The Carbon Trust Green Business Fund

The Green Business Fund is a scheme designed by the Carbon Trust to allow funders to contribute to the improvement of business sustainability. The scheme allows for multiple sources of funding to be combined cost effectively, making use of the Carbon Trust’s 15 years of experience in delivering energy efficiency advice and finance to businesses …

Posted May 26, 2016

Businesses become greener by adopting multi technology solutions

Businesses making a strategic shift towards greener energy sources are becoming increasingly ambitious. Instead of utilising the benefits of a single renewable energy product, UK businesses and organisations, especially those with large carbon footprints and hefty energy bills, are investing in a combination of complimentary green technologies. A bespoke solution, combining renewable technologies, will maximise …

Posted May 9, 2016

Waste not, want not: the circular economy turning waste into a resource

Imagine a world with minimal waste, where practically everything is upcycled and reused. Where there’s no more landfill and mountainous food waste is used for biogas production. Imagine a resource efficient society with zero waste, where waste is no longer a burden, but a profitable resource. Sounds wonderful, doesn’t it. Turning waste into a resource …

Posted March 23, 2016

Why the environmental science sector needs more women

With pay gaps and inequality in the workplace remaining a hot topic, how does our sector compare with a close relative like technology? Environmental sciences and technology are both rapidly growing sectors with big futures thanks to innovation and research. And both sectors have vast impact on the commercial and domestic worlds. However, unlike technology, …

Posted December 22, 2015

Join the community renewables revolution

Community renewable energy projects are growing in popularity with each passing day. Driven by concern about climate change, communities up and down the country are investing in renewable energy projects to cut their carbon footprints. But it’s not just about being kind to the planet. It’s about being kind to the community too. Renewable energy …

Posted October 19, 2015

Biomass funding for farms

More than halving fuel costs by changing from fossil fuels to biomass is an attractive business proposition, but the capital cost required can be a major hurdle for many farm businesses – However, there are new schemes which put boilers on farms, which enables farmers to benefit from cheaper heat without the capital outlay of …

Posted October 18, 2015

Keeping solar prices low

Solar panel manufacturers currently use a gold-based gluey paste to fix fragile solar PV cells to the electrodes on solar PV panels. Gold, being a very expensive commodity has a large impact on the price of solar products and can account for as much as 30 per cent of the production cost. With gold prices …

Posted October 12, 2015

Biomass for Hotels

More and more hotels, b&b’s and guest houses are reaping the rewards of installing Biomass heating. Have you ever been in a cold hotel, well maybe, but most hotels are burning so much fossil fuel between them that they could solely be the cause of global warming! Recently, more and more hotels and conference centres …

Posted September 26, 2015

Believe it or not a group of businessmen are seeking funding from the UK government to import solar energy from Africa!

Cheap African solar energy could power UK homes in 2018.The scheme would provide power for in excess of 2 million UK homes and would fit with the current policy to curb planning for some of the very large solar farm schemes that have been allowed by planners to blight some of our rural landscape. Not …

Posted September 20, 2015

Have you ever wondered what the next best thing is in Solar Energy? Well here are 4 crazy ideas that might be the start of something big.

Sometimes, energy companies struggle to innovate their market sectors, and release the ‘same old, same old’. What the market needs is strong, more purposeful designs that not only cost less, but provide a more efficient product. Here are four wild ideas that could be the start of something new: 1. Spinning solar: A new company …

Posted September 15, 2015