The Goldilocks dilemma: new issue of Future Power Technology out now

9 November 2020 (Last Updated November 9th, 2020 11:07)

In this issue: Debating Europe’s approach to reaching net-zero, renewable powers’ land requirements, how we can achieve a fair energy transition for all, and more.

The Goldilocks dilemma: new issue of Future Power Technology out now

In this issue, we take a look at the scope of Equinor’s project to develop one of the world’s first at-scale facilities to produce hydrogen from natural gas in combination with carbon capture and storage. To be located near Hull, the Hydrogen to Humber project could help kickstart a hydrogen economy in the UK.

Also, while the European Union is looking to achieve climate neutrality by 2050, there is a lot of work to do to get there. However, debate remains as to the best approach, with opinion divided as to whether continent-wide policies or smaller, regional projects are more likely to help the EU succeed in its goal. 

And speaking of the clean energy transition, a new World Bank report into the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals has found that while many nations are making good progress in expanding electricity infrastructure, whole countries could find themselves left behind. With Sub-Saharan Africa alone predicted to be home to 85% of the world’s population who lack access to power by 2030, we examine the widening inequalities in the energy transition.

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In this issue 

Aggreko on decarbonising the industry with hybrid modular power 

Aggreko believes that hybrid modular power systems that can incorporate solar generation and battery storage could be the key to unlocking decarbonisation in heavy industry. Yoana Cholteeva talks to Andrew Boyd, global director of sales for microgrid sales and storage solutions, to find out more.
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Hydrogen to Humber Saltend: will it kickstart the UK’s hydrogen economy? 

The Hydrogen to Humber project announced in July will be one of the world’s first at-scale facilities to produce the chemical element from natural gas in combination with carbon capture, utilisation, and storage. Heidi Vella takes a look at the scope of the project and finds out what it could mean for the future of the fuel in the UK.

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Debate: should the EU embrace small or large-scale clean energy projects?

The European Union aims to achieve climate neutrality by 2050, a feat that will take a myriad of projects to achieve. Yet debate remains as to whether larger, continent-wide policies, or smaller, more regionally-specific programmes, are likely to help the EU meet these lofty ambitions. JP Casey and Matthew Hall discuss the two approaches.

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Making space for power: how much land must renewables use? 

A new study has suggested that total cost-efficient renewable generation in Europe would require 2% of the continent’s landmass. Matt Farmer asks, how can renewable generation work with other industries to maximise its space efficiency?

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Expanding solar panel efficiency  

Solar power installation is on the rise but more efficient solar panels could see uptake of the technology flourish further. Heidi Vella looks at the material advances in development. 

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Boosting renewable skills in Sri Lanka

Glasgow Caledonian University has announced the development of a new energy project to help Sri Lanka enhance its workforce shortages in renewable energy skills. Yoana Cholteeva finds out more about the three-year collaboration between ten universities and institutions.

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Left behind: could the world fail to deliver a clean energy transition for all?

A World Bank report has found that while the world is slowly expanding its electricity infrastructure, developing countries could stand to be left behind by this clean energy transition. JP Casey finds out more.

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Is Europe falling out of love with hydropower? 

In Serbia, local people have torn up the beginnings of a hydropower plant over fears of the project’s environmental impacts. The unrest has highlighted many of the environmental shortcomings of hydropower, and protestors and environmentalists alike hope this causes European attitudes towards the energy source to sour. JP Casey investigates.

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Preview – Future Power Technology December 2020

Wildfires have led to the constant threat of rolling blackouts over much of California this year. We look at California’s energy resilience and how regulatory, government, and grid integration woes have proved the perfect fuel for a disaster. 

Also in this issue, we investigate a report showing that the richest 1% create more than double the carbon emissions of the poorest, learn about the first hydroelectric-solar microgrid in Patagonia, and examine Australia’s $18bn investment into decarbonisation.

Plus, we explore the changing landscape of financing for renewable projects, discover how Sweden’s “prosumption” system could set a precedent for a smart energy future, ask whether wet storage is worth the effort for nuclear safety, and dive into the potential uses of small modular nuclear reactors.