US awards student for work on oil spills

A Year-10 student in the US has won an award for developing a method to clean up marine oil spills. Sahil Veeramoney’s aim was to develop an efficient clean-up process that could be used in the US and all over the world. He researched different clean-up methods after studying the environmental impact of the 2010 […]

US nuclear plants ‘facing early retirement’

More than three dozen nuclear reactors in the United States are at risk of early retirement, claims an American researcher. The warning follows the news a number of US reactors are closing before the end of their shelf life including California’s San Onofre reactor (pictured). Mark Cooper, senior fellow for economic analysis at Vermont Law […]

Obama order backs industrial energy efficiency

US President Barack Obama yesterday signed an executive order to help investment in industrial energy efficiency, including combined heat and power systems (CHP), across US businesses. The order also sets out a new national objective of 40 gigawatts of new combined heat and power capacity by 2020, a 50% increase over the current level. CHP […]

UK denies it is red-faced by US headstart on CCS

The Government has said it is “not at all” embarrassed by news the most advanced Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) projects are currently in North America, despite ministers claiming the UK will be a “world leader” in the new technology. This week a report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance said the States and Canada were […]

Brave solar cyclist battles on after truck hit

A London-based cyclist who is raising money for a solar charity with a round-the-world record attempt has pledged “to be back on road in a few days” after being hit by a truck in the United States yesterday. Zimbabwe-born Sean Conway, who lives in North London is attempting to cycle 18,000 miles through Europe, Africa, […]

Ten countries create two thirds of world’s CO2 emissions

Ten countries are responsible for the bulk of the world’s CO2 emissions, according to the International Energy Agency. Two-thirds of global CO2 emissions in 2009 came from these ten, according to figures released ahead of the UN climate change meeting in Durban this November. China and the United States were the top emitters, together producing […]

Westinghouse to supply parts to EDF’s French nuclear plants

Westinghouse Electric Company will supply 12 replacement steam generators for EDF’s French nuclear fleet. The nuclear technology provider, which was bought by Toshiba Corp and The Shaw Group for over $5,000million in 2007, will design and make the steam generators for the French energy company. Yves Brachet from Westinghouse said: “The signature of this contract […]

US couple set world fuel record

A couple from the United States has set a world record for fuel efficiency. John and Helen Taylor crossed 48 states using an average of 64.42 miles per gallon. Over 23 days, they filled up a 12.6 gallon tank only 12 times, with Shell’s nitrogen enriched gasoline. The Taylors said that smarter driving helped them […]

US unveils $29bn energy budget

US Secretary of Energy Steven Chu has said that America wants to out-innovate, out-educate and out-build the rest of the world when it comes to sustainability. He was speaking as he unveiled President Barack Obama’s $29.5bn (£18.2bn) energy budget. Mr Chu said: “The United States faces a choice today: will we lead in innovation and […]

BP takes £3.1bn hit to profits

BP today announced that it plans to resume the payment of quarterly dividends, which were suspended last June following Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The news comes as the oil major also reported a loss of £3.1bn, the first time it has suffered an annual loss since 1992. The bulk of the loss can be […]