Scottish cleantech investment firm launches first venture fund

Greenbackers Investment Capital’s Cleantech Fund will direct money into businesses developing sustainable and innovative technology

All aboard! Electric buses to take the lead for EVs by 2030

Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) suggests electric models will make up 84% of the global bus market by this time

E.ON and Google bring rooftop solar tech to the UK

The one-year programme has been extended until the end of 2018

New technique to recycle old plastics hits UK

The process uses hot, high-pressure water to chemically recycle end-of-life materials into synthetic oils and valuable chemicals

Grid balancing tech takes step closer to commercialisation

The Faraday Grid Exchanger has been independently validated by a research institution

Government offers £500,000 for tech firms to tackle social issues

Areas of focus include reducing plastic pollution, boosting clean growth and developing low carbon mobility

New EU law will see EVs pump up the noise

From next year, Europe’s electric vehicles will need to make sounds to alert pedestrians to their presence

‘Cost savings are main reason energy firms deploy IoT technologies’

Other important drivers include improving health and safety and increasing automation

Nokia and University of Strathclyde team up on grid communication tech

The organisations aim to help utilities prepare power grids for emerging technologies such as renewable and distributed generation

‘First journey to Mars will be a one-way trip’

Mars One CEO said although the technology to make the voyage is available, it is currently not possible to return home