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  • Breakthrough for batteries? – Company claims that batteries last up to 25 years
    on September 13, 2019 at 2:52 pm

    The battery developers Aceleron says that it has developed lithium-ion batteries that can be repaired and improved meaning that they could last up to 25 years. Currently, most batteries are thrown away after one component of the battery fails. This is obviously problematic considering how many batteries are being used today. We have them in our phones, laptops, remotes, watches and the list goes on. We certainly need to find ways of improving the longevity of batt[...

  • RHI: things to watch out for
    on September 6, 2019 at 2:47 pm

    The Renewable Heat Incentive is a financial incentive scheme that was set up by the UK Government to encourage people to use renewable heat technologies in homes, businesses and local communities. Applicants receive quarterly cash payments over seven years for installing an eligible renewable heating technology. Launched in 2014 these payments continue for 7 years per technology, so now in 2019 we are beginning to near the end of the first wave of contracts. Many [...

  • Northern Line set to provide heat for over 1,000 homes in North London
    on August 28, 2019 at 4:55 pm

    If you have travelled via the northern line, especially during the summer; you will realise just how hot it gets. Instead of simply wasting this heat, Transport for London (TfL) have come up with an innovative idea whereby warm air from an unused Northern Line station will be harnessed to support a heat network that will supply up to 1,000 homes by the end of the year. The scheme is a joint project between Islington council, Transport for Lo[...

  • Move away from natural gas and embrace renewable energy technologies
    on August 19, 2019 at 4:55 pm

    Opinion Piece, Part Two Click here to read Part One. I believe that we can significantly reduce our reliance on natural gas by utilising the renewable energy technologies that we already have. Traditionally the problem with renewables has been around intermittency, output and cost. They have been unable to produce electricity consistently for long periods of time, nor have they been able to produce enough in comparison[...

  • Is natural gas a transition fuel?
    on August 13, 2019 at 10:24 am

    Opinion Piece, Part One Natural Gas is often branded as a necessary transition fuel; a cleaner alternative to coal and oil. It is commonly asserted that natural gas is needed to plug the output gap that will be left with the phasing out of other fossil fuels. The argument is that we aren’t ready for the full transition to renewables yet and that we need to wait for the technology to improve further and for advancements in battery stora[...