Future Power Technology: Issue 69
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Future Power Technology: Issue 69

03 Dec 2015

In this issue: China’s bid for world leadership in nuclear technology exports, a nano boost for solar power, the year in the wind industry, the commercial power potential of sludge and slurry, Kosovo’s clean coal plan and more.

Future Power Technology: Issue 69

Future Power Technology

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The approval of the Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant has set in motion a chain of contracts, with China agreeing to take over additional sites in the UK. We examine this partnership and China’s journey towards becoming a world-leader in exports of civil nuclear technology.

After ending its support for fossil fuel projects, the World Bank is now funding a new coal-fired plant in Kosovo. We investigate how building a coal facility could bring environmental benefits to the country. In renewables, GlobalData reviews market developments in the wind industry and provides an outlook for 2016; plus we look at a discovery that offers more efficient, affordable solar power and explore the potential of harvesting biofuels from sewage. Also, we take a look at an initiative in the UK which tries to coordinate a mass switch from the big six utilities to smaller providers, and the reasons behind this effort.

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In this issue

Nano Power: A New Boost for Solar?
Rice University researchers in the US have found an effective way to harvest sunlight through the use of tiny light-activated gold nanoparticles. Lindsay Dodgson investigates how this new technology is contributing to the falling cost of solar.
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A Good Year
It has been a busy year for the global wind industry, with new capacity and order books growing steadily. GlobalData reviews recent market developments and offers an outlook to 2016.
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Europe’s Circular Economy in Action
Research from Outotec and Stuttgart University, supported by KIC InnoEnergy, shows that green energy and nutrient recovery provides powerful incentives to develop and commercialise solutions for processing and converting Europe’s sludge and slurry mountain
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Made in China
The proposed 3,200MW nuclear power plant at Hinkley Point in Somerset could be a defining step on China’s journey to becoming the world’s leading exporter of affordable civil nuclear tech. Julian Turner analyses China’s ascendency in nuclear power.
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Kosovo C: The Clean Coal Controversy
Kosovo’s energy supply crisis has presented the World Bank with a funding dilemma between the needs of the people and the environment. Chris Lo asks, can renewables fill Kosovo’s energy gap or is coal the only option?
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People Power
Collective switching has emerged as an alternative to the high prices of the UK’s ‘Big Six’ major utilities. Chris Lo asks, do these schemes hold the key to competition and a reform of the big players’ pricing systems?
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Westinghouse Electric has proposed partnering with the UK to develop small modular reactor technology that it claims could transform the country into a global supplier of cutting-edge nuclear equipment. We take a closer look at the effects of the potential partnership, and the likelihood of the government making a deal.

The US Federal Investment Tax Credits to support the growth of renewable projects is entering its final year, and we consider the impact the subsidy has had on the energy market, as well as asking how ocean power can compete for attention and funding in a crowded sector, and whether tobacco as a biofuel could be a viable and lucrative alternative to fossil fuels.

Also, we see how the US-based PRIME Coalition is connecting early-stage green energy projects to charitable funds, in order to help bridge the clean tech investment gap.

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