Oxford venture fund invests in nuclear fusion

An investment company set up to support scientists from Oxford University has bought a stake in an innovative nuclear power firm. Oxford Sciences Innovation (OSI) has invested in First Light Fusion, which is researching energy generation via inertial confinement fusion. Developers say the technology could produce vast amounts of electricity in a safe and clean […]

Oxford to ban polluting cars in ‘world’s first’ zero emissions zone

Oxford has announced plans to ban all polluting vehicles in the city centre as it hopes to introduce the world’s first zero-emission zone. Oxford City Council and Oxfordshire County Council proposes to ban diesel and petrol vehicles in phases, starting with taxis, cars, light commercial vehicles and buses on a small number of streets in […]

Church of England faces pressure to ditch fossil fuels

Oxford has become the first Church of England diocese to join a growing movement of investors and commit to divesting from fossil fuel assets. The Oxford Diocesan Synod has also passed a motion calling on the Church of England diocese to follow them and commit to divest from coal, oil and gas companies. By a […]

North Scotland’s tides ‘could power half of Scotland’

Tides off the north coast of Scotland could power half the country according to new research. Engineers at the Universities of Oxford and Edinburgh looked at how much tidal power could be generated by turbines placed in the Pentland Firth, the strip of water between mainland Scotland and the Orkney islands. They estimate 1.9 gigawatts […]

Community hydro scheme holds 'topping out' ceremony

A community-led hydroelectric power scheme is celebrating after the first phase of the project was completed. A ‘topping out’ ceremony is being held at Osney Lock (pictured, during construction) in Oxford today. When it starts generating electricity in early 2014, the 49KW site will provide enough clean power for 60 homes – 159,000 kWh each […]

Oxford locals pour £296k into hydropower project

Rivers in Oxford are usually reserved for rowers and tourists trying out punts but now one is about to get another – more powerful – use. That’s after a community hydropower scheme in Oxford raised £296,000 by selling shares in just 10 days. The Osney Lock project on the River Thames in Oxford will generate […]

UK electric cars industry has “long way to go”

Experts say the UK still has a “long way to go” with developing electric cars, on the back of news earlier this week that Oxford is to get a large number of EV charging points across the city. Lorna Pimlott, Ernst & Young’s Head of Electric Vehicles & Infrastructure said: “It’s very encouraging to see […]

Oxford becomes the “electric car” hub of Europe

Oxford, known as a city of bicycles, could soon become Europe’s hub for electric cars. That’s after a network with the most amount of charging points in one area in Europe was launched there today. Chargemaster Plc, a supplier of electric vehicle (EV) charging points, launched its POLAR network with an initial 64 charging points […]

Confessions of an Energy Manager

Phillip Pike – Energy Manager, University of Oxford

London retrofit scheme gets £2m cash boost

Hundreds of London’s public buildings such as fire stations and hospitals will get an energy makeover following a £2.7m boost for the capital’s RE:FIT climate change programme. RE:FIT is Mayor of London Boris Johnson’s scheme to help public organisations give their buildings an energy overhaul and includes fitting solar panels, insulation and smart meters. The […]