Thursday, June 28, 2007

Siemens & Norsk Hydro to cooperate on floating wind turbines

Siemens and Norsk Hydro have entered to an agreement to cooperate on technology to develop floating wind turbines.

Siemens will deliver the first wind turbine based on Norsk Hydro's Hywind concept for a demonstration unit off the coast of Norway, Siemens said in a statement.

Locating wind turbines offshore has obvious advantages, such as reduced visual impact and increased power production due to strong and stable wind conditions. Floating offshore turbines, as opposed to ones that are anchored, could be installed at sites with greater water depth.

Hydro currently has a license to place a demonstration turbine offshore near Karmoy, an island in the southwest of Norway.

The company is also considering placing the turbine near an oil installation to supply it with renewable energy, according to Siemens' statement.

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Sunday, June 24, 2007

Climate change is a serious problem that affects us all. There is strong evidence that human emissions of greenhouse gases are changing the world's climate. The main greenhouse gas is carbon dioxide (CO2), produced when we burn fossil fuels like coal, oil and gas for energy.

Over 40 per cent of CO2 emissions in the UK come directly from what we do as individuals; for example, heating and using electricity in our homes - and driving vehicles. Flights are the next biggest source of individuals’ CO2 emissions.

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