2-Minute Briefings

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  • Going Coal-Free May 3, 2019 Coal has been used for many hundreds of years to provide heat and energy, but the industrial revolution solidified the resource as a mainstay in energy production. From fuelling the earliest steam engines to modern power plants, it is hard to imagine our lives without this carbon rock. As a cheap, widely available fuel, coal has ...
  • What Are the Top Fuel Efficient Vehicles in 2019 April 26, 2019 It is every driver’s dream to find a car that doesn’t cost them a fortune to run, but still performs to the highest standard. Gas guzzlers are fast falling out of fashion and the new trend for cars is super efficient vehicles that sip gas like a British woman with a teacup. You might need ...
  • What Can You Do to Make Your Home as Energy Efficient as Possible? April 12, 2019 Making your home energy efficient doesn’t just help save the planet. It can also save you a valuable chunk of money each year. Experts estimate that the average household could save hundreds of pounds each year if they fine-tuned their energy usage habits and ramped up their household efficiency. Whether you are a climate change ...
  • Non-grid uses for Nuclear Power March 8, 2019 Nuclear power is something we are all familiar with, often because of much of the negative press that it receives when things go wrong. The Chernobyl and Fukushima disasters both cast a large shadow over the development of nuclear technology, which, in its heyday seemed to offer limitless potential. In the 1950s and 60s futurists ...
  • Everything You Need to Know About Oil Refining March 1, 2019 Getting oil out of the ground is one thing. Turning that oil into a product that we can use in our daily lives is a whole other ball game. In this article we will take a look at the oil refining process and see how this natural resource that has caused so much controversy of ...
  • What Is Renewable Energy? February 22, 2019 There is a lot of talk nowadays about the importance of switching from traditional fuel sources, such as coal and oil, to renewable energy. But, what exactly is renewable energy and what form does it take? There is some debate among experts as to what exactly qualifies as a renewable energy source but let’s outline ...
  • Can Clean Technologies Reduce the Impact of Coal on the Environment? February 15, 2019 Coal is still one of the most popular energy sources on the planet. Unfortunately, it is also one of the more polluting sources. Right now, coal is not a clean energy and most people would argue that that fact is unlikely to ever change. However, scientists are working behind the scenes to change the face ...
  • The Use of Drones in the Energy Sector February 1, 2019 Scientists and energy experts are constantly on the look out for new ways to improve the energy sector. Storage is a hot topic right now as is the new mega-turbine Haliade X that was unveiled by General Electric last year. But, perhaps one of the most interesting developments to be taking place right now is ...
  • Venezuela’s woes could have an effect on global oil markets but let’s not forget about the US and China, too January 25, 2019 When we think of oil, we don’t tend to quickly turn our thoughts to Venezuela, however, this South American nation’s oil output rivals that of Mexico, Nigeria, and Kuwait. Refineries and importers of oil in the US could see a big hit in their profitability and stability of supply, should sanctions take effect. Concerns over the ...
  • Jordan to Invest Heavily in Solar Power and other Renewables January 18, 2019 The Kingdom of Jordan currently imports an estimated 97% of its energy and is therefore highly dependent on its neighbours and other regional exporters of energy fuels and materials for the bulk of its energy needs. Nestled between Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Syria, and Israel, the Kingdom is not in a favoured location for geopolitical stability, ...
  • Commercial deployment of ocean tidal technology to spark new wave of green energy January 11, 2019 Orbital Marine Power have secured over £7 million for the world’s most powerful tidal stream turbine, allowing the technology to go into commercial production. Based in Scotland, the company is looking to launch the commercial operation and deployment of its Orbital O2 2MW turbine. Despite developments and research stemming back to the first half of the ...
  • A Regulated, Deregulated Industry January 4, 2019 The energy landscape is in transition, the biggest feature and the main driver of the new energy world will become data. There is much that can fall under this umbrella term, and there are many tangents that need to be explored to make sense of data in the new energy world. Consumer relationships with their ...
  • The top trends for energy in 2019 December 28, 2018 The energy landscape is constantly changing and with the new year come new challenges based on the lessons learned from 2018. Not only is the way we consume energy changing (think of energy efficient products at home but also the shift from gasoline to electricity for vehicles) but production is also morphing and changing our ...
  • Home energy storage devices December 21, 2018 Arguably, the home energy storage solution that has received the most attention is Tesla’s Powerwall. The brainchild of Elon Musk’s Tesla company is assisted by a mighty marketing machine and spill over technology deployment thanks to the other consumer energy products produced by the firm. Tesla is not the only company active in this space, ...
  • The Vicious Cycle of Electric Vehicle Adoption December 14, 2018 Which came first, the chicken or the egg? The same conundrum appears to be hitting the Electric Vehicle industry too. Where there is a clear demand for electric vehicles and much is being done to stimulate adoption of the technology; a lack of charging infrastructure and other services are preventing many from making the switch ...
  • Our collective sweet tooth fuels its own economy, and a nation. December 11, 2018 Sugar, derived from Sugarcane, it’s the world’s most-produced crop (by production quantity) and it’s capable of fuelling much of its own production. Sugar is also now putting Mauritius on the map as a leading producer of bio-energy in which up to 14% of its annual electricity production is fuelled by the sugar industry. Bagasse, which is ...
  • Energy Storage – Classical technologies November 26, 2018 There is increasing discussion of linking wind power systems with pumped storage hydro facilities, especially in Norway and Canada, directly via the grid. This was effectively done with Danish wind power, a large amount of which has been generated at periods of low demand, necessitating export to Norway and Sweden. Pumped hydro storage alone will ...
  • A changing energy landscape November 16, 2018 A typical electrical grid consists of large-scale centralised power generation plants which generate power, which is then transmitted at high-voltage by the High Voltage Transmission grid to substations located nearer to the end-users. The electric power is then ‘stepped down’ at these substations via a transformer to a lower voltage to be further distributed to ...
  • Big Oil is becoming Big Energy November 9, 2018 Shell, Exxon Mobil, Total, Chevron, BP… we all know them as oil companies primarily and since the 1950s these have been the major players on the market in much of the western world. Their core businesses rely on petroleum production and crude oil exploration, but a shift in how we produce and consume energy is ...