Belfast unveils climate plans as Manchester joins Race to Zero campaign

By |2021-01-16T12:01:34+00:00January 20th, 2021|Energy and Climate Change, News, Renewable Energy, Solar and Battery|

Belfast and Manchester have both revealed climate change plans, with the latter targeting a 2038 net zero target. Having signed a cities pledge that outlines the actions Manchester will take to meet its environmental targets in its Race to Zero, leader of Manchester City Council Sir Richard Leese said the council was taking the climate

In Boost for Renewables, Grid-Scale Battery Storage Is on the Rise

By |2021-01-16T11:58:52+00:00January 18th, 2021|Battery Storage, Energy and Climate Change, News, Renewable Energy, Solar and Battery|

Driven by technological advances, facilities are being built with storage systems that can hold enough renewable energy to power hundreds of thousands of homes. The advent of “big battery” technology addresses a key challenge for green energy — the intermittency of wind and solar. The twin smokestacks of the Moss Landing Power Plant tower over

Home Solar Power Blew Up In 2020

By |2021-01-10T11:01:14+00:00January 15th, 2021|News, Renewable Energy, Solar and Battery|

I’ve been covering the solar power industry for more than a decade. I recall writing about the industry blowing up way back at the beginning, because annual installations did indeed climb rapidly compared to previous years. The nice thing about technology learning curves is that you can tell such stories over and over, and they

It’s time to start paying people to use clean energy

By |2021-01-10T10:58:32+00:00January 13th, 2021|Energy and Climate Change, News, Renewable Energy, Solar and Battery|

Incentivising people to use power when renewable output is surplus but demand is low helps balance out peaks and keep the grid in equilibrium Zero-carbon power outstripped fossil fuel in the UK’s electricity mix in 2020 for the first time since the industrial revolution. Back then, Thomas Edison’s Holborn Viaduct coal plant – opened in

How to turn your home into a power station

By |2021-01-10T10:53:29+00:00January 11th, 2021|Battery Storage, Energy and Climate Change, News, Renewable Energy, Solar and Battery|

It might sound like science fiction, but your home could soon be generating its own electricity. The ‘good life’ used to be all about growing your own vegetables, but in the brave new world of the 21st century, even self-sufficiency has had an upgrade. Although the advent of putting solar panels on the roof of

A warning on climate and the risk of societal collapse

By |2021-01-04T10:34:45+00:00January 6th, 2021|News|

Scientists and academics including Prof Gesa Weyhenmeyer and Prof Will Steffen argue that we must discuss the threat of societal disruption in order to prepare for it As scientists and scholars from around the world, we call on policymakers to engage with the risk of disruption and even collapse of societies. After five years failing

Johnson targets ‘further and faster’ climate action with 68% emissions reduction

By |2021-01-04T10:31:38+00:00January 4th, 2021|Energy and Climate Change, News|

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has committed to cutting the UK’s emissions by at least 68% by 2030. Speaking last night (4 December), he outlined how the nation's new Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) target under the Paris Climate Agreement was increasing in recognition of the urgency to go further to tackle climate change. Johnson said that

The importance of second life batteries for energy storage

By |2020-12-19T12:49:57+00:00December 26th, 2020|Battery Storage, News, Solar and Battery|

Beatrice Browning, PhD researcher at the Faraday Institution writes for Air Quality News about the potential value of second-life batteries for energy storage. The transport sector is one of the principal producers of greenhouse gas emissions in the UK. This, and the UK government’s pledge to reach net-zero CO2 emissions by 2050, has catalysed the

Britain Bets Big On Battery Storage

By |2020-12-19T12:47:52+00:00December 23rd, 2020|Battery Storage, Energy and Climate Change, News, Solar and Battery|

The UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has approved the construction of the biggest battery storage project in the UK, and one of the largest such projects in the world, the company developing the site said on Monday. InterGen, an energy company headquartered in Edinburgh, has received the green light to build

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