Green recovery flourishing in Oxfordshire but businesses call for government to step up support

Technology firms in Oxfordshire are playing a vital role in the country’s post-COVID green recovery but need more funding from government, says a new report.

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

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

Oxford academics have explored the likelihood, from the Covid-19 experience, of governments making necessary decisions to accelerate progress on climate change.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Community trial of green tech startup’s recycling app proves a hit with residents

Gill Oliver | IT | Food | Sustainability | Agriculture | Software | Nov 17th 2020

Greentech startup CryptoCycle's Reward4Waste recycling app, which offers cash rewards for returning single-use packaging, is piloted across 2,000 households.

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ColdQuanta gets £2.8 million funding boost for quantum projects

Karen David | Aerospace | Quantum | Oct 29th 2020

Oxford-based Quantum atomics company ColdQuanta UK has been awarded £2.8 million from Innovate UK for the development of quantum technology projects.

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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 […]

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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30 Nov 2020

21st century technologies for tackling 21st century pandemics  Prof Christophe Fraser of Oxford’s Big Data Institute, who advises the UK’s NHS Covid-19 Tracing app, and Prof Oliver Pybus, Lead Researcher of the Oxford Martin School Programme on Pandemic Genomics, discuss the opportunities and challenges of applying new technologies to pandemics. 5pm. Details

15 Dec 2020

The EV Summit This two-day event brings together key players in electric vehicles, energy, information technology and charging infrastructure, to shape the debate and the contours of the new eMobility industry. Six hundred of the most connected people in the EV space will be invited to attend. Partners include EDFE, BCLP Law, Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks. Speakers so far include Fiona Howarth, CEO of Octopus EV and Guenter Butschek, CEO of Tata Motors. December 15 and 16, Saïd Business School, Oxford OX 1 1HP.  Click here for details

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