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Fuel cell "mini-power stations" could reduce energy bills by 21 per cent

Low emission fuel cell systems could be deployed in more than five million premises by 2030, enabling homes and businesses to slash their energy bills, while delivering clean and secure energy to the UK, according to a new industry report released this week.

EU green label regulations could lead to inefficient vacuum cleaners, manufacturers warn

Consumers are being urged to buy powerful vacuum cleaners while they can after it emerged that some of the most powerful models on the market will disappear in September when a new EU rule comes into force.

Climate-KIC Journey: the EU school helping to create tomorrow's green entrepeneurs

For the past two weeks, graduates from countries covering France to Japan have been working with London’s top universities and businesses to develop ideas that may crack the future battle against climate change. Thomas McMullan reports.

First PPA price comparison site for renewable energy generators goes live

The first online price comparison service for Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) has launched, claiming it could earn independent renewable energy generators up to 20 per cent more for their electricity by creating an open market for green energy.

£10m tide and wave simulator opens in Edinburgh

A £10.5 million marine research centre has opened in Edinburgh, featuring the world’s most sophisticated tide and wave simulator.

WRAP on lookout for SMEs with circular economy business ideas

A €3.1 million (£2.45 million) EU-funded circular economy programme has put a call out for small companies looking to develop profitable new business models.

Sainsbury's to rollout pioneering heat recycling technology to up to 100 stores

A UK company that has developed a ground-breaking 'heat recycling’ technology is embarking on a major rollout of its innovative system across Sainsbury’s stores.

New green innovation fund targets farmers

A new fund has launched for agricultural innovation that aims to put money in the hands of businesses with green fingers.

Yorkshire carbon capture and storage project wins EU funding

Drax, the operator of Britain's biggest power station, has secured up to €300 million (£238 million) of European Union funding to build a power plant whose carbon dioxide emissions will be trapped and buried deep beneath the North Sea.

Cleantech Innovate to offer cash prize for first time

A UK cleantech conference has put some serious weight behind its annual event, launching a cash award for green innovation with two prizes of €20,000 (£15,967).

Coca-Cola to launch 'greener' Coke in UK

Coca-Cola is set to launch a new greener, lower-calorie version of its best-selling drink in the UK later this year.

Offshore wind: £6.5m trial to begin of ground-breaking innovation to cut costs

An enormous bucket will be sunk into the floor of the North Sea to anchor a new generation of turbines in a £6.5 million trial to begin this summer in a bid to slash the cost of offshore wind.

Cars made of tomatoes: Heinz and Ford ink bio-plastics partnership

The union between car and tomato may not be the first thing to come to mind when envisioning the avant-garde of transport, but a new partnership today announced between car conglomerate Ford and food giant Heinz suggests an imminent breakthrough for vehicle manufacturing using sustainable bio-plastics.

EU launches "largest cleantech idea competition"

UK-based entrepreneurs are being given the chance to create a cleaner, greener future and access up to €95,000 (£77,331) in funding in what is being described as "Europe’s largest cleantech idea competition".

£800,000 grant fund for SMEs pioneering waste prevention

Grants of up to £50,000 are to be offered to local businesses, SMEs and voluntary groups through a scheme which aims to jump-start pioneering partnerships in waste prevention.


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