• String inverters vs micro inverters: which is right for you?
    on February 3, 2020 at 1:41 pm

    The electricity generated by solar panels is in ‘Direct Current’ (DC) form, which needs to be converted to ‘Alternating Current’ (AC) form before it can be used by customers. A system of solar panels will need an ‘invertor’ to change DC to AC, and there are two main types: String-Inverters and Micro-Inverters. It is important to know the difference between these systems and understand what will work best for you before buying a solar panel system for [...]

  • 2019: Electric vehicles in review
    on January 31, 2020 at 12:17 pm

    As vehicle manufacturers and fuel coalition meet in Brussels to talk about consistency in defining alternative fuels that will drive the energy transition it’s a good moment to look back at 2019 and the advancements that were made in the EV industry. Long-term energy transition goals depend on both alternative-fuel solutions that already reduce harmful emissions and developing new technologies. In the words of the coalition:  R[...]

  • Carbon neutral social housing must be the future
    on January 24, 2020 at 4:29 pm

    One-quarter of the UK's carbon footprint is attributed to construction, demolition, and operation of UK housing. In 2015, the government scrapped a 2005 policy that new homes should be built to use zero carbon. They believed the extended planning process was not worth the investment, due to the urgent need for social housing. For more information on this, you can read the blog written by Sharon.  The UK has targets under the climate change act, to cu[...]

  • The duck-shaped barrier to solar energy
    on January 14, 2020 at 11:29 am

    The sun generates enough energy in one hour to satisfy global energy use for an entire year. With growing popularity and falling costs, it is difficult to understand why solar energy has not yet been fully incorporated into the electrical grid as a method of power generation. Yet, when we take a closer look at the way the grid operates, we begin to uncover what has become known as ‘The Duck Problem’, and what it means for renewable energy. Grid Basics

  • Market failures and barriers in the energy sector
    on December 13, 2019 at 11:38 am

    What are they and how can they be overcome? Why do we continue to live in houses that are energy inefficient even though it loses us money through high energy bills? Why do fossil fuels continue to be the cheapest option even though we know the dangers of using them? Why don’t more people use solar panels if they can supply ‘free’ energy from the sun? A basic ‘market’ is built on the interactions betw[...]