New Features information at Power Technology New and updated information from Features listed on en-us New Features information at Power Technology 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 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 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 Drax Group: facing a post-coal future The British energy landscape is changing, and Drax Group, operator of the UK’s largest power station, is changing with it. Along with continuing Drax power station’s biomass conversion, the acquisition of energy retailer Opus Energy and the purchase … Mon, 27 Feb 2017 11:38:00 GMT Building smart grids in the UK: Brexit clouds the bigger picture The UK Government hopes that smart grids will pave the way towards a renewable energy future. But is it prepared to level the playing field with fossil fuels, and could Brexit throw a spanner in the works? Nnamdi Anyadike investigates. Thu, 23 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Asia takes the lead on nuclear development A new World Nuclear Association report has emphasised the strength of nuclear innovation and development in Asia. In 2015, nine of the ten reactors that came online were in East Asia, and there are already dozens more in the works. Wed, 22 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT On target: the New Development Bank and BRICS renewable goals Set up by the five BRICS countries – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – the New Development Bank provides energy investment targets for some of the biggest energy consumers on the planet. But are these targets proving successful in encou… Tue, 21 Feb 2017 07:00:00 GMT Power linking India: the high voltage power set to span the country ABB and POWERGRID are building one of the longest power links in India, which will bring reliable power to 80 million people. But in a country struggling to modernise its energy sector, cut emissions, and bring electricity to a quarter of its populat… Mon, 20 Feb 2017 08:00:00 GMT 3D printing is changing manufacturing at Siemens as turbine blades prove a success Siemens have 3D printed a gas turbine blade, and successfully load tested it at demanding speeds and temperatures. It’s a big step forward for the use of Additive Manufacturing in the energy sector, but will it usher in more commonplace 3D printing? Thu, 16 Feb 2017 14:40:00 GMT The UK’s 2025 coal phase-out: pipe dream or a realistic road to renewables? 2016’s surge in renewables will be welcomed by the government, but is it sufficient to meet the 2025 phase-out deadline? Nnamdi Anyadike investigates. Mon, 13 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Carbon Capture: is the challenge commercial not technical? There was a lot of positivity at the Westminster Energy, Environment and Transports conference on carbon capture and storage (CCS) held on February 9th in London. Thu, 09 Feb 2017 17:10:00 GMT Does South Africa need nuclear energy? Greenpeace and Nuclear Africa go head to head State energy company Eskom and President Jacob Zuma argue that new nuclear capacity is needed in South Africa, while environmental activists favour the expansion of renewables such as wind and solar. Julian Turner talks to Nuclear Africa CEO Kelvin K… Tue, 07 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT January's top stories: Longroad Energy's solar acquisition and China's renewables investment Longroad Energy acquired a 3GW solar development portfolio in the US from 7X Energy and China is planning to invest CNY2.5 trillion ($361bn) in the renewable energy sector by 2020. wraps up the key headlines from January, 2017. Mon, 06 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT