2-Minute Briefings

  • 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 ...
  • Battery Metals, the new gold for miners November 2, 2018 Our increasing use and dependence on energy storage on any scale is driving a rush on metals used to produce the batteries found in devices as small as a smartphone to full-scale grid storage solutions. Lithium, Cobalt, Nickle and their supply chains are all directly linked to the EV and Battery Storage markets. Other metals ...
  • Energy Efficiency is the new power source October 29, 2018 Our energy consumption continues to increase. However, as the economy grows, we are starting to notice a trend that our energy consumption isn’t keeping pace. In fact, the growth in energy consumption is slowing down, despite GDP being on the rise. On the whole, we have become no less productive, but rather we have become much ...
  • Why Grid Interconnections Help Renewable Energy October 5, 2018 Wind, solar, and other renewable energy technologies are being deployed at a rapid pace. The need for cleaner sources of energy has never been more pressing nor at the fore of the energy industry’s growth. Using clean, renewable sources of energy helps countries reduce their overall carbon emissions and helps create a cleaner living environment. In ...
  • The impacts of renewable energy sources on fossil fuel September 28, 2018 With oil prices rising and looking set to reach $100/barrel again in the not too distant future, the ongoing debate about increased deployment of alternative and renewable energy sources is sure to be ever more in the foreground. States and industries that are heavily reliant on fossil fuel as a source of energy will continue ...
  • The Supply Chain in the Electro-Technical Industry’s effects on Wind Energy September 21, 2018 The entire electro-technical industry in general has experienced supply chain problems and price rises. This has been largely due to raw material shortages and price increases, and in the more traditional sectors of the industry, because of reductions in production capacity, as demand follows a cyclical pattern. In the established electrical industries, for example transformers, ...
  • Adopting a More Strategic, Coordinated Approach to Offshore Developments September 14, 2018 A strategic and coordinated approach is important for exploiting Europe’s wind resources in a cost-effective way, and a range of planning instruments and forums at EU or regional level may play a role in this respect. From a renewable energy source perspective, the Commission Directives on energy from renewable contain obligations for Member States to ...
  • What is Bio-Energy September 7, 2018 Discussions on biomass are often clouded by problems of definition. Several terms are used to refer to the same concept, or tightly overlapping ones: biomass fuels or biofuels, non-commercial energy, traditional fuels, et cetera. Direct use is often termed `traditional´ use, such as wood fires and burning animal dung, mostly in developing countries among populations without ...
  • Has nuclear power passed its prime? August 31, 2018 Nuclear energy is perhaps one of this era’s most controversial and debatable source of energy. Used in a variety of applications, many economies and countries wouldn’t be able to function without nuclear energy for electricity and transportation needs. So, too, does the medical sector rely on the technologies that bring us nuclear energy to provide ...
  • Volatility in the oil markets August 27, 2018 With a renewed push for sanctions against Iran and looming trade wars, oil prices have been slowly but surely creeping upwards when looking at the long-term trends despite recent weeks of decline. Increased global supply and a – thus far – relatively quiet hurricane season has kept production steady and helped keep oil prices low, ...
  • Energy Shortfalls December 1, 2017 Reuters is reporting today (Dec. 1, 17) that Sweden will need an additional 2.6GW of power generation capacity by 2040 if production capacity is to keep up with demand. This is due, largely in part, to the planned shutdown of some of Sweden’s nuclear plants. Germany, too, has been faced with a daunting task of providing ...