Monthly Archives: July 2019

The UK’s shift to clean energy is about to get really, really tough

By |2019-07-29T16:41:01+00:00July 31st, 2019|Energy and Climate Change, News, Power Generation, Renewable Energy|

Renewable electricity in the UK has had a great year, but with our homes and transport still almost totally reliant on carbon the hardest part of the zero-carbon future is still ahead It’s been a bad year for fossil fuels in the UK. In May, Great Britain went two weeks without burning any coal for

Solar helps push carbon emissions to record low

By |2019-07-29T16:59:27+00:00July 29th, 2019|Energy and Climate Change, News, Power Generation, Solar, Solar and Battery|

Solar generated 9% of Britain’s electricity on 30 June as carbon emissions dropped to a record-low of 97g/kWh, according to data from Drax. High levels of both solar and wind were credited with enabling the record, with renewables providing more than half (55.3%) of Britain’s electricity that day. Solar made up 9% of Britain’s electricity

UK’s lack of plans to protect people from climate crisis ‘shocking’, say advisers

By |2019-07-22T13:47:33+00:00July 29th, 2019|Energy and Climate Change, News|

Government’s official climate advisers say there is no proper preparation to cope with heatwaves and flash floods The government’s own advisers have declared themselves shocked that the UK has no proper plans for protecting people from heatwaves, flash flooding and other impacts of the climate crisis. The Committee on Climate Change said the UK’s climate

Battery safety: UK net zero success could depend on 20 million ‘mini power stations’

By |2019-07-22T13:44:35+00:00July 28th, 2019|Battery Storage, Energy and Climate Change, News, Solar, Solar and Battery|

The UK will need 20 million ‘mini power stations’ to reach its net zero energy goals, with the need to create a policy framework for technologies like solar PV and energy storage an immediate priority, a group convened in Britain’s parliament this week heard. While other rooms at Portcullis House, Westminster, were given over to

Climate change will cause social unrest, David Attenborough warns MPs

By |2019-07-22T13:41:24+00:00July 27th, 2019|Energy and Climate Change, News|

Sir David Attenborough has told MPs that polluting the oceans and atmosphere will soon provoke as much public abhorrence as slavery. The naturalist and TV presenter said that the shift in how people viewed environmental damage was comparable to the transformation in morality that accompanied the abolition of slavery in the 19th century. “I suspect

Battery boom aids climate change battle

By |2019-07-22T13:38:12+00:00July 26th, 2019|Battery Storage, Energy and Climate Change, News, Solar and Battery|

The fastest-expanding industrial sector on the planet is now electricity storage − a battery boom which heralds an end to the need for fossil fuels. LONDON, 18 January, 2019 − Billions of dollars are being invested worldwide in the developing battery boom, involving research into storage techniques to use the growing surpluses of cheap renewable

David Attenborough tells MPs the hard truth on climate change, but they can’t afford to listen

By |2019-07-22T12:21:56+00:00July 24th, 2019|Energy and Climate Change, News, Renewable Energy|

Sir David Attenborough regularly battles it out with the Queen for the title of the county’s “most trusted person” – a fact he always puts down to a single cause. “I have never done a commercial. Never. Ever,” he said in a newspaper interview in 2006. “If I have any quality on the screen, it’s

Lithium batteries: Far more widely recycled than second-hand statistics imply

By |2019-07-22T12:16:45+00:00July 23rd, 2019|Battery Storage, Energy and Climate Change, News, Solar and Battery|

Lithium-ion batteries are far more widely recycled than many people think, while China and South Korea are already leaders of the emerging circular economy of lithium, a report commissioned by the Swedish Energy Agency has found. An often-cited figure is that “5% of lithium-ion batteries are recycled”, when in fact this statistic, taken originally from

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