Sainsbury’s Now the Largest Solar Panel Operator in the UK and Europe

Supermarket group Sainsbury’s has installed 69,500 new photovoltaic solar panels, or 16 MW of power, across 169 stores in the UK. The significant investment means collectively Sainsbury’s supermarkets currently host the largest solar array in the UK and Europe – large enough to cover Wembley’s pitch 24 times. The solar power will reduce Sainsbury’s total … Read more

Pfizer Newbridge Wins Second Major Award as Energy Consumption Reduced by 39%

Pfizer’s manufacturing site at Newbridge recently won the Irish 2011 Responsible Care Award, in recognition of its impact on environmental sustainability. Responsible Care is the chemical industry’s environmental, health and safety initiative to drive continuous improvement in performance of the pharmaceutical and chemical sector in all aspects. Pfizer Newbridge was also awarded the 2011 SEAI … Read more

Wattics Leads the Way to Innovation Success With Smarter Metering Solution

Wattics, a University College Dublin spin-out company, has been announced as a finalist for the Irish Times InterTradeIreland Innovation Awards 2012. Wattics is headquartered at NovaUCD, the Innovation and Technology Transfer Centre. Wattics has developed an innovative ‘smarter metering’ system for businesses. It utilises a software solution to manage their energy consumption via a single … Read more

Cylon Active Energy Announces First US Contract Win

Cylon Active Energy, the new energy management division of Cylon Group, has announced its first contract win in the US, following a successful trade mission with Enterprise Ireland. The contract with the Raleigh Convention Centre in North Carolina will see Cylon apply its cloud based real-time energy management technology to centrally monitor and analyse the … Read more

Half the EU27 Consumption of Renewable Energy Comes From Wood

Almost half of the EU27’s consumption of renewables comes from wood and wood waste. In 2009, renewable sources of energy provided 9% of total gross inland energy consumption in the EU27. In 2010, forest and other wooded land covered 178 million hectares in the EU27, or around 40% of its land area. The EU27 accounted … Read more

Share of Renewables in the EU27 Energy Supply Almost Doubled Between 1999 and 2009

In 2009, oil remained the main source of energy in the EU27, with a share of 37% in the total gross inland energy consumption. However, there have been changes in the mix of sources contributing to gross inland energy consumption over the last decade. The share of renewable energy has almost doubled, from 5% of … Read more

Glass Recycling Continues to Increase in Europe

According to the latest glass recycling estimates – published one year ahead of the official Eurostat data – more than 67% of glass bottles and jars were collected for recycling in the European Union in 2009. The figures released by FEVE, the EU Container Glass Federation, translate into about 11 million tonnes or 25 billion … Read more

TCD Green Week 2011

Trinity College Dublin has unveiled its first campus wetland as part of its Annual Green Week, which was launched by Senator David Norris (see picture). Designed to maximise habitat diversity, the pond, situated in the College Biodiversity Centre behind Front Square, will be a useful research and teaching tool for students of the School of … Read more

Energys Launches New Range of Retrofit Energy Saving Boiler Solutions

Specialist in low-carbon retrofit technologies, Energys Group is launching a new portfolio of boiler and heating solutions to make plant rooms more efficient and provide customers with energy savings of 15–30%. Front and centre of the new ‘Energy Saving Boiler Solutions’ range from Energys is the Dynamic Boiler Management Unit (DBMU), an ‘intelligent’ boiler control … Read more

Improving Energy Efficiency a Priority For Irish Companies

Over half of all Irish companies have taken action to improve their energy efficiency in the last three years and only one third of these actions have involved a capital spend, according to a new survey from the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI). Details of the survey reveal that reducing energy costs is a … Read more