Solving the congestion and emissions problem

traffic congestionBack in March this year London was set to see the introduction of 5 all electric double decker buses capable of driving up to 190 miles in day on one 4 hour overnight charge. The 5 buses joined a fleet of single deck electric, hydrogen and hybrid buses as part of the effort to reduce emissions in the city centre.

At the other end of the country Stagecoach are operating all electric bus services in Inverness and having worked with manufacturer Optare have managed to extend the range of miles the vehicles can do. In addition to running on electricity, these buses also feature electric heating systems rather than the standard diesel ones. This makes them the UKs’ most efficient electric buses in terms of kWh per mile and they fist of their kind. Continue reading

Solar Impulse 2 crossed the Atlantic non stop

solar impulse 2Solar Impulse 2 left New York on Monday 20th June and landed in Seville, Spain on 23rd June at 7.30 am. The total flight time was 71 hours and 8 minutes and now means that the aircraft has crossed both the Pacific and Atlantic oceans.

Solar Impulse 2 is attempting the first renewably powered circumnavigation of the globe and is now nearing the end of its 35,000km journey. The trip started in July 2015 and will finish back at the starting point in Abu Dhabi. The immediate next steps are to negotiate a route back to Abu Dhabi via Egypt or Greece.

Solar Impulse 2 has a wingspan of 72m and weighs more than 2 tons. It is powered by more than 17000 solar cells and achieves an average speed of 75 km/h.

Just like the Bloodhound project, the Solar Impulse 2 team are providing an educational platform around their project, giving resources to schools and universities as well as providing opportunities for live hangouts with members of the team. Continue reading

UK to have the World’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm

offshore wind farmThere is always mixed feeling when discussing the pros and cons of wind energy and in the UK it’s had its fair share of debate.

Whatever your view news last month confirmed that the North East of England will house the largest offshore wind farm in the world when the Dong Energy Hornsea project is complete.

The multi billion pound project will occupy more than 400 square kilometres, will be situated about 120km off the Yorkshire coast and is it’s anticipated it will power more than a million homes.

The project will not only provide clean energy but will also create jobs and more financial security. It is expected the project will create around 2000 jobs during construction with up to 300 further jobs once operational. Continue reading

Exciting Developments in Solar Energy in 2015

Solar Power Innovations 2015

Solar Energy is having some ups and downs in 2015. Whilst more and more governments are committing to increasing their Solar Energy production output some of the biggest deals we were getting excited about seem to be stalling a little. News of the deals being done within the industry means a lot to us, but isn’t always the most exciting or accessible content for everyone to read.

With that in mind here are the 4 Solar Energy Projects or Innovations that have really been picking up speed in 2015 that we think could have a big impact in the near future. Continue reading

Plans agreed for downdraft tower

Downdraft tower word cloudIt’s a fact that around 20% of global final energy consumption comes from renewable sources with more than 10% of all energy from traditional biomass, being used for heating.

At national level, at least 30 countries already have renewable energy contributing more than 20% of energy supply. Furthermore, national renewable energy markets are projected to continue to grow strongly in the coming decade and beyond. Continue reading