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.

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.

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 […]

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 […]

Swedish energy giant to build Denmark’s largest offshore wind farm

The Swedish state-owned energy company Vattenfall has announced that it has won the tender to build Denmark’s largest offshore windfarm, Kriegers Flak. The development will have an output of 600 MW, which will be capable of supplying energy to 600,000 houses – an impressive 23% of the country’s homes. In a press release, Gunnar Groebler, […]

115mph winds gave Scotland its greatest renewables day yet

For the first time ever, Scotland produced enough energy in 24 hours to run the entire country for a whole day. It’s no mystery that the north of the UK is a good place to put down a wind turbine, with frequent high winds and naturally hilly geology. However, with a bit of luck and […]

World’s largest floating windfarm to be built in Scottish waters

The world’s largest floating windfarm is set to be built 15 miles off the coast of Peterhead, Aberdeenshire, after the Scottish government granted permission for construction work to begin. The Norwegian oil and gas giant Statoil, which already manages a single turbine off Norway, will build a 30MW pilot park consisting of five floating 6MW […]