Future Power Technology Magazine: Issue 51 | June 2014

The Indian Government has announced an ambitious plan to build what could be the world’s most powerful solar plant, in line with its Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission, which aims to see 20,000 MW of grid connected solar power by 2022. We investigate the viability of this mega project and ask whether it is the right approach to plugging the country’s energy gaps.

We also explore the challenges the European power sector will face in creating a clean, affordable and reliable energy mix for the future and take a look at the German power market as it balances the integration of a growing renewable sector with the potential supply gaps created by the nuclear phase-out.

Moreover, we assess the commercial potential of new alternative energy ideas such as energy-harvesting textiles and a microbial battery, explore the growing support for small modular reactors and find out which countries are leading the way with investment and R&D into carbon capture and storage.

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In this issue

Maintaining the Power Balance
As the European power sector seeks a balance between affordable, clean and reliable electricity, Power-Gen Europe conference director Nigel Blackaby reviews the costs and strategic implications of meeting this challenge.
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Market Outlook: Germany
As Germany juggles the integration of its rapidly growing renewable capacity with a nuclear phase-out and ambitious emission targets, GlobalData senior analyst for power Chiradeep Chatterjee provides an overview of the country’s power market.
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A Tall Order
In line with its ambitious Jawaharlal Nehru national solar mission, the Indian Government has recently announced plans for what could become the world’s most powerful solar plant. Dr Gareth Evans reports.
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Meet the Micro Power Plant
Scientists have developed a microbial battery using ‘wired microbes’ to create power from sewage. Heidi Vella asks whether the technology used could be scaled up for commercial power generation.
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Power Suit
Researchers at the University of Bolton are pioneering energy-harvesting textiles based on the piezoelectric effect. Adam Leach finds out whether this new technology has the potential for commercial applications.
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Nuclear’s New Generation
A new research paper from the University of Lincoln has added to the growing support for small modular reactors. Adam Leach asks one of the authors how they could help the industry cope with an ever-growing demand for energy.
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Pushing Ahead with CCS
As continued investment and R&D efforts are bringing carbon capture and storage technology into the realms of viability, GlobalData looks at the countries leading the way.
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Due to low domestic resources mean that South Korea imports 97% of its energy needs, while its aggressively ambitious oil and gas industry is focusing on overseas exploration. In this special report we profile South Korea’s unique energy industry.

We also find out how Iceland’s research into magma-based geothermal energy is progressing and visit the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy in the UK to get a video tour of the MAST reactor and find out about the latest progress of JET, the world’s largest fusion experiment.

Moreover, we investigate the current shift in Europe away from centralised energy generation and distribution and take a look at Norway’s innovative real-time electricity pricing pilot project.

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