Energy

All-electric racing car unveiled

Posted on 13 Jan 2012 by

Codenamed B12/69EV and the result of the collaboration of several partners, the electric prototype, developed by Lola Group and Drayson Racing Technologies, is expected to become the fastest electric car in the world, running at over 200mph.

The model was unveiled at the MIA International Low Ca…

Blustery weather blows away wind farm records

wind turbine coast
Posted on 9 Jan 2012 by

Strong winds in December allowed UK’s wind fleet to meet an average of 5.3% of demand for the energy-intensive period of December and early January, a rise of 20%.

Wind power typically supplies between 4-5% of the UK’s electricity demand, a peak of 12.2% on 28th December representing a record fi…

Industry calls for waste management reform

Posted on 9 Jan 2012 by

UK manufacturers are urging government to develop a far more ambitious approach to the management of waste in the UK as survey evidence shows that the shortage of materials is now the biggest threat to manufacturers.

The call is made in a review of the Government’s waste strategy published by manu…

Top 10 green cars to watch out for in 2012

Vauxhall Ampera RE-EV low carbon vehicle car
Posted on 5 Jan 2012 by Tim Brown

Next Green Car,  the UK’s leading green car website, has compiled its definitive list of the greenest and most innovative low carbon cars due for launch in 2012.

In 2012, purchase incentives for plug-in electric vehicles continue to be available, including the Plug-in Car Grant, which is wor…

Ford unveils global water usage cuts

Posted on 3 Jan 2012 by

The automotive company aims to reduce the amount of water used per vehicle by 30% by 2015.

The base figure has been set at the amount of water used per vehicle in 2009, the company stating that it plans to achieve this target by employing greater use of green manufacturing practices.

This includes fu…

New nuclear in the UK – post Weightman

SellaField nuclear power Plant

In 2009 government announced plans to build 10 new nuclear power plants to replace the ageing sites that provide 18% of the UK’s electricity. But the Fukushima disaster in Japan had international repercussions and, despite reassuring words from government and some key industry stakeholders,

Siemens wind turbine site to create “jobs bonanza”

Posted on 14 Dec 2011 by

Siemens and Associated British Ports submitted plans for the development of a £210m wind turbine factory expected to create 700 jobs in Hull.

This was deemed a “significant milestone” as Siemens and ABP jointly applied to the city council to develop the Green Port Hull initiative on a 100-hec…

Government’s feed-in tariff changes to cost solar jobs

Posted on 12 Dec 2011 by Tim Brown

Thousands of workers at one of the country’s largest solar panel businesses have been put on notice of redundancy on the back of the Government’s decision to cut the subsidy for solar PV under the Feed-in Tariff scheme.

According to the Birmingham Post, Carillion Energy Services – which is pa…

Offshore industry boost for the North East

Posted on 1 Dec 2011 by

The North East has secured two new renewable energy hubs.

The Centres for Offshore Renewable Engineering signal a welcome boost to manufacturing in the North East, arriving as part of the government’s £5bn infrastructure plan.

The Government has designated five sites in the UK as Centres for O…