One man’s love of hydrogen

Hydrogen is getting a lot of attention these days as efforts are underway to decarbonise. Roy Furchgott writes on the New York Times website about one man’s devotion to hydrogen fuel-cell energy. He even refines  hydrogen fuel in his yard himself.   The Gospel of Hydrogen Power In December, the California Fuel Cell Partnership tallied … Continue reading One man’s love of hydrogen

Energy transition: “developing economies have neither the resources nor the technology to transform themselves overnight”

Kenneth Rogoff, professor of economics and public policy at Harvard University and former chief economist of the International Monetary Fund, explains in an article on The Guardian website why developing countries need global support to achieve necessary carbon emission reductions.   Developing economies need a fairer way to help them decarbonise With the US president-elect … Continue reading Energy transition: “developing economies have neither the resources nor the technology to transform themselves overnight”

Prototype wind turbine is first of a generation of new machines about a third more powerful than the largest already in commercial service

A new giant wind turbine is shaking up an industry that has been going from strength to strength. 13 MW turbine in the Netherlands is a test model for a new series of giant offshore wind turbines planned by General Electric. Stanley Reed discusses recent developments in an article on the New York Times website. … Continue reading Prototype wind turbine is first of a generation of new machines about a third more powerful than the largest already in commercial service

One of the world’s largest battery storage projects will be built on the banks of the River Thames

There is greater awareness of the need for energy storage due to the rapid growth of solar and wind power which may be renewable but only generates electricity intermittently. Andrew Cruden, Professor of Energy Technology at University of Southampton writes on The Conversation website about the plans for one of the world’s largest battery storage … Continue reading One of the world’s largest battery storage projects will be built on the banks of the River Thames

Japan sets sights on 50% renewable energy by 2050

Japan, which is a signatory to the Paris climate deal, has been seen as reluctant to reduce its reliance on fossil fuel, despite its self-professed pride as a nation of energy-saving technologies. The country was the sixth-biggest contributor to global greenhouse emissions in 2017, according to the International Energy Agency. Now, Agence France-Presse reports on … Continue reading Japan sets sights on 50% renewable energy by 2050

Britain comes out with long-awaited energy white paper as part of its strategy to help “clean up” the country’s energy system

James Murray writes on the NS Energy website about the key points in the recently published energy white paper. What are your views?   What are the key points of the UK energy white paper? The government said the plan will support up to 220,000 British jobs and “put affordability at the heart of the … Continue reading Britain comes out with long-awaited energy white paper as part of its strategy to help “clean up” the country’s energy system

The exponential drop in the cost of solar, storage and power electronics is accelerating the energy transition already underway

Doug Arent and Adam Warren from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory discuss in the January 2021 Issue on the Financier Worldwide website the opportunities available to invest in clean energy technologies because of their dramatic cost reductions in the past decade.   Financing clean energy: unprecedented momentum and opportunity Clean energy technologies, particularly solar photovoltaics … Continue reading The exponential drop in the cost of solar, storage and power electronics is accelerating the energy transition already underway

Overcoming the problems of finding easily and quickly trustable energy data

Data is at the heart of good analysis.  Our policymaking in energy policy depends on it, yet so often we face major data problems. One project funded by the European Commission, entitled EnerMaps, has developed a new tool to help overcome some of these problems.  Below is a short version describing the project. A longer … Continue reading Overcoming the problems of finding easily and quickly trustable energy data

New study examines what will the electricity system in Ireland will look like in 2030 as it meets the challenges of renewable electricity policy, decarbonisation and security of supply

The carbon neutral energy transition means that our electricity grids have to be fit for purpose. Kevin O’Sullivan writes on the Irish Times website about a new report analysing what needs to happen in Ireland to be ready.   Electricity capacity predicted to rise 40% with emissions halved by 2030 By 2030, the electricity system … Continue reading New study examines what will the electricity system in Ireland will look like in 2030 as it meets the challenges of renewable electricity policy, decarbonisation and security of supply

EU green finance getting more serious

Kate Abnett and Simon Jessop write on the Reuter’s website that new taxonomy rules will be tighter for buildings but much less so for the shipping industry. No doubt you will be reading more about latest developments in taxonomy. On November 20th, the Commission launched a stakeholder feedback period on the draft Commission Delegated Regulation supplementing … Continue reading EU green finance getting more serious