We hate to say it but the weather is turning and the temporary reprieve we experience from ever-increasing electricity and fuel bills is coming to an end. There is a lot of advice and literature in relation to energy saving but how much relates directly to your household? Ireland’s Sustainable Energy Authority (SEAI) is travelling around the country over the next couple of months to provide free energy efficiency consultations to householders.
Last November, Explorer and Storm Chaser George Kourounis did the unthinkable - he willingly entered a fiery pit of burning gas and extreme heat in the name of research. The story goes that Turkmenistan's Darvaza Crater opened up over 40 years ago under a gas drilling rig and was subsequently set on fire by Soviet scientists in an effort to burn off noxious gases.
The core aim of the Energy Hub is to report on sustainable energy solutions and green initiatives both locally and globally. To what end? That we improve the health of our planet create a better environment for all of its inhabitants. Here is a striking display of nature in all its glory - a collection of winning images from the Society of German Photographers competition 2014.
A highway in Oss, near Amsterdam is the testing ground for the latest concept in energy efficiency - glow in the dark road markings. If successful, this initiative would eliminate the need for streetlights on many roads, making a huge cost reduction wherever employed.
The are few films more iconic than Back to the Future. At the time, 2015 would have seemed like a surreal far off age with flying cars, hoverboards, garbage fuel and robotic petrol pumps. It turns out that the movie's writers may have been a little more visionary than even they might even have suspected.
In 2013, the Energy Hub looked at the first solar flight to cross the US, undertaken by Swiss entrepreneur Andre Borschberg and psychiatrist Bertrand Piccard in their ground-breaking aircraft - Solar Impulse
According to a recent forecast by Navigant Research, the American oil loving state of Texas will have 100,000 registered Electric Vehicles in less than 10 years time (2023). You might expect to see these figures for traditionally ‘greener’ economies such as Norway, Japan or Switzerland so why the intense popularity from an area with a solid historical love affair with oil?
One of the most stunning facts relating to the digital age is that 'every day we create as much information as we did from the beginning of civilization to 2003' - Google CEO Eric Schmidt. New words to cover the sheer volume of data have had to be developed, with the latest mind boggling term now required - yottabytes (1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 bytes).
R. Rex Parris is the republican Mayor of Lancaster, California and a man on a mission - to make his city net zero in energy usage terms. A tall order to most, he is confident that is can be achieved using his practical multi-pronged approach.
BMW is joining the rest of the automotive industry as they enjoy record-breaking sales so far this year. Within some categories, the electric vehicle option accounts for a striking 55% of sales. This heavily bolsters their decision to roll out EV versions of all of their models over the coming years. Production volumes will also increase as many EV models have sold out completely.
The New Year is well and truly here but what will it bring? The Energy Collective has compiled its top predictions for 2015, with contributions from leading industry players and thought leaders. The key trends that repeatedly appear on the list are Solar, Electric Vehicles and Cleantech Finance. Whilst these fields are far from new, the exciting prediction is that they will hit their tipping point into the mainstream this year.