Building using waste is far from a rubbish idea

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 Brighton is certainly an [...]

Harley-Davidson sparks electric bike debate

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 would be an [...]

Towards a super-connected Europe

Towards a super-connected Europe

Much of energy grid-related debate in the UK focuses on modernising what’s already on our shores, to allow for greater capacity, better demand management and simpler connections for smaller renewable energy projects. Less is said about connecting the UK to energy supplies on the continent. The UK already has four massive transmission cables connecting the [...]

Independent energy takes its place on the grid

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 43 per cent in the last year. It’s clear that it’s far from just [...]

Businesses offered energy savings opportunity

Businesses offered energy savings opportunity

The government’s new Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) will see large businesses measuring their current energy performance, identifying cost effective energy saving opportunities, and monitoring their progress every four years to see how to further increase their savings. Such a sea-change this Europe-initiated directive might instigate, in fact, that one commentator thought to use a [...]

Green energy information - whatever the weather

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 [...]

Will heather be tethered as an energy source?

Will heather be tethered as an energy source?

Traditionally a staple of Highland natural beauty, a convincing case has been made for heather to become part of UK energy plans. A Durham University team has pointed out that heather burnt back for livestock releases roughly the same energy as 36,000 tonnes of coal a year. Wasted combustion, says the University’s Professor Fred Worrall: [...]

Energy efficiency - maximising the gains

Energy efficiency – maximising the gains

Friday’s blog asked if we are becoming an enlightened public of energy efficiency experts, finding the answer is a bit of yes and no. Focusing even more intensely on energy efficiency would make a big difference, both to the bills and carbon emissions of households and businesses, but also to the national strategic energy budget – [...]

A taste of life off-grid

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 Turriff, Aberdeenshire.  The Quinlans’ [...]

Are we becoming energy efficiency experts?

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 aims [...]