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Could Energy as a Service (EaaS) change the world?

Energy as a Service (EaaS), in its simplest terms, is a business model where customers pay for an energy service without having to make an upfront investment. That “energy service” could mean smart metering, time-of-use tariffs, or even just providing advice. But it could mean more. What if it actually meant that you, the consumer, […]

Is fuel poverty being overlooked?

In the fight against climate change we must tackle energy poverty, but we can’t overlook fuel poverty. They’re completely different problems. Energy poverty impacts those with little or no access to sustainable energy (and having to burn fossil fuels to generate electricity), while fuel poverty refers to those who have access to it… they just can’t afford it. […]

Introducing the Mk.X Prototype

We would like to introduce you to Tom, the Alpha 311 Mk.X prototype. As you can see in the video it is lighter and easy to retrofit onto any lighting column or pole. As soon as we got it installed it started to generate energy! We will learn so much from this prototype – what […]

How do we address energy poverty?

“Imagine the world at night as seen from space. I am sure many of you have seen this picture, but every time I see it, I am reminded of one of the most important issues of our day — energy poverty. The United States is brightly lit. Africa is dark. So is much of the rest […]

There’s no such thing as ‘free’ energy

Well, that isn’t exactly true. You can provide energy for free, but it doesn’t mean that there aren’t costs associated with the generation of it. When we started Alpha 311, our initial intention was simply to provide enough energy to power a highway streetlight without cost. We wanted to save local authorities this expense (and […]

This is Engineering Day

On #ThisIsEngineeringDay we’re celebrating and acknowledging how engineering shapes our world and the impact that it can have on us all and our everyday lives. Alpha 311 was founded out of a want and a need to help local authorities save on the cost of powering streetlights and to try to solve this problem: how […]

Sir Julian Horn-Smith joins Alpha 311 as chairman

We’re pleased to announce the appointment of our chairman, Sir Julian Horn-Smith. Sir Julian has an unparalleled reputation in international business and is the perfect person to steer Alpha 311 into the future and help focus our grand ambitions. He was one of the founding members of Vodafone Group and was instrumental in developing the […]

What a difference a year makes

These are the Mk.VIII and Mk.IX prototype blade assemblies turning in wind averaging 4 m/s. Both have motors and tachometers fitted, so we know that the Mk.IX is more efficient than the Mk.VIII. Atmospheric data is being captured and a camera has been mounted to enable a socially distanced team (in the UK and in […]

Renewable energy has to benefit local communities

In the race to become carbon neutral, we’re seeing an unprecedented shift towards renewables. For years, local councils have looked for ways to reduce energy usage, driven almost solely by the associated cost savings. From switching off streetlights to installing LED lights, as central budgets got cut so did the spending but not under the […]