Smart lampposts ‘could uncover savings worth €2.1bn’

The new public infrastructure could use up to 70% less energy than conventional units

New urinals can generate a wee bit of electricity

New urinals can power their own lighting by transforming urine into electricity. Researchers at the University of the West of England (UWE) have created the device to improve sanitation facilities in areas where there is limited electricity generation. The technology is based on microbial fuel cells, which decompose the urine, generating enough energy to power […]

Companies to have lamp recycling services for free

More businesses can now recycle their lamps for free. UK waste electrical and electronic equipment firm Recolight will offer this free of charge service to those which collect 1,000 or more lamps every three months. The firm has reduced the previous threshold companies needed to meet to get free of charge lamp recycling. It was 2,000 lamps. The Recolight free service includes […]

A bright idea for a power cut?

A lighting company showed ELN a bright way of not being left in the dark during blackouts. Following a recent power cut at the ELN headquarters – which was shared on Twitter – iViTi said its new technology, backed by the UK Government, could help the “light stay ON when the power’s gone”.   The […]

Charity bringing solar light to typhoon-hit Philippines

An Estonian charity is to install 2,000 makeshift solar lights in the Philippines. The region is still recovering from the super typhoon Haiyan. Figures released this week put the death toll from the natural disaster at nearly 6,000. The lights are made from recycled plastic bottles, filled with water and a little bleach to keep […]

Schneider Electric launches energy saving movement detector

Schneider Electric has launched a new range of presence and movement detectors which it claims can cut energy use by making sure lights are only turned on when they are needed. The Argus detectors can be used on their own or as part of a network of sensors, can be adjusted to turn lights on […]

Solar cell breaks world record for efficiency

The world record for solar cell efficiency has apparently been broken after a team of researchers created a cell (pictured) that can convert 44.7% of the energy in sunlight to electricity, by stacking materials that absorb different wavelengths of light on top of each other. The development was jointly announced by the Fraunhofer Institute for […]

Nottingham Playhouse gets £1m for green makeover

An iconic theatre in Nottingham has been awarded a grant worth almost £1 million to help it become more energy efficient. The Nottingham Playhouse (pictured), a Grade II listed building which marks its 50th anniversary this year, was opened in 1963 and the architecture of the theatre makes it expensive to heat and light. It […]

Durham art show uses dance-power

An art display at Durham’s light festival over the weekend used the power of people dancing to change the colours to the beat. The lights on the dancefloor-style exhibit, called “LED’s DANCE” by Polish artist Dorota Kraft, became more intense and “dynamic” in response to people moving over it. The piece was part of the […]

Lotus Cars sees the light

As part of wide-ranging sustainability strategy, Lotus Cars has installed energy efficient, long life Brilliance light fittings from Chalmor at its warehouse and storage areas in Hethel, Norfolk. As well as improving the quality of lighting, the Brilliance fittings are saving the company over £3500 per annum on running costs to give a payback on […]