Future Power Technology Magazine: Issue 50 | May 2014

As research into solar power generation moves forward, new ideas are emerging to make the technology more reliable and cost-efficient. We take a look at the potential of lighter, transparent and printable solar cells and examine the global market for solar trackers.

We also we investigate claims that large-scale wind farm development could negatively affect the climate and review the latest research into the matter, hear from POWER-GEN Europe’s advisory board on the challenges of a transition to renewables and catch up with the latest breakthroughs in nuclear fusion research.

Moreover, we examine the details of the UK Government’s £4bn commitment to energy storage and take a look at Areva and Schneider Electric’s partnership to develop energy storage based on hydrogen fuel cell technology.

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Future Photovoltaics
By developing cells that are lighter, transparent and organic, researchers hope to make solar technology more economical. Adam Leach asks the leader of a €16m project how this can be achieved
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On Track for Success
As the market for solar trackers continues to grow, GlobalData explores future trends and the cost and benefits the technology offers for different types of solar installations
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Quantifying Wind Power
The effects of wind farm development across Europe has been quantified for the first time in a study revealing that even a massive amount of new installations will have a limited impact on the climate. Dr Nicola Davies finds out more
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The Missing Link
After pledging to support the development of energy storage, is the UK Government creating the right policy framework to help the sector integrate into the country’s energy network? Heidi Vella investigates
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Plugging the Gaps
Areva and Schneider Electric have joined forces to develop energy management and storage solutions based on hydrogen fuel cell technology. Adam Leach explores the project
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Countdown to Fusion
Scientists in California have reached a milestone in nuclear fusion research, generating more energy from a fusion reactor than transferred to the nuclear fuel. Adam Leach finds out more
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Navigating the Power Transition
Utilities face upheaval as change sweeps across the European power industry and the integration of renewables gains pace. Members of POWER-GEN Europe’s advisory board address some of the key questions in this round table interview
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Industry project
We take a look at the Nyaganskaya GRES CCGT power plant in Russia
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The age-old challenge of finding a balance between affordable, clean and reliable electricity has become ever more acute for the European power sector. We investigate the cots and strategic implications of the industry’s transition to a low carbon future.

We also take a look at Germany’s power market and India’s lofty solar ambitions and explore innovative alternative energy ideas such as ‘wired microbes’ creating power from sewage and new energy harvesting textiles. Moreover, we check in on the progress new small modular reactor designs and hear from GlobalData about the leading markets for carbon capture and storage technology.

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