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.

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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.

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Oxford company’s smart hot water tank will help prevent blackouts

Gill Oliver | Energy | Infrastructure | Ecology | Oct 2nd 2019

Oxford University spin-out Mixergy is at the centre of a plan by energy and services company Centrica to create a ‘virtual power plant’ that helps balance the National Grid and prevent outages.

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Spending Review includes £30m to tackle ‘crisis in air quality’

Gill Oliver | Energy | Comms | Ecology | Sep 4th 2019

Decarbonisation, air quality and biodiversity are to receive a multi-million funding boost, it was announced today in the Chancellor’s Spending Review.

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Oxfordshire pioneers push on with battery technology breakthroughs despite policy hurdles

Antony David | Energy | Aug 28th 2019

It is crystal clear that demand for batteries and improvements in power, weight and cost is ramping up dramatically. Yet energy consultancy Wood MacKenzie, which predicts demand for home batteries to increase by 500 per cent in the next five years, warns the UK might lag behind on account of an unfavourable policy environment.

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Euratom withdrawal: What next for fusion energy funding?

Antony David | Energy | Aug 23rd 2019

On June 24, 2016, the day after the EU referendum, Professor Ian Chapman was getting ready for his interview for the top job at the UK Atomic Energy Authority. Surprised by the result, he discarded his carefully prepared notes and set his mind to considering the consequences for its chief executive in what was certain to become a politically charged environment.

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Oxfordshire Greentech: Inside the business network fuelling Oxfordshire’s low carbon economy

Karen David | Sustainability | Network profile | OxfordshireGreentech | Dec 6th 2019

At its energy strategy launch in 2019, Oxfordshire’s enterprise partnership OxLEP estimated that by 2030 the county’s low energy sector could be bringing £1.35bn annually into the regional economy and is capable of growing 11 per cent a year - four times faster than the national economy.

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Low-carbon energy strategy aims to bring £1.35bn a year into Oxfordshire’s economy by 2030

Karen David | Event Review | Energy | Sustainability | Nov 15th 2019

At a launch event in November, OxLEP director of strategy Ahmed Goga revealed to a packed room that the low-energy sector, which brings in £1.15bn annually to the regional economy, is capable of growing by 11 per cent a year, four times faster than the national economy. Read on for the initiatives and clean growth innovators in Oxfordshire helping to make this happen.

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Listing: Oxfordshire’s clean growth trailblazers

Karen David | Energy | Sustainability | Nov 15th 2019

At its recent Energy Strategy launch, OxLEP declared Oxfordshire’s clean energy sector is capable of growing 11 per cent a year between now and 2030, raising its annual contribution to […]

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Cool technology developed in Oxfordshire could be part of global solution to air conditioning challenge

Gill Oliver | Energy | Sustainability | Work spaces | Manufacturing | Nov 6th 2019

Air con is one of the 'blind spots in the energy debate', says the International Energy Authority. Is an Abingdon firm's tech part of the solution?

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Harwell’s Astroscale aims to solve space debris cleanup

Antony David | Aerospace | Aug 23rd 2019

If in the future your satnav stops working, you lose your internet connection or your mobile phone goes on the blink, you might look heavenward in despair. And you might be looking in the right direction as a collision in space might be the cause. Astroscale, which is based at the Satellite Applications Catapult in Harwell is working on solutions.

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Matthew Hare and Zzoomm: Big plans to bring fast fibre connectivity to small towns

Antony David | Profile | Aug 23rd 2019

If anyone fits the description of serial entrepreneur, it’s Matthew Hare, chief executive of start-up Zzoomm, his seventh company. His previous venture Gigaclear, was acquired last year by the M&G Investment Management Fund for £270m.

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20 Jan 2020

Oxford Technology & Media New Year Event – Hope for the world As Greta Thunberg becomes Time Magazine’s person of the year, many wonder what we can do to address the climate change issues facing us. Could we find inspiration and practical steps closer to home? Serial entrepreneur and engineer Vinay Gupta, CEO and Founder of Mattereum and Hexayurt, will be in conversation with clean air consultant Alex Bigham. Vinay will explore the development of Hexayurt, his work with the world’s second largest blockchain Ethereum and how Mattereum addresses the excesses of human consumption and opens the door to a sustainable future. Part of Oxfordshire Technology & Media’s 10 Years to Save The World series. 6 to 9pm at Modern Art Oxford, 30 Pembroke St, Oxford OX1 1BP. Details

21 Jan 2020

Cyclox. Patrick Lingwood, Active and Healthy Travel Officer at the county council, will be showing the draft Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plans (LCWIP) for input and presenting the results of the survey on cycle journeys in Oxford to which Cyclox members contributed. 7.30pm, St Michael’s at the Northgate Church (access via Ship Street). Details.

22 Jan 2020

Oxford Digital Workers Union: Online underdogs Headline speaker Helen Pollitt, Head of Digital at Avenue Digital, will be presenting: “SEO underdogs: Winning against your competition no matter their size.” With over ten years’ experience in digital marketing and SEO, Helen works with international corporates, small local businesses and start-ups to develop SEO strategies. She frequently appears on stage at conferences such as BrightonSEO, Learn Inbound and SearchLeeds and is a regular contributor to industry publications. 7 to 9pm at The Jericho Tavern, 56 Walton St, Oxford OX1. Details

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