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Britain made a huge step towards cutting its umbilical cord with coal-fuelled power on Friday, April 21, when the country celebrated its first whole coal-free working day of modern times in terms of electricity generation.
The National Grid announced the news on Twitter, reporting that West Burton 1 power station, the only running coal-fired plant in the UK at the time, had been taken offline the day before and the country’s electricity had been provided by other sources for a full 24 hours. Although the UK had gone for shorter periods with no coal in 2016, relying on gas and renewables to power the country, the previous record was for 19 hours.
Here we examine how the world's economy will be boosted to the tune of $19 trillion by the move to renewable energy.
OPEN Cleantech has been a front runner when it comes to encouraging investment in clean technology. Just how big an opportunity this presents has been underlined by a new report, which states measures taken in order to transition to a low-carbon future will boost the world's economy by US$19 trillion by 2050.
A low cost solution to the problem of energy storage could soon make expensive battery technology a thing of the past – and it all relies on a substance found in urine.
Scientists at Stanford University in the USA have developed a battery which uses three common substances – urea, which is found in urine and fertiliser, aluminium and graphite — to provide what they hope will be cheap and safe grid-scale energy storage.
The surprising news for many is that, when investing in new energy generation, renewables are now the cheapest option in large sections of the world.
When the first steps were being taken to switch away from traditional fuels, such as coal and oil, wind and solar were viewed as something of a luxury, that often had to be paid for by consumers with extra charges on their bills.
A UK business has teamed up with a Kenyan TV company to provide a solar powered, pay-as-you-go TV service, to rural, off-grid customers in sub Saharan Africa.
Azuri Technologies, provider of PayGo Solar Home Systems, has for some years been developing affordable solar powered solutions for remote regions and has now come up wit a deal to not just bring home entertainment to isolated homesteads, but provide power too.
A UK government-commissioned report has backed plans for a trial tidal power lagoon in Swansea Bay, Wales.
Now the future of the project, which could herald between five and ten full scale schemes in the UK, hinge on whether a subsidy scheme can be agreed between Tidal Lagoon Power – the company behind the development – and the government.
Transportation accounts for about 20% of CO2 emissions in the Netherlands, so the revelation that its train system now runs on 100% renewable energy is good news in the fight against climate change.
In keeping with the Dutch railways' reputation for good time keeping, the deadline for the moment the trains became 100% sustainable (at least in terms of power) wasn't just met, but was beaten by a full year.
Pellworm - dubbed Europe’s smartest island – stands as proof that an entire community can depend on wind and solar energy alone for its power needs after the first phase of a smart-grid research project was completed.
The Frisian island - situated near the German-Danish border – was selected by power company E.ON for a feasibility study into using battery storage systems to smooth out electricity supply and so cut the 1,200 strong community’s reliance on importing power via under-sea cables to meet peak demand.
As India starts on the long road to meeting carbon emissions targets the irony is that the country is increasingly turning to state controlled fossil fuel companies for large scale renewables projects.
Within just a few weeks of the country ratifying the Paris Climate Change Agreement the Indian Government has announced that two of its refining companies – India Oil Corporation and Oil India - will invest €3.1billion in large scale solar power projects in Madhaya Pradesh.