2-Minute Briefings

  • 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 ...
  • Who are the large players in the energy industry? November 24, 2017 Where would the world be without energy? You certainly would not be reading this article right now. From the production and supply of electricity to jet fuel and heating oil, our lives depend on energy. So too, do we depend on the companies that are responsible for supplying and providing that energy. When we think ...
  • A Coal Resurgence in the USA? October 16, 2017 The New York Times editorial board has recently reviewed and provided their opinion on the Trump Administration’s efforts to revive the US coal industry. A long-standing promise of Mr. Trump, and a campaign issue that helped him receive votes in key swing states. The NYTimes Editorial Board assesses Mr. Trump’s plans as they have been ...
  • Run-of-the-River versus Hydropower Dams September 8, 2017 Many of us are familiar with the towering earth and concrete structures holding back large reservoirs of water, and this is the association that we have with hydroelectric power. Large dams with heavy water flows driving the turbines. Harnessing electricity from the flow of water, though, may not require this infrastructure. When a dam is built ...
  • Energy Storage September 1, 2017 Energy storage technologies are beginning to show great promise and penetrate the market, allowing for a better integration of renewable energy systems into the grid. Hydroelectric pumped-storage facilities have been in use for decades, and have generally been the only effective way of storing energy on a grid scale for many years. In the last ...
  • Electric Vehicles Available in 2017 August 18, 2017 The automotive industry is making a shift towards electrically powered vehicles. After decades of sole reign for the internal combustion engine, EVs are starting to take charge (no pun intended). Facilitating this rollout requires coordination and development in many areas. Not least of which from the automobile manufacturers themselves. Niche EV manufacturers such as Tesla ...
  • Nuclear Reacor Designs August 15, 2017 Nuclear energy can be generated in a variety of different ways. In the US, the most common type of reactor design is the Pressurized Water Reactor (PWR), followed by the Boiling Water Reactor (BWR). Worldwide, Pressurized Water Reactors account for the bulk of the nuclear fleet worldwide. There are, however, three countries that operate nuclear ...
  • Grid Security June 9, 2017 Our energy networks are vital infrastructure and their protection is no easy task. Ensuring stability in the grid and stable supply of power to customers is a key priority for Transmission Systems Operators (TSOs) and Distribution Systems Operators (DSOs). A blackout can have a severe knock-on effect that not only inconveniences many household customers, but ...
  • Smart Grid Security June 2, 2017 Since the grid was first implemented in the US residents have stolen energy through various methods such as bypassing meters, using strong permanent magnets to slow meters down and inverting meters for a few days so that they run backwards. Committing malicious disruptions to the grid is relatively easy. Many substations in the US and ...
  • The Natural Gas Sectors of Argentina and Brazil May 26, 2017 Argentina has a gas-intensive economy. Commercial users account for 3.7% of gas supplied and the residential sector for 21.6%. Argentina, with around 2.9 billion barrels of proven oil reserves, is a significant player in the Latin American oil market. TGS is South America’s largest pipeline company. It delivers about 61% of Argentina’s total natural gas ...
  • The Gas Meter Market in the US May 19, 2017 One peculiarity of the US regulatory system for weights and measures is that responsibilities are shared between the federal and state governments. The United States has created both public and non-profit standardisation bodies of international renown, including the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the National Conference on Weights and Measures (NCWM). For the ...
  • Dealing with an ageing transmission and distribution infrastructure May 5, 2017 Most of the European and North American Electricity Transmission and Distribution networks we know today are a legacy of the post-war boom and build cycles. In the years since the end of the Second World War, the population has grown, and our collective energy consumption has outpaced even that growth. With all of these increases in ...
  • Under Investment in the US Energy Grid April 28, 2017 The power delivery system is largely based on technology developed in the 1950s or earlier and installed as much as 50 years ago. The strain on this aging system is beginning to show, particularly as consumers ask it to do things it was not designed to do. Energy transmission has been further complicated by efforts ...
  • Cascading Outages April 21, 2017 Short, localised outages occur on power systems fairly frequently. System-wide disturbances that affect many customers across a broad geographic area are rare, but they occur more frequently than a normal distribution of probabilities would predict. Electric power systems are robust and are capable of withstanding one or two contingency events, but they are fragile with ...
  • The Ukranian Transmission Network April 14, 2017 The transmission and distribution network that Ukraine inherited from the Soviet Union is inefficient and antiquated and a significant amount of power generated in Ukraine is wasted via line losses. In February 2001, Russia and Ukraine struck a deal to reconnect their energy grids, providing Ukraine with a more stable electric frequency and allowing Russia ...
  • 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 ...