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Islands are proving that 100% green power is not just within reach, but can actually work. Looking at examples from Iceland to Tokelau, we find out what mainland countries can learn from the pioneering island nations implementing their renewable energy targets. We also explore the potential of solar energy as a bridge fuel in traditional coal-fired plants, and investigate the financial links between supposedly independent groups lobbying against clean energy policies and the fossil fuel and utility industries.

Plus, we get the latest on the increasingly controversial Hinkley Point C nuclear project in the UK, speak to Tokamak Energy about its vision for small-scale fusion, and find out how Japan’s return to nuclear power will affect the market for LNG, the fuel the country has largely relied on for its power generation since the Fukushima disaster in 2011.

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In this issue

A War of Words
Is the US energy debate being framed honestly and independently? In many cases not, says Gabe Elsner of the Energy & Policy Institute, a think tank exposing the financial links between supposedly independent groups attacking clean energy policies and the fossil fuel and utility industries. Chris Lo reports.
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Do as the Islands Do
Several islands have committed to using 100% renewable energy. Lindsay Dodgson looks into the techniques they have used to find out what lessons mainland countries can learn as they transition to renewable power.
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Big Ideas in a Small Vessel
Tokamak Energy is hard at work to prove that small spherical tokamaks combined with high-temperature superconductors can speed up the path to fusion energy. Chris Lo finds out more from the company’s CEO Dr David Kingham.
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Hinkley Point C: The UK’s Nuclear White Elephant?
The Hinkley Point C project has gained approval but criticism remains high due to the UK securing Chinese investment. Chris Lo asks, is the government right to pursue Britain’s first nuclear plant in 20 years on these terms?
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Fukushima’s LNG Legacy
Japan’s four-year run of record-breaking liquid natural gas consumption in the wake of the Fukushima disaster is set to come to an end as the country switches its nuclear reactors back on. Heidi Vella finds out how the move will affect global the LNG market.
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The Prodigal Sun
Solar thermal energy that heats transfer fluids in traditional coal-fired plants has the potential to provide a bridge from fossil fuels to renewables. Julian Turner analyses a new study of the process.
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UK campaign 38 Degrees is working with energy switching specialists The Big Deal to coordinate a mass switch from the Big Six energy providers to “better, cleaner and cheaper” alternatives. We find out what the campaign hopes to achieve and what impact a mass switch away from the leading facilities could have on the country’s energy sector.

Researchers in the US have found a new way of harvesting sunlight for energy generation through the use of light-activated gold nanoparticles – a method which could help to significantly increase the efficiency of solar-to-power conversion and help to reduce the cost of solar generation. We take a closer look at the technology and its commercial potential. We also investigate the potential of sewage sludge and farmyard slurries for energy conversion, examine the details of the UK’s nuclear power deal with China and find out why the World Bank has made a rare exception to its clean energy funding policy by providing funding for a lignite coal power plant in Kosovo.

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