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5 potential alternative fuels of the future

With a rise in numbers of vehicles on the roads , both in the UK and internationally, creativity is going to be needed if the hold of fossil fuels is going to be broken. However, there are some more leftfield fuel options on the way – and indeed already available – for those willing to think well...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 06/05/2016 - 14:26

06/05/2016

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New lab puts smart technologies to the test

• Investors must ensure products are fit-for-purpose • Cyber security at the centre • Interoperability between devices critical With the UK roll-out of smart meters, and lots of talk of the advent of the 'smart home', a company called DNV GL has opened a new laboratory in Peterborough, dedicated to...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 11/04/2016 - 11:02

11/04/2016

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5 green innovative products that have caught our eye

There are always a number of inventive companies in the sustainability sector touting intriguing new products. Although the Energy Saving Trust can’t endorse these products as our Field Trials Team have not yet tested them, here are a few of our recent top spots. Three-wheeled green micro mobile (...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Tue, 05/04/2016 - 11:02

05/04/2016

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Getting the biomass balance right

A Q&A with Use Wood Wisely on national generation policy The debate around renewable energy in the UK has become far more nuanced than simply ‘for’ and ‘against’. Many groups have emerged as voices for shifts in priorities in the sector. Use Wood Wisely is one such group, and we spoke to Karl...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 25/11/2015 - 17:22

25/11/2015

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Making smart smart - a Q&A with Dr Chris Brauer

With the roll-out of smart meters and the increase in appliances boasting ‘smart’ features on the market, smart homes have become an increasing talking point. But is our smart future really just round the corner? And are smart technologies really the answer to our energy efficiency prayers? Smart...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 17/06/2015 - 00:00

17/06/2015

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Canary Wharf gets smart

Canary Wharf, London’s futuristic-looking financial district, is now a test bed for some cutting edge energy technologies. Two businesses have been awarded £50,000 to prove their worth in this bustling hub of commerce as part of Cognicity , a competition to provide an opportunity for smart city...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 15/06/2015 - 00:00

15/06/2015

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Bladeless wind turbines

Despite the widespread international support for wind turbines they have always inspired fierce opposition in the UK. Is it the blades themselves that send nimbyists spiralling into a frenzy? If so, their objections could be answered by a new bladeless wind turbine. The Vortex bladeless wind...

Submitted by James Wakelin on Fri, 05/06/2015 - 08:53

05/06/2015

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Green thinking is becoming the norm

Technological innovation allows us to ask better questions about how we will complete the move to sustainable alternatives to fossil fuels. New technologies enable us to become more energy efficient without requiring a change in our behaviour, meaning the motivations that once inspired actions to...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 01/06/2015 - 10:00

01/06/2015

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A Google Earth for energy efficiency?

A company in the United States aims to provide a visual heat map of the entire nation, using techniques similar to Google Earth. Essess is featured in a BBC video , in which the company’s CEO Tom Scaramellino, explains its rationale and methods: “About 30 per cent of a building’s total energy use...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 11/03/2015 - 09:00

11/03/2015

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Why we could soon be printing solar power

If you believe solar panels on roofs are all well and good, but would like to see more in odd shapes, and utilised in interior design, keep reading. Organic, printed solar may be the breakthrough that truly maximises the amount of surfaces energy can be generated from. Finnish scientists say that...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 27/02/2015 - 09:00

27/02/2015

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