energy
Burning Tampons and Nappies Will Soon Generate Power

A waste recycling company has hit upon a potentially useful thing to do with old sanitary products and nappies -- wringing them out (hopefully by machine), baling them up and burning them in power stations. Read More >>

energy
Rogue Smart Meters Give Customers 3,000,000 Per Cent Bill Increases

People putting the heating on even though it's spring had a nasty shock over the weekend, after a group of smart energy meters issued by supplier SSE went mad -- and gave subscribers gas bills in the tens of thousands of pounds. Read More >>

batteries
UK Getting Two 50 Megawatt Batteries for £250m

Cumbria and Kent are about to become the UK's battery compartments, with the two sites set to benefit from a £250m investment in energy storage. The end result will be two battery farms able to store 50 megawatts of power between them, and perhaps even a bit more than that if staff blow on them and swap them around. Read More >>

research
Solar Panels That Can Get Energy From Raindrops

Imagine a solar panel that generates energy not just from the sun, but also from the rain that hits it. Read More >>

energy
Spills From Fracking Are Worse Than We Imagined

An alarming new study has identified 6,600 chemical spills related to hydraulic fracturing in just four US states over a ten year period. The finding shows that fracking is far messier than previously assumed, and that stricter safety measures need to be established and enforced. Read More >>

energy
UK’s Nuclear History Museum Opens Today

The Nuclear and Caithness Archive, also known as Nucleus, has opened for business today, and will be of extreme interest to anyone who's ever spent a sleepless night wondering exactly how nuclear energy works and what part the UK played in its development. Read More >>

energy
Excessive Radiation Inside Fukushima Fries Clean-up Robot

The robot was sent into reactor No. 2 to inspect and clean a passage for another robot in the damaged nuclear facility. Image: TEPCO/Associated Press
A remotely-controlled robot sent to inspect and clean a damaged reactor at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant had to be pulled early when its onboard camera went dark, the result of excess radiation. The abbreviated mission suggests that radiation levels inside the reactor are even higher than was reported last week—and that robots are going to have a hell of a time cleaning this mess up. Read More >>

energy
Every Lamp Post Could be a Wind Turbine

This amazing vision of the future could be coming to a high street near you, as long as it doesn't shred up all the pigeons and leave the roads littered with blood and feathers. It's the work of Scottish companies NVT Group and Own Energy Solutions, who foresee the UK as a land in which the street lights power themselves so there's more electricity left in the bank for kettles and phone chargers. Read More >>

environment
Even Climate Change Deniers Want to Pursue Renewable Energy 

A report released Friday by the University of New Hampshire’s Carsey School of Public Policy found that a majority of Americans, including some Trump voters least likely to believe in man-made climate change, believe in prioritising renewable energy over oil drilling. Read More >>

energy
Radiation Levels Are Soaring Inside the Damaged Fukushima Nuclear Plant

Radiation levels inside a damaged reactor at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant have hit a record high, and are the worst since the plant suffered a triple meltdown nearly six years ago. The latest readings now pose a serious challenge as officials prepare to dismantle the stricken facility. Read More >>

energy
Denmark’s Monster Wind Turbine Just Smashed the 24-Hour Record For Energy Production

A 720-foot-tall wind turbine featuring 35 tonne blades has just set a new world record, producing a whopping 216,000 kWh of energy over a span of 24 hours. That’s enough to power an average American household for twenty years. Read More >>

energy
Barnsley Village Goes Battery Powered

40 homes in Oxspring, near Barnsley, are taking part in a pioneering trial that'll see them fitted with batteries to run their homes, using stored energy generated by local rooftop solar panels. Read More >>

energy
Tidal Lagoon Sea Power Plans Should go Ahead Says Report

A review into the long-mooted possibility of concreting up parts of estuaries to create massive tidal energy generation schemes says it should go ahead, which is great news for fans of a planned project to build a lagoon spanning the Severn estuary. Read More >>

history
Article From 1917: Don’t Worry About Coal, They’ll Definitely Be Using Something Else By 2017

In the autumn of 1917, a severe coal shortage hit the United States. Riots even broke out over the lack of energy as the nation went into the winter months. Some people were calling for conservation, but one snarky newspaper article insisted that conserving was for suckers. Why? People of the future—specifically, the people of 100 years hence—wouldn’t be using coal anyway. Read More >>

energy
First Large-Scale Solar Road Opens in France

Normandy village Tourouvre-au-Perche has finished building what it calls the world's first solar embedded road, which is a bit wrong as there have been some small ones created before -- but this is definitely the first big proper one that goes all the way off into the distance like that. Read More >>