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Water way to insulate

Water way to insulate Inventor Matyas Gutai has developed a novel approach to insulating our homes, sealing water between glass panels to be used as walls. The water absorbs heat in the summer and distributes it during cold periods and this is controlled by the homeowner via a remote monitoring...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 17/04/2015 - 09:01



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Sun lights the way for big brands

A rising technology often becomes fully entrenched in the mainstream when a famous brand makes a high-profile investment in its work. Brands don’t come any more recognisable than Apple, and the company’s purchase of just under a billion dollars’ worth of solar power could prove to be a watershed...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 27/03/2015 - 12:07



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A Google Earth for energy efficiency?

A company in the United States aims to provide a visual heat map of the entire nation, using techniques similar to Google Earth. Essess is featured in a BBC video , in which the company’s CEO Tom Scaramellino, explains its rationale and methods: “About 30 per cent of a building’s total energy use...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 11/03/2015 - 09:00



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Can a blast from the past help safeguard our energy future?

The guardians of Blair Castle in Perthshire believe that history can help shape our future, demonstrated after the reopening a hydroelectric system , originally installed in 1908. The castle, which was historically frequented by Bonnie Prince Charlie and captured by the forces of Oliver Cromwell,...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 09/03/2015 - 09:00



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The shape of things to come: building a low-carbon electricity network

Field trials are important in enabling the roll-out of green technologies and this has been reinforced by the results of Low-carbon London , a project which incorporates a range of trials to paint a picture of how a low-carbon electricity network might shape up in the capital and beyond. There is...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 06/03/2015 - 09:00



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Why the next decade will be crucial for low-carbon transition

2050 can seem a long way away, but the time has come to prepare for the road to a green energy transition, according to a new report from the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI). The next decade is critical in reaching 2050 targets, says ETI, with an affordable transition to low-carbon energy...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 04/03/2015 - 09:00



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Why we could soon be printing solar power

If you believe solar panels on roofs are all well and good, but would like to see more in odd shapes, and utilised in interior design, keep reading. Organic, printed solar may be the breakthrough that truly maximises the amount of surfaces energy can be generated from. Finnish scientists say that...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 27/02/2015 - 09:00



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The rise of UK tidal power

Plans to build a £1 billion tidal lagoon in Swansea Bay have moved a step closer to reality, with special interest generated due to the fact that the consortium charged with completing the scheme has pledged to build the majority of the grand engineering undertaking’s components in the UK...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 25/02/2015 - 09:00



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Why cows could be important to the future of energy production

“All the World's Cows on Treadmills Could Power Six Percent of Earth” is not the kind of headline you see every day - but one that no doubt caught a few eyes when published it recently. The story is about a Northern Irish farmer, William Taylor, who gives his cows exercise in the...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 20/02/2015 - 09:00



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The next big thing: mini energy efficient homes

Binishell. Certainly not the most evocative word. But, as Forbes and others insist, it’s one you might have to be familiarising yourself with in the coming years. You might even end up living in one. The Binishell concept has reared its head in the last five years or so, and aims to make ultra...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 18/02/2015 - 09:00