Februarys monthly round up.

To keep you up to date with events that are shaping the energy market and the wider business industry we have collected some of the most interesting news to break throughout February. You can learn about a company that managed to eliminate waste, how coffee granules are helping to produce biofuel, and much more.


The portable carpet-like solar system, which stores generated energy in batteries in the steel housing, is expected to be used for disaster relief where power systems have been knocked out, by armies on the move, and in mining stations located in areas without any power. “The market for off grid energy is huge and growing – 24% of the world is off grid but everyone needs energy these days,” said Hingley.
read more at The Guardian

This article from the Institute of Directors suggests that skills are outdated “Leaders need a desire and hunger to win; they must be open to using anything and everything in their power to generate the marginal gains that will take them across the finish line first.” Agree?
read more at Director

Did you know? “In the UK, we have a much bigger water footprint than people in developing countries. This water, used to grow and make products overseas for the British market, is known as embedded or virtual water – and most of us have no idea how many litres we use…..” Some startling facts about the embedded water in everyday use (your cup of coffee this morning cost 140 litres to make!)
read more at WWF.org


…Amazing story

Great little video showing how Bio-bean are converting waste coffee grounds into biofuel pellets.  Did you know that we drink 70 million cups of coffee a day in the UK?  This produces half a ton of waste coffee grounds.
view the video at Vimeo


…And one about waste

Yes, Unilever have a lot of money and resources – but eliminating waste can be done by any company “Our first step was to identify all the different waste streams in our operations, which vary across sites and locations”. They found it resulted in more than 200m euros in cost reduction and created jobs in the wider economy.
read more at Business Green