Oct 9, 2017 - 2min read
Here to lift your mood on a Monday afternoon, our managing director, Chris Russell, picks out his five favourite green tech stories from last week.
1) Audi’s solar panel roof
As reported in Dezeen, Audi is developing a prototype car with a solar panel sun roof. Developed in partnership with solar-cell specialist Hanergy, a thin skin of cells will be embedded in the sun roof to generate power for systems such as air-conditioning or seat heaters. And it seems you won’t have to wait long as they are promising a prototype by the end of the year.
2) Converting waste heat into storable battery power
Continuing the car theme, scientists are working on a diode that is three times more efficient at turning heat into electricity than silicon and could be used to take the waste heat from a car exhaust, for example, and turn it into storable electricity. You can read the full report in CB Insights here.
3) Sustainable aviation
From land to sea, British Airways has announced a new partnership with renewable fuels company Velocys. Over the coming years they plan to increase the level of renewable fuel in their fleet through the creation of waste plants that convert household waste into jet fuel. This forms part of BA’s commitment to reduce net emissions by 50 per cent by 2050. You can read more about it in Business Traveller here.
4) The UN’s sustainability accelerator
P4G – short for the not-so-pithy Partnering for Green Growth and the Global Goals 2030 – is a newly formed global alliance set up to support the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change. Public and private sector leaders will come together to tackle major issues like climate change, access to clean water, and building sustainable cities. Fast Company gives the full lowdown here.
5) Wired Energy conference
Ok, so this is a bit of a plug because I’m talking at this event, but the inaugural Wired Energy conference is taking place in London this Thursday. I’m excited to be participating along with some really interesting pioneers in this space across the energy sector, from AI to new storage technologies to the smart home. Find out more here.