Caithness Heat And Power Ltd
The new company set up by Highland Council will supply unlimited heat and
hot water to homes initially in the Pulteneytown area of Wick in
Caithness. The fuels source will be wood. The first supplies
to homes will be switch on in 2006 and gradually spread around the area.
ULTra (Urban Light Transport) offers an advanced form of personal rapid
transit, ready for application, giving effective, low cost and sustainable
transport for cities, airports and special developments worldwide. The
vehicle is powered by a battery pack that can be recharged when the
vehicles are stationary.
HelioDynamics is developing and selling its Harmony Concentrating
Solar Power systems worldwide. The Harmony system uses inexpensive glass
mirrors to focus a large area of incoming sunlight on to a small area of
receiver. The system can be assembled to provide either PV electricity and
heat together or, if industrial grade high temperature heat is desired,
heat alone, at up to 300 º c. HelioDynamics has operations in both the UK
Lunar Energy is developing a business based around the extraction of
energy from Ocean Tidal Streams to generate electricity. The cost of the
electricity will be competitive with conventional forms of power
generation. The technology is being developed by Lunar's technical
collaborator Rotech Engineering Ltd. By incorporating proven technology
from other commercial sectors such as oil and gas (fabrication and
installation) Lunar's technology is predictable, invisible and economic.
Midlands Higher Education Association (WMHEA)
13 universities in the English West Midlands work together under an
umbrella organisation called the WMHEA, which aims to help local companies
access the innovation capacity within university departments and labs.
This includes co-ordination of regional technology transfer. WMHEA
provides an intelligence gateway to higher education in the region and
facilitates the development and delivery of collaborative policies and
projects. The universities play a major role working with West Midlands
small to medium sized enterprises, including those in the sustainable
The PURE Energy Centre was established on the back of the PURE Project
which in 2005, delivered a zero emissions, off-grid renewable hydrogen
hybrid power supply to an industrial estate on the most northerly island
in the UK. The PURE Energy Centre premises incorporate high and low cost
stored renewable energy (hydrogen and thermal) as well as providing a
fuelling station for the UK’s only road licensed renewable H2 fuel cell
car. The PURE Energy Centre offers a range of support services and
commercial products, including specialist residential training courses, an
R&D facility, consultancy and advisory services and hydrogen/oxygen
production units (“hypods”) which can accommodate any renewable energy
input, and deliver a hydrogen output. These services make renewable
hydrogen solutions accessible to communities worldwide.
Based in Northern Ireland, Wavebob is developing a unique off-shore wave
energy converter, targeting the commercial exploitation of the huge
renewable energy resource available in the world's oceans. Wavebob devices
will be deployed in arrays 5-10km offshore and will not be visible from
the shore. Each device will typically be rated at over 1MW and will
generate electricity over a 20-year life. The company has installed a
prototype Wavebob at the Marine Institute's 'Galway Bay Wave Energy test
site' and is in discussions with various renewable energy generators
interested in developing Wavebob wave farms. Work on site identification
and assessment is underway at a number of promising Atlantic-facing
In July the United Kingdom Government announced the Energy Review Report
2006. The report addresses the “Energy Challenge: securing clean,
affordable energy for the long term” and sets out the measures needed by
2020 and beyond to meet the UK’s energy and climate change goals.
The UK is on course to exceed its target under the Kyoto Protocol
(i,e. to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 12.5% on 1990 levels throughout
the period 2008 -2012). It has also set a national goal of reducing carbon
emissions by 60% by 2050). A new UK Climate Change Programme was published
in March 2006. This followed an extensive review, launched in September
2004, of the existing Programme.
Renewable Energy Policy
The UK Government has proposed a range of policies to boost
renewables investment. These include extending the level of the Renewables
Obligation up to 20% – a five-fold increase on today’s level - and
potentially reshaping the Renewables Obligation by banding the support to
give more benefit to emerging technologies such as offshore wind, wave and
tidal projects. The Government will also consider changes in the planning
inquiry rules to help reduce planning delays to renewable projects.
The Renewables Obligation (RO) is the key support
mechanism for the expansion of renewable energy. It is due to run until
2026-2027. It has succeeded in bringing forward major developments in the
most economic forms of renewable energy, in particular on shore wind,
landfill gas, and co-firing of biomass in coal power stations. The cost of
the RO is met by electricity consumers.
The Government has also proposed a Transport Innovation Strategy
that will help to bring forward cleaner technologies and fuels. The
Government intends that the level of the Renewable Transport Fuels
Obligation should rise above 5% after 2010/2011.
Support for Renewable Energy Programmes
Prior to the 2006 review the UK government had already committed to
investing around £500 million between 2002 and 2008 as follows:
• £50 million Marine Renewables Deployment Fund
• £117 million for offshore wind
• £66 million for biomass
• The Low carbon Buildings programme which encourages microgeneration
has a 3yr £80 million funding package
• The Department of Trade and Industry Technology Programme is also
providing £20 million a year for collaborative research &
development and Research Council funding of £99 million over 6
years for generation and efficiency technologies (including £48 for
• The Carbon Trust which is government funded, invests £25 million a
year in the development of new technologies and supports deployment
of existing technologies by providing tax breaks equivalent to £150
million per year.
Kingdom and California Announcement on Climate Change and Clean Energy
On 31 July Prime Minister Tony Blair and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
announced a commitment to deepen UK – CA collaboration on climate change
and clean energy issues.
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Some of the
Key UK Renewable Energy Sources
With enough potential offshore wind resources to power the country three
times over, the UK is poised to develop the most innovative technologies
to harness and use offshore wind energy. In fact, The Ernst & Young
Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Index ranks the UK number one in
the world for Wind Energy.
In terms of current opportunities, some 7000 megawatts of
offshore wind capacity was recently licensed in a plan which involves the
development of 18 wind farms utilizing 1000 turbines, valued at over $12
billion dollars. This predicted expansion is generating an unprecedented
demand for more wind energy research, technologies and services.
Marine & Tidal Energy
The UK has long been a world leader in tidal and wave energy. For example,
the world’s first commercial grid-connected wave-power station was erected
in Islay, Scotland. Over 40% of the UK’s renewable energy today is
provided by hydropower with the newest applications involving wave and
tidal energy. Because of the direction of the prevailing winds and the
size of the Atlantic Ocean, the UK has wave-power levels that are among
the highest in the world.
A new $8.6 million test center for wave generation
conversion systems—the European Marine Energy Center (EMEC)—became
operational in late 2003 on Orkney Islands. The EMEC will make performance
assessments of wave energy devices, determine the feasibility of mass
production of marine energy, and act as a focal point for linked R&D.
Bioenergy currently accounts for 86 percent of the UK’s electricity supply
from renewable energy sources. Bioenergy applications in the UK include
energy crops, agricultural by-products, landfill gas and domestic green
waste. In fact, the UK boasts the world’s first three power stations
fueled by chicken litter. The UK also has a large volume of landfill sites
and leads Europe in installed capacity of electricity plants which exploit
The UK Department of Trade & Investment (DTI) and the New
Opportunities Fund recently developed a three-year bioenergy Capital Grant
Scheme which will provide $110 million in grant funding for project
developers and organizations investing in heat or electricity generating
projects fueled by energy crops and other biomass feedstocks.
The UK offers a wealth of solar-power research capabilities to support
technology and business development. More than 30 university departments
are engaged in solar research, and the government aims to achieve 20
megawatts of installed solar photovoltaic capacity by 2005 and 200
megawatts by 2012. The Government also has boosted grant funding,
including the $34 million Major Photovoltaic Demonstration Program, to
drive the creation of different applications of PV technology and new
business opportunities and applications for the UK.
The London 2012 Olympic games will provide a platform for the UK
to display these capabilities to the world. Set to be the most sustainable
games ever, the London Organising Committee of the Olympic games has
undertaken to channel a substantial portion of the investment programme
into low carbon and renewable energy infrastructure.
Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA)
Department of Trade & Industry - Energy
Department of Trade & Industry - Carbon Abatement
DTI Renewable Energy
Britain USA - Energy & Environment Pages
Centre for Excellence For Low Carbon & Fuel Cell Technologies - CENEX
Cenex is an industry-led public-private partnership set up with the aim of
assisting UK industry to build competitive advantage from the global shift
to a low carbon economy. It supports innovation through a Knowledge
Transfer Network dedicated to low carbon and fuel cell technologies and
through brokering a programme of activities focused on technology
demonstration, targeting early market adoption and supply chain
development. By encouraging the early market adoption of low carbon and
fuel cell technologies in automotive applications, Cenex will assist UK
industry to develop a supply chain capable of competing in global markets,
as well as showcasing UK expertise to encourage further inward investment.
Energy Research Unit (ERU)
Established over 20 years ago at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, the ERU
has an international reputation in energy research. Its test site facility
includes two major experimental wind turbines, two diesel generators, two
flywheels, battery storage, a photovoltaic panel and three meteoroligical
The Hadley Center for Climate Prediction and Research
One of the world's premier climate change research facilities, the Hadley
Center provides a focus in the UK for scientific issues associated with
climate change. The center aims to understand physical, chemical, and
biological processes within the climate system and develop
state-of-the-art climate models which represent then to help predict
changes over the next 100 years.
Tyndall Center for Climate Change Research
This centre opened by the Research Councils allows scientists, engineers
and social scientists to study climate change and develop the most
appropriate response to it.
New and Renewable Research Centre (NaREC)
A partnership between the regional development agency, the region's
university and the private sector, the Centre's main purpose is to fast
track new and renewable R&D through to commercial use. It focuses on wind,
wave, tidal, solar, biomass and clean fuel energies and includes a wave
machine for testing new tidal generators unique in Europe.
UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC)
The UK Energy Research Centre's mission is to be the UK's pre-eminent
centre of research, and source of authoritative information and
leadership, on sustainable energy systems.
The Centre was established in 2004 following a recommendation from the
2002 review of energy initiated by Sir David King, the UK Government’s
Chief Scientific Advisor.
It is a central part of the £28 million cross-Research Councils programme
Towards a Sustainable Energy Economy (TSEC) and is funded by three
research councils: the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
(EPSRC), the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and the Economic
and Social Research Council (ESRC).
The Carbon Trust
Launched in April 2001, the Carbon Trust develops and implements programs
to accelerate the take-up of energy efficiency in the non-domestic sector.
These include the 'Action Energy' information and advice service; an
interest free loan scheme for small businesses; and a funding program to
stimulate innovation in new low-carbon technologies.
Integration of New and Renewable Energy in Buildings (INREB)
The INREB provides a national focus for industry projects, technology
transfer and research projects on the integration of new and renewable
energy in buildings. The Building Research Establishment leads the project
-experts in building technology - in collaboration with four world class
academic research groups at De Montfort, Loughborough, Nottingham and
British Wind Energy Association: Promotes excellence in wind energy
research, development and deployment
Offshore Wind Energy Network: Promotes excellence
in wind energy research on all issues connected with the development of
Britain's offshore wind resource and encourages partnership between
commercial organisations and researchers.
British Photovoltaic Association: Advances the development of PV
technologies and systems and promotes their use in Britain and around the
Solar Trade Association: Promotes widespread use of
solar energy technology and encourages excellence within the UK solar
British Hydropower Association: Trade association representing the
interest of all those involved in the hydropower industry.
Environmental Services Association: Major trade association for the UK
waste management industry.
Scottish Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Association
Renewable Power Association
Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership
Centre for Sustainable Energy
Institute of Energy
Business Council for Sustainable Energy UK
Institute of Civil Engineers