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 […]

The ultimate guide to renewable energy types

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.

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 […]

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 […]

Going underground: the New York State mine that’s becoming a hydroelectric station

A group of engineers in an American town are planning to convert a former mine into a subterranean hydroelectric station, according to a report by Yahoo. Minesville town, in New York State, is the site of a derelict mine which could soon be transformed into a one-of-a-kind hydroelectric project. The former iron mine closed in […]