Business Energy News, Tips & Advice – British Gas Business http://www.britishgas.co.uk/business/blog Thu, 25 May 2017 09:42:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Volcano power plant can generate 10X more energy than oil or gas wells http://www.britishgas.co.uk/business/blog/volcano-power-plant-can-generate-10x-more-energy-than-oil-or-gas-wells/ http://www.britishgas.co.uk/business/blog/volcano-power-plant-can-generate-10x-more-energy-than-oil-or-gas-wells/#respond Thu, 25 May 2017 08:29:06 +0000 http://www.britishgas.co.uk/business/blog/?p=4309 Iceland's Thor volcanoIceland’s “Thor” volcano can generate 10X more energy than oil or gas wells by tapping into liquid hot magma. Geothermal energy is nothing new, but Iceland’s volcano will take things to a whole new level. Named after a Nordic god, “Thor” is a rig that symbolises Iceland’s leading-edge efforts to produce powerful clean energy. Engineers […]]]> Iceland's Thor volcano

Iceland’s “Thor” volcano can generate 10X more energy than oil or gas wells by tapping into liquid hot magma.

Geothermal energy is nothing new, but Iceland’s volcano will take things to a whole new level.

Named after a Nordic god, “Thor” is a rig that symbolises Iceland’s leading-edge efforts to produce powerful clean energy. Engineers plan to drill nearly 3 miles into the live volcano to tap liquid hot magma.

The extreme heat and pressure at this depth makes the water take the form of a “supercritical” fluid, which is neither gas nor liquid.

The aim is to generate electricity from the heat stored inside the depths of the volcano by creating steam that causes turbines to move and generate power.

The well is anticipated to be the hottest hole on earth, containing magma that averages 427 °C (800 °F). The hole, completed in January this year has begun production – and if successful, the clean energy source will be able to generate ten times more energy than standard oil or gas wells.

Albert Albertsson, an engineer at the Icelandic energy company HS Orka, involved in the project says; “we expect to get five to ten times more power from the well than a conventional well today.”

The geothermal well is expected to generate enough energy to supply electricity and hot water to the capital city of Iceland, Reykjavik, with a population of 212,000.

Usually, you would require 30-35 conventional wells to generate enough energy for a city of this size, however, if Thor performs as expected, it would only take 3 – 5 wells.

The volcano is situated not far from the Blue Lagoon – a stream attracting more than a million tourists last year.

Thor also overlooks craters formed by the last volcanic eruption that took place 700 years ago, covering part of Reykjanes peninsula with a sea of lava.

Scientists and engineers working on the “Thor” experiment have two years to determine its success and the economic feasibility of the drill project.

 Thor Iceland

Also read:

Britain achieves first ever coal-free day ‘since Industrial Revolution’

 

 

Sources:

http://inhabitat.com/icelands-thor-volcano-power-plant-can-generate-10x-more-energy-than-oil-or-gas-wells/

https://phys.org/news/2017-05-iceland-drills-km-volcano-energy.html

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Summer energy tips: How to cut down on costs http://www.britishgas.co.uk/business/blog/summer-energy-tips-how-to-cut-down-on-costs/ http://www.britishgas.co.uk/business/blog/summer-energy-tips-how-to-cut-down-on-costs/#respond Wed, 24 May 2017 08:25:00 +0000 http://www.britishgas.co.uk/business/blog/?p=4306 Save on energy costs during summerThe summer season couldn’t be closer, and while you may be welcoming the warmer weather with open arms, your energy bills can quickly add up. With temperatures rising, there are several things you can do to make sure that your energy costs don’t rise with the heat. Here are some tips to help your business […]]]> Save on energy costs during summer

The summer season couldn’t be closer, and while you may be welcoming the warmer weather with open arms, your energy bills can quickly add up.

With temperatures rising, there are several things you can do to make sure that your energy costs don’t rise with the heat.

Here are some tips to help your business some money this summer.

Keep the cool air in

With the hot sun beating down on us, many businesses will crank up the air conditioner without second thought.

If you have an existing air conditioning system in place, you may want to think about servicing or repairing it to help keep the system running smoothly and efficiently.

Insulating your business premises doesn’t just keep the cold air out in the winter, it also prevents hot air from getting in during the summer. If using air conditioning, remember to keep windows and doors shut to keep the cool air from flowing out.

According to the Department of Energy, you can also save 10 per cent a year on your cooling bills by simply turning your thermostat back 7°- 10°F for 8 hours a day from its normal setting.

Service your boiler

Summer is the best time to make sure your business boiler is in good shape before winter. An annual service by a Gas Safe registered engineer should help catch any problems, keeping your business safe and warm throughout the year. If it turns out that your boiler needs a little more than just a service, it’s much easier dealing with it in summer when it is warm, when you’re not as dependent on it.

Preventing problems with your boiler helps avoid unnecessary hassles to your business routine. A faulty boiler could waste you money on energy and might even start leaking poisonous carbon monoxide.

Make the most of natural lighting

It may sound obvious, but many businesses still struggle to achieve maximum efficiency when it comes to office lighting.

Apart from using fluorescent bulbs that use around about 75 per cent less energy than standard light bulbs, you can make use of natural light coming into your office.

You may need to figure out where the sun will be and when, and rearrange the layout of your business space accordingly. Move desks around so that they are not in direct line with the main window when the sun is beaming in throughout the afternoon. This way you can keep your blinds open and your lights off.

What else?

Here are some easy other ways you can help feel more comfortable during the summer months:

  • If there is a heatwave, relaxing business dress may help staff morale
  • Using a fan can help increase the efficiency of an air conditioning system
  • Turn off anything which creates heat when not in use, such as printers and monitors
  • If you’re not making use of air conditioning, open windows and doors to prevent stuffiness

 
Many business leaders tend to pay more attention to their energy consumption during the winter months, however for every pound that they save on lower heating bills, they’re likely to be spending the same amount, if not more on air conditioning.

Also, don’t assume that you have to wait until the winter before you take serious control of your energy usage. Start today!

You may also want to read:

Checklist: 10 ways to save energy in the workplace

Sources

http://www.britishgas.co.uk/business/energy-services/maintenance/business-air-conditioning-service-and-repair

https://www.britishgas.co.uk/products-and-services/boilers-and-central-heating/tips-and-advice/boiler-servicing.html

https://www.cnet.com/how-to/rules-for-paying-less-on-ac-this-summer/

https://www.loveenergysavings.com/blog/2015/june/5-tips-to-lower-your-summer-business-energy-bills/

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Commute in luxury: hop on board Japan’s Shiki-Shima http://www.britishgas.co.uk/business/blog/commute-in-luxury-hop-on-board-japans-shiki-shima/ http://www.britishgas.co.uk/business/blog/commute-in-luxury-hop-on-board-japans-shiki-shima/#respond Thu, 18 May 2017 09:28:53 +0000 http://www.britishgas.co.uk/business/blog/?p=4296 ultra-luxurious trainDesigned to give you the ultimate luxury experience – the Shiki-Shima train is equipped with a full bar, two-storey suites, and bathtubs made from cypress trees. The Shiki-Shima is a remarkable creation: a futuristic 10-coach train that runs on 3ft 6in-gauge lines and carries a maximum of 34 passengers, who enjoy the most luxurious experience […]]]> ultra-luxurious train

Designed to give you the ultimate luxury experience – the Shiki-Shima train is equipped with a full bar, two-storey suites, and bathtubs made from cypress trees.

The Shiki-Shima is a remarkable creation: a futuristic 10-coach train that runs on 3ft 6in-gauge lines and carries a maximum of 34 passengers, who enjoy the most luxurious experience on the rails.

The name Shiki-Shima means “Island of Four Seasons” and the train takes passengers from Tokyo to the northernmost island Hokkaido.

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The exclusive train was designed by Ken Kiyoyuki Okuyama, the Japanese auto designer behind various Porsche, Ferrari and Maserati models. The train features two-storey suites, a lounge and panoramic observation cars.

Everything on board aims to rival the experience of a top-end luxury hotel.

Michelin star chefs prepare the food on board and uniformed butlers provide service. After dining on the first night, passengers, passengers can enjoy a live performance of the traditional Japanese “Dance of the Dead”.

Shiki-Shima

The train’s maximum speed is only 70mph, only one-third of that achieved in a normal Bullet Train in Japan. Just like the new Japanese-designed trains for the Great Western Railway in the United Kingdom, the Shiki-Shima is equipped with both electric motors and diesel engines.

The plans for the train were announced by the East Japan Railway Company in 2014 and since then there has been a high demand.

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You’ll need a little more than loose change to hop on board the Shiki-Shima. Tickets range from £2,220 to around £7,730 and you can choose between a two or four day trip.

Despite the hefty price tag, the Shiki-Shima has completely sold out until April 2018. In fact, bookings have been so high that they are now allocated by lottery.

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Drone Taxis: Dubai announces passenger drone plans

 

Sources:

http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/shiki-shima-east-japan-rail-company-tokyo-onsen-luxury-resort-a7714896.html

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-4465476/Japan-s-ultra-luxurious-new-sleeper-train-sets-off.html

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-39776889

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Takeaway boss jailed after tampering with gas meter http://www.britishgas.co.uk/business/blog/takeaway-boss-jailed-after-tampering-with-gas-meter/ http://www.britishgas.co.uk/business/blog/takeaway-boss-jailed-after-tampering-with-gas-meter/#respond Tue, 16 May 2017 08:34:26 +0000 http://www.britishgas.co.uk/business/blog/?p=4292 tampering with gas meterThe owner of a takeaway store was recently jailed after putting the lives of employees and customers in danger from a possible gas explosion after tampering with his gas supply. A British Gas Revenue Protection Officer made a visit to the business, only to find that the meter had been tampered with once again. Mr […]]]> tampering with gas meter

The owner of a takeaway store was recently jailed after putting the lives of employees and customers in danger from a possible gas explosion after tampering with his gas supply.

A British Gas Revenue Protection Officer made a visit to the business, only to find that the meter had been tampered with once again.

Mr Ergisi, 46, of Commercial Street, Camborne, had previously been convicted of stealing £53,659.18 from British Gas by tampering with the supply between August 2014 and February 2016 after watching an online video on how to tamper and bypass with his gas meter.

But energy theft doesn’t pay off and Mr Ergisi was sentenced to 12 months in prison.

Addressing Ergisi, Judge Simon Carr said the case must send a warning to others and act as a deterrent against the likelihood of a possible explosion.

He said: “This was clearly a breach of the responsibility you had to your staff and members of the public by tampering with the gas supply. I’ve considered [the charge of] general theft but that does not take into account the threat in this case.”

Energy theft is a recurring problem across the UK. It’s a criminal offence to tamper with gas and electricity meters and is costing the industry up to £500m a year.

A way for businesses to combat energy theft is by having a smart meter installed. The benefits of a tamper-proof smart meter include more control of your energy usage, accurate bills, the elimination of estimated readings and better budgeting.

The meter readings will be more closely tracked enabling you to monitor your energy consumption.

Sources:

http://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/takeaway-boss-jailed-for-fiddling-gas-worth-53k-8216-after-watching-web-video-8217/story-30096952-detail/story.html#SJsrV705UDeTL6PW.99

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F1 car vs. electric vehicle: which is more energy efficient? http://www.britishgas.co.uk/business/blog/f1-car-vs-electric-vehicle-which-is-more-energy-efficient/ http://www.britishgas.co.uk/business/blog/f1-car-vs-electric-vehicle-which-is-more-energy-efficient/#respond Thu, 11 May 2017 10:08:07 +0000 http://www.britishgas.co.uk/business/blog/?p=4287 Spanish Grand PrixFormula 1 plays a big role in the development of next-generation automotive technologies, but are F1 cars more energy efficient than electric vehicles? You wouldn’t think that a car built to go as fast as possible would be the most efficient car in the world. But, believe it or not, Mercedes 2016 W07 Hybrid Formula […]]]> Spanish Grand Prix

Formula 1 plays a big role in the development of next-generation automotive technologies, but are F1 cars more energy efficient than electric vehicles?

You wouldn’t think that a car built to go as fast as possible would be the most efficient car in the world. But, believe it or not, Mercedes 2016 W07 Hybrid Formula 1 race car model was in fact more energy efficient than the average electric vehicle on the road.

According to a report in 2016, the thermal efficiency of Mercedes’ class-leading hybrid Formula 1 engine was over 45 per cent.

Laurence Edmonson, a Formula 1 editor at ESPN, argues that a Formula 1 car is greener, since in the U.S., “at least 66 per cent of electricity comes from coal- and oil-fired energy stations, with just 13 per cent coming from renewables.”

Coal and oil power stations have a thermal efficiency of roughly 33 per cent, meaning the power used to drive an electric car is likely coming from a less efficient source compared to a Formula 1 engine.

Former Mercedes technical director, Paddy Lowe, says: “Electric cars are seen as green and the solution to all carbon emissions, but they are absolutely not.”

“It all depends where you get the electricity from and in a typical country with a regular profile of electricity generation, a Formula One car is massively more efficient than any electric car being charged from a power plant which is burning hydrocarbons. It is incredible that we’ve done that, but nobody is really talking about it that much.”

He added: “And while we have already achieved 45 per cent, we are not even stopping and so we will probably in two or three years’ time achieve 50 per cent efficiency. When you bear in mind that road cars have been stuck around 30 per cent for the last 50 years that is just mind blowing.”

Although this is hardly a direct comparison, the key fact here is that F1 cars can help push the development of energy-efficient technologies – influencing the production of new vehicles.

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Mercedes new WO8

With the Spanish Grand Prix just around the corner, the three leading F1 teams Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull are all bringing big upgrades for the first European race of the season in Barcelona.

Andy Cowell, the head of the Mercedes engine division says that they have put a lot of effort into improving the cooling system in the new W08 to make sure the most efficient package possible.

“One of the consequences of having an extra 5kg of fuel and an extra 10 per cent used per lap is that the waste energy – the engine is very efficient but not 100 per cent efficient, so there is some waste energy – how do you get rid of that waste energy?”

“We have put a lot of effort into the cooling system on the engine to get that waste energy out of the piston, out of the cylinder head, out of the crankcase and out of all the bearings, transmit that to the car and the cooling packages on the car need to increase as well.”

The Spanish Grand Prix will reveal the different upgrades of the F1 cars, and if Mercedes energy efficient engine will pay off for them.

 
 

You may also want to read:

Ferrari looks to piston innovation and 3D printing for F1 2017

 

 

Sources:

http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2016/04/formula-1-race-cars-are-more-energy-efficient-than-an-ev.html

http://www.espn.co.uk/f1/story/_/id/15152695/is-f1-car-more-energy-efficient-electric-vehicle

http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/129383

http://www.espn.co.uk/f1/story/_/id/18731693/mercedes-engine-boss-andy-cowell-explains-how-2017-regulations-impacted-engine-development

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Small Business expansion: 7 ways to grow your business http://www.britishgas.co.uk/business/blog/small-business-expansion-7-ways-to-grow-your-business/ http://www.britishgas.co.uk/business/blog/small-business-expansion-7-ways-to-grow-your-business/#respond Mon, 08 May 2017 09:25:56 +0000 http://www.britishgas.co.uk/business/blog/?p=4284 Expanding a businessAs a small business owner, there may come a time when you feel the need to grow and expand your business. Here are 7 effective small business expansion tips to grow your business beyond its current status. 1. Open another location What comes to mind first for many entrepreneurs who are considering expansion is to […]]]> Expanding a business

As a small business owner, there may come a time when you feel the need to grow and expand your business.

Here are 7 effective small business expansion tips to grow your business beyond its current status.

1. Open another location

What comes to mind first for many entrepreneurs who are considering expansion is to open a second location.

Small business speaker, writer and consultant Frances McGuckin says “Physical expansion isn’t always the best growth answer without careful research, planning and number-planning.”

Before opening a new location, you nee to ensure that you’re maintaining a consistent bottom-line profit and that you’ve shown steady growth over the past few years.

It’s also important to choose your location based on what’s best for your business, not your wallet.

2. Collaborate with a complementary business

This is a great way to pair the skills and experience of your business with another complementary business that has a similar customer audience to yours.

By collaborating and combining your strengths, you can create awareness of your brand with customers that fall under your target market, but might never have heard of your business before.

3. Franchise your business

Franchising is a pathway to rapid growth for anyone with a proven business model.

By franchising your small business, you’ll be taking on the risk of setting up in a different location, so you need to make sure you have a business model that can work in multiple locations.

Also, look at the trends, both economic and consumer, for indications on your company’s staying power.

4. License your product

This can be an effective, low-cost growth medium, especially if you have a service product or branded product.

Licensing also minimises your risk and is low cost compared to the price of starting your own company to create and sell your brand or product.

Some entrepreneurs have made successful businesses from licensing things such as designs, games and software, leaving them more time to come up with new products.

5. Venture into new markets

Whether it’s a new location, new country or completely different customer market, one thing remains constant — you must do your research first!

Don’t presume that these markets will behave the same as customers in your existing markets.

Do your research, understand the new market and what their wants and needs are and then develop a relevant product or service that satisfies these.

6. Tap into new channels

The best example of how a new sales and delivery channel can transform a small business is the Internet.

A huge amount of small businesses have reinvented themselves by taking advantage of online opportunities.

From opening online stores to service providers who are able to reach larger targeted audiences by marketing themselves online — the opportunities are endless.

7. Engage with your existing customers

Alternatively to seeking new markets you can penetrate deeper into your existing customer base.

Here you’ll need to conduct a market segmentation analysis to identify the customer groups that are more likely to purchase your product or service. You can then focus your sales and marketing strategies on these segments.

Equipped with this information, you can better allocate your sales and marketing spend.

You may also want to read:

7 essential start up tips for entrepreneurs

Business leaders reveal their best business advice

 

 

Sources:

https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/70660

https://smallbiztrends.com/2016/02/licensing-your-product-service.html

http://www.foxbusiness.com/features/2014/07/10/6-tips-for-expanding-your-business-regardless-economy.html

https://www.gov.uk/growing-your-business/plan-for-growth

https://www.fpb.org/business-support/strategies-expand-your-business

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Business boilers: The installation of your new boiler http://www.britishgas.co.uk/business/blog/business-boilers-the-installation-of-your-new-boiler/ http://www.britishgas.co.uk/business/blog/business-boilers-the-installation-of-your-new-boiler/#respond Thu, 04 May 2017 08:35:18 +0000 http://www.britishgas.co.uk/business/blog/?p=4280 Business BoilerBusiness boilers help keep your business running all year round. The boiler is an integral part of every business, powering both central heating and hot water. British Gas has been installing new boilers in homes and businesses for more than fifty years and installs more gas boilers than anyone else in the UK. Watch how […]]]> Business Boiler

Business boilers help keep your business running all year round.

The boiler is an integral part of every business, powering both central heating and hot water.

British Gas has been installing new boilers in homes and businesses for more than fifty years and installs more gas boilers than anyone else in the UK.

Watch how your British Gas boiler is installed with end-to-end quality service.

Preventing problems with your boiler is key to avoiding any unnecessary disturbances to your daily routine.

One of the best ways to ensure that your boiler is there for you when you need it is to ensure that it undergoes regular servicing.

Boiler breakdown? Help speed up the fix

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Unusual Staff Benefits: Puppy parental leave & covering wedding costs http://www.britishgas.co.uk/business/blog/unusual-staff-benefits-puppy-parental-leave-covering-wedding-costs/ http://www.britishgas.co.uk/business/blog/unusual-staff-benefits-puppy-parental-leave-covering-wedding-costs/#respond Tue, 02 May 2017 08:16:28 +0000 http://www.britishgas.co.uk/business/blog/?p=4277 Puppy parental leave & covering wedding costsWhile employee perks are nothing new, they have become both more unusual and headline grabbing in recent years. Puppy parental leave How does it sound spending an entire week playing with a puppy and getting paid to do it? Well, it’s a possibility if you’re an employee at Brewdog. 24-year-old Gia Nigro is the proud […]]]> Puppy parental leave & covering wedding costs

While employee perks are nothing new, they have become both more unusual and headline grabbing in recent years.

Puppy parental leave

How does it sound spending an entire week playing with a puppy and getting paid to do it?

Well, it’s a possibility if you’re an employee at Brewdog.

24-year-old Gia Nigro is the proud owner of a nine-week-old Goldendoodle puppy (a cross between a golden retriever and a poodle) called Rye.

Gia, who lives in Columbus, Ohio, has her hands full – like anyone who has had a new puppy will know.

Young pups require a fair amount of training to make sure they become household trained and obedient. Luckily for Gia, her employer – Brewdog, announced last Monday that it would be creating “Puppy Parental Leave” with one week’s paid leave for all employees who adopt a puppy or rescue dog.

Gia says: “The policy gives me the flexibility to choose when to take a fully paid week off with Rye, which I’ll be doing next month to get her fully house trained,”

“We know only too well that having a new arrival – whether a mewling pup or unsettled rescue dog – can be stressful for human and hound both,” BrewDog stated on their website. “So we are becoming the first in our industry to give our staff a working week’s leave on us to help settle a new furry family member into their home.”

Brewdog has always been a dog-friendly company, allowing workers to bring their pets to work.

Contributing to the cost of employees’ weddings

Forget about free lunches, happy hours and Ping–Pong tables.

Last year New York-based online retailer Boxed was praised when its co-founder and boss Chieh Huang announced that the company would contribute to the cost of employees’ weddings.

The idea came to Huang when 26-year-old Boxed employee, Marcel Graham, was racing against time. Graham’s mother was gravely ill and he wanted to get married to his fiancée as soon as possible so that his mother could participate in the ceremony.

Graham worked seven days a week, two shifts a day, to save his money. However, he wasn’t making enough to pay for his mother’s medical bills as well as save up for the wedding

Eventually, Graham couldn’t hold it in any longer and broke down. Mr Huang saw his employee crying and decided to do something about it.

“I’m gonna do the right thing and change this man’s life,” Huang told Inc. over the phone from Japan. “We got his fiancée to come in and surprised him; it was water works all around. This is the stuff I enjoy, doing good.”

Boxed covered Graham’s wedding costs and also reimbursed any full-time employee for their wedding up to $20,000 (£16,000) as part of the company’s policy.

“I think that day our employees realised that we understand just how much of a commitment they make to us every day, putting in long hours to make this company grow, and that we’re willing to make a commitment to them in return. I really think that resonated with them.”

So far half a dozen Boxed workers have redeemed the perk, and Mr Huang says there are “lots more on the horizon”.

Sources:

https://www.inc.com/will-yakowicz/boxed-chieh-huang-pay-for-employee-weddings.html

http://mashable.com/2017/02/17/brewery-offers-puppy-paternity/#ttnb8TzXHqqk

https://www.brewdog.com/lowdown/blog/dog-days

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-39579540

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Video Interview: The future of energy with Gab Barbaro http://www.britishgas.co.uk/business/blog/video-interview-the-future-of-energy-with-gab-barbaro/ http://www.britishgas.co.uk/business/blog/video-interview-the-future-of-energy-with-gab-barbaro/#respond Thu, 27 Apr 2017 09:31:52 +0000 http://www.britishgas.co.uk/business/blog/?p=4273 future of energyThe energy sector is undergoing fundamental change and the market is currently experiencing massive innovation. British Gas is the headline sponsor of the brand new Energy Live Future event – taking place on 7 June. Managing Director at British Gas Business, Gab Barbaro discusses the event: He says: “There’s going to be a wide diversity […]]]> future of energy

The energy sector is undergoing fundamental change and the market is currently experiencing massive innovation. British Gas is the headline sponsor of the brand new Energy Live Future event – taking place on 7 June.

Managing Director at British Gas Business, Gab Barbaro discusses the event:

He says: “There’s going to be a wide diversity of companies coming together. Tesla will be bringing along ideas around battery storage, and large corporates from the telecommunications industry and the networks will be joining us to bring new ideas together.”

Also watch business leaders discuss how they cut down on energy bills.

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Britain achieves first ever coal-free day ‘since Industrial Revolution’ http://www.britishgas.co.uk/business/blog/britain-achieves-first-ever-coal-free-day-since-industrial-revolution/ http://www.britishgas.co.uk/business/blog/britain-achieves-first-ever-coal-free-day-since-industrial-revolution/#respond Tue, 25 Apr 2017 13:43:58 +0000 http://www.britishgas.co.uk/business/blog/?p=4260 226. coal-free dayEnergy sources such as gas, wind, solar and nuclear allowed Britain to keep things switched on for 24 hours without the use of coal-fired power plants. Last Friday (21 April 2017) saw Britain’s energy demand be met without the use of coal power for the first time since the industrial revolution, according to National Grid. […]]]> 226. coal-free day

Energy sources such as gas, wind, solar and nuclear allowed Britain to keep things switched on for 24 hours without the use of coal-fired power plants.

Last Friday (21 April 2017) saw Britain’s energy demand be met without the use of coal power for the first time since the industrial revolution, according to National Grid.

Prior to this, the UK’s longest period without coal power had been 19 hours – achieved both on a weekday and weekend in May 2016.

A spokesman for National Grid said the record period was a demonstration of things to come, with coal-free days becoming more common.

Inrecent years, coal has significantly decreased, accounting for only 9% of electricity generation in 2016, down from 23% in 2015, as coal power plants have closed or shifted to burning biomass such as wood pellets.

Britain was the first country to make use of coal for electricity when Thomas Edison opened the Holborn Viaduct power station in London in 1882.

Now, as part of a government plan, Britain’s last coal power station will be forced to close in 2025, to meet its climate change commitments.

“The first day without coal in Britain since the Industrial Revolution marks a watershed in the energy transition. A decade ago, a day without coal would have been unimaginable, and in 10 years’ time our energy system will have radically transformed again”, says Hannah Martin, head of energy at Greenpeace UK.

She added: “The direction of travel is that both in the UK and globally we are already moving towards a low carbon economy. It is a clear message to any new government that they should prioritise making the UK a world leader in clean, green, technology.”

Head of climate and energy at WWF, Gareth Redmond-King, described Britain’s first coal-free day as “a significant milestone in our march towards the green economic revolution”.

“Getting rid of coal from our energy mix is exciting and hugely important. But it’s not enough to achieve our international commitments to tackle climate change – we haven’t made anything like the same progress on decarbonising buildings and transport. Whoever forms the next government after the general election, they must prioritise a plan for reducing emissions from all sectors.” He added.

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Sources:

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/apr/21/britain-set-for-first-coal-free-day-since-the-industrial-revolution

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/04/21/britain-set-historic-first-coal-free-day-since-industrial-revolution/

http://www.cleanenergynews.co.uk/news/solar/gb-energy-supply-enjoys-coal-free-day-for-first-time-since-the-industrial-r

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