Research & Development
The latest environmental research and development
news, from green packaging and low carbon technologies, to advances in biofuels
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.
A US company that has developed groundbreaking new technology to convert water into energy for use in a wide range of commercial applications is to start developing it for commercial use following independent scientific validation.
Scottish energy management firm, Ewgeco, is embarking on an expansion drive to bring its pioneering real-time energy display monitoring system to businesses across the UK.
There are a number of persuasive arguments supporting the greater use of biofuels, but without a robust policy framework in place, industry won’t have confidence to invest in them, says Justin Laney, general manager, Central Transport, John Lewis Partnership.
The original poster child of all that is bad about globalisation, Nike's new sustainability report focuses the company's ambitions on collaboration and innovation.