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Getting connected to a global energy vision

• New paper sets out vision of cross-border links • Connections existed before – not on this scale • Technical and political barriers to be overcome We live in an increasingly connected world – and it's already the case that our energy sources don't always come from within our national borders...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 22/03/2017 - 17:14

22/03/2017

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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

29/08/2014

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Are smart homes a clever move?

Lloyd Alter in the Guardian the other day made a plea for dumb homes and dumb cities, riling against the recent rash of smart everything. I came across this via a tweet from Nick Grant (@ecominimalnick) saying that “in a Passivhaus a smart thermostat would be bored silly :)” Yes, but… but… it’s not...

Submitted by Steven Harris on Fri, 13/06/2014 - 08:45

13/06/2014

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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

19/03/2014

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Why it still pays off for businesses to invest in renewable energy

Guest blog by Frank Hartkopf from Mr Renewables Small and medium sized businesses thinking about investing in renewable energy technology have encountered some uncertainties recently. With the government’s Feed-in Tariff scheme having been capped, is it still financially viable to invest in solar...

Submitted by Guest blogger on Tue, 21/01/2014 - 08:45

21/01/2014

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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

18/10/2013

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Scotland powering forward in uncertain times

Our Scottish blogger Michael has done much by way of speculating on Scotland’s potential as a hub of renewable energy activity – based solidly on the fact that the nation is doing rather a lot in this field. They won’t even let Donald Trump stand in the way of their renewables revolution. Being...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 22/04/2013 - 08:30

22/04/2013

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