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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.

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.


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