Renewable Energy

SEAT's Spanish factory is home to the largest automotive solar panel installation

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SEAT al Sol project makes the Martorell plant a production efficiency pioneer

SEAT has completed the largest solar panel installation in the motoring industry. The SEAT al Sol (SEAT Sun) project, the third and final phase of which was completed this November, has seen the Spanish company install 53,000 solar panels at its manufacturing plant, covering a 270,000 square metre area - equivalent to 40 football pitches. Read more »

BMW i and Good Energy partner to supply green electricity in the UK

BMW has formed a new partnership with Good Energy Ltd to supply 100 per cent green electricity to owners of its electric cars in the UK*. The arrangement allows purchasers of the recently launched BMW i3 and BMW i8 to charge their new vehicle using renewably sourced electricity whilst at home. Read more »

Upp - a portable power source for connected devices based on innovative hydrogen fuel cell technology

The Upp fuel cell takes hydrogen and combines it with air to produce clean electricity with water vapour as a by-product

Intelligent Energy, the global power technology company, has launched Upp™, a hydrogen fuel cell personal energy device, to charge and power USB-compatible portable electronic devices, such as smartphones, feature phones, eReaders, tablets, portable gaming consoles, and digital cameras.

Upp provides instant energy on-the-go: so as long as you have fuel, you will have energy. Read more »

London's Crystal in global first achieves the highest standards in building sustainability

The Crystal is a showcase for state-of-the-art technologies to aid energy efficiency

The Crystal – a Sustainable Cities Initiative by Siemens, developed in the Docklands, London – has been awarded both a BREEAM Outstanding and LEED Platinum rating, making it the only building in the world to have achieved this status.

The project has also just won the British Council for Offices Innovation Award for its significant innovation in sustainability and contribution to sustainable development. Read more »

New research from Germany shows that steady and consistent development of offshore wind energy allows for substantial cost reduction

New research from Germany has concluded that the cost of electricity from offshore wind energy can be reduced by about one third if it is consistently developed and growing over the next ten years. The report has obvious implications for the continuing development of the UK offshore wind energy industry. If costs can be driven down across the industry, this will help renewables reach parity with energy produced from fossil fuels. The establishment of a UK-based supply chain will benefit the economy in terms of growth and job creation. Read more »

A 'dash for gas' could make the UK's carbon targets unachievable, warns cross-party Environmental Audit Committee

A Treasury-led 'dash for gas' could make the UK's carbon targets under the Climate Change Act unachievable, the cross-party Environmental Audit Committee has warned in the report of its inquiry into the Autumn Statement 2012: Environmental Issues. Read more »

New research argues that electricity derived from burning trees is ‘dirtier than coal’

Burning whole trees in power stations can be dirtier than coal, concludes a new report by the RSPB, Friends of the Earth and Greenpeace.

The report uses Government’s own data to show that burning whole trees to generate electricity is worse for the climate than coal: generating power from typical conifer trees results in 49 per cent more emissions than burning coal. Read more »

Aiming to save the output of 22 power stations, UK Government leads push for greater energy efficiency

A transformation in the way energy is used across the UK economy could help boost growth and jobs, and investing in energy efficiency could save up to 22 power stations-worth of energy by 2020, according to the Government’s Energy Efficiency Strategy published on 12th November 2012. Read more »

Ashden seeks entries for its 2013 Awards in Education, Sustainable Travel, Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency

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Delivering insulation to Plas Newydd stately home as part of the National Trust’s energy efficiency retrofit (© Ashden)

Leading green energy awards scheme the Ashden Awards is seeking entries for its 2013 Awards. Read more »

Sustainable Restaurant Association member, Carluccio’s, converts waste cooking oil into biofuel

Carluccio’s aim is to save 92.7 tonnes of carbon through recycling its waste oil in the first twelve months

Convert2Green has concluded an agreement to work with Carluccio's, a chain of Italian restaurants, to collect and convert waste cooking oil into bio-diesel as part of the company’s wider sustainabi Read more »

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