“People of all ages and all walks of life are making the right kind of changes”

It is encouraging to see youth getting actively involved in addressing climate change. As part of a series on Canada’s National Observer website highlighting the work of young people in addressing the climate crisis, writer Patricia Lane interviews Shitangshu Roy, a computer expert who believes apps can help combat climate change.   Hackathon host develops … Continue reading “People of all ages and all walks of life are making the right kind of changes”

New EEA briefing on the importance of innovation for sustainability

Innovation is a political priority across Europe that can deliver many benefits for society but also generate costs that are often unaccounted for. A European Environment Agency briefing, published this week, looks at how innovation can respond to sustainability challenges and how Europe needs to look for solutions beyond technological innovation.   Innovating for sustainability … Continue reading New EEA briefing on the importance of innovation for sustainability

With planned increase in offshore wind turbines, ocean engineers must think ecologically to help species live and evolve through the difficult decades ahead

Susan Gourvenec and Rebecca Sykes of the University of Southampton write on The Conversation website about new engineering approaches that are needed to lower the negative impact a range of costs involved in the life cycle of the product.   Offshore wind turbines could number 30,000 by 2030 – new ideas in ocean engineering are … Continue reading With planned increase in offshore wind turbines, ocean engineers must think ecologically to help species live and evolve through the difficult decades ahead

New technology removes humans from offshore wind turbine repairs, helping reduce overall costs to consumers

Alan Tovey writes on The Telegraph website about six-legged robotic “bugs” being used to repair offshore wind farms.   Flying robot bugs deployed to fix wind farms Six-legged robotic “bugs” could soon be repairing offshore wind farms, putting an end to humans doing risky maintenance and potentially lowering energy bills in the process. Engineers have … Continue reading New technology removes humans from offshore wind turbine repairs, helping reduce overall costs to consumers

Recycled vegetable oil heats Scottish home

Since March a family in Scotland has been using recycled vegetable oil to heat their home.  The renewable liquid fuel is made from certified waste fats and oils and manufactured by a synthesised process with hydrogen to create the fuel. Sally Guyoncourt discusses latest developments in an article on the inews website.   Family become … Continue reading Recycled vegetable oil heats Scottish home

A new app teaching people about energy efficiency reflects how technology plays a key role in reaching new audiences

Marina Ollé Hurtado writes on the youris.com about a user-friendly smart app to help people improve their energy-saving behaviours developed by European researchers.     An intelligent app to teach people energy efficiency Energy demand is growing across many countries in the world as populations increase and people get richer. In fact, global energy consumption … Continue reading A new app teaching people about energy efficiency reflects how technology plays a key role in reaching new audiences

An alternative white paint for buildings containing barium sulphate could be more effective at reflecting the solar radiation than traditional gypsum paint

We are always interested in new innovations. Andrew Parnell, Research Fellow in Physics and Astronomy at the University of Sheffield discusses the impact of using an alternative white paint containing barium sulphate (BaSO₄) that could be even more effective at reflecting the solar radiation hitting buildings back into space. The article is on The Conversation … Continue reading An alternative white paint for buildings containing barium sulphate could be more effective at reflecting the solar radiation than traditional gypsum paint

Nasa is corralling companies to demonstrate improved ways to power aircraft via batteries rather than jet fuel

It is encouraging that the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa) in the US is organizing demonstration tests of electric propulsion. It turns out Nasa has been working on electric planes for the past decade and it is good to see the demonstrations now starting. Oliver Milman discusses latest developments in an article on the … Continue reading Nasa is corralling companies to demonstrate improved ways to power aircraft via batteries rather than jet fuel

It’s time for another generation of cooling equipment that is much gentler on the climate system

Scott Denning, Professor of Atmospheric Science at Colorado State University writes on The Conversation website about efforts in the US to eliminate hydrofluorocarbons used as coolants in refrigerators, air conditioners and heat pumps.   How cleaning up coolants can cool the climate – why HFCs are getting phased out from refrigerators and air conditioners The U.S. … Continue reading It’s time for another generation of cooling equipment that is much gentler on the climate system

Will vertical axis wind turbines replace traditional design?

Harry Cockburn asks in an article on the Independent website if we are about to see a revolution in turbine design.   ‘More efficient’ vertical turbines should replace traditional design on wind farms, researchers say Farm of Vertical Axis Wind Turbines (Oxford Brookes University) New research suggests the now-familiar sight of three-blade wind turbines should … Continue reading Will vertical axis wind turbines replace traditional design?