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.  

‘Waste warriors’ and reducing food waste

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The World Resources Institute estimates that global food waste represents more greenhouse gas emissions than any country in the world except for China and the U.S.! This BBC article introduces four interesting U.K.-based projects which aim to reduce food waste. For instance, you can pick up last minute bargains from cafes or restaurants using the Too Good To Go app. This saves you money and avoids food going in the bin! 

Mobility apps at your service

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SILCI researcher Emma Cassar has recently wrote a newspaper article for the Sunday Times of Malta. The article was published on the 18th February 2018 and she writes about one of the innovative technologies in the transport sector, that is set to change the way we pay, plan and travel to our destination. These technologies are […]