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Going Coal-Free

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 […]

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What Are the Top Fuel Efficient Vehicles in 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 […]

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What Can You Do to Make Your Home as Energy Efficient as Possible?

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 […]

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Non-grid uses for Nuclear Power

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 […]

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Everything You Need to Know About Oil Refining

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 […]

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What Is Renewable Energy?

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 […]

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Can Clean Technologies Reduce the Impact of Coal on the Environment?

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 […]

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The Use of Drones in the Energy Sector

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 […]

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Venezuela’s woes could have an effect on global oil markets but let’s not forget about the US and China, too

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 […]

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Jordan to Invest Heavily in Solar Power and other Renewables

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 […]

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Commercial deployment of ocean tidal technology to spark new wave of green energy

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 […]

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A Regulated, Deregulated Industry

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 […]

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The top trends for energy in 2019

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) […]

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Home energy storage devices

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 […]

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The Vicious Cycle of Electric Vehicle Adoption

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 […]

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Our collective sweet tooth fuels its own economy, and a nation.

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 […]

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Energy Storage – Classical technologies

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 […]

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A changing energy landscape

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 […]

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Big Oil is becoming Big Energy

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 […]

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Battery Metals, the new gold for miners

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 […]

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