Research & Development
The latest environmental research and development
news, from green packaging and low carbon technologies, to advances in biofuels
A trial of the largest battery in Europe, which proponents hope will transform the UK electricity grid and boost renewable energy is due to start in Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire.
Leading UK sustainable building innovation and certification body, BRE, is to set up its first research and showcase park in Latin America.
Google has found a new way to play a part in the future of the world’s energy production needs, this time working on a "radically cheaper" wind energy project from its 'secret' innovation facility Google X.
Small businesses and entrepreneurs with innovative low carbon energy technologies are being invited to bid for funding in the second and final tranche of the Government’s £35 million Energy Entrepreneurs Fund.
India’s culture of jugaad, or frugal innovation, has helped produce a wide range of sustainable breakthroughs. Are there lessons there for the rest of the world? Ian Thornton meets the innovators.
Naked Energy, the UK cleantech firm that has developed a super-efficient 'two-in-one solar’ energy system, will shortly begin trialing its patented technology with two commercial partners.
In an effort to reduce their environmental footprint and 'insure’ their businesses against the risks of a resource constrained world, more and more companies are introducing 'closed loop’ systems into their manufacturing businesses. But one company claims to be doing it on scale not seen before. Louise Bateman reports on Hewlett Packard’s printing cartridge recycling business that has seen it team up with a small, pioneering plastics recycling firm in Montreal, Canada.
BRE, the sustainable building research consultancy, is set to begin a £2 million Government-funded research project to find potential areas for energy saving from solid wall insulation.
The UK wave and tidal industry received a significant boost this week when four projects received more than £25 million worth of funding to advance marine energy innovation and cut down costs.
A UK company that has developed an innovative solar PV system that can be 'printed' on glass has received a £2 million investment boost.
Unilever has released a new aerosol deodorant that is half the size and cuts its carbon footprint by 25 per cent.
Trials have begun in Germany to test whether kites can be used to generate renewable energy to power homes and businesses.
Bob McDonald on the importance of innovation in sustainability, the values of the world's largest consumer goods company and how it can grow while being environmentally responsible.
Shell’s long-running award scheme that champions British low carbon innnovations has opened for entries – with £40,000 up for grabs for the winning idea.
A new biofuel being developed by BP is to be trialled for the first time at the London 2012 Olympic Games, the company announced today.