New Features information at Power Technology New and updated information from Features listed on en-us New Features information at Power Technology Could oil platforms become offshore power stations? With campaigns imploring oil companies to ‘keep it in the ground’, is there a way that we could have our energy cake and eat it too? Professor Tom Baxter of Aberdeen University has floated an ambitious and unconventional idea to do just that, by tapp… Sun, 23 Apr 2017 23:00:00 GMT The world’s strangest sources of biofuel Seemingly biofuel can be made out of almost anything, from chocolate to human fat. But what are the weirdest biofuel sources out there? Fri, 21 Apr 2017 09:18:00 GMT Smart grids: the consumer perspective The development of smart grids promises to give consumers more control over their energy bills, as well as encouraging small-scale home-based renewable energy installations. But how do customers feel about smart grids, and how are they impacting rate… Tue, 11 Apr 2017 23:00:00 GMT The Brooklyn microgrid: blockchain-enabled community power In Brooklyn, LO3 Energy has teamed up with Siemens to create a pilot microgrid using blockchain technology. Residents with solar panels can sell excess energy back to their neighbours, in a peer-to-peer transaction which takes advantage of blockchain… Tue, 11 Apr 2017 07:00:00 GMT Will Australia ever give up on coal power? Australia is highly dependent on cheap coal for electricity but the country urgently needs to reduce its CO2 emissions in accordance with targets set in the Paris COP21 deal. To meet its commitments the government is looking to deploy large-scale ‘cl… Sun, 09 Apr 2017 23:00:00 GMT March's top stories: Offshore wind predicted £2.9bn to UK economy, BHEL thermal plant operations New report said offshore wind could bring £2.9bn to UK economy by 2030, and BHEL’s supercritical thermal power plant began commercial operations. wraps up the key headlines from March, 2017. Wed, 05 Apr 2017 23:00:00 GMT Future Power Technology: Issue 85 In this issue: Wales’s rapid-response hydro, Native American power, China’s renewable revolution, the tidal lagoon proof of concept, Australia pursues clean coal, consumer thoughts on smart grids, and more. Wed, 05 Apr 2017 16:38:00 GMT Breaking down China’s clean energy revolution China’s planned $361bn investment in renewables by 2020 has been lauded as a major step toward mitigating pollution and climate change. Julian Turner talks to Paolo Frankl, head of the renewable energy division at the International Energy Agency, abo… Sun, 02 Apr 2017 23:00:00 GMT WindForS: testing wind power in the Swabian Alps Six partners from WindForS, a wind energy research cluster in southern Germany, are planning to set up a field-test research site with two wind power systems and four meteorological measurement towers in the Swabian Alps. The scientists aim to make t… Wed, 29 Mar 2017 23:00:00 GMT Dinorwig: A unique power plant in the north of Wales The UK’s fastest source of electricity is hidden away in the mountains of north Wales, poised to spring into action in the event of energy shortages. Dinorwig is a pumped hydroelectric power plant, and a forbearer of modern hydropower. But how does i… Tue, 28 Mar 2017 10:44:00 GMT Power infrastructure: who should foot the bill when maintenance fails? San Diego Gas & Electric wants its ratepayers to cover 90% of the remaining costs it incurred when its fallen power lines caused three major brush fires in 2007, even though state investigations found that poor maintenance caused the power lines to f… Wed, 22 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT Digital twin: the living, breathing and failing virtual power plant The ‘digital twin’ concept promises to create an exact living, breathing and, importantly, failing like-for-like copy of a physical system in digital cyberspace. Patrick Kingsland asks Sham Chotai, chief technology officer at General Electric’s Power… Wed, 22 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT Here comes the sun: solar power finance for the 21st century Solar power, along with other renewables, needs better access to finance if it is to meet its potential as a facilitator of decarbonisation and climate change mitigation. But in the 21st century, how are governments and financial institutions approac… Mon, 20 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT Future Power Technology: Operations & Maintenance Special Issue 13 In this issue: Drax Group in the post-coal future, wind turbine testing in mountainous territory, the cost of maintenance failures, damage sensor for power poles, improving grid access in India, open data for electricity infrastructure improvements, … Tue, 14 Mar 2017 12:24:00 GMT Building the UK’s electric vehicle infrastructure with POD Point Ten years ago the notion that electric vehicles (EV) could significantly disrupt the conventional diesel-fuel monopoly of the car market seemed like a pipedream – but that dream is coming close to a reality. Erik Fairbairn, the Founder of UK electric… Mon, 13 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT Where does it all go? Mapping power worldwide using the OpenGridMap Researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) are developing an open map of electricity grids worldwide, using a combination of satellite imagery and crowd sourced information. The OpenGridMap provides an important tool for grid research an… Tue, 07 Mar 2017 08:00:00 GMT February’s top stories: Siemens supplied gearless turbines, AES and AIMCo buy FTP Power Siemens Wind Power secured two contracts for supplying 13 of its gearless turbines in northern Germany, and AES and Alberta Investment Management signed an agreement to acquire FTP Power for $853m. wraps up the key headlines from… Tue, 07 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT Electronic roses: a new source of power? Academics at a university in Sweden have developed organic electronic circuits within roses, which can conduct and store electricity. This is the first step in a project which could see us harvesting energy from photosynthesis. Mon, 06 Mar 2017 08:00:00 GMT 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. Wed, 01 Mar 2017 15:47:00 GMT Sensing wind damage before it happens IoT company Ekkosense is building sensors which could allow energy companies to predict weather damage before it happens. Wed, 01 Mar 2017 10:30:00 GMT