Tidal Energy | Islay, Scotland

On the island of Islay, the first steps towards realising the goal of tidal energy generating up to one third of Scotland’s renewable energy sources are underway. Scotland’s first large-scale tidal energy project is in the very early stages, but the necessary backing provides hope of success. Community-owned Islay Energy Trust, in collaboration with Robert Gordon […] Read more »

Biomass | Talisay City, Philippines

Negros Occidental, in partnership with Ventures Factors of the Philippinnes have signed a  power supply agreement with the First Farmers Holding Corp. The electricity will be sourced from a new bagasse biomass co-generation power plant in Talisay City. The biomass power plant will be capable of generating up to 21MW of renewable source electricity and […] Read more »

Wave Power | Wave Hub Has Been Approved

The proposed Wave Hub project that was announced late in 2008 and is planned for siting off the coast of Cornwall has just taken an important step forward in becoming a reality when the official green light to proceed was given by the South West Regional Development Agency (RDA). The Wave Hub project still has […] Read more »

Wave Power | Aquamarine Power’s Oyster 2 Device

In May 2010 Aquamarine Power released the design of a new wave power device. Aquamarine had already begun testing its Oyster wave power device at the European Marine Energy Center (EMEC) in Orkney. The new wave power device is its Oyster 2, a wave energy converter that has a generating capacity of 800kW. It measures […] Read more »

Wave Power | Pelamis Goes Live

The first wave power plant has opened during the week off the coast of Portugal. With a maximum capacity of 2.25 MW of electricity and using the Pelamis Wave Energy Converter system (PWEC) the project heralds the advent of another source of renewable energy. It now remains to be seen whether the electricity that is […] Read more »

Wave Power | Wave Treader Device Developed

Green Ocean Energy Ltd, the Aberdeen-based renewable energy company, has developed a wave power machine which uniquely attaches to an offshore wind turbine thereby giving combined wind and wave power from one installation. The economics of both machines will be enhanced as the expensive infrastructure such as the foundation and cabling will now be shared. […] Read more »

Wave Power | AWS Ocean Energy

There have been a range of proposed wave power demonstration projects announced in the last 12 months using an array of newly developed devices – a list of the devices have been included at the end of this post. AWS Ocean Energy have been developing their own device – called the Archimedes Waveswing energy system […] Read more »

Solar Energy | Is Space Solar Energy Worth It?

We have heard the arguments against solar power in the past, particularly the one about how much more expensive it is compared to electricity generated by more traditional fossil fuels. Well how does $1 billion per megawatt sound? Since the 1960s the prospect of generating solar energy from space has been on the drawing board […] Read more »

Solar Energy | Fort Irwin Solar Power Plant

In October 2008 it was announced that a solar power plant was planned at the Fort Irwin base in the Mojave Desert in California. This installation is to have a capacity of 500MW, originally generated from thermal solar power. Further news has just been released regarding the project and a couple of development partners have […] Read more »

Solar Energy | Kimberlina CSP Plant

A new concentrating solar power (CSP) plant has recently gone into operation near Bakersfield, California. The Kimberlina solar power plant has a 5MW capacity and although the size appears small, the facility is significant for solar developer Ausra because it will act as a demonstration of the technology that will be used for the Carrizo […] Read more »