Consider the potential of e-fuels
Growth in global energy consumption has caused CO2 and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to rise, in turn causing an increase in average global temperatures. The combustion of fossil fuels including coal, oil, and natural gas, has been a key driver behind this, providing the underlying driver for the production and use of non-fossil alternative fuels that can help reduce emissions.
Ageing offshore wind turbines could stunt renewables
The University of Kent has led a study highlighting the urgent need for the UK’s Government and renewable energy industries to give vital attention to decommissioning offshore wind turbines approaching their end of live expectancy by 2025. The research reveals that the UK must decommission approximately 300 and 1600 early-model offshore wind turbines by 2025 and 2030, respectively.
Schneider Electric calls for collaboration in Industries of the Future
Schneider Electric introduced its Industries of the Future vision at ARC Industry Forum 2021. The industry-wide call to action urges industrial enterprises to embrace universal automation, sustainable efficiency, and digitalisation to boost global economic recovery and advance manufacturing and process industries.
Electrical transport: the sustainable alternative
Technology is changing every aspect of our lives, and transport is pushing the trend of sustainability with greener alternatives. Between commuting, sport, and public infrastructure, electrical enabled devices and vehicles are changing our expectations for the future. Here, we look at the technology which is changing transport.
Smart buildings: shaping how we live and work in 2021
More than half of organisations plan to increase their investment in renewable energy, energy efficiency, and smart building technology in 2021. This is according to Johnson Controls’ annual Energy Efficiency Indicator survey. Interestingly enough, these business plans are comparable with investment trends that came after the 2010 recession; now likely a result of preparation for the post-pandemic world. Matthew Margetts, Dir...
Securing the UK’s net carbon future
Prime Minister Boris Johnson recently announced ambitions to reduce carbon emissions by 68% by the end of 2030, placing a greater emphasis on renewable energy resources. However, renewables’ weather-dependency can make securing consistent power difficult. Simone Bruckner, Managing Director of power resistor manufacturer for renewables Cressall, has explored how biomass can ensure a reliable electricity supply on a renewable grid a...
A second chance for organic photovoltaics?
Printing solar panels like newsprint using organic semiconductors is the longstanding aspiration, given the obvious benefits of renewable energy and the potential for low-cost, large-area, energy-efficient production. However, despite attempts by Konarka and others, commercialising organic photovoltaic (OPV) panels has previously proved challenging.
Hi-tech solar solution brings hope to Gaza
University of Birmingham experts have announced that they are developing a novel solar solution energy pilot plant that will help to provide clean and affordable electricity to people living in the Gaza Strip. Working with counterparts at the Islamic University of Gaza, the researchers are combining two efficient technologies in a new way that will also help to assess the impacts of electricity shortage on the health and well-being of Gaza’...
Facilitating change: the smart benefits of going green
The UN Paris Agreement in 2015 aimed to limit the average rise in global temperatures to 2°C above pre-industrial levels, trying to keep the increase below 1.5°C. Since then, the issue of climate change has come to the fore for nations and, by extension, their enterprises. Matthew Margetts, Director of Sales and Marketing at Smarter Technologies explains more about the smart benefits of going green.
Sussex village to become zero carbon role model
A Sussex village could hold one of the keys to helping the UK reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050. Residents in Barcombe, East Sussex, are helping their local electricity network operator to create a model roadmap for ‘greener’ home heating that will in time show the way for other communities to follow suit.