Could wind turbines provide more power on coldest days?

Wind turbines produce more power on the coldest days than the average winter day. That’s according to new research, which compared wind power availability with electricity demand in winter, suggesting while winter days are usually less windy, turbines work harder on the coldest days. The team, which involved scientists from the Met Office Hadley Centre, […]

Imperial College opens green business school

Imperial College has opened a green business school to help people make better sustainable investment decisions. The Centre for Climate Finance and Investment will help its students manage the risk and opportunities posed by climate change. Experts will explain the new business models, markets and strategies that are taking shape and explain how to interact with them […]

UK missing ‘billions’ of savings from energy storage

The UK could be missing out on billions of pounds worth of savings because the Government isn’t doing enough to encourage energy storage technology. That’s the concern of Mick Barlow, grid and energy storage expert at S&C Electric Company, who warns the Government isn’t doing enough to support the new technology. He told ELN: “People […]

Tech savvy cities will become more sustainable

Computer heavyweight Intel is set to invest $40 million (£25.5m) in a worldwide network of research centres, which includes collaborating with Imperial College and UCL in London. The global technology firm wants to improve computing solutions to enhance the sustainability of cities. Justin Rattner, Intel chief technology officer said: “In 2050, most of the nine […]

CCS: Capturing carbon and students

Imperial College open CCS pilot plant in chemical engineering department.

Imperial College launches student-run CCS plant

Imperial college launched its very own CCS research plant yesterday- right in the middle of London. The pilot plant, arguably the most sophisticated of its kind in an academic institution in the world, will provide a hands-on education experience for the College’s undergraduate engineers. The plant demonstrates how CO2 emissions can be captured in a […]

Human waste project trumps the Bill Gates competition

A team of researchers from British Universities has been granted funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to develop a prototype system for recovering drinkable water and harvesting hydrogen energy from human faecal waste. The team of researchers from Imperial College London, the University of Manchester and Durham University beat more than 2,000 other […]

Carbon Trust gives £1m toward fuel cell research

The Carbon Trust will give £1m to two projects that are supporting research into new fuel cell technologies which the not-for-profit company claims could be widely used by 2017. Half the money is going to a joint project between Imperial College London and University College London which aims to cut costs by using existing high-volume […]

Investment in infrastructure is a smart idea

Yesterday’s decision by the Chancellor to invest in UK infrastructure has been backed by engineers and representatives of the wires and pipes transmission networks. They say that creating a smart network will bode well for the future. David Smith, Energy Networks Association Chief Executive said: “The smarter network will empower the public and help them […]

ScottishPower ploughs £5bn into CCS research

ScottishPower is to invest almost £5bn in the UK’s first alliance between industry and academia to focus specifically on carbon capture and storage. Called the ScottishPower Academic Alliance, the scheme has been designed to match the needs of the UK’s fast developing CCS industry and draws on the research capacity academics from Imperial College London […]