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‘Invisible fuel’ promises more secure future

‘Invisible fuel’ promises more secure future

Beddington Zero Energy Development is the UK's largest and first carbon-neutral eco-community

As oil and gas become more difficult to extract, energy efficiency represents one of the world’s primary resources, says Guy Chazan


Windsor Castle is powered by a water turbine, while the roof of Blackfriars station is covered by solar panels. But such systems are reliant on subsidies, as Pilita Clark reports

Shale gas: Battle rages over fracking as reserves sought

Michael Kavanagh says a heated debate may be getting ahead of itself

Biomass: Wood pellets muscle in on old role of coal

Hungry boilers need new supply chain, writes Guy Chazan

Solar power: Sun shines on developing photovoltaic industry

Cuts to subsidies and tumbling prices for equipment have the potential to lead to more competition, says Pilita Clark

Offshore wind: Latest generation of farms raises optimism

Some observers are sensing a turning point after early setbacks on natural, political and technological fronts, says Rose Jacobs

Nuclear industry must compete on cost in future energy mix

Safety and delays in construction remain at issue but degree of confidence returns, says Sylvia Pfeifer

Innovation: New gas deposits change trade flows

Demand is rising but very unevenly, Sylvia Pfeifer discovers

the Natural House at BRE Innovation Park in Watford, England
©Peter White

Passive power: Rising costs help drive a shift to lower carbon living

Improving quality of life at home, rather than a burning desire to be efficient, holds the key, says Michael Kavanagh

Biofuels: US steers bumpy course to green fuel

Oil and ecology make troubled mix, writes Rose Jacobs

United Kingdom: Boilers on the backburner as consumers rein in waste

Enlisting public support remains difficult, writes Michael Kavanagh