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December 7, 2016
Power giant Drax is set to buy energy supplier Opus Energy for £340m (€399m) as part of a strategy overhaul. Drax Group, which runs the UK's largest power station in Selby, said the acquisition will create Britain's fifth biggest non-domestic energy retailer. The company, which also announced the purchase of four gas turbine projects for £18.5m, is looking... [Read More]

December 7, 2016
The University of St Andrews’ £25 million (€29.3m) biomass plant at the Eden Campus at Guardbridge has been officially commissioned. The plant marks a major step forward for St Andrews’ plans to become the UK’s first carbon neutral university. Located on the east side of a former paper mill site, the plant produces hot water in a biomass... [Read More]

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December 7, 2016
The Nordic Investment Bank (NIB) has signed a 15-year loan with the Finnish utility Lahti Energia for the construction of the new biomass-fuelled heating plant, the Kymijärvi III. The project is part of the City of Lahti’s plan to halve CO2 emissions by 2025, compared to 1990 levels. The new 170MW facility will replace the existing 350MW coal-fired plant,... [Read More]

December 7, 2016
UK engineering group Doosan Babcock has announced plans to cut 470 UK jobs, the majority of which will be in Scotland. The company confirmed that 270 jobs were at risk at the company's base in Renfrewshire, Scotland, where 800 staff are currently employed. They include 140 posts at its machining and assembly facility in Renfrew, along with 130 management and back-office... [Read More]

December 6, 2016
South Africa's first independent landfill gas-to-power project has begun generation in Johannesburg, providing 3MW of renewable electricity to supply more than 5,500 homes. Project developer Energy Systems has started operation at the Robinson Deep landfill site in Johannesburg, launching the first stage of a £7.2 million (€8.5m) investment in five landfill... [Read More]

December 6, 2016
China plans to increase the share of biomass-based energy in its power supply in a bid to reduce reliance on coal and improve air quality. According to China’s National Energy Administration’s 13th five-year plan, covering the period of 2016 to 2020, the country will achieve biomass energy equivalent of 58 million of tonnes by 2020 the end of the plan. Despite... [Read More]

December 6, 2016
UK food waste recycler ReFood has launched a campaign to reduce business food waste and donate money to homeless charities for the busy Christmas food retail period. Last year’s campaign raised £4,000 (€4,750) for the company’s chosen charities and diverted an additional 192 tonnes of waste food away from landfill. This year’s project will... [Read More]

December 6, 2016
An initiative by youth organisations in Cameroon to turn human waste into biogas is reducing pollution and providing renewable energy to the university towns of Buea and Bamenda. Bioenergy-Cameroon, a non-governmental organisation run by young people, installs equipment that converts waste from septic tanks and pit latrines into biogas, which can be used for... [Read More]

December 6, 2016
Pakistan’s first commercial-size biogas plant was has been inaugurated by US consul general Yuriy Fedkiw and the Minister for Livestock and Dairy Development Department of Punjab Asif Saeed Manais. Joining these dignitaries at the government-owned Bahadurnagar Farm in Okara were Lollywood singers and dancers, bringing a bit of glamour to biogas technology. The... [Read More]

December 6, 2016
More than one-fifth of the US population lives in a state with a goal of at least 50% renewable energy, according to the Fourth Annual Energy Report released by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). According to this new report, entitled Accelerating into a Clean Energy Future, America’s transition to a clean energy economy is irrevocably underway and delivering... [Read More]

December 6, 2016
Danish engineering and contracting company Aalborg Energie Technik (AET) has secured an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for a biomass-fired combined heat and power (CHP) plant Novillars, France. The plant is called Cogéneration Biomasse de Novillars (CBN). The facility’s construction cost of €87 million has involved 13... [Read More]

December 5, 2016
Drax Power has begun its latest search for future engineers starting from today (5 December, 2016). The company, which operates the UK’s largest power station – and now the country’s biggest single site renewable power generator – is looking to recruit a further six apprentices to join its training programme beginning in 2017. The places... [Read More]

December 5, 2016
A city in Denmark is about to become the first in the world to provide most of its citizens with fresh water using only the energy created from household wastewater and sewage. According to the New Scientist, the Marselisborg Wastewater Treatment Plant in Aarhus has undergone improvements that mean it can now generate more than 150 per cent of the electricity needed to... [Read More]

December 5, 2016
A £14m (€16.6m) anaerobic digestion (AD) plant, the largest in Wales, was officially opened by Bridgend AM Carwyn Jones on 2 December, 2016. Developed by Agrivert, the plant takes food waste from Welsh homes and businesses and converts it into renewable energy. Located at Parc Stormy near Bridgend, it is the company’s first foothold into Wales and is... [Read More]

December 5, 2016
A team of scientists at Bristol University have developed a technology that uses radioactive waste to create a nuclear powered battery encased in man-made diamond with a potential lifespan of thousands of years. The scientists behind the discovery say that it tackles the problems of nuclear decommissioning, clean electricity generation and battery life. The batteries... [Read More]

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