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Sunny prospects for solar railways?

With plans in place to electrify the entire UK train network, there are a number of barriers to overcome – not least the fact that in some areas, the electricity grid is already running at capacity. Could solar power provide a solution? Given that peak solar generation and peak demand for train...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Thu, 16/03/2017 - 16:42



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Mapping a solar-powered planet: how many panels would power Earth?

• Solar panel data visualises what little space is needed • Projected consumption, production and efficiency considered • Energy storage likely needed when generation is low When predictions are made about the global potential for solar to provide a significant part of our power supply, it could be...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 22/06/2016 - 13:49



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Is energy storage about to go mainstream?

• Solar power driving battery interest • Germany, Australia, islands lead way • Storage could aid energy connectivity With one of the UK's biggest ever energy storage events taking place at Twickenham Stadium at the end of April, it looks like batteries could be about to go big. We spoke to Andy...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Thu, 14/04/2016 - 16:16



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Sun lights the way for big brands

A rising technology often becomes fully entrenched in the mainstream when a famous brand makes a high-profile investment in its work. Brands don’t come any more recognisable than Apple, and the company’s purchase of just under a billion dollars’ worth of solar power could prove to be a watershed...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 27/03/2015 - 12:07



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Do fossil fuels cast a shadow on alternative energy plans?

Crude oil prices are at a four-year low and the Overseas Development Institute has accused world governments of failing to live up to promises to reduce subsidies for fossil fuels, with G20 nations spending a whopping £56 billion finding new sources of coal, gas and oil. Here in the UK, a major new...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 26/11/2014 - 08:45



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UK could connect to a larger grid

Our energy future is likely to be a very connected one. Giant cross and even inter-continental cables could be regulating supply and demand within the next few years if some huge infrastructure plans come to pass. The map shows existing and planned connections in Europe. There are two major dotted...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 07/11/2014 - 08:45



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Vertical farms could provide green shoots in cities

An energy-generating agricultural skyscraper may seem a little too conceptual for some - but a New York architecture firm thinks it might represent our urban future. The award-winning Urban Skyfarm concept by Aprilli Design Studio plants crop-growing in a vertical trajectory, with eight vertical...

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



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Independent energy takes its place on the grid

The number of commercial-scale independent renewable energy projects rose by 40 per cent in 2013, with almost £1million invested every day, according to Energy Entrepreneurs Report 2014 , published by SmartestEnergy. This follows news that electricity generated from renewable sources has risen by...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 01/08/2014 - 08:45



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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



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Lofty goals for world solar power

The upward trajectory of solar power seems unstoppable. As manufacturing output rises and costs fall, the optimism of government targets is also on the increase. And in the case of manufacturing solar PV , there is no better place to begin than China. The authorities there have decided that it’s...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Tue, 27/05/2014 - 08:45