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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OxLEP Q&A: Connectivity in Oxfordshire – what does the future hold? A chance for Oxfordshire businesses to come together and discuss a key topic tied into our growing economy. Panellists include OxLEP chief executive Nigel Tipple and James Dillon-Godfray of London Oxford Airport; debate chair will be radio presenter Howard Bentham. 07.45 to 10.00am. London Oxford Airport, Kidlington, OX5 1RA. Details

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