Future Power Technology Magazine: Issue 61

1 April 2015 (Last Updated April 1st, 2015 09:51)

In this issue: Establishing North America’s first offshore freshwater project, one step closer to artificial photosynthesis, issues topping the agenda in the UK election, underground coal gasification in Pakistan’s Thar Desert and more.

Future Power Technology Magazine: Issue 61

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Future Power Technology Magazine: Issue 61 | April 2015

Wind power in the US has yet to take off on a large scale, but now the developers of a 50GW offshore installation in Lake Erie are hoping to help establish a domestic supply chain for offshore wind in the country. We speak to the team behind North America’s first offshore freshwater project to find out more.

Scientists have reached a milestone in the quest to mimic the process of photosynthesis, which could pave the way for the development of an efficient alternative fuel – so how close have we come to generating power through artificial photosynthesis?

Also in this issue, we ask which energy issues are at the top of the agenda in the upcoming UK election, look at Pakistan’s controversial plans for underground coal gasification in the Thar Desert, speak to conservation scientists who have called on the environmental community to accept nuclear power as a key part of the future energy mix, and find out how UK-based cleantech start-ups can secure investment overseas.

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In this issue

An Uncertain Future
The upcoming UK general election promises to be the most unpredictable in decades. Chris Lo looks at the parties’ policies around UK energy and its future, and finds out which issues top the agenda.
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Breaking the Ice
The Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation’s Icebreaker project offers a potential 50GW from offshore freshwater turbines. Adam Leach finds out how the organisation seeks to boost a domestic supply chain and increase support for wind power.
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Shine a Light on It
Scientists searching for a way to mimic the process of photosynthesis have reached a significant milestone in the quest to develop an efficient and abundant alternative fuel. Adam Leach speaks to project lead Villy Sundstrom to find out more.
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Tips from the Valley
Breaking into foreign markets and securing investments abroad is vital for many UK-based cleantech start-ups, but how do they go about selling their products overseas? Heidi Vella-Starr gets some insights from members of a government-backed entrepreneurial trip to Silicon Valley.
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A Call for Support
Seventy-five academics have signed an open letter calling for a larger role for nuclear in the future energy mix and entreating environmentalists to think objectively. Elly Earls talks to one of the scientists behind the letter.
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Building on Sand
Plans for underground coal gasification in the Thar Desert of Pakistan have drawn fierce criticism from NGOs, however this hasn’t deterred the government from committing to the project. Heidi Vella-Starr looks into the arguments for and against the technology.
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Next issue preview

Biomass has been touted as a climate saviour but doubts over its actual carbon-cutting capabilities are growing. We investigate why current policy and practice does not deliver and what needs to change so biomass can earn its green credentials.

We also take a look at fresh energy ideas including Spain’s renewable-powered ‘autonomous’ street lamps, find out how the EU-funded SINFONIA project is assessing integrated technologies for smart cities, ask what the power shift in the US Congress will mean for Obama’s clean power funding, and explore the results of the Convention on Nuclear Safety earlier this year.

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