The world’s largest floating wind farm will be operational next year

May 20, 2016 by  
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Norwegian company Statoil is building the world’s largest offshore floating wind farm near Scotland – and it’s set to start producing energy as early as 2017. The Hywind Scotland Pilot Park wind farm will feature five turbines generating six megawatts of power each.

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Exciting new designs for Heathrow Airport’s expansion unveiled

May 20, 2016 by  
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The shortlist for the expansion Heathrow Airport has just been announced, together with conceptual images of the designs by renowned architecture firms such as Grimshaw , Zaha Hadid Architects , HOK and Benoy . The concepts, each different in style and approach, aim to redefine Britain’s global gateway by enabling it to adapt to new trends in global aviation and sustainability. The architects were asked to propose bold, innovative solutions for a sustainable airport that would integrate local communities. The shortlist for the expansion of UK’s Heathrow Airport has just been announced, together with conceptual images of the designs by renowned architecture firms. The concepts, which comprise part of an attempt to redefine how airports look, function and cater to a new generation of passengers, combine affordability and flexibility with improved passenger service. Related: Heathrow Airport’s New Terminal 2 Opens Today at 10% Capacity Heathrow’s Head of Design Barry Weekes said, “From welcoming Concorde to the landmark Terminals 2 and 5, Heathrow has always been at the heart of showcasing the best of British innovation and design.” Via World Architecture News

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Paris encourages residents to play active environmental role with 1000 Buildings Plan

May 20, 2016 by  
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In 2007, the city of Paris stood on the frontline in the fight against climate change as it introduced its Climate and Energy Action Plan. The aim was to achieve by 2020, a 25% reduction in greenhouse emissions and energy consumption throughout the territory compared to 2004. With housing currently accounting for a third of the energy consumption in Paris, this task represents a serious challenge for the city. In order to rise up to it, the council has launched the “Let’s eco-renovate Paris: 1000 Buildings Plan”, a project that mobilizes residents to get involved. To meet it’s environmental goals, major projects were implemented in Paris, including the production of renewable energy, the increase of urban green spaces , the development of active forms of mobility and the thermal rehabilitation of homes. “Paris moves and adapts to climatic, environmental and social challenges. In the continuation of its Climate and Energy Action Plan, the City of Paris has launched an exceptional program for a period of 5 years to support the energetic and environmental renovation of Parisian apartment buildings.” says Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris. As the name suggests, this initiative will support 1000 Parisian privately-owned buildings. Residents can participate from May to October 2016. All co-owners who wish to implement a comprehensive renovation plan for their building are eligible. Related: Paris redesigns its famous squares to make them pedestrian and bike friendly The selected projects will receive free administrative, technical and financial support towards energy-saving, pro-environmental building renovations. With the personalized counseling of a specialized eco-renovation advisor, co-owners will be able to study, define and implement their project as effectively as possible. The areas of intervention are flexible. Renovation works may include, for instance, the revegetation of urban roofs, the installation of efficient heating systems or double-glazed windows, or the thermal insulation of facades, walls, attics, roofs. Not only do these refurbishments enable residents to reduce their energy consumption and consequently save money on their energy bills, it also represents a wonderful opportunity for them to improve their living environment and comfort levels. In a wider context, the project also contributes to the establishment of a healthier city for all. The plan has already proven to be successful as a co-owner of 19th arrondissement of Paris explains, “Our building of 81 apartments was built in 1959. It was not insulated and energy bills were becoming too high for all its occupants. After achieving our energy audit, we received personalized support from an eco-renovation consultant mandated by the City of Paris. It allowed us to define a renovation program for our building and the revegetation of our courtyard while benefiting from a 37% financial aid. With these renovations, we reduced our energy consumption by 44% and most of all, we are enjoying much more comfortable apartments!” With its 1000 Buildings Plan, Paris moves one step ahead towards restoring the broken link between the capital and nature. While providing Parisians with a better living environment, it also lays new foundations for urban progress that are sure to be applied, in the near future, throughout the entire metropolitan area. Article by Machinery Zone

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US and UK Will Team Up To Develop Floating Offshore Wind Turbines

April 23, 2012 by  
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US Energy Secretary Steven Chu and his British counterpart Edward Davey are set to announce a major collaboration between the two nations to develop new floating wind turbine technology. Traditional offshore wind turbines are drilled into the ocean floor, so they can only be built where waters are shallow enough to reach the bottom. Developing floating wind turbines would enable nations to tap into winds that are located in deeper waters. Under the agreement, each country will offer millions of dollars to contractors that produce demonstration projects. Read the rest of US and UK Will Team Up To Develop Floating Offshore Wind Turbines Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “clean energy” , “wind power” , floating wind turbine , Offshore Wind Farm , offshore wind turbine , renewable energy , wind energy , wind farm , wind turbines

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Altaeros Energies’ Floating Wind Turbines Tap Into Strong High Altitude Winds

March 27, 2012 by  
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In an effort to harness strong high-altitude winds, the company Altaeros Energies has developed a floating wind turbine that’s a cross between a traditional windmill and a blimp. After some successful tests, the Altaeros team is confident that this new levitating wind turbine will be a viable clean energy option for remote villages and military sites. Read the rest of Altaeros Energies’ Floating Wind Turbines Tap Into Strong High Altitude Winds Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “wind power” , “wind turbine” , Airborne Wind Turbine , Altaeros Energies , floating wind turbine , harvard , high altitude wind power , MIT , renewable energy , wind energy

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