Solar Power

Clean Energy in Africa - An Earth Day Picture Story

Ben Good | Posted 22.04.2014 | UK
Ben Good

An increasing number of micro businesses are working to develop the briquette's market - a charcoal substitute which reduces unsustainable consumption of wood. The case for promoting a widespread use of briquettes is a strong one: the current use of charcoal and firewood is contributing to wide-scale deforestation in many developing countries.

This Plane Will Try To Fly Around The World With No Fuel

Huffington Post UK | Posted 10.04.2014 | UK

Flying non-stop across America powered only by the sun was impressive enough but this rather wide plane is about to do the entire globe. Pretty i...

Living in a Renewables Distortion Field

David Hone | Posted 24.03.2014 | UK
David Hone

One of the best books I have read in recent years is the Steve Jobs biography by Walter Isaacson. It's also a great management book, although I don't ...

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?

LOOK: This Is The Best Battery Charger. Ever.

Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.07.2013 | UK Tech

It's not often a battery charger gets us excited but then battery chargers don't normally look like this. The Pure Tension Pavilion is solar power...

Cambridge Students Take On The World In Solar-Powered Car Race

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 11.09.2013 | UK Tech

A team of British students is preparing to take on the world with a new high speed solar car. The Cambridge University Eco Racing team has designed...

LOOK: Solar Headphones Charge Your Phone As You Listen

Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 08.09.2013 | UK Tech

A new pair of headphones which use solar panels to charge your mobile phone have launched on Kickstarter. The OnBeat Solar Headphones are designed ...

Solar Powered Plane Flies Day And Night Across America

Huffington Post UK | Chris York | Posted 08.07.2013 | UK Tech

A revolutionary solar-powered plane has touched down in New York completing a historic flight across the United States. The Solar Impulse plane too...

LOOK: World's Largest All Solar Powered Boat

Huffington Post UK | Posted 19.06.2013 | UK Tech

The world's largest fully solar-powered has docked in New York ahead of an environmental mission to study the effects of climate change on the Gulf St...

Why Lomborg is Wrong

Anders Lorenzen | Posted 15.07.2013 | UK
Anders Lorenzen

Bjørn Lomborg he claimed that green energy technologies are too expensive and energy inefficient, and we should frack more and reduce subsidies for renewable energy. I will try to tackle his points and clarify why I believe he is wrong on almost every single issue.

Where's Our Sense of Urgency?

Green Futures | Posted 10.07.2013 | UK
Green Futures

The reach of solar will spread, the scale will increase, and the impact on people's lives will be massive. But the crucial question is, when? Around the world, dozens of universities and research institutes are hard at work trying to mimic the phenomenon of photosynthesis.

'Zero Fuel' Plane Begins Landmark Journey Across USA

Huffington Post UK | Posted 03.07.2013 | UK Tech

The first attempt to cross the United States in a solar powered plane has begun. The Solar Impulse plane has a wingspan of 63 metres - as big as an...

PICS: Solar-Powered Plug Socket Sticks To Window, Powers Anything

Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 29.06.2013 | UK Tech

Solar power might have just got a lot more convenient - and design friendly. A concept has been unveiled for a solar-powered battery that can be st...

Could This Solar Collector Power The Entire Earth?

The Huffington Post UK | Christopher York | Posted 22.04.2013 | UK Tech

Imagine a power system that could harness the energy of 2,000 suns and provide fresh water and air conditioning in remote locations. Not only that ...

In Africa, Solar Offers Much More Than Clean Energy

Anders Lorenzen | Posted 10.05.2013 | UK
Anders Lorenzen

In Africa, a solar revolution with different motivation is underway. Whereas in Europe, solar is part of the renewable energy mix that will help wean the European Union off CO2, in Africa, many people have not heard about climate change and a similar impetus does not exist for tackling fossil fuel dependency. In Africa a more urgent desire exists simply to 'develop'.

The Energy Crisis Is Here to Stay, Which Is Why Solar Power Needs to Start Shining

Steve McKevitt | Posted 07.05.2013 | UK
Steve McKevitt

Energy is the most important issue in the world today and it's getting more important every day. We are living through a period of explosive population growth that will see at least another two billion people added to the global population - currently standing at 7.1 billion - over the next 20 years.

USA Welcome to Climate Change

Anders Lorenzen | Posted 01.01.2013 | UK Politics
Anders Lorenzen

The idea that the choice lies in either saving the climate or the economy is nonsense; dealing with the causes, effects and outcomes of climate change will provide a huge economic stimulus it itself. Which begs the question, what are they waiting for.

Good Environmental News

Christina Robert | Posted 28.09.2012 | UK
Christina Robert

The only reason Shell and the others can even think about drilling up there is of course because the sea ice has melted. As we know the ice has melted because we are burning too much oil.

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...

Will Tiny Forests Brighten Our Future?

Douglas Stewart | Posted 30.06.2012 | UK Tech
Douglas Stewart

Recently, a team of researchers at the University of California in San Diego released the results of a fascinating study involving the use of nanotechnology to convert solar energy into hydrogen power... The scientists took their inspiration from nature, emulating the efficiency of trees in absorbing and converting sunlight into energy.

Solar Power in the Desert: Harnessing the African Sun Can Solve the World's Energy Problem

Intelligence Squared | Posted 21.05.2012 | UK Tech
Intelligence Squared

The way many people think about the future of our civilisation reminds me of the joke in which somebody jumps from a skyscraper and, while passing the 10th floor, concludes that "up to now everything has gone fine...".


Anders Lorenzen | Posted 20.05.2012 | UK
Anders Lorenzen

Brixton Energy, a London-based community energy co-operative, formally launched their first 'Solar 1' project this week. This involves placing solar p...

Sunny D - The UK's Vitamin D Deficiency

Laura Knowles | Posted 04.05.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Knowles

Ah Vitamin D. You've become quite a celebrity recently. You seem to be in every health story I read. The majority of the Vitamin D created in our bodies come from exposure to sunlight and after years of slapping on the factor 50 and worrying about skin cancer, it would appear we have all become D deficient.