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Canary Wharf gets smart

Canary Wharf, London’s futuristic-looking financial district, is now a test bed for some cutting edge energy technologies. Two businesses have been awarded £50,000 to prove their worth in this bustling hub of commerce as part of Cognicity , a competition to provide an opportunity for smart city...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 15/06/2015 - 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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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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A Google Earth for energy efficiency?

A company in the United States aims to provide a visual heat map of the entire nation, using techniques similar to Google Earth. Essess is featured in a BBC video , in which the company’s CEO Tom Scaramellino, explains its rationale and methods: “About 30 per cent of a building’s total energy use...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 11/03/2015 - 09:00



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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



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The next big thing: mini energy efficient homes

Binishell. Certainly not the most evocative word. But, as Forbes and others insist, it’s one you might have to be familiarising yourself with in the coming years. You might even end up living in one. The Binishell concept has reared its head in the last five years or so, and aims to make ultra...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 18/02/2015 - 09:00



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What's behind the smart meter delay?

Energy Saving Trust smart technology expert, Nick Lomax. The way consumers are able to understand and manage their energy use, based on data collected from meter readings, is set to change - but not as soon as hoped for. Every home in the UK will be offered the chance to have a smart meter...

Submitted by Energy Saving Trust on Mon, 02/02/2015 - 09:00



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Tackling the rise of e-waste

As the world’s desire for new technologies becomes ever-more fervent, electronic waste is becoming a huge international issue. Wired says that companies are not doing nearly enough to combat the growing tide of discarded devices – and tide is not too strong a word. The magazine cites new research...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 19/01/2015 - 09:28



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Striving for the social benefits of energy efficiency

Good news in London: More money has been allocated to provide energy retrofits in social housing through the Decent Homes programme. Thousands of homes should benefit, and it is great to see money being targeted at the areas of most need, with the highest risk of fuel poverty . In addition, around...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 10/09/2014 - 08:45



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The potential of water source heat pumps

Renewable heat is in the news more than ever, with energy security issues like the Russia-Ukraine crisis piquing interest in the energy we can generate right here. Even a less talked about technology has got column inches of late – the water-source heat pump. The government is mapping the potential...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 09/04/2014 - 08:45