Flower power: biomimetics gives new meaning to solar plants

An Austrian company has taken the idea of flower power to the next level, designing an innovative new range of sun-tracking photovoltaic solar devices.

Icelandic engineers drill into a volcano to test hydrothermal potential

Engineers in Iceland have finished drilling into a volcano ahead of experiments which will determine the hydrothermal potential of undersea volcanic shafts, according to a report by the BBC. The Iceland Deep Drilling Project is being jointly-funded by a consortium of Icelandic energy companies and the government, and will be exploring the potential viability of undersea […]

Hawaiian island of Kauai to run entirely on Tesla battery grid storage system

The Hawaiin island of Kauai has taken a step towards decarbonisation by getting rid of its diesel fuel generators in favour of a battery grid storage system. The installation, supplied by the US firm Tesla, will store excess electricity generated by solar panels throughout the day, which will then be used to power the island overnight. […]

Researchers at Harvard create flow battery with ten-year life span

Scientists at Harvard University’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences have developed a new battery which may be capable of holding its charge for “exceptionally long” periods of time. It’s thanks to a type of rechargeable battery called a ‘flow battery’. In flow batteries, chemical compounds are dissolved in liquids which are separated by a […]

Branching out: scientists mimic nature with electricity-generating tree

Scientists at Iowa State University have created a small-scale device which could offer an alternative to traditional wind turbines: an tree that makes electricity when its leaves blow in the wind.

Solar powered phone chargers come to the streets of Belfast

Solar powered phone charging facilities have been installed in the grounds of Belfast’s City Hall. The news means residents are now able to charge their phones in the city centre using sustainably generated electricity. The charging points, called Street Charge units, have been installed by the Environmental Street Furniture Company, a company based in Newtownabbey […]

Crosswind kite power raises expectations for wind energy

A new way or harvesting wind energy using high-flying kites has been developed as an alternative to standing wind turbines. The technology is known as ‘crosswind kite power’, and uses kites flown in circular motions to drive a turbine, generating electricity. The kites regulate themselves using only a fraction of the energy generated to guide […]

Wind turbines are turning the wheels on Dutch trains

The Netherlands has always been ahead of the curve when it comes to sustainable transport – the country has almost 20,000 miles of cycle tracks to complement its trams and trains. However, the country has received an even bigger boost with the news this week that one of the country’s largest train operators, Nederlandse Spoorwegen […]

How urban planning is leading the way to cleaner air

Switching from fossil fuels to environmentally-friendly alternatives is no easy feat – and even more so when you consider that most cities’ transport networks are completely reliant upon fossil fuel derivatives. The majority of cars and buses on roads across the world are fuelled by diesel or petrol, derived from crude oil. The combustion of […]

Scotland achieves renewable energy record for another year

Scotland has started the near year with the news that the country has 595 MW of installed community and locally-owned renewable energy sources, an increase of 17% on the previous year’s figure. This report from the Energy Saving Trust details the extent of renewable energy sources installed across Scotland, as well as a breakdown of […]