Green energy revolution: solar innovation and more

Green energy revolution: solar innovation and more

Floating solar panels have arrived on British shores – and may become a more common site on open water if those behind the 800-panel demonstration site on a Berkshire reservoir have their way. The innovation, previously seen largely in Asia, and often where space is limited in built-up areas, does have a useful advantage in [...]

The rise in building energy efficiency

The rise in building energy efficiency

A new £50million pot, co-funded by the Green Investment Bank, will see packages of energy efficiency measures installed in hospitals across the UK, with one of the first recipients Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham. It’s hoped that changes by the hospitals involved will cut bills by 20 per cent. With an annual NHS energy bill [...]

Energy keeps moving with the times

Energy keeps moving with the times

The power of the ever-more frantically mobile world in our towns and cities will be increasingly tapped in the coming years. International experts are queuing up to tap Kinetic energy in a number of creative ways, as the technology behind the idea becomes easier to manipulate. Kinetics is the basis of much in the renewable [...]

New capacity fuels biomass debate

New capacity fuels biomass debate

Bio energy’s contribution to the UK energy mix is on the rise – seven per cent of electricity generation in the second quarter of 2014, marking nearly nine per cent increase on the year before. Given that the International Renewable Energy Association (IRENA) is suggesting that biomass could provide 60 per cent of global renewable [...]

Supporting urban energy in Wales

Supporting urban energy in Wales

Community renewable energy can have great social benefits. We are involved with a council-backed project in Swansea which aims to install solar PV on social housing and community buildings in two of the city’s most deprived wards. We have conducted a feasibility study and business plan to establish what could be installed where, and how [...]

Green issues gain celebrity support

Green issues gain celebrity support

Celebrities are at it again – setting a few positive examples on energy and climate change issues. In New York, a number of famous names were spotted among over 300,000 taking part in the international People’s Climate March on 21 September, including actors Mark Ruffalo and Edward Norton and author Evangeline Lilly. Famous figures will [...]

Rich pickings in renewable energy

Rich pickings in renewable energy

Sometimes the easiest way to see which ideas are making a big breakthrough globally is to simply follow the money – and there have been some significant examples of late that show green energy is no longer at the fringes of global discourse. Firstly, the World Bank’s renewable energy support has significantly increased this year. [...]

International energy agendas make progress

International energy agendas make progress

India’s booming economic and population growth means smart cities are being seen as the future. The country’s plan to speed up the growth of energy efficient building involves a top-level panel of experts and encouragement for state governments to create new powers to improve the energy performance of new buildings through strict building codes and [...]

Hard work behind hydrogen hopes

Hard work behind hydrogen hopes

Hydrogen is expected to be a competitive fuel on our roads beyond 2020 – but the serious business of making one of the fuels of the future being the best it can be is well in motion. One of the major barriers preventing hydrogen fuel cell vehicles reaching the mass-market is cost – and a [...]

Research ranks renewable performance

Research ranks renewable performance

In spite of occasionally nervous rhetoric from the green energy industry in the UK, growth in renewables is unquestionably happening at some pace – 34 per cent in the last year, in fact. The study which offers this notable headline stat is by accountants PwC, who rank the UK second in the world carbon intensity [...]