Last updated: 05 August 2019

At Greenmatch, we like to keep ourselves updated on different news in the green sector. Therefore, we have decided to share some of them with our readers every month.

Read and stay up to date with interesting articles from June, talking about new environmentally-friendly technologies, the first green mosque in Europe, and so on.

In case you've missed reading our May roundup, you can find it here.

Investing in Electric Car Battery Development

The UK Government will invest £23 million to help businesses across the country with the development of electric car batteries. Investing in this sector will keep the UK at the forefront of the latest electric car technology development.

Different types of businesses were selected as the winners of the government’s Faraday Battery Challenge. From small designers to major car manufacturers, this challenge brings together leading academic and businesses, to speed up the research, and develop new car batteries.

Read More: Car Battery Development Funding

Water-Fuelled Trains in the UK

According to researchers at the University of Birmingham, new trains that use only water as a source of power are planned to be on UK’s railroads by 2022. They call them “mini power stations on wheels”, and are the ‘greenest’ trains ever produced.

These hydrogen-fuelled trains are already in service in Germany, however, this design is not compatible with the rail network in the UK.

Have a look at the link below to find out how these trains look like, and what the next step in their integration in the train network in the UK is.

Read More: Hydrogen Trains in the UK

First Green Mosque in Europe

The first ‘green’ mosque has been opened in Cambridge. It is quite unique as it is built to operate at an almost zero carbon footprint. It has no minaret, and a call for prayer is not broadcasted outside the building. Its prayer hall can house 1000 worshippers and is eight metres high.

What makes this mosque eco-friendly are all the sustainable technologies used in the building process. For instance, it is harvesting rainwater on the roof, which is used to water the gardens and provide water for other purposes in the building. Furthermore, it is equipped with an air-source heat pump and solar panels for the production of electricity and heating.

Lastly, during the day, the mosque doesn't even use electricity at all, due to the structure of the building and the amount of light that enters through the walls and windows.

Read More: Eco-friendly Mosque in Cambridge