Galloper hits full power

The Galloper wind farm off the coast of Suffolk is now running at its full 353MW capacity.

Developer Innogy, which began constructing the offshore wind farm 18 months ago, said its 56 turbines were now all connected to the grid.

Project Director Toby Edmonds said: “Getting all the turbines switched on means we’ve done it and in record time.”

> Read Galloper's announcement


Google achieves green energy target

American technology giant Google has met its goal of buying the equivalent of all its electricity consumption from renewable sources.

The company buys 3GW of electricity from solar and wind farms built for it under dedicated contracts.

Urs Hölzle, Senior Vice President for Technical Infrastructure at Google, said: “To date, our renewable energy contracts have led to over $3 billion (£2.1bn) in new capital investment around the world.”

> View Google's announcement


Solar diesel hybrid plans unveiled

Temporary power supplier Aggreko is to invest £33 million to develop solar-diesel hybrid generators after receiving a £1.5m grant from economic development agency Scottish Enterprise.

The London-listed company will create 23 jobs at its Dumbarton facility near Glasgow as it carries out research and development work.

Aggreko will also “develop new methods to use waste heat to provide additional energy” and “create more energy-efficient diesel and gas fuel solutions”.

> See Scottish Enterprise's statement


Origami Energy raises £18.6m

Technology platform provider Origami Energy has secured a £18.6 million investment, taking the total it has raised since 2014 to £36m.

The cash came from new investor Aggreko, a temporary power supplier based in Glasgow and listed on the London Stock Exchange, and existing shareholders including Octopus Ventures, Cambridge Innovation Capital, and Fred Olsen.

During the past year, Origami has sifned multi-year partnership agreements with energy suppliers including SmartestEnergy and Good Energy.

> See Origami's statement


Food manufacturer expands AD portfolio

Olleco, the renewable energy division of ABP Food Group, has bought a third anaerobic digestion (AD) facility.

The site at Westcott Park in Buckinghamshire was purchased from Renewi and joins Olleco’s existing premises in Aylesbury and Liverpool.

The new facility has the capacity to process 96,000 tonnes of food waste each year and can produce up to 3.2 MW of electricity and 4.8MW of renewable heat.

> Read Olleco's announcement