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Following the news that 28 EU states have reached their renewable energy targets for 2020 already, we map the progress being made across the EU in a special interactive feature.
Hornsea 1, the world’s largest wind farm, has started producing electricity – a monumental feat. Elsewhere in the UK, we look at the Swansea Tidal project, as it seeks private financing which may revive it. In North Yorkshire, a new carbon capture project has begun at the Drax power plant, a major step forward for such technologies. In Cornwall, work is underway to determine whether geothermal energy could be a possibility for the UK.
Elsewhere, Japan seems to finally be embracing wind power in an effort to meet demand as its nuclear fleet remains offline. China is embarking on a very ambitious project to determine whether it can gather solar power from space, and beam it back down.
Finally, we speak to smart battery company Moixa about its technology, and the coming battery boom.
In this issue
Mapping progress as EU states work towards 2020 energy targets
Eleven of the 28 EU states reached their renewable energy targets for 2020 in 2017, according to a report by the EU statistical office eurostat. So far so good, but what of the others? Molly lempriere maps the progress achieved by EU states so far.
Hornsea 1 kicks into life: will it electrify the UK wind market too?
Electricity has begun to flow at Hornsea 1, a wind array that will become the world’s biggest offshore wind farm off the coast of the UK. This milestone makes the UK’s offshore wind sector arguably the best in the world, and with significant investment recently announced it looks set to maintain that position. Andrew Tunnicliffe talks with Denmark’s Ørsted and energy trade association Renewableuk about the growing appetite for wind power and the opportunities it offers.
The winds of change blow for Japan’s energy mix
Following the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, japan has struggled as many of its nuclear power plants remain off the grid, forcing the country to turn to expensive foreign gas imports. A new report however highlights the potential wind power has for transforming the Japanese energy mix. Could a great leap see japan become a wind powerhouse? Molly Lempriere reports.
In focus: a change in the wind for Swansea Tidal
After being rejected by the conservative government for being too costly, plans to build a massive tidal lagoon in Swansea, wales, have been resurrected and this time no government funding is required. Tidal lagoon power believes the money can be raised from companies who will benefit from the power and claims it can get it done within six years. Molly Lempriere catches up with one of the most ambitious tidal energy schemes in the world.
Orbital solar power: beaming the sun’s rays back down to earth
China has invested $15m in a test for a“solar space station”, a craft that will orbit the earth, absorbing solar rays, converting them into electricity, and beaming them back down to the planet; but it remains to be seen if this ambitious project can overcome the significant technological hurdles it faces. JP Casey reports.
Drax’s great biomass carbon capture experiment
Drax power station in North Yorkshire, UK, has started capturing carbon dioxide through its new bioenergy carbon capture and storage (BECCS) pilot project – the first anywhere in the world. To find out more about the technology and the plant’s journey towards eventual carbon-neutrality, Heidi Vella spoke with Drax’s research and innovation engineer, Carl Clayton.
Could Cornish granite unlock deep geothermal energy in England?
The united downs deep geothermal power project in Cornwall promises to make deep geothermal energy generation a reality in the UK. Julian Turner talks to Robin Shail of the University Of Exeter’s Camborne School of Mines, about the challenge of sourcing funding and drilling three miles below the surface.
Q&A: Moixa on booming batteries and the rise of virtual power plants
Following a year of rapid growth and international expansion, UK smart battery and grid optimization company, Moixa, was recently honoured in the prestigious 2019 Global Cleantech 100 list. Heidi Vella caught up with the company’s co-founder and CTO, Chris Wright, to find out more about the firm’s future-facing technology, including its plans to use car batteries for home energy storage.
Preview – Future Power June
As the Trump administration explores the possibility of selling US technology to Saudi Arabia, we look at the kingdom’s civil nuclear push and its potential routes for development. Plus, the ‘US Energy and Employment Report 2019’ details how job opportunities in the energy industry are growing and who is most in demand.
We also take a look at the UK’s plan to get 30% of its electricity from wind power by 2030, its efforts ti upgrade its transmission and distribution system using Edinburgh-based start-up Faraday Grid’s smart power management, and a project led by the University of Nottingham, which is hoping to spark a brand new biofuel industry in Ghana.
Finally, Germany has set aside around $1.1bn to support battery production, research from the IEEFA has shown that the rate of lenders exiting coal has accelerated of over one per month, and SOS Intl and WSC have developed the first power industry simulator designed to train distribution system operators to perform normal and emergency tasks.