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Eurovia announces 2 new positive-energy Power Road projects in France

Eurovia announces 2 new positive-energy Power Road projects in France While resurfacing the cinema car park in Feurs (Forez Est, central France) and modernising the heat and energy systems in 76 social housing units in Fleury sur Orne (Normandy), Eurovia is continuing to roll out its positive-energy road technology, Power Road®. In the first project, …

India’s Delhi Metro now 60 percent solar powered

India’s Delhi Metro now 60 percent solar powered 290 trains across 373 kilometres serving 2.6 million passengers in a single day are now green as more than half of the Delhi Metro transport system now runs on solar power coming all the way from Rewa in Madhya Pradesh. Ultra Mega Solar Park in Rewa’s Gurh …

EIB and National Bank of Greece launch €650m green and urban infrastructure scheme

EIB and National Bank of Greece launch €650m green and urban infrastructure scheme New investment in renewable energy, energy efficiency and urban development projects across Greece will be supported following the first agreement under a new €650 million infrastructure investment initiative. The National Bank of Greece is the first partner bank under the Infrastructure Fund …

5 ways VINCI Energies is upgrading your world

5 ways VINCI Energies is upgrading your world Whatever their specialism: industrial; energy infrastructure; or ICT, the expert engineers at VINCI Energies UK & RoI are working towards the same goal: to connect us all for a better future. But what does that mean in practice? Here are five specific ways Vinci Energies are delivering …

Sweco looks at reusing energy to reduce carbon emissions

Sweco looks at reusing energy to reduce carbon emissions Energy production is a major source of global greenhouse gas emissions. We can reduce these emissions by using energy in smarter ways and reusing excess energy. In a new report, Sweco analyses various solutions for more efficient energy usage. The report concludes that substantial reductions in …

Prolectric acquires the Solatainer Solar Generator

Prolectric acquires the Solatainer Solar Generator Prolectric, the UK’s fast-growing supplier of temporary solar lighting and off-grid power for highways, rail & infrastructure projects, has acquired the Solatainer® solar generator. The Prolectric acquisition includes all Solatainer assets and intellectual property. The Solatainer is the UK’s first autonomous solar-powered off-grid generator and has a proven track …

EIB invests €4 billion for transport, business, clean energy and climate resilience

EIB invests €4 billion for transport, business, clean energy and climate resilience The EIB (European Investment Bank) approved today a total of €4 billion of new financing to facilitate private sector investment and improve transport, clean energy generation and access to clean water in 18 countries. “The EIB is Europe’s climate bank, the largest public …

EIB approves €4.8 billion of transport, business, urban and energy financing

EIB approves €4.8 billion of transport, business, urban and energy financing The European Investment Bank – EIB on Tuesday approved a total of €4.8 billion of new financing for private sector, transport, energy, housing and water investment. This included €864 million support for investment outside Europe. Stakeholder discussion on EIB priorities and engagement Demonstrating the …

EIB approves €3.8 billion in financing for transport, energy, business and water supply

EIB approves €3.8 billion in financing for transport, energy, business and water supply During the COP24 global climate conference in Katowice, the Board of the European Investment Bank (EIB) has approved investment worth hundreds of millions of Euros for projects to fight climate change and help countries to deal with its consequences. Among these projects …

Doka Formwork solutions will revolutionise power-plant construction projects

Doka Formwork solutions will revolutionise power-plant construction projects Renewable energy is the big growth sector in the power-generation industry. The International Energy Agency (IAE) forecasts that in 2023, renewables will generate almost 30 % of total electricity demand, compared to a figure of 24 % for 2017. Hydropower remains the biggest single source of renewable …

MIT’s Sun in a Box would store renewable energy for the grid

MIT’s Sun in a Box would store renewable energy for the grid MIT engineers have come up “Sun in a Box”, a conceptual design for a system to store renewable energy, such as solar and wind power, and deliver that energy back into an electric grid on demand. The system may be designed to power …

MIT explores the plummeting cost of solar power

MIT explores the plummeting cost of solar power The dramatic drop in the cost of solar photovoltaic (PV) modules, which has fallen by 99 percent over the last four decades, is often touted as a major success story for renewable energy technology. But one question has never been fully addressed: What exactly accounts for that …

Sunstone secures £590k Crowdcube investment for Solar innovations

Sunstone secures £590k Crowdcube investment for Solar innovations UK technology company, Sunstone, has raised more than £590,000 (£592,000) via the crowdfunding platform, Crowdcube. The round, which ran for just over five weeks, saw over 450 investors back the company to help it reach a level of overfunding against an initial target of £500,000. One of …

Revolutionary Stirling Engine converts residual gas into electricity

Revolutionary Stirling Engine converts residual gas into electricity With a groundbreaking Stirling engine from the Swedish environmental technology company Ripasso Energy, the largest “waste-to-energy” project of its kind ever implemented in Africa may be realised. Carbon dioxide emissions are reduced dramatically when residual gases are converted into electricity. Lesjöfors supply a punched and bended part …

SINN Power brings green wave energy to Guinea

SINN Power brings green wave energy to Guinea The German startup SINN Power is conducting a feasibility study on the potential of wave energy and other renewable technologies on behalf of a customer in Guinea. A stable power supply is by no means a matter of course for the inhabitants of the West African country …

Mather + Stuart expand with £4.5 million JCB Generator order

Mather + Stuart expand with £4.5 million JCB Generator order Mather + Stuart Power Solutions, the power generation division of leading equipment rental firm A-Plant, has placed an order with Greenshields JCB for124 rental specification generators, to meet the demands of its rapid fleet expansion. In a deal worth £4.5 million, the company will take …

Collaborative JV to deliver engineering and support works at Hinkley Point C

Collaborative JV to deliver engineering and support works at Hinkley Point C Today, representatives from Altrad, Balfour Beatty Bailey, Cavendish Nuclear and Doosan Babcock joined forces to officially form the MEH Joint Venture; an innovative new partnership between Hinkley Point C and all Tier One MEH (Mechanical, Electrical and HVAC) and support services contractors to …

Falcon Tower Crane Services invests in JCB Generators

Falcon Tower Crane Services invests in JCB Generators The UK’s largest tower crane supplier has invested in a fleet of JCB diesel generators with an order for 18 units. Falcon Tower Crane Services Ltd is buying a fleet of JCB’s new rental generators, including G100RS, G150RS and G200RS offering power outputs of 100kVA, 150kVA and …

Energi Mine announces latest partnership with EV-port provider Solisco

Energi Mine announces latest partnership with EV-port provider Solisco Energi Mine, the blockchain platform that financially rewards energy-saving behaviour has announced a partnership with Solisco, an electric vehicle charging solutions provider. The partnership will see Solisco work on a variety of projects with Energi Mine, integrating the company’s EnergiTokens (ETK) rewards platform into their commercial …

VINCI Construction Grands Projets delivers the new Assiut Dam in Egypt

VINCI Construction Grands Projets delivers the new Assiut Dam in Egypt On August 12, 2018, VINCI Construction Grands Projets delivered the new Assiut Dam, located midway between Cairo and Luxor, in an official ceremony with the President of Egypt, Abdel Fattah al-Sissi, in attendance. The course of the Nile was diverted and later restored to …

Sunshine lighting up the A38 in England’s East Midlands

Sunshine lighting up the A38 in England’s East Midlands As England basks in a heatwave, the power of the sun is helping light the way for motorists in the East Midlands. Highways England has installed more than 4,500 innovative solar road studs that harness sunlight in the daytime and light up the road at night, helping …

Ofgem proposes electricity reforms to support electric vehicle revolution

Ofgem proposes electricity reforms to support electric vehicle revolution Ofgem has set out proposals to take forward reforms to support millions of new electric vehicles forecast on Britain’s roads in the coming decades while keeping costs down for their users and all energy consumers. More flexible use of the energy system will allow more electric …

MITs satellite monitoring of Chinas sulphur emissions from power plants shows reductions

MIT’s satellite monitoring of China’s sulphur emissions from power plants shows reductions Air pollution has smothered China’s cities in recent decades. In response, the Chinese government has implemented measures to clean up its skies and sulphur emissions. But are those policies effective? Now an innovative study co-authored by an MIT scholar shows that one of China’s …

New British technology turns windows into solar panels turning skyscrapers into power stations

New British technology turns windows into solar panels turning skyscrapers into power stations Britain’s estimated 1 billion windows could become the power generators of the future, letting light through while harnessing solar energy. A Cambridge firm, Polysolar, which is manufacturing transparent solar panels, predicts that they could eventually replace conventional carbon emitting energy sources, such …

European Investment Bank supports upgrade of energy and road infrastructure in Ukraine

European Investment Bank supports upgrade of energy and road infrastructure in Ukraine The European Investment Bank (EIB) is lending €136m to Ukraine’s National Power Company Ukrenergo in support of an extensive modernisation programme of its transmission infrastructure, helping to ensure that Ukrainian citizens and companies have a reliable source of electricity. The Ukrainian Government strongly supports …

Green light for research project with HGVs using overhead power lines on German roads

Green light for research project with HGVs using overhead power lines on German roads The German Federal Ministry for the Environment today gave the green light for a subsidised pilot project to conduct research and development on the electrification of long-haul HGV trucks. The electricity supply for the heavy goods vehicles is provided by means …

ProwESS allows container terminals to capture, store and reuse energy from handling equipment

ProwESS allows container terminals to capture, store and reuse energy from handling equipment Following a successful proof of concept trial at the UK Port of Felixstowe, Cress Systems is pleased to announce the commercial release of its ProwESS energy capture, storage and reuse system for container terminal yard handling equipment. The first version of the …

Cape Verde to host first SINN Power wave energy project

Cape Verde to host first SINN Power wave energy project With the signed agreement between SINN Power and Fazenda de Camarão, SINN Power is all set to begin the company’s first commercial wave energy project on Cape Verde. For hundreds of years, huge waves have crashed onto the long, rocky shores of São Vicente. Still, …

Balfour Beatty awarded £47m overhead line works in Scotland

Balfour Beatty awarded £47m overhead line works in Scotland Balfour Beatty, the international infrastructure group, has been awarded two contracts worth c. £47m for the Fort Augustus to Fort William 132kV Transmission Reinforcement project. Both contracts have been awarded by Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission plc, part of Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN), through the existing …

Samsung C-T awarded 1,760 Megawatt Combined Cycle Gas Plant Project in Indonesia

Samsung C&T awarded 1,760 Megawatt Combined Cycle Gas Plant Project in Indonesia Samsung C&T Corporation has been awarded an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract to build a 1,760MW combined cycle power plant by PT Jawa Satu Power in Indonesia. The $1 billion project, located in Cilamaya, will be developed by PT Jawa Satu Power, …

MIT and newly formed company launch novel approach to fusion power

MIT and newly formed company launch novel approach to fusion power Goal is for research to produce a working pilot plant within 15 years. Progress toward the long-sought dream of fusion power — potentially an inexhaustible and zero-carbon source of energy — could be about to take a dramatic leap forward. Development of this carbon-free, …

SINN Power CEO looks at wave energy – a new chapter in renewable energy supplies

SINN Power CEO looks at wave energy – a new chapter in renewable energy supplies Philipp Sinn, CEO of Sinn Power discusses wave power: How did it eventually come to the founding of your start-up? “During the time of my doctorate I got acquainted with Dr. Lothar Stein, a big name in Munich’s start-up scene. …

New technique developed by MIT allows rapid screening for new types of solar cells

New technique developed by MIT allows rapid screening for new types of solar cells The worldwide quest by researchers to find better, more efficient materials for tomorrow’s solar panels is usually slow and painstaking. Researchers typically must produce lab samples — which are often composed of multiple layers of different materials bonded together — for …

New MIT design could dramatically cut energy waste in electric vehicles and the power grid

New MIT design could dramatically cut energy waste in electric vehicles and the power grid Power electronics, which do things like modify voltages or convert between direct and alternating current, are everywhere. They’re in the power bricks we use to charge our portable devices; they’re in the battery packs of electric cars; and they’re in …

Energising the nuclear workforce of the future

Energising the nuclear workforce of the future Today, Balfour Beatty launches the latest of its Public Policy papers, Building Nuclear Skills : A workforce for the future, focusing on the challenges in building the civil nuclear skills base and presenting solutions for both Government and Contractor alike. The UK Government has committed to the biggest …

Wave energy company SINN Power celebrates their 3rd anniversary

Wave energy company SINN Power celebrates their 3rd anniversary In the 3 years since the founding of SINN Power in 2014, the team put a full-scale wave energy converter prototype in the ocean, filed 7 patents and patent applications, and drank more than 20,000 cups of coffee. To celebrate those milestones, SINN Power threw a …

MIT comes up with a new way to store thermal energy

MIT comes up with a new way to store thermal energy MIT researchers create material for a chemical heat “battery” that could release its energy on demand. In large parts of the developing world, people have abundant heat from the sun during the day, but most cooking takes place later in the evening when the …

Clearview Intelligence unveils Solar Powered Road Stud to create safer highways

Clearview Intelligence unveils Solar Powered Road Stud to create safer highways An innovative solar powered road stud which offers drivers 10 times greater visibility of the road ahead than traditional ‘cat’s eyes’ is today being unveiled by Clearview Intelligence, highway technology experts, at Highways UK. Designed to reduce night time road accidents by over 70%1, …

JCB secures £10m deal for gas powered generators

JCB secures £10m deal for gas powered generators JCB has secured a deal worth £10 million which will see the company’s first major entry into the gas powered generator sector. The company’s Power Products division based in Hixon, Stafford, has been enjoying growing success supplying generators to a wide range of applications. Now the company …

Balfour Beatty preferred bidder for Hinkley Point C tunnelling and marine work

Balfour Beatty preferred bidder for Hinkley Point C tunnelling and marine work Balfour Beatty, the international infrastructure group, today announces that it has been appointed by EDF Energy as preferred bidder for the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station tunnelling and marine works package. The four year package will include the construction of three marine …

JCB wins huge power generation deal at prestigious Canary Wharf

JCB wins huge power generation deal at prestigious Canary Wharf JCB Broadcrown has secured a contract to provide stand-by power at one of London’s most striking and mixed use developments. Standing 27 storeys high, the 700,000 sq ft development – known as One Bank Street – is being built at Canary Wharf and when completed …

Volvo CE’s Building Tomorrow focuses on renewable energy

Volvo CE’s Building Tomorrow focuses on renewable energy Illustrating how construction is helping make the world a better place, the third episode of Volvo CE’s ground breaking brand campaign, ‘Building Tomorrow’ blows into a remarkable wind farm project in South Africa. Despite abundant natural resources, coal alone will not provide the energy needed to power …

Chicago Pneumatic expands into Australia with Genelite partnership 

Chicago Pneumatic expands into Australia with Genelite partnership Chicago Pneumatic has partnered with Genelite, one of Australia’s largest independent manufacturers, suppliers and distributors of generators and associated products, in an exciting new distribution arrangement for its range of compressors, generators and lighting towers. The manufacturer is confident that the Genelite network of 65 dealers across …

European Investment Bank pledges extensive support for Kenyan energy and transport projects

European Investment Bank pledges extensive support for Kenyan energy and transport projects During an official visit to Kenya, the European Investment Bank (EIB) has pledged new support for projects in the power and transport sectors. Also, at a press conference In Nairobi with Cabinet Secretary for the Treasury Henry K. Rotich, the signature of a …

European Investment Bank supports vulnerable islands around the world

Salaheddine Mezouar, president of the UN climate treaties conference COP22, said the event, which took place in Morocco in November, would allow “the voices of the most vulnerable countries to climate change [to be] heard, in particular African countries and island states.” Allar Tankler took the opportunity to add to those voices – by discussing what …

California investing US$2 million into generating power from passing cars

The California Energy Commission is investing in a US$2 million study to see whether piezoelectric crystals can be used to produce electricity from the mechanical energy created by vehicles driving on roads. Thousands of piezoelectric crystals could be embedded in the road to convert mechanical energy from the weight of passing vehicles into electricity. It is estimated that piezoelectric …

Solar Roads – A great idea in principal

Solar Roads – A great idea in principal The latest excitement being generated by the alternative energy industry is Solar Roads. Colas, a subsidiary of the French engineering firm Bouygues, has developed its Wattway solar road technology and has plans for about 100 trials worldwide including three trial sites in the United Kingdom. More than …