World’s first commercial Carbon Capture machine comes online in Switzerland

A machine that cleans the air by filtering out carbon dioxide has become a world-first by being the only commercial Carbon Capture Storage machine of its kind. Carbon Capture Storage (CCS) is a process that takes carbon dioxide out of the air and stores it, to then be passed on to places where it can be […]

Project Nexus is complete: What was it, and what happened?

Xoserve, the administrator of the UK gas network, has announced that Project Nexus was successfully completed on 1st June. The project, an infrastructural upgrade of the UK Link system which manages the country’s gas network, was called a “significant achievement” for all involved parties. For such a landmark project, Nexus passed quietly and almost unnoticed […]

Record-breaking renewables contribute more than half of the UK’s electricity on single day

Renewable energy sources have written themselves into the record books and the history books in the UK, generating more than 50% of the country’s energy on a single day in June. 7th June was an early summer day characterised by both good sunlight and high winds, which boosted electricity output. The National Grid later confirmed […]

Icelandic geothermal could one day help to power Britain

Icelandic geothermal energy could one day help to power British homes and businesses, thanks to a project scheduled to begin in 2020. The Krafla Magma Testbed venture will involve drilling to a depth of 2km to reach a molten magma lake, then pumping water into the borehole to create supercritical steam, which would then be […]

Ofgem’s Smarter Markets programme: What’s affecting the business energy market?

 Smart meters are coming – that much everyone knows. But they’re just one element of a move towards a “smarter market”: a term coined by Ofgem that marks a nationwide culture change of the electricity industry. Smarter market: the goal of a more efficient, dynamic energy market in the UK that uses innovation to provide […]

Floating tidal turbine off Orkney Islands smashes generation records

A floating tidal turbine has smashed generation records in Scotland, matching the generation capacity of offshore wind turbines. The SR2000, designed by Scotrenewables Tidal Power, is the world’s largest and most powerful tidal device. The machine is currently undergoing grid-connected testing, which saw it generate 18 MWh over a 24-hour period. This represents a serious […]

Dutch focus on offshore wind helps to reduce carbon footprint

Dutch renewable energy figures received a bump in May thanks to the completion of a new 600 MW offshore wind farm in the North Sea. The Gemini wind farm, situated off the north coast of the Netherlands, is reckoned to be one of the world’s largest offshore wind projects with 150 individual turbines spaced over […]

The illustrated step-by-step guide to anaerobic digestion

Would you recognise an anaerobic digestion plant if you saw one? Shaun Heasman, Renewables Specialist at Opus Energy, knows them inside out – and can prove it. His miniature model making – scroll down to see his detailed work – inspired us to take a closer look at what actually happens inside one of these […]

University of Iowa turns to biomass grass to fuel its dreams of a coal-free future

The University of Iowa expects to be coal-free by 2025, thanks to its innovative Biomass Fuel Project. The university, in a joint programme with Iowa State University and the Leopold Centre for Sustainable Agriculture, is testing the efficiency of a number of biomass fuels, and working with farmers across the state to grow fuel in […]

The Internet of Things will change the energy industry as we know it

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 […]