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14th October 2020

Opus Energy partners with Goodlight to bring discounted LED lighting to customers

Opus Energy is proud to announce the launch of a new partnership with Goodlight, giving Opus Energy customers exclusive access to discounted LED lighting...

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8th October 2020

Opus Energy announces 100% renewable electricity in 2020 Fuel Mix Disclosure

Opus Energy is proud to announce that our Fuel Mix Disclosure for the reporting period April 2019 to March 2020 is 100% renewable. This...

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7th October 2020

Six months since lockdown: What’s happened to Britain’s electricity market?

Six months on from the start of the coronavirus lockdown in March, we’ve seen unprecedented change. This change has affected all areas - home,...

How suppliers use smart meters: Myth-busting with Bjoern Reinke | Opus Energy
23rd September 2020

How suppliers use smart meters: Myth-busting with Bjoern Reinke

Welcome to our fifth deep-dive into some of the oddest things we’ve heard about smart meters. Today we explore the issue of supplier trust....

Sustainable buildings: Opus Energy sponsoring the next generation of architects
21st September 2020

Sustainable buildings: Opus Energy sponsoring the next generation of architects

Opus Energy are proud to be sponsoring the Extreme Lodge Desert Lodge student competition. Students from across the globe were invited to design a...

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17th September 2020

Opus Energy partners with Churchill Expert to bring discounted business insurance to customers

Opus Energy is proud to announce the launch of a new partnership with Churchill Expert. This partnership will give Opus Energy customers access to...

The impact of COVID-19 on Great Britain’s electricity system
14th September 2020

The impact of COVID-19 on Great Britain’s electricity system

Download the latest Electric Insights report from Drax now. What impact did COVID-19 and the nationwide lockdown have on Great Britain’s electricity? The latest...

The smart meter roll-out: myth-busting with Bjoern Reinke
11th September 2020

The smart meter roll-out: myth-busting with Bjoern Reinke

As the smart meter rollout gathers pace, welcome to the fourth part of our investigation into the oddest things we’ve read about these devices....

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7th August 2020

Smart meters are helping to keep you - and your data - safe

In the third post in our series, we’re countering the myth that smart meters are dangerous to health. This rumour’s widespread, but as Bjoern...

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15th July 2020

Getting smart, safely: Our commitment to customers

This year has presented challenges for everyone. One area particularly affected has been the smart meter rollout. Most suppliers paused smart installations as the...

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13th July 2020

Infographic: Why business owners want to make braver sustainability decisions after the pandemic

A survey commissioned by Opus Energy has found that business owners are increasingly aware of the importance of sustainability due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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13th July 2020

Two thirds of SME business leaders say they're more environmentally focussed following COVID-19 outbreak

Two thirds of Britain’s SME business leaders say they are now more environmentally conscious in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, according to new...

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1st July 2020

Where does Opus Energy’s energy come from?

Opus Energy is one of the leading business energy suppliers in the UK. We supply more than 350,000 business premises across the country with...

14 of the oddest things we’ve read about smart meters
29th June 2020

Security, data and privacy: setting the record straight on smart meters

In the second post in our series, we’re looking at those smart meter myths which prey on fears about data security and the right...

The Powering Past Coal Alliance: What is it, and why is it so important?
10th June 2020

The Powering Past Coal Alliance: What is it, and why is it so important?

There’s no denying that renewable energy has increased dramatically in the last few years – both through generation, awareness, and use. As the UK,...

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29th May 2020

How much renewable electricity is the UK using? Find out with Drax Electric Insights

While Great Britain moves towards a net zero carbon future, the energy mix and technologies we use are changing at a rapid pace. We...

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7th May 2020

UK reaches a new coal-free record amidst Coronavirus lockdown

Despite the challenging times we all find ourselves in across the UK right now, there is some positive news. On 28 April, Great Britain...

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6th May 2020

Drax announces package to support Opus Energy customers through COVID-19 crisis

The coronavirus pandemic has impacted all of us. At OpusEnergy, we’ve seen businesses of all sizes, their employees and families, hit hard by COVID-19...

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19th March 2020

Continuing to serve you through Coronavirus

During the Coronavirus pandemic we’re focussed on maintaining an ongoing level of service and support for you (our customers). With staff working from home,...

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9th March 2020

Opus Energy helps build greener businesses with new 100% renewable electricity tariff

New tariff available for Opus Energy’s business customers helps improve sustainability and deliver more ambitious climate commitments for companies.

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4th March 2020

Biomass: The renewable energy source supporting the zero-carbon transition

You’ve heard of wind power; you’ve heard of solar power - you may have even heard of geothermal and hydropower. But what do you...

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3rd March 2020

Supporting UK-based renewable power: Our illustrated generation guide

Opus Energy partners with over 2,300 small business renewable energy generators across the UK. From wind turbines to hydro plants, sustainable electricity is being...

14 of the oddest things we’ve read about smart meters
26th February 2020

Kicking off: 14 of the oddest things we’ve read about smart meters

We’ve heard a lot of things about smart meters recently, and we’re not happy. From hysterical headlines to downright absurd assertions, there’s meter misinformation...

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2nd January 2020

Opus Energy: our commitment to sustainability and our work in our communities

At Opus Energy, we’re passionate about sustainability. As part of Drax, we’re committed to ensuring a zero-carbon, lower-cost energy future. It’s why, last year,...

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20th December 2019

Budweiser Brewing Group chooses Opus Energy to offer exclusive renewable energy tariff to pubs

We’re delighted to announce our partnership with Budweiser Brewing Group UK&I that’s helping pubs and bars across the country slash their carbon footprint.

Heating and cooling powered by London’s lost rivers
10th August 2019

Heating and cooling powered by London’s lost rivers

London might be famous for one river in particular, but there’s far more to the capital’s waterways than the Thames. Beneath the ground, and...

Energising expertise: How this framing business became outstanding in their field
1st August 2019

Energising expertise: How this framing business became outstanding in their field

Picture Perfect is a bespoke framing business founded in 1998 and based in Northampton. It’s the largest professional framing business in Northamptonshire, run by...

Football fever: Sustainability and solar-powered stadiums
1st July 2019

Football fever: Sustainability and solar-powered stadiums

Football provides an arena – both literal and figurative – where the message of sustainability can be communicated to thousands. Football clubs have been...

7 steps to install solar panels on your business
17th June 2019

7 steps to install solar panels on your business

This article was originally published on Brighter Business, Opus Energy’s advice and information hub for small businesses. For business owners concerned about the environment,...

Small café, big energy: Powering a charity
3rd May 2019

Small café, big energy: Powering a charity

Café No.5 is part of ValePlus, a charity that operates across Barry and Llantwit Major in South Wales. The charity offers education and employment...

Three ways small businesses can use renewable energy to their advantage
24th April 2019

Three ways small businesses can use renewable energy to their advantage

There’s more than one way that businesses can use renewable energy to give their company a boost. From generating income to promoting a brand-bolstering...

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23rd April 2019

Innovative robotics technology underway at Opus Energy, writes Jonathan Kini

Robotics technology is transforming the operations here at Opus Energy, improving service and freeing up time for our teams to work on more interesting...

Six Nations rugby players generate enough power to cook over 800 pizzas
4th April 2019

Six Nations rugby players generate enough power to cook over 800 pizzas

Just in – our latest research reveals that Six Nations Rugby players produce the equivalent of 46kWh of power through their energetic play during...

A cut above the rest: The power of the local barbershop
25th March 2019

A cut above the rest: The power of the local barbershop

Beckets is a leading barbershop and men’s hairdressers on the Wellingborough Road in Northampton, catering to the discerning gentleman. “We look at the experience...

Gamlingay Community Turbine: Energising village life
6th March 2019

Gamlingay Community Turbine: Energising village life

In 2013, a group of people in the village of Gamlingay, Cambridgeshire set up their own wind turbine for the village. Like all good...

5 renewable energy developments to look out for in 2019
11th January 2019

5 renewable energy developments to look out for in 2019

2018 was a record-breaking year for the UK, with renewable energy leading the charge. In fact, it was the greenest year on record for...

How many lights can an energy supplier power this Christmas?
12th December 2018

How many lights can an energy supplier power this Christmas?

As the year draws to an end, it’s natural to reflect on what the last 12 months have brought. For us, it’s been an...

Blog / 6 steps: What to do if your energy supplier goes out of business
3rd December 2018

6 steps: What to do if your energy supplier goes out of business

The energy market is challenging and can be a turbulent place, especially for new or smaller suppliers. It’s unlikely that you will find yourself...

Small business success: The energy source behind this art entrepreneur
20th November 2018

Small business success: The energy source behind this art entrepreneur

Wychwood Art Gallery sits in the heart of Deddington, a small village in Oxfordshire, and has done so since 2016. Deborah Allen, founder and...

Blog / Opus Energy supplies 1.5% of total UK energy consumption with 100% renewable energy
29th October 2018

Opus Energy supplies 1.5% of total UK energy consumption with 100% renewable energy

Opus Energy has smashed a milestone by providing all its customers with 100% renewable electricity in the last reporting year.

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18th October 2018

You can blow your own way: How wind power transformed this farm

Ashby Farms, in the idyllic countryside of Daventry, Northamptonshire, is home to a family that’s been farming in the area for generations, focussed initially...

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8th October 2018

Energy Audits: start with the basics

Walking into an empty conference room and turning off the lights can be as good a place as any to start an energy audit....

Watt's a kWh? Getting to grips with energy units
21st September 2018

Watt's a kWh? Getting to grips with energy units

Despite playing such an important role in powering our day-to-day lives, energy can be difficult to understand. But for those who want a clearer...

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9th September 2018

76% of SME owners losing sleep over the state of their business, says new Opus Energy research

4 in 5 have sacrificed their personal life to make their company a success Holidays, personal time and pay are forfeited to ensure the...

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9th September 2018

WATCH: Opus Energy opens the Kinetic Café – check out the video

A few weeks ago, we announced our plans to walk a mile in the shoes of our customers. The idea for the Kinetic Café...

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27th July 2018

We’re going to walk a mile in your shoes

Running a small business takes energy. Not just electricity to power the business, but physical and mental energy; to get you out of bed...

Opus Energy visits Northampton school to share why renewable energy is so important
16th July 2018

Opus Energy visits Northampton school to share why renewable energy is so important

As one of the country’s leading business energy suppliers and as part of the Drax Group, Opus Energy is committed to changing the way...

Opus Energy’s Head of Business Change named Utility Week Star of the Year
11th July 2018

Opus Energy’s Head of Business Change named Utility Week Star of the Year

It’s undeniable that Opus Energy is a business built on its star employees, but for one team member especially, it’s been made official. Barry...

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8th June 2018

Drive my car: Opus Energy teams smash charity challenge

In late May, 100 wacky racers took on the Twin Town Challenge, a fun charity car rally which sees competitors drive from Witney, Oxfordshire...

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7th June 2018

10 million and counting - so how do smart meters work?

The UK’s smart meter roll-out is well underway. According to statistics published by the government’s Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, by the...

Opus Energy announces sponsorship of FSB Celebrating Small Businesses awards
6th June 2018

Opus Energy announces sponsorship of FSB Celebrating Small Businesses awards

We are delighted to announce that Opus Energy is a category award sponsor at the FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards 2018.

How the 'rebound effect' makes us use more energy (and what it is, exactly)
30th May 2018

How the 'rebound effect' makes us use more energy (and what it is, exactly)

We often take energy for granted, but getting it from grid to business can be complicated. When you start investigating the principles of supply...

Heavyweight champions: Meet the world’s largest storage batteries
12th April 2018

Heavyweight champions: Meet the world’s largest storage batteries

One of the biggest and most underappreciated challenges the renewable energy industry is facing is not the embracing of new technologies, nor the securing...

Opus Energy and Small Business Grants: Get £5,000 to energise your SME
22nd March 2018

Opus Energy and Small Business Grants: Get £5,000 to energise your SME

At Opus Energy, we are proud to announce that we are an official partner of Small Business Grants, a monthly cash competition awarding the...

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11th March 2018

Introducing Opus Energy’s new Northampton headquarters

We are delighted to announce the opening of our brand new headquarters in the heart of Northampton, a state-of-the art building bringing all 700...

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5th March 2018

Opus Energy’s apprenticeship scheme: Building a brighter future

At Opus Energy, we are proud to play our part when it comes to supporting the next generation, bolstering the training and development of...

Cornwall’s secret hotbed of renewable energy potential
22nd February 2018

Cornwall’s secret hotbed of renewable energy potential

Cornwall could be the home of the UK’s first geothermal station used for energy generation as well as district heating, if ambitious plans go...

Energy efficient Britain: Electricity consumption falls 2% in the UK
9th February 2018

Energy efficient Britain: Electricity consumption falls 2% in the UK

An analysis of electricity consumption across the EU has found that the UK reduced its electricity use in 2017, while 27 European countries included...

The UK’s 25 year environmental plan – where are we headed?
30th January 2018

The UK’s 25 year environmental plan – where are we headed?

The UK government has announced a new, 25-year plan for environmental protection and improvement.

Opus Energy supplied 90% renewable electricity to its customers at no extra cost
27th January 2018

Opus Energy supplied 90% renewable electricity to its customers at no extra cost

Since Opus Energy was founded in 2002, we’ve been embracing renewable energy sources as one of the best ways to power British businesses.

2018: What’s happening this year in renewable energy innovation?
12th January 2018

2018: What’s happening this year in renewable energy innovation?

A brand new year is upon us, and it looks like a brighter, greener future is on the horizon. The ever-changing energy market looks...

How technology and renewable energy is curbing air pollution
15th December 2017

How technology and renewable energy is curbing air pollution

In recent years, air quality has become a hot topic of discussion. One of the underlying issues affecting air quality is pollution.

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7th November 2017

There’s more than one benefit to being a sustainable business, says Drax Retail CEO Jonathan Kini

Being sustainable can have more business benefits than just being good to the planet – so says Drax Retail CEO, Jonathan Kini, in a...

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6th November 2017

Opus Energy recognised as winning brand for small businesses

In the space of one week, Opus Energy has been awarded ‘Utilities Provider of the Year’ and named one of the top ten ‘healthiest...

How blockchain could revolutionise the energy industry
18th October 2017

How blockchain could revolutionise the energy industry

Blockchain has burst on to the scene and into the collective consciousness over the last few months. The technology is lauded as a gamechanger...

Opus Energy shortlisted for the British Small Business Awards
10th October 2017

Opus Energy shortlisted for the British Small Business Awards

We’re thrilled to announce that Opus Energy has been shortlisted for the British Small Business Awards 2017. Thanks to our commitment to SMEs, Opus...

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5th October 2017

How to engage your staff with smart meters: the report

Engaging your team with smart meters is not only a good way to educate them about the roll-out that’s sweeping the nation, but it...

Our UK renewable power generation, at a glance
3rd October 2017

Our UK renewable power generation, at a glance

Opus Energy is committed to sustainability – last year, 90% of the energy supplied to our customers came from renewable sources, at no extra...

Reaching boiling point: When solar panels overheat
29th September 2017

Reaching boiling point: When solar panels overheat

Solar power plays a huge role in the global energy mix. In 2016, it was estimated to make up almost 230 GW of capacity...

Dam impressive: Norway leads Europe for hydropower
21st September 2017

Dam impressive: Norway leads Europe for hydropower

When it comes to renewable energy, there are a couple of big players in the global game – and Norway is one of them....

The challenges of decarbonisation: How does a country go carbon neutral?
15th September 2017

The challenges of decarbonisation: How does a country go carbon neutral?

Thanks to the huge role that electricity plays in our day-to-day lives, we – our businesses and homes – have become dependent on it....

Future gazing: Where will the energy industry be in 2050?
8th September 2017

Future gazing: Where will the energy industry be in 2050?

The National Grid has released its annual report, Future Energy Scenarios, which predicts how the national energy network may look and operate in the...

How do we put wind farms in the sea?
1st September 2017

How do we put wind farms in the sea?

Wind power has gone from strength to strength, becoming a popular source of renewable power. As an energy source, it is limitless, and the...

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24th August 2017

Latest research says smart meters are on the up

A new report on public awareness of smart meters has been published, showing that 97% of the British public are now aware of smart...

Energy theft: The dangers you need to know about
10th August 2017

Energy theft: The dangers you need to know about

Energy theft is an issue that causes major problems both for the energy supplier and energy consumer. At best, it's an illegal activity that...

Everything you need to know about the European Super Grid
28th July 2017

Everything you need to know about the European Super Grid

Renewable power is taking off across the globe; the UK has become the home of the world's largest wind turbines, while battery technology is...

Could hydrogen be the energy storage solution of the future?
27th July 2017

Could hydrogen be the energy storage solution of the future?

The take-up of renewable energy sources is well underway all across the world, but as countries concentrate their efforts on moving to renewable sources,...

World’s largest wind turbines are helping Opus Energy meet renewable requirements
14th July 2017

World’s largest wind turbines are helping Opus Energy meet renewable requirements

The UK is now home to the largest wind turbines in the world, and they’re helping to Opus Energy to meet its renewable energy...

6 renewable energy projects in the UK to be excited about this year
30th June 2017

6 renewable energy projects in the UK to be excited about this year

We’ve had a great year for renewable energy. In recent news, the UK enhanced its status as a world leader in offshore wind, while...

Project Nexus is complete: What was it, and what happened?
15th June 2017

Project Nexus is complete: What was it, and what happened?

Xoserve, the administrator of the UK gas network, has announced that Project Nexus was successfully completed on 1st June. The project, an infrastructural upgrade...

Record-breaking renewables contribute more than half of the UK’s electricity on single day
12th June 2017

Record-breaking renewables contribute more than half of the UK’s electricity on single day

Renewable energy sources have written themselves into the record books and the history books in the UK, generating more than 50% of the country’s...

Ofgem’s Smarter Markets programme: What's affecting the business energy market?
2nd June 2017

Ofgem’s Smarter Markets programme: What's affecting the business energy market?

Smart meters are coming – that much everyone knows. But they’re just one element of a move towards a “smarter market”: a term coined...

The illustrated step-by-step guide to anaerobic digestion
11th May 2017

The illustrated step-by-step guide to anaerobic digestion

Would you recognise an anaerobic digestion plant if you saw one? Shaun Heasman, Renewables Specialist at Opus Energy, knows them inside out – and...

The Internet of Things will change the energy industry as we know it
28th April 2017

The Internet of Things will change the energy industry as we know it

Connecting to the internet has come a long way since the loud, clunky process of firing up the dial-up. And we’re no longer sat...

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27th April 2017

Blog / We raised £30k for charity last year – here’s where it’s going

We’ve had a lot of exciting moments at Opus Energy over the last year – a new office in Cardiff, the announcement of a...

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4th April 2017

The ultimate guide to renewable energy sources

Electricity generated from algae. Heat harnessed from the depths of the Earth’s core. There’s more to renewable energy than wind turbines and solar panels...

Hawaiian island of Kauai to run entirely on Tesla battery grid storage system
28th March 2017

Hawaiian island of Kauai to run entirely on Tesla battery grid storage system

The Hawaiin island of Kauai has taken a step towards decarbonisation by getting rid of its diesel fuel generators in favour of a battery...

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1st March 2017

The 5 steps to becoming a brilliant apprentice

When it comes to apprentices, the stats are pretty clear – they’re very good for business, and they’re very good for careers. Take a...

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31st January 2017

Take caution – fraudulent emails claiming to be from Opus Energy

We have just been informed that fraudulent emails are being sent to individuals, falsely claiming to be sent by Opus Energy.

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6th December 2016

Opus Energy announces sale to Drax Group

We are pleased to announce that we have entered into a binding conditional agreement for the sale of our entire issued share capital to...

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26th October 2016

Understanding your energy bill

When it comes to reading your energy bill, you’re probably one of two people: a skimmer or a reader. If you’re a skimmer, you...

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23rd October 2016

LEON moves to 100% renewable energy

Naturally fast food chain LEON has switched to a green energy deal made up of 100% renewable energy.

Opus Energy's Cardiff office at the Capital Quarter
19th October 2016

Opus Energy arrives in Cardiff

As part of Opus Energy’s continuing expansion and development of our customer service and support offering, we’ve opened a new office in Cardiff, South...

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10th October 2016

96% of Opus Energy’s electricity is renewable (and it didn’t cost customers a penny more)

Opting to be powered by renewable energy can be costly, and you often have to choose a custom energy contract with a specialist supplier...

Opus Energy surges to #6 in Sunday Times Top Track 250
3rd October 2016

Opus Energy surges to #6 in Sunday Times Top Track 250

Last year, we were thrilled to see Opus Energy move up 20 places to #19 in the 2015 Sunday Times Grant Thornton Top Track...

Ofgem announces industry-changing P272 update – so what is it?
3rd August 2016

Ofgem announces industry-changing P272 update – so what is it?

A project that’s overhauling electricity billing as we know it is now expanding to affect all consumers in Great Britain. Thanks to new Ofgem...

Google uses pioneering AI to cut its energy bills
22nd July 2016

Google uses pioneering AI to cut its energy bills

In a 150,000 sq m room sits one of Google’s huge data centres. Pulsing through its many servers are cat videos, Netflix downloads and...

Come rain or shine: A history of Wimbledon weather
7th July 2016

Come rain or shine: A history of Wimbledon weather

The Wimbledon Championships is the oldest tennis tournament in the world and, arguably, the most prestigious. Fans can expect gameplay across 19 grass courts,...

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30th June 2016

LEON works with Opus Energy to get 100% solar power

Naturally fast food chain LEON is furthering its commitment to renewable energy by moving to exclusively using 100% solar power in celebration of the...

Bangladeshi answer to free air-con is rubbish
23rd June 2016

Bangladeshi answer to free air-con is rubbish

In rural areas of Bangladesh where the risk of flooding is high, as much as 70% of the population lives in corrugated tin huts....