Renewable Energy

The future of Solar Photovoltaic panels?

The future of Solar Photovoltaic panels?

/ February 18, 2013 10:50 am

Solar Photovoltaic panels are a great way to cut the amount of non-green electricity you use from the grid and reduce your carbon emissions. However, you’re quite limited to the amount of panels on your property by the roof or wall space available. There is currently a lot of research being carried out on cutting the cost of solar panels so they’re more accessible to home owners and property developers, [...]

Exhaust air heat pumps

Exhaust air heat pumps

/ January 30, 2013 1:58 pm

There seems to be many renewable and eco-friendly energy sources that the press simply neglects. Last week we covered district heating systems, which can cut carbon emissions for groups of buildings, and now it’s time to focus on exhaust air heat pumps (EAHPs). An EAHP is a fairly unknown device, which can really aid a property to become carbon neutral. It works by using heat recovery and mechanical ventilation to [...]

A lesser known eco-friendly heating solution

A lesser known eco-friendly heating solution

/ January 21, 2013 12:00 pm

There are some energy saving solutions that dodge the public limelight. While wind  and solar energy sources are constantly in the press, other solutions such as geothermal and hydro-power are quite often forgotten about. The same goes for heating solutions. The press mainly focusses on people buying a new high efficiency boiler, but often neglect mentioning the very high efficiency boilers available and devices that can be fixed to a [...]

The Psychology of Reduced Emissions

The Psychology of Reduced Emissions

/ August 22, 2012 11:44 am

A new report has surfaced that gives some insight on the theories of behaviour change that the government adopts in order to get consumers to cut their carbon emissions. Written by Dr Stephen Allen, the ‘Energy Use Behaviour Change’ document highlights how the government have adopted methods that literally force people into choosing a more carbon friendly alternative when buying appliances. Examples of this are energy efficiency rating labels on [...]

Would you live in an Eco village?

Would you live in an Eco village?

/ August 1, 2012 11:13 am

An eco village is a small community of homes that are designed to offer sustainable living, ranging from a string of properties using modern renewable energy and insulation technology – to houses made from mud, wood and grass. However extreme you want to take your renewable energy living habits to, you’ll need to make some sacrifices to your lifestyle to do so. The question is, are you willing? Properties that [...]

Solar price crash

Solar price crash

/ July 20, 2012 11:09 am

Solar panels for generating electricity are rapidly falling in price. In May 2011, prices fell by 50% making them an option for less¬†privileged countries. In India a quarter of people live without electricity and due to the decreasing prices of solar generated power, communities are turning to this form of electricity generation as it’s working out cheaper than diesel generators. The efficiency of solar panels is still low, but with [...]

Neighbouring nations create ‘supergrids’ to meet green electricity targets

Neighbouring nations create ‘supergrids’ to meet green electricity targets

/ June 11, 2012 11:09 am

Nations placed within close proximity to each other, such as Scotland and Norway, are looking share electricity generated to cut carbon emissions and help meet EU targets. Plans are currently being discussed to run an interconnecting cable between scotland and Norway, to connect together the nation’s grids. Doing this will enable the UK and Norway to share resources for energy generation – such as hydroelectricity and offshore oil rigs. The [...]

Has the UK lost faith in the Green Deal?

Has the UK lost faith in the Green Deal?

/ May 30, 2012 11:00 am

People interested in renewable energy will already know about the government’s green deal. It’s their incentive to cut carbon emissions by supplying property owners in the UK with funding to retrofit their properties with energy saving items such as insulation, double glazing and smart meters. Under the green deal, the “big 6″ energy firms are also expected to supply home owners with a mass roll out of home insulation services, [...]

What is a Thermal Store?

What is a Thermal Store?

/ May 18, 2012 11:52 am

If you’re generating heat from renewable energy sources, it’s not great to be wasting it. To avoid throwing away generated heat, you need to use a thermal store. A thermal store can be attached to any heat generating renewable energy source and is used to contain and manage the heat collected. In most properties, it comes in the form of an extremely insulated water cylinder, where the heat is held [...]

Solar panels: Do you need planning permission?

Solar panels: Do you need planning permission?

/ April 18, 2012 11:23 am

Over the past few years, the popularity of installing solar panels on domestic properties has risen exponentially. This was mainly encouraged by various government incentives, such as the feed-in-tariff, and individual companies offering free installation in return for receiving the profits from feed in tariffs. If you’re going to do down the Solar panel route, then you will of course need to consider planning permission. Or do you? Well in [...]