Oil and gas giants invest in low emission tech

A $1 billion (£0.7bn) fund created by oil and gas majors to fight climate change has announced its first three investments. The Oil and Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI) is made up of 10 firms including BP, CNPC, Shell, Statoil and Total. Its investment arm, OGCI Climate Investments, is supporting US firm Solidia Technologies to make […]

Hitachi-GE partners with universities for nuclear research

Hitachi and GE have joined forces with two UK universities to support their nuclear research. It has signed an agreement with Imperial College London and Bangor University to provide industry advice to the Boiling Water Reactor (BWR) Research Hub and Network in Wales. The hub was formed in June this year with the aim of enabling […]

CHP to save Imperial College £32m on energy costs

Two combined heat and power (CHP) engines are to be installed at Imperial College London. The 4.5MW engines will be set up in the university’s new energy centre and are expected to cut energy costs by millions of pounds. Mike Cooke, Regional Director for Vital Energi said: “Imperial College London had a clear vision that they […]

Hinkley delay: Expert reactions

  Yesterday the UK Government announced the delay of Hinkley Point C after EDF’s board members agreed to invest in the nuclear project. ELN asked experts what they made of the decision. Mark Wenman, Lecturer in Nuclear Engineering at Imperial College London said the announcement was a “surprise”. He told ELN: “I don’t think the […]

‘Fuel cells important to tackle climate change’

Fuel cell systems could play an important role in helping combat climate change due to their efficiency. Anthony Kucernak, Professor of Chemical Physics at Imperial College London told ELN: “I think one of the important points about fuel cells is that they are very, very efficient. As we move forward, what we need to make sure […]

Concrete CO2 can be cut ‘if there’s an incentive’

The CO2 emissions released from concrete could be cut globally if there was an incentive to develop the materials needed. That’s according to Professor Ellis Gartner, who spoke at a conference at Imperial College London yesterday. The lecture looked at how the carbon footprint of concrete could be reduced. Mr Gartner, visiting Professor in the Department of Civil […]

£125k boost for energy demand management ideas

A project aimed at innovative solutions for electricity demand management in the country has boosted the prize for its competition. Dynamic Demand Challenge – run by Nesta, Imperial College London and the National Physics Laboratory (NPL) – was initially offering £50,000 for entrepreneurs who can offer the best technology that demonstrates a shift in demand […]

£1m programme for efficient energy system

Four projects worth more than £1 million have been launched to develop a system that enables efficient use of energy whilst meeting consumers’ needs. The cash from the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI), which is a public-private partnership between global industries and the UK Government, will be used for what it calls a “smart energy system”, […]

Customers trial price alerts for cheap wind energy

A thousand homeowners in London are taking part in a trial where they get alerts about day-ahead electricity prices. The aim of the trial is to find out if households are prepared to do their washing, baking and other electricity-intensive tasks when green electricity is plentiful and cheap – for example when the wind is […]

Shale gas could increase global resources by 50%

Shale gas could increase global gas resources by around 50%. That’s according to a new report funded by the UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC), which looked at the current availability of unconventional gas resources at a regional and global level. Researchers claim that although the US has seen an increase in the production of shale […]