Energy World - June 2012
Encouraging low carbon generation – power market reform needs to deliver
Planning, fuel and connection issues make power plant location crucial
Wind power sustains strong growth world-wide; hydropower for Ecuador, Haiti, Turkey; wind projects for Canada, Poland, Brazil; carbon emissions down for Europe; power stations for Middle East countries; landfill gas-to-power in Mexico
Renewables sector supports 110,000 jobs; Elgin gas leak stopped; tough road ahead for CCS; wind update; marine energy for west Wales; new cars are more fuel efficient; solar industry calls for tariff cuts delay; only one Magnox reactor still generating
Legislation and technology – two routes to cutting shipping energy use
The international shipping industry has started to look seriously at technologies to cut its fuel bills and, therefore, its carbon emissions. Here, Alasdair Cameron discusses alternative propulsion methods – and international moves to coerce the industry on carbon emissions.
Hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles – the best low carbon prospect?
Battery electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles have made much of the running in the development of low carbon road vehicles up to now. But another variation – hydrogen fuel electric cell vehicles – have greater advantages, according to Dr Aman Dhir and Jin Lei Shang, both from the Centre for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Research, University of Birmingham.
Algal R&D demonstrates momentum
While algae have been labelled as the solution to many problems around the biofuel debate, not least on the food versus fuel issue, as well as being one future source of jet fuel, algae-to-energy technology is still expensive and in its infancy. Still, there is a lot of R&D activity around addressing these issues, as Robert Stokes explains.
Bringing CCS to the classroom
Imperial College London and ABB have teamed up to build a carbon capture testing and training facility in South Kensington. Marc Height got the tour.
Cranfield studies waste as a resource
Waste-to-energy technology is just one of the areas that Cranfield University focuses its energy research programmes. Here, John Oakey, Stuart Wagland and Phil Longhurst from the university’s Centre for Energy and Resource Technology, explain how careful categorisation, processing and analysis of waste streams can lead to the most effective recycling and energy recovery from this renewable resource.
Funding for power management and nuclear projects; new sources fordistrict heating; electrical machines in Nottingham
Energy technology research in West Yorkshire
Energy research is a strategic priority for the University of Leeds. Here, Professors William F Gale and Paul T Williams outline the university’s energy technology research and its applications, and describe the university’s new energy building.
Energy technology on a very, very small scale
While the engineering is carried out on a tiny scale, using nanotechnology in energy can have large benefits. Marc Height looks at some of the applications.