Solar Energy

The Sun Is Setting on Large-Scale Solar

Peter Rolton | Posted 18.07.2014 | UK Politics
Peter Rolton

Aside from the sneaking suspicion that this is actually a spooked Governmental response to the rising numbers of UKIP voters, aiming to stop the progress of large solar before it becomes as unpopular as wind with NIMBY voters and causes anyone else to defect, there is a far more immediate problem.

The STEM Skills Shortage Is Even More Apparent for Start-Ups

Mansoor Hamayun | Posted 24.06.2014 | UK Tech
Mansoor Hamayun

The work undertaken by STEM companies - both large and small - is extremely important, not just to our economic future, but to the development of our world. Only by ensuring an increased supply of high quality engineering talent will companies like ours be able to flourish.

As It's Light Out in the West, Africa Needs Help to Switch On

Ben Good | Posted 31.05.2014 | UK
Ben Good

On Saturday, 29th of March, many westerners switched off their lights to celebrate Earth Hour. The Big Ben, Times Square in New York and the Kremlin in Moscow were just a few of the iconic landmarks that joined millions of people who dimmed their lights to raise awareness about saving energy and reducing our carbon footprint.

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.

Can Renewables Face Down the Fracking Onslaught?

Jon Bennett | Posted 21.05.2014 | UK Politics
Jon Bennett

Earlier this month the tenth staging of the Ecobuild conference brought together leading lights from sustainable building. One of the conference highlights was a debate on the UK's energy future...

If You Can't Beat Them, Join Them

Sanjay Bowry | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK
Sanjay Bowry

So the saying goes "if you can't beat them, join them" and the latest raft of energy price hikes suggests now is the time for UK consumers to consider doing just that. We are a nation tired of being held to ransom by our energy bills - so has the time come to ditch our reliance on energy companies by becoming the bosses of our own energy supplies?

Hinkley Point: Nuking the Idea of a 'Renewables-Online' Future

Ben Acheson | Posted 24.12.2013 | UK Politics
Ben Acheson

Whether man-made climate change is occurring or not, there are few who would argue against a move towards low-carbon energy generation. One way or another, carbon emissions must be cut. Forget the tired anti-nuclear rhetoric and the ridiculous claims that a Fukushima-style disaster could hit the UK. Third generation nuclear is the way forward and the new reactors planned at Hinkley Point are the first step in the right direction.

Has London's First Concentrating Solar Plant Just Gone Live?

Gavin D. J. Harper | Posted 03.11.2013 | UK Tech
Gavin D. J. Harper

It's all a bit of a pickle, and a PR disaster for those concerned - but could 20 Fenchurch Street be an interesting sandbox for a novel type of renewable energy generation?

The Ashden Awards

Jonathon Porritt | Posted 08.09.2013 | UK Tech
Jonathon Porritt

Ashden has some cracking efficiency-based winners this year. The 2013 Gold Award went to the partnership of the Sustainable Energy Academy and United House for what is in effect a new supply chain for doing internal solid-wall insulation, taking off-site what is often a very messy and disruptive business when it is done on-site.

LOOK: The World's First Strawscraper

Huffington Post UK | Christopher York | Posted 22.05.2013 | UK Tech

A Swedish firm has come up with a brilliant - if slightly odd - idea for making one of Stockholm's tallest buildings energy neutral. The plan is to...

A Solar Fridge for Fresh Food in Hot Climates

Green Futures | Posted 21.07.2013 | UK
Green Futures

Food shortages in India are compounded by a lack of cold-chain storage facilities, but a new solar-powered cold storage device, developed by the University of Cincinnati in partnership with industry, could put this problem on ice.

The Climate Bubble Reality Check

David Hone | Posted 02.07.2013 | UK
David Hone

In recent months there has been a renewed look at the idea of a financial carbon bubble, or unburnable carbon reserves. Most recently, a report from The Carbon Tracker with a forward by Lord Stern of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change (London School of Economics), argued that serious risks are accumulating for investors in high carbon assets, such as coal mining companies and the oil and gas industry.

PICS: Sun's Massive Heat Explained By 'Magnetic Braids'?

Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 26.03.2013 | UK Tech

Nasa has found mysterious 'magnetic braids' near to the surface of the Sun. The strange super-hot shapes in the outer atmosphere of our star might ...

PHOTOS: Solar Flight Breakthrough As Plane Bridges Continents

Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 06.08.2012 | UK Tech

It's not just Venus which is making headlines thanks to the light of the Sun. The world's first solar-powered inter-continental flight has successf...