Words and actions matter in changing energy behaviour

Words and actions matter in changing energy behaviour

Actions and words can sometimes be seen as mutually exclusive – but in energy and climate-related behaviour change, they’re both important. A recent Yale study has shown that ‘global warming’ strikes more of a chord with people than ‘climate change’ – striking home more of a sense of human responsibility, as well as the seriousness [...]

Electric vehicle openness is patently a good idea

Electric vehicle openness is patently a good idea

In the cut-throat world of developing new technologies, securing intellectual property against rivals and ‘patent trolls’ keeps inventors up at night – but in a move distinctly against this grain, electric car manufacturer Tesla has opened up its patent book for everyone else to use. While the effects of this move are likely to be [...]

Unlimited energy for all? Putting Tesla to the test

Unlimited energy for all? Putting Tesla to the test

Nikola Tesla, the inventor of the alternating current among many other breakthroughs, believed that electromagnetism could be harnessed to provide abundant free energy over huge areas – perhaps even the whole earth. He put his idea of worldwide, wireless energy using the earth as a conductor to the test with Wardenclyffe Tower in the US, [...]

The future of eco-technology: An interview with Damian Tow

The future of eco-technology: An interview with Damian Tow

Eco Technology Show Director, Damian Tow, reveals his plans for this years show, while emphasising the importance of behaviour change to help adopt new technologies to ensure the success of sustainable options for the future. How will this years Eco Technology show be different? We have a Big Debate area for the first time which [...]

How your toilet can generate electricity

How your toilet can generate electricity

The At Home with Water report revealed that we flush enough water to fill 300,000 olympic-sized swimming pools down the toilet in the UK every year – the second biggest use of water in the home after taking a shower. There are ways you can mitigate this by changing behaviour and by using water displacement devices [...]

More district heating in the pipeline

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 making carbon savings in electricity generation. District [...]

Solar Roadway powers the way ahead

Solar Roadway powers the way ahead

Solar innovators are upping the ante – and a fine place to start is the Solar Roadway. The robust hexagonal panels system can be hooked up to homes and businesses via driveways. The concept includes all the practicalities you get from your traditional road: markings will be provided by LEDs, and cables and drainage can [...]

Are smart homes a clever move?

Are smart homes a clever move?

Lloyd Alter in the Guardian the other day made a plea for dumb homes and dumb cities, riling against the recent rash of smart everything. I came across this via a tweet from Nick Grant (@ecominimalnick) saying that “in a Passivhaus a smart thermostat would be bored silly ” Yes, but… but… it’s not about [...]

Renewable technologies pushing the boundaries of innovation

Renewable technologies pushing the boundaries of innovation

The world’s top scientific minds are working on new ways to improve the efficiency, affordability and even aesthetics of renewables. Take this year’s winner of a major engineering prize from the Institution of Science and Technology (IET). Professor Stuart Wenham, from the University of New South Wales in Australia has come up with a way [...]

Countering the carbon bubble

Countering the carbon bubble

The idea of a ‘carbon bubble’ is a relatively new concept – but one that is quickly gaining traction. The basic theory is that the vast majority of fossil fuel reserves in the world are technically un-burnable, thereby making huge investment in them by international finance a more risky bet than has been historically considered. It [...]