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Can a blast from the past help safeguard our energy future?

The guardians of Blair Castle in Perthshire believe that history can help shape our future, demonstrated after the reopening a hydroelectric system , originally installed in 1908. The castle, which was historically frequented by Bonnie Prince Charlie and captured by the forces of Oliver Cromwell,...

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

09/03/2015

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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...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 08/10/2014 - 08:45

08/10/2014

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Wood stakes its claim as green heating option

The domestic arm of the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) has been open for business since spring this year, and several thousand households have already been approved to install green heating technologies under the scheme. Of these, air source heat pumps and solar thermal have been the most popular,...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 05/09/2014 - 08:45

05/09/2014

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Go nuts to go green

The proposed eco city of Gaziantep in Turkey made the news recently – mainly due to ambitious plans to burn pistachio shells for heat. As the country is the world’s biggest producer of the nuts, this is far from an impractical idea. As curious as it sounds, nut shells are just another source of...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 23/05/2014 - 08:45

23/05/2014

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UK needs to tap into biofuel potential

The UK is importing biomass for energy that it could be producing itself, according to a new report from The University of Manchester. Almost half of the nation’s energy needs could be met by bio energy with no need to bring in any fuels from abroad at all, it claims. These are big findings and in...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 16/04/2014 - 08:45

16/04/2014

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Drinking up the benefits of sustainability

It’s almost as if the Green Investment Bank (GIB) has been reading this blog. We’ve covered plenty of sustainability issues with a distinct boozy whiff about them over the last couple of years; issues like managing water supplies in the whiskey making business in Scotland, and the advent of...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 23/08/2013 - 10:40

23/08/2013

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e-trikes, green alliances and oligarchs: a global round-up

Welcome to our latest scoot round the web to find out what’s going on in the world of green-tech, energy efficiency and sustainability at various stopping points on our planet. First stop, the Philippines. South East Asia is synonymous with hoards of small motorised vehicles buzzing around cities:...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 21/01/2013 - 08:30

21/01/2013

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