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In search of energy independence

In an age of energy volatility, providing your own supply is the Holy Grail for both nations and localities. One such case study is the tiny Spanish island of El Hierro , which will get all its power from renewables by the end of the year. The 10,000-strong island has never been on a power grid,...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 17/10/2014 - 08:45

17/10/2014

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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...

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

10/10/2014

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Fuel cells could make off-grid mainstream

A new generation of fuel cells might just be the future of stable and reliable energy supplies at home - at least that’s what a number of researchers and big firms think. In June Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute produced a new ceramic fuel cell (which looks a bit like a CD rack) that efficiently...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 13/08/2014 - 08:45

13/08/2014

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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...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 21/07/2014 - 08:45

21/07/2014

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Solar gains for those most in need

Solar panels are often associated with a certain technological chic in wealthier parts of the world – but it’s a technology that has great potential to benefit those most isolated and in need, too. Solar power is gaining an increasingly prominent role in crisis-hit areas – and the technology is...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 13/01/2014 - 08:45

13/01/2014

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Why outside the grid does not mean outside of help

Four million households across the UK (15 per cent of the population) are off the mains gas grid and are reliant on expensive alternatives to gas to heat their homes. A typical three-bedroom house costs on average £975 per year to heat on mains gas, but this goes up to £1575 on heating oil, and as...

Submitted by Jack Melling on Thu, 09/05/2013 - 10:00

09/05/2013

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