ESCO-in-a-box aims to help SMEs install energy efficiency solutions

Karen David | Energy | Finance | Sustainability | Jul 2nd 2020

Low Carbon Hub has teamed up with market analyst EnergyPro and the Environmental Information Exchange (EIE) team at Oxford Brookes University to set up Energy Solutions Oxfordshire (ESOx), a community-based energy services company (ESCO) offering energy efficiency services for enterprises including financial modelling, project management and validation. If successful, the model could be rolled out across the UK.


Energy Superhub Oxford: First homes to benefit from low carbon heating systems

Karen David | Energy | Infrastructure | May 19th 2020

Sixty homes in Oxford’s Blackbird Leys will be the first to have low carbon ground source heat pumps installed as part of Energy Superhub Oxford (ESO).


Covid-19: Oxford researchers track how daily energy use has changed during lockdown

Antony David | Energy | Infrastructure | Sustainability | May 16th 2020

An Oxford University research project is tracking behaviour during lockdown to inform decisions about organising energy provision in a post-lockdown world.


Modular eco-building makes 300-mile trip to Roman fort

A forty-tonne, eight-metre wide eco building constructed in Oxford has been sent 300 miles to the site of a Roman Vindolanda fort in Northumberland, where it is to house a new visitor centre. Green Unit’s ARC II modular eco-building was transported by road in five eight-tonne sections and installed on the site in March, shortly before the national lockdown.


X-Rays a billion times brighter open up a new field of scientific exploration

Antony David | Ecology | Apr 7th 2020

A laser developed at the Central Laser Facility in Harwell and the European X-Ray Free Electron Laser will aid the study of conditions in stars and exoplanets.


Oxford’s £42m energy superhub could go live from the end of this year

Karen David | Energy | Infrastructure | Sustainability | Feb 27th 2020

A multi-million energy superhub, which includes the 'largest hybrid battery ever deployed', is about to enter the build phase and should go live from the end of this year. The 50MW grid-scale battery will be housed in an electricity substation in Cowley, Oxford.


‘We’ll use our technology to build 500 homes and drive a green revolution in housebuilding’ Oxford company vows

An Oxfordshire firm is pledging to use its technology to build 500 'climate positive' homes and lead a green revolution in the UK housebuilding industry.


Oxford PV transforms photovoltaics with step-change in solar cells efficiency

Antony David | Energy | Sustainability | Manufacturing | Feb 12th 2020

Oxford PV's new solar cells increase the energy captured by the sun by between 25 to 40 per cent.


Energy storage: How one Oxfordshire firm is pioneering new battery technology

Antony David | Energy | Automotive | Dec 10th 2019

The storage of electricity from low or zero carbon generation sources is of vital importance to addressing the climate crisis. OXIS Energy is one of the Oxfordshire companies pioneering the development of a new generation of batteries.


Commercial laundries: Can Oxford’s new eco-laundry become a blueprint for the industry?

Karen David | Energy | Sustainability | OxfordshireGreentech | Nov 8th 2019

Ben Towler, commercial manager of OXWASH, talks TechTribe Oxford through the firm's new eco-laundry, and how the firm is competing in a £1bn commercial laundry industry that is price-sensitive and dominated by major players.


Eco builder’s deal with solar panel maker opens way to place homes at off-the-grid sites

Gill Oliver | Energy | Sustainability | Ecology | Construction | OxfordshireGreentech | Mar 23rd 2020

Eco-builder Green Unit has partnered with solar panel manufacturer Verditek, in a deal that opens up the potential to use its buildings in locations with no infrastructure or grid connection. 


Harwell Campus chosen to host new £180m Natural History Museum science and research centre

Gill Oliver | Biotech | Medical | Culture | Food | Sustainability | Ecology | Agriculture | Mar 12th 2020

Harwell Science and Innovation Campus will host a new £180m Natural History Museum science and research centre.
The new facility will be a base for natural sciences research and is intended to help the Museum protect the future of its collection of 80 million specimens. It will also create an international research centre aimed at tackling global challenges such as climate change, resource scarcity, biodiversity loss and emerging diseases.


Green Ammonia – lower CO2 emissions and a new way of storing energy

Antony David | Energy | Sustainability | Mar 2nd 2020

Ammonia can be a convenient way to store and transport stored energy. Using hydrogen produced by electrolysis, it can be produced without CO2 emissions.


Harwell firm gears up for astronauts’ space walk to install its tech on the International Space Station

Gill Oliver | Robotics | Aerospace | Broadband | Manufacturing | Feb 24th 2020

A firm whose tech will provide internet for European astronauts on the International Space Station is gearing up for a spacewalk that will position the device.


BOOK REVIEW: Prosperity without Growth by Tim Jackson

Antony David | Book review | Sustainability | Politics | Feb 18th 2020

“Society is faced with a profound dilemma. To reject growth is to risk economic and social collapse. To pursue it relentlessly is to endanger the ecosystems on which we depend for long-term survival.”


RAL Space in Harwell has its day in the sun as it adds SPICE to the Solar Orbiter

Antony David | Aerospace | Feb 13th 2020

The European Space Agency’s Solar Orbiter, launched on Monday from Cape Canaveral was carrying an instrument developed and built at RAL Space, the UK’s national space laboratory in Harwell.

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08 Jul 2020

Smart Local Energy Systems: social, technical and operational aspects Sarah Darby, Scot Wheeler and Stevie Adams talk about their ongoing work in Project Local Energy Oxfordshire (LEO), one of the most ambitious, wide-ranging, innovative, and holistic smart grid trials ever conducted in the UK. The discussion chaired by Helen Gavin will cover the issues Project LEO is designed to address, technological advances in balancing energy supply and demand, and how it can improve understanding of opportunities for smart, secure and flexible energy networks. Hosted by Oxford University’s Programme on Integrating Renewable Energy. 11am online. Book here

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