Monthly Archives: September 2014

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Past and present

This image was sourced from the 2014 Windpower Engineering & Development photo contest. This picture was taken by Loma Roggenkamp and is of Bison Wind Farm in North Dakota. The old windmill seen in the foreground was not ever used to generate electricity, but instead drew water, helping North Dakota farmers survive. In the background you can see the modern wind turbine.

New website launch

Fine Energy have been working on a top-secret mission: designing a brand new, sparkly website.

As the original website needed updating, we decided to throw caution to the wind and develop the new and improved www.fineenergy.co.uk

Take some time to look around the selection of pages, which include all the information you should ever need regarding site suitability and our land rental option. And just in case we have missed something out, you can email us.

Wind energy. We are big fans.

On-farm renewable energy storage

Wind power is renewable, clean and sustainable, however it is also intermittent. Agreeably, energy is only produced when the turbine is spinning and the performance of wind turbines increase at night when there is a reduced energy demand.

Energy supplies must meet demand to prevent the lights turning off. Currently, wind power most commonly acts as a supplementary form of energy with homes and businesses still consuming fossil fuel based energy. The solution is finding a way to store the energy produced when the blades are spinning and use it at peak times. The concept of storage for small scale renewable technologies is ongoing and is of vital consideration if small scale embedded generation is to be a main player in our future energy industry.

Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU) in Northern Ireland have highlight the potential of on-farm energy storage and the contribution is would make to load management. Indeed, on-farm storage will allow power delivery at specified peak times. The UFU believes that there has not been enough policy consideration to the concept of storage of small scale renewable energy in Northern Ireland, or in fact anywhere else in the UK.

Isothermal Compressed Air Energy Storage (IAES) currently operates on large scale developments, but incorporating this technology on a micro-grid scale is a very real and exciting possibility.

Stay tuned.

Maximising the benefit from renewables

Fine Energy has developed an innovative capability to maximise the benefits of on-site energy use.

Currently deployed at our small-scale sites, the technique is applicable to all intermittent sources of energy at all scales. Drawing on our experience of matching generation to on-site demand, we switch selected appliances on and off according to how much energy is being generated and consumed. This allows us to displace more expensive bought-in energy with green site production – a commercially attractive alternative to exporting power to the grid.

Using thermal storage, we are able to help businesses and residents use their home-grown energy even during periods of lower generation

Interested? We are exhibiting at The Renewables Event 2014, NEC Birmingham. Come along to find out more.

Cornish community’s quest for clean energy

Community Power Cornwall held an open day event to celebrate the launch of their third community owned turbine. Over 100 people turned up to visit the newly installed turbine.

The turbine provides power to the BF Adventure’s Goodygrane site and the availability of an alternative energy supply has contributed to the provision of electricity needed for heating, hot water and lighting. Community Power Cornwall provides an economic model through which Cornish communities can own and benefit from the development of a small-scale wind turbine.

Renewable energy schemes are more sustainable at a local level when residents and businesses participate. It is encouraging to see people getting involved in wind energy projects and this is the level of enthusiasm needed to take renewable technology to the next level!