Can the Covid-19 experience advance progress on climate change mitigation?

Antony David | Sustainability | Ecology | Government | Aug 11th 2020

In a paper for the Oxford Review of Economic Policy, academics from the Smith School of Enterprise and Oxford University have explored the experience of Covid-19, and the likely consequences for governments to make the necessary financial and economic decisions to accelerate progress on climate change.


RAL Space’s SPICE instrument reveals new solar phenomena

Antony David | Aerospace | Jul 28th 2020

New images from the Spectral Investigation of the Coronal Environment instrument aboard the Solar Orbiter, have been returned as part of a mission to provide insights into the solar wind.


Oxford firm tackles heat transfer challenges of nuclear fusion and EV batteries

Antony David | Energy | Automotive | Jul 17th 2020

The design of most energy systems involves optimising the heat transfers. A Harwell-based startup is developing solutions to today’s pressing problems in nuclear fusion and EV batteries.


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 EnergyPro and Oxford Brookes University to set up Energy Solutions Oxfordshire (ESOx), an energy services company for local enterprises.


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.


Book review: There is no Planet B by Mike Berners-Lee

Antony David | Book review | Aug 28th 2020

For the many of us concerned to understand the nature of the environmental crisis humanity faces, and what we can do about it, Mike Berners-Lee’s book offers wide ranging descriptions […]


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.”

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UX Oxford: Leading through Covid-19 Rebecca Kemp, Director of Customer Journey at Citizens Advice , leads the customer journey team, which designs services and products for 25 million users a year. She explains how her team is using agile to respond to coronavirus, at a time when use of its digital advice has increased dramatically and the team has moved to working remotely. 7.30pm Details


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Canva Tips and Tricks If you could do with some help using Canva, Thames Valley Tech &. Digital Community uses the creative platform to produce most marketing material. Louize Clarke shares her experience with advice and guidance in an interactive session, so bring along questions. 10am. Details here.

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ScreenTalk Oxfordshire: What next – is animation the answer? This introduction for newcomers to the animation sector and commercial update for those already involved is chaired by producer David Marlow and includes He Sun, head of Rebellion Studios VFX, with credits including Maleficent, Lion King and Mandalorian, to cover animation in live-action VFX, including virtual production technology. Speakers also include Disney animator Gary Andrews, Aidan Coughlan of SAE and Vanessa Chapman, former ITV head of children’s television. 7pm online. Details

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