to date. For the fifth consecutive year, investment in renewable energy sector was roughly double the investment in fossil fuels.

Fossil fuels still rule the global electricity generation but in 2016, the percentage of electricity from renewable energy sources rose to 11.3% compared to 10.3% in 2015.


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