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Boeing successfully completes test flight with green diesel

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U.N.F.C.C.C. head urges climate action as Lima Conference begins

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Business

tenKsolar expands manufacturing capacity in Thailand

tenKsolar expands manufacturing capacity in Thailand

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tenKsolar is establishing new production lines in Thailand for their manufacture of their solar modules. tenKsolar, which is based in Minneapolis, des...

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Technology

Bacteria producing sweet-smelling compound for greener fuels

Bacteria producing sweet-smelling compound for greener fuels

Tuesday, 02 December 2014

A sweet-smelling chemical compound primarily used in fragrances and flavoring is being studied for its potential as a clean and green biofuel. Methyl ...

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Politics

U.N. chief hails results of C.O.P. 20

U.N. chief hails results of C.O.P. 20

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon hailed the results of the recently concluded Conference of the Parties in Lima, Peru. The Secretary-Gener...

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Living Green

Tips for recycling and reusing asphalt shingles

Tips for recycling and reusing asphalt shingles

Monday, 22 December 2014

If you're in the market for a new roof, you probably already know that it will cost a pretty penny: a minimum of $5,000, in most cases, depending on t...

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Renewables

Panamanian wind project gets $300 million in funding

Panamanian wind project gets $300 million in funding

Monday, 22 December 2014

The second phase of the Penonome Wind project in Panama was the recipient of project financing from the World Bank. According to Goldwind USA, a subsi...

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Low-Carbon

Seven eco-friendly home heating solutions

Seven eco-friendly home heating solutions

Friday, 12 December 2014

Environmentally friendly home heating solutions are valuable for the planet, and can lower your utility bills. With the numerous home heating alternat...

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Opinion

Unsustainable urban life: What's next?

Unsustainable urban life: What's next?

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Nutrition plays a critical role in everyone’s chance at a better future. Hunger, said Benjamin Franklin once, is the best pickle. Some say “pickle”...

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C&F Group creates 250 jobs with wind turbine plan


Company logo of C&F Group. Image sourced from the C&F Group.

The C&F Manufacturing Group will be entering the renewable energy market by designing and manufacturing wind turbines from the company’s headquarters in Galway, Ireland. This new venture will create 250 jobs, according to a report from the Irish Times.

The company will invest €20 million over the next four years to expand its manufacturing facility in Athenry, Galway by 70,000 square feet. The new jobs will be in the areas of design, engineering, manufacturing, management, sales, and after-sales. This expansion will bring the workforce of the company to around 1,300 employees across five countries.

The company will use a breakthrough technology to develop and manufacture wind turbines which can generate wind power in lower wind speeds than existing technology. The conventional turbines generate power from wind speeds of 3.5 meters per second. C&F’s turbine design is capable of producing 40% more power than existing models, allowing the turbines to generate electricity at speeds as low as 1.2 meters a second. This will allow the company to deliver power over 350 days in a year, which is 100 days more than the current average.

John Flaherty, Founder of the C&F Group, told the Irish Times that the company decided to turn to the wind turbine manufacturing business because of the global economic crisis. He said that “manufacturing is the best way for the Republic to emerge from recession.”

The new wind turbines will be available to domestic, small-business and agricultural users at affordable prices. Around 70% of the turbines will be exported, mainly to the European market. Two new wind turbines have already been commissioned to power the Volvo Ocean Race Village in Galway.

The C&F Manufacturing Group is a global contract manufacturer that manufactures industrial equipment and tools ranging from computer casings to server racks. The company’s headquarters is located in Athenry, Galway, Ireland, with manufacturing facilities in the Czech Republic, China, the Philippines, and the UK.


Natassia Y. Laforteza


Sources:

1 http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/finance/2009/0515/1224246567019.html
2 http://www.cftooling.ie/index.php

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