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September 2, 2021

Barriers to batteries: new issue of Future Power Technology out now

In this issue: hurdles to batteries’ role in the energy transition, European wind power regulation, the US’s massive clean energy investment, and more.

By Callum Tyndall

Battery and battery storage technologies have an increasingly important role to play in the energy transition, from fossil fuels to renewables, but significant challenges remain in terms of investment, under-capacity, and the ethics of mining for commodities such as cobalt. We find out how the sector is evolving.

Also, after the UK MET Office revealed the tangible impact that climate change already has on the UK’s weather system, we look into how the energy industry can help rectify some of the damage already caused by excessive greenhouse gases.

Lastly, in July, the US Senate passed a massive $550bn clean energy investment bill, a plan dubbed a “once-in-generation investment” by the White House to dramatically improve the US’s clean energy landscape. On paper, the bill ticks all the boxes, with $73bn set aside for clean energy generation and a further $7.5bn for electric vehicles, as the US looks to improve its environmental performance across all levels of its society. We investigate.

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In this issue 

The great recharge: the state of play in the global battery market

Battery and battery storage technologies have an increasingly important role to play in the energy transition, from fossil fuels to renewables. However, significant challenges remain in terms of investment, under-capacity, and the ethics of mining for commodities such as cobalt, as Julian Turner finds out.

Read more.

Europe’s winds of climate change 

As large swathes of Europe burn or sink under feet of water, the pressure on government and industries to cut their carbon emissions mounts. Andrew Tunnicliffe speaks with WindEurope about how wind can be a significant tool in the fight against climate change, if barriers such as sluggish permitting approvals can be overcome. 

Read more.

Robotic technologies in offshore wind 

With the sharp need for more efficient renewable solutions to help battle worsening climate change, industry operators have been investing capital, time, and effort to incorporate robotic technologies in the offshore wind sector. Yoana Cholteeva speaks to experts to discover how robotics is helping to solve challenges in the industry. 

Read more.

Impending climate crisis: what can the industry do now to rectify it?

After the UK MET Office revealed the tangible impact that climate change already has on the UK’s weather system, Yoana Cholteeva investigates how the energy industry can help rectify some of the damage already caused by excessive greenhouse gases.

Read more.

Small-scale monitoring, big-time changes: how RTUs have adapted to the world’s energy mix

As the world’s energy becomes more decentralised, monitoring devices must adapt. JP Casey speaks to Ovarro to learn about these changes.

Read more.

A $550bn project: inside the US’s massive clean energy investment

The US is considering a $550bn clean energy bill that will modernise everything from power generation to bus networks. JP Casey investigates.

Read more.

Preview – Future Power Technology October 2021

In the next issue, the dangers of climate change and the power industry’s connection to it have prompted a lot of change; we look at the moves that industry players are making to increase their sustainability.

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