Energy World - July/August 2012
Energiewende – Germany shows one way forward for power market reform
Russia, the Caspian or China? A new look at Europe’s energy dilemma
Dr Nazrin Mehdiyeva
Fukushima incident was ‘man-made’; Australia sets carbon price; Germany
cuts feed-in tariffs; Spain-France interconnector; global investment in
renewables reaches new record; oil prices reach new high; Europe’s Energy
Offshore wind costs ‘to fall’; rate of carbon emissions ‘needs to increase’;
new solar PV projects; hydraulic fracturing ‘can be safe’; deep geothermal
energy prospects; next steps for the Green Deal; Scotland’s public sector buys
Power markets will muddle through and keep the lights on
The UK power sector is undergoing an overhaul. Ageing infrastructure, most of which dates back to before privatisation, is due to be retired and replaced with a new generation of low carbon infrastructure. Yet no one yet knows the longterm technology and policy choices needed to maintain reliability, keep energy prices affordable and achieve the zero carbon goal. The transition is nevertheless moving ahead and Michael Lawn argues that there is no need for fears that the lights will go out.
Energy storage technologies on the way
Wind and solar power present two major problems to electricity grid operators – intermittent operation and an inability to be dispatched. That’s where energy storage technologies may come in. Nicholas Newman reviews the technologies.
Oil and gas-rich MENA countries look to nuclear and renewables
What are the prospects for the development of nuclear power in countries of the Middle East and North Africa? And why has progress on renewable energy been relatively slow there, despite rapidly increasing energy needs? Paul Cochrane, in Beirut; and Mark Gao, in Istanbul, report.
Adding heat to the overall energy equation
Energy policy has, until very recently, concentrated on electricity and has ignored an almost as important sector – that of thermal energy or heat. But not any more – two new government initiatives now offer support to renewable heat installations, as Alasdair Cameron reports. If the UK is to meet its energy efficiency and renewables targets, heat will have to play its part
Interseasonal heat transfer
Generating renewable heat is easy in the summer, so why not store this for extraction in the winter when it’s needed? Edward Thompson reports on a technology which does just that.
Energy for the London Olympics – and beyond
A 10 MW CHP scheme from GE Jenbacher is at the heart of the London Olympic Games site. Here, the
company describes the high efficiency scheme and outlines the case for the wider use of CHP in Europe.
Sustainable energy solutions for all
The Ashden Awards champion sustainable energy projects in the UK and the developing world. Energy World takes a look at the 2012 international winners which are recognised for reducing emissions and improving local quality of life, in the International Year of Sustainable Energy for All.
The Energy Event
Energy event to raise the bar in professional development
BG Energy Challenge 2012 – results
Energy industry rises to the fundraising challenge – raising over £200,000 for charity
It was three action packed days for the two hundred participants who headed to a rainswept Dartmoor National Park for this year’s BG Energy Challenge 2012 – UK. Thirty-three teams, including a team from media partner, the Energy Institute, helped raise £200,000 for benefiting charities CARE International and Sparks
Accompanying Energy World July/August was the 2012 edition of the Future Skills supplement from the Energy Institute.