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Future Power Technology Magazine: Issue 67 | October 2015

Drax Power claims its biomass conversion process at Drax power station is the largest decarbonisation project in Europe, and was on its way to hitting its 50 millionth tonne of carbon saved. Or so the company thought in June this year, a month before the UK’s new Conservative government announced the end of the Climate Change Levy exemption for renewable electricity producers. We discuss Drax’s future, and ask how the solar industry, too, will be impacted by a loss of regulatory support.

Also in renewables, we find out why floating turbine technology is the future of offshore wind, and investigate how Good Energy is allowing customers to engage with the energy market.

Moreover, we learn how the UK’s biogas industry can reach its full potential, ask scientists about ammonia’s potential to solve the world’s clean energy dilemma, and take a closer look at the arguments for and against EDF and Areva’s new deal.

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In this issue

Floating Future
GlobalData’s practice head for power Amit Sharma explains why floating wind turbine technology is the future of offshore wind
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What Now for Drax Power?
With the Climate Change Levy the UK government threw a spanner in the works for Drax Power’s transition from coal to biomass. Chris Lo investigates what’s to come of the company’s massive power plant
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Life after Subsidies
Although the UK’s rooftop solar sector has lost support from the government, new entrants into the market and the promise of game-changing technologies are cause for optimism. Adam Leach looks into the state of the market and its future
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Hold Steady
The Sustainable Energy Association explains how a loss of regulatory support for UK solar power could endanger the continued growth of the supply chain
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Incentives for Growth
The UK’s anaerobic digestion and biogas industry is producing more electricity than ever before, but the sector is yet to reach its full potential, says Martin Wager of ENER-G. Heidi Vella asks what’s holding back progress
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Disrupting the System
As renewable energy producers feel the effects of a loss of government support, Adam Leach finds out how multiple award winner Good Energy aims to “create a blueprint for the UK to disrupt the existing system”
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A New Chapter
Critics suggest the deal between EDF and Areva announced in June could turn out to be a poisoned chalice. Abi Millar asks whether the new joint venture will be able to overcome the challenges ahead
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Is Ammonia the Answer?
Is ammonia the key to a new green revolution? Heidi Vella asks scientist Bill David from the University of Oxford and the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory why he believes ammonia could help solve the world’s clean energy dilemma
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Next issue preview

Islands are proving that 100% green power is not just within reach, but can actually work. We find out what other countries can learn from pioneering island nations’ renewable energy practices. We also look into solar thermal energy’s potential to wean the industry off fossil fuels, and investigate attacks on renewable energy by fossil fuel industry-funded ‘front’ groups.

Furthermore, we find out how Tokamak Energy aims to accelerate the development of fusion energy, ask about the potential effects of Japan switching its nuclear reactors back on, and catch up with the UK’s increasingly expensive and controversial Hinckley Point C project.

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