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 […]

UK’s Green Investment Bank open for business

The UK’s Green Investment Bank (GIB) has officially been declared open as new details of its first investments are announced. Funded with £3 billion of Government money, the GIB is designed to encourage private sector investment in the UK’s transition to a green economy. Speaking in Edinburgh where the new bank is headquartered, Business Secretary […]

Multi-million pound Scottish fund for renewables

The Scottish Government has launched a £103 million fund which will target private investments towards renewable energy. Speaking at the Scottish Low Carbon Investment conference, First Minister Alex Salmond said the Renewable Energy Investment Fund (REIF) is open to investors who are seeking finance apart from the UK’s Green Investment Bank (GIB). The GIB will provide […]

Students are “hidden” victims of fuel poverty

Students are victims of fuel poverty according to new research. The study by Dr Saska Petrova of the University of Birmingham showed about half of young people surveyed said they had cut back on their use of appliances to save energy and a large number of students who shared flats were living in poor quality […]

Professor doubts shale gas potential

Natural gas from shale deposits will not be the solution for the UK’s future energy needs, according to a researcher at the University of Leicester. Professor Mike Bradshaw said Britain should not depend on gas as prices are likely to increase due to growing demand from countries like China and India. At a conference of […]