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. 

Verditek’s panels are less than 3mm thick and flexible enough to be wrapped around the distinctive curved roofs of Green Unit’s ARC eco-pods. 

The panels, which are six-times lighter than other similar-sized frames, use conventional silicon photovoltaic (PV) technology to harvest the same amount of power from sunlight.


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

Gill Oliver | Energy | Sustainability | Ecology | Government | Construction | Feb 13th 2020

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Game on: Workshop explores what it takes to save the world

Gill Oliver | Network profile | Jan 25th 2020

What does it take to save the world? This key question is explored at an Oxford-based workshop, where a card game with a powerful message takes centre stage. The event […]

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