“Free Energy Life” Offered in Sustainable, Luxury Tower

by Mary-Catherine Riley

Would you like to live in the lap of luxury in a flat northwest of London that provides excellent amenities and still feel like you are living sustainably? Excellent, so would I! For a starting price of £200,000, you too can live in the Beacon, “the world’s most sustainable luxury tower.”

The vision of the Beacon is to reinvent the modern lifestyle while incorporating the most technologically advanced sustainability practices. The Beacon integrates a multitude of renewable energy sources to offer a “free energy life” (http://www.edie.net/news/6/Hemel-Hempstead-set-to-welcome–world-s-most-sustainable-residential-tower-/). The Beacon incorporates underfloor heating, heat recovery ventilation and geothermal heating to regulate the temperature of the building as well as smart thermostats to use that energy efficiently. The windows are three glazed and provide the best noise and heat insulation. The Beacon lowers the energy bill by using the power created by their 0.8 MW solar array. Furthermore, they have adapted motion sensitive LED light to provide the most efficient lighting. Continue reading

Tidal and Wind Energy Companies Share a Power Grid to Provide Reliable, Renewable Energy

by Mary-Catherine Riley

Atlantis Resources partnered with Lockend Wind Energy to spearhead the world’s largest grid connection of any commercial tidal project (https://eandt.theiet.org/content/articles/2016/11/meygen-tidal-power-project-poised-to-feed-scottish-highland-electricity-grid/). This initiative is thought to be the first combination of electricity to power an existing grid. Currently, MeyGen is in the first phase of construction, installing 86 turbines to generate 86 megawatts (MW). However, the project has room for growth. Atlantis hopes to expand the facility’s capability to power 175,000 homes using 269 turbines producing almost 400 MW (3,4). The glaring downside is the cost. Funds for the first stage of the MeyGen project are £51million ($82m) (http://www.meygen.com/the-project/meygen-news/). Moreover, while the power of strong currents in the Pentland Firth in northern Scotland makes it an ideal location for tidal generation, the area’s harsh storm and wave conditions could destroy the turbines. Lastly, the grid connection is limited until further expansion occurs in future years due to limited grid capacity. Continue reading