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JAN

Things may be about to change

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Sci-fi films and books are filled with space ships using new and efficient forms of propulsion – but so far, the earthling brand of space travel has not been what anyone would call energy efficient. Things may be about to change.Research involving some of the top engineers in the UK is looking at how the mechanical energy ofspacecraft wings could be used to power communications systems – a major source of energy consumption on modern missions, where huge amounts of data is sent back

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22

JAN

Switching energy supplier is now easier than ever before!

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Switching energy supplier is now easier than ever before thanks to new regulation from the Department of Energy and Climate Change(DECC) which is making energy suppliers cut waiting times from five weeks to 17 days. Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Ed Davey has been challenging the energy industry for years to make switching suppliers easier  - and now households can switch in half the time.This means bill payers will benefit from increased competition because it will b

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22

JAN

As the world’s desire for new technologies becomes ever-more ferven

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As the world’s desire for new technologies becomes ever-more fervent, electronic waste is becoming a huge international issue.Wired  says that companies are not doing nearly enough to combat the growing tide of discarded devices – and tide is not too strong a word. The magazine cites new research predicting an increase in e-waste to 93.5 million tonnes by 2016 – that’s up from 41.5 million in 2011. This piece offers a less stark prediction of a jump to just under 50

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20

JAN

Local planning processes and green energy do not always go well together

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Local planning processes and green energy do not always go well together. Designs to make a football club energy self-sufficient through wind power have hit a snag, in the form of a local airport. The planned 136-metre turbine at Middlesbrough’s Riverside Stadium has met objections from Durham Tees Valley Airport, who suggest the installation affects air safety, in spite of apparent words to the contrary from the Civil Aviation Authority. A legal case is pending. We&r

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9

JAN

It’s the time of year when energy bills come sharply into focus

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It’s the time of year when energy bills come sharply into focus – and 2015 may be a year with a David and Goliath angle: smaller and locally-based energy companies bringing greater competition for the Big Six. Energy Minister Ed Davey says independent energy suppliers should have a 30 per cent market share by 2020. The potential is certainly there, with smaller companies doubling their market share to about 10 per cent last year alone. At the moment it is well-established

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7

JAN

The International Energy Agency says that solar, both photovoltaic and thermal, could surpass fossil fuels, wind and hydro by 2050 to be the world’s largest energy source

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The International Energy Agency says that solar, both photovoltaic and thermal, could surpass fossil fuels, wind and hydro by 2050 to be the world’s largest energy source. Here in the UK, a recent study suggested that covering 61 per cent of south-facing commercial roofs with solar PV could provide all the energy needed for UK businesses, while saving medium-sized enterprises and above at least £30,000 a year on their energy bills. It’s not an altogether u

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