Recharging Chernobyl: Solar power brings new life to old land

The Chernobyl disaster is widely recognised as the worst nuclear power station disaster. More than thirty years on, however, the site is back producing energy for Ukraine. This time, the electricity is being generated by solar power instead of nuclear. Thanks to an ambitious project by Rodina, the site of the former nuclear power station […]

3 ways artifical intelligence is transforming renewable energy

AI has been heralded as a game changing technology for many industries, and it may be the use of AI in the energy industry that is so far one of the most exciting applications. AI brings an exciting opportunity to make energy engaging for customers, unravelling some of the mysteries behind energy and bringing intuitive […]

A cut above the rest: The power of the local barbershop

Beckets is a leading barbershop and men’s hairdressers on the Wellingborough Road in Northampton, catering to the discerning gentleman. “We look at the experience factor. Barbering, men’s hairdressing, experts on beards, shaving as well. It’s really key to the customer experience,” explains Joe Angiers, manager and co-owner at Beckets. “It’s a great environment to work […]

5 renewable energy developments to look out for in 2019

2018 was a record-breaking year for the UK, with renewable energy leading the charge. In fact, it was the greenest year on record for UK energy generation. 2018 was also a significant year for Opus Energy (you can read more about that here).

Insects are inspiring improved renewable energy technologies

Biomimetics is an established field in engineering. The practice draws inspiration from nature to improve models, processes and systems. We have biomimetic engineering to thank for Velcro (inspired by the way that burr seeds stick to animal hairs) and bird-safe glass, among others. Now, engineers may have stumbled upon the next big development in renewable […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]