Reports have revealed the extent to which a US – Ukraine coal supply deal has warmed relations between the two countries. Conversely, this deal has caused tension between the US and Russia and major players in the Middle East. In this issue, we consider how energy supply deals and technology cooperation agreements can build trust between nations, and explore key case studies where international diplomacy and energy have become intertwined.
With solar being the fastest-growing source of new energy in 2016, we map out the emergence of major solar power projects worldwide, we find out about France’s approach to dealing with spent nuclear fuel and radioactive waste as the country gets the nod of approval from the International Atomic Energy Agency, and ask if the golden age of gas may die out before it’s fully started, or if carbon capture technologies will manage to save the day.
Also, we hear about the pioneering concept of scavenging energy from moving objects such as Crossrail trains, and uncover National Grid’s changing attitude of valuing flexibility over power capacity following the UK’s T-4 auction.
In this issue
The global solar power boom Solar power was the fastest-growing source of new energy in 2016, making up two thirds of added power capacity. But where are the global hot spots for solar investment and installation? We take a look at the solar hotspots, including Australia, China and even many of US states that voted for the coal-backing Trump administration. Click here to read
Energy scavenging: Crossrail leads the way Moya Power has developed a pioneering plastic sheeting that enables energy to be scavenged from moving objects. The piezoelectric textiles are being rolled out across London’s Crossrail tunnels, to exploit waste energy from moving trains. As the world becomes more urbanised, will technologies such as this become more common? Click here to read
Breaking down the T-4 capacity auction This year’s T-4 auction energy supply auction in the UK has, according to commentators, seen a seismic shift in National Grid’s attitude to capacity. Low clearing price suggests the market is valuing flexibility over capacity. The shift reflects a surfeit of capacity but also a proliferation of renewables. So what does it tell us about the type of capacity and how attitudes are changing? Click here to read
Power plays: the role of energy in modern geopolitics Recent reports have revealed the extent to which a coal supply deal brokered between the US and Ukraine warmed relations between the two countries. How can energy supply deals and technology cooperation agreements build trust between nations? We explore some key case studies where international diplomacy and energy have been intertwined. Click here to read
The golden age of gas For decades now gas has been touted as the best practical alternative to oil, but in recent years the conversation has started to change as climate commitments demand a quicker switch to renewables. Some commentators are now suggesting the ‘Golden Age of Gas’ may die out before it really even begins. So what happened and could technologies like CCS save the day for the gas companies? Click here to read
Managing nuclear waste in France An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) team of experts has given France a clean bill of health for showing a responsible approach to the management of radioactive waste and spent nuclear fuel. For a country that depends on nuclear energy for so much of its energy supply there is a lot of spent fuel to dispose, so how do they do it? And are approaches changing? Click here to read
Preview – Future Power June
Digitisation of the energy sector is a matter of when not if, but with so many new solutions available where do companies start? ABB is launching its first digital operations centre in Genoa dedicated to power producers. We explore how remote digital solutions can help plant managers reduce costs and better manage fundamental disruption to the sector, and ask how ABB’s new offering stacks up against its competitors.
In technology, we speak to the company behind the smart grid inspired by the internet of things which has already connected 900,000 meters to the system, ask if the upcoming, government-supported Origen Power could mark the beginning of cleaner gas power, assess the power of new-age commodities, such as cobalt and sodium-ion, and their potential to compete with lithium-ion batteries in the green market, and uncover the challenges of creating ever-larger wind turbines.
Also, we consider the political ramifications of the US Government’s new omnibus spending package which adores the Trump administration’s demands for deep cuts in the renewables sector.
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