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James Westley, European Utility Week
By James Westley: Wednesday 11th October, 2017

Energy Storage Innovations at European Utility Week

European Utility Week is the largest gathering of energy companies and suppliers in Europe. In this video report James Westley looks at how the variability in the supply of renewable energy from solar and wind is driving innovation in energy storage technologies. Conventional batteries may be your first thought, but they are by no means […]

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By James Westley: Tuesday 3rd October, 2017

Energy versus electricity

Energy is a hot topic right now; several European countries are pledging to ban the sale of Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) vehicles in favour of Electric Vehicles (EV’s) and most of the developed World has pledged to replace the energy provided by fossils fuels with zero greenhouse gas emitting sources as a part of the […]

A nice cup of tea
By Mark Hanlon: Friday 29th September, 2017

When will the lights go out?

I’m sure you’ve seen the headline, that if we were all to switch to electric vehicles (EVs) tomorrow the grid wouldn’t cope and, with a dramatic flourish, the lights would go out. Is this what will happen on January 1st, 2040, when the sale of diesel and petrol fuelled cars is banned? The Telegraph suggested […]

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By Stuart Gilby: Tuesday 26th September, 2017

Carrying energy for the next generation

Electricity is the energy of choice for the 21st Century, it can be generated cleanly and transported to our homes and work places easily with the current infrastructure – but how about our transportation options in the future? For our cars and fleet vehicles we need an energy storage medium, and the race to become […]

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By Catherine Joce: Wednesday 20th September, 2017

Circular Economy in Agriculture

Farmers have acted as stewards of natural resources – soil, water, plants, fertilizers, wildlife and so on – for centuries. So circular economy thinking – which encourages business models which keep resources circulating in the economy at their maximum value – should resonate in the agritech sector. Of course the approaches used to keep resources […]

Rural Solar Power
By Niloy Choudhury: Thursday 15th June, 2017

Humans are coming: how distributed energy production is changing the world

The price of solar modules is dropping fast. From 2006 to 2014 the price of solar modules has dropped from $3.25 to $0.72 per watt and continues to drop further. In some parts of the world energy from solar is competitive with conventional sources of energy production even without government subsidies. But if we consider […]

Home control system
By Simon Jordan: Friday 2nd June, 2017

Correlation or cause – real sensors for the age of fake news?

The energy grid is a wide and complex system with many inputs and a huge number of outputs and consumers. Demand is fluctuating all the time, yet the information coming back from consumers may be months out of date. It’s possible to measure the inputs to the system at the distribution side, but that gives […]

Smart Home
By Tom Fry: Monday 17th April, 2017

How much energy is your home consuming? And where is it going?

How much energy is your home consuming? And where is it going? Home energy monitoring is an industry that has experienced rapid growth over last 5 years but this is a question that many home owners still find themselves asking. Traditionally, home energy management systems can very easily measure the total power consumption of the […]

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By James Westley: Thursday 23rd March, 2017

One-hundred percent electric vehicles: what if?

European countries are on the march to phase out Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) vehicles; last year Norway pledged to ban the sale of fossil-fuel burning vehicles by 2025 which was followed closely by Germany and The Netherlands making similar commitments for 2030. This month, the UK announced investment in Electric Vehicle (EV) battery technology as […]

Solar panel station adjacent to road
By James Westley: Wednesday 8th March, 2017

The road to sustainability: are solar roads and walkways the way of the future?

In the last five years, there has been an increasing trend in fitting roads and pathways with solar panels, making these otherwise dead spaces work harder towards a greener future. The latest of these is the world’s first solar panelled road which was opened in December 2016 in Normandy. Costing the French tax payer €5m, […]