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More district heating in the pipeline

Concerns over carbon emissions and energy security in Europe has meant district heating schemes are on the verge of a boom. European Commission advisors have been pushing for greater emphasis on the efficiency of heating networks recently, arguing that the emphasis has been, until now, too much on...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 18/06/2014 - 08:45

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Community energy: Financing the future

The Government’s Community Energy Strategy has proved a success in raising the profile of the need for a more localised vision of energy generation. As with any strategy, though, it’s thrown up some questions with less than simple answers. Inevitably, one of the main focuses is how to finance a...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 06/06/2014 - 08:45

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The power of wind in the energy debate

Wind power, both onshore and offshore, is an important part of our energy make-up, today and tomorrow. There is a broad agreement on this; but this fact has not prevented suggestions of a discrepancy on the extent of necessary investment in the onshore form of wind between key influencers. The...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 02/06/2014 - 08:45

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European elections: Where do green issues stand?

Following the European election results, work on climate policy issues won't begin until the autumn, but speculation on political shifts is rife. The focus is based on the reasonable assumption that the new bloc of parties on the right of the political spectrum is less likely to support low-carbon...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 30/05/2014 - 08:45

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Renewables could lead in stabilising energy supplies in Europe

Recent unrest in Eastern Europe has shaken the confidence of the world’s rich and powerful nations – particularly where energy is concerned. Securing energy supplies and the pressing need to increase the prevalence of low-carbon options is also a global issue, making it a key focus of the latest...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 28/05/2014 - 08:45

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Lofty goals for world solar power

The upward trajectory of solar power seems unstoppable. As manufacturing output rises and costs fall, the optimism of government targets is also on the increase. And in the case of manufacturing solar PV , there is no better place to begin than China. The authorities there have decided that it’s...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Tue, 27/05/2014 - 08:45

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Securing the green energy dream

In the complicated world we live in, there are usually risks entailed alongside advantages in any big undertaking. This is no different in green energy – and indeed the natures of the threats are nothing unique to the green economy either. Firstly, the risk of cyber attacks. This clearly is a...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 19/05/2014 - 08:45

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Energy Performance Certificates: Moving up the housing ladder

The Government ruled not so long ago that Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) info must be made available to potential to buyers or tenants. This is not just in estate agent windows, but in media adverts too – where a home’s A-G rating will do if there’s no space for the whole colour-coded scale...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 14/05/2014 - 08:45

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Education key to building a greener future

Following the IPCC climate report and last week’s An Economy That Works from the Aldersgate Group enjoying high profile, pressure is on to shift our economy in a more sustainable direction. Having people with the right skills to ensure ‘green growth’ is going to be absolutely crucial – not just in...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 12/05/2014 - 08:45

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Creating fuel from the sea

Ten years of Naval research has has resulted in a potentially big breakthrough: producing fuel from seawater . By extracting carbon dioxide and hydrogen from saline water before converting the substance into a liquid via a catalytic converter, an oil substitute is produced. It also does not look or...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 09/05/2014 - 08:45

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