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Harnessing plant power for renewable energy


Tapping into the myriad uses of plants and fungi could save people and the planet, says new report. University of Leeds researchers have joined forces with the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew to conduct research into the plants and fungi that could be used as a source of energy as well as assessing the species with...

‘Our low-carbon future needs to be circular’


The renewable energy industry needs to adopt the ideas of a circular economy, where equipment is designed to be reused or remanufactured when it reaches the end of its operational life. Researchers say it would reduce the environmental cost of low-carbon infrastructure – such as offshore wind turbines, solar panels and batteries – which are required if the UK is to achieve its net-zero carbon...