Tidal powered electrical vehicles in Shetland helping to drive Scotland to net zero

Electric vehicles in Shetland are now being fuelled purely by the power of the sea. Marine energy experts Nova Innovation have created the first ever electric vehicle (EV) charge point where drivers can “fill up” directly from a tidal energy source. The EV charge point is located at Cullivoe harbour on the island of Yell in Shetland, an an archipelago of roughly 100 islands north of mainland Scotland. The … Continue reading Tidal powered electrical vehicles in Shetland helping to drive Scotland to net zero

ZEBRA project to develop “world’s first” 100% recyclable wind turbine

A consortium of industrial and technical companies have joined forces to develop what they claim to be the “world’s first” 100% recyclable wind turbine. The ZEBRA (Zero wastE Blade ReseArch) project, driven by French research centre IRT Jules Verne, aims to investigate the technical, economic and environmental feasibility of thermoplastic wind turbine blades, with an eco-design approach to facilitate recycling. To accelerate the wind power industry’s … Continue reading ZEBRA project to develop “world’s first” 100% recyclable wind turbine

Tenth of world’s electricity now comes from wind and solar, according to UK thinktank

A tenth of the world’s electricity now comes from wind and solar, according to new research by London-based thinktank, Ember. The report, entitled Global Electricity Review 2021, found wind and solar have driven a record fall in global coal generation in 2020, which dropped by 4 per cent. Global programme lead at Ember, Dave Jones, told Euronews Living: “What’s impressive from our analysis is that … Continue reading Tenth of world’s electricity now comes from wind and solar, according to UK thinktank

Jet fuel made from food waste and other “wet waste” could cut carbon emissions by 165%

Jet fuel made from food waste and other “wet waste” could reduce carbon emissions by 165% compared to fossil fuel, according to new research. Researchers in the US have discovered a way to transform food scraps and used cooking oil, as well as animal manure and wastewater into a type of paraffin that works in jet engines. The new study, published in the Proceedings of the … Continue reading Jet fuel made from food waste and other “wet waste” could cut carbon emissions by 165%

Vortex Bladeless: Tech startup create bladeless wind turbines said “to reduce environmental impact”

Tech startup Vortex Bladeless has developed a bladeless turbine that generates electricity by oscillating within wind range. The 10ft tall vibrating turbine is said to create noise at a frequency that is virtually undetectable to humans and according to Vortex Bladeless, does not pose the same dangers as wind turbines which can be a threat to bird migration patterns or wildlife. Vortex technology uses no blades nor … Continue reading Vortex Bladeless: Tech startup create bladeless wind turbines said “to reduce environmental impact”

Seville oranges deposited by trees on city streets used to generate electricity

Spain’s southern city of Seville, famed for its oranges, is collecting oranges fallen and discarded on public roads and using it to generate electricity. Under a pilot programme, the city’s municipal water company, EMASESA is piloting a scheme to produce energy from leftover oranges, demonstrating its commitment to a circular economy. Seville City Council employs around 200 people during the winter season to collect the … Continue reading Seville oranges deposited by trees on city streets used to generate electricity

Solar-powered irrigation system helps Rwandan farmers to farm more efficiently and sustainably

A startup in Rwanda is bringing new solar-powered irrigation technology to farmers. The high tech solar power plant developed by USAID and Rwandan engineers has enabled polluting diesel fuel pumps to be replaced with solar pumps. In recent times in Rwanda, predictable rains have become scarce, and farmers have become more reliant on irrigation systems to water their crops. By switching to a climate-friendly solution … Continue reading Solar-powered irrigation system helps Rwandan farmers to farm more efficiently and sustainably

Wind turbine blades to be recycled and turned into raw material for use in cement in a US first

Wind turbine blades that have reached the end of their life in the US are to be recycled and turned into raw material for use in cement manufacturing. The recycling initiative, the first of its kind in the US, is a partnership between resource management company Veolia and GE Renewable Energy. Once removed from the wind turbines, the blades – mainly composed of fiberglass – … Continue reading Wind turbine blades to be recycled and turned into raw material for use in cement in a US first

DualSun creates 2-in-1 solar panel that generates electricity and hot water simultaneously

French solar panel manufacturers DualSun are taking solar panels to the next level with the creation of an innovative solar panel that generates electricity and hot water simultaneously for homes and buildings. A regular photovoltaic panel converts 20% of the sun’s energy into electricity while the remaining 80% is lost as heat. DualSun’s hybrid panel captures this heat and transfers it to produce hot water. With … Continue reading DualSun creates 2-in-1 solar panel that generates electricity and hot water simultaneously

AuREUS: New material made from waste crop, which converts UV light into renewable energy, wins a James Dyson award

A new material, made from waste crop which converts UV light into renewable energy, is among the winners of the 2020 James Dyson Award. The James Dyson Award’s first ever Sustainability Award winner is tackling the challenge of how to more effectively generate renewable energy from light and upcycling waste in the process. With the aim of addressing shortcomings in solar energy production – such … Continue reading AuREUS: New material made from waste crop, which converts UV light into renewable energy, wins a James Dyson award