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Efficiency for Access Research and Development Fund: new funding round

Grants of £50,000-£200,000 are available for organisations developing cooling products or technologies for use in developing nations. The second funding round call for entries is open until 16 August 2019 - see more below. Does your organisation have an innovative solution to the problem of keeping...

Submitted by Rebecca Milligan on Mon, 05/08/2019 - 23:50



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Addressing the charges against electric vehicle batteries

Plug-in electric vehicles are on the rise in the UK, with over 220,000 plug-in vehicles registered in the UK, whether that’s battery electric vehicles (BEVs) or plug-in hybrids (PHEVs). Electric vehicles clearly reduce tailpipe emissions but some people continue to question how sustainable they are...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Thu, 01/08/2019 - 01:00



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Northern Ireland: reducing dependency on oil-fired heating

Northern Ireland finds itself in a unique position in the UK’s energy picture. At under two million, it has a much smaller population than any other constituent part of the nation and its energy supply is unlike the rest. Some 68% of homes rely on oil-fired boilers for heating, and the country has...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 29/07/2019 - 23:59



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Ensuring the transport revolution works for all

Scotland is an interesting case study in the quest to ensure equality is at the heart of sustainable transport developments. With low-carbon transport as a major policy focus, Scottish Government’s transport goals include: phasing out the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2032...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 24/07/2019 - 23:00



Energy and water efficiency at home Nest Wales warmer homes Welsh Government

Nest launches new health-based criteria

by Ieuan-Rhys Beal With summer looking set to extend its stay in Wales into August, the last thing on people’s minds is how they’re going to heat their homes this winter. Unfortunately, there will be households across Wales that feel the winter more than others, but Welsh Government’s Warm Homes...

Submitted by Rebecca Milligan on Tue, 23/07/2019 - 00:25



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What role does biomass have to play in our energy supply?

Biomass is a renewable energy source, generated from burning wood, plants and other organic matter, such as manure or household waste. It releases CO2 when burned, but considerably less than fossil fuels. We consider biomass a renewable energy source, if the plants or other organic materials being...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 17/07/2019 - 23:43



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Energycarer support in Scotland

by Colin Cook Energy Saving Trust manages the Home Energy Scotland service on behalf of Scottish Government. We work directly with householders in Scotland to help people save money and create warmer homes. Home Energy Scotland is a network of local advice centres covering all of Scotland, with...

Submitted by Rebecca Milligan on Mon, 15/07/2019 - 23:01



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Green innovations: what happened next?

From time to time, we’ve covered the latest in green technological innovations that are sparking debate. But once the early hype’s over, how do these technologies develop and push towards the mainstream? We’ve checked back in with five technologies we wrote about back a few years ago, to see what’s...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 10/07/2019 - 23:00



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The present and future of UK solar power

At first glance, the picture doesn’t appear particularly pretty for solar PV in the UK right now. The highly-successful Feed-in Tariff (FiT) scheme , which paid those installing electricity-generating solar panels a rate for both what they generate and put back on the grid, closed to new applicants...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 08/07/2019 - 23:17



Energy and water efficiency at home Products and technology bathroom bio energy flush electricity poo power toilet flush toilet technology Waste to energy

Can your toilet generate electricity?

Turning toilets green The amount of water flushed down our toilets is considerable – in fact, it’s the second biggest use of water in the home behind showering. There must be a way to harness all this moving water, right? Well actually, the technology does seem to be there to turn toilets into a...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Thu, 04/07/2019 - 08:45