Innovation

5 October 2018

US teams up with Norway to advance carbon capture technology

The US engineering- and construction company Fluor has signed an agreement for use of the Norwegian test facility Technology Center Mongstad (TCM) in Nordhordland. This project will contribute to strengthen the energy technology cooperation between Norway and the United States. Fluor has long history in developing solutions for capturing carbon dioxide (CO2). The company now wants […]

3 October 2018

Volvo CE and Skanska start testing first emissions-free quarry – video

Volvo CE and Skanska are testing the viability of its Electric Site concept at Skanska’s Vikan Kross quarry, near Gothenburg, Sweden. The system, which incorporates electric and autonomous Volvo machines, should deliver an anticipated up to 95% reduction in carbon emissions and up to 25% reduction in total cost of operations. Known as Electric Site, […]

25 September 2018

European banks test Green Mortgages in shift to climate-friendly lending

Thirty-nine European banks agreed to test a new type of green mortgage under which borrowers ensure their properties abide by a suite of energy efficiency standards. The proposed standards are being set by the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) and backed by companies including French bank BNP Paribas SA and German utility EON AG. They underscore […]

21 September 2018

‘Active buildings’ clean energy project aims to revolutionise construction

Making construction greener is the goal for a new clean energy innovation scheme that generates electricity from “active buildings”. The  project, which has been launched led by a consortium led by Swansea University in Wales, sets out to develop new building materials that create renewable energy from heat and light. Conventional walls, roofs and windows can be replaced […]

18 September 2018

World’s largest 2 MW scalable tidal turbine developed

Plans for the the largest tidal power turbines in the world have been unveiled by the UK’s SIMEC Atlantis Energy. The UK company’s ‘next generation’ single axis rotor turbine would be capable of accommodating rotor diameters of between 20-24 metres, depending on the site, while only reducing rotor speed by less than one metre per […]

11 September 2018

Massive solar and wind farms could make the Sahara green again

Switching from fossil fuels to renewable energy in the Sahara region make their immediate surroundings both warmer and rainier, and could turn parts of the Sahara green for the first time in at least 4,500 years. The scientists behind the research published in Science by Yan Li and colleagues. looked at the maximum amount of solar and wind […]

31 August 2018

First electric ’emissions-free’ quarry tested by Volvo CE and Skanska

Swedish companies Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) and Skanska are turning the quarrying industry upside down in a groundbreaking study to create the world’s first ‘emission-free’ quarry. Drawing on the electromobility and automation expertise of the Volvo Group, the research project, dubbed Electric Site, aims to electrify each transport stage in a quarry – from […]

29 August 2018

‘World’s most advanced’ vertical farm opens in Scotland

An innovative vertical farming demonstration building has been unveiled by Scotland’s Intelligent Growth Solutions Ltd which is is arguably the world’s most technically advanced indoor farm. The IGS facility utilises its ground-breaking, patented power and communications technologies to address the key challenges facing the indoor farming industry. Fundamental barriers of cost of power and labour […]

28 August 2018

Expansion of ‘cool roofs’ can bring major cut to emissions

While green roofs, are becoming are becoming more common as veritable ecosystems, or sky gardens, the use of cool roofs which reflect 80% of solar energy back into the sky could be even more effective in reducing emissions. Green roofs may support a simple carpet of self-sufficient groundcovers such as sedum or full-fledged gardens, parks, […]

22 August 2018

Report highlights low carbon opportunities in Europe’s building sector

The building sector is in need of comparable, pan-European data to support a low-carbon economy. Up until now, this information was incomplete and fragmented, hindering the uptake of new innovations and technologies. A new series of reports drawn up at the instigation of the European Institute for Innovation &Technology (EIT) Climate-KIC outlines trends in construction […]

10 August 2018

Organic solar cells achieve commercial output

Chinese researchers have taken what they say is a major step forward for the development of a new generation of solar cells. Manufacturers have long used silicon to make solar panels because the material was the most efficient at converting sunlight into electricity. But organic photovoltaics, made from carbon and plastic, promise a cheaper way […]

8 August 2018

Transforming parking garages into the housing of tomorrow

In the United States alone, there are more than 500 million parking spots for 326 million citizens, covering approximately 2,500 square miles of land. But the days of the underground carpark maybe numbered as driving habits change and architects are already planning ahead so they can be converted into homes. In the last few years, practices […]

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