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New innovation in efficient use of electricity

• Prize-winning DC power system claims big energy savings • Avoiding inefficient conversions could play a role in carbon cuts An intriguing invention coming out of Merseyside promises big energy savings in computing. We got an independent view on the product's potential from an Energy Saving Trust...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 15/07/2016 - 16:09



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New pylon design hits UK shores

Danish design is all set to transform our electricity network, as the first six of the new ‘T-Pylons’ are to be tested on UK soil for the first time. This is something we first talked about three years ago when the National Grid made its call-out for revolutionary new designs , and then narrowed...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 29/08/2014 - 08:45



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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...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Tue, 24/06/2014 - 08:45



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Looking on the bright side

Perhaps the most telling sign of the transition to low energy lighting across the world was the recent re-opening of the Thomas Edison Monument in New Jersey, US, (pictured in construction). It's no longer lit by his own incandescent bulbs, but LEDs. It’s easy to see how this could be seen as a...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 19/03/2014 - 08:45



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Renewables ageing gracefully

[youtube:] One of the criticisms of renewable energy is that the effectiveness of technology decreases with age. Like a car depreciating in value, this is represented as a black mark against the reputation of renewables. Wind power is often the main...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 14/02/2014 - 08:45



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Eastern promise for African energy

Living in the UK and caring about the future of energy, you can often get caught up in Euro-centric thinking; looking at domestic and EU targets for carbon reduction, forgetting that it’s an international concern. Indeed, big ambitions can be found outside Europe - in Ethiopia, for example. The...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 06/11/2013 - 08:45



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Making a place for independent energy

Meeting the energy demands of the future is going to require action on a number of fronts. Between the large energy infrastructure projects that seem forever in the news and the behaviour change that needs to happen behind closed doors, there’s a big role for community energy to play. But there are...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 28/10/2013 - 08:45



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Building capacity - an energy storage future starts now

The energy grid of the future will look very different. Aside from the projected changes in how energy will be generated, there’s the issue of storage to consider. This is not just for technologies like solar PV, with its attendant ability to generate during daylight hours, but also to manage and...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 18/10/2013 - 08:45



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Tidal power: current affairs

A recent Oxford University study has taken a look at the potential of part of Scotland’s tidal power infrastructure , the Pentland Firth. The newspapers’ angle was that Scotland can ‘wave goodbye’ to energy export hopes, on the basis that projections of 1.9GW from the Firth are more likely to be...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 05/08/2013 - 08:45