2-Minute Briefings

  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...