Vouchers of up to £5,000 for home insulation

The chancellor will announce £2bn of grants to fund energy-saving projects for homeowners in England.

BBC Science News • bbcnews
yesterday ~6 min

Tags: employment rishi-sunak renewable-energy greenhouse-gas-emissions labour-party hm-treasury

Renewable energy supply and demand during lockdown – and the best time to bake bread

Consumers can play their part in reducing carbon emissions by choosing to shift their energy use to when renewable generation is at its daily peak.

Timur Yunusov, Postdoctoral Researcher on Flexibility in Energy Demand, University of Reading • conversation
June 29, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: lockdown uk-energy renewable-energy national-grid carbon-intensity energy-demand

Transparent graphene electrodes might lead to new generation of solar cells

New roll-to-roll production method could enable lightweight, flexible solar devices and a new generation of display screens.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
June 5, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: graphene solar research renewable-energy school-of-engineering electrical-engineering-computer-science-eecs research-laboratory-of-electronics civil-and-environmental-engineering nanoscience-and-nanotechnology optoelectronics

Device generates power from shadows

Researchers have created a shadow-effect energy generator that can use the contrast between shadows and light to generate electricity.

National University of Singapore • futurity
June 3, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: electricity light renewable-energy earth-and-environment wearable-devices

Biggest UK solar plant approved

Climate change: Go-ahead for controversial solar farm - the UK's biggest

By Roger Harrabin • bbcnews
May 28, 2020 ~2 min

Tags: solar-power renewable-energy renewable-energy-in-the-uk

Buildings consume lots of energy – here's how to design whole communities that give back as much as they take

Net zero energy buildings produce at least as much energy as they use. Designing whole net zero campuses and communities takes the energy and climate benefits to a higher level.

Charles F. Kutscher, Fellow and Senior Research Associate, Renewable & Sustainable Energy Institute, University of Colorado Boulder • conversation
May 26, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: climate-change heating cooling energy-efficiency energy-use buildings renewable-energy sustainable-cities geothermal-energy district-heating net-zero

Solar farms, power stations and water treatment plants can be attractions instead of eyesores

Are facilities that produce necessities like energy and clean water doomed to be ugly? Not when artists and landscape architects help design them.

Margaret Birney Vickery, Lecturer in Art History, University of Massachusetts Amherst • conversation
May 15, 2020 ~9 min

Tags:  solar-power  new-york  infrastructure  gardens  renewable-energy  landscape-architecture  design  denmark  connecticut  water-treatment  aesthetics  solar-farms

Next gen solar cells can handle 390-degree heat

"Our perovskite solar cells show no thermal degradation even at 200 degrees Celsius (390 degrees Fahrenheit) for over three days..."

Mike Krapfl-Iowa State • futurity
May 5, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: solar-cells materials-science temperature renewable-energy science-and-technology

Both conservatives and liberals want a green energy future, but for different reasons

How should the United States power its economy in 2050? A recent survey finds surprising agreement from Americans of all political stripes.

Shahzeen Attari, Associate Professor of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University • conversation
May 5, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: climate-change energy public-opinion fossil-fuels regulation oil coal renewable-energy us-energy-policy natural-gas energy-prices energy-subsidies

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