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Lockheed develops clean, efficient battery to boost use of renewable power 24 April 2018

Lockheed Martin Corp hopes to launch a new ‘flow’ battery made of inexpensive, nontoxic materials that can help utilities save money and use more renewable energy, company officials said on April 23. On a visit to the company’s Global Vision Center in Virginia, senior staff told reporters the company hopes to introduce it in a little more than a year....

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UK greenhouse gas emissions fall in 2017 for fifth year 29 March 2018

The UK's greenhouse gas emissions dropped by 3% last year as renewable power output rose and coal-fired power generation fell. In the fifth yearly decline in a row, output fell to 456m tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e), down from 468m tonnes of CO2e in 2016, according to data released by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)....

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UK wind sector recorded highest ever output in mid-March 21 March 2018

Power generation from Britain’s wind farms hit a record 14.2 gigawatts (GW) on March 17, National Grid said. This represented 34.2% of domestic electricity generation at 1430 GMT that day, the country’s power grid operator said....

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UK recycling company fined after explosion 02 March 2018

A Sussex-based recycling company has been fined following an explosion and fire at one of their sites. Portsmouth Crown Court heard how a massive explosion occurred at Ereco EMEA Corporation Ltd site on 3 October 2011 in Lingfield, Surrey, following the storage of print toner on site. Eight people were injured as a result of the explosion, five seriously. ...

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Texas biomass pellet producer to restart operations following fire 26 February 2018

German Pellets (GPTX) of Port Arthur, Texas, has said it plans to restart operations after repairs and required changes to its storage silos. The pellets in one of its five large silos caught fire and smouldered for two months in early 2017, causing health and air quality issues across the town....

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OECD urges developed countries to impose more effective climate change taxes 15 February 2018

Energy taxes in major advanced economies are not doing enough to reduce energy use, improve energy efficiency and drive a shift towards low-carbon sources, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) said on February 14. In its Taxing Energy Use 2018 report, the OECD concluded that only 0.3% of emissions are taxed at a level that is equitable to the cost to the environment....

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Ukraine to develop Chernobyl exclusion zone as massive solar park 08 December 2017

The first solar project at Chernobyl is expected to be commissioned this month, an initial move in ambitious plans by the developers to invest €100 million ($119 million) in solar energy-gathering infrastructure in the radioactive exclusion zone, abandoned since the meltdown of the No.4 reactor at the Ukrainian nuclear power station in 1986....

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More than half of UK’s electricity from green sources this summer, according to National Grid 26 September 2017

Between 21 June to 22 September, 52% of electricity generation was met by low carbon sources, compared with about 35% four years ago. Growth in solar, offshore and onshore wind has contributed significantly to the increased share of generation from renewable sources. June 7 also became the first day when over half of the UK’s energy came from renewables....

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Two seriously injured in UK gas explosion 21 September 2017

Two men have been taken to hospital with serious injuries after a gas explosion at a Nottingham industrial estate in Central England on September 20. Emergency services said the blast happened at the Bio Dynamic UK plant in Colwick, which converts food waste into energy.Witnesses said the blast took place in a 30-foot long anaerobic digester tank, lifting it 10ft off the ground....

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UK recycling plant blast kills worker, injures two others 09 August 2017

West Midlands Police said that a worker died following an industrial accident at a recycling plant in Oldbury, west of Birmingham, on August 7. The man suffered 'very serious burns' in the incident at the Innovative Environmental Solutions factory and subsequently died, emergency services confirmed. Two other workers also sustained burns in the incident and were in a stable condition....

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