Connecting to the internet has come a long way since the loud, clunky process of firing up the dial-up. And we’re no longer sat at a computer desk powering on a PC tower. Analyst firm Gartner says that by the end of 2017, there will be 8.4 billion ‘things’ connected to the internet – from […]
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.
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 […]
Electricity generated from algae? Heat harnessed from the depths of the Earth’s core? There’s more to renewable energy than wind turbines and solar panels – scroll down and discover the biggest and most intriguing sources of renewable energy.
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. […]
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 […]
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 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]