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New Energy & Cleantech Awards 2015 unveils shortlist

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The shortlist for the New Energy & Cleantech Awards, the foremost event recognising excellence in the green energy and clean technology industries.

The 2015 New Energy & Cleantech Awards, in their eighth year, recognises those who play a pivotal role in the shaping of the future green energy and cleantech industries, celebrating the companies, entrepreneurs, investors and specialist advisers instrumental in the sector today.

Some 68 shortlisted candidates across ten categories will compete for such gongs as Innovator of the Year, Retailer of the Year and Advisory Firm of the Year, to present a complete picture of the top achievers in the sector.

Ben Lobel, of the New Energy & Cleantech Awards, said, “The number of nominations we have received for the 2015 event has by far surpassed that of any previous year. The interest we have seen reflects a strong renewables sector that is burgeoning despite external factors such as the drop in crude oil prices that some feared would affect renewables’ ability to compete.”

Advisory Firm of the Year

Altium Capital

Burges Salmon

EY

HW Corporate Finance

PwC

Watson Farley & Williams

Zeus Capital

Deal of the Year

Entu’s listing on AIM

Foresight Group’s acquisition of solar farm 46MW Landmead

Glennmont Partners’ acquisition of the Margam Green Energy Project

NextEnergy Solar Fund’s listing on the main market of the LSE

Open Utility raises £500,000 from the Department of Energy & Climate Change Nominet Trust

Spiralite raises £3.1 million from Octopus Investments

GDF Suez’s acquisition of West Coast Energy

Developer of the Year

Build it Green

Citu Developments

Land Securities

Larkfleet Group

Linden Homes

Persimmon

Wainhomes

Entrepreneur of the Year

Andy Ling, Perpetual V2G Systems

Andy Mead, Firefly Clean Energy

Arthur Kay, Bio-Bean

James Hygate, Green Fuels

Juliet Davenport, Good Energy

Mark Fox, CGON

Silvio Spiess, Innasol

Tim Levy, Cocoon Wealth

Financier of the Year

Climate-KIC

Foresight Group

Gravis Capital Partners

Green Investment Bank

NextEnergy Capital Group

Nucleus Commercial Finance

Trillion Fund

Innovator of the Year

Azotic Technologies

Demand Logic

Desolenator

Flow Energy

Perpetual V2G Systems

Storelectric

The Solar Cloth Company

Upside Energy

Investor of the Year

Abundance

Crowdcube

Energy Entrepreneurs Fund

Glennmont Partners

Low Carbon Innovation Fund

Octopus Investments

Scottish Equity Partners

New Energy Champion of the Year

Climaveneta SPA

Flow

Formula E

iPower

Solarcentury

Tidal Lagoon Swansea Bay

Wyke Farms

Retailer of the Year

Aldi

Boots

Co-op

Debenhams

Marks & Spencer

Sainsbury’s

University Spinout of the Year

Drayson Wireless

HiSolar

Nautricity

Solaform

Photo: Henry Burrows via Flickr

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7 New Technologies That Could Radically Change Our Energy Consumption

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Most of our focus on technological development to lessen our environmental impact has been focused on cleaner, more efficient methods of generating electricity. The cost of solar energy production, for example, is slated to fall more than 75 percent between 2010 and 2020.

This is a massive step forward, and it’s good that engineers and researchers are working for even more advancements in this area. But what about technologies that reduce the amount of energy we demand in the first place?

Though it doesn’t get as much attention in the press, we’re making tremendous progress in this area, too.

New Technologies to Watch

These are some of the top emerging technologies that have the power to reduce our energy demands:

  1. Self-driving cars. Self-driving cars are still in development, but they’re already being hailed as potential ways to eliminate a number of problems on the road, including the epidemic of distracted driving ironically driven by other new technologies. However, even autonomous vehicle proponents often miss the tremendous energy savings that self-driving cars could have on the world. With a fleet of autonomous vehicles at our beck and call, consumers will spend less time driving themselves and more time carpooling, dramatically reducing overall fuel consumption once it’s fully adopted.
  2. Magnetocaloric tech. The magnetocaloric effect isn’t exactly new—it was actually discovered in 1881—but it’s only recently being studied and applied to commercial appliances. Essentially, this technology relies on changing magnetic fields to produce a cooling effect, which could be used in refrigerators and air conditioners to significantly reduce the amount of electricity required.
  3. New types of insulation. Insulation is the best asset we have to keep our homes thermoregulated; they keep cold or warm air in (depending on the season) and keep warm or cold air out (again, depending on the season). New insulation technology has the power to improve this efficiency many times over, decreasing our need for heating and cooling entirely. For example, some new automated sealing technologies can seal gaps between 0.5 inches wide and the width of a human hair.
  4. Better lights. Fluorescent bulbs were a dramatic improvement over incandescent bulbs, and LEDs were a dramatic improvement over fluorescent bulbs—but the improvements may not end there. Scientists are currently researching even better types of light bulbs, and more efficient applications of LEDs while they’re at it.
  5. Better heat pumps. Heat pumps are built to transfer heat from one location to another, and can be used to efficiently manage temperatures—keeping homes warm while requiring less energy expenditure. For example, some heat pumps are built for residential heating and cooling, while others are being used to make more efficient appliances, like dryers.
  6. The internet of things. The internet of things and “smart” devices is another development that can significantly reduce our energy demands. For example, “smart” windows may be able to respond dynamically to changing light conditions to heat or cool the house more efficiently, and “smart” refrigerators may be able to respond dynamically to new conditions. There are several reasons for this improvement. First, smart devices automate things, so it’s easier to control your energy consumption. Second, they track your consumption patterns, so it’s easier to conceptualize your impact. Third, they’re often designed with efficiency in mind from the beginning, reducing energy demands, even without the high-tech interfaces.
  7. Machine learning. Machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies have the power to improve almost every other item on this list. By studying consumer patterns and recommending new strategies, or automatically controlling certain features, machine learning algorithms have the power to fundamentally change how we use energy in our homes and businesses.

Making the Investment

All technologies need time, money, and consumer acceptance to be developed. Fortunately, a growing number of consumers are becoming enthusiastic about finding new ways to reduce their energy consumption and overall environmental impact. As long as we keep making the investment, our tools to create cleaner energy and demand less energy in the first place should have a massive positive effect on our environment—and even our daily lives.

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Responsible Energy Investments Could Solve Retirement Funding Crisis

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Retiring baby-boomers are facing a retirement cliff, at the same time as mother nature unleashes her fury with devastating storms tied to the impact of global warming. There could be a unique solution to the challenges associated with climate change – investments in clean energy from retirement funds.

Financial savings play a very important role in everyone’s life and one must start planning for it as soon as possible. It’s shocking how quickly seniors can burn through their nest egg – leaving many wondering, “How long your retirement savings will last?

Let’s take a closer look at how seniors can take baby steps on the path to retiring with dignity, while helping to clean up our environment.

Tip #1: Focus & Determination

Like in other work, it is very important to focus and be determined. If retirement is around the corner, then make sure to start putting some money away for retirement. No one can ever achieve anything without dedication and focus – whether it’s saving the planet, or saving for retirement.

Tip #2: Minimize Spending

One of the most important things that you need to do is to minimize your expenditures. Reducing consumption is good for the planet too!

Tip #3: Visualize Your Goal

You can achieve more if you have a clearly defined goal in life. This about how your money can be used to better the planet – imagine cleaner air, water and a healthier environment to leave to your grandchildren.

Investing in Clean Energy

One of the hottest and most popular industries for investment today is the energy market – the trading of energy commodities. Clean energy commodities are traded alongside dirty energy supplies. You might be surprised to learn that clean energy is becoming much more competitive.

With green biz becoming more popular, it is quickly becoming a powerful tool for diversified retirement investing.

The Future of Green Biz

As far as the future is concerned, energy businesses are going to continue getting bigger and better. There are many leading energy companies in the market that already have very high stock prices, yet people are continuing to investing in them.

Green initiatives are impacting every industry. Go Green campaigns are a PR staple of every modern brand. For the energy-sector in the US, solar energy investments are considered to be the most accessible form of clean energy investment. Though investing in any energy business comes with some risks, the demand for energy isn’t going anywhere.

In conclusion, if you want to start saving for your retirement, then clean energy stocks and commodity trading are some of the best options for wallets and the planet. Investing in clean energy products, like solar power, is a more long-term investment. It’s quite stable and comes with a significant profit margin. And it’s amazing for the planet!

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