Smart LEDs to light up Edinburgh streets

A wireless central management system will enable remote control of the lighting and provide real-time monitoring to identify faults

Smart EV charging research in Edinburgh offered £80k

Organisations are being invited to apply for a share of £80,000 to examine how low carbon and smart electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure could be introduced in Edinburgh. The City of Edinburgh Council is seeking projects that combine onsite generation of renewable energy, battery storage and smart meters with innovative software systems to control everything. […]

UK scientists to lead EU fracking research

Scientists at the University of Edinburgh are to lead a new EU study on the risks of fracking. The research aims to improve the understanding of geological, mechanical and chemical processes involved in shale gas exploration as part of a three-year project. Fracking, also known as hydraulic fracturing, is a technique of extracting gas or […]

EDF’s nuclear reactor closed for £30m refurb

One of the reactors at EDF Energy’s nuclear power station in East Lothian, east of Edinburgh, is out of service for maintenance works. The £30 million refurbishment of one of the two reactors at Torness power station started last week. It is expected to last nine weeks and the works include inspections and the installation of new […]

Bright future for Edinburgh solar project

Community-owned solar panels are going to be installed in 25 council buildings across Edinburgh. Public buildings such as schools and leisure centres will be chosen and announced at a later date. The project is expected to cut the city’s carbon emissions by an estimated 855 tonnes a year. The city council will work in partnership with the Edinburgh […]

BP funds energy research centre in Scotland

Oil giant BP will spend £1.25 million on a new energy research centre in Scotland. The Centre for Energy Economics Research and Policy will be set up at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh. It will provide research support for BP’s Statistical Review of World Energy and its yearly Energy Outlook report. Heriot-Watt academics will work with […]

Scottish shale gas sussed out to be “in the billions”

Residents of Edinburgh and Glasgow are ringed by underground reserves of shale gas and oil. New estimates from the British Geological Survey out today suggest there are billions of barrels of shale gas and oil tucked away in Scotland’s Midland Valley. In a report commissioned by the Government, the geologists estimate there’s between 3.2 billion and […]

North Scotland’s tides ‘could power half of Scotland’

Tides off the north coast of Scotland could power half the country according to new research. Engineers at the Universities of Oxford and Edinburgh looked at how much tidal power could be generated by turbines placed in the Pentland Firth, the strip of water between mainland Scotland and the Orkney islands. They estimate 1.9 gigawatts […]

Scientists to turn ‘climate-changing gas to climate-saving fuel’

A team of global scientists is to develop clean fuel from carbon emissions which could be a “game-changing” transformation in the energy industry. The researchers have been granted £1.2 million to develop a new reactor that can produce fuel using sunlight and carbon dioxide. Led by experts at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland, they aim […]

Energy savings with Gusto – restaurant owner saves £500k

The owner of upmarket restaurant chain Gusto saved more than £500,000 in two years by nosing out unsavoury charges on its energy bills. Restaurant and bar operator Living Ventures owns Gusto – which has restaurants in Edinburgh, Liverpool and Notting Hill – and also counts eatery Est Est Est among its businesses. Energy consultancy STC […]