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Government announces plans to turn UK rooftops into power stations

The Department of Energy and Climate Change has announced plans to turn areas of Britain in to solar estates in order to increase the number of low carbon technologies.

According to the proposals announced by the Energy Minister Greg Barker, Government estate property, factories, supermarkets and car parks are going to be turned into solar hubs.

Mr Barker announced the plans as part of the new solar strategy that has been announced by the Government. The initiative is the only one in the UK; the Government has a vision of using solar power to generate 1000s of jobs as solar energy is more widely used throughout the country.

The Solar Strategy was launched at SunSolar Energy in Birmingham in early April. Speaking at the event, Energy Minister Greg Barker said:

“We have put ourselves among the world leaders on solar and this ambitious Strategy will place us right at the cutting edge.

“There is massive potential to turn our large buildings into power stations and we must seize the opportunity this offers to boost our economy as part of our long term economic plan.

“Solar not only benefits the environment, it will see British job creation and deliver the clean and reliable energy supplies that the country needs at the lowest possible cost to consumers.”

It was announced that the government wants to see a move away from the large solar farms and instead concentrate on using the UK’s south-facing commercial rooftops; the Government estimates that there are 250,000 hectares of these in the UK.

Minsters hope that the use of widespread solar power will give consumers more options and will offer energy at a fairer price; the Government has said that it is “to lead by example” by using some of the Government estate to begin implementing the newly announced Solar Strategy.

In a separate announcement, the Government also said that there was a plan to introduce solar power into schools as a way of improving energy efficiency. There are 22,000 schools in England and the annual bill for heating them is said to cost 500 million. The Government will use its estate and brown field sites as power stations by installing solar power.

Commenting on the new initiative for schools, Education Secretary Michael Gove said:

“Solar panels are a sensible choice for schools, particularly in terms of the financial benefits they can bring. It is also a great way for pupils to engage with environmental issues and think about where energy comes from.”

Siemens announce massive investment into alternative means of power generation

The Government has been calling on industry to come up with cleaner means of power generation and now a major company has announce it is to make a major investment in this area. More than 1,000 jobs are set to be created in the Hull area after Siemens announced that it is to invest more than £150 million into wind turbine production.

It is hoped that by introducing cleaner forms of power generations, the consumer will have more choice and that they will be offered cheaper alternatives than those currently available. There is also a push to introduce methods of power generation that are less damaging to the environment and prove to be more sustainable, so this recent news has been welcomed by environmental groups.

The plans were announced a while ago and have been in development for the last four years, however, the proposals have since been revised and there will now be two sites: the Green Port Hull project, which will cover construction and assembly, and a rotor blade manufacturing facility that will be based in east Riding.

Planning applications have already been submitted to the local council and construction is set to begin later in 2014. However, the site is not expected to be completed until 2017, when both sites are expected to be fully operational.

Commenting on the announcement, Energy Secretary Ed Davey said:

“This deal is excellent news for the people of Hull and the Humber, the UK, the wind industry, and our energy security. We are attracting investment by backing enterprise with better infrastructure and lower taxes. As well as helping to keep the lights on and putting more than 1,000 people in work, this deal means we will help to keep consumer bills down as we invest in home-grown green energy and reduce our reliance on foreign imports. This deal shows our strategy for offshore wind is working; bringing investment, green jobs and growth, and helping keep Britain the number one country in the world for offshore wind.”

Michael Suess, , who sits on the managing board at Siemens and AG, said that the announcement was part of the companies strategy and said that that the British Energy Policy  had created a “favourable framework”  that allowed for the expansion of wind energy.

Suess also commented that the offshore wind industry in the UK had shown high growth and that its future growth showed greater potential. 

America Valve Seminar a Huge Success

The Valve Basics Seminar, which was held by the Valve Manufacturers Association of America in early April, has been a huge success. The seminar was aimed at young people who might have limited experience in business, however, it was also opened to established manufacturers or professionals that specialise in one area but needed to learn an overview on the complete spectrum of valves in order to enhance their skills.

The seminar was also open to experienced employees who just needed a refresher course and new employees at valve manufactures who are new to the industry and wanted to learn more.

Almost 1,000 people attended the seminar and the course was divided into different lessons including an introduction to the industry. The people in attendance were also encouraged to get some hands-on experience of the valve industry through a unique “valve petting zoo” where attendees could literally get a feel for the some of the valves that they will have learned about during the seminar.

Exhibitors were also welcomed to the event, which was held at Hilton Airport in Kansas City at the start of April. The exhibition allowed companies that sell products or services to valve manufacturers to promote their companies, find new potential contacts, and network with other manufacturers.

Such was the success of the course, it was recently extended to be held over two days and additional lessons had been added. The seminar is held every year and another one is scheduled to be hosted at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas in October.

For those that were unable to attend the course in person, a new online version is now available. The new course allows up to ninety days for its competition and students can work in their own time to finish the course. The online training programme is open to individual users and groups so that they can learn more about the valve industry and improve their understanding of it.

The course is currently available as a beta version and is suitable for anyone new to the valve manufacturing industry and also for those more experienced.

People who complete the course will receive a qualification at the end of it and will also be entitled to six hours of continuing education.

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