Our Top 5 Energy Stories – 7th August 2013

Our Top 5 Energy Stories – 7th August 2013

In this week’s Top 5 we have extreme weather, water saving brands, electric BMWs, supermarket solar panels and a poo-powered prison. Enjoy!

Extreme weather photos

A volcano erupting in Iceland

National Geographic recently published this incredible collection of extreme weather photos, including floods, lightning storms, gigantic waves and tornadoes. Pictured above is a volcanic eruption in Iceland.

View the entire photo gallery

Coke, Pepsico, Walkers and water efficiency

FC2020

The Federation House Commitment (FHC) encourages businesses to voluntarily sign up to water reduction targets, aiming to reduce water use by 20% by 2020 (compared to 2007 levels). Coca Cola, Pepsico and Walkers are three of the latest big names to sign up, joining other well known brands like Unilever, Heinz and Kellogs.

Read the full story on Business Green

BMW to invest in electric car charging company

Electric BMW charging

Concerns about charging times and driving range tend to be two major hurdles when it comes to convincing people to buy electric cars. BMW are hoping they can relieve some of these common anxieties by investing in Chargemaster, a UK provider of electric vehicle charging points.

More info from Automotive News Europe

Generating power from poo

Generating power from human waste

Apologies if you’re eating your lunch as you read this, but there’s no getting around it — human waste is a brilliant, cost effective source of energy. A prison in Rwanda is making the most of its huge inmate population by using their waste to produce bio-gas power.

Full story from the Guardian

Sainsbury’s installs its 100,000th solar panel

Sainsbury's install 100,000 solar panels

The supermarket hit a milestone recently by fitting 100,000 solar PV panels across its 210 UK stores, retaining the prestigious title of largest multi-roof solar panel operator in Europe.

Read the press release here