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Innovative 'hybrid flywheel' promises renewable energy storage revolution

Foundations for an energy storage plant in Ireland that could "revolutionise" the integration of renewable power into electricity supplies will be laid within weeks.

Sir James Dyson donates £12m to train UK's future design engineers

A £12 million donation by Sir James Dyson to Imperial College London has been announced for the launch of a new Dyson school for engineering, which will open its doors later this year.

Good Energy backs trial of first renewable energy online marketplace

The UK’s first renewable electricity peer-to-peer online marketplace will be trialled later this year following a deal between green energy supplier Good Energy and tech start-up Open Utility.

Green technology must play key role in fight against climate change, says Sir David King

Green technology should be as much a focus of tackling climate change as the United Nations negotiations leading up to a crunch conference in Paris this December, the UK’s top foreign office adviser on climate said on Tuesday.

EC launches €200m innovation fund to tackle "valley of death"

A €200 million pilot funding stream has been launched by the European Commission for projects that are in the late stages of development and close to being launched on the market.

Mayor of London’s Office launches ‘smart cities’ competition

The Mayor of London’s Office is today calling on entrepreneurs and innovative businesses to enter a 'smart cities’ competition that could see their ideas adopted by major regeneration projects across the capital.

RBS search for energy saving solutions leads to trial of simple radiator heating controller

An eight-month search by the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) to find and showcase innovative energy saving solutions invented by UK and international small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) has led the bank to trial a simple, radiator heating control device in its buildings.

From lab to lunch: overcoming public anxiety about factory-grown meat

For Modern Meadow, a food start-up making synthetic meat, the biggest challenge may be convincing consumers that great meat can come from a laboratory.

First peer-to-peer renewable electricity marketplace secures £500,000

UK-based tech start-up, Open Utility, is a step closer to launching the first renewable electricity peer-to-peer online marketplace, having secured half a million pounds of funding from the Government and other sources.

Ecotricity's Searaser passes first wave tank test

A novel wave power device backed by green energy company Ecotricity has successfully completed first stage testing, it was announced today.

Cleantech start-up hits crowdfunding target on Crowdcube in record time

A world record has been set for cleantech funding by UK start-up, Powervault, which secured funding on crowdfunding platform Crowdcube to develop its innovative domestic energy storage devices.

Nissan LEAF lights up London skyline with electric car-powered graffiti

Electric-car powered graffiti has hit the streets of London to highlight the capital's pollution problem caused by vehicle exhausts fumes.

Unilever sponsors first tech start-up sustainability 'hackathon'

Over £30,000 ($50,000) is on the table for tech start-ups striving to address sustainability in the first such venture to be sponsored by Unilever.

£60m graphene centre to be built in Manchester

A £60 million innovation centre to develop commercial and environmentally friendly applications of 'wonder-material’ Graphene is to be built in Manchester.

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.


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