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UK Solar Power almost doubled in 2014

Figures released by the Official Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) show that solar electricity generation almost doubled in the last year. At the end of 2014 there was almost five gigawatts (5GW) of capacity/solar photovoltaic panels installed, up from the 2.8GW capacity recorded at the end of 2013. As a result, there are now enough solar panels installed across the UK to generate power for 1.5 million homes. In greater detail The UK now has over 650,000 solar installations ranging from farms, homes, offices, churches, schools, police stations, warehouses, train stations and even a bridge have all had panels installed. Paul Barwell, chief executive of the Solar Trade Association said: “This milestone achievement is testament to the hard work of Britain's several thousand solar businesses, almost all of them small and medium sized companies at the forefront of a real solar transformation as the technology steadily becomes one of the cheapest sources of clean, home-grown power."Barwell also commented that, “Solar clearly works in Britain. Panels in London generate 65% as much energy as in Madrid, and the panels work more efficiently in cooler temperatures."The industry also believes that by 2020 solar could be cost competitive with gas and if given the right support solar power generation could provide 50,000 jobs by 2030.

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UK Solar Power almost doubled in 2014

Figures released by the Official Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) show that solar…

CES 2015

As CES (Consumer Electronics Show) 2015 is now over for another year, if like most…

Freeview January Update

OFCOM SEEKS TO SECURE FUTURE OF FREEVIEW AIRWAVESOfcom has declared its intention to protect Freeview…

CES 2015

As CES (Consumer Electronics Show) 2015 is now over for another year, if like most people you didn't get the chance to fly to Lag Vegas and attend CES, what products and must have latest technology did you miss out on?Well according to some correspondents, following on from CES 2013 which was the year of ultra hi-def TVs, CES 2014 which was all about wearable technology, CES 2015 was all about the continued development of the Smart Home and the concept of integrating smart capabilities into the home.For those who are unaware CES is a gigantic trade show held annually in Las Vegas which has over 160,000 attendees, thousands of exhibitors and also thousands of new product announcements every year. It has been the Launchpad for numerous life-changing and revolutionary products ranging from the Videocassette Recorder (VCR) in 1970, the DVD player in 1996, Blu-ray technology in 2003 to the launch of the Microsoft Xbox in 2001. It has also been the Launchpad for a number of products which although launched to much fanfare struggled to live up to the original hype including, Apple Newton in 1993, Microsoft's Smart Personal Objects Technology (SPOT) watch in 2003 and to a certain extent the launch of 3D TV which led to Panasonic's 3D TV winning best of CES in 2010, Sales of 3D TVs have fallen to an all-time low in the US and the BBC no longer broadcasts in 3D. Throughout CES 2015 traditional Smart Home devices such as connected light switches, hubs and power plugs were on display, however it is the development/makeovers of old-school appliances which really highlights the continued evolution and development of the Smart Home concept.Products given a makeover and a fresh design include the LG Twin wash which allows you to do two loads of washing at once. In greater detail Twin wash is a separate drawer which fits under any of LG's front-load washers that can handle smaller/more delicate loads while the main machine completes a different cycle. When not being used the smaller/mini washer acts as a pedestal for the main machine and as a result of being compatible with LG's Turbowash, which sprays concentrated detergent directly onto clothes, provides faster cycle times. Due to being Wi-Fi compatible all of LG's new washers and dryers can connect to its ThinQ app allowing you to set specific cycles, receive cycle alerts and easy programming through your phone. Other products include FirstBuild's ChillHub which is a new development in the Smart Fridge concept. In greater detail the fridge contains two USB stations, which powered by an integrated Raspberry Pi mini-computer powers eight USB ports which allows the fridge to then tap into a Wi-Fi network and relay information to other ChillHub devices or the ChillHub app which lets you check your fridge on the go. For example through one of the USB ports you can connect your fridge to the ChillHub accessory, Milky Weigh, which is a 3D printed scale. You place your carton of Milk on the scale, programme the weight, and then the scale/fridge will send you updates on how much milk you have left to ensure you never run out!

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UK Solar Power almost doubled in 2014

Figures released by the Official Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) show that solar…

CES 2015

As CES (Consumer Electronics Show) 2015 is now over for another year, if like most…

Freeview January Update

OFCOM SEEKS TO SECURE FUTURE OF FREEVIEW AIRWAVESOfcom has declared its intention to protect Freeview…

Freeview January Update

OFCOM SEEKS TO SECURE FUTURE OF FREEVIEW AIRWAVESOfcom has declared its intention to protect Freeview from further proposed changes to TV airwaves across Europe. In an update on its preparations for this year's World Radiocommunications Conference, the regulator noted the important role played by DTT and that it anticipates opposing plans to grant mobile services co-primary allocation of spectrum in the 600MHz frequency band, currently used by terrestrial TV.Jonathan Thompson, Chief Executive of Digital UK, said: 'We welcome Ofcom's continued support for DTT and are pleased that it plans to oppose the further expansion of mobile services into airwaves used by Freeview at WRC-15. While we all recognise the growing demand for spectrum, Ofcom's position highlights the importance of terrestrial television to the UK and the need to protect the interests of millions of viewers.' Ofcom has already made the decision to clear some frequencies used by Freeview for mobile broadband by 2022.STV LAUNCHES LOCAL TV FOR VIEWERS IN EDINBURGHFollowing success in Glasgow, STV is bringing local TV to viewers in the Scottish capital today (12 January). STV Edinburgh will launch on Freeview channel 23 with The Fountainbridge Show at 7pm, hosted by former Heart and Real Radio breakfast show host Ewen Cameron and broadcaster and presenter Hayley Matthews. The magazine-style show will be followed by Edinburgh's Murder Mysteries at 9pm, STV Edinburgh News at 10pm and Peter & Roughie's Football Show at 11pm. The rollout of Local TV continues across England with That's Oxford coming soon to the city on channel 8. Viewers can check the channels available in their area via the Digital UK website. ROADMAP REPORT HIGHLIGHTS BRIGHT FUTURE FOR DTTA new report from the Digital Television Action Group (DigiTAG) highlights the success of DTT and how countries across Europe are migrating to the latest broadcasting technologies. Produced in conjunction with research specialists Analysys Mason, Roadmap for the Evolution of DTT – A bright future for TV also stresses the importance of clear plans on spectrum allocation to promote innovation and ensure long-term investment in the platform from viewers and stakeholders. Click here to download the full report.BROADCASTERS RESPOND TO SPECTRUM CONSULTATIONSDigital UK has responded to EU consultations on policy objectives for the upcoming World Radiocommunications Conference and the long-term strategy for UHF spectrum in Europe. The responses, issued on behalf of the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Arqiva, can be found here.NEW YEAR BRINGS FREEVIEW VIEWERS EVEN MORE CHOICEFreeview viewers now have even more channel choice with a host of new services for the new year. Recently launched on channel 136, Arise News provides 24-hour news and entertainment while TBN UK and Daystar offer faith-based programming at 65 and 73 respectively. Fans of the Community Channel will be pleased to hear this is moving to 24-hour broadcasting from today - some viewers may need to retune to receive this new service. Other recent arrivals include BBC local radio for viewers in Bristol on 719 and three new streamed services: Planet Knowledge, JSTV and kykNET.

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UK Solar Power almost doubled in 2014

Figures released by the Official Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) show that solar…

CES 2015

As CES (Consumer Electronics Show) 2015 is now over for another year, if like most…

Freeview January Update

OFCOM SEEKS TO SECURE FUTURE OF FREEVIEW AIRWAVESOfcom has declared its intention to protect Freeview…

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