A federal court in Washington, D.C. has struck down the Dakota Access Pipeline, following years of campaigning by the Standing Rock Sioux tribe.
A floating solar farm will provide clean drinking water to citizens in London
L’energia elettrica rinnovabile prodotta dalle celle servirà per alimentare l’impianto di depurazione dell’acqua che serve milioni di cittadini di Londra.
It is already considered Europe’s largest floating solar farm. With 6.3MW of power installed, 23,000 solar panels will produce 5.8 million kWh per year. The project has been realised on the Queen Elizabeth II reservoir at Walton-on-Thames, built in the 1960s, and boasts over 19,000 cubic metres of water serving 10 million people in London and Southern England.
Thames Water is the owner of the site that as of March, when the project is due to be finished, will be powered by renewable energy. “As long as setting the objective of generating 33% of energy from renewable sources by 2020, Thames Water has committed to becoming more efficient in order to reduce its connection to the grid,” writes the group. Today, “12.5% of electricity need comes from renewable sources, registering a 4% increase compared to the previous year. In 2015, Thames Water committed to supporting the Paris Agreement to limit the average global temperature rise to less than 2°C, and this project will help achieve this goal”.
Japan has already paved the way with Kyocera’s plant in the Chiba Prefecture. A stretch of water is once again the perfect surface where to install a PV plant of such dimensions: the Queen Elizabeth II reservoir is artificial and isn’t home to marine wildlife – except a few waterbirds that only live on the margins. Moreover, as reported by The Guardian, “floating panels, covering only about 6% of the reservoir, will have no impact on the ecosystem.
“We’re delighted to have begun work on another ambitious milestone project for Lightsource with our first floating solar installation,” said Nick Boyle, CEO at Lightsource, one of UK’s largest PV operators. “Over the last five years we’ve successfully completed ground and roof installations of all shapes and sizes, but this project has some obvious differences and has presented our team with a set of fresh challenges to overcome”.
The Scottish island of Eigg is self-sufficient for its energy needs, relying almost entirely on renewable sources, especially thanks to a coordinated community effort.
President Magufuli in unmovable in going ahead with the Stiegler’s Gorge dam despite conservationists’ warnings of the damage it will cause the Selous Game Reserve’s ecosystem and wildlife.
A large dam along the Luangwa River in Zambia would have posed a serious risk to local people and wildlife, leading hundreds of thousands to oppose it. A call to which the government responded by halting plans to build it.
The first one megawatt solar power plant in the Chernobyl exclusion zone has become operational. This is the first step in a renewable energy development project promoted by the Ukrainian government in the area.
Gas explosions are frequent in Nigeria, where safety standards are poor. In the latest incident, a gas tanker blast killed 35 people in Nasarawa state.
The largest tidal power plant in the world will be built in the Larantuka Straits. It will serve 100,000 people and help overcome some of the challenges of energy provision in Indonesia.
Robben Island’s solar energy micro-grid project will produce almost one million kilowatt hours of electricity annually, significantly reducing the cost and impact of buying diesel.
The Balikpapan oil spill off the coast or Borneo in Indonesia covers 120 square kilometres. It has caused the death of 5 people, health and economic problems for local communities, as well as threatening wildlife and local ecosystems.