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Why cows could be important to the future of energy production

“All the World's Cows on Treadmills Could Power Six Percent of Earth” is not the kind of headline you see every day - but one that no doubt caught a few eyes when Gizmodo.com published it recently. The story is about a Northern Irish farmer, William Taylor, who gives his cows exercise in the...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 20/02/2015 - 09:00

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The next big thing: mini energy efficient homes

Binishell. Certainly not the most evocative word. But, as Forbes and others insist, it’s one you might have to be familiarising yourself with in the coming years. You might even end up living in one. The Binishell concept has reared its head in the last five years or so, and aims to make ultra...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 18/02/2015 - 09:00

18/02/2015

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The hidden potential of wind power

There is more to wind power than just the ability to keep the lights on and our machines and gadgets powered up - it also provides a shelter against the turbulent world of fossil fuel prices, according to a study by Cambridge Econometrics, which highlights that wind power has saved £579 million...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 16/02/2015 - 09:00

16/02/2015

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Can old volcanoes still heat British cities?

Local authorities across the UK are doing their bit to cut carbon emissions and help future-proof their localities. And few are doing it with the help of a dormant volcano, apart from Stoke-on-Trent. A 350 million-year-old volcano two miles below the city’s streets, is heating a layer of rock to...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 13/02/2015 - 09:00

13/02/2015

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Capturing waste energy

Collecting ‘waste’ energy generated as a by-product of other processes and bringing it quickly to more useful application in something of a holy grail among energy technologists. One area with a lot of potential for energy harvesting is in the pipes delivering water to homes and businesses. New...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 11/02/2015 - 09:00

11/02/2015

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Wind energy innovation inspired by nature

The innovators of the world do not seem to tire of coming up with new wind turbine designs. Recently we’ve had vertical axis models, an Archimedes’ screw and more. Now, say hello to the ‘wind tree’ - or Tree Wind, to give it its official title. A steel trunk and branches support plastic ‘leaves’...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 06/02/2015 - 09:00

06/02/2015

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A low-carbon future for Germany?

A pair of German physicists recently set out to find a practical way for their nation to meet a target of 100 per cent renewable using existing technologies (hitting carbon targets while keeping the economy on track), and the results were positive. Not only that, but the study found that there are...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Tue, 03/02/2015 - 09:00

03/02/2015

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What's behind the smart meter delay?

Energy Saving Trust smart technology expert, Nick Lomax. The way consumers are able to understand and manage their energy use, based on data collected from meter readings, is set to change - but not as soon as hoped for. Every home in the UK will be offered the chance to have a smart meter...

Submitted by Energy Saving Trust on Mon, 02/02/2015 - 09:00

02/02/2015

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To energy efficiency and beyond

Sci-fi films and books are filled with space ships using new and efficient forms of propulsion – but so far, the earthling brand of space travel has not been what anyone would call energy efficient. Things may be about to change. Research involving some of the top engineers in the UK is looking at...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 23/01/2015 - 11:13

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Tackling the rise of e-waste

As the world’s desire for new technologies becomes ever-more fervent, electronic waste is becoming a huge international issue. Wired says that companies are not doing nearly enough to combat the growing tide of discarded devices – and tide is not too strong a word. The magazine cites new research...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 19/01/2015 - 09:28

19/01/2015

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