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North Coast 500 EV Tour: Spreading the word about electric vehicles

Photo credit: John Clark BMW • Electric vehicle experts take on Scotland's answer to Route 66 • Highland trip showcases EVs - and impressive charging network • Though near oil sources, drivers face high prices at pumps Home Energy Scotland's electric vehicle specialists recently headed off on the...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Thu, 23/06/2016 - 16:00

23/06/2016

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Products and technology solar power future energy

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

22/06/2016

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Local and community energy local energy Scotland

Scotland aims to lead the way on local green energy innovation

• Local renewable energy sources the aim of ambitious funding scheme • Tailored projects tackle local issues • Fuel poverty and hydrogen innovations catch the eye It's a challenging time for UK energy – and Scotland has its own unique set of circumstances to tackle. The country's Local Energy...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Tue, 21/06/2016 - 15:55

21/06/2016

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Green strategy and politics Environmental literature review

Book review: What's Really Happening to our Planet? - Tony Juniper

The new book from Tony Juniper , former Executive Director of Friends of the Earth , is all about taking the big questions and vast amounts of data about sustainability, and making it accessible in the form of engaging infographics and facts. Juniper suggests that it's a text for those aged '12 to...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Thu, 16/06/2016 - 16:02

16/06/2016

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Products and technology eco home architecture

Sustainable self-build homes - a likely future for Welsh developments?

One Planet Caravan - Courtesy of Mark Waghorn Architects Ltd • Policy points to low-impact future • Home and caravan designed to tread light on the land • We need to stop being 'passive consumers' - architect The Welsh Government's One Planet Development policy is a forward-thinking approach to...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 15/06/2016 - 14:53

15/06/2016

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Progression towards a fossil-free UK?

• Government hopes to cut out coal entirely by 2025 • UK lagging behind Sweden, Norway and Iceland • Improvement to incentives would help momentum Good news: the UK has kicked coal. It may not be for good – but it's a start. There have been several recent drops to using zero coal to generate...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 03/06/2016 - 15:12

03/06/2016

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Transport Eco Driving electric vehicles

Can Energy Independent Vehicles be cut loose from the grid?

• Tesla success not the 'end game' - industry expert • Self-powered planes, boats and automobiles in the spotlight • Charge points remain vital to growth in electric vehicle use With the launch of the Tesla Model 3 touted as the most successful in history, you'd be forgiven for thinking that this...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Thu, 02/06/2016 - 16:23

02/06/2016

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Products and technology energy efficiency mobile electronics

Energy efficiency and mobile devices: Our apps are not so smart after all

• New tool measures energy consumed • Some parallels with home energy efficiency • Projected 6.1 billion smart phones by 2020 Many useful smart phone apps may be free, but where energy efficiency is concerned, the data does not come without cost. To measure exactly how much energy is being used, a...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 01/06/2016 - 14:39

01/06/2016

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Products and technology insulation breakthrough technology

Insulation innovation: the robot that will insulate your home

• Robot could be the future of under-floor insulation • Huge potential in fight against fuel poverty, says founder • Small companies pushing construction industry forward Suspended timber floors in early-twentieth century properties and robots perhaps don't seem the most natural allies, but for Tom...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 27/05/2016 - 16:47

27/05/2016

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Energy and water efficiency at home domestic solar PV renewables

Is solar power right for my home?

• Cuts in support have reduced installations • How to maximise your grid exports • How to maximise your payback Solar PV has become big news over the last few years; but from an astronomical rise in UK installations to cuts in financial support, sometimes it can be hard to see where things are at,...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 25/05/2016 - 16:16

25/05/2016

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