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Going continental: new issue of Future Power Technology out now

04 Feb 2021

In this issue: IONITY's Europe-wide EV charging network, hearing from energy's young voices, a look at whether China boost hydrogen as it did solar, and more.

Going continental: new issue of Future Power Technology out now

In this issue, while electric vehicles have seen increased usage in Europe in recent years, a fragmented mess of national legislation and technological diversity is stifling growth. Car manufacturing joint venture IONITY plans to change this however, replacing these overlapping systems with a single charging network for the whole continent to use. 

Also, the UK Energy Institute’s Young Professionals Council has launched The Generation 2050 Manifesto – a call to take more decisive action on both universal energy access and climate change mitigation. To find out more, we spoke to Sinéad Obeng, chair of the Young Professionals Council.

Furthermore, China has already accelerated the adoption of solar power around the world, and now there is hope that it could do the same for hydrogen. However, despite being the world’s largest producer of hydrogen power, much of this production is tied to fossil fuels, raising the question of whether China can ever fully embrace green hydrogen.

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In this issue 

Power grids: the value of regular health checks

Since offering free quarterly power grid health checks to its customers, Swiss grid management company Depsys says that 50% have discovered previously unknown critical points in their networks. Heidi Vella speaks to Anja Langer Jacquin, CCO, and Antony Pinto, head of customer success, to find out what’s emerging from the data and how analytics can help operators become more active players in the energy transition. 

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Generation 2050 Manifesto: hearing from young voices within energy

The UK Energy Institute’s Young Professionals Council has launched The Generation 2050 Manifesto – a call to take more decisive action on both universal energy access and climate change mitigation. To find out more, Heidi Vella spoke to Sinéad Obeng, chair of the Young Professionals Council.

Read more.

Will China do for hydrogen what it did for solar power?

China has already accelerated the adoption of solar power around the world, and now there is hope that it could do the same for hydrogen. However, despite being the world’s largest producer of hydrogen power, much of this production is tied to fossil fuels, raising the question of whether China can ever fully embrace green hydrogen. JP Casey investigates.

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All in this together: the challenge of building Europe-wide EV infrastructure

While electric vehicles have seen increased usage in Europe in recent years, a fragmented mess of national legislation and technological diversity is stifling growth. JP Casey speaks to car manufacturing joint venture IONITY about its plans to replace these overlapping systems with a single charging network for the whole continent to use. 

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Inside the world’s largest dam-based floating solar power project 

A floating PV solar array planned for operation at a dam in South Korea will be the world’s largest constructed at such a facility. Heidi Vella spoke to the team to find out more about the project and the future potential of such technology.  

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NorthWind: inside Norway’s new wind power research centre 

In December of 2020, Norwegian Minister of Petroleum and Energy Tina Bru announced an investment of NOK120m (€11.3m) in a new wind power research centre in Norway. The centre will seek to improve existing wind power technologies and increase offshore clusters of turbines. Scarlett Evans finds out more.

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A path to fish-friendly hydropower 

A Europe-wide project called FIThydro has been working with research and industrial partners to study the negative effects of existing hydroelectric power plants on fish populations and aquatic habitats to deliver new assessment and decision-making support tools. Yoana Cholteeva finds out more. 

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From oil and gas to exploring renewables

Fugro has steadily built up a reputation in oil and gas; now, the company has made moves toward offshore renewable energy services. Matthew Farmer speaks to Alastair McKie, director of remote operations in Europe and Africa, about the challenges for offshore companies entering the renewables industry.

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Preview – Future Power Technology March 

EIT InnoEnergy recently launched the European Green Hydrogen Acceleration Center (EGHAC), a mammoth effort to support the development of an annual €100bn green hydrogen economy by 2025 that they say could create half a million direct and indirect jobs across the continent. We find out what will need to happen to hit a deadline only five years away.

Also in this issue, we speak to Rolls Royce about their involvement in small nuclear, investigate the IEA’s “crowdsourcing challenge” for decommissioning, and hear from Eco Wave Power about how real-time data could help the wave power industry. 

Plus, we check in on the state of the solar glass market, look at the EU’s offshore wind power plans, examine blockage and wake effects’ impact on offshore wind power, and talk to TWAICE and ViriCity about their analytical framework for battery technologies.