2-Minute Briefings

  • World Bank review of HydroPower January 20, 2017 In the 1990s this has resulted in a succession of calls for a moratorium on World Bank funding and reparations for those affected by construction of large dams. Although it had been involved in the financing of a relatively small proportion of the large dams, the World Bank Group had become a major focus of criticism ...
  • Natural gas in Europe 2010 January 16, 2017 Western Europe produces 10% of the world’s natural gas, the bulk of it from the North Sea, and consumes 18% of the global total, importing via pipeline from Russia and North Africa and as LNG from countries further afield. The energy profiles of the various European countries vary widely. The UK, Netherlands and Norway are ...
  • A Historical look at Suzlon in India January 6, 2017 The below was originally published in 2010. The leading domestic company is Suzlon and is ranked sixth among world producers. In 2009, Suzlon had a 6.9% share of the global wind turbine market and in March 2010 had a 45% share of the domestic market. In May 2007, Suzlon acquired a 33.6% stake in German manufacturer REpower ...
  • Historical Data Series: Bhutan Hydropower December 23, 2016 Bhutan is almost entirely dependent on hydro power for its electricity. The total installed hydro capacity is 1,465 MW out of 1,490 MW. This capacity was only reached in 2007 at the end of the Ninth Five-Year Development Plan, at the start of which it was only 428 MW. The country is endowed with a large ...
  • Water Supplier Deregulation in England coming in April 2017 – and what it means for your business December 16, 2016 UtilityWise have performed a survey in October of this year targeting decision makers for companies of various sizes in the UK. This was done in light of the upcoming changes in the water market for consumers and businesses, whereby the market is set to become deregulated. End users will have free choice of supplier in ...
  • Historical government support for wind energy in Portugal – 2010 December 9, 2016 The following is a look back at the market for wind energy in 2010 and describes the outlooks and targets set at the time. The development of wind power in the past has been slow in Portugal, mainly due to lack of tariff support. At the end of 2001, new legislation and tariffs were announced and ...
  • Historical Overview of Indonesian Coal Producers December 2, 2016 In the development of Indonesian coal mining, the contractors pursue two different concepts. The one option as in the case of Kaltim Prima, involves all investment being borne by the mining firm using conventional methods with production conducted under its own management. The other approach adopted, for example by BHP Billiton/Arumin, provides for investment only ...
  • Energy Efficiency Products in the Transportation Sector – historical overview November 28, 2016 Numerous products are being developed to improve energy efficiency in the transportation sector. On top of micro-hybrid and other electric vehicles, there is also a market for more energy efficient engines and drive trains. Ecomotors Products: Engine (main) and other powertrain products Use: Transportation (all modes) and back-up power generation Established in the US in 2008 Ecomotors is developing ...
  • Historical experiences with wind energy – Spain November 18, 2016 Hurdles remain in the effort to make wind power even more successful in four main areas: variability, grid issues, centralised control centre, and meteorological prediction. Critics of wind power in Spain have pointed to the inherent variability of the energy source as one of the main stumbling blocks to integrating it into the existing system. In ...
  • China Energy Storage Technologies November 11, 2016 Pumped hydro China has over 50% of the world’s small hydro plants and generous subsidies for hydro projects. The world’s largest hydro pump storage project is located in Tianhuangping. Several pumped storage projects are in the pipeline or have been developed over the past three years, perhaps to balance planned intermittent renewable capacity. Although the number ...
  • Historical Overview of the Solar Industry in Germany November 4, 2016 From time to time we take you back to one of our past reports to present the state of an industry as it was viewed when it was written. This time, we look at the solar industry. Since 2003 Germany has experienced strong growth in Solar PV capacity, reaching 9,151 MW by 2009. Historically, 98% of ...
  • Key Companies in Major Natural Gas Importing Countries October 28, 2016 CNOOC The CNOOC is China’s largest producer of offshore crude oil and natural gas and one of the largest independent oil and gas exploration and production companies. In the first half of 2011 natural gas production increased by 23.5% to 208.2 bcf, compared to 168.6 bcf in the same period in 2010. The realised natural gas ...
  • State Controlled Natural Gas Exporters October 21, 2016 The two main exporting state-controlled natural gas exporters are Gazprom and Qatargas. The former mainly exports natural gas via pipelines to meet domestic demand and demand in Europe, but is increasingly increasing its exports of LNG to the Asia Pacific region and increasing its presence in third country natural gas projects. In order to hedge ...
  • Chemicals from Coal October 14, 2016 Coal gasification technologies are likely to become the norm, with a strong focus on the production of chemicals from coal. Already there is considerable coal to methanol and ammonia production in the county. There is a strong market for olefins, a long-chain polymer synthetic fiber, from coal and methane due to a shortage of olefin ...
  • Canadian Oil Sands October 7, 2016 The first commercial oil sands project commissioned in Canada was Suncor’s Millennium mine in 1967. Since then one mine extension and two ‘debottlenecking’ projects have been commissioned to improve efficiency of existing operations, resulting in Suncor having an operating capacity of 321,000 barrels per day. No dates have been given for the commissioning of the ...
  • Nuclear Energy in Iran September 30, 2016 A historical look at the nuclear industry in Iran is presented below. The article, originally published in 2009/2010 gives an insight in to the situation of the industry as it was then. Iran has a plentiful resource of energy and in 2008 exported 95% of output. 81% of electricity comes from gas, 17% from oil ...
  • Oil Price Predictions September 23, 2016 The EIA expects oil prices to reach well over USD 100 per barrel by 2035, USD 125 per barrel for a reference scenario – non-OECD liquids consumption is around 25 million barrels per day higher in 2035 than in 2009 and OECD consumption grows by less than 3 million barrels per day. Oil prices are ...
  • Electricity Transmission and Distribution September 16, 2016 The NRG Expert Electricity Transmisison and Distribution Report and Database offers a unique look at the global T&D industry. Since the advent of centrally generated electricity and its domestic uses; this industry has been essential for everything we are able to achieve today thanks to electricity. The half century from 1880 to 1930 constituted the formative ...
  • Coal – Regional Markets and Trade Patterns September 9, 2016 Transportation costs account for a large share of the total delivered price of coal, therefore international trade in steam coal is effectively divided into two regional markets, the Atlantic and the Pacific. The Atlantic market is made up of importing countries in Western Europe, notably the UK, Germany and Spain. The Pacific market consists of ...
  • Increasing Energy Demand September 2, 2016 A number of sectors are known for their high energy demand. First among these is the power generation sector followed by industry (manufacturing, steelmaking and other industrial purposes), transportation and the residential/consumer sector. Exxon Mobil expects that, in 2030, all of these demand sectors will remain in their current, relative positions, with most growth in ...