ALMOST £1m is to be spent on conserving our most threatened native species. Natural England, the government’s advisor on the natural environment, is hoping it can help stop the decline of many animals including mammals, birds, reptiles and insects. It will also focus on some flower plants, mosses, lichens and fungi. In total £995,000 will be used...
AN ELEPHANT’S paradise in Bristol is being powered through a mixture of green energy. The Noah’s Ark enclosure in the West of England will be home to six African elephants in the next month or so. Not only does it promise to be the largest and most friendly reserve in Europe, it will also create its own power using solar PV, biomass heating, and...
WORKPLACE sustainability has been a hot topic for years now, not least because it ends up saving the business money by not paying out so much for energy, but the topic needn’t be boring. Hopefully by now most offices are encouraging staff to use as little energy as possible and setting up car pooling schemes. But, of course, there is always more...
HOLLYWOOD superstar Mark Ruffalo has embraced his green side and installed a solar system. Famed for his roles in The Avengers, Shutter Island and The Kids Are All Right, Gruffalo has followed other green celebrities in embracing solar. The Incredible Hulk actor has also been publically putting his weight behind a bill in New York giving...
THE LATEST figures from the Italian grid show renewable energy met 33% of the country’s electricity demand for July. The green energy came from a mixture of hydroelectric power, geothermal, solar and wind power, though it was solar PV that produced the most. Most impressively though, Italy produced more energy from solar than it ever had before...
THE WHITE House looks set to finally cut its carbon footprint and energy bills by installing solar panels. The promise was made by Obama in 2010, two years after he came into administration, however, it has taken some time for the work to go ahead. According to the 2010 announcement the White House will have between 20 -50 panels installed,...
BRAVE American troops in Afghanistan are using solar PV energy to help with their task in hand. New kit for the US marines includes rucksacks embedded with solar cells that recharge their radio batteries meaning they have much lighter loads to carry. Another ground breaking piece of equipment includes the solar blanket, which stores the sun’s...
THE AMOUNT of solar energy produced worldwide last year was enough to fulfill almost 70million people’s energy requirements. In 2012 31,1000 megawatts of solar PV was installed, making a global total of above 100,000 megawatts, enough for about 70million people’s energy needs, based on average European consumption. Interestingly the popularity of...
THE RENEWABLES industry is no longer the uncertain prospect it once was for the Middle East. Oil and gas prices are rising, reserves are running dry and there is serious concern about worldwide fuel security, leaving renewables a serious option. Currently the Middle East accounts for less than half a percent of the global solar market, a figure...
THE UNIVERSITY of Sheffield’s Project Sunshine is a collaboration between researchers from the university’s Engineering, Science and Social Science faculties to find solar solutions to world problems such as hunger, fossil fuel dependence, and behaviour change. Within Project Sunshine are specific projects that focus, for example, on algae’s...