This Swedish power plant is burning H&M clothes instead of fossil fuels

A Swedish power plant northwest of Stockholm hopes to go fossil fuel free by 2020 – and they’re turning to recycled wood and trash for alternatives, including discarded apparel from retail chain H&M. This year they’ve already burned around 15 tons of H&M clothes. A power plant owned and operated by Malarenergi AB in the town of Vasteras, Sweden is working to transition away from oil and coal, …

Biomass Burning Releases Pollutants That Cause DNA Damage

The burning of biomass in the Amazon releases particulate matter air pollution that causes oxidative stress as well as severe DNA damage in human lung cells — primarily through the actions of the polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) known as retene — according to a new study published in the journal Scientific Reports. The new study, …

Report: UK’s ‘Outdated’ Onshore Wind Ban Blocks Cheapest Form of New Energy

The government’s “outdated” ban on developing new onshore wind farms on mainland Britain is blocking access to the cheapest available form of new electricity generation, and having a negative impacts on bills, climate change targets, and businesses. That is the conclusion of new research by the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU) think tank, which …

Government Delivers £557m Green Energy Boost Ahead of Clean Growth Strategy Launch

The government has announced a further £557m of support for green energy projects ahead of the imminent launch of its flagship Clean Growth Strategy, which is expected later this week. Building on the sharp cost reductions in offshore wind seen in the last month’s clean energy auctions, the government said today the next Contracts for …

Researchers Work on New Method to Convert Biomass

A team of scientists are hopeful they can develop a new method to convert biomass that involves less heat and energy. Researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory are working towards developing a new method to convert lignin—a complex natural polymer found in food, fiber and cell walls—into components that could be used for liquid fuel and a range of other applications. Processing …

National Grid Declares 2017 ‘Greenest Summer Ever’

August and September may have seemed like a bit of a washout for those hoping to enjoy a scorching end to the summer, but green energy enthusiasts will be toasting a successful end to the season today with news 2017 was the ‘greenest’ summer on record. According to new data published today by National Grid, …

UK Renewable Energy Competitive Auction Yields Record Lows & In Excess Of 3 Gigawatts

A total of eleven new electricity projects totaling more than 3 gigawatts were awarded contracts by the UK Government today in the country’s latest competitive auction for Contracts for Difference, including three offshore wind farms which included an impressive low strike price of only £57.50 per megawatt-hour. The UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial …