Monthly Archives: January 2015

//January

Fine Energy goes out and about

This week, Fine Energy will be showing its face at two special events. Both take place on Thursday 29 January and are held in different locations -so you will have to decide which takes your fancy unless you can time travel.

The first is a breakfast business meeting at the Novotel Hotel on Broad Street as hosted by the BNI organisation and this looks to offer a superb range of potential clients and partners. There are some very interesting names on the guest list and we hope to exchange business cards, at the very least, during the networking event.

Secondly, The Rushlight Show is something a little different. Featuring an exhibition which showcases innovative clean technology solutions, this event is for investors, developers, entrepreneurs, community representatives, local authority members or anyone who is interested in the renewables industry. The venue is the Royal College of Surgeons of England in London and we will be happy to stop and have a chat with you if you are a landowner interested in leasing a parcel of land, or if you are a business who wants to improve your green credentials.

Fight for your right to…install a turbine!

One farmer is not going to take no for an answer.

Mr Attle has applied to East Cambridgeshire District Council for permission to erect two 75 metre turbines on Red Hill Farm which is an arable and beef farm. In an effort to rebuff all concerns relating to potential adverse impacts, Chris Attle has prepared a seven page document which addresses objections relating to noise, health and safety and the local wildlife.

We will be keeping our eye on this application!

A further point

In line with the blog from last Friday which emphasised the point that oil prices will not adversely impact wind energy projects in the UK, an independent report by Cambridge Econometrics has gone further in stressing the importance of wind energy.

Previously, RenewableUK spokesperson Rob Norris explained that the fast changing and unpredictable price of oil is one reason why investing in renewable energy is a sensible approach.

Researcher from Cambridge Econometrics, Sophie Billington, has further argued that tapping into the potential of wind power would reduce the UK’s reliance on fossil fuels and ensure we have access to a rich energy mix.

Having a short-sighted approach to the energy dilemma will mean the UK becomes increasingly dependent on imported fuel and will also mean we are at risk of not achieving our legally binding climate change targets.

 

Where’s the snow?

At this time of the year we are typically struggling with heavy frost and snow fall, but instead the UK is being battered by strong winds.

Fine Energy own and operate 10 small scale wind turbines on the Orkney Islands and, once we had contacted the turbine manufacturers, we were quick to inform landowners that the turbines were ok to be left on despite predicted speeds of up to 100 mph!

Chaos was anticipated and chaos ensued. Trees fell blocking roads, ferries were unable to sail, schools and nurseries were forced to close and nearly 100,000 properties were left without power in the UK .The highest low level wind speed was recorded at 3am on Friday 9 January 2015 at Stornoway Airport, with gusts measuring 113 mph. Flood alerts have been issued and people are being told to take extra precautions when leaving their homes.

Thankfully, everyone we have spoken to is fine and in addition the wind turbines performed heroically!

 

Parisian chic

Paris is a fashion capital, known for elegant designs and timeless classics and it is now setting the trend for stylish wind turbines. Designers (or technically manufacturers) have based their model on a classic park tree and NewWind hope the wind turbine will be less visually intrusive and may even offer a calming presence.

Measuring 11 meters tall, eight meters in diameter and featuring 72 artificial leaves -which are actually tiny turbines- a wind tree is expected to generate 3.1kW. They are completely silent and the aim is to install them among real trees in public parks.

Will birds notice the difference? Only time will tell.

Watch the video at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tPMvISx3hr0