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New lab puts smart technologies to the test

• Investors must ensure products are fit-for-purpose • Cyber security at the centre • Interoperability between devices critical With the UK roll-out of smart meters, and lots of talk of the advent of the 'smart home', a company called DNV GL has opened a new laboratory in Peterborough, dedicated to...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 11/04/2016 - 11:02



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5 green innovative products that have caught our eye

There are always a number of inventive companies in the sustainability sector touting intriguing new products. Although the Energy Saving Trust can’t endorse these products as our Field Trials Team have not yet tested them, here are a few of our recent top spots. Three-wheeled green micro mobile (...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Tue, 05/04/2016 - 11:02



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Getting the biomass balance right

A Q&A with Use Wood Wisely on national generation policy The debate around renewable energy in the UK has become far more nuanced than simply ‘for’ and ‘against’. Many groups have emerged as voices for shifts in priorities in the sector. Use Wood Wisely is one such group, and we spoke to Karl...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 25/11/2015 - 17:22



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Making smart smart - a Q&A with Dr Chris Brauer

With the roll-out of smart meters and the increase in appliances boasting ‘smart’ features on the market, smart homes have become an increasing talking point. But is our smart future really just round the corner? And are smart technologies really the answer to our energy efficiency prayers? Smart...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 17/06/2015 - 00:00



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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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Flying the kite for tidal power

Tidal power is making waves in Wales. Following the recent news of Swansea’s tidal lagoon a new project in Wales has been announced, this time in Holyhead. The new ‘sea kite’ project will harness the power of low velocity currents off the coast of Holyhead. The kites have small turbines attached to...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 03/06/2015 - 10:00



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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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Warmer homes through computer power

Computer servers are essential to our modern way of life. They process all sorts of things for us, from university research, online shopping to holiday selfies. All these servers in data centres around the world generate so much heat some of them have been re-located to sub-Arctic regions so they...

Submitted by James Wakelin on Wed, 20/05/2015 - 09:00



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Renewable makeovers for England's old mines

Can renewable energy revitalise abandoned fossil fuel mines? That’s the question behind a number of recent developments on the sites of Britain’s old coal mines. At the Arkwright surface mine near Chesterfield, a 500kW wind turbine has been installed. It generates enough power for 1,000 households...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 27/04/2015 - 10:49