Future Power Technology – Issue 102

5 September 2018 (Last Updated July 29th, 2020 21:47)

In this issue: Recasting the EU Renewable Energy Directive, promising renewable projects in Africa, the world’s biggest solar power plants, risks faced by paramedics on offshore windfarms, and more

Future Power Technology – Issue 102

The September issue of Future Power Technology is out now and you can read it here for free on all devices.

The EU’s Renewable Energy Directive has been recast, raising renewables targets and establishing a clear regulatory framework on self-consumption. Importantly, it has clarified the definition of biomass, previously drawing criticism for being too simplistic. We review the key changes to the directive and the concerns about biomass in particular.

We also take a look at the potential of renewables to transform energy systems across the African continent and profile the most promising new energy markets in the region, and consider the implications of India’s recent decision to impose a safeguard duty on solar cells and modules imported from China and Malaysia for the next two years. Also in solar, we round up the world’s biggest solar power plants by installed capacity.

Plus, we check in with Siemens’ pilot project for ammonia-based energy storage, take a look at ABB and Imperial University London’s carbon capture plant, find out how energy usage and demand is set to change as a result of global warming, and consider the risks faced by paramedics working on remote offshore windfarms.

In this issue

Can renewables meet their potential in Africa?
A recent report from Hogan Lovells highlights the potential of renewables to transform the energy system in Africa. What are the most promising new energy markets, why are they exciting and what challenges remain? Molly Lempriere reports.
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Biomass in the EU: has the latest energy directive done enough to calm fears?
The European Union’s Renewable Energy Directive has been recast, raising the renewables target and establishing a clear framework on self-consumption. Despite the positives there has also been criticism, especially over the definition of biomass. What were these concerns and what has the recast changed? Molly Lempriere finds out.
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Cold comfort: energy in a warming world
As the world heats up, energy demand is shifting. More energy is needed for cooling systems as heatwaves create health and safety concerns, yet little is being done to meet this requirement. Molly Lempriere considers the implications of a warming world on energy demand.
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India’s safeguard duty: targeting Chinese and Malaysian solar tech
India’s Ministry of Commerce, through the Directorate General of Trade Remedies, has imposed a safeguard duty on solar cells and modules imported from China and Malaysia for the next two years. GlobalData Energy considers the implications of the duty.
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Could ammonia be the next key player in energy storage?
Reliable energy storage has fast become the target technology to unlock the vast potential of renewable energy, and while lithium currently hogs the spotlight as the battery material of choice, a new ammonia demonstrator piloted by Siemens is showing strong potential. Scarlett Evans reports.
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Inside London’s very own carbon capture (test) plant
Filling four stories of Imperial College London, UK, is a one-of-a-kind carbon capture plant. Built for students in partnership with ABB, the facility is currently being used to test the firm’s new software solution that will allow pupils to understand how different plant devices work. Heidi Vella finds out more from ABB digital lead David Lincoln.
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Golden hour: the paramedics saving lives on offshore windfarms
SSI Energy has secured two contracts to supply highly trained, dual role technicians to work on the Greater Gabbard Offshore Wind Farm and to deploy paramedics during construction of the East Anglia One project. Talal Husseini considers the risks faced by paramedics working on these remote windfarms.
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In pictures: the world’s biggest solar power plants
Solar is one of the fastest growing energy sources in the world, and with countries racing to assert their dominance in the burgeoning industry the leading nation is never clear for long. Scarlett Evans profiles the eight biggest solar power plants in the world.
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Preview – Future Power October

A new report published by Eurelectric examines the impact blockchain will have on Europe’s distribution network operators. The digital ledger technology is a potential threat to operators, offering a cheaper and more efficient alternative, but with it comes concerns of a monopolised network system. Could blockchain spell the end for the traditional network distribution model?

We also find out more about a mobile app that allows Northern Powergrid customers to win cash prizes by turning off appliances at times of peak demand, consider whether a big city can retrofit its already vast network of drinking water and sewage pipes with turbines capable of producing hydropower, and in a special roundtable feature we ask experts for their opinions on new nuclear in the UK.

Plus, we talk to Centrica about how an organisation as large and unwieldy as the NHS could benefit from an energy upgrade, investigate the role of water in the coal supply chain, and address the £1.3bn worth of energy loss in the UK due to poor cabling.