Energy World - May 2012
Carbon controls can only get tighter
CCS electricity – a critical energy resource for the 2020s
European power networks tested; LEDs in Sydney; carbon emission standards for US power plants; EV costs will remain high; world’s largest offshore turbine; wind and solar projects world-wide; a supergrid for Asia?
Elgin gas leak update; RWE and E.ON pull the plug on nuclear new build; a new ‘dash for gas’ may be on the way; UK heat strategy; how to simplify the CRC; solar power for Sainsbury’s stores; CCS competition is re-launched
CCS projects – the global picture
Just how many large-scale carbon capture and storage projects are there around the world? Here, Barry Jones of the Global CCS Institute, gives the details of a still very young industry, dominated by activity in North America and Europe, and strongly connected to the oil and gas sector.
Linking the CCS chain
The full-scale deployment of CCS schemes will require robust monitoring programmes to be developed, not least to check for post-storage carbon dioxide leakage. Here, John Morgan and Philip Cherukara outline the issues and point to the R&D facilities being developed at NEL to address them.
Towards a power network for low carbon London
London has ambitious plans for distributed generation and electric vehicles in the capital – but how will the power network cope? Well, local power distributor UK Power Networks is managing an Ofgem-funded programme to look at this.
Brussels plots €9bn energy networks investment – but will it get its way?
Progress towards linking Europe’s power networks has so far been slow, but the European Commission now proposes to allocate a considerable sum to power and pipeline link projects around the continent. But there is also opposition – as Keith Nuthall and Carmen Paun in Brussels report.
Does district heating have a future in new build housing?
More popular in Denmark and other areas of Europe, district heating has yet to find a proper foothold in the UK, particularly in the private sector. Could it be one option for new build low and zero carbon housing? Richard Halsey takes a look.
Mind the energy modelling gap
Energy performance and display energy certificates may be worth less than we think as tools to assess actual energy use, argues Andrew Cooper.
Just how green a deal is the Green Deal?
The long-discussed Green Deal is set to come into operation later this year. Here, Sean Lockie describes the workings of the scheme, outlines some of the criticisms it has received, and concludes that it’s a fine start towards a mass domestic energy refurbishment programme
Energy in buildings
Demand response scheme for Thames Valley buildings; energy makeovers for London buildings
GTL arrives at scale
Shell’s Pearl gas-to-liquids (GTL) project in Qatar marks a massive step up from existing facilities that produce liquid fuels and lubricants from natural gas. Marc Height went to the Shell research centre in Amsterdam to see.
Call for evidence on energy efficiency – the EI response
The Energy Institute (EI) is one of many organisations to respond to the Department of Energy and Climate Change’s (DECC’s) recent call for evidence on energy efficiency. Below is an edited version of the summary of the EI response