B9 Energy F1 Car Reaches National Final

Whilst B9 has a presence across Great Britain and Ireland its heart is in Larne in Country Antrim. This is where the company was founded and where its head office is still located. Our local connections are important to us which is why we recently sponsored Bobbie Creighton (daughter of George Creighton) and some of her classmates at Linn Primary School in Larne and their entry into the Formula 1 in Primary Schools competition which involves schools from across the UK. The team is called Alpha F1.

Bobbie is the team’s Resource Manager which involved raising funds for the team – and very persuasive she was too.

The regional finals were held last week and Alpha F1 ran out winners in the face of competition from 22 teams from across Northern Ireland, which means they now move on to the National finals at the NEC in Birmingham on March 11 – the Finals will be broadcast live on YouTube. This is very exciting for a group of 10 year olds and a fantastic achievement.

All of us at B9 wish Bobbie and the team the very best of luck in Birmingham.

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B9 Energy O&M Feature in Wind Energy Network Magazine

See pages 110-111 of the Wind Energy Network May/June 2014 Edition for a feature on spares management by B9 Energy O&M's Engineering & Maintenance Manager Brian McDaid.

B9 Energy and Belfast Met Shortlisted in UTV Business Eye Awards

A star-studded evening is planned for Thursday 4th October 2012 at the Culloden Estate & Spa to honour the high achievers of the Northern Ireland business community as well as the public sector. Following their successful collaboration to deliver a Wind Turbine Operation and Maintenance Diploma, B9 Energy O&M Ltd and Belfast Met have been shortlisted for a Business/Education Award.

The winners in each category will be chosen by a panel of judges including UTV's Business Correspondent Jamie Delargy, Business Eye Editor Richard Buckley as well as the Business Editors of Northern Ireland's two main morning newspapers, Gary McDonald (Irish News) and Adrienne McGill (News Letter).
For further information on the Business Eye Awards please visit UTV’s website.
For further information on the Wind Turbine Operation & Maintenance Diploma please read this article(PDF).

Watch the film about the tests on the B9 Ship at the University of Southampton

B9 Shipping in the New York Times:

Designers Set Sail, Turning to Wind to Help Power Cargo Ships - By JOHN J. GEOGHEGAN

Find out more about B9 Energy's innovative partnership with Belfast Met.

The answer to woes is blowing in the wind.

"In the wake of a £50m deal which will create 300 jobs, one Belfast college is focused on training the workers needed to help the city to become a hub for building turbines".... read more on belfasttelegraph.co.uk.

Why BBC's Panorama got it wrong on Green Energy. A video by Action For Renewables:

New Diploma: Wind Turbine Operation & Maintenance

B9 Energy and Belfast Metropolitan College collaborate to deliver the Wind Turbine Operation and Maintenance Diploma.

The use of the City & Guilds qualification in wind turbine operations and maintenance is being successfully rolled out in Northern Ireland. B9 Energy and Belfast Metropolitan College have joined forces to deliver the City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Wind Turbine Operations and Maintenance. The Diploma is targeted at up-skilling existing operatives – in contrast to the closely linked full apprenticeship, which is aimed at training up absolute novices.

Read Full article (pdf).

This article is taken from the Sept-Dec 2011 edition of Real Power Magazine.

An evening with Dame Ellen MacArthur and Alex Steffen at the Royal Geographical Society on Oct 20th


The Windy Millers - The B9 O&M Angelsey team demonstrate the winning formula of a B9 Ship! In the Great Straits Raft Run the Windy Millers adapted the 21st century design for B9 Ships to ensure that with the innovative use of sail their raft broke the Menai Straits course record by a full 2 mins.

Just found this on You Tube - David Surplus at Copenhagen  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yz7xdMu0Sd4

A piece about how B9 Shipping fits in to the biomass story http://biomassmagazine.com/articles/5462/burgeoning-biomass-importer/

A summary of a presentation by David Surplus, B9 Chair, from a recent Green Port Conference

RES & B9 ENERGY and Crown Estate Agreed the New Project Area at Tunes Plateau (Ireland)

Age of Sail inspires green solutions -CNN  edition.cnn.com/2010/TECH/innovation/12/09/sail.ships.cargo.transport/index.html

Shipping emissions six times higher than expected - Tyndall Centre    www.tyndall.ac.uk/communication/news-archive/2010/uk%E2%80%99s-shipping-emissions-six-times-higher-expected-says-new-report 

David Surplus will  be speaking at the following upcoming events