Electricity

Betting on Electric

Intelligence Squared | Posted 16.10.2014 | UK Tech
Intelligence Squared

When I was a student engineer I wanted to build my own road car. I planned out how much it would cost, where I would buy parts, what would I use as a donor vehicle, how would I manufacture the bodywork and most importantly: what engine would I use? I didn't want to make just another kit car, it had to be scalable, and with my own engine.

Ana-whata? Explaining Anaesthesia

Sarah Kessler | Posted 13.10.2014 | UK
Sarah Kessler

Squeeze. Release. Pause. Squeeze. Release. Pause. 20 times a minute. 1,200 times an hour. 28,800 times a day. Listen for the hiss of...

Government Subsidies Make Biogas an Attractive Renewable Energy Option

Simon Thomas | Posted 09.10.2014 | UK Tech
Simon Thomas

The UK's Transmission System Operator, responsible for distributing and generating electricity, recently announced that biogas, a renewable energy, could be responsible for 10% of the nation's gas output by the year 2020. If targets are met, the National Grid hopes to have 45 new biogas power stations connected to the grid within the next two years.

It's Time to End the Use of Rogue Electricians

Phil Buckle | Posted 13.10.2014 | UK
Phil Buckle

Every week, someone in the UK dies from an electrical accident. Dodgy electrics also cause half of all house fires and result in 350,000 serious injuries a year. And yet, our research has found that the use of non-registered electricians has trebled in the last year.

MIT Develops Phone Charger That Runs On WATER

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 17.07.2014 | UK Tech

Scientists at MIT have found that they can create electricity using nothing but two copper plates and some dew. The researchers discovered that wh...

We Must Change the Law to Better Protect Tenants

Phil Buckle | Posted 01.09.2014 | UK
Phil Buckle

Homes in the private rented sector in England are worse than in any other, with a third of properties failing to meet basic standards and a sixth of renters, or 1.2 million adults, reporting problems with electricity in the last year...

Energy - Time for a New Generation

Juliet Davenport | Posted 22.07.2014 | UK
Juliet Davenport

Energy is a topic that's seldom out of the headlines. Whether it is rising prices, uncertainty over the sourcing of fossil fuels, discussions about onshore wind turbines, plans to change the structure for solar subsidies or the likelihood of power cuts, hardly a day goes by when energy is not the focus of at least one major news story.

This Extreme Wireless Charger Could One Day Power A City

Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.04.2014 | UK Tech

Wireless chargers are one of those technologies that sound futuristic until you realise that (a) they already exist and have for years and (b) you pro...

Good Energy Forced a Household in the UK to Sit in Dark for Two Days

Ehsan Khodarahmi | Posted 23.05.2014 | UK
Ehsan Khodarahmi

Good Energy forced a household in the UK to sit in dark for two days after they switched from one energy provider to Good Energy. The new customer had to throw their frozen food away as a result.

If You Are Going to Threaten People to Pay Their Bill...

Simon Stevens | Posted 22.04.2014 | UK
Simon Stevens

Language is very important and as we can see, getting it right can in some cases be a matter of life or death. And while I understand big companies need to chase people who do not pay their bills, they need to be accurate in the way they communicate with customers.

This Is What Electricity Can Do To Your Eyes

Huffington Post UK | Posted 27.01.2014 | UK Tech

As well as killing, burning, maiming and generally causing you massive pain, getting an electric shock can also do this... Yup, give you star-s...

UK Grid Infrastructure: Not a Leg to Stand On

Peter Rolton | Posted 14.03.2014 | UK
Peter Rolton

A staggering 750,000 UK households were hit by power cuts over the festive season, and as nice as a candlelit Christmas may sound, in practice it is at best an inconvenience and at worst a complete nightmare...

Could You Get Help With Your Energy Bills? It Is Easier Than You Think

Sarah Willingham | Posted 17.02.2014 | UK
Sarah Willingham

The rising cost of energy (and everything else...) means 2.5 million Brits will borrow money this winter to help heat their homes. But LOADS of households, around 3.4 million of them, could qualify for help with their energy bills and over half don't realise.

British Gas Customers Hit By Price Rise

PA | Posted 23.11.2013 | UK

Nearly eight million households will wake up to higher energy costs today when British Gas hikes its prices in the latest round of winter bill rises. ...

Household Energy Two: The Difference Between a Commodity And a Brand

Hugh Salmon | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Hugh Salmon

As an expert in the potential of the Vietnam market, having been there once before, I was with a regional director of Heineken. He carried a widget on his key ring by which he could identify the origins of every single can of his beer, including full details of when and where it had been brewed...

Keeping the Mobile World Connected

Henri Winand | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Tech
Henri Winand

Even if you have access to mains electricity, it takes time to recharge and often you may be competing with colleagues for power outlets, or like many in the developing world, you will have very little or no access to an electricity grid.

Household Energy: What Gas and Electricity Suppliers Must Learn From The Oil Companies

Hugh Salmon | Posted 21.12.2013 | UK Politics
Hugh Salmon

Labour Party leader Ed Miliband's laughably naïve announcement that, if elected, he would freeze energy prices for twenty months from the date of his election makes you wonder if these seat-of-the-pants, counter-punch 'policies' have been properly considered or professionally researched and analysed.

The Truth Behind Spiralling Energy Prices

Richard Lloyd | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Richard Lloyd

Some blame the 'greedy profiteering energy fat cats'. Some have even blamed consumers for not helping themselves when it comes to cutting back on their energy use or finding the best energy deals that are out there. The truth of course is that no one group is right. The real truth is our energy market is fundamentally failing.

'We're Sorry But We Have To Increase Energy Prices"

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 10.10.2013 | UK Politics

Energy firm SSE has announced it will increase gas and electricity prices by an average of 8.2%, the first of the big six suppliers to do so after Ed ...

Could Ed's Energy Price Freeze Scare Off Investment?

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 01.10.2013 | UK Politics

Ed Miliband's pledge to freeze energy bill tariffs could undermine billions of pounds worth of investment and jobs, Scottish Power's chief corporate o...

British Gas Plans To Give Away Free Power At Weekends

PA | Posted 31.07.2013 | UK

British Gas has said it could offer free electricity on Saturdays in a bid to reduce demand on weekdays. The energy firm has announced plans to tri...

UK Manufacturing Industry Needs EMR but Has the Government Even Noticed?

Peter Rolton | Posted 11.09.2013 | UK
Peter Rolton

Recent mention of UK electricity market reform (EMR) may make it sound fairly innocuous, but beware: within it lurks the potential to make or break the nation's future energy fortunes.

Global Warming: Delusions, Hubris and Wishful Thinking

Adnan Al-Daini | Posted 28.06.2013 | UK Politics
Adnan Al-Daini

So, where do we go from here? There is no viable option, it seems to me, but to embrace whole- heartedly the proven technology of the renewable energy route

Charlie Thomas

EDF Drops Law Suit Against Climate Change Protesters

HuffingtonPost.com | Charlie Thomas | Posted 13.03.2013 | UK

EDF has dropped a £5 million law suit against a group of climate change protesters, following sustained pressure from the public and high profile cam...

Charlie Thomas

Bright Sparks At EDF Target SMEs With New Tariff

HuffingtonPost.com | Charlie Thomas | Posted 06.11.2012 | UK

Energy giant EDF has launched a dedicated Small & Medium Enterprises (SME) electricity contract as part of its Customer Commitments, in which it pledg...