SuperHome Open Days this September will reveal the inside story of 54 of the UK homes most improved for energy use. These are older homes refurbished by their owners to produce a carbon footprint at least 60% smaller. These are real homes where the owners can explain the benefits and challenges involved.
It looks like, er, a box. But in fact it’s a home – and a comfortable one at that, says Sussex Press.
The Cube has been billed as “an innovative modular living prototype”.
It is likely to attract great interest at the forthcoming Lewes and district Eco Open Houses event, which showcases homes that inspire with ideas for green living and cutting energy bills.
The Cube Project is an initiative of Dr Mike Page, of the University of Hertfordshire, who set out to build a compact, modern home no bigger than 3x3x3 metres on the inside - that’s just shy of 10ft square - in which one person could live a comfortable, modern existence with a minimum impact on the environment.
Updated renewable energy scenario suggests a promising future for the UK
The Center for Alternative Technology, a leading environmentalist group, has released an update to its Zero Carbon Britain scenario. This scenario models the path that the United Kingdom must take in order to reach carbon neutrality and be accountable for no harmful emissions. The update, called Rethinking the Future, aims to show that carbon neutrality in the United Kingdom is a possibility without the need for innovative technology or exotic new forms of renewable energy.
The car may look like a space pod that could fly but it’s actually hoping to do something debatably far more impressive: win a marathon desert race powered by solar energy.
The group of Cambridge students who designed and built the teardrop-shaped green car hope it will win the World Solar Challenge in Australia.
The competition pits entrants from across the globe against each other on a 3,000km drive from Darwin to Adelaide, in which the vehicles must be powered purely by the sun.
The Cambridge car called Resolution has a set of moving solar panels which track the path of the sun across the sky. The team claims this gives it 20% more power than it otherwise would get.
Making energy saving improvements to your property could increase its value by 14 per cent on average - and up to 38 per cent in some parts of England - new research released today by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) reveals.
For an average home in the country, improving its EPC (Energy Performance Certificate) from band G to E, or from band D to B, could mean adding more than £16,000 to the sale price of the property. In the North East, improved energy efficiency from band G to E could increase this value by over £25,000 and the average home in the North West could see £23,000 added to its value.
Trilliant, the Silicon Valley smart grid networking vendor that’s already working with British Gas on one of the United Kingdom’s biggest initial smart meter deployments, has just landed another big utility partner seeking to win market share in the same competitive market, says Green Tech Media.
RWE npower, the U.K. subsidiary of giant European utility RWE, announced Wednesday that it has picked Trilliant to supply both the underlying networking software platform for its first round of smart meter rollouts, and the communications hubs that sit inside the homes being connected to the smart grid.
It’s all part of RWE npower’s “pre-DCC Foundation smart meter services,” a term of art that applies to the first, competitive stage of the U.K.’s mandated rollout. Between now and the end of 2015, it and competitors like British Gas, E.ON, Scottish & Southern Energy, EDF Energy and First Utility -- the “big six” energy retailers that control the majority of the country’s market -- are expected to deploy as many as 2 million smart meters, out of the eventual 50 million or so mandated for rollout by 2020.
Homeowners planning to sell this summer are being urged to ‘go green’ as research reveals that energy efficiency measures can increase the value of your property, says This Is Money.
Improving a home’s energy efficiency rating could add more than £16,000 to the asking price, according to government analysis released this week. And it need not cost a fortune.
Richard Patterson, at myonline estateagent.com, says: ‘Buyers want measures that will save money on bills. The most common requests are double glazing, an efficient boiler, and loft and cavity wall insulation.
Comedian Griff Rhys Jones said building a £25m solar farm near his Suffolk home would be a "folly" that would ruin the landscape, according to the BBC.
Hive Energy wants to build a 43,000-panel farm at Tattingstone, near Ipswich.
Mr Rhys Jones said he feared a "gigantic change of use to farmland".
Europe is gearing up for a fresh trade war with China with plans to impose a levy on billions of pounds worth of imports of cheap solar panels, says Emily Gosden.
The European Commission has proposed a tough 47pc “anti-dumping” tariff to penalise the imports, it emerged on Wednesday.
The move would benefit European manufacturers, who allege their Chinese rivals - whose panels are as much as 45pc cheaper - are unfairly subsidised by Beijing.
Chinese solar panel production quadrupled between 2009 and 2011, exceeding global demand, and EU manufacturers say China has now captured 80pc of the European market.
However, action against the Chinese imports is fiercely opposed by European solar panel installation companies which have thrived on the cheap supply and claim that hundreds of thousands of jobs could be at risk.
When a solar PV system is generating more electricity than the home is using the 'excess' energy is usually exported to the grid. Home owners normally receive an extra 3p/kWh for this exported energy, in addition to the payments they receive for generating renewable energy.
But since a unit (kWh) of electricity costs home owners about 13p to buy from the grid it makes sense to use as much of the energy a solar PV system generates as possible. Obviously there is no point in turning on lights, or other devices which do not need to be on, but if the 'excess' energy can be diverted into things which can store the energy, or make use of it to avoid buying electricity in the evening or at night, there are big savings to be made. Controlling a PV system in this way makes great sense and can reduce the time it takes for the system to 'pay back' its' installation cost.