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  • REsolved teams with biomass installer

    Community, Industrial Design


    Energy consultants REsolved renewables, part of the ADAS group, has formed a partnership with biomass installer Rural Energy to offer expert consultation and boiler installation to rural businesses considering a sustainable heating system.

    A statement announcing the partnership said: "Biomass fuel from wood chip or pellets can be used to heat a wide range of non-domestic buildings in rural areas. It is substantially cheaper in comparison to oil and gas and its heat can also be controlled via a software system, which is of particular importance for poultry farmers who need periods of concentrated heating."

    Chris Procter, principal consultant at REsolved renewables, explained that the partnership worked with businesses by employing a "highly developed" screening process. "This allows our consultants to identify sites, and Rural Energy's installation team to ensure the boiler is the right specification for a bespoke fit.

    "There has been a lot of activity in the biomass market in the past 12 months because of the government RHI, but Rural Energy works only towards the right fit for the customer and not merely for the supplement."

    Rural Energy has an exclusive supply contract for the UK with Austrian boiler manufacturer Herz Valves UK and offers a full range of boiler sizes, using either wood chip or pellets, to businesses on the grid.

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    THE price of diesel has rocketed from 7p to 70p per litre in the last decade, making drying grain and heating sheds an expensive business.

    Until recently, the idea of using straw as a fuel instead of oil seemed far-fetched. Not least because of the prohibitive cost of a biomass boiler. But the introduction of a new Government subsidy scheme has changed this.

    The Government has been targeted to have 12 per cent of all heating coming from renewable sources by the end of the decade.

    This is why it was important for the uptake of technologies such as heat pumps, biogas and biomass boilers, to receive a boost similar to the one their renewable cousins wind turbines and solar panels were already enjoying.

    In September 2012, the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) finally launched the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) and the first to benefit from the scheme are commercial premises, including farms.

    John Seed, director at Berwickshire-based Topling Biomass Energy Systems, says: “It has changed the whole nature of the business.

    “We have been lagging behind the likes of Germany and Denmark in using biomass for heating, but the RHI should help us jump ahead.”

  • Global Warming Hoax Finally Falling Apart

    Community, Environmental Design


    We “deniers” have now become “debunkers!” We have known all along—and have not hesitated to tell the world—that global warning was, and remains, the worst hoax ever played on mankind.

    We “deniers” have now become “debunkers!” We have known all along—and have not hesitated to tell the world—that global warning was, and remains, the worst hoax ever played on mankind.

    Often focused on century-long trends, most climate models failed to predict that the temperature rise would slow, starting around 2000. Scientists are now intent on figuring out the causes and determining whether the respite will be brief or a more lasting phenomenon.

    Getting this right is essential for the short and long-term planning of governments and businesses ranging from energy to construction, from agriculture to insurance. Many scientists say they expect a revival of warming in coming years.

    Theories for the pause include that deep oceans have taken up more heat with the result that the surface is cooler than expected, that industrial pollution in Asia or clouds are blocking the sun, or that greenhouse gases trap less heat than previously believed.

    The change may be a result of an observed decline in heat-trapping water vapor in the high atmosphere, for unknown reasons. It could be a combination of factors or some as yet unknown nat...

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    Bloomberg New Energy Finance has performed an analysis of different forms of energy production in Australia, and discovered that electricity from renewable energy sources was cheaper to produce than electricity from new build coal and gas power plants.

    New wind farms in Australia can produce electricity at $80/MWh, which is far cheaper than coal power stations which produce at $143/MWh, and even natural gas power stations at $116/MWh.

    Michael Liebreich, the chief executive at Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF), stated that “the perception that fossil fuels are cheap and renewables are expensive is now out of date.

    The fact that wind power is now cheaper than coal and gas in a country with some of the world’s best fossil fuel resources shows that clean energy is a game changer which promises to turn the economics of power systems on its head.”

    This may leave some to question why renewables continue to receive support from the government, but BNEF explained that normally new build renewables must compete with pre-existing fossil fuel power plants which don’t have the large cost of construction.

    BNEF also predict that by 2020, large scale PV solar farms will be cheaper than coal and natural gas, in fact Racth Australia, an Australian energy company, said that it can already build new solar installations at around $120/MWh, and prices are constantly falling. Based on the findings of the analysis Kobad Bhavnagri, the head of clean energy research at BNEF, suggested t...


    People don’t like being forced to purchase things they may not want, which is why over half of us are hoping that the Supreme Court throws out the individual insurance mandate in President Barack Obama’s health care plan.There’s also a worldwide rebellion brewing against being forced to purchase expensive electricity produced by so-called “renewable” sources, now being exacerbated by the availability of very cheap natural gas from shale formations.But, here in the U.S. there are some 30 different statewide “renewable portfolio standards” (RPSs) that also mandate pricey power, usually under the guise of fighting dreaded global warming.RPSs command that a certain percentage of electricity has to come from wind, solar, geothermal, or biomass. Given that this power generally costs a lot more than what comes from a modern coal or gas plant, your local utility passes the cost on in the form of higher bills, which the various state utility commissions are only too happy to approve in the name of saving the planet.

    RPSs generally do not include hydroelectric power, which produces no carbon dioxide. It’s also much more predictable than solar or wind, and costs about the same as the average for gas and coal combined. It’s not in the portfolio standards because dams are soooo 20th century, and it isn’t a darling of the green lobby, like solar, wind and bio...

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