Future Power Technology: Issue 84

In this issue: New Development Bank’s renewable funding in BRICS, mapping Asia’s nuclear power progress, solar investment models, building a UK smart grid, the hyper-growth of electric cars, the benefits of virtual power plants, and more.


The New Development Bank was established to support the BRICS countries - Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa - and has the responsibility of setting energy investment targets for some of the world’s biggest consumers of both renewable and fossil fuel-derived power. Here we speak to energy analysts to find out what part the bank has played in the renewable revolutions currently taking place across the varied countries.

With renewable projects on the rise, we profile the most successful state-backed finance models designed to support investment in solar, map out the spread of Asia’s rapid acceleration in nuclear power, and ask does the UK really want a smart grid and what it would entail.

Plus, we speak to UK electric car charging company POD Point about the anticipated hyper-growth of the electric vehicle market, and see how simulating failures using virtual power plants can help firms prepare for the worst.

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In this issue

Building renewable powers
The New Development Bank, established to support the countries of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) sets energy investment targets for some of the biggest energy consumers on the planet. We find out what part the NDB has played in current renewable revolutions.
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Solar PV investment: who is getting it right?
Investment in solar is hotting up and although several state-backed finance models are emerging, some are gaining more success than others. We assess the most successful investment models.
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Getting smart with the grid
British think-tank Policy Exchange’s report on the advantages of developing a smarter energy system in the UK says it could save the country up to £8bn by 2030, or £90 per household. But is UK financial support for energy businesses fair for both green energy and fossil-fuels? We speak to Policy Exchange.
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Building a base for UK EV
£9 million has been crowdfunded to help British electric vehicle charging company PODPoint become a leader in EV infrastructure development. We speak to PODPoint about the anticipated hyper-growth phase in electric cars.
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When digital power plants fail
Sophisticated ‘digital twin’ software provides an exact living, breathing and, importantly, failing copy of an operation helping businesses prepare for the worst. Is this technology about to cross over into the power industry? We find out from Infosys and GE.
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Asia’s nuclear revolution
The future of nuclear innovation and development lies in Asia, that much is clear from a new World Nuclear Association report. Nearly two-thirds of the reactors currently under construction are in Asia and a further nine countries intend to fire-up their own reactors soon. We map out the key areas of Asia’s nuclear advancement.
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In the next issue

Wales is famed for its natural resources and coal mining industry but recent years have seen the country turn to modern renewable energies. One such project is Dinorwig, a rapid water flow pumped hydroelectric power station. We take a look inside Dinorwig, as one of the fastest supply stations in the world and a forbearer of an increasingly popular energy supply model. Also in Wales, we catch up with the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon project, following renewed enthusiasm from a positive government-commissioned report and backing from over 100 MPs.

Elsewhere, we profile the innovative Lakota Solar Enterprises’ mission to bring green energy skills and infrastructure to Native Americans, speak to energy analysts about China’s plan to invest $361bn into renewables, and hear what consumers think about the development of smart grids.

Plus, we examine Australia’s determination to cling onto coal and its low adoption of renewable power projects to ask, will this remain the case?

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