New Features information at Power Technology New and updated information from Features listed on en-us New Features information at Power Technology The Faraday Challenge: boosting batteries in Britain Battery technology is set to take centre stage in Britain’s energy future, with Business Secretary Greg Clark announcing a £246m investment and policy reforms to ensure a more flexible and secure UK energy system. But what will this mean for everyday… Wed, 26 Jul 2017 10:10:00 GMT Could air be the next big battery breakthrough? The air all around us could provide an alternative to chemical batteries, helping store energy from unpredictable power sources such as wind and solar. A new project, RICAS 2020, aims to compress air in underground caverns until it heats under the pr… Sun, 23 Jul 2017 23:00:00 GMT The power of prescience: Predicting and preventing blackouts on the US power grid Based on analysis of blackouts from over the last 50 years, start-up Prescient Transmission Systems has developed a predictive methodology designed to ensure the US power grid doesn’t go down. Ross Davies spoke to CEO and founder Jerry Wolfe to find … Wed, 19 Jul 2017 23:00:00 GMT Overcapacity and the challenges of going 100% renewable The installation of intermittent renewables such as wind and solar photovoltaics is growing rapidly in many advanced markets, but looking to the future, what challenges do intermittency and overcapacity pose to countries looking to move towards the h… Mon, 17 Jul 2017 23:00:00 GMT Another step towards clean energy as kinetic street opens in London The kinetic energy produced by shoppers as they walk up and down Oxford Street is being captured to power light and sound on Bird Street, where Pavegen have installed their award winning V3 smart flooring . Could this be a model for the rest of Londo… Thu, 13 Jul 2017 11:33:00 GMT Could a daisy chain of artificial islands be the future of offshore wind? TenneT has embarked on the first steps of its North Sea Power Hub project, which aims to bring wind power to thousands of people by building a daisy chain link of turbines and islands. Could this be the beginning of a new model for offshore wind? Mon, 10 Jul 2017 09:10:00 GMT Future Power Technology: Issue 88 In this issue: A fusion-fission hybrid, Wales's new nuclear, powering Madagascar, predicting blackouts, blockchains for smartgrids, onshore wind investments, and more Thu, 06 Jul 2017 11:15:00 GMT Winds of change: Scotland leads the way on low-carbon wind energy Scotland set a new record for wind power output in March, jumping more than 80% year-on-year, yet the UK Government has withdrawn new subsidies for onshore windfarms. What will it take to bring cheap, low-carbon onshore wind energy back into the main… Wed, 05 Jul 2017 23:00:00 GMT June's top stories: Siemens collaborates with Duke Energy, UN chief urges US to retain Paris climate deal Siemens entered an agreement with Duke Energy to support development of gas turbine technologies, UN chief urged US to retain Paris climate deal. wraps up the key headlines from June, 2017. Wed, 05 Jul 2017 23:00:00 GMT The five-step guide to a smarter grid Smart grid technologies offer a range of potential benefits, but maximising the value of grid modernisation programmes is easier said than done. Mike O’Boyle of US-based think tank Energy Innovation describes the five-step framework his organisation … Mon, 03 Jul 2017 23:00:00 GMT Powering Madagascar Madagascar is a vast island with a growing population and virtually no electricity grid, especially in the south, causing a problem that is severely hampering economic growth. Will the government’s national utility company, Jirama, finally clean up i… Sun, 02 Jul 2017 23:00:00 GMT Decarbonisation, decentralisation and digitalisation: the big drivers at PowerGen 2017 PowerGen kicked off on Tuesday the 27th and three key themes quickly emerged as prime factors that will shape the future of the power industry. Wed, 28 Jun 2017 23:00:00 GMT Wylfa: new nuclear for Britain on the Horizon Hitachi’s Horizon has submitted its application for a licence to build a new nuclear plant at Wylfa in Wales – the first since Hinkley Point C’s in 2011. But will Horizon face the same challenges as its counterpart in Somerset? Mon, 26 Jun 2017 09:04:00 GMT Sorting out South Australia’s energy woes South Australia has been plagued by blackouts and the government is now taking some unusual measures to provide energy security in the wind and gas power-reliant region, including offering AUD150m to encourage the development of 100MW of battery stor… Sun, 25 Jun 2017 23:00:00 GMT Cash for ash: tracking a renewable subsidy scandal As the UK Conservative Party looks to move forwards with its partnership with Northern Ireland’s DUP, past environmental scandals are once again being examined. But what is ‘cash for ash’ and how did it go wrong? Wed, 21 Jun 2017 06:00:00 GMT Nuclear decommissioning: sending the robots in Researchers from the STAR Lab, in collaboration with Sellafield and the National Nuclear Laboratory, are exploring the use of autonomous robots in the nuclear decommissioning process. Robotics could transform the industry, but what obstacles still ne… Mon, 19 Jun 2017 07:00:00 GMT High priority: can a human-robotics hybrid make wind farms safer? The recent deaths of two workers have focused attention on safety at UK wind farms. Julian Turner talks to Kate Harvey of the Global Offshore Wind Health and Safety Organisation, and David Flynn and Keith Brown, two engineers working on a human-robot… Wed, 14 Jun 2017 23:00:00 GMT Future Power Technology: Operations & Maintenance Special Issue 14 In this issue: Renewables and the challenge of overcapacity, tech solutions for improving offshore wind safety, South Australia’s energy woes, a five-step guide to a smarter grid, addressing cyber security in energy networks, robotics for nuclear dec… Wed, 14 Jun 2017 11:42:00 GMT Ups and downs: how to motivate energy consumers to cut energy use How do you motivate consumers to cut energy use, especially at peak times? Two projects, CityOpt and the Nudgeathon, have set out to improve energy user awareness to help lower their energy consumption habits. Tue, 13 Jun 2017 07:00:00 GMT May's top stories: NEXTracker's tracker technology, India approves 7,000MW of PHWRs NEXTracker has commenced supplying advanced single-axis trackers to a 750MW solarpower plant in Northern Mexico, NPCIL to build ten new units of locally-designed pressurised heavy water reactors (PHWR). wraps up the key headlines… Mon, 05 Jun 2017 23:00:00 GMT