Research & Development
The latest environmental research and development
news, from green packaging and low carbon technologies, to advances in biofuels
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.
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.
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.
A Lancaster-based entrepreneur has proved that grit and determination go a long way in the search for the UK's most innovative low carbon idea, walking away with the coveted national Shell Springboard Award after being told by the judges first time round that his high-efficiency vehicle engine didn't make the grade.
The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) is on the hunt for innovative ideas and "garage-tested" green solutions that could enable the bank to become more resource efficient and, it says, help small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) get their products to market more successfully.
A new competition is being launched at the end of the month to encourage the development of innovative digital solutions that tackle societal challenges, including those addressing sustainability and environmental issues.
David Cameron is to declare that his Government is "going all out for shale" as he announces that councils will be entitled to keep 100 per cent of business rates raised from fracking sites in a deal expected to generate millions of pounds for local authorities.
Atlantis Resources, the Singapore marine energy company behind the giant tidal project MeyGen in Scotland’s Pentland Firth, is looking to raise £20 million on London’s AIM market.
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.