10 million and counting – so how do smart meters work?

The UK’s smart meter roll-out is well underway. According to statistics published by the government’s Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, by the end of March 2018 there were more than ten million smart meters installed across the UK, in both domestic and non-domestic sites. But why are smart meters being rolled out, how […]

How the ‘rebound effect’ makes us use more energy (and what it is, exactly)

We often take energy for granted, but getting it from grid to business can be complicated. When you start investigating the principles of supply and demand, it can get even more complex. One economic phenomenon that we think is pretty interesting (as energy industry enthusiasts) is known as ‘the rebound effect’. Energy-efficiency technology means we […]

The Powering Past Coal Alliance: What is it, and why is it so important?

Renewable energy has been on a roll for the last few years. As the UK, Europe and the rest of the world are demonstrating the importance of a swift transition away from fossil fuels, deployment of renewable sources has rocketed. As this has happened, there has been striking change in the UK’s energy mix. The […]

Heavyweight champions: Meet the world’s largest storage batteries

One of the biggest and most underappreciated challenges the renewable energy industry is facing is not the embracing of new technologies, nor the securing of funding, but how to keep hold of energy once it’s been generated. We can safely say that renewable energy sources are on the up: the UK’s government has committed to […]

The UK’s first hydrogen train will be pulling up in 2020

The UK will see it’s first hydrogen-fuelled train in 2020, the Rail Safety & Standards Board has announced. The prototype train, announced in February 2018, is projected to be on the tracks by late 2019 or early 2020. The pilot scheme will test the viability of hydrogen as a fuel for passenger trains and, pending […]

Cornwall’s secret hotbed of renewable energy potential

Cornwall could be the home of the UK’s first geothermal station used for energy generation as well as district heating, if ambitious plans go ahead. Cornwall is one of the few places in the UK where there is geothermal resource that is worth tapping. Thanks to funding awarded by the European Regional Development Fund, the […]

Bill Gates, Carbon Capture Storage, and trying to save the world

Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) is a sustainability technology which has been deployed with some successes, but only on a small scale. However, some people are working on a CCS plan larger than anyone has thought possible. How does CCS work? CCS collects carbon dioxide from the air, released by the combustion of fossil fuels such […]

Energy efficient Britain: Electricity consumption falls 2% in the UK

An analysis of electricity consumption across the EU has found that the UK reduced its electricity use in 2017, while 27 European countries included in the analysis saw their electricity use increase over the same period. Overall, the UK decreased its overall electricity consumption by almost 2%, from 355 TWh to 348 TWh. Since 2010, […]

New wind generation record sets 2018 off to green start

January is rarely anyone’s favourite month, but over the last few years it has developed a reputation as the month in which renewable energy shines. 2018 has been no exception – on 17th January, the UK set a new wind generation record of 13.6 GW between 12.45-1.15pm. This smashed the previous record – itself set […]

The UK’s 25 year environmental plan – where are we headed?

The UK government has announced a new, 25-year plan for environmental protection and improvement. Launched in early 2018, the plan is a comprehensive commitment to improving the UK’s environmental responsibility. Highlights include the creation of a new forest, a crackdown on single-use plastics and a new approach to managing ecological assets. One of the key […]