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Why we could soon be printing solar power

If you believe solar panels on roofs are all well and good, but would like to see more in odd shapes, and utilised in interior design, keep reading. Organic, printed solar may be the breakthrough that truly maximises the amount of surfaces energy can be generated from. Finnish scientists say that...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 27/02/2015 - 09:00

27/02/2015

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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

12/12/2014

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Opportunities for home energy makeover

An ambitious home energy efficiency plan could add nearly £14 billion to UK GDP by 2030, according to a new report from campaign group Energy Bill Revolution. An apt year, considering a deal on EU climate targets up to then has just been agreed. The group says such a GDP boost would mean £3.20 was...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 12/11/2014 - 08:45

12/11/2014

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Solar Roadway powers the way ahead

Solar innovators are upping the ante – and a fine place to start is the Solar Roadway. The robust hexagonal panels system can be hooked up to homes and businesses via driveways. The concept includes all the practicalities you get from your traditional road: markings will be provided by LEDs, and...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 16/06/2014 - 08:45

16/06/2014

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Renewables ageing gracefully

[youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJPd7oVG9N4] One of the criticisms of renewable energy is that the effectiveness of technology decreases with age. Like a car depreciating in value, this is represented as a black mark against the reputation of renewables. Wind power is often the main...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 14/02/2014 - 08:45

14/02/2014

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Solar power future taking shape

There is a heated, high-level debate going on about what low-carbon energy generation should be funded into the future, and to what extent. It’s fair to say that solar power is making itself a strong case. The Solar Trade Association (STA) has been talking up solar’s ‘strike rate’ figures – cost...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 18/11/2013 - 08:45

18/11/2013

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Shining a light on solar

One glance at Ofgem’s latest Feed-in Tariff (FIT) statistics will tell you that as incentives go, FITs have had a significant impact in terms of getting solar energy established in a country where complaining about the weather is a national sport. There have been heated debates, there have been...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 22/05/2013 - 09:00

22/05/2013

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