20 May 2009

Biggest Wind Farm in Europe

Scotland now has the biggest wind farm in Europe.Its a big achievement.

Developers ScottishPower Renewables said the 140-turbine Whitelee wind farm in East Renfrewshire would generate 322MW at full capacity and provide enough power for 180,000 homes.

18 May 2009

MPs offered energy efficient lighting

RS Components, Europe’s largest supplier of Electronic Components, today offered David Willetts, Shadow Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities & Skills and MP for Havant, 30 free energy efficient lamps. The lamps will do away with Willetts’ need to spend £240 of tax payer’s money on replacing his lights, as reported in the media this week.

Willetts allegedly spent £150 of tax payer’s money to replace 25 lamps in his second home in West London and another £80 to change the lights in his bathroom. Energy efficient LED lamps require up to 80 percent less electricity than a standard lamp, and typically last up to 50,000 hours. Had these been used in the first place, the tax payer would only need to foot the bill for their replacement every 11 years*.

In addition to the lamps offered to Willetts, RS Components is offering to send a free energy efficient lamp to any other Parliamentary Member.

“It’s so easy to save huge amounts of money by simply switching to energy efficient lamps,” said Neil Harrison, Customer Marketing Manager at RS Components. “We would be happy to speak with Mr. Willetts to provide the right energy efficient lamps for his home.

“Perhaps if every MP switched to energy efficient lamps further embarrassment on related expense claims could be avoided. The potential savings for tax payers on energy bills and maintenance would run into the millions over time,” he said.

LED lights typically replace household-standard low voltage halogen lamps, which have a life span of around 4,000 hours (less than one year).

MP’s can get more information about Energy Efficient Lighting at rswww.com/buildings.

* Calculation based on an LED lamp used for 12 hours per day, seven days a week, at £0.10kWh

About RS Components

RS Components is a catalogue based distributor of Electronic, Electrical, Electromechanical and Industrial Components. Founded in 1937, RS is part of Electrocomponents plc, and is a global business supporting over a million engineers. It has operating companies based in over 25 countries and distributes to over 160 countries worldwide.

Since it began RS has had the simple objective of providing a part for every job, from research and development though pre-production to maintenance and repair. As industries have evolved, so too has RS to offer expertise, advice and value-add services that best support its customers’ needs.

RS Components offers the industry’s broadest range of products from a single source, plus unrivalled choice, support and reliability underpinned by outstanding customer service, technical advice and free delivery as standard.

In Energy Efficiency, RS has been serving the needs of buildings, facilities and energy management professionals for decades. Our understanding of industry requirements and a comprehensive knowledge of energy efficient products in lighting, heating & plumbing, control & metering, test & measurement, insulation, IT and renewable energy offers a unique ability for our customers to ensure compliance and return cost savings through energy efficiency projects through a single source.

Based in Corby, Northamptonshire, RS employs over 2000 employees nationwide. Recent awards achieved include Regional Winner at the East Midlands National Training Awards 2008 and the award for Contact Centre of the Year at the Customer Service Awards 2008.

For more information on RS Components, log on to www.rswww.com

12 May 2009

How Important are Polar bears?

How important are Polar Bears to us? In my mind they are beautiful wild animals that need protection.
Their habitat is being taken away from them as the temperatures increase.Their home is being melted under their feet.
Yet laws can be made to protect their status,their home but why is this not happening?
Maybe we still rely too heavily on fossil fuels.Yet a Polar Bear cannot be replaced but where we get our energy from can.

If you go to http://www.greenpeace.org/usa/ You will find a good article on how Greenpeace is trying to help protect the Polar Bears.

Cenex to Host UK National Biomethane Conference

From waste to transport fuel, a two-day event to be held in Loughborough

London, 11 May 2009 – Cenex, the UK’s Centre of Excellence in Low Carbon and Fuel Cell Technologies, will host a two-day conference on biomethane between the 3-4th June 2009 at Loughborough University’s Holywell Park. The conference, sponsored by Chesterfield BioGas and Greenlane Biogas, will showcase expertise covering the production of biomethane from organic waste, management of transport fleets and insights into the UK national biogas market.

The UK National Biomethane Conference is an opportunity for professionals to network with key contacts involved in the production and use of biomethane and enhance their knowledge on how biomethane offers a unique opportunity to integrate waste management solutions with the production of a clean burning, low carbon transport fuel.

Highlights of the event programme include a keynote address from Labour MP Alan Simpson, who, as a previous recipient of the “Environmental Politician of the Year” award, is recognised as a leading campaigner for green issues. The programme also includes presentations by the Biomethane for Transport Working Group plus biogas vehicle manufacturers and fleet operators on the UK potential for transport applications of biomethane.

The event will consist of a conference, workshops, exhibitions (both indoor and outdoor) and an event dinner with evening entertainment. Holywell Park's extensive indoor and outdoor exhibition areas will provide industry stakeholders with ideal presentation opportunities, and key issues of the conference will be explored further in workshops held on both days. Conference delegates will also receive copies of the latest UK Biomethane Toolkit - an industry resource to enable the analysis and development of biomethane schemes in the UK.

For further information about the event visit: http://divacreative.com/biomethane