Archive for September, 2012


Simon Jonathan Naish Rayson says:
Ebike Innovation

Category: Electric Transport, Renewable Energy Film/Video
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So we have a bicycle, and it has two wheels, a seat and pedals, and it gets you from A to B. Bicycles, they’ve been around a long time and perhaps it seems little is new in the world of cycling. But in the Ebike sector, innovation is bursting out everywhere – perhaps this is understandable, it’s a relatively new field and a growing market for manufacturers to sell to? (In Holland now the latest data shows that 1 in 5, or 20%, of a ll new bicycles sold are electrically assisted – and the Dutch do know a thing or two about cycling after all. See here for full story:

Of course the innovations that we are seeing maybe in part due to the legislative restrictions that Ebikes have to conform to? After all legislation can create a market – thus in the majority of the EU (inc the UK) a standard electrically assisted bicycle must be limited to 250watts (nominal power) and the motor is only permitted to power the bicycle up to 15mph (25kph). This presents challenges – how to make the motor perform well on the hills (give it lots of torque), how to get the motor to run without too quickly draining the battery, and so on. Various manufacturers meet these challenges in different ways – and although a motor may be limited to 250watts nominal power, many at peak power are producing nearer a 1,000watts (and all quite legally). Another factor in some parts of Europe is that there are now different permitted classes of Electric Bicycle – for instance in Germany beyond the standard 250w/25kph class, there are others including a 45kph/28mph class which are still permitted on bicycle paths (within local speed limits), but the rider is required to wear a helmet and to have motorcycle insurance. So far in the UK we only have the one type of electric bicycle standard (250w/15mph) but many are lobbying to include more flexibility, such as they have in Germany. The faster bikes making things such as longer distance Ebike commuting a more practicable possibility maybe?

Here’s an example of such an Ebike in action – the Grace One:

Of course innovation is not only driven by legislation, sometimes new solutions to existing problems are sought, or simply new ways of doing things that might work better, or need less maintenance, or maybe just look better?

From Germany a couple of new innovative bike systems are coming along – new ways of propelling the bike along.

Firstly, and already in production and shortly to be available from Wisper Bikes in the UK, are Grace Ebike’s with Belt Drives. A Belt Drive being oil free is one way of reducing the chances of getting mucky on your bike, and they do tend to require less maintenance than a chain as well – and on these bikes they also look pretty cool.

Here’s a video of one in action:

Secondly, and shortly to be in production, how about shaft drive? Something you see on some (top end) motorcycles, and of course the standard system on cars, but on bicycles not a common thing – there have been one or two shaft drive bicycles, but the new system from a company called Protanium is the first in which the shaft is driven by an electric motor (as well as by the pedals). A shaft drive electric bicycle, will mean little maintenance, no dirty chain, potentially “cleaner lines”.

Now there is innovation, have a look here:

Bikes using such innovative technology perhaps won’t be the cheapest, but they will be made to a high standard and last well (with a good guarantee). Perhaps the saddest thing is the paucity of British manufacturers in this sector – maybe, and returning to the legislative aspect, if we had other and faster classes of electric Bicycles then they would become more of interest and more widely purchased and encourage British manufacturing companies to get involved?

Heck Bosch now make on of the best Ebike Motors – a crank drive (as pictured above) – (as used in the belt drive bike mentioned above, as well as in many others), so perhaps Dyson or someone similar might one day get involved? (Interestingly some German manufacturers who initially shipped the production side of making electric bike systems, to the far east, are now bringing production back home – it seems the Made in Germany badge increases sales, as does the Made in Britain – if you can ever find it!).


Sharon Fay says:
Introducing FJ Chalke’s New Electric Vehicle Relationship Manager

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My name is Sharon Fay and I am the new Electric Vehicle Relationship Manager at Dorset Energized’s partners FJ Chalke in Wincanton.

I have worked for FJ Chalke previously as Receptionist and then as Electric Vehicle Relationship Manager, but having been out of the car industry for a year and missing the buzz of sales, the role came up again as Electric Vehicle Relationship Manager [as Beverley has gone onto pastures new] and as they say… the rest is history.

I am looking forward to taking the Nissan LEAF on the next stage of its journey and introducing new electric vehicles to the Nissan EV range. So if you would like to arrange a test drive, ask a question or have a chat about the LEAF please do not hesitate to contact me on 01963 34335 or and of course there is lots more information on our website on:


Nathan Shaw says:
Climate Change Myth-Busting!

Category: Climate Change, Sustainable Living
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The discussion of how a single person can have an effect on the global problem of climate change can often reach boiling point. I am a firm believer in every-little-helps, and would like to see the powerful force of 60 million UK citizens working together. Most people are probably aware of how they can reduce their electricity and heating consumption, without massively altering their lifestyles and here I will bust 3 of the most common myths that could stop people from achieving a reduction (and thus losing out on money!)

1) ‘switching a light off uses more power than leaving it on’
Switching a light on does use a large amount of energy, but only for a very short period of time (think the time it takes for Usain Bolt to run 1m). In fact, leaving a light off for 5 seconds saves the energy taken to switch a light on. So have a light off for more than 5 seconds, and you will be saving electricity. The same goes for appliances that would normally be left on standby – you can save a lot of electricity by switching them off.

2) ‘washing up vs. dishwashers’
If a dishwasher is only used once a week (for everything) then it is probably not doing too much harm. However, if it starts to be used 2-3 times a week, plus separate hand washing for saucepans and the soaking of dishwasher items, then it starts to add up. You are looking at 3 times as much electricity and hot water, plus the extra money in purchasing tablets, for dishwashing over hand washing (throughout one week) – plus the job of emptying the dishwasher still remains.

3) ‘replacing a non-energy efficient light bulb before it dies is a waste of energy’
You would think this is the case, but with the efficiency of modern light bulbs and the production methods used, it is much better to replace an old light bulb as soon as possible. Plus, there are now ample facilities for recycling old light bulbs.

If anyone else knows of any more popular misconceptions within the home, then please let us know!

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Vince Adams says:
Don’t be led by the small minority: the Anti Wind Turbine Brigade!

Category: Dorset Energized News, Renewable Energy, Wind Power
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Myself and fellow members of Energise Stur Valley and Transition Town Sturminster Newton are concerned that the headlines in the Blackmore Vale Magazine this weekend gave a highly negative view towards Wind Turbines.

If only the voices of a small vocal minority are heard with substantial amounts of dis-information, then it would appear the process of Public Inquiry is itself under threat.

Energise Stur Valley, Transition Town Sturminster Newton and Dorset Energized are committed to helping to give good information to local people upon which they can make truly informed decisions about the way that we and Dorset should be developing renewable energy resources. We are keen to express the need for Community action and ownership of energy creating schemes whilst supporting in general principal the growth of all forms of renewable development.

The anti wind turbine brigade are well funded, totally committed to protecting their own backyards and irrational in their views. Old heresy is dredged up time and time again which have little truth and stop Dorset and this Country moving forward and making the very most of our natural resources.

So please listen to both sides, make your own decisions and don’t be lead by the Anti Brigade.

Here are just a few points that take up some of the dis-information and are far more informed:

1. The substantial wind resource in Dorset is not being utilised as described in the Dorset Renewable Energy Strategy. There are no wind turbines larger than 20 kW currently installed in Dorset.

2. All surrounding counties (Devon, Cornwall, Somerset and Wiltshire) have multi MW turbines either already installed or with positive planning determinations.

3. In every survey of Dorset residents ever undertaken there has always been a majority in favour of large wind turbines (Dorset Citizens Panel questionnaires).

4. The representations against the application are motivated by concerns about visual impact, which is inevitably a big issue for those living closest to the proposed turbines but it must be remembered that they are a minority within the district.

5. The majority in favour of the application tend to be less motivated to voice their opinion and in some cases feel bullied to remain silent such is the robustness by which every comment of theirs is countered (as we have even seen on the comments on this very blog!).

6. There is much misinformation being repeated by objectors to the application and reported in the local media.

7. Statements made about the proposed turbines being inefficient, Ecotricity being financially unstable, the concrete to be used affecting the water table and emitting more CO2 than the turbines save, are not correct.

For more information on Wind Power see our page on:

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  • Erik Blakeley comments:
    "To hear the opponents talk you would think that no other form of power plant ever need maintenance or replacement. Nuclear has one of the highest O&M costs around. Gas plant has a similar life expectancy to wind. As to the health worries these scare stories are repeatedly discredited yet still they come back again and again. I know its all still out there on the internet but so are the claims that aliens are probing our brains – it doesn’t mean its true. I sympathize with people that are being frightened by the new technology especially the gentleman who is concerned about his epileptic relative but the epilepsy society has pointed out that the large turbines rotate too slowly for them to pose a threat to epileptics. Wind turbine syndrome was a bit of pseudoscience generated by poor scientific technique used by biased researchers in the US and elsewhere which isn’t even mentioned by the more informed opponents these days because they know it is just not real. Other forms of power generation do pose real and significant threats to public health so wind power is one of the generation technologies least likely to injure or harm you as a member of the public and consumer of energy. We cannot solve our problems by just using one form of low carbon technology – we cannot just build solar (what happens at night?) We cannot even just build nuclear (nuclear power is very inflexible and needs to be run at a steady output making it just as dependent on storage as wind if it is to cope with changes in demand). We need a wide range of technologies working together to give us a flexible and reliable energy system. Onshore wind is an indispensable part of that mix. "
    May 9, 2014 a 8:15 am

  • Cameron Phillips comments:
    "I for one am against wind turbines on shore, especially the Blandford hill one, as I live on Blandford Hill, I dont want my and my family’s health to get worse, my younger sibling has epilepsy, If someone put them in your backyard, you would feel the way Im feeling "
    May 8, 2014 a 8:03 pm

  • daniel comments:
    "there is too much information that shows that they are inefficient, there are days throughout the UK when the wind does not blow, they need support net works of power stations, and often there will be a need for more pylons to support them! Plus with the big turbines, they are more prone to going wrong, look at Professional Industry pieces on this. It is agreed that turbines need new gearboxs etc. once every five years, which can be 10 percent of the cost of the turbine itself! They need regular maintenance, to guard against blade failure, brake failure etc. In Europe Insurers are waking up to the costs of Wind turbines, regretably they do go wrong, and if you have houses near by, the results can be very unpleasant. Records in Germany and other countries have turbine collapse and blades crashing through peoples roofs! Very frightening! I think the approach is wrong, if wind turbines are efficient etc then people should be campaigning that they be sited over 2kms away from peoples homes, you cannot deny how ever keen you feel about turbines that they are blighting peoples lives when they are too close… wind turbine syndrome looks like it may be a real problem and not in peoples minds, so what better way of tackling this than making sure that wind turbines are responsibly placed, if they have to be placed anywhere… finally please understand that wind turbines, the large ones, like the ones planned for Tolpuddle are Industrial installations, it will be an industrial site, and it is being placed near areas of outstanding natural beauty etc. where it may have an impact on Tourist trade….it is in the wrong place. Industrial installations should be for brown field sites, not agricultural land that will be down graded into being a brown field site. Please look on the net, learn how people are affected through out the World by having windfarms so close to them, how it damages the quality of their lives, and then perhaps you can understand why people are resistent to them! "
    November 29, 2012 a 11:41 am

  • Theresa comments:
    "I know I bang on about energy efficiency and demand reduction, but having an energy efficient home means we only use about 1500kW electricity a year (and a titchy amount of gas for our gas cooker). If other homes were like this, then the contribution from wind turbines would go much further and our fossil fuel dependence would be so much less ….. "
    November 26, 2012 a 7:10 pm

  • vince adams comments:
    "Same old arguments about WT’s. Please just look at the facts, they are efficient, payback their cost/carbon investment amazingly quickly, do not effect birds and they look beautiful.
    If people had taken the same approach in earlier centuries we would not have had some of the most efficient food producing installations ever: THE WINDMILL.
    I don’t want to see them in people’s backyards but in the right location they are a key part of our energy future.
    There are plenty of people who have far worse things to put up with including Nuclear, Gas Fired Power and soon Fracking sites. Do they get a choice and if they did how would you heat your own homes. Its time to think about all our neighbours.
    Be positive, eventually the future will be RENEWABLE. "

    November 26, 2012 a 3:49 pm

  • Marcus comments:
    "By the way, not knowing anyone in Dorset in the circle of people I know who has ever been asked by any one to fill in a survey regarding how they feel about wind turbines, I wonder at the information that most of us think the large turbines are a good thing. I am sorry if you find that a small minority of us, who dont think wind turbines are a good thing act as bullies, as a small minority I am surprised people are all that bothered, goodness me!
    Shall I tell you something, if wind turbines were efficient, if they did not potentially pose a health risk due to infrasound, if they were sited 2km minimum distance from peoples homes I would be the FIRST to be in favour of them! Unfortunately in these days of the internet, People have access to alot of information available globally regarding wind turbines there safety, the affect on peoples lives etc etc. and one cannot fail to be concerned, if I only read Greenpeace info. and other like minded infomation providers, I too would be ever so happy I am sure! But regretably, I have read alot of information that makes me genuinely very concerned. I think there are other ways of producing energy that do not create noise, are not visually intrusive, that do not risk damaging Dorsets tourist trade, do not produce infrasound etc. if photovoltaic technology was advanced so that the technology became cheaper, alot of people would choose to use solar power, how bout instead of the huge subsidies spent on wind turbines the money could be spent on cheapening Solar power! I am sorry if you only want people on this blog being for windpower, but if you make claims that the vast majority of us are for huge Windturbines, you are wrong. "

    November 25, 2012 a 8:01 pm

  • Marcus comments:
    "Ill informed people, hum, I think you would find that there is a lot of information out there, about the safety record of Windturbines, how the larger they get there more dangerous they are. The inefficiencys of them. The dangers to wildlife, bats and birds that has been vastly underestimated, and under reported, the noise pollution, the believed danger from Low frequency Noise which is believed to be causing the Wind turbine syndrome often reported by people dwelling near by to turbines. etc etc. We might say that people who are blindly in favour of wind turbines are ill informed, look on the internet, look at all the information available World wide, look to why it is the Germans are turning away from Wind power, why it is the Danish will only allow windfarms 2 kms away from dwellings etc etc…wonder why it is the so called minority are against windfarms. The Low frequency noise is an issue of great concern, Scientists who are neither for nor against wind farms are calling for more research, because it is feared that Low Frequency noise or infrasound can do real damage to the human brain, and physiology for the long term. Look at the research available, and think, if there is a risk, if there is a risk, do you really think we should blindly go on saying windfarms are a good thing. Do you think in years to come, when people have had their health irreversably damaged that we shall feel pleased with ourselves? Yes it’s all in the mind is nt it, that’s what the wind turbine companys would like you to think, but you look at the research! Its there, if you can be bothered. Have a look at the accident data, have a look at the film of wind turbines exploding! Listen to the noise they create, see the light flicker that blights people lives and makes roads dangerous! See the hollow faces of people whose lives have been ruined by having large scale windfarms placed by them……the information is out there, we are not idiots, we can read, have a look yourself, and wonder perhaps are we ill informed, also can I ask this finally, who is the one who profits from this, is it the minority objector? Or is the windfarm company who desperately tells you how efficient their windfarms will be etc etc. hum! "
    November 25, 2012 a 7:49 pm

  • Frederic comments:
    "A modest small rural home without gas which uses oil and woodburners for domestic heating and electricity solely for cooking, lighting and domestic appliances will use 8000-8500KW hours per year If your electricity bill is £80-100/month then you are that household using 1KW hour every hour of the year. So the turbines could power 3750 homes this is one quarter of the homes in the wholly inaccurate estimate of 14000 made by West Coast Energy. Even this is far from the true picture, at you peak daily usage you will require 10KW to power your lights cooker and kettle and so the whole industrial complex would power just 375 local homes. The populations of Tolpuddle are 360 and Puddletown 1220 to set this in a local context. .Is the noise, visual landscape destruction, intrusion on byways, damage to wildlife and the local tourism economy worth this paltry and unreliable power station.
    ….. i AM sorry, they are inefficient, fullstop. "

    November 25, 2012 a 7:38 pm

  • Vince comments:
    "I have just come back from the Silton Wind Farm enquiry this morning where a small number of ill-informed people are standing in the way of progress for the majority. It was so depressing and then to be sent The Guardian’s article extolling the case for Wind Turbines and their growing effect on our energy supply and reduction in carbon emissions was wonderful! Read the article here:
    We at Dorset Energized aim for the truth, well researched facts that give proper advice to people here in Dorset regarding Renewable Energy.
    Be inspired by this latest report and share it with family and friends in the hope that more of us will understand the potential positive effect for all our futures. "

    September 26, 2012 a 12:50 pm

  • Wendy comments:
    "I understand that the Save our Silton group is upset about the visual impact of the possible wind turbines on their landscape, particularly being so close to them. However, in their protest, they really should stick to the facts. Wind turbines are neither inefficient nor useless. They are the most efficient way to generate renewable energy in our climate. They pay back the carbon of their installation in a matter of months. They should generate electricity 75% of the time. If you see wind turbines standing idle, it is most likely because there is too much electricity going into the grid at that moment, and turbines can be switched off at a flick of a switch, whereas conventional power stations take hours to power down and back up. I can’t imagine how on earth wind turbines would drive jobs away. They may or may not be ugly, and that is what the debate is really about. "
    September 25, 2012 a 9:28 am


Anna Celeste Watson says:
The RAW campaign – kickstarting a food & farming revolution!

Category: Climate Change, Sustainable Farming & Food, Sustainable Living
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In case you hadn’t noticed, at Dorset Energized we are kickstarting a renewable energy revolution!!!

Individuals, households, businesses, communities, charity groups and organisations all need to do our own ‘little bit’ and pull together to:

1) invest in renewable energy today and
2) reduce our energy demand by becoming more energy efficient and sustainable.

Our website is packed full of ideas for steps you can take today to feel good, save the planet AND even save money too! From simply switching energy suppliers to Good Energy (something I am very happy to have recently done myself!), to buying a wood fuelled heater, investing in solar panels or buying an electric car but there are also some tips on energy efficiency, and on living in a more sustainable and natural way – something more and more of us are quite frankly yearning for!

In my spare time I also run Compassionate Dorset – the local supporter group for the leading farm animal welfare charity Compassion in World Farming who campaign peacefully to end factory farming – and as it also happens to be Soil Association’s Organic September, I wanted to let you know about a new campaign to end factory farming called ‘RAW’ and how it directly relates to the most pressing issues of sustainability including climate change and food energy.

RAW is an ambitious, international campaign and it aims to kickstart a food and farming revolution…

Factory farms are everywhere – they raise around 2 in every 3 farm animals, and they are here in the UK and Dorset! But they’re not working. Industrialised meat and dairy farming is dangerous, unfair and dirty, placing untold pressure on animals, people and the planet.

RAW will expose and explore the true cost of factory farming and build a movement for positive, practical food and farming solutions. RAW believes in better farming; farming that is safer, fairer and greener; farming that gives us all access to healthy, affordable food.

Factory farming and climate change
Factory farming intensifies climate change, releasing vast volumes of greenhouse gases.

  • Livestock farming accounts for around 18% of our global greenhouse gas emissions – more than the global transport sector.
  • Factory-farmed beef requires twice as much fossil fuel energy input as pasture-reared beef.
  • Methane and nitrous oxide are 25 times and 298 times more potent than carbon dioxide respectively in terms of their potential to intensify global warming.
  • Added heat stress, shifting monsoons, and drier soils may reduce yields by as much as a third in the tropics and subtropics, where crops are already near their maximum heat tolerance.

Factory farming and resource waste
Factory farming wastes resources, requiring vast inputs but giving relatively little food energy in return.

  • On average, it takes around 6kg of plant protein to produce just 1kg of animal protein.
  • It takes over 15,000 liters of water to produce an average kilo of beef. This compares with around 1,200 liters for a kg of maize and 1800 for a kilo of wheat.
  • In the US, chemical-intensive farming uses the equivalent of 1 barrel of oil in energy to produce 1 ton of maize – a major component of animal feed.

Factory farming and biodiveristy loss
Factory farming endangers the natural world, threatening the survival of many animals and plants.

  • Current trends suggest that agricultural expansion in the Amazon for grazing and crops will see 40% of this fragile, pristine rainforest destroyed by 2050.
  • One in 10 species could face extinction by the year 2100 if current predicted climate change impacts continue.

Factory farming and pollution
Factory farming pollutes environments, contaminating the natural world with a range of potentially lethal toxins.

  • US livestock farming is responsible for around a third of the nitrogen and phosphorus that enters the country’s freshwaters.
  • Some large farms can produce more raw waste than the human population of a large US city.
  • Livestock farming accounts for over 60% of our global ammonia emissions.
  • Pig slurry is 75 times more polluting than raw domestic sewage.

But this is still just a small part of it, there are also issues with; animal cruelty, food inequality, health threats, disease risk and damaged livelihoods. By taking action against factory farming, we will not just be creating a food and farming revolution; we are also tackling one of the world’s greatest sustainability challenges.

Join the RAW Campaign
Find out more about RAW and help expose the true cost of factory farming. Let’s kickstart a food and farming (AND renewable energy) revolution together!
Visit the website today:
(And for more information on Compassion in World Farming’s Dorset supporter group visit:

Organic is Better for the environment
All month Soil Association have been celebrating Organic September!

Organic farming reduces environmental pollution and the release of greenhouse gases from food production by severely restricting the use of artificial chemical fertilisers and pesticides. Instead, organic farmers rely on developing a healthy, fertile soil and growing a mixture of crops.

Organic farming offers the best, currently available, practical model for addressing climate-friendly food production. This is because it is less dependent on oil-based fertilisers and pesticides and confers resilience in the face of climatic extremes. In fact soils on organic farms store higher levels of carbon in the soil – so if organic farming was common practice in the UK, we could offset at least 23% of agriculture’s current greenhouse emissions.

Choosing organic, local and seasonal food is an easy way to significantly reduce your carbon footprint.
Organic standards also insist that animals are given plenty of space and fresh air to thrive and grow – guaranteeing a truly free-range life.

Take the Organic Pledge to support sustainable farming when you shop:

Oh and by the way, happy World Peace Day too! : )


Paul McIntosh says:
Eco Sustainable Solutions Anaerobic Digestion Open Day at Piddlehinton 26th September 2012

Category: Energy Events in Dorset
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Eco Sustainable Solutions are having an open day next Wednesday 26th September 2012 at their new site in Piddlehinton, Dorset.

Anaerobic Digestion Open Day
Wednesday 26th September 2012, 2pm – 7pm
Eco AD Facility, Bourne Park, Piddlehinton, Dorchester, DT2 7TU

The site will be open to visitors  to give you an opportunity to see how the site operates. Tours will be available throughout the day and there will be an opportunity to talk to staff over light refreshments.

Please feel free to arrive when convenient, visitors will be coming and going throughout.

If you wish to attend, please contact them on their details below:

Rebecca Jones (Assistant Operations Manager)
Eco Sustainable Solutions ltd
Tel: 01202 593601


Vince Adams says:
‘What happens when the oil runs out’ Community Lecture at Thomas Hardy School 24th September 2012

Category: Energy Events in Dorset, Fuel Poverty & Security
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Professor Chris Rhodes is speaking at the Thomas Hardy School in Dorchester from 7.00 until 8.15pm on Monday 24th September 2012 on ‘What happens when the oil runs out’.

Professor Chris Rhodes is an independent consultant dealing with energy and environment issues and is currently involved in projects concerning land remediation; heavy metal and radioactive waste management; alternative fuels and energy sources based on biomass and algae; and hydrothermal conversion of biomass and algae to biochar, fuels and feedstocks. His publications run to 180 articles and 5 books and he writes a monthly column for on “Future Energies”.

For further reading check out  Professor Chris Rhodes’ Blog Energy Balance at:

All Community Lectures at Thomas Hardy School are FREE, but by ticket only, available from the school Reception but donations are welcomed at the end of each lecture (the money raised goes to charitable causes).

Please contact the school to check there are tickets available:


Lets Get Energized says:
The Green House eco-friendly hotel in Bournemouth unveils new EV charging points

Category: Eco Homes DIY & Tourism, Electric Transport, Renewable Energy, Sustainable Living
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We are very excited to hear that yesterday, The Green House hotel in Bournemouth unveiled their new Electric Vehicle charging points.

The award winning Green House is a beautiful eco-friendly boutique hotel in the heart of Bournemouth that lives, eat and breathes sustainability. In 2011 it was listed in the Guardian’s Green Travel List 2011 and it has just received a gold accreditation from the Green Business Tourism Scheme.

Extensive thought and painstaking research has gone into every aspect to ensure that this designer hotel minimises its impact on the environment at every turn. Interior highlights include 100% UK wool fabrics, woven on the isle of Bute, British designed and made wallpaper, FSC certified, printed with vegetable ink, solid hard wood furniture, either recycled or hand crafted in the UK from fallen trees damaged through storms or disease. Solar thermal energy, complemented by electricity generated on site, ensure that public resource is only used where absolutely necessary. All of this without compromise to guest satisfaction and pleasure, and this is just the tip of the iceberg.

Now it has just increased its green credentials by the activation of their two Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Stations, donated by Zero Carbon World.

Olivia O’Sullivan General Manager for the hotel said “As the greenest hotel in the UK we are always looking for ways in which to add to our green credentials. As we already generate our own electricity onsite, what better way than with EV charging points, so our guest’s can charge their Electric cars”.

Zero Carbon World donates Charging Stations to the hotel and leisure industry to support the development of a national charging infrastructure and encourage the adoption of electric vehicles. “There are no restrictions to use Zero:Net,” said Kevin Sharpe Founder of Zero Carbon World and Chair of the Trustees. “You don’t have to be a member, subscribe, pay in advance or use a smart card to access electricity. Wherever EV drivers are, they can recharge while eating, sleeping, working or simply relaxing. We are extremely proud to be creating the UK’s only Open Charging Station Network”. Growing rapidly with over226 donations to date, ZCW is on track to install 1000 Charging Stations in the UK.

Westover Nissan was invited by the hotel to be the first to connect a Nissan LEAF on the new charging point. Sallyann Tanner Electric Vehicle Relationship Manager for Westover Nissan said
“This charging point will allow guests to stay in a gorgeous eco friendly green hotel and charge their eco friendly electric car whilst staying in one of 32 superb guest rooms, this is ecotourism at its very best”.

Olivia told Dorset Energized “Everyone was so excited with lots of great stories. These Nissan LEAF cars are amazing, they are so quiet and really fast and better still 100% tax deductable!”.

All guests who dine or stay at  The Green House get to charge their electric vehicles for free so you don’t have to be a member of anywhere to use it.

For more information on The Green House eco-friendly hotel visit:


Nathan Shaw says:
Electric Car Movement Picks Up Speed!

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Not quite news from Dorset, but a bit further north the electric car movement has picked up some speed (apologies).

On Monday, Michael Eavis, of Glastonbury fame, was seen plugging his Nissan LEAF [leased from Dorset Energized partners FJ Chalke in Wincanton] into Bristol’s first free green public electric vehicle charger.

Solar Sense installed the point and has confirmed it is for use 24 hours a day and, on top of this, they have just invested in a fleet of electric cars. If the demand is high enough, then hopefully more will be implemented within the Bristol area.

Also, British Gas last week announced a new 6 month scheme with POLAR, through which the companies will install 1500 free charge points for people living in London, Milton Keynes and the Midlands as well as providing electric car owners with a free home charger and installation.

In Wales, Zero Carbon World, in association with Good Energy, have just installed 2 electric charging pumps at the Centre of Alternative Technology, with plans for more to hopefully increase the potential of electric transport across the border.

Finally, the Department of Transport has published figures showing that 473 new electric cars were purchased between April and May 2012 – double the figure for the same period last year. This can attributed to the plug-in grant scheme offering buyers £5000 of the 10 electric car models.

It seems that the issue of what comes first: the electric car or charging point is beginning to be solved. Hopefully this can increase demand, reduce cost and bring the relevant infrastructure to areas away from the major cities, places like Dorset. Of course, this all means very little if the electricity is not coming from renewable sources but action to create a sustainable transport network is being taken, and sometimes action creates change.


Lets Get Energized says:
Dorset Energized Launch Short Story Competition for under 16’s

Category: Competitions & Giveaways, Dorset Energized News, Energy Deals & Offers, Renewable Energy
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Dorset Energized have launched an exciting Short Story Competition for under 16’s sponsored by our friends at Respect Organics…

We are looking for a story set in the Dorset of the future, when all energy is generated renewably, by windmills, solar panels or biogas, and all cars are electric. Let your imagination run wild and picture how that world will look, and how it will work. What effect will it have on the food that we eat? What will it mean for wildlife and biodiversity? However, don’t just describe the scene – tell us a story about interesting characters that is set in a green world.

Download the entry form >>

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The competition is open to all writers aged up to 16 on the closing date of the competition, which is 31 March 2013. You must be living in Dorset and attending school in Dorset.

The story can be up to 1000 words. It must be typed, double-spaced, on only one side of the paper. The pages must be numbered, and you must not put your name or address on the pages. Each story must be accompanied by an entry form. There is no entry fee.

The list of winners and the winning entry will be posted at by 31 May 2013.
First prize is £100 Amazon vouchers.
There will be a second prize of £50 Amazon vouchers.
Plus two runner-up prizes of £25 Amazon vouchers.

The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into, or comments given on individual entries. The judging panel will be led by Wendy Pillar, MA, who has twenty-five years’ experience in the publishing industry.

Copyright remains with the author, but Dorset Energized and their partners including Energize Stur Valley retains the right to publicise winning and runner-up entries.


Vince Adams says:
Dorset Energized at Honeybuns Pippin Apple Day Party – 6th October 2012

Category: Energy Events in Dorset, Sustainable Living

From Bee’s to Wind Turbines!…

Dorset Energized have been invited to have a stand at this magical celebration of all things appley on Apple Day at Honeybuns, Naish Farm.

Local food, crafts, artisan stalls including Somerset Cider Brandy and Muddy Dog Company, plenty of music and guest appearance from Yetties frontman Bonny Sartin, demonstrations and fun for all the family. Bring your own apples to press and a container, although there will plenty of apples available on the day. Plus sampling days, book signings and demo’s.

Plus of course you can find out how to connect with renewable energy at our Dorset Energized stand.

Saturday 6th October
11am to 4pm – FREE ENTRY!

Pippin Apple Party at the Bee Shack
Honeybuns, Naish Farm
Stony Lane, Holwell
Dorset DT9 5LJ

To find out more visit:


Lets Get Energized says:
Breaking News! Wind Turbine Approved at Masters Quarry in East Stoke

Category: Dorset Energized News, Renewable Energy
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This afternoon, Dorset County Councillors approved the proposal for a single 500kW wind turbine at Masters Quarry, East Stoke (near Wool and Wareham).

The Councillors voted in favour, with only 1 abstention. The fact that a wind turbine of this scale obtained planning consent at Council level is very encouraging and Dorset Energized believes it is an important step forward!

Approval for both the Alaska Wind Farm and Masters Quarry Wind Turbine is a fantastic result as there is a situation now where there are options. Alaska Wind Farm, being the project with the larger output, is the preferred option but consent for Masters Quarry means there is a fall back plan just in case. In any case we are hopeful that wind energy will be generated at Masters Quarry within the next couple of years.

More information on the project and other projects by the Developers at Infinergy are on their website:


Simon Jonathan Naish Rayson says:
Buildings & electric cars to be charged by moonlight

Category: Electric Transport, Solar Energy
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One complaint about solar power sometimes raised, is how unattractive solar energy installations appear. They so often, some say, do little to enhance the appearance of buildings or indeed the landscape.

Well from Germany comes a new design by architect André Broessel for a beautifully-striking spherical glass solar energy generator that could revolutionise the appearance of electric vehicle recharging posts! It’s for producing either solar electric power, or hot water from solar heat and looks very different from what we are used to. It utilises the focusing power of a sphere – in the same manner a drop of water can focus the sun’s light – to produce useful energy. It is claimed by the inventor to be up to 35% more efficient than existing designs and could conceivably (it is claimed) produce electricity from the light of the moon as well as the sun.

An extraordinary possibility and one offering the chance of making solar power more viable and cost effective – and to my eyes at least larger versions might well enhance the landscape or a cityscape, while a smaller installation could bring something interesting to a garden or roof.

The new design is in its early stages as yet, so currently no pricing is available to compare with standard types of solar power installations, but it just goes to show that there is much more to come in the developing world of alternative energy technology.

Check out more information on the spherical glass solar energy generator: 

Check out Rawlemon’s B.torics system which is also being developed, to offer fully integrated building solutions with efficient solar energy generation (as pictured above):

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