Flying Uber

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Residents of Dallas, Dubai and Los Angeles are to possibly experience Ubers first flying taxi service in 2020. Uber Elevate uses vertical takeoff and landing aircraft and is said to already started evaluating the barriers to overcome and make this a reality. Preparing for the arrival of air taxis is developer Dan Kodsi in Miami at Paramount Miami Worldcenter. The developer is modifying the rooftop’s […]

Surplus food: energy, or food for those who need it?

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This interesting article in Fresh Produce Journal discusses the current situation regarding food waste in the UK. Despite a lot of media and public attention to this issue in recent years, the UK still only rescues less than 10% of its surplus food. A lot of food is sent to anaerobic digesters to produce energy, which is of course better than sending it to landfill. However, food […]

Is Public Transport being replaced by private companies? 

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Smart ride by Citymapper and Chariot by Ford are ride hailing services currently running in London. This article discusses how private companies such as Uber and Citymapper are challenging or taking over mass transit. The Transport sector is moving towards public private partnerships and mobility as a service is one of them. To convince people to give up their cars […]

7% of the UK are eating a vegan diet

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3.5 million people in the UK now eat a plant-based diet, according to a poll by Professor Carolyn Roberts and comparethemarket.com. This is around 7% of the population, which is a surprisingly high proportion and a significant increase in numbers compared to research conducted by The Vegan Society in 2016. The desire to combat climate change appears to be an important motivation in changing consumer behaviour.  

The Dutch energy supplier keeping renewable energy in the community

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Can you imagine buying your electricity directly from the neighbour using their solar PV panels?  Or from the local farmer with wind turbines in their fields? The Dutch start–up Vandebron (meaning ‘from the source’) enables consumers to do just that.  By paying a monthly fee to Vandebron, the 100,000 current consumers can view the profiles of local renewable electricity producers with excess capacity and […]

Rapid decarbonisation using ‘granular’ technologies

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Charlie Wilson joined colleagues from the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Lisbon to present new research on rapidly transforming energy systems using small-sized, modular, distributed technologies scaled to user needs. The team also found time to analyse the potential impacts of climate change on a key Portuguese industry: wine making!

On sceptics and enthusiasts: What are the expectations towards self-driving cars?

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An online survey of over 3,000 people living in Denmark reveals self-driving vehicles have most appeal to young, highly educated men living in cities.   This study published in Transport Policy identifies a small cluster of people who are excited and fascinated about self-driving cars. For the full analysis and segmentation see the article here.

Tomorrow’s menu…a lab-grown chicken, or a 3D printed carrot?

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‘Cultured meat’ may be coming to a supermarket near you within the next few years! In an effort to de-couple meat production from its negative environmental impacts, a number of US companies are attempting to produce beef and chicken in bioreactors. If that isn’t sci-fi enough for you, the Dutch company ByFlow already has a 3D food printer on the market. But, as this BBC […]

Londoners’ attitudes towards Mobility-as-a-Service

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The team of MaaSLab at UCL Energy Institute compiled a report for the Transport for London (TfL), providing insights about Londoner’s attitudes towards car-ownership, shared mobility services and Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS). In conjunction to this, a seminar talk in March was given by Dr. Maria Kamargianni focusing on Londoner’s travel behaviour, attitudes and perception towards owning a car and participating in shared-mobility schemes. This talk can be watched here.