Does your personality fit in where you work?

Being unique is what makes us great but does your personality actually fit in where you work? We apply for jobs because the title matches our experience or our interest but how do we know that the culture and environment at that company will match our personality traits and work style. This is a question we must ask ourselves as individual employees or employers, or as workspace designers.

It is becoming harder for business’ to retain talent, understanding personalities as well as generations can help to do just this. The workspace should reflect the culture of the individual company and nurture the personalities of their employees. Therefore when designing workspaces it is important to work closely with the end users to understand the different working styles and different activities that will be present throughout the typical working day. Creating spaces that can be used by a variety of personality types…

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NIRO subsidy is closing a year earlier than expected due to decisions by DECC

LAST year didn’t end well for the renewable energy sector in Northern Ireland. The proposed early end for onshore wind subsidies remains mired in uncertainty; NIE announced a substantial delay in delivering grid connections; and the Paris Climate Agreement amounted to little more than some very vague promises.

It is so difficult to express the disappointment in the outcome of the Paris talks in a few sentences. After all the self-congratulation of the Paris Agreement adoption on December 11, you could be forgiven for thinking that it was a turning point for UK climate change policy and perhaps an end to the accelerating subsidy cuts by the Tory government.

 

The Ulster Farmers Union has welcomed confirmation by the DETI minister, Jonathan Bell, that he will consult separately on the NIRO (Northern Ireland Renewable Obligation) closure for small scale wind turbines.  The UFU is now pressing for swift action by DETI on revised and improved proposals.

The UFU has been concerned that smaller projects, often awaiting grid connection confirmation, lost out when DETI proposed closing support for onshore wind.  Along with Simple Power it has sought a judicial review of the consultation process that extended this to smaller land-based schemes.

“We are pleased DETI is reconsidering its process and consultation.  We are however disappointed it has taken until now, a few weeks before the dissolution of the Assembly, to act – although we understand DETI hopes to issue the consultation before the end of March,” said UFU deputy president, Barclay Bell.  He said it was clear the cut-off date for qualifying projects of 30 September 2015 is not movable, since this was set by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) in London.

Latest News NIRO
Following the consultation on the proposed closure of the Northern Ireland Renewables Obligation (NIRO) to new small scale onshore wind, the NIRO has now closed to onshore wind operators with a capacity of 5MW and under in Northern Ireland.

Further guidance regarding this closure will be issued shortly, until this time you can find some FAQs regarding the closure here.

Please note, operators of stations that meet certain criteria may be eligible for a grace period, meaning that they may be eligible to apply for accreditation up to 31 December 2018, depending on the grace period conditions they can meet. Please review FAQs for further information on this.

Source Ulster Farmers Union

Also see FAQ OFGEM

Green City concepts demonstrated on AIPH/OAiB Garden at Expo 2016 Antalya

The International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) and Turkish Ornamental Plants and Products Exporters Association (OAiB) have joined forces to promote Green City concepts on their garden at Expo 2016 Antalya in Turkey.

Designed by award-winning garden designer, Nilufer Danis, the ‘Green Oasis Garden’, which covers over 1,000 square metres, aims to demonstrate the value of ‘living green’ in cities and promote investment in urban greening around the world.

Expo 2016 Antalya expects eight million visitors while it is open from 23 April until 30 October 2016. Visitors to the Green Oasis Garden can see the following concepts in practice:

  • A green roof  which lessens the urban heat island effect as well as capturing particulates and pollutants in the air, producing oxygen and providing insulation to enable energy saving.
  • Solar panels on the top of the building absorb the sun’s rays to generate electricity.
  • A rain garden provides sustainable drainage to prevent flooding and storm water runoff.
  • A planted table enables food to grow right where you eat it! The table includes a mix of edible green plants and fruit to encourage healthier and more sustainable living, demonstrating a way to grow your own food at home.
  • Insect hotels promote biodiversity providing place for hibernating insects like ladybirds and butterflies.
  • Permeable paving surfaces allow the movement of storm water through the surface and reduce water runoff.
  • Tree planting provides a habitat for wildlife and helps cool the air, reducing the so called ‘heat island effect’.

AIPH Secretary General, Tim Briercliffe, comments, “AIPH believes strongly that cities around the world can use plants and the living landscape to tackle the many social and environmental challenges they face. It is our hope that cities from around the world will use the concepts demonstrated in this garden to improve life for their own citizens. Expo 2016 Antalya will be an amazing event and I would recommend that everyone with an interest in greening the future should visit.”

OAiB President, Osman Bagdatlioglu, adds, “I am proud to have been involved with Expo 2016 Antalya since AIPH first approved it as an A1 International Horticultural Exhibition in 2008. This region of Turkey is developing rapidly as a major producer of ornamentals and we welcome everyone to come and see us this year.”

Find out more about Expo 2016 Antalya at www.expo2016.org.tr

Tickets are available from https://expoant.com/bilet/expo_tickets.html

Asia Pacific Solar Feed in Tariff News

Most Asia-Pacific Countries Use Feed-in Tariffs to Incentivize Renewable Energy Investment, says GlobalData

LONDON, UK (GlobalData), 4 May 2016 – The use of Feed-in Tariffs (FiTs) continues to be a popular form of incentive utilized to promote renewable power installations in Asia-Pacific (APAC) countries, according to research and consulting firm GlobalData.

The company’s latest report* states that apart from Malaysia, New Zealand, South Korea and Singapore, all other countries covered in the region have FiTs for one or more renewable technologies. At the same time, net-metering, which is a recent and more advanced incentive, is popular in Japan and is gaining ground in India with a few states having introduced the same for rooftop solar installations.

Harshavardhan Reddy Nagatham, GlobalData’s Senior Analyst covering Power, explains: “An FiT works by offering eligible energy companies contracts declaring that they will receive a fixed return on the renewable energy they provide proportional to how much it costs to produce, which encourages investment in the industry. In most APAC countries, the introduction of dedicated agencies to coordinate installations and the roll out of FiTs has led to a significant and prompt growth in the corresponding technologies.

“India, for example, had fewer than 50 Megawatts (MW) solar capacity in 2010, which increased to more than 1,000 MW in 2011, partly because of the introduction of FiTs. China has seen similarly impressive results through the use of FiTs, achieving the largest installed capacity of renewable energy across the APAC region and adding 10,950 MW of solarpower in 2013, up from 3,500 MW in 2012. In 2015, China added around 15,000 MW of solar PV capacity.”

Other incentives utilized throughout APAC countries include the use of renewable portfolio standards, capital subsidies, grants, rebates, tax credits, and renewable energy certificates.

Nagatham concludes: “Such incentives will need to be continued and pushed to enable governments to fulfil various targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Indeed, China is already installing renewable capacity at an unprecedented rate, and incentives will continue to facilitate this kind of growth.”

Namibia Seeks Solar PV

NAMIBIA – TENDER FOR AN AUXILIARY SOLAR PHOTOVOLTAIC (PV) POWER PLANT AT THE RUACANA HYDRO POWER STATION (NORTHERN NAMIBIA)

Market(s):

Namibia

Sector(s):

Power, Renewable Energy

Opportunity Type:

Public Sector

NamPower invites Tenders for the design, engineering, procurement, manufacturing, supply and more of an Auxiliary Solar PV Plant in northern Namibia to feed the auxiliary support systems of the current Ruacana Hydro Power Station.

Tender No: NPWR/2016/25

Namibia Power Corporation (Pty) Ltd. (NamPower), the electricity utility of the Republic of Namibia, invites tenders for the design, engineering, procurement, manufacturing, supply and delivery, installation, training, commissioning and site acceptance testing of an auxiliary solar PV Plant to feed the auxiliary support systems of the current Ruacana Hydro Power Station.

 

Value of contract:

Value unknown

Response date:

22/07/2016

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Are you ready to expand? Argentina seeks Biodigesters

Richard_BG_Changed_V2ARGENTINA – CONSULTANT IS LOOKING FOR SMALL BIODIGESTERS REPRESENTATIONS

Market(s):

Argentina

Sector(s):

Environment, Renewable Energy

Opportunity Type:

Private Sector

A local environment consultant is looking for representations of UK small biodigestors firms.

A local environment consultant is looking for representations of UK small biodigestors firms.

There is a potential for introducing small-scale biodigestors for a range of uses (dairy, pig farms, small scale waste treatment facilities- 2-5 tons a day organic waste-, retail commercial premises).

All components should include not only equipment but also a basic support and training package for installation, set-up and basic maintenance. Qualified installers for most equipment are in short supply despite the relatively high qualifications of engineering graduates in Argentina.

The UKTI team in Argentina will provide further information on request.

Value of contract:

Value unknown

Response date:

01/12/2016

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    ARGENTINA

SOLAR: Can you supply Argentina with Solar?

ARGENTINA – CONSULTANT IS LOOKING FOR SOLAR POWER

Argentina

Sector(s):

Renewable Energy

Opportunity Type:

Private Sector

A local environment consultant is looking for new representations of UK Solar PV and Thermal firms.

A local environment consultant is looking for new representations of UK Solar PV and Thermal firms (small and/or modular systems).

Although Argentina has a relatively long history of projects aimed at developing and installing small scale solar thermal and photovoltaic systems, there is a considerable scope for supplying an untapped market. Particularly in the field of self-contained “stand-alone” systems, ideal for rural areas and businesses, there is a shortage of robust and proved systems. Solar thermal has been comparably more developed and there is already a presence of local and foreign suppliers. Most equipment offered to date is Chinese sourced.

The UKTI team in Argentina will provide further information on request.

Value of contract:

Value unknown

Response date:

01/12/2016

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    ARGENTINA

Are You Looking to Expand Into Agrentina?

An Argentinian environment consultant is looking for UK small wind turbine companies (up to 30kw).

Wind energy, either in combination with solar or as sole-provision generation with accompanying batteries and inverters are a niche market with potential growth in rural and farming areas, particularly in regions with strong wind potential. Although local suppliers exist, most equipment is Chinese sourced, batteries and inverters are US made.

The UKTI team in Argentina will provide further information on request.

ARGENTINA – LOCAL CONSULTANT IS LOOKING FOR SMALL WIND TURBINES REPRESENTATIONS

Market(s):

Argentina

Sector(s):

Renewable Energy

Opportunity Type:

Private Sector

Uber is Yesterday Now Try Journey Share

Journey Share Website Launches For UK Business Parks

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Stephanie Housty of Ecosurety Left together with launch team 

Stephanie Housty hopes that by launching joinmyjourney it will reduce the amount of cars on our roads, lower ccongestion, create more parking spaces and generally encourage sustainable business park travel

 

The brain child of a company called Ecosurety has more than 1,000 customers including The Co-operative Group, Innocent, BSkyB and Britvic is behind the forthcoming launch.

The company are sort of corporate treehuggers going by the name of Ecosurety and they see themselves as driving greater efficiencies of resource use in large organisations.

Frankly this latest idea could be even better than UBER!

 

 A new website to help business parks and organisations cut congestion and traffic queues is set to be launched. 

joinmyjourney is a free-to-use website for commuters travelling by car, bicycle or on foot to find others to share journeys to work, either regularly, or as a one off. joinmyjourney particularly enables workers within different business park organisations to find people with similar commutes. A joinmyjourney Apple, Android and Windows app to accompany the website is due to launch this Spring.

 Benefits include fewer cars on the road, lower emissions¹, and helping drivers save money by cutting commuting costs. Others include less stress sitting in traffic queues, improved confidence from increased outdoor exercise and the option to share sustainable and safe journeys during the winter. There is also anecdotal evidence that journey sharing improves employee punctuality.

 

joinmyjourney is launched by resource efficiency specialist ecosurety thanks to funding from South Gloucestershire Council’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF), with support from North Bristol SusCom.

 

The scheme, owned by ecosurety, was recently recognised by the TravelWest awards, and is now open to shared business sites across the UK.

 

James Piper, commercial director at ecosurety, says, “ecosurety wholeheartedly supports sustainability. Our decision to create a scheme for businesses underlines our commitment to the environment, as well as our core value of striving to continuously eradicate all forms of unnecessary waste.”

 

He continues: “joinmyjourney developed out of the need to find a features-lite solution that was free-to-use for employees, where they could efficiently and easily connect with other interested journey sharers between different businesses.”

 

How it works

 

Users can specify the start point (via postcode) with the destination business park or place of work pre-configured, then using an interactive map identify potential sharers on the route and their preferred mode of transport (walk, cycle or car). Users then choose to message other users who most closely fit their needs, to plan their journey share, and the route can be easily amended if the default route doesn’t match the user’s preferred journey.

Once registered, users can also specify other key information, such as the days and times that they usually travel and state their preferences – i.e smokers, non-smokers, or to only share with somebody of the same sex, etc.

Verity Heal, LSTF project manager at South Gloucestershire Council, says, “joinmyjourney is a great example of how we are working with the business community to help resolve shared challenges. This is one of many schemes that we are delivering across the area to help take cars off the road.”

Ann O’Driscoll, from North Bristol SusCom, a group of employers that promotes sustainable transport to 40,000 employees and 30,000 students, says, “Travelling more sustainably can have a dramatic impact on congestion levels, commuting costs, emissions and parking problems. Joining forces with somebody else who wants to walk or cycle can also be very empowering, especially in the winter when it’s dark before and after work. Using more active forms of transport can also improve fitness and reduce stress.”

 

Organisations or business centres can register interest at joinmyjourney.org.

In the future, revenues from the scheme will go into a not-for-profit fund, to ensure it is able to cover its costs.  Organisations that meet certain criteria might also be able to use the scheme for free in the first instance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Great Solar Product Shame About The Budget

New solar thermal panels end stagnation with unique, automated ‘temperature shutdown’ coating

The word stagnation brings anybody involved with solar thermal shudder, frankly the shudder is twofold with regard to heat issues and also UK government having a total inability to keep to its promises. The budget favours nuclear power and not catching rays from the sun.

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Christian Engelke, Viessmann technical director pictured above.

Going back a decade the solar thermal industry had a simple grant scheme backed by the Low Carbon Buildings Programme and then it was scrapped at the time of the crash and we all had to wait for RHI to replace the LCB-Programme. Now RHI and solar thermal have parted company.

It seems as though the thermal ship has sailed just as Viessmann decide it is time to bring the UK market a new solar thermal flat panel that ends the problem of overheating and stagnation and sets a new standard for solar system efficiency and reliability.

The Viessmann Vitosol 200-FM collector features ThermProtect, a patented “intelligent” absorber layer coating that, through temperature-dependent change in its crystal structures, adjusts automatically to changes in sunlight and heat absorption.

Traditional flat panel solar thermal collectors can be prone to steam production due to stagnation, which in turn leads to heat transfer medium degradation. This can be an issue in spring or summer when excess heat from the sun cannot always be used and the panels’ temperature rises. ThermProtect rejects the excess heat back to the environment.

“While there are practical and mechanical ways to design solar systems so that solar thermal stagnation is limited, overheating has been a bug bear to the solar industry,” says Christian Engelke, Viessmann technical director.  “ThermProtect on the Vitosol 200-FM is a significant milestone in eradicating this issue and furthers Viessmann, already in the solar thermal market for over 40 years, as a pioneering manufacturer. It makes solar a more attractive proposition for installers and homeowners for whom oversizing is no longer an issue. They can now benefit from a much more reliable renewable technology to add to their homes. We hope this development increases the take-up of solar thermal in the UK.”

Flat plate collector with intelligent absorber layer

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The patented coating, developed by Viessmann in partnership with Nancy University, France, prevents further energy absorption when the plate reaches a certain temperature. The absorber coating is based on the principle of “intelligent layers”. The coating’s structure changes depending on the collector temperature. Above an absorber temperature of 75 °C the coating increases its emitting of incoming solar radiation and in effect ‘shuts down’.

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Nancy University, France Source Wikipedia.

If the temperature of the collector falls below 75 ° C, the structure of the coating will return to its original state and 95 per cent of the incoming solar energy is absorbed and converted into heat.

The change of the coating’s structure occurs unlimited times and means that the flat panel is never at risk of stagnation.

I love it but wonder if it will ever see the light of day (excuse the pun) and we can only live in hope for some sort of subsidy to help the industry back on its feet.

This manufacturer might sell EUR 2 billion but sadly not much of this comes from UK solar sales and its a shared effort from 120 global offices.