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The year’s longest days saw new highs for solar power in the UK

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The year’s longest days saw new highs for solar power in the UK – with solar PV providing nearly 8 per cent of UK electricity needs over the solstice weekend. Things were even better in Germany, with over half of energy coming from solar. It’s well accepted that PV has got more than a foothold in Europe and indeed in many places around the world, and while solar thermal has had leaner times recently, we have shown that the technology is a good perfor

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JUL

How your toilet can generate electricity

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The At Home with Water report revealed that we flush enough water to fill 300,000 olympic-sized swimming pools down the toilet in the UK every year – the second biggest use of water in the home after taking a shower.There are ways you can mitigate this by changing behaviour and by using water displacement devices and duel-flush toilet mechanisms. Wouldn’t it be even better if every time we flushed we generated some electricity? That’s certainly the thinking of a group of K

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JUL

The UK government has opened the way for massive Chinese investment in major infrastructure projects after signing a series of cooperation agreements.

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The HS2 high speed rail project and the next generation of nuclear power stations are among assets that could end up in Chinese ownership.Chinese premier Li Keqiang is visiting the UK this week and yesterday sat down with prime minister David Cameron to sign various memoranda of understanding (MOU) to strengthen bilateral relations and trade. Among these were measures easing the way for Chinese money to come into Britain, a new nuclear treaty and an MOU on collaboration in the field of rail tran

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