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Renewable makeovers for England's old mines

Can renewable energy revitalise abandoned fossil fuel mines? That’s the question behind a number of recent developments on the sites of Britain’s old coal mines. At the Arkwright surface mine near Chesterfield, a 500kW wind turbine has been installed. It generates enough power for 1,000 households...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 27/04/2015 - 10:49



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Heat is on over technology targets

The WWF has called on the UK Government to put its weight behind green heating. In the Warm homes, not warm words report, the campaign group has put forward a case for the Committee on Climate Change’s ambitious low carbon heating recommendations to be viewed as a realistic proposition. It calls...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 15/12/2014 - 09:20



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Charged up about EVs in the UK

There are many new and exciting developments in the world of electric vehicles (EVs). Perhaps it’s due to the nature of being an emerging technology looking to cement breakthroughs into the mainstream. Firstly, the UK’s Highways Agency is reported to be soon start trial charging for electric cars...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 28/04/2014 - 08:45



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The potential of water source heat pumps

Renewable heat is in the news more than ever, with energy security issues like the Russia-Ukraine crisis piquing interest in the energy we can generate right here. Even a less talked about technology has got column inches of late – the water-source heat pump. The government is mapping the potential...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 09/04/2014 - 08:45



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Low-carbon heating - getting warmer, but not quite there

It may seem an obvious point to say that to better manage our energy use, technologies need to be both accessible and clearly explained. But it appears there is still some work to be done to make sure this is the case. Where heating is concerned, it seems there’s especially some room for...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 21/03/2014 - 08:45



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Beasts in sustainable buildings

We write plenty about energy efficiency concerning the dwellings of the mammal known as Man, but what about the kind of places that house its fellow earthly creatures? News of a Somerset RSPCA centre’s installation of an 18-metre wind turbine , and their subsequent plans to advise other centres on...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Tue, 27/08/2013 - 08:40



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Deep heat: heat pump trial reaches completion

When you dig deep and find that something has great potential but it’s not quite right, it’s best not to focus on the ‘potential’ part. It’s the time to dig deeper. This is very much the case with our monitoring of heat pumps in people’s homes. The first phase of our heat pump trials was the...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 07/08/2013 - 09:00



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Church v checkout in the renewables rush

Comparing the efforts of the Church of England and Sainsbury’s supermarkets to make significant carbon emissions reductions may seem like an odd one in the abstract – but on paper it makes perfect sense. As it turns out, the two cosmetically very different organisations have pretty similar carbon...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 17/06/2013 - 08:45



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Twice the premium for renewable heat

While some will be disappointed that the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) has yet to kick off for householders, there’s no doubt that there’s been lots of movement to keep things interesting where the Renewable Heat Premium Payment (RHPP) voucher scheme is concerned. There have been extensions,...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 24/05/2013 - 09:00