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Quarter of UK households look to improve energy efficiency as bills surge

A quarter of UK households are looking at improving the efficiency of their homes in response to the surging cost of energy, according to official statistics, that also found almost half were struggling to pay their electricity and gas bills. A survey by the Office for National Statistics covering the two weeks to May 22, […]

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Science

Green roofs can boost energy efficiency and benefit the environment

Green roofs can save people money on energy bills and benefit the environment at the same time, according to property management company FirstPort. Also known as a living roof, you can make a green roof by partially or fully covering the top of a building with self-sustaining vegetation, such as moss, grass, sedum or small […]

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New Quantum Well Solar Cell Just Set a World Record For Efficiency

Scientists keep on pushing the efficiency of solar panels higher and higher, and there’s a new record to report: a new solar cell has hit 39.5 percent efficiency under the standard 1-sun global illumination conditions.   That 1-sun marker is simply a standardized way of measuring a fixed amount of sunlight, and almost 40 percent […]

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Automotive

World Champion ‘Hypermiler’ reveals his fuel efficiency tips to save up to £40 a month

He added: “Any weight you carry in the car, you’re paying to carry around on every journey. “It’s really about relaxing, trying to anticipate what’s ahead, not accelerating up to traffic lights and coming to a sharp stop. “Lots of little changes can add up and if you can apply them all it won’t be […]

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Energy Department challenges students to wring more efficiency from EVs | Engadget

Your future electric car might benefit from some schoolwork. The Energy Department has teamed with GM and MathWorks to launch an EcoCAR Electric Vehicle Challenge that asks student groups at 15 North American universities to develop more efficient EV technology. The will have students tinker with a Cadillac Lyriq over four years as they develop […]

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Science

Energy crisis lifeline as Oxford experts find sapphire could help ‘improve efficiency’

The optical fibre — which comprises a thread of industrially grown sapphire less than half a millimetre thick — is capable of withstanding temperatures in excess of 3,632F [2,000C]. When light is shone down one end of the fibre, part of it is reflected back from a point along the fibre called a “Bragg grating” […]

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Science

A Tiny New Heat Engine With No Moving Parts Just Hit an Incredible Energy Milestone

Scientists are hopeful that solid-state thermophotovoltaic (TPV) cells with no moving parts can achieve higher efficiencies at higher temperatures when it comes to converting heat into electricity – and lead the way to power grids based entirely on renewables.   One such TPV cell has now hit a new world record of 40 percent efficiency, […]

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Automotive

Drivers urged to ‘make changes’ as air con and open windows slashes fuel efficiency

Motorists have been advised to use alternative methods to stay cool this Easter weekend as the spring weather has finally arrived. Alex Kindred, car insurance expert at Confused.com said: “Making changes to the way we drive can help to make the fuel in our tanks last a bit longer, which could ultimately save you money on […]

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Energy crisis: Solar set for new significant role after huge efficiency breakthrough

On a basic level, solar or “photovoltaic” cells work by using solar energy in the form of photons to knock electrons loose from atoms such that they can form an electric current. Conventional solar cell technologies are based around the semiconductor silicon, however decades of research have pushed silicon cells close to their theoretical maximum […]

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Automotive

Drivers tips to ‘improve fuel efficiency’ and avoid ‘significant risks’ this Easter week

There were 7,800 deaths or injuries on UK roads in 2019 as a result of one or more driver being over the drink-drive limit. And now, experts at Scrap Car Comparison are highlighting to motorists the importance of keeping track of what they are drinking so that they are safe to drive the next day. […]