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Milestone for CHP in German 'bioenergy village'

Tildy Bayar, Decentralized Energy Summary Since 2011, an energy self-sufficient village in Germany has generated 1500 MWh and 3600 MWth with a biomass-based combined heat and power (CHP) system. The system from Lower Bavaria-based biomass CHP specialist Spanner Re2 supplies the...


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Work begins on Glenrothes Energy Network

Scottish Construction Now! Summary A ground breaking ceremony has taken place to mark the beginning of construction for a state-of-the-art energy centre at RWE’s Markinch CHP biomass plant in Fife. Glenrothes Energy Network is a £24 million collaborative local heat scheme between Fife Council...


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What homes could look like in 2050

ShowHouse Summary Homes of the future will increasingly tap into neighbourhood energy systems, feature flexible layouts and use improved technology to make automatic decisions about heating, security and even postal deliveries, according to a new report. The report, Futurology: the new home...


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Paris is building the eco-community of the future right now. Here's how.

Susannah Shmurak, Ensia Photos Courtesy of © Sergio Grazia Summary Every so often an environmentally friendly building gives us a glimpse of the low-carbon future so many climate plans envision. With the development of Clichy-Batignolles , the city of Paris has created a...


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Tri-generation in action: King’s Cross’ district cooling network goes live

Cambridge Network Image: The cooling pod at King's Cross. Photo - John Sturrock Summary Metropolitan’s district cooling network at King’s Cross, London’s most vibrant neighbourhood, went live today. Serving the area north of the Regent’s Canal, the network will provide carbon-efficient...


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COMMERCIAL FOCUS: New £24m district heating scheme in Fife will bring power to the people

Anthony Harrington, The Herald Scotland Summary Fife Council has begun work on one of Scotland ’s largest district heat networks. The scheme, which has already attracted a great deal of attention and interest, is fairly unique as it utilises the availability of an existing large biomass...


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Bridgend plans £2m pipe network to share cheap heat around the town

Elizabeth Bradfield, Wales Online Summary A heat network system which could eventually lead to the cutting of energy bills for residents is being planned for Bridgend town centre. The project's £2 million first phase involves the installation of a combined heat and power boiler at Bridgend...


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Power Struggle: Iowa Muni Campaign Heats Up Ahead of Public Vote

Karen Uhlenhuth, Energy News Network Summary In a northeastern Iowa community, voters will weigh in on whether to replace its investor-owned electric company with a municipal utility. Voters in Decorah, Iowa, will decide May 1 whether they want the city to move ahead with a proposal to...


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Empower signs 6,500 RT of district cooling services to The Address Hotel at JBR, Marsa Dubai

Press Release, Zawya Standing tall at a 1,830,000 sq. ft, the 74-storey building serves as a hotel and residences. Dubai, UAE: Emirates Central Cooling Systems Corporation (Empower), the world’s largest district cooling services provider and a member of IDEA, announced that it has...


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Vital Energi bags £5.6m package from Berkeley

Grant Prior, Construction Enquirer Summary Vital Energi has landed a £5.6m deal to supply, install and commission the energy centre and primary distribution for Berkeley subsidiary St William Homes’ development at Battersea. The deal will see them provide the combined heat and power...