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Glasgow Welcomes Offshore Wind Conference



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On January 24, Scottish Renewables’ yearly Offshore Wind Conference will take place in Glasgow.

The event will be the second delivered in partnership with the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult, and will feature speakers from both organisations as well as wider industry.

The conference, to be held in Glasgow on January 24, will focus on the roles of innovation, cost reduction, planning, infrastructure and supply chain in delivering the next phase of the UK’s offshore wind fleet.

Speakers include:

  • Dame Anne Glover – Vice-Principal External Affairs & Dean for Europe at the University of Aberdeen, and Non-Executive Director, Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult
  • Paul Wheelhouse MSP – Scottish Government Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy
  • Jonathan Cole – Managing Director, ScottishPower Renewables and Chairman, Offshore Wind Programme Board
  • Sarah Pirie – Head of Development, EDP Renewables
  • Sebastian Bringsværd – Head of Hywind Development, New Energy Solutions, Statoil ASA
  • Una Brosnan – Growth Manager, Offshore Wind, Power & Renewables, Atkins
  • Andrew Jamieson – Chief Executive, Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult
  • Ray Thompson – Head of Business Development, Siemens Wind Power
  • Lindsay Roberts, Senior Policy Manager at Scottish Renewables, said: “Scottish Renewables’ Offshore Wind Conference will bring together the industry’s leading players to discuss and debate the key issues facing the sector.

“After the success of 2016’s event, the 2017 conference will again be delivered in partnership with the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult, whose expertise in innovation and testing is helping cement the UK’s position as a world-leader in offshore renewables.

“The conference will look at innovations such as 2-B’s two-bladed turbine, Statoil’s Hywind project and cutting edge developments in operations and maintenance.

“We’ll also discuss challenges presented by different consenting regimes and those faced by Scotland’s supply chain.”

Offshore wind developers, local and national government, academia, public bodies, finance, advisory, legal and consultancy representatives are all expected to attend the event, which is being held in the University of Strathclyde’s Technology & Innovation Centre in central Glasgow.

Andrew Jamieson, Chief Executive of ORE Catapult, said: “Following the success of the 2016 conference we are pleased to partner once again with Scottish Renewables, helping to bring together key industry figures to discuss some of the most important opportunities and challenges facing our sector today.

“The Scottish renewables industry has a huge role to play in bringing growth and prosperity to the Scottish and UK economies and in ensuring the continued success of the UK offshore wind industry.”

The event will also feature an exhibition, at which spaces are still available. Current exhibitors include:

  • Aggreko
  • DNV GL
  • Flintstone Technology
  • Highlands and Islands Enterprise
  • Invest in Fife
  • Marine Scotland
  • TNEI Services
  • NewWaves Solutions
  • Scottish Enterprise
  • Shepherd + Wedderburn
  • Sparrows
  • The Crown Estate
  • The Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult

A Burns Supper-themed dinner will be held the evening before the conference and will feature elements of a traditional Burns Night including readings of poetry and songs written by Scotland’s national poet, Robert Burns.

To book tickets for the conference or dinner, or space for an exhibition stand, please contact Lisa Russell ( or 0141 353 4986) or visit


7 New Technologies That Could Radically Change Our Energy Consumption



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Most of our focus on technological development to lessen our environmental impact has been focused on cleaner, more efficient methods of generating electricity. The cost of solar energy production, for example, is slated to fall more than 75 percent between 2010 and 2020.

This is a massive step forward, and it’s good that engineers and researchers are working for even more advancements in this area. But what about technologies that reduce the amount of energy we demand in the first place?

Though it doesn’t get as much attention in the press, we’re making tremendous progress in this area, too.

New Technologies to Watch

These are some of the top emerging technologies that have the power to reduce our energy demands:

  1. Self-driving cars. Self-driving cars are still in development, but they’re already being hailed as potential ways to eliminate a number of problems on the road, including the epidemic of distracted driving ironically driven by other new technologies. However, even autonomous vehicle proponents often miss the tremendous energy savings that self-driving cars could have on the world. With a fleet of autonomous vehicles at our beck and call, consumers will spend less time driving themselves and more time carpooling, dramatically reducing overall fuel consumption once it’s fully adopted.
  2. Magnetocaloric tech. The magnetocaloric effect isn’t exactly new—it was actually discovered in 1881—but it’s only recently being studied and applied to commercial appliances. Essentially, this technology relies on changing magnetic fields to produce a cooling effect, which could be used in refrigerators and air conditioners to significantly reduce the amount of electricity required.
  3. New types of insulation. Insulation is the best asset we have to keep our homes thermoregulated; they keep cold or warm air in (depending on the season) and keep warm or cold air out (again, depending on the season). New insulation technology has the power to improve this efficiency many times over, decreasing our need for heating and cooling entirely. For example, some new automated sealing technologies can seal gaps between 0.5 inches wide and the width of a human hair.
  4. Better lights. Fluorescent bulbs were a dramatic improvement over incandescent bulbs, and LEDs were a dramatic improvement over fluorescent bulbs—but the improvements may not end there. Scientists are currently researching even better types of light bulbs, and more efficient applications of LEDs while they’re at it.
  5. Better heat pumps. Heat pumps are built to transfer heat from one location to another, and can be used to efficiently manage temperatures—keeping homes warm while requiring less energy expenditure. For example, some heat pumps are built for residential heating and cooling, while others are being used to make more efficient appliances, like dryers.
  6. The internet of things. The internet of things and “smart” devices is another development that can significantly reduce our energy demands. For example, “smart” windows may be able to respond dynamically to changing light conditions to heat or cool the house more efficiently, and “smart” refrigerators may be able to respond dynamically to new conditions. There are several reasons for this improvement. First, smart devices automate things, so it’s easier to control your energy consumption. Second, they track your consumption patterns, so it’s easier to conceptualize your impact. Third, they’re often designed with efficiency in mind from the beginning, reducing energy demands, even without the high-tech interfaces.
  7. Machine learning. Machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies have the power to improve almost every other item on this list. By studying consumer patterns and recommending new strategies, or automatically controlling certain features, machine learning algorithms have the power to fundamentally change how we use energy in our homes and businesses.

Making the Investment

All technologies need time, money, and consumer acceptance to be developed. Fortunately, a growing number of consumers are becoming enthusiastic about finding new ways to reduce their energy consumption and overall environmental impact. As long as we keep making the investment, our tools to create cleaner energy and demand less energy in the first place should have a massive positive effect on our environment—and even our daily lives.

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Responsible Energy Investments Could Solve Retirement Funding Crisis




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Retiring baby-boomers are facing a retirement cliff, at the same time as mother nature unleashes her fury with devastating storms tied to the impact of global warming. There could be a unique solution to the challenges associated with climate change – investments in clean energy from retirement funds.

Financial savings play a very important role in everyone’s life and one must start planning for it as soon as possible. It’s shocking how quickly seniors can burn through their nest egg – leaving many wondering, “How long your retirement savings will last?

Let’s take a closer look at how seniors can take baby steps on the path to retiring with dignity, while helping to clean up our environment.

Tip #1: Focus & Determination

Like in other work, it is very important to focus and be determined. If retirement is around the corner, then make sure to start putting some money away for retirement. No one can ever achieve anything without dedication and focus – whether it’s saving the planet, or saving for retirement.

Tip #2: Minimize Spending

One of the most important things that you need to do is to minimize your expenditures. Reducing consumption is good for the planet too!

Tip #3: Visualize Your Goal

You can achieve more if you have a clearly defined goal in life. This about how your money can be used to better the planet – imagine cleaner air, water and a healthier environment to leave to your grandchildren.

Investing in Clean Energy

One of the hottest and most popular industries for investment today is the energy market – the trading of energy commodities. Clean energy commodities are traded alongside dirty energy supplies. You might be surprised to learn that clean energy is becoming much more competitive.

With green biz becoming more popular, it is quickly becoming a powerful tool for diversified retirement investing.

The Future of Green Biz

As far as the future is concerned, energy businesses are going to continue getting bigger and better. There are many leading energy companies in the market that already have very high stock prices, yet people are continuing to investing in them.

Green initiatives are impacting every industry. Go Green campaigns are a PR staple of every modern brand. For the energy-sector in the US, solar energy investments are considered to be the most accessible form of clean energy investment. Though investing in any energy business comes with some risks, the demand for energy isn’t going anywhere.

In conclusion, if you want to start saving for your retirement, then clean energy stocks and commodity trading are some of the best options for wallets and the planet. Investing in clean energy products, like solar power, is a more long-term investment. It’s quite stable and comes with a significant profit margin. And it’s amazing for the planet!

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