France Breaks Ground on Europe’s Biggest Solar Farm
Paris-based solar company Neoen has broken ground on a 300 MW photovoltaic grid-connected installation at Cestas, which will supply power to nearby Bordeaux come October 2015. The $450 million development will be the largest photovoltaic power plant in Europe. Neoen Chief Executive Xavier Barbarom explained that the Cestas facility will provide solar power below the price of new nuclear electricity in Britain. Once online, the cost for the output is very promising- which is estimated to run at around 105 euros ($131.46) per MWh over 20 years.
Wind Generated 126 % of Scotland’s Household Electricity Last Month
According to new statistics released by the World Wildlife Fund Scotland, wind power alone generated an estimated 982,842 MWh of electricity. This is enough clean energy to power over 3 million households, and equates to 126 percent of the electricity needs of Scottish homes. WWF Scotland also found across U.K. as a whole, wind power supplied 2,496,842 MWh of electricity, or enough to meet the needs of over 7.7 million U.K. homes, or around 28 percent.
Oil-Sands Producers Report Aquatic Bird Deaths in Tailing Ponds
Sixty aquatic fowls died at Canadian Natural Resources Ltd.’s Horizon pond, while 30 birds died after landing in Syncrude Canada Ltd.,s Mildred Lake and Auror tailings reservoirs. Another six perished in Suncor Energy Inc.’s ponds. Weahter conditions, including fog, have contributed to higher numbers of waterfowl in the area. Oil-sands operators use deterrents such as boats and noise-makers to ward off birds to keep them from landing in the ponds, which are filled with contaminated water that is a byproduct of the process used to turn bitumen into fuel. As oil-sands production increases, so too does the volume of contaminated water.
SurClean Laser Stripping Allows Coatings and Rust Removal Without Chemicals
SurClean, a Michigan-based company has invented a handheld laser abrasion system that can replace costlier and less environment friendly means of removing coatings from metals. The invention also has the potential to boost efficiency, bring down labor costs and eliminate chemicals and abrasion-based strippers from the coating removal process. The technology uses a laser beam to take off not only paint and other coatings; it also removes rust. The strip rate using the SurClean laser system is 16 times faster than chemicals.
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