Renew On Line (UK) 48
Extracts from NATTA's journal
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5. Solar, Tidal, Hydro and biomass
More PV solar
Last December, the DTI announced a further £1.8m worth of allocations under the £20m Major Photovoltaic Demonstration Programme- for 16 new projects. These are the sixth set of medium and large scale proposals approved since the programme began in 2002. The projects include plans to power a new racecourse in Essex, a learning village in Croydon, and an education and resource centre for children at the Eden Project, Cornwall.
The 16 new projects are expected to produce a total of 511 kWpeak, enough energy the DTI says to power more than 100 homes. Full details in Renew 149. The round 5 allocations are described in detail in the Technology section of Renew 148.
Back in November Energy Minister Stephen Timms gave details of the funding arrangement for solar from the additional £98 million funding for the renewable energy capital grant programme to 2006.
‘The notional budget for Stream 2 (medium and large-scale projects) is £12 million over the first phase of the Major PV Demonstration Programme. So far, around £9 million has been allocated over five rounds, and we plan to run three further rounds in 2003-04. This will require some over-committing of funds in the expectation that a certain proportion of projects will not go ahead. Any extra funding allocation for 2004-05 will have to await the outcome of the Renewables Innovation Review around the turn of the year.’
He was then asked how much private
sector investment there has been in
Tidal lagoon nearer
The project involves building a lagoon of rock, sand and gravel in Swansea Bay to create a head a water at high tides which, would then be used to produce electricity via 30GW rated turbines. If successful it would be followed by a 432 MW plant off Rhyl in North Wales.
The Environment Trust is collaborating
with Tidal Electric Ltd to build the power lagoon. Tidal Electric’s
chief, Peter Ullman, told the South Wales Evening Post: “The high tidal range
A £6m 3.55 MW hydro scheme
Grass Roots Power
Nine farmers in the Stafford and Eccleshall area have so far signed up to provide elephant grass to the £3m Eccleshall renewable biomass power plant, and a further 60 have also expressed an interest in supporting the plant, which is to be built at Raleigh Hall Industrial Estate and run by Eccleshall Biomass Ltd. Local farmers will be contracted to fuel the plant with locally-grown elephant grass, also known as miscanthus.
The Eccleshall Biomass Growers Group noted that the crop could be used not only as a fuel but for animal bedding, biocomposites, paper pulp, compost, concrete block filler and ground mulch. They add “The main advantages of this crop is that it can be grown on land that is not suitable for regular arable crops. Once it is put down it will last for 10 to 15 years without replanting, so it is much less work intensive and reduces the overall cost of farming.” But you needed a minimum of 50 acres to be viable. Source: The Sentinel Nov 3