The people power being harnessed for cleaner and cheaper energy

As Europe weans itself off fossil fuels, local energy networks are tapping renewable sources to fill the gap and cut consumer bills. By  ANDREW DUNNE They might look like ordinary plugs, but hook up a heat pump or electric-vehicle charger using one of the smart widgets and the result could be big environmental gains and household … Read more

Ships harness wind for voyage to a cleaner future

New sails and boat designs are set to help shipowners slash fuel costs and emissions. By Gareth Willmer There is no mistaking Cristina Aleixendri’s enthusiasm – and competence – when it comes to talking about how wind-assisted shipping is on the verge of making a planet-changing comeback. Aleixendri founded a company called bound4blue with two fellow Spaniards … Read more

Electric cars dangle the promise of earning money for their drivers

Needed to clean up road transport, battery-powered vehicles might also act as stored energy that the car owners could sell to electricity networks. By  HELEN MASSY-BERESFORD While drivers considering an electric vehicle (EV) might imagine the main benefit being less air pollution from their own journeys, EV batteries could also make money for car owners – … Read more