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Soccket Football Stores Energy and Produces Power

 June 20th 2012

US designers have unveiled a ground breaking football design that stores the energy generated when it’s kicked.

Not only does the Soccket store energy, but it also transforms it into electricity and it’s won the support of former US President Bill Clinton and others. Now, the design’s being promoted as an alternative energy solution for undeveloped nations.

Key to the Soccket’s projected wide-spread adoption are two factors: the materials used to make it are abundant and it doesn’t really cost much more than a conventional football. A normal football, though, can’t power a light bulb for three hours after just 30 minutes of use.

Besides lights, with a six watt output, the design’s intended to power up a wide range of smaller appliances including water sterilisers, fans, mobile phones and speakers.

Soccket Football Power

The Soccket football power concept was the vision of a team of Harvard University students and its release coincides with Euro 2012 – an event once again highlighting the passion shown for football in many parts of the world.

Described by its developers as highly robust and waterproof, it features an inductive coil system and its roots lie in earlier technologies that generate power from human movement.

“The idea was come together and using art and science pick an issue and try to make it better”, Harvard’s Jessica Matthews explained in a statement.

Football Energy Storage

Together with colleague Julia Silverman, Jessica Matthews is a co-founder of Uncharted Play – the company established to manufacture and distribute the Soccket football energy storage design.

“We started to think about the time we’d spent overseas and we’d all had this similar experience of seeing kids play”, Matthews added. “These kids aren’t allowed to be children for very long. They have to deal with very serious issues in their lives every single day.

“Sometimes giving these kids the ball before we even show them the power generation part is such an amazing thing because they have a ball which doesn’t require inflation – you are telling them that the tooth fairy does exist”, she concluded.

Source: Enviro News and Suppliers

Global CEO’s urge Rio+20 leaders to make water security a top priority

June 19th 2012

It’s not very often that you here about 45 of the world’s most powerful CEO’s coming together to call on governments to make water security to be a top priority at an environmental summit. This is set to be one of the key topics at the Rio+20 environmental summit, which begins tomorrow in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Global organisations including Coca Cola, Nestle, Glaxo SmithKline, Merck and Bayer have signed a special communiqué on sustainable development. The objective is to emphasise the urgency of the global water crisis; calling on governments to step up their efforts and to work more actively with the private sector, civil society along with other stakeholders to address this issue. One of the key points is to establish a “fair and appropriate price” of water for agriculture, industry, and people.

“This is a powerful statement by business leaders to governments everywhere – make water sustainability a priority,” said Gavin Power, deputy director of the UN Global Compact and head of the CEO Water Mandate.

SSE to buy Endesa’s Irish power generation assets for £256m

15th June 2012

Energy company SSE announced today it has agreed to buy four power stations and other Irish assets from Endesa in a deal worth a total of £390m. The deal will give the firm four plants (two fuel oil, two peaking gasoil) with a total capacity of 1068MW.

Endesa is one of the largest utilities in Spain and is owned by Italian parent group Enel. If the deal gets approved by OFGEM, the energy regulator; Perth-based SSE will become the third largest energy company in Ireland.

SSE will pay £256m for the assets and is also putting in a further £134m which will be used among other things to finish construction on a plant at Great Ireland in Wexford. They also plans to invest in a large power generation facility at the site of the existing Tarbert plant in Kerry.

E.ON seeks €8bn in damages for accelerated nuclear exit

14th June 2012

E.ON AG, Germany’s largest utility, is seeking €8 billion in compensation in a potential industry-wide claim against the German government following the accelerated phase-out of nuclear energy, should the country’s constitutional court deem the policy shift an illegal act of expropriation.

The decision comes after the disaster at Japan’s Fukushima reactor; Germany closed eight reactors last summer and accelerated the closure date of its remaining reactors, from 2036 to 2022. A spokesman for E.ON said the firm was optimistic the case for compensation would be successful.

Source: Enzen Global

Severn Trent sells metering business (Integra) to Enterprise Plc

13th June 2012

Severn Trent Plc. has announced that it will sell the meter installation business of Severn Trent Metering Services (Integra) to infrastructure maintenance company Enterprise Plc. Severn Trent Metering Services, which is a subsidiary of Severn Trent Services, installs meters for Severn Trent Water.

Enterprise, who currently carries out network repair and maintenance contracts for Severn Trent Water, will take over the existing contract to install meters. Water hygiene and private pipe services will remain within Severn Trent Services.

Transport for London’s Lane Rental scheme goes live

11th June 2012

Transport for London’s Lane Rental scheme has come into effect today. Under the new legislation, TfL can charge utility firms in the capital and their contractors up to £2,500 per day to carry out road works in congested areas and at peak times of the day.

The purpose is to encourage utility firms to carry out street works outside peak traffic hours, reducing congestion. TfL also stated that any works carried out by them would also be included in the scheme and 70% of its own works are carried out at off peak times.

Source: Enzen Global

PM agrees major energy partnership with Norway, bringing secure energy and jobs

11th June 2012

Prime Minister David Cameron and the Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg have agreed a landmark energy partnership between the UK and Norway designed to secure affordable and sustainable long term energy supplies.

The Norway-UK Energy Partnership for Sustainable Growth heralds closer collaboration between the two countries across a wide range of energy activities, including safe and environmentally sensitive oil and gas extraction, long term gas supply, renewable energy investment, electricity interconnection and international climate change policy development.

Alongside this agreement UK and Norwegian companies have announced billions of pounds of new investment with the potential to create thousands of new jobs.

Commenting at a breakfast meeting attended by ten leading energy companies from the two countries, with combined annual revenues of more than £400 billion, Prime Minister David Cameron said:

“The jobs and investments announced today highlight how vital the strong relationship between Norway and the United Kingdom is for our energy security and economic growth. We look forward to strengthening our partnership further, driving investment into a diverse, sustainable energy mix that delivers affordable long term supplies for consumers.”

Source: DECC
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Solar-powered plane makes history

6th June 2012

An experimental solar-powered plane made history when it landed in Morocco’s capital after a 20-hour trip from Madrid, Spain.

The Solar Impulse’s feat marked the first transcontinental journey by a craft of its type.

With the wingspan of a Boeing 777, the plane appeared out of the pitch darkness over the runway, suddenly turning on its lights and gliding to a landing in Rabat, its four propellers already still.

“It was perhaps the most beautiful flight of my life, I have dreamed since I was a child of flying without using fuel,” said pilot Bertrand Piccard, who has already circumnavigated the world by balloon.

The single-seat aircraft is fitted with 12,000 solar cells across its immense wings and but only weighs just as much as the average family car, according to organisers. The plane is the first of its kind to fly both during the night and day as the solar panels charge the batteries for night flying.

Mr Piccard descended from the plane, apparently not fatigued by the long flight in the cramped cockpit. He said the Solar Impulse project had chosen Morocco because of its ambitious plans to increase its reliance on solar power.

Morocco is to begin construction on a huge solar energy farm in the south as part of an ambitious project to lessen its dependence on fossil fuels and produce 2,000 megawatts of solar energy by 2020. It also plans to eventually export the energy to Europe.

Solar Impulse arrived in Madrid from Switzerland in late May on the first leg of the journey, but the delicate craft was delayed for several days by bad weather before it could continue its journey to Morocco. The two-leg Europe to Africa trip covered 1,554 miles.

The light craft can only fly in perfect weather. The plane has managed to climb to 28,000 feet and reached top speeds of over 75mph, though its usual cruising speed is just over half that.

The mission is being described as a final dress rehearsal for a round-the-world flight with a new and improved plane in 2014 involving five stops. The project began in 2003 and is estimated to cost about £6.5 million over 10 years.

Source: The Press Association

Shale gas volumes could triple to 1.6 trillion cubic metres by 2035

30th May 2012

According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), the production of shale gas could be set to triple over the next 20 years if industry and government can address concerns of acceptance from the public.

The IEA has set out ‘golden rules’ which it believes may possibly lead to global shale gas production tripling between 2010 and 2035 to 1.6 trillion cubic metres.

These ‘golden rules’ intend to define a framework within which responsible alternative gas extraction should be conducted. A summary of these guidelines can be found by clicking here.

Source Enzen Global

Kutty Prabakaran wins Leadership of the Year at UK Gas Industry Awards 2012

9th May 2012

The prestigious 2012 Gas Industry Awards were held on 9th May at the London Hilton Park Lane; Organised by SBGI (Society of British Gas Industries) and IGEM (Institution of Gas Engineers and Managers). The awards are an annual event and recognise success, achievement and innovation in the UK Gas Industry.

We are pleased to announce that Kutty Prabakaran, Enzen Global’s Director for the UK and Europe, won the 2012 Industry Leadership Award, for the way in which he has successfully guided the development and expansion of the company in this field.

Kutty was presented with his award by Malcolm Wicks MP, the former Energy Minister.

In addition to this award, Enzen Global Ltd also came runners up in the category of Gas Industry Company of Year.