Molecular arrangement ‘could boost solar panel energy output’

Imperial College London and University College London say the discovery could boost efficient and cut costs

House of Lords report slammed as ‘backward’ and ‘slanted’

A House of Lords report which states consumers may be paying “unnecessarily high costs” for energy has been slammed as “backward looking” and “slanted”. The Economic Affairs Committee believes higher costs are due to successive government interventions in the electricity sector, which has led to an “opaque, complicated and uncompetitive market”. MPs on the Committee […]

‘Tougher UK policies needed’ for clean energy success

The UK will require an “ambitious policy package” if it wants to reduce carbon emissions and embrace renewable energy. That’s according to researchers from University College London. It suggests government policies are a vital part of changing the way the country supports clean energy and sustainability efforts. They believe policies “may be falling short”, hindering […]

UV light from power cables “puts off animals”

Humans can’t see them – but flashing UV lights may put animals off approaching high voltage power cables. Scientists believe power cables are behind the animal behaviour which has puzzled many for years. A team of researchers from London and Norway found power lines give off ultraviolet as irregular flashes at insulators (usually porcelain or […]

Rolls Royce and UCL research energy efficient ships

Britain once ruled the sea – and its merchant fleet could be “greened” if new research is successful. Rolls Royce is helping UCL with research on improving the energy efficiency of Britain’s shipping industry. The £2million project at the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) is hoping to improve ships’ efficiency by more than 30%. The work […]

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 […]

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 […]