Could small-scale nuclear be a big deal in the near future? We ask if small modular reactors are ready to make the jump to being a more integral part of the world’s energy mix, as countries and companies continue to pursue all their options to reduce their carbon footprints, or if they will always struggle to operate on the global stage.

Elsewhere, we review the latest developments in Ukraine, and consider the potential impacts on Europe’s people and power infrastructure of Russia’s invasion. Farther afield, we profile a hydrogen-powered boat in Japan, to see whether the technology could be used to power larger-scale vessels, and ask if the coal supply chain has, finally, been dealt a fatal blow.

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In this issue

Where will the first small modular nuclear reactors be?

The next wave of nuclear construction is supposedly dawning, but with whom, and where? Matthew Farmer investigates.

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Industrial biomass: is it a mass movement?

As the age of fossil fuels continues its long drawn-out demise, its heir apparent is still to be determined. Biomass is one contender, but the questions over its suitability, and the sustainability of its source, remain. Andrew Tunnicliffe looks at the issues it faces and answers it must still find.

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“Not a single energy revolution but many:” the World Energy Council on its Energy Issues Monitor

In the wake of the COP26 Summit, the World Energy Council compiled its 13th World Energy Issues Monitor. JP Casey speaks to council secretary general Dr Angela Wilkinson about the report, and what the future could hold for energy.

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Maritime hydrogen: inside Yanmar Power Technology’s new hydrogen power system

Japanese maritime supplier Yanmar Power Technology has trialled a system for high-powered hydrogen refuelling that it says can enable three-times longer cruising. Heidi Vella investigates the technology.

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Around the world: looking ahead to the future of nuclear power

Scarlett Evans profiles five upcoming nuclear projects from around the world, as nations increasingly turn to the resource to meet decarbonisation targets.

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The death of the coal supply chain?

Matthew Farmer investigates how the “artificial” market force of global warming and action against pollution has pushed the fuel onto the slag heap.

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Next issue: Ukraine and infrastructure

Next issue will cover the ongoing Ukraine crisis, and ask what Russia’s invasion could mean for the future of not only Russian and Ukrainian power, but Europe’s energy mix as a whole. With Russia in particular a cornerstone of the continent’s power framework, both the war and the resulting sanctions could have a significant impact on European power.

Elsewhere, we’ll discuss the challenges and opportunities arising from power infrastructure. With the construction of new power facilities presenting an ironic obstacle – using fossil fuels to construct renewable power facilities – we’ll ask if the construction sector can ever be as carbon-neutral as the rest of the power industry.