Posted on: 26/06/2018
UK’s first ‘energy positive’ office opens
Wales Secretary Alun Cairns has officially opened the UK’s first “energy positive” office, which can generate, store and release solar energy in one integrated system.
The Active Office building was designed by SPECIFIC, a UK Innovation & Knowledge Centre led by Swansea University.
The site next door to the first Active Classroom and the two buildings will be able to share energy with each other and with electric vehicles.
Smart meter project awards £8.8m to help SMEs
Ten projects have won a share of £8.8 million from the UK Government to help small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to save energy and money using their smart meters.
The grants have gone to projects that will help SMEs in the hospitality and retail sectors, such as cafes, restaurants and shops.
Samsung and Toshiba are among the companies that have won funding.
Ofgem selects preferred OFTO bidder for Race
Diamond Transmission Partners – a consortium comprising Mitsubishi Corporation and HICL Infrastructure – has been named by Ofgem as the preferred bidder to own and operate the high-voltage transmission link to the Race Bank offshore wind farm.
Race Bank consists of 91 turbines off the coast of Norfolk and has a capacity of 573MW.
Scotland unveils £2m funding for offshore innovation
The Scottish Government has awarded grants worth nearly £2 million to three offshore wind projects.
The funding is aimed at projects that will “reduce long-term costs, improve health and safety standards, and widen educational opportunities within the industry”.
Grants have been awarded to Carbon Trust’s Offshore Wind Accelerator, the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult, and the Energy Skills Partnership.
Welsh wind farm goes live
The 57.4MW Brechfa Forest West wind farm in Carmarthenshire has begun operating.
Developer Innogy has erected 28 turbines on site.
The wind farm has been developed on land owned by the Welsh Government.