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Wind energy innovation inspired by nature

The innovators of the world do not seem to tire of coming up with new wind turbine designs. Recently we’ve had vertical axis models, an Archimedes’ screw and more. Now, say hello to the ‘wind tree’ - or Tree Wind, to give it its official title. A steel trunk and branches support plastic ‘leaves’...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 06/02/2015 - 09:00

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Solar v food: the debate goes on

Government ministers have been asserting their aim to turn solar investment away from the ground and towards roofs - accompanied by some criticism of solar farms . Whether these developments are a ‘blot on the landscape’ is more down to personal opinion than anything else, but concerns about land...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 12/12/2014 - 08:45

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Bridging the green innovation gap

Enabling the use of new technologies in everyday life can be a laborious process - so much so that the gap between research and the marketplace has been dubbed the ‘valley of death’. But new Government funding aims to change all that. Through Innovate UK, £50 million has been announced to bridge...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 05/12/2014 - 08:45

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Hands-free electric roads: the future of motoring?

A high-tech and low-carbon option may become the future of transport in Scotland. The TEV Project envisages a future where guided electric roadways take passengers and freight to their destinations at high speed - safely and hands-free (aside from the initial programming). Those behind the project...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 17/11/2014 - 08:45

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Energy efficient lighting: A Nobel cause

LED lighting is a technology making a reputation for itself - so much so, in fact, that it’s now got a Noble Prize for Physics to its name. Well, sort of; Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano and Shuji Nakamur received the accolade for developing the blue LED which ultimately made white light LED lamps...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Tue, 11/11/2014 - 08:45

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Tech advances fuel bigger electric dreams

Electric vehicles offer drivers an opportunity to shake their fossil fuel addiction, but such a feel-good change does not mean that EV technology experts are resting on their laurels. There is always room to make things cleaner, cheaper and more practical. ‘Range anxiety’, although diminishing as...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 05/11/2014 - 08:45

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Green energy revolution: solar innovation and more

Floating solar panels have arrived on British shores - and may become a more common site on open water if those behind the 800-panel demonstration site on a Berkshire reservoir have their way. The innovation, previously seen largely in Asia, and often where space is limited in built-up areas, does...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 15/10/2014 - 08:45

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Waste innovation shows the way forward

News that a supermarket outlet has come off the National Grid and is powering itself entirely via anaerobic digestion of its food waste should not come as too much of a surprise - the UN estimates that one third of all food is wasted, and supermarkets are increasingly acknowledging their...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Tue, 26/08/2014 - 08:45

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The 101 of the MarketWatch lab test programme

Tom Lock, Certification Manager at the Energy Saving Trust, discusses the next stage of the MarketWatch programme and reveals the products that will be tested. We recently announced the results of our shopper visits across Europe as part of the MarketWatch programme , revealing that online...

Submitted by Tom Lock on Thu, 14/08/2014 - 09:00

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Turbine technologies: Winds of change

From offshore to on your roof, wind power could see some big changes over the coming years. Starting at the larger end of things, a new floating wind turbine could potentially cut costs-per-Megawatt by around half come the 2020s, according to a study commissioned by the Energy Technologies...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 11/08/2014 - 08:45

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