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Vertical farms could provide green shoots in cities

An energy-generating agricultural skyscraper may seem a little too conceptual for some - but a New York architecture firm thinks it might represent our urban future. The award-winning Urban Skyfarm concept by Aprilli Design Studio plants crop-growing in a vertical trajectory, with eight vertical...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 15/08/2014 - 08:45

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Fuel cells could make off-grid mainstream

A new generation of fuel cells might just be the future of stable and reliable energy supplies at home - at least that’s what a number of researchers and big firms think. In June Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute produced a new ceramic fuel cell (which looks a bit like a CD rack) that efficiently...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 13/08/2014 - 08:45

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Turbine technologies: Winds of change

From offshore to on your roof, wind power could see some big changes over the coming years. Starting at the larger end of things, a new floating wind turbine could potentially cut costs-per-Megawatt by around half come the 2020s, according to a study commissioned by the Energy Technologies...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 11/08/2014 - 08:45

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Building using waste is far from a rubbish idea

A rubbish house in Brighton has been getting a lot of attention recently. Not a really bad one, but one made almost entirely out of waste products. From a waste timber frame to inside-out carpet tiles providing a waterproof outer ‘skin’, the experimental home in the grounds of the University of...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Thu, 07/08/2014 - 08:45

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Harley-Davidson sparks electric bike debate

The idea of an electric motorbike seems to run contrary to all stereotypes of ‘petrolhead’ bikers - but when Harley-Davidson get involved, that’s when ears might start to prick up. The iconic bike makers have unveiled Livewire - its first plug-in bike , and to say it has stirred something of a buzz...

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

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Independent energy takes its place on the grid

The number of commercial-scale independent renewable energy projects rose by 40 per cent in 2013, with almost £1million invested every day, according to Energy Entrepreneurs Report 2014 , published by SmartestEnergy. This follows news that electricity generated from renewable sources has risen by...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 01/08/2014 - 08:45

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Green energy information - whatever the weather

They say the simplest way to forecast the weather is to look out of your window - but that approach might be less useful in seeing how well your renewable energy system is likely to be working. This is where WeatherEnergy aim to step in and help. It is part of a European project called Energizair...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 28/07/2014 - 08:45

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A taste of life off-grid

The Green Homes Network enables people in Scotland considering energy upgrades to their home, or taking the plunge with a full-scale ‘eco home’, to connect with those who’ve been there and done it. We talked to Network member Russell Quinlan who, with his wife, has built an off-grid log house in...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 21/07/2014 - 08:45

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Are we becoming energy efficiency experts?

Secretary of State Ed Davey recently told delegates at Ecobuild that homes are using a fifth less energy than in 2004. The Carbon Brief took an in-depth look at the claim, and while quibbling a little about whether the headline stat is quite as simple as it seems, as all those working towards green...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 18/07/2014 - 08:45

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Speeding up future road technology

The Future Technology Centre in Sunderland is ready for business - and it already has nearly a full complement of companies signed up before opening its doors. The centre is all about making the technological breakthroughs that will drive sustainable transport , and robustly testing them in...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 16/07/2014 - 08:45

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