Paris, Madrid, Athens and Mexico City to ban diesel cars by 2025

Leaders of four major cities have pledged to ban the use of all diesel vehicles from their roads by 2025. Mayors of Paris, Madrid, Mexico City and Athens made the announcement at the C40 Summit in the Central American country in order to tackle air pollution in their regions. They will incentivise the use of alternative […]

Gamesa to build wind tunnel in Madrid

Spanish manufacturer Gamesa is to build a wind tunnel in Madrid. It has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Spain’s UPM (Technical University of Madrid) to design, develop and operate the aerodynamic testing tunnel. It will be 70 metres long and 50 metres wide and will enable static testing of turbine blades by simulating wind from […]

Olé! Madrid gets smarter with green lighting

In an effort to become a ‘smart city’ Madrid will upgrade its infrastructure by replacing all of its street lighting to energy efficient lighting. The Spanish capital is getting 225,000 new energy saving bulbs from Philips. The upgrade will include energy efficient luminaires – that is, light fixtures – on avenues, streets and historic monuments. The project is a collaboration […]

That’s deep – scientists harness power of ocean’s currents

Scientists in Madrid say they have designed a device which could harness the power of ocean currents in deeper water and potentially at a cheaper cost than existing technology. Researchers at Madrid’s Polytechnic University (UPM) conducted sea trials of their remote controlled prototype which can anchor underwater at about 40 metres with the help of […]

UK scientists to cut energy waste in buildings

British scientists are joining efforts to cut energy usage in buildings using wireless technology as part of an EU initiative. The research project will enable buildings to use wireless sensors, which will record data such as temperature and humidity. Computer scientists at the University of Salford are developing a self-learning software, which will help make […]

Spanish coal miners protest in Madrid

Hundreds of Spanish coal miners have marched on Madrid to protest against subsidy cuts they fear could threaten thousands of jobs. Yesterday thousands more people joined the miners for a rally in the capital, after some miners and their families finished their three-week long march from different mining regions around the country on Tuesday (pictured). […]

Scotland’s First Minister launches energy degree

Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond launched an international degree for the energy sector today. The Masters in Business Administration degree will be run jointly by Scottish Power, its parent company Iberdrola, the University of Strathclyde and Madrid’s Comillas Pontifical University ICAI. Employees of ScottishPower and Iberdola will have the opportunity to study the technical and […]