New Features information at Power Technology New and updated information from Features listed on en-us New Features information at Power Technology Putting customers first: how can energy companies provide better customer service? Citizens Advice’s latest energy complaints league table has noted the widest gap between the top and the bottom of the rankings when it comes to dealing with customer complaints, with the lowest-ranked company, Extra Energy, performing 80 times worse… Tue, 29 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT Could depleted oil wells be the next step in energy storage? Quidnet Energy is hoping to revolutionise energy storage with its underground pumped hydro concept, which uses abandoned oil and gas wells to store and release pressurised water, driving turbines and feeding electricity back into the grid. How does t… Mon, 28 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT South Africa’s wind industry blows hot South Africa is one of the latest countries to embrace wind power, with over 3GW expected to be installed by 2020. This new wind investment hotspot seems to be throwing everything they have into wind, but can the country’s infrastructure cope? Molly … Tue, 22 Nov 2016 16:42:00 GMT Power to the people: operating energy co-operatives in the UK A nationwide system of local energy companies and co-operatives seems ideal in theory, but what would it look like in practice and what barriers must be overcome to get there? Elly Earls investigates. Mon, 21 Nov 2016 17:05:00 GMT WakaWaka: smart solar devices spread hope The adoption of efficient solar devices is growing quickly off the back of the drive towards more renewable sources of energy. WakaWaka, a small Dutch company, believe it has managed to create the best solar charger and light on the market, while emp… Mon, 21 Nov 2016 11:03:00 GMT Waste storage: America’s nuclear hot potato A 2014 leak at a nuclear waste repository in New Mexico has raised far-reaching questions about long-term storage in the US. On top of the political and economic fallout from the incident, it has reignited the debate about finding a permanent storage… Mon, 21 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT Energy under Trump: will the new President-Elect scupper clean energy in America? On Tuesday 8 November the American people voted in what has been a truly controversial election, with the still more controversial Donald Trump emerging victorious. But as a man who notoriously denied climate change, and whose policies on energy have… Thu, 10 Nov 2016 17:11:00 GMT Perovskite: the next big thing in solar cells? When perovskite first appeared on the solar power stage seven years ago, few could have foreseen how far it would go, or how quickly. Dr Gareth Evans reports. Thu, 10 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT Renewables and nuclear: hand-in-hand in New York? New York State has announced an ambitious clean energy standard to have 50% of its energy come from renewable sources by 2030. Controversially, the standard also offers subsidies to keep the state’s three large nuclear plants open. Could New York’s p… Tue, 08 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT COP22: the big renewables push As the 22nd UN conference on climate change in Marrakesh approaches, an era-defining agreement on emissions reduction has entered into force. But there is still work to be done to make good on the pledges made, with a massive surge in renewable energ… Mon, 07 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT October's top stories: Siemens secures German orders and WNA releases latest report Siemens has secured five orders to supply 23 direct-drive wind turbines in Germany, The World Nuclear Association has released a report titled 'World Nuclear Performance Report 2016 Asia edition'. wraps up the key headlines from … Mon, 07 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT Future Power Technology: Issue 80 In this issue: New York’s united front on energies, Swansea’s Tidal Lagoon project in hot water, a new material for solar cells, clean coal as a lost cause, Tesla’s Gigafactory and the lithium battery market, and more Thu, 03 Nov 2016 11:59:00 GMT Under the skin of Tesla’s Gigafactory Two years ahead of schedule Tesla has opened its $5bn lithium-ion Gigafactory, a monumental structure split into two parts; one side housing Panasonic that will build batteries and the that other will assemble them into battery packs. While not expec… Thu, 03 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT Is clean coal a lost cause? After decades of research and billions of dollars of funding, it seems time could be running out for ‘clean coal’. With the future of the US Department of Energy-backed Texas Clean Energy Project uncertain in the absence of firm private finance, and … Mon, 24 Oct 2016 23:00:00 GMT ITER: will the world’s biggest fusion project change the future of energy? International nuclear fusion collaboration ITER is moving forward with its project to build the world’s largest tokamak after newly appointing MOMENTUM to manage its assembly. Work will commence in August and will include the assembly of more than on… Wed, 19 Oct 2016 23:00:00 GMT Vestas’s multi-rotor wind turbine: are four rotors better than one? Danish wind turbine giant Vestas is making encouraging progress with its innovative multi-rotor wind turbine project, with the company announcing in July that the four-rotor, 12-blade turbine had produced its first kWh of electricity after a successf… Mon, 17 Oct 2016 23:00:00 GMT September top stories: Vattenfall orders MHI Vestas turbines, Siemens launches Sicam A8000 Vattenfall has placed an order with MHI Vestas Offshore Wind for 11 turbines, and Siemens has introduced the Sicam A8000 modular equipment series. wraps up the key headlines from September 2016. Thu, 06 Oct 2016 23:00:00 GMT GE’s digital wind farm apps hold the key to predictive maintenance GE Renewable Energy has introduced a new software applications suite for its digital wind farm concept. As well as helping streamline operations and maximise profitability, the apps represent an important step towards the panacea of predictive mainte… Wed, 05 Oct 2016 23:00:00 GMT Future Power Technology: Issue 79 In this issue: The world’s largest fusion project, multi-rotor wind turbines, a new wave of tidal technology, assisting schools to install solar, the UK considers breaking up National Grid, creating balance when trading off fossil fuels, and more Wed, 05 Oct 2016 11:05:00 GMT Gibraltar wave power project surfs up possibilities across Europe After years of lagging behind other forms of renewable energy, wave power has finally made an important commercial breakthrough. Nnamdi Anyadike examines Eco Wave Powers’ new project in Gibraltar. Mon, 03 Oct 2016 23:00:00 GMT