All articles by Heidi Vella

  1. Bridge to nowhere: does natural gas energy have a future?

    Emitting around half the CO2 of coal fired power plants, natural gas energy generation is often considered a ‘bridge’ fuel…
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    6 Jul
  2. Electrifying transport: how the UK’s net-zero ambitions will affect the grid

    Last year, the UK became one of the first major economies to write into law its commitment to bring all greenhouse…
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    13 May
  3. Inside the world’s first digital twin of a hydroelectric power station

    Originally designed in the 1960s, with engineering work completed in the 1970s, the Turlough Hill hydroelectric power station in Ireland…
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    20 Apr
  4. Bolivian unrest: what now for the country’s nuclear ambitions?

    Home to part of the Andean mountain range, as well as some of the highest above-sea-level cities in the world,…
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    30 Jan
  5. Q&A: lighting up customer service with Octopus Energy

    In Which?’s 2019 annual energy customer service survey, relative newcomer to the sector  Octopus Energy emerged as the highest rated…
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    21 Jan
  6. Does the European Pressurised Reactor have a future?

    In September 2019, EDF Energy announced that Unit 2 of its third-generation European Pressurised Reactor (EPR) technology at the Taishan…
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    5 Dec
  7. The long march of hydrogen: are we there yet?

    On a brisk autumnal October day, the world’s first hydrogen-powered ship docked along the Thames in London. The Energy Observer…
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    21 Nov
  8. Could the nation’s fridges rebalance the UK Grid?

    As the share of renewables in the UK energy system increases, so does the need for flexibility in the grid….
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    19 Nov
  9. Walcha on the way: massive Australian energy project takes shape

    Australia is in the midst of a renewable energy boom. Rapid investment in new clean power projects in recent years…
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    23 Oct
  10. Q&A: talking stable salt reactors and the future of nuclear with Moltex

    The soaring cost of nuclear power generation, in part due to increased safety regulations, has seen the sector struggle to…
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    14 Oct
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