With arising worries about the environment, global warming and pollution, skyscrapers, office towers and even mosques are increasingly incorporating green and eco-friendly design and features. Here, as part of the sustainability week on WCN, we look at some of the world’s greenest buildings.One Angel Square, UK
Contractor J Murphy & Sons has completed the first phase of the £138M reheat biomass combined heat and power (CHP) plant in Cramlington, Northumberland.
Morocco’s mosques are set to receive a ‘green makeover’ in a government-led initiative to improve efficiency and promote renewable energy.
“SolarWindow is attempting to make history by developing what may be the single-biggest breakthrough in the clean energy industry in a long time,” says John Conklin, president and CEO of SolarWindow Technologies, when referring to the company’s vision of an electricity-generating window.
Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction has secured a contract worth KRW1tr ($900M) for the construction of a combined-cycle power plant in Saudi Arabia.
FCC has secured funding for the construction of a £142M energy-from-waste facility at Millerhill in Midlothian, near Edinburgh, Scotland.
The European Investment Bank (EIB) has granted a loan of up to €300M for the construction of the offshore Rentel wind farm in Belgium.
Veolia Environnement has secured a €240M contract to build and operate a new waste-to-energy (WTE) plant for Syndicat Départemental d’Elimination Des Déchets De L’Aube (SDEDA) in France.
The UK, France and China have signed an agreement for the £18bn Hinkley Point C nuclear power station in Somerset, UK.
Enel renewable energy subsidiary Enel Green Power Brasil Participações (EGPB) has begun construction on the Morro do Chapéu Sul wind farm cluster in Bahia, Brazil.
UK energy regulator Ofgem has given the go-ahead to the £1.1bn Aquind interconnector project between the UK and France.
French firm Veolia has signed a £1bn agreement with Hertfordshire County Council to manage the county’s residual waste for 30 years at a proposed energy recovery facility.
The UK government has approved the construction of Hinkley Point C nuclear power station in Somerset.
Aecom has been selected by Ratch Australia as the owner’s engineer for the AUD360M ($270M) Mount Emerald Wind Farm in North Queensland, Australia.
A consortium of Balfour Beatty and Equitix has achieved financial closure for the £162.9M Humber Gateway offshore transmission project (OFTO), located off the coast of Yorkshire, UK.Balfour Beatty will invest £12.5M of the total required equity of £21M.The transmission line connects E.ON’s 219MW offshore wind farm in the North Sea, 8km off the east Yorkshire coast, to the onshore transmission grid.The wind farm includes 73 turbines, which are capable of generating enough electricity for about 170,000 homes annually.According to Balfour Beatty, its power transmission and distribution unit will operate and maintain the OFTO’s assets, including one offshore and one onshore substation and two cable circuits consisting of 18km of subsea and 30km of land cable.Balfour Beatty Investments CEO Ian Rylatt said: “This is our fourth OFTO contract to reach financial close and further establishes our position in the offshore transmission market.“Our technical expertise ensures we can efficiently and effectively, support the government’s targets to meet more of the UK’s energy needs through renewable sources.” The consortium will own and operate the offshore transmission line for the next 20 years.
Larsen and Toubro’s construction unit has secured contracts worth INR14.58bn ($218M) across its various business segments.The company’s power transmission & distribution business has won engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contracts worth INR6.54bn ($97.8M) in the international and domestic markets.The business has been awarded a contract by the National Grid Saudi Arabia — a subsidiary of Saudi Electricity Company — for the construction of a 132kV double circuit transmission line and a 132kV cabling in the Rafah, Arar, and Sakaka areas of Saudi Arabia.Furthermore, the business has won an order, under the Integrated Power Development Scheme (IPDS), from Kanpur Electricity Supply Co. Ltd. (KESCo). The Urban Electrification project involves the design and construction of new substations and feeders and the upgrade of electricity network of Kanpur city in Uttar Pradesh.The business has also won a contract from Power Grid Corporation of India for the construction of gas insulated substations in Vadodara, Navasari, Pune, and Gwalior cities. The building & factories business has been selected for projects valued at INR5.18bn ($77.4M) in the domestic market.It has won an order from a paint manufacturing company for the construction of a new manufacturing facility in Karnataka. The scope of the project includes civil and allied structural works.Additionally, the business segment has secured a residential project at Bengaluru. The contract includes civil and structural works for the construction of seven towers of G+14 and 11 towers of G+15 with two levels of common basement.The company’s smart world & communication business has won a contract worth INR2bn ($29.9M) from Bihar State Electronics Development Corporation (BSEDC) for the implementation of a wi-fi project in the campuses of government universities, constituent colleges and other premier academic institutions in the Indian state of Bihar.Larsen and Toubro’s other businesses also secured orders worth INR860M ($12.8M) across various ongoing projects.
India-based firm KEC International has secured new energy plant contracts worth INR12.24bn ($182.7M) in India, Thailand and Bangladesh.The company’s transmission and distribution business has secured domestic orders worth INR5.89bn ($88M) from Karnataka Power Transmission Corporation under the Indian government’s ‘Green Energy Corridors’ initiative. It includes the supply and construction of a 400/220kV GIS & AIS substation and a 400kV transmission line at Jagalur, Karnataka, and a 400/220kV Substation and 66kV transmission Line at Gadag, Karnataka.KEC’s transmission business has also secured international contracts worth INR2.16bn ($32.2M). A turnkey order of INR1.73bn ($25.8M) was awarded by the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand for the construction of a 500kV transmission line on the Thai/Laos border, while an INR430M ($6.4M) contract was awarded by the Power Grid Company of Bangladesh for the construction of 132kV transmission lines.The firm’s railways business has secured orders worth INR2.48bn ($37M) for overhead electrification in India, and its cables business won an INR1.71bn ($25.5M) contract to supply power and telecom cables.KEC International managing director and CEO Vimal Kejriwal said: “We are pleased that we continue to strengthen our order book across various businesses and geographies.“In the Transmission and Distribution arena, the order win in Thailand is a significant step in our pursuit to diversify our geographic spread into the ASEAN region. On the Domestic front, the order wins clearly reflect a strong growth in the intra-state T&D network.“The new order wins in Railways strengthen our belief that the Railway Business is poised for a rapid built-up in order book and revenues.”
E.ON and Statoil have started construction work on the €1.2bn Arkona offshore wind project in the Baltic Sea. The project, located 35km northeast of the German island of Rügen, will have an installed capacity of 385MW and will supply enough power for 400,000 households. The wind farm will feature 60 6MW-class turbines manufactured by Siemens and is expected to save up to 1.2M t of carbon emissions annually. E.ON Germany CEO Ingo Luge said: "As the mainstay of future energy supply, renewables must be able to stand on their own economically going forward."Electricity generation from offshore wind farms has already experienced a considerable learning curve and will soon be able to do just that. Through its high levels of investment, E.ON has made an important contribution toward this end."The Arkona wind farm is scheduled to be fully operational in 2019.
Wind and solar energy firm Mainstream Renewable Power has secured contracts from the National Energy Commission of Chile to build and operate seven wind energy plants, worth a total of $1.65bn.
British business and energy secretary Greg Clark has given development consent to an offshore wind farm project in the UK.The £6bn Hornsea Project Two, to be located at about 89km off the Yorkshire coast, is owned by Dong Energy and developed by Dong’s subsidary SMartWind.The wind farm — expected to be the world's largest when completed — will feature up to 300 wind turbines and will connect to the grid at North Killingholme in North Lincolnshire.It will have a generation capacity of up to 1.8GW of low carbon electricity, sufficient to power almost 1.8M UK households.Dong Energy UK country chairman Brent Cheshire said: "Development consent for Hornsea Project Two is very welcome. We have already invested £6bn in the UK, and Hornsea Project Two provides us with another exciting development opportunity in offshore wind.”“A project of this size will help in our efforts to continue reducing the cost of electricity from offshore wind and shows our commitment to investing in the UK.”The project will create up to 1,960 construction jobs along with 580 operational and maintenance jobs.Business and energy secretary Greg Clark said: “Britain is a global leader in offshore wind, and we’re determined to be one of the leading destinations for investment in renewable energy, which means jobs and economic growth right across the country.”