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This relatively new technology is brought to you by Solucar. This company is owned by Abengoa who have been in the energy business since 1984 and have a global reach.

Two of these plants are now in operation, the PS10 & PS20. They have a combined possible output of 31MW, saving 54,000 tonnes CO2 p.a. and provide electricity for 18,000 homes.

The solar tower, at over 100m high, receives concentrated sun rays from the field of mirrors below, which in turn produces saturated steam at 250 degrees C. A conventional steam turbine generates the electricity.

To read of a visit to the plant by David Shukman, the BBC’s Science correspondent click here.

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Lowestoft has ambitions to become the UK’s wind energy capital. This week it will host a conference with industrial leaders from wind energy companies, including speakers from Germany, Denmark and the UK. The conference will look at current successes and the outlook for Lowestoft within the off-shore wind energy sector. The event is being funded by POWER, an EU initiative.

The first offshore wind farm in the East of England, Scroby Sands with its 30 2MW turbines, was completed in 2004 off the Great Yarmouth coast. The project management, assembly and related engineering was conducted within the two towns. Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth have traditionally a strong industry base in the offshore oil and gas sector, with substantial energy and marine experience. The ports of these twin towns are ideally located for serving a large number of offshore wind farms.

OrbisEnergy – the Offshore Renewable Energy Centre

OrbisEnergy, formerly know as Offshore Renewable Energy Centre (OREC), will be based in a building built in Lowestoft, to be completed by late 2007. It is funded by the Regional Development Agency, Objective 2 and local councils. The Centre will support the development of the offshore renewables sector, providing quality office accommodation, a landmark building for the sector and the region, and the opportunity to closely link research and education with business activities.

Playing on traditional strengths of a region’s economy and skills by taking advantage of a new industry such as offshore wind is the way forward for creating sustainable regional economies.

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The WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) Directive is beginning to expand its remit to the recycling of more and more electronic goods. How many kettles for example have you been through because they keep on failing and no-one will repair them! I’m on my third kettle in 3 years with one only lasting 3 days! Now I can take these useless items to my local council recycling centre. 🙂 And you should be able to too.

According to http://www.wasteonline.org ‘local authorities must have set up collection or take back schemes which allow users to return their waste products free of charge. Producers need to have financed these collection and disposal routes.’ It may be that my borough is ahead of the game because this quote is also on the wasteonline site;

‘ it appears that Producer Responsibility part of the directive will not be introduced in time. There has even been a suggestion that it may be as late as early 2008. The DTI (Department of Trade and Industry) is still in consultation with stakeholders, and has yet to make a definite announcement about start dates.’

But it is still worth your ringing up your local authority’s main switch board number and asking if they have started to recycle electrical products.

Wateonline.org has very interesting and useful info on the reuse or recycling of electronic goods.

Failing that you can use the relevant contact below;

Light recycling

Balcan Engineering Ltd
Woodhall Spa
Lincolnshire LN10 6RW
01526 353 075
Manufacturers of lamp crushers providing an on-site lamp crushing and disposal service, and information about lamp disposal.

D C Disposable Lighting
Mr. Darren Coleman
54 Victoria Avenue
Grays, Essex,
RM16 2RP
t 01375 371 631 f 01375 371 631

Working in the South East of England, in conjunction with Mercury Recycling Limited, and specialising in lamp disposal.

Karraway Recycling
1 Folly Close
Herts WD7 8DR
020 8236 0108

Lampcare (UK) Recycling Ltd
Windlestone Manor, Windlestone
County Durham DL17 0NA
t 01388 721000 f 01388 722227

Lighting Industry Federation
Swan House
207 Balham High Road
London SW17 7BQ
020 8675 5432
For details of professional collectors and recyclers of lighting.

Mercury Recycling Ltd
Unit G
Canalside North, John Gilbert Way
Trafford Park
Manchester M17 1DP
0161 877 0977

38 Maurice Gaymers Road
Gaymers Industrial Estate
Norfolk NR17 2QZ
01953 451 111

SustainaLite Ltd
Swan House
207 Balham High Road
London SW17 7BQ
Accreditation scheme for those who manage end-of-life gas discharge light sources.

Mobile phone and printer cartridges reuse/collection

ActionAid Recycling
Unit 14, Kingsland Trading Estate, St Philips Road, St Philips, Bristol, BS2 0JZ.
0845 3 100 200
Charity Organisation involved in raising vital funding for ActionAid development work in the third world, through the collection and recycling of empty IT consumables (Inkjet and toner cartridges) and mobile phones.

Against Breast Cancer
B363 Curie Avenue
harwell International Business Centre
Oxon OX11 0RA
0870 7744288
Collects ink cartridges and mobile phones through post and collection systems

Cartridges4 Charity
Crieff PH7 4DZ
0845 121 0674
Materials collected: cartridges – except Epson inkjet, toner cartridges and mobile phones
Proceeds go to three charities: See Ability, Andy Cole Children’s foundation, and Cardiac Risk In The Young.

CRUMP (Campaign To Recycle Unwanted Mobile Phones)
Child Advocacy International
75a London Road
Newcastle Under Lyme
01782 712599

3 Glensyl Way, Hawkins Lane Industrial Estate, Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire DE14 1LX
01283 516 259,
Mobile phone reuse/recycling group that facilitiates donations to nominated charities.

01708 684000 f 01708 684020
Return and recycling for charities of mobile phones through retail outlets.

K2 Supplies
Unit 14, Nonsuch Business Park, Kiln Lane, Epsom. KT17 1DY United Kingdom
01372 723 723
Remanufactures printer cartridges with proceeds supporting Macmillan Cancer Relief Charity

Oxfam Bring Bring Scheme
Freepost LON16281
London WC1N 3BR
0870 752 0999

Scope Toner Donor Campaign
c/o Envirocare
BS11 9JE

Scope Phone Recycling
Justin Thompson
ShP Solutions
Freepost Lancaster
0800 781 2600

UK Cartridge Recyclers Association (UKCRA)
19B School Road, Sale, Manchester M33 7XX,
t 01706 525050, f 01706 647440,
Trade association, members must have attained standards for toner cartridge recycling established by the association. Maintains list of companies which have reached and maintained these standards.

White goods & furniture – reuse/ disposal

Create UK
Speke Hall Road, Speke, Liverpool L24 9HA
0151 448 1748
CREATE repairs and refurbishes household appliances, such as fridges, cookers and washing machines, and sells them at reasonable prices. CREATE exists to provide quality training and work for people who are at a disadvantage in the labour market.

Furniture Reuse Network
FRN Membership Office, The Old Drill Hall, 17A Vicarage Street North, Wakefield, West Yorkshire WF1 4JS
01924 375 252
Has details of organisations that take furniture, white goods and household appliances.

The SOFA Project
48-54 West Street, St Philips, Bristol BS2 0BL
0117 954 357
Furniture and electronic equipment scheme across the west.

Local authorities collect white goods such as fridges and washing machines from households. However, if you require names of businesses please search the DTI directory.

CD Recycling

Key Mood UK
Wolf Business Park, Alton Road, Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire HR9 5NB
t 01989 566 288 f 01989 566 288
Email: http://www.keymood.co.uk/enquire.html
website: http://www.keymood.co.uk
Deal with recycling electronic goods, CDs and cassette tapes.

Poly c. Reclaimer
50 Albert Avenue, Prestwich, Manchester, Lancashire M25 0LX
t 0900-619-1817 f 0800-619-1916
Recycles high performance plastic, like CDs.

PolymerReprocessors Ltd
Reeds Lane
Moreton, Wirral
CH46 1DW
t 0151 606 0456 f 0151 606 0427
Accept postal deliveries of CDs from householders


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In my youth I grew up under the nuclear spell of the cold war. Today’s youth have climate change to think about. Both are very weighty issues because they involve the survival of large parts of the human species. Climate change is however different from that of the nuclear cold war because it is happening whereas the nuclear war obviously never happened.

It’s today’s youth that have the best chance to make the necessary societal changes finally happen because they are growing up with the issues, the understanding, the education.

Here’s another website helping them along;

youthinformation.com , the information toolkit for young people.

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A gold rush of new investment into renewable power over the past 18 months has led the United Nations to conclude that clean energy could provide almost a quarter of the world’s electricity by 2030.

More than £35bn was injected into wind and solar power and biofuels in 2006, 43% more than the preceding year. Sustainable energy accounts for only 2% of the world’s total but the UN says 18% of all power plants under construction are in this sector.

The findings, outlined in the Global Trends in Sustainable Development annual review, represent a challenge to the received wisdom among energy experts that green power is likely to play only a marginal part in the energy mix until at least the second half of the century.

Says UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner: “One of the new and fundamental messages of this report is that renewable energies are no longer subject to the vagaries of rising and falling oil prices-they are becoming generating systems of choice for increasing numbers of power companies, communities and countries irrespective of the costs of fossil fuels.

“The other key message is that this is no longer an industry solely dominated by developed country industries. Close to 10 per cent of investments are in China with around a fifth in total in the developing world. We will need many sustained steps towards the de-carbonizing of the global economy. It is clear that in respect to renewables those steps are getting underway.”

More on the UNEP report here.

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