New Features information at Power Technology New and updated information from Features listed on en-us New Features information at Power Technology Could the Middle East go fully renewable? Researchers at Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT) suggest that the Middle East could go fully renewable by 2030. The detailed study includes measures to ween the regions off their most lucrative commodity – oil – but could it really be done … Mon, 22 May 2017 07:00:00 GMT Leaving Euratom: the UK’s nuclear countdown begins The UK Government’s intention to leave Euratom when it exits the EU throws up a number of acute risks for the British nuclear industry. What exactly are the dangers involved, and how can the UK best navigate life as a nuclear operator outside of the … Sun, 14 May 2017 23:00:00 GMT Small modular reactors: a Nu design NuScale has become the first American company to have a small modular reactor design accepted by the Nuclear Regulatory Committee, the body in charge of nuclear innovation in the US. Could this be the first of many? Wed, 10 May 2017 09:42:00 GMT Are public attitudes to nuclear power still holding it back? A new Lloyd’s Register report into low-carbon energy concludes that nuclear power is clean, affordable in the long term and reliable, but that challenges remain around public acceptance – but not everyone agrees. Heidi Vella spoke to US and UK-based … Wed, 10 May 2017 07:00:00 GMT Inside Egypt’s record-breaking energy megaproject Siemens has set a new global record for the execution of fast-track power projects by connecting 4.8GW of generation capacity to the Egyptian grid. Julian Turner asks Peter Ullrich, project director of the three combined- cycle power plants at Siemen… Mon, 08 May 2017 07:00:00 GMT Future Power Technology: Issue 86 In this issue: Biomimicry in renewables, Siemens’ mega project in Egypt, the UK’s industrial strategy, nu SMRs, public perceptions of nuclear, offshore platforms to power stations, and more Thu, 04 May 2017 14:43:00 GMT April's top stories: EON develops airborne wind technology test site and Coal major fuel for electricity EON announced it will develop, construct, and operate a demonstration site for airborne wind technology in County Mayo in Ireland, and data released by Italian coal industry association Assocarboni showed that coal fuelled 40% of total electricity pr… Wed, 03 May 2017 23:00:00 GMT Could biomimicry revolutionise renewable energy? A host of new technologies have been inspired by the natural world, as designers increasingly look to biomimicry when to creating new ideas for wind turbines, solar cells and hydropower. So could nature hold the answer to unlocking renewable energy? Wed, 26 Apr 2017 11:20:00 GMT 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