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Using a magic ratio for better, stronger and greener concrete

Using a magic ratio for better, stronger and greener concrete

Monday, 29 September 2014

A small modification to the contents of cement mix could lower the carbon emissions of the construction sector and result in stronger, more durable co...

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Politics

I.D.B., E.U., Spain to support renewable and efficient energy in the Caribbean

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Monday, 29 September 2014

The Inter-American Development Bank, the European Union, and the Kingdom of Spain have inked a joint declaration that reaffirms their collaboration in...

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Living Green

Is apartment living more eco-friendly than a house?

Is apartment living more eco-friendly than a house?

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

For those that are looking to limit their personal impact on the environment, choosing the right home may be one of the hardest decisions they have to...

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Renewables

Solar power could be leading source of electricity by 2050

Solar power could be leading source of electricity by 2050

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Solar power could overtake all other sources of electricity by 2050, according to two reports released by the International Energy Agency. Based on th...

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Low-Carbon

FedEx Trade Networks brings down its carbon footprint with solar-capable building

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Sunday, 28 September 2014

A new environmentally-friendly office and distribution facility in New York is helping FedEx Trade Networks bring down their carbon footprint. The bui...

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Opinion

Unsustainable urban life: What's next?

Unsustainable urban life: What's next?

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

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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.


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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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