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Industry Perspective Preview: What to do with "Spent" wind turbine blades?

Tue, 03 Oct 2017 16:40:00 GMT

Given that there are already an estimated 345,000 utility scale wind turbines installed around the world (based on Global Wind Energy Council statistics) and that most are designed for service lives of 20 to 25 years, there is a looming issue; what should happen to large fibre reinforced plastic (FRP) blades when their service lives have expired?

Industry Perspective Preview: R&D gaps for off-grid power - time to think big about going small

Tue, 03 Oct 2017 15:28:00 GMT

A major drive to bring renewable energy to the 'electricity poor' is underway, but despite the progress made so far, under a business-as-usual scenario around 600 million people will still not have access to electricity by 2040, according to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

Research Focus: Enhance variable speed wind turbine transient performance – and make obsolete wind turbines last longer

Tue, 03 Oct 2017 14:00:00 GMT

The demand for wind power is on the rise, and it is becoming increasingly important to take the stability of wind farms into account - to ensure safe and efficient delivery of power. According to recent grid requirements, wind farms must adapt to transient disturbances as quickly as possible, while keeping grid-connected wind farms operational during disturbances in the power network. This study analyses various control strategies that enhance variable speed wind turbine transient performance.

Research Focus: A way to improve demand flexibility for procurement of transmission and distribution system services

Wed, 06 Sep 2017 11:00:00 GMT

In recent years consumers have started producing their own electricity using small-scale facilities, and effectively controlling their consumption, as well as actively taking advantage of electricity storage devices. This research describes a possible marketplace where the system operators could effectively buy services from end-users (using intermediary agents) in the most cost-effective way.

Research Focus: Clarifying how solar affects home values in the US

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 11:50:00 GMT

A key US study from LNBL (and now peer reviewed and published in Renewable Energy Focus Journal) investigates multi-state residential transaction estimates of Solar Photovoltaic system premiums.

Research Focus: How can we overcome the instabilities of microgrids caused by constant power loads?

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 11:12:00 GMT

A new Research Paper in Renewable Energy Focus looks to overcome instabilities caused by Constant Power Load with a robust control mechanism - using a Lyapunov Redesign controller.

Comment: Standardising solar and storage

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 10:17:00 GMT

Ten years ago, the cost of battery energy storage was high, the installations were unproven, and the risks could have been detrimental to hopeful energy storage integrators. We have come a long way since then, says Troy Miller.

Off-grid solar: the next-generation energy solution for Africa

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 15:34:00 GMT

Lyndsay Handler, CEO of Fenix International, explains the unique challenges of bringing solar power to thousands of homes in sub-Saharan Africa

Research Focus: A way to improve maximum power point (MPP) tracking for PV systems

Fri, 19 May 2017 12:11:00 GMT

A technique profiled in the study, and implemented using simple circuits and a thermocouple to sense temperature variations, enabled rapid MPPT for the PV systems in the study. And according to the research team, when used at large scale, the power from the thermocouple could be used as additional power.

Research Focus: How does a new high gain dc-dc converter perform on a solar PV module?

Thu, 18 May 2017 15:39:00 GMT

A new Research paper accepted by the Journal presents a new prototype – a high-efficiency, high voltage gain DC-DC converter, which could be used with photovoltaic modules to increase output voltage in standalone or grid connected systems. In the study, a single switched high voltage gain DC-DC converter with a voltage gain of 10 is analysed, demonstrating low switching and conduction losses.

Research Focus: how education, wealth, and other factors determine whether households in a struggling country use electricity for light and cooking

Tue, 02 May 2017 16:12:00 GMT

The study, using statistical evidence from Bhutan, and aimed at Policymakers, International Development Experts and people from developing countries, expands on the concept of an energy ladder - a hypothesis developed by Leach in 1992 - used to describe the way in which households will move to more sophisticated fuels as their economic status (incomes) improves...

Creating the ultimate hybrid system by mixing solar energy and hydroelectricity

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 11:52:00 GMT

Compared to its traditional solar counterparts, floating photovoltaic (FPV) allows standard solar panels to be installed on dead water spaces to maximize utility of resources, addressing potential conflicts in areas such as food vs. fuel on land use.

Research Focus: Improving the conversion process for Sorghum Bagasse biomass

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 16:30:00 GMT

The conservation of biomass is essential for ensuring a continuous and quality supply of feedstock for biofuel facilities around the year. However, the conservation of biomass needs appropriate pretreatments in order to guarantee a high quality (and yield) of fuel and fiber production. This study looked into the possibility of developing a large-scale drying system for Sorghum Bagasse.

Research Focus: Improving wind turbine power conversion in variable speed wind turbines

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 13:35:00 GMT

A new section where authors highlight their peer-reviewed research published in Renewable Energy Focus Journal begins with a novel solution that could potentially protect Variable Speed Wind Turbine Doubly Fed Induction Generator converters during grid fault scenarios.

Scotland’s first minister to speak at all-energy’s opening plenary session

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 11:22:00 GMT

Registration for All-Energy, the UK’s largest renewable and low carbon energy exhibition and conference, opens online with the news that Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, will speak in the opening plenary conference session on 10 May.

Financing alternative energy projects – technology and regulation

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 09:33:00 GMT

Key industry participants used the World Economic Forum in Davos earlier this year in January to launch the 'Hydrogen Council', an initiative focused on establishing hydrogen, and specifically hydrogen fuel cells, into the over-growing mix of alternative energy sources. Another example of a continuing industry transition seeking to address the global energy 'trilemma' of security, accessibility/affordability and sustainability, explains Tom Eldrige.

Redefining wave power – tapping into the global potential

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 09:00:00 GMT

From a eureka moment in the bath to the observation of an apple falling from the tree, inspiration often strikes at the least expected moments. For Dr. Stig Lundbäck, a cardiologist from Stockholm, it was the pumping mechanisms of the human heart that led to his idea for a viable wave energy converter.

Analysis: Energy Storage Projects - An increasingly attractive investment opportunity?

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 20:34:00 GMT

The results of the National Grid's Enhanced Frequency Response (EFR) tender published in August 2016 have come to be seen as something of a pivotal moment for the fortunes of energy storage in the UK - especially for battery technology.

Comment: What will 2017 bring for the global renewables industry?

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 14:41:00 GMT

Quentin Scott at Low Carbon takes a look at the renewables landscape in 2017.

V2G: The role for EVs in future energy supply and demand

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 13:40:00 GMT

Stephen Irish at Hyperdrive Innovation takes a look at the electric vehicles market in the UK and the role it could play in alleviating a potential energy supply crisis.

Comment: Celebrating International Women’s Day in sustainable energy entrepreneurship

Wed, 08 Mar 2017 10:25:00 GMT

In 1975 the UN declared 8 March as International Women’s Day (IWD). Originally, this day was to promote equal rights between men and women at work. Today, says Elena Bou, Innovation Director for InnoEnergy, it is a general celebration of the role of women in society and their economic, political and social achievements.

Dutch partners deliver first 2 MW PEM fuel cell plant in China

Mon, 06 Mar 2017 11:49:00 GMT

Three Dutch companies – AkzoNobel Industrial Chemicals, MTSA Technopower, and Nedstack – have delivered the world’s first 2 MW PEM fuel cell power plant. This large-scale combined heat and power (CHP) plant is now installed and operating at Ynnovate Sanzheng Fine Chemicals Co Ltd in Yingkou, China, and will add value to the ‘waste’ hydrogen by generating 2 MW of clean electricity for onsite use.

Switzerland unveils fuel cell powered heavy truck, and first hydroelectric hydrogen station

Fri, 03 Mar 2017 11:20:00 GMT

A Swiss consortium has demonstrated a fuel cell powered heavy truck and trailer, and also inaugurated Switzerland’s first public hydrogen refueling station, which uses hydroelectric energy to power an electrolyser for generating the hydrogen.

Interview: ISES and Elsevier discuss the renewable transformation challenge award

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 11:23:00 GMT

Elsevier and the International Solar Energy Society are proud to announce the launch of the Renewable Transformation Challenge.

Maximising biomethane production efficiency using advanced automation technology

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 15:30:00 GMT

Biomethane presents a great new opportunity for Europe in terms of a low cost, eco-friendly form of energy and the market for this product is growing rapidly, says Rosella Mimmi at Emerson Automation Solutions, but there are challenges being faced in this sector in order to conform to strict regulations.

Article preview: Dutch renewables R&D seeks paradigm shift

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 10:15:00 GMT

An insight into the renewable energy industry in the Netherlands and key developments currently taking place.

Article preview: Biomethane: green gas rising?

Mon, 06 Feb 2017 13:00:00 GMT

Could biomethane be a viable alternative to natural gas?

Article preview: Mind the gap: A bridge between industry and academia

Mon, 06 Feb 2017 11:30:00 GMT

A look at the ties between academia and industry in the renewable energy field.

Comment: The corporate renewable tsunami

Thu, 15 Dec 2016 12:45:00 GMT

Tom Lindberg takes a look at the rising place of renewable energy in the corporate arena and why it is becoming a key initiative on the agenda for big companies.

Stepping up the pace for renewables across the MENA region

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 12:50:00 GMT

Hani Majzoub at GE Energy Connections takes a look at the renewable energy landscape across the MENA region.

Could Scotland be 50% renewable by 2030?

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 14:40:00 GMT

Despite grand ambitions, Scotland will not achieve 100% renewables generation by 2020, however experts believe it could still generate a healthy 50% from renewable sources by 2030. But what changes need to be implemented in order to achieve this?

Tidal lagoon energy - A rising or falling tide?

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 12:00:00 GMT

The outcome of the Government's independent review into the feasibility and practicality of tidal lagoon energy in the UK is expected to be released in November. Ahead of its release Lara Moore at Ashfords LLP provides a brief overview of tidal lagoon energy, the importance of the outcome of the government review and some of the challenges faced.

Case Study: Increasing the service life of solar tracking systems by equalising pressure

Fri, 11 Nov 2016 15:00:00 GMT

To maximise their energy output, solar power systems require reliable solar tracking solutions. The best way to protect the motor components in tracking systems from contaminants and water ingress is by equalising the pressure in their housing.

Battery-based energy storage: The renewable power proliferation enabler

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 12:40:00 GMT

David Blood takes a look at the energy storage systems market and explores why they are so integral to renewable energy generation.

Sustainable technologies to fuel the future

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 12:41:00 GMT

As the world runs out of oil and gas, it urgently needs to find alternative fuel supplies. Teesside University’s Professor Maria Olea outlines how her research holds some of the answers.

Comment: The road to renewables. Which route to take?

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 15:20:00 GMT

The UK energy industry is at a tipping point. But in what direction will it tip?

The five biggest wind energy markets in Africa

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 14:37:00 GMT

Tony Tiyou explores the top five markets in the African continent that are leading the way in wind power generation.

Comment: Global investment in renewable energy projects: How the whole world is jumping on the renewables bandwagon

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 13:43:00 GMT

Martin Pickard, investment director at Low Carbon looks at the opportunities for renewable energy investment projects at home and abroad.

Comment: Patented wind power technology revolutionises renewable energy sector

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 11:00:00 GMT

Jim Smyth, CEO at Airsynergy, comments on the necessity to generate renewable energy in the 21st century, and how revolutionary wind turbine technology can change power production for the better.

Worldwide renewables adoption gathering pace

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 12:20:00 GMT

Tom Eldridge and Kieron Dwyer at Mayer Brown International LLP take a look at the renewable energy landscape and how it is developing worldwide.

Comment: A matter of confidence

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 12:15:00 GMT

Despite record employment levels and impressive growth in recent years, a sustained period of political uncertainty has led to a loss of confidence from some renewable energy investors. Andy King, director of energy for Sweco UK, asks what it means for the future of wind projects in the UK.

Renewable energy investment in Chile: Make hay while the sun shines

Thu, 08 Sep 2016 11:47:00 GMT

Chile is aiming to produce 70% of its energy using renewable sources by 2050. This will provide European companies and investors with significant opportunities, says Santander’s Latin American Desk Head, Mauricio Munguia.

Hybrid solar thermal-heat pump on trial

Wed, 31 Aug 2016 14:00:00 GMT

With space and water heating still accounting for close to half of Europe’s primary energy demand, innovation in heat networks offers considerable scope for environmental and economic benefits. Now a hybrid demonstration project is being commissioned that features the UK’s largest solar thermal array for district heating, coupled with both heat pump and storage technology.

Reforming Poland’s renewable industry

Fri, 26 Aug 2016 13:44:00 GMT

How will recent changes to Poland’s Renewable Energy Sources Act impact the country’s energy landscape? Ian Wood and Rob Broom from King & Wood Mallesons investigate.

Comment: How to re-energise investment in Europe’s renewable industry

Wed, 17 Aug 2016 13:20:00 GMT

Louise Ward at Low Carbon provides an insight into how investment in renewables projects is faring across the market.

Brexit: A storm in a teacup?

Fri, 05 Aug 2016 14:11:00 GMT

The unexpected Leave vote in the UK’s EU membership referendum left global markets reeling, but is the UK renewables industry safe? Rachel Parkes reports.

Solar-powered irrigation: A solution to water management in agriculture?

Wed, 03 Aug 2016 13:45:00 GMT

Stéphanie Roblin explores the use of solar power in farming and explains why it could be an ideal solution to irrigation in developing countries.

Greater acceleration of renewables required to meet COP21 goal

Tue, 26 Jul 2016 14:38:00 GMT

Solar PV and wind power will be the keys to meeting carbon emission goals set at COP21 last year, but there needs to be a significant increase in deployment rates of all low carbon technologies for the goals to be met, says the International Energy Agency in a recent report. Gail Rajgor reports.

Early stage setbacks and solutions in renewable projects

Tue, 19 Jul 2016 14:25:00 GMT

Lynne Wells and Howard Barrie at law firm Eversheds discuss some of the obstacles faced in the early stages of project planning in the renewable sector, and offer an insight into the crucial element of funding in getting projects off to a successful start.

Comment: A comprehensive renewable energy program for Saudi Vision 2030

Thu, 14 Jul 2016 14:45:00 GMT

Partner Stephen Jurgenson, Of Counsel Jason Parker and associate Fadil M. Bayyari from the Dubai office of international law firm Winston & Strawn explore lessons from South Africa’s REIPP Program.

Chile’s roadmap to a renewable future

Thu, 07 Jul 2016 13:10:00 GMT

Bart Doyle writes about recent changes in legislation concerning energy generation in Chile and discusses how this could give the renewables market a significant boost.

Crude ambitions

Wed, 29 Jun 2016 14:46:00 GMT

When oil prices drop, the renewable energy sector usually braces for a rough ride. Rachel Parkes looks at how the industry is faring in today’s low oil price environment.

Li-ion energy storage takes microgrids to the next level

Wed, 22 Jun 2016 11:50:00 GMT

Michael Lippert of Saft explains how microgrids that combine diesel generators, renewable energy resources and lithium-ion (Li-ion) energy storage can enhance security of supply while reducing fuel costs and greenhouse gas emissions.

Can solar technology generate clean water for developing nations?

Fri, 17 Jun 2016 15:30:00 GMT

Watly's new solar-powered technology aims to provide water, energy and internet connectivity to people living in poorer parts of the world. Marco Attisani discusses the application of the technology and how it works.

Energy from waste: Valorising the biorefinery concept

Mon, 13 Jun 2016 15:00:00 GMT

Dr. Paul Hudman at the Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre (IBioIC) discusses the rise of biorefineries in clean energy production.

Comment: The Internet of Things: Enabling intelligent solar assets

Thu, 09 Jun 2016 13:55:00 GMT

Stefan Degener, Senior Director at First Solar Energy Services, considers how the Internet of Things has impacted the implementation of Operations & Maintenance services in the solar industry.

Offshore wind farms: Why contingency planning is vital to keeping business continuity afloat

Wed, 01 Jun 2016 12:00:00 GMT

Ryan Henderson, Director of EDS Group, comments on the importance of having a robust contingency plan to ensure faults don’t threaten business continuity.

Yokohama partnership to test green hydrogen supply chain in fuel cell forklift deployment

Thu, 26 May 2016 12:15:00 GMT

A Japanese partnership, which includes the Yokohama and Kawasaki municipal governments alongside three industrial collaborators, is starting a new project to implement and evaluate an end-to-end, low-carbon hydrogen supply chain, which will use hydrogen produced from renewable energy to power forklifts.

Developing the next generation of flexible solar panels

Tue, 24 May 2016 15:13:00 GMT

When many people are asked to imagine a solar panel, they will immediately think of the large, dark blue, silicon-based panels commonly seen in residential rooftop installations. However, recent innovations in alternative photovoltaic technologies have opened the possibility of solar panels with features such as flexibility, customised shape and transparency. George Dibb talks about a recent EU project focused on improving the performance and reducing the cost of flexible organic PV panels.

Collaboration U: Where renewable energy and higher education converge

Tue, 17 May 2016 12:35:00 GMT

When commercial developers and academic institutions team up, it’s a win-win, says Zev Rosenzweig, CEO and Founder of AORA Solar.

Argentina: The new frontier

Wed, 11 May 2016 12:31:00 GMT

Argentina’s new government is keen to finally realise the country’s renewables potential after years of false starts. Could this be a new dawn for one of the world’s most promising regions? Rachel Parkes reports.

Comment: Could the Isle of Man gain from recent innovations in offshore wind?

Fri, 06 May 2016 14:22:00 GMT

Ken Milne, Director of Energy & Support Services at the Isle of Man Department of Economic Development, discusses some of the developments occurring for the Isle of Man’s energy sector.

Case Study: GRID4EU optimises the medium voltage grid

Wed, 04 May 2016 15:47:00 GMT

GRID4EU recently collaborated with ABB to explore the feasibility of introducing smart grids across Europe. Dipl Ing Peter Noglik, Principal Scientist at ABB R&D Germany, Professor Dr Lars Jendernalik, Lead Operations for Ruhr-Niederrhein at Westnetz GmbH and Dipl Ing Anton Shapovalov, Research Associate at TU Dortmund University explained to ABB’s Jochen Kreusel the outcome of the project and what it means for the energy landscape in Europe.

Comment - Smart meters: The intelligent choice?

Tue, 12 Apr 2016 12:43:00 GMT

The UK’s smart meter roll-out programme has already started. But there are only around 2 million meters installed to date, and a total of 53 million must be installed in homes and small businesses by 2020. The government, and more than 30 energy suppliers are tasked with placing these meters, and they’re facing a race against time.

Comment: Smart cities; the future of sustainable living

Fri, 01 Apr 2016 15:45:00 GMT

Lauren Callaway at Navigant Research delves into the smart city market and discusses what it means for the renewable energy sector.

Environment back on the UK government's agenda at sector roundtable

Tue, 29 Mar 2016 15:00:00 GMT

A recent round table discussion focused on the challenges and opportunities currently facing the environmental sector. As a participant in the discussion, Alex Zachary shares some of the key points that were raised at the meeting, including the need for more government intervention in relation to energy policy and the potential repercussions Brexit could have for the industry.

Bringing thermal energy store vessels to life

Thu, 24 Mar 2016 16:25:00 GMT

In order to meet emission reduction targets, the challenge to engineers to develop clean, reliable energy technologies has never been so pressing. With the global potential for grid energy storage by 2017 expected to account for 185GWh (52GW) of capacity, renewable energy technologies such as wind and solar power both offer potential solutions but the unresolved issue has always been consistency of supply and how to store power generated for use at a later date.

A cut above the rest

Tue, 22 Mar 2016 16:15:00 GMT

In light of the wind sector’s rapid expansion, Philip Buchan at Cyberhawk Innovations explains the safety issues being faced in the field of operation and maintenance, and explores the innovative technology that could ensure safer inspection of wind farms while maintaining quality and keeping costs low.

Time for tidal lagoons?

Fri, 18 Mar 2016 15:30:00 GMT

While tidal stream technology is seen as closer to commercial viability, tidal lagoon (tidal barrage) projects arguably could make an even bigger impact on electricity supply networks in the nearer term, says Gail Rajgor.

Tidal developments power forward

Thu, 17 Mar 2016 16:00:00 GMT

If it can be made to work at scale and cost-effectively the predictability of tidal power gives it a significant advantage over wind and solar PV technologies. Gail Rajgor takes a look at the latest project developments in the sector.

Comment: The apprenticeship levy - What you need to know

Tue, 15 Mar 2016 10:19:00 GMT

Michael Ryley discusses the apprenticeship levy and how it could kickstart an influx of fresh talent into the renewable energy sector.

Measures to stimulate the micro-grid market

Thu, 10 Mar 2016 14:00:00 GMT

Onsite power generation at remote locations presents an attractive business case for many renewable energy companies but at the same time requires considerable market introduction efforts, says Dr. Thomas Hillig.

Korean energy storage project features largest lithium NMC system deployed for electricity grid frequency regulation

Mon, 07 Mar 2016 09:00:00 GMT

In South Korea, battery company Kokam has deployed two lithium nickel manganese cobalt (NMC) oxide energy storage systems (ESS) – rated at 24 MW/9 MWh and 16 MW/6 MWh – for frequency regulation on the national electricity grid. The company says that the 24 MW system is the world’s largest-capacity lithium NMC ESS used for frequency regulation.

Defusing the hype in the smart home space

Fri, 04 Mar 2016 10:45:00 GMT

Alex Herceg at Lux Research provides an analysis of the smart home market and explains why functions related to energy efficiency are still central to the appeal of this technology.

The end of the line for today’s wind turbines

Fri, 26 Feb 2016 10:30:00 GMT

We need to start thinking today about the future of our wind turbines, according to Dr Athanasios Kolios and María Martínez Luengo from Cranfield University.

Mexican energy reforms: Mexico’s path to a clean economy

Thu, 18 Feb 2016 14:00:00 GMT

In recent years Mexico has experienced an energy boost, bringing renewable sources into the mix. With its ambitious target of 50% clean energy by 2050, David Barrie at SgurrEnergy believes the country has the potential to become a key player in the renewable energy industry, but explains that there will be challenges along the way.

Comment: Will the clampdown on onshore wind cause an 'energy crunch'?

Mon, 08 Feb 2016 15:00:00 GMT

An energy shortage could be on the horizon for the UK, according to Angus Walker from Bircham Dyson Bell.

Comment: Can a sustainable Scotland be achieved?

Wed, 03 Feb 2016 10:33:00 GMT

In January Scottish Renewables put forward a manifesto calling for 50% of Scotland’s total power output to be sourced from renewables by 2030. Niall Stuart, Chief Executive of Scottish Renewables, explains how this ambitious objective can be achieved and explores some of the benefits it could have for the country and its future.

Making biomass investment affordable

Wed, 27 Jan 2016 10:40:00 GMT

In light of the Government’s announcement to reduce the support offered for biomass projects at the end of 2015, Richard Baker at Siemens Financial Services explains how equipment suppliers can keep momentum going and remain competitive in an increasingly saturated market.

Shifting motivations: 2016 and the rise of the consumption driven solar consumer

Fri, 15 Jan 2016 15:53:00 GMT

With 2016 set to be a challenging year for the UK solar industry, Simon Baggaley looks at how companies can survive what he calls an "exciting period for our industry despite rough waters in the policy space".

Comment: Teaching elephants to dance: Collaborating to create a sustainable future

Tue, 05 Jan 2016 16:20:00 GMT

Today’s traditional energy business models will die in tomorrow’s world - collaboration between big business and inventive entrepreneurs is instead the key to a successful energy transition, writes Elena Bou.

Managing and creating value from third-party risk

Mon, 21 Dec 2015 11:00:00 GMT

With major construction and infrastructure development companies, including those in the renewable energy sector, increasingly expanding their footprints into countries far from their home markets, Stephen Watson and Javier Serra from Arthur D. Little give some essential advice for successfully managing third-party risk.

Japan: Land of the rising sun? Part 2

Fri, 11 Dec 2015 10:00:00 GMT

In the second part of her series, Rachel Parkes contemplates what’s next for Japan’s power industry and considers whether renewable energy could play a bigger part in its future.

Japan: Land of the rising sun?

Tue, 08 Dec 2015 09:40:00 GMT

In the wake of the Fukushima disaster Japan has looked to renewables to fill the gap left by nuclear. But with a nuclear re-start now looming, is Japan’s resolve wavering? Rachel Parkes reports in the first of a two-part series.

A comparison of energy vectors in powering hybrid buses

Thu, 03 Dec 2015 12:00:00 GMT

HORIBA MIRA’s Derek Charters, Senior Consultant – Future Transport Technologies, analyses the different energy vectors used by bus manufacturers and introduces the benefits of utilising liquid nitrogen.

Microgrids enter the mainstream

Tue, 01 Dec 2015 16:30:00 GMT

Microgrids offer a highly flexible, modular and scalable solution, which will facilitate the adoption of renewable sources at the point of power demand suggest Celine Mahieux and Alexandre Oudalov from ABB.

REMIPEG Report: Part 7 - Wind Energy still going strong with two Asian leaders

Tue, 01 Dec 2015 11:30:00 GMT

The final part in our World-Market Status special report – The global wind market established a new record in 2014 with more than 51 GW of newly installed capacity worldwide, exceeding the previous 2012 record by 15%.

REMIPEG Report: Part 6 - Uncertain future for solar thermal power

Mon, 30 Nov 2015 10:25:00 GMT

The World-Market Status special report – The solar thermal power market grew after a period of uncertainty during the global recession. Despite this growth, the future of solar thermal power is still unclear, unlike other alternatives (such as PV), which are gaining popularity thanks to continued cost reductions.

What next for demand side response?

Fri, 27 Nov 2015 13:00:00 GMT

Britain's mild autumn so far has been a pleasant surprise for most of us, but a nasty shock for the UK electric grid operator. Although the weather forecasters may soon get their predicted freezing gales and heavy snowfall, a chill wind has already blown industry expectations off course when unexpected plant shortages sent wholesale prices rocketing an average of £60/MWh to £2,500MWh.

REMIPEG Report: Part 5 - Photovoltaic growth slow despite new opportunities in emerging markets

Fri, 27 Nov 2015 11:15:00 GMT

The World-Market Status special report – In a strong shift from previous years of European leadership, Asia takes lead in the PV market with more than half of the total world market. Europe settles as the second largest market, followed by North America.

REMIPEG Report: Part 4 - Hydropower maintaining its supremacy in 2014

Thu, 26 Nov 2015 09:52:00 GMT

The World-Market Status special report – With its environmental, social and technical benefits acknowledged more than ever, hydro continues to play a strong and vital role, as the leading renewable energy source.

REMIPEG Report: Part 3 - After a major dive, geothermal power is growing rapidly

Wed, 25 Nov 2015 11:10:00 GMT

The World-Market Status special report – Although still relatively small, the geothermal market has shown strong growth in 2015, and some favorable condition may soon give it a boost. The pacific “ring of fire” countries are the sole manufacturers of geothermal power, with the US leading as the biggest single producer of electricity from geothermal energy.

REMIPEG Report: Part 2 - Biomass to power is on the rise globally

Tue, 24 Nov 2015 13:00:00 GMT

The World-Market Status special report – Using a variety of technologies to convert organic matter into fuel, biomass is a widely used renewable energy source in the global market. Nevertheless, the primary markets for biomass are changing, and while transport fuels stabilise, heat and electricity are increasing.

REMIPEG Report: Part 1 - Renewable power generation 2015: The latest world-market status

Mon, 23 Nov 2015 10:38:00 GMT

The World-Market Status special report – After two years of reductions, the 2014 investments in renewables were increasing to the value of 310 billion USD – nearly reaching an all-time high. The renewable energy markets are shifting significantly towards the emerging markets, and hydropower continues as the largest renewable technology with nearly 3 times the cumulated capacity of the second player, the wind sector.

Comment: The power of virtual reality for wind energy

Thu, 19 Nov 2015 10:00:00 GMT

The use of virtual reality technology can change people’s perspectives on wind energy, suggests Anne Schipper from Dutch wind energy consultancy Bosch & Van Rijn.

Three ways to use solar energy for data centres

Tue, 10 Nov 2015 10:50:00 GMT

“Energy efficiency” is undoubtedly a watchword in the telecoms and data centre industry. How can solar help?

Planning the future of renewables - storage legal issues to consider

Mon, 09 Nov 2015 10:48:00 GMT

Lee Gordon highlights some of the key legal issues relating to planning and construction work for renewable energy storage developments.

Solar PV for Commercial Properties – Does it still make financial sense?

Tue, 20 Oct 2015 13:00:00 GMT

Think there's no future for UK solar after 2016? Think again. The overall outlook is a positive one, believes Ian Draisey.

The challenge, potential and applications for energy storage innovation

Mon, 19 Oct 2015 20:10:00 GMT

Dr David Lee discusses what's driving innovations in energy storage technologies and the next steps for companies like BioSolar, which is developing storage solutions specifically for renewable energy.

Netherlands offshore wind bid: what you need to know

Mon, 19 Oct 2015 16:12:00 GMT

With the first of five annual request for tenders set to be issued in December, Tina Leguijt, Ruud de Bruijne, and Frank van Erp, all from the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (, outline the Dutch government's ambitious programme for offshore wind development.