energy
Fatbergs Should be Dragged Out of Sewers and Used as Biofuel

A seemingly boring report on the future of the creation and use of biofuels in the UK exploded into life with one bizarre suggestion; that we dredge up "fatbergs" from the sewers of the nation and convert their pale and congealed bodies into usable biofuel. Read More >>

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Floating Wind Farm Sets Sail for Scotland

Norwegian wind turbine experts have completed what they think is a world first -- a floating wind farm. And it's for us, as a sort of present from Statoil and Masdar that we paid £210m for. Consisting of five 6MW turbines, the platform is now complete and ready to be towed to the coast of Scotland. Read More >>

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What Makes a Nuclear Reactor ‘Fail-Safe?’

When things go wrong at a nuclear power plant, they can go very wrong. The reality is that outside of some high-profile disasters, nuclear power is extremely safe. But what does it mean when people say that a nuclear reactor is “fail-safe?” Read More >>

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Hinkley Point C is Already £2.2bn Over Budget and all They’ve Done is Dig Some Holes

French energy specialist EDF is already raising the cost of Hinkley Point C, announcing that there's just the small matter of an extra £2.2bn being needed to build the new nuclear plant. Read More >>

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The Australian Discovery That Could Replace Fossil Fuels

Australian scientists have developed a new efficient catalyst that converts carbon dioxide from the air into synthetic natural gas in a "clean" process, using solar energy. Read More >>

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We Are One Step Closer To Large-Scale Algae-Based Biofuel

Making biofuel from algae has just got a little bit easier, as a newly engineered strain produces twice as much oil as its wild parent, according to Californian researchers. Read More >>

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Renault Plans a Battery Farm With the Capacity of a Power Station

Renault has had another idea about what to do with electric car batteries that are slightly past their prime -- bank them all up in one place and make something with the same peak energy output capability as a coal or gas power station. Better make sure there's a good sprinkler system installed. Read More >>

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The UK Just Produced Over Half Its Electricity Without Burning Anything

Some people don't like renewable energy, but those people all own oil wells or mines of some sort. For the rest of us an increasing amount of energy from sources like wind and solar is nothing but good news. After all, who doesn't want to tap into the unlimited amount of solar, wind and wave power we can access? Read More >>

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Scientists Just Made Hydrogen Fuel Cheaper

Chemists from the University of New South Wales have invented a new, cheap catalyst for splitting water with an electrical current to efficiently produce clean hydrogen fuel. Read More >>

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Renault to Repackage Car Batteries for the Home

Renault is joining its car-making enemy Nissan in repurposing old electric car batteries for the home, with a deal with Powervault to see relatively affordable li-ion power units for the home go on sale in the UK. Read More >>

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Scotland Nearly Hits Renewable Power Independence

The turbines dotting the hills of Scotland had a cracking month in May, with the modern white totems to consumerism and their solar panel chums generating 95 per cent of the country's home electrical needs. Read More >>

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Switzerland Votes to Kill Off Nuclear Power

Voters in Switzerland often face national referendums, as that's the way they do things there. The latest one saw its politicians ask the people what to do about electricity, and the people voted in favour of killing off the country's nuclear power stations. Read More >>

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Lego Just Smashed Its 100% Renewable Energy Goal

Lego has invested $1 billion (£768.1 million) over the last four years to balance 100 per cent of its energy use with that from renewable sources, and now that goal has been achieved - three years early. Read More >>

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Nissan to Sell Recycled EV Batteries for Home Power

Nissan's Sunderland factory is about to start producing a wall-mounted artisan battery for the home, and the xStorage unit is using recycled electric car batteries to keep the costs down. Read More >>

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Naked Mole Rats Could Save Your Life So Stop Calling Them Ugly

Contrary to what conventional beauty standards may lead us to believe, naked mole rats are good. They’re highly social animals who live communally. They’re ruled by a loyal queen. They’re also seemingly impervious to cancer and don’t age. But still, these little subterraneans get a bad rap for not looking like puppies or kittens, which is a shame, because in some ways, naked mole rats are biologically wired better than humans. If we actually listened to these guys instead of roasting them for being fugly, we might be able to help heart attack and stroke sufferers. I bet you feel really bad right now, and maybe you should. Read More >>