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Bringing green energy and better buildings to refugees

• 90% of families in camps have no access to electricity - 2015 report • "Access to sustainable energy is a basic human need" - UNHCR • Ikea Foundation helping with alternatives in Better Shelter campaign Renewable energy is being put to work in helping to tackle one of the greatest challenges of...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Thu, 21/07/2016 - 15:30



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Making Net Zero Energy work - Q&A with Karen Strandoo

The housing sector is exploring alternative models to bring high energy efficiency to improve the quality of our national stock. One such model that Energy Saving Trust is involved in is Energiesprong – a programme originating in the Netherlands that has led to the refurbishment of 111, 000 homes...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 12/10/2015 - 14:00



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A rollercoaster ride to sustainability

(Image courtesy of GreenWood Forest Park Flickr) Thrills and spills will be happening with a cleaner conscience at a theme park in North Wales, after it installed a massive solar array to provide 80 per cent of its electricity needs. GreenW ood Forest Park invested in the 576-panel 150kW system...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 28/09/2015 - 00:00



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Putting world energy progress on the map

The latest progress report on the World Bank’s Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) initiative is out - and if you’re looking for reasons to be optimistic, it’s a mixed bag. The three aims of the programme are to provide universal access to modern energy services, to double global energy efficiency...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 12/06/2015 - 00:00



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Bladeless wind turbines

Despite the widespread international support for wind turbines they have always inspired fierce opposition in the UK. Is it the blades themselves that send nimbyists spiralling into a frenzy? If so, their objections could be answered by a new bladeless wind turbine. The Vortex bladeless wind...

Submitted by James Wakelin on Fri, 05/06/2015 - 08:53



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Flying the kite for tidal power

Tidal power is making waves in Wales. Following the recent news of Swansea’s tidal lagoon a new project in Wales has been announced, this time in Holyhead. The new ‘sea kite’ project will harness the power of low velocity currents off the coast of Holyhead. The kites have small turbines attached to...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 03/06/2015 - 10:00



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Green thinking is becoming the norm

Technological innovation allows us to ask better questions about how we will complete the move to sustainable alternatives to fossil fuels. New technologies enable us to become more energy efficient without requiring a change in our behaviour, meaning the motivations that once inspired actions to...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 01/06/2015 - 10:00



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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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Cornwall's community considerations

Cornwall is one of Britain’s leading counties when it comes to the burgeoning green economy - and recent moves could well help it cement that record. Community ownership of green energy is now prioritised in planning processes, and it’s not just blind encouragement of wind, solar, biomass etc. The...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 23/02/2015 - 15:36



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Scotland takes lead in renewable heat

When you live in an area without mains gas, options for heating your home are limited, especially when taking efficiency into account. Being able to heat your home and hot water without taking a large financial hit is a concern for many in rural areas or inaccessible places. With no access to mains...

Submitted by Energy Saving Trust on Thu, 27/11/2014 - 09:00