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19th Nov 2021

There’s nothing new under the sun – a brief look at historical climate change patents – Part 6: Catalytic Converters

Catalytic convertors are good for the environment. Catalytic convertors are also bad for the environment; it depends what criteria you choose to assess good and bad. One thing we know is that patent applications have been filed in this technology for more than 100 years.

18th Nov 2021

There’s nothing new under the sun – a brief look at historical climate change patents – Part 5: Biofuels

Reducing humanity’s reliance on non-renewable fossil fuels is one of the greatest challenges of our time. Biofuels such as biodiesel and bioethanol represent more sustainable alternatives to their fossil fuel counterparts: petrol and diesel. Lifecycle analysis shows that biodiesel and bioethanol also on the whole have superior environmental performance when compared with fossil fuels in areas such as global warming, fossil depletion and ozone layer depletion1. Is this technology new? Of course not.

17th Nov 2021

There’s nothing new under the sun – a brief look at historical climate change patents – Part 3: Ocean Energy

Interest in the renewal generation of ocean energy, that is, converting energy of the ocean into useful electricity, has been lower than the interest in more mature renewable technologies such as solar panels and wind turbines. Nevertheless, as anyone who has ever been knocked over by a wave, or tried to swim against an ocean current, can attest, the ocean is a vast reservoir of energy.

15th Nov 2021

Renewable heating – from COP26 and the UK’s soaring gas prices

Following the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow, our attention is drawn to the ten-point recommendations in the COP26 Special Report on Climate Change and Health. One of the points proposes the transition from polluting fossil fuels to renewable energy for household heating. In the UK, 14% of greenhouse gas emissions come from heating in homes, so addressing heating will play a big role in reaching the net zero goal. Recent soaring gas prices in the UK provide additional motivation to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels. By decarbonising the power supply, the UK will not only address climate change and improve public health, but also protect customers from volatile fossil fuel prices.

12th Nov 2021

Innovations in small satellites…

Although the UK has long contributed to the design and development of commercial and military satellites, these satellites have been launched from locations outside of the UK. However, in recent years there has been a growth in the design, development and launch of so called “Smallsats”. The low mass and form factor of a Smallsat allows a consequent reduction in the size, complexity and cost of launch vehicle required. The use of a polar orbit also provides opportunities for space launches from countries whose land mass is far away from the equator… such as the UK.

11th Nov 2021

RECYCLING SOLAR PANELS – Completing the sustainability cycle of photovoltaic power generation

Despite the scepticism they faced over the past few decades, renewables continues to become increasingly competitive in the energy landscape. In particular, the solar energy industry has seen an extremely rapid development in the past decade. In 2020 alone, we saw over 127 GW of new photovoltaic (PV) power generation capacity installed, leading to the total global PV power generation capacity of 707.5 GW (702.9 GW on-grid and 4.584 MW of off-grid [1]) at the end of 2020. This means more than one fifth of renewable energy in the world today is generated by PV technology.

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