30 9 / 2014
Most people will be familiar or at least have heard of the good work that Fair Trade tries to do around the world. They are one of the very few organisations who attempt to enable us all to make a difference in our daily lives not be money donations or projects abroad that we will not be apart of and never see, but rather by giving us a choice about what we eat and drink and by helping us to…
29 9 / 2014
Danny Welbeck’s £16 million deadline day transfer from Manchester United to Arsenal raised many an eyebrow. A number of fans questioned the high fee where as many others, well known pundits included, agreed that it was a bargain price for the 23 year old.
29 9 / 2014
Whenever we play the lottery, we know that we have a low chance of ever hitting the jackpot. But that doesn’t put us off trying! After all, someone somewhere gets the win almost every time, and on the times that no-one wins, it just makes it all the sweeter for the person who wins the rollover prize the next time.
What you need to remember with the lottery is that the chances of winning are very…
29 9 / 2014
There is no such thing as bad publicity, they say, and it could not have more true in the case of the internet’s latest anti-social networking site Ello. Millions of us use pseudonyms on all our social media profiles and Facebook’s latest policy against the LGBTQ community, was Ello’s cue to take the spotlight. Not a very social-media friendly person myself, Ello needed some introduction, but…
26 9 / 2014
I won’t lie; I’m not the biggest X-men fan. It’s not that I dislike the movies, I just never really had a comic book interest to sustain my curiosity. I saw the first film and didn’t think much of it, then the third, and again, wasn’t overly impressed, finally X-men Origins: Wolverine killed any potential interest I thought I might have had in this series. However, I took a chance on First Class…
25 9 / 2014
At Adastral Park in Ipswich, BT’s new research labs are set to trial “ultra-fast” broadband that could reach speeds of one Gigabit per second (equivalent to 1000 Megabits per second). If achieved, it would represent a significant upgrade on the current fastest internet available for personal use, which in the UK, is supplied by Virgin Media at speed of 152Mbps.
BT are attempting to achieve their…
25 9 / 2014
A new video by energy company Shell with the tagline “The world needs more scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians” brings the future of the energy sector to the forefront of current energy debates. This last week has been very important for issues such as climate change and renewable energy. The UN as been debating how to further enforce green practises amongst its nations with…
25 9 / 2014
At this moment in time, 25th of September 2014, the most precious commodity sector that exists in the entire world is the oil & gas industry. Oil & gas keeps the world going round fueling cars, heating houses, generating electricity, flying planes and many other things that we rely on on a daily basis. It doesn’t matter where you are in the world – oil plays a big part in people’s lives. We…
24 9 / 2014
You think you are free? Yeah? I mean why wouldn’t you? You can drive your car anywhere you want, you can say whatever and seemingly do whatever. Well it may come as a shock when I inform you that you really aren’t. The invisible boundaries and rules exist in society. We don’t notice them because they’ve been enforced for such a long time that they are part of the foundation of modern civilisation.
23 9 / 2014
Every year, more than six million visitors from all over the world are fascinated by the matchless festival setting of Munich’s Oktoberfest. Yet, keeping the world’s largest beer festival and funfair brightly lit in all its glory requires 2.7 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity – equivalent to the total annual consumption of 1,100 private German households. So, where is all this electric power being generated? The answer is, for example, far out to sea – offshore. There, innovative business enterprises are currently erecting components important to the future power supply of all of Germany.
Munich’s ambitious goals for combating climate change and protecting the environment make the city one of the driving pioneers of this trend: By 2025, Bavaria’s capital city aims to be the world’s first city of over a million inhabitants that covers its entire electricity demand with its own generating units powered exclusively by regenerative energy sources. Every year, Munich’s 800,000 private households, the industries settled there, and the city’s streetcar and subway systems together consume some 7.5 billion kWh of power. The city utility Stadtwerke München (SWM), Germany’s largest municipal energy provider, is thus pursuing a truly trailblazing course with its “SWM Renewable Energies Expansion Campaign”: “We began by implementing measures in Munich and its immediate vicinity. It quickly became clear, however, that this was not enough, and that we had to change our thinking to encompass trans-regional and Europeanwide solutions,’ explains Dr. Florian Bieberbach, Chief Executive Officer of SWM. “We furthermore came to the realization that wind power is the form of renewable energy best suited to meeting our needs. Offshore wind power in particular plays a major role because individual projects can enable us to make giant strides towards reaching our goal,” notes Bieberbach further.
This is why Stadtwerke München and the Swedish power company Vattenfall contracted technology giant Siemens to supply, install and commission a total of 80 wind turbines for the DanTysk offshore wind farm. Work to erect these 80 wind turbines for the DanTysk project was completed in the summer of 2014. These units now stand exactly where regenerative energy can be optimally utilized on a major scale. After all, electricity does not have to be generated in directly the same spot where it is consumed, rather it is first simply fed into the cross-regional high-voltage grid. So while the power generated by DanTysk is not transported directly from the North Sea to Munich’s citizens, it contributes significantly to the Germany’s energy turnaround and Munich’s Renewable Energies Expansion Campaign.Offshore Wind Power Is In Great Demand – Even In Munich Every year, more than six million visitors from all over the world are fascinated by the matchless festival setting of Munich’s Oktoberfest.