Algae under the microscope in purple and green.

Green Tech Briefing: 14th April

May 14, 2018 - 2min read

Welcome to the latest edition of Green Tech Briefing where we look at the possibility of algae-lit cities, the new solar-friendly laws in Californian construction and the restaurateur who is finding a use for broken glass….

California Love

California is set to pass a mandate that requires solar panels to be installed on all new homes, beginning in 2020. There’s certainly no shortage of rays to soak up in the sunshine state! The California energy commission is reassuring consumers that though the panels will raise construction costs, it will lead to energy savings in the long run. Policy changes like this are a step in the right direction, with the commission hoping that other states will follow California’s golden example. 

Electric Dreams

A charming squadron of electric delivery trucks will soon be zooming around the streets of London and Paris due to a partnership between UPS and UK technology company Arrival. Arrival are the same drivers behind the Royal Mail’s pioneering electric vans project though it is not as novel as it may seem - UPS first used electric vehicles in the US in the 1930s. Today, the electric fleet will help combat high levels of pollution in the cities.

The Glass Is Always Half Full

Did you know that approximately 40% of all glass created is destined for the landfill? For zero-waste Brighton-based restaurant Silo, this just didn’t sit well with their sustainable outlook. Doug McMaster, the owner, has already equipped Silo with a compost machine that can convert 60,000 tonnes of organic waste in just 24 hours, incidentally named Bertha. Now, he has his heart set on a glass bottle crusher, so that waste glass can be repurposed as crockery.  

Going Green, Going Blue

The Technical University of Denmark (DTU) is conducting research into the possibility of using bioluminescent organisms to light entire cities. Algae can produce a blue light when shaken -in the ocean this tends to occur when they are hit by waves, or if a big fish swims past. This phenomenon has been observed by humans for thousands of years, now scientists are applying this biotechnology to design sustainable lighting solutions for cities. We quite like the idea of stepping out into a city lit by glowing blue algae…

Here Comes The Sun

Did you know that the early May bank holiday was Britain’s hottest ever? And it wasn’t it wasn’t just us soaking up the sun: Solar installations generated record levels of electricity. We may have been enjoying an extra day of holiday, but our solar panels were certainly working overtime. Solar powered 28.5% of the nation’s electricity, peaking between 13.30-14.00 on Sunday afternoon (while we were queuing at the ice cream van, of course).

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