UK’s assault on renewables support risks R&D investment

August 21, 2015 Announcing plans for further reforms to its renewable energy support policy framework, the UK government looks set to deal another blow to clean energy commercialisation. The risk of undermining the development of new technology – in the UK, at least – is high, ii Energy believes. The recently elected UK government is on a rampage through the renewable … [Read more...]

Gates stakes $2bn in energy tech

July 6, 2015 The world’s richest man, former Microsoft CEO Bill Gates, has announced he is to double his personal investment in low-carbon and renewable energy technology to $2 billion. Even by the standards of someone as wealthy as old Bill, that’s a chunk of change. It shows just how serious he is when it comes to clean energy technology development. In a recent … [Read more...]

Tipping point edges closer for conventional utility companies

June 6, 2015 Headline grabbing news recently from Tesla, the high profile electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer backed by PayPal founder and Space X CEO Elon Musk. From its slick electrically-powered sports cars Tesla has now entered the domestic energy storage sector. The new venture, Powerwall, is a home battery system that charges using electricity generated from solar … [Read more...]

Editorial – Rising to the challenge

 March 25, 2015 The world currently faces existential twin threats from global warming and over-population. Cheap and readily-usable forms of energy are also in limited supply, impacting on the world’s ability to create wealth and improve the lives of billions of people who still live in extreme poverty. Access to clean, secure, and affordable energy for all is one … [Read more...]