Heidi Vella

Heidi Vella is a feature writer for NRI Digital, covering the mining, offshore oil and gas, hydrocarbons and renewable power industries as well as the medical and pharmaceutical industries, modern transport systems, architecture and design.Before joining the NRI digital team, Heidi worked on several different consumer publications, including New Statesman, Matchbox Magazine and FilmJuice, as well as a stint in finance journalism as a feature writer for Bridging and Commercial.Heidi read English Literature at Roehampton University before completing an NCTJ Foundation in Journalism course at New Associates, London.

All articles by Heidi Vella

  1. ITER: will the world’s biggest fusion project change the future of energy?

    Fusion power, the nuclear reaction that powers the sun and stars, is the ultimate carbon-free energy source: clean, safe and…
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    19 Oct
  2. Galapagos: fragile archipelago switches petrol for renewables

    Pic courtesy: pantxorama In the Pacific Ocean, straddling the equator in both the northern and southern hemispheres, lies the UNESCO…
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    30 Aug
  3. The environmental and economic impacts of closing a nuclear plant

    Since the closure of the SONGS reactor in 2012 three nuclear power plants with a total of four reactors were…
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    8 Aug
  4. Will France overtake the UK as Europe’s tidal power leader?

    Sixteen kilometres off the Paimpol-Bréhat North Brittany coast, at a depth of 35m, lies a significant step for France’s tidal…
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    1 Jun
  5. Solar array maintenance: why are costs falling?

    It has often been thought that solar is maintenance free, but this is not strictly the case. Maintaining solar photovoltaic…
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    31 May
  6. The true cost of energy storage

    Numerous reports claim that, if the world is going to transition to a low-carbon economy to meet internationally set global…
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    31 May
  7. Breaking ground: efficient lithium-air battery demonstrator unveiled

    Lithium-air, or lithium-oxygen, batteries are often considered to be the ‘ultimate’ battery due to their theoretical energy density, which is…
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    18 Apr
  8. Ocean power in Europe: what’s holding back the tide?

    Europe is the current world leader in the ocean power technology space, having developed first-of-its-kind pioneering centres such as the…
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    6 Apr
  9. World’s first floating wind farm: the key to broadening wind power’s reach?

    In November 2015, Statoil made the final investment decision to go ahead with a 30MW floating wind farm offshore Peterhead…
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    13 Mar
  10. Converting coal plants: are the environmental rewards worth the investment?

    From Sweden to the US coal-fired power plants are being repurposed to run off greener fuels such as biomass and…
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    17 Feb
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