Climate groups say 10-year ICS plan not urgent enough to cut carbon from ‘dirty’ sectorShipping companies would have to pay a small levy on every tonne of fuel they use under proposals aimed at developing zero-carbon vessels within 10 years, transformi…Read more
Scientists say shifting ocean circulation patterns may have triggered rapid wind speed riseThe global climate crisis could help to generate more renewable electricity by spurring faster wind speeds for the world’s growing number of windfarms, according…Read more
Millions of tonnes belched into atmosphere as policymakers overlook threat, researchers findThe methane emissions leaking from the world’s coalmines could be stoking the global climate crisis at the same rate as the shipping and aviation industries com…Read more
Gravitricity develops winch and hoist system to store energy at half the cost of lithium-ion batteriesBritain’s cheapest “virtual battery” could be created by hoisting and dropping 12,000-tonne weights – half the weight of the Statue of Liberty – down …Read more
Breakthrough means less pollution and lower greenhouse gas emissionsIt is a problem bedevilling households across the UK: what can we do with the mountains of food-spattered plastic waste left in our bins?Now a group of scientists say they have the ans…Read more
UK to pioneer energy innovation through batteries in homes as energy department announces £246m research funding
Batteries and renewable power sources are on the verge of bringing about an “epochal transformation” of the UK that could make energy clean, abundant and very cheap, according to a cabinet minister.Read more
Lords scold government for lack of progress on small modular reactors plan, warning UK nuclear sector will suffer long-term damage if firms walk away
The government’s failure to deliver on a multimillion-pound competition to develop mini atomic power stations has hurt the nuclear sector and risks international companies walking away from the UK, a Lords committee has warned.
In 2015 the then-chancellor George Osborne promised £250m over five years for a nuclear research and development programme, an undisclosed sum of which was for a competition to pave the way for small modular reactors.Read more
Leaving Euratom treaty will shut down nuclear industry if international safety agreements are not made in time, MPs toldNuclear power stations would be forced to shut down if a new measures are not in place when Britain quits a European atomic power tr…Read more
Kite Power Solutions plans to open UK’s first kite power plant and predicts the technology could global ease energy costs
Giant kites could supply green energy without the need for taxpayer-funded subsidies within years, according to one of the firms developing the technology.
Kite Power Solutions expects to open the UK’s first kite power plant in March 2017 at the Ministry of Defence’s West Freugh site in Stranraer, Scotland.Read more
Quidnet Energy wants to make solar and wind energy more accessible by turning abandoned oil and gas wells into energy storage vaults
In a field in Central Texas, Aaron Mandell and his crew are running pumping equipment to bring a former oil and gas well back to life. But they’re not trying to extract black gold. Instead, they are developing a way to turn abandoned oil and gas wells into vaults for storing electricity.Read more