The rising sun: new issue of Future Power Technology out now

7 January 2021 (Last Updated January 7th, 2021 11:26)

In this issue: Japan's journey to net-zero, the future of solar power in the UK, Siemens' peer-to-peer energy trading system, and more.

The rising sun: new issue of Future Power Technology out now

In this issue, Japan’s new Prime Minister, Yoshihide Suga, has announced the government’s goal to reach nationwide carbon neutrality by 2050. Given the country’s unique energy landscape, what are the opportunities and challenges on Japan’s journey to net-zero?

Also, in the German mountains, Siemens and regional utility provider AUW have started trialling a peer-to-peer energy trading platform to try and establish a highly optimised and hyper local power market. The Pebbles project brings together not only those who generate and consume energy, but also the grid operator, taking grid constraints into account while doing the matchmaking between two participants.

Finally, a new paper from authors at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies has found that Europe is making ambitious plans to improve its environmental performance. However, these ambitions are not matched by policy reforms. We hear from one of the researchers about where countries are falling short on their commitments. 

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In this issue 

Is wind power blowing solar off the map in the UK?

The UK Government has announced significant investments into wind power as part of its clean energy programmes, raising questions as to the future of solar power in the UK’s clean energy mix. JP Casey investigates.

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Pebbles: can peer-to-peer energy trading unlock locally produced power? 

In the German mountains, Siemens and regional utility provider AUW have started trialling a peer-to-peer energy trading platform to try and establish a highly optimised and hyper local power market. Heidi Vella speaks to Stefan Jessenberger, Siemens Smart Infrastructure’s innovation & partner manager for microgrids and 4D-energy systems, to find out more.

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Tides of change in New York

New York may soon benefit from an injection of tidal power into its grid as tidal energy startup Verdant Power installs a half-scale generator in the East River tidal strait. Yoana Cholteeva explores what this means for the city’s energy mix and if it could serve as a test case for other coastal cities.

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Transition and upskill: is the offshore industry well placed to do both?

As the renewable energy sector continues to expand, education and training, together with upskilling and reskilling, will only become more important according to OPITO CEO John McDonald. Andrew Tunnicliffe hears about the steps the company is taking to develop the offshore workforce of the future and what that future might look like.

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MGA Thermal: new building blocks for energy storage

Energy storage remains one of the key challenges in delivering the clean energy transition and Australian company MGA Thermal thinks it has the answer. The solution? A series of modular blocks that can store energy produced from renewable sources with greater efficiency than rival technologies, and release the stored electricity when needed. JP Casey finds out more.

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Decarbonising energy: Japan’s road to net-zero

Japan’s new Prime Minister, Yoshihide Suga, has announced the government’s goal to reach nationwide carbon neutrality by 2050. Chris Lo asks: given the country’s unique energy landscape, what are the opportunities and challenges on Japan’s journey to net-zero?

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The gulf between energy promises and policy 

A new paper from authors at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies has found that Europe is making ambitious plans to improve its environmental performance. However, these ambitions are not matched by policy reforms. Yoana Cholteeva speaks to Richard Thonig, one of the institute’s researchers, to find out more.

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In quotes: how will the next US Administration shape the energy industry?

How will the new US President steer America’s energy policy? From climate commitments and environmental protections to job promises, investment, and the political will to invest in new technologies, JP Casey highlights the reaction from across the energy industry.

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Preview – Future Power Technology February 2021

China could have a major role to play in the development of the world’s hydrogen economy, much as it did for solar. We take a look at the country’s current relationship to hydrogen and the part it may have to play.

Also in this issue, we take a look at a venture to build a single electric vehicle charging station network across Europe, examine Q Cell’s efforts to build the largest dam-based floating solar photovoltaic project, and talk to Depsys about the value of power grid health checks.

Plus, we find out more about the world’s first blue energy island, learn about a path to fish-friendly hydropower, speak to those behind the Generation 2050 manifesto, and catch up with Fugro about the transition of oil and gas skills to the wind industry.