Gavin D. J. Harper
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Gavin D. J. Harper is a author, clean-tech advocate and science buff.

He is currently a researcher at the ESRC Centre for Business Relationships, Accountability, Sustainability and Society; Cardiff University, and an associate of the Sustainable Places Research Institute.

Described by The Independent as a "whizz-kid on a mission", Harper's work has been cited in sources as widely as Science, MAKE:, The Ecologist and The Inquirer.

Gavin has published a number of books, notable Fuel Cell Projects for the Evil Genius, Solar Energy Projects for the Evil Genius, Domestic Solar Energy: A Guide For The as well as the co-authored book Run Your Diesel Vehicle on Biofuels. Gavin is a regular contributor to Green Building magazine, and EcoGeek.

He currently holds a Diploma in Design & Innovation, BSc. (Hons) Technology, BEng. (Hons) Engineering, MSc. Architecture: Advanced Environmental & Energy Studies, MSc. Social Science Research Methods (Business & Management) MSc. Renewable Energy Systems Technology and is reading for his Ph.D. at the ESRC Centre for Business Relationships Accountability Sustainability & Society at Cardiff University.

Entries by Gavin D. J. Harper

Has London's First Concentrating Solar Plant Just Gone Live?

(0) Comments | Posted September 3, 2013 | 6:15 PM

Necessity is the mother of innovation, and unconventional problems call for unconventional solutions. The building world has been stunned this week, by announcements that 20 Fenchurch Street - previously given the moniker of 'The Walkie Talkie', has now been rechristened 'The Walkie Scorchie' after news emerged that the building's concave...

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Quake Shakes Japan Nuke: Facts & Fission

(67) Comments | Posted March 12, 2011 | 5:40 PM

Today it has been reported that thousands of people have been evacuated from the area around the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant with 3000 people from within a 2-mile radius of the plant being moved for their own safety.

It seems very unclear at the moment where this...

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Why the Hung Parliament in UK Could Make a Greener Britain

(0) Comments | Posted May 7, 2010 | 5:33 PM

As I write this, the UK looks certain to proceed with a hung parliament; no clear result has emerged from the election.

As parties scratch around to make uneasy coalitions and alliances, I believe that green jobs and technology could provide a unifying theme that will draw...

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Convergence on Zero for Equitable Sustainability

(0) Comments | Posted June 11, 2009 | 3:03 PM

We brought you Richard Burton, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Tom Jones, and Michael Douglas' missus... now we're bringing you a vision of a sustainable future -- what's not to love about Wales? Having led the world into the fossil fuel revolution, Wales is now lighting the path ahead (with metaphorical...

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Never Mind Google Streetview... We Need Google "Heat" View

(3) Comments | Posted June 5, 2009 | 3:00 PM

Larry and Sergey, listen up guys and step up to the plate. Many people out there are asking how you are going to top Google StreetView.

Here's how...

First, take a peek into the future here, here and here....

The state of...

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Evidence Based Policy: What the Energy Component of the Stimulus Package Needs - Not New Nukes!

(5) Comments | Posted February 11, 2009 | 5:22 PM

Stimulus is on its way. The news is especially welcome if you're an ailing industry crippled in the decades following Chernobyl, that hasn't managed to raise private finance to support your risky endeavours in recent history, has never managed to produce product without massive taxpayer support and has been waiting...

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Why the World Needs Green Motors, not General Motors...

(15) Comments | Posted December 7, 2008 | 7:24 PM

How the mighty have fallen. In the space of a week, great industrialists have been humbled, from flying high at the beginning of the week, to driving low (fuel consumption cars at the end), how quickly so much changes.

Three great names, millions of jobs, livelihoods and communities hang in...

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Three Great Cities: Two Great Mayors -- Where Bloomberg and Delanoe Show Leadership, Johnson Shows Only Ignorance

(0) Comments | Posted August 25, 2008 | 10:23 AM

London, Paris, New York -- three very special cities with a very special connection. These centres of frenetic activity lead the world as places of cultural, economic and social significance - arguably these three are seen as the yardstick by which other metropoleis are judged.

Whilst New York and Paris...

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"Oil vs. Nuclear" Finite Resources: Rising Prices - Lessons from the Past...

(7) Comments | Posted August 18, 2008 | 1:50 PM

On the banks of the River Thames, just on the edge of Greater London is a lesson the energy industry could well do to heed...

Listen up John Mc Cain... (and Ms. Hilton, if you are serious about running - I hope you're making notes)

The oil-fired power...

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Concerns Raised Over France Nuclear Leaks

(1) Comments | Posted July 29, 2008 | 5:40 PM

Hot on the heels of last week's news that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission have stated that the designs for the next-generation (fourth? whatever happened to third?) of nuclear reactors has massive holes in [metaphorical holes you understand -- not literal ones a la Davis-Besse]; news from France.

The...

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