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WHAT DIRECTION WILL THE DECARBONISING OF THE TRANSPORT SECTOR TAKE?

Posted on December 12, 2017
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Investec Conference on Decarbonising the Transport Sector On 10 November 2017 Investec hosted a conference on trends and technologies for the decarbonisation of the transport sector.  Four excellent presentations by Professor Nigel Brandon of Imperial College London, Professor Katsuhiko Hirose of the Toyota Motor Corporation, Professor Neville Jackson of Ricardo plc and Dr Robert Trezona […]

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WHOLESALE ENERGY PRICES: SEPTEMBER – OCTOBER 2017:

Posted on November 14, 2017
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In this article, Dominic Whittome covers recent changes to wholesale energy prices. Oil Crude prices rallied as OPEC and non-OPEC countries continued to show strong quota compliance, with just two cartel producers, Libya and Nigeria, bucking the trend. However, 0in oil trading circles, OPEC’s 1.2 million barrel per day curtailment in export volumes is still […]

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PUBLIC BILL COMMITTEE: 31 OCTOBER 2017 OUTLINE OF VIEWS ON NUCLEAR SAFEGUARDS BILL

Posted on November 6, 2017
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The Nuclear Safeguards Bill (https://services.parliament.uk/bills/2017-19/nuclearsafeguards.html) represents an important but limited step in the process of withdrawal from Euratom, and this article focuses on the context and effects of that step. Background If the UK is to maintain involvement in the international nuclear community, it must have in place an internationally acceptable safeguards regime. Detailed regulations […]

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OFGEM’S CONSULTATION ON THE PROPOSED DEFINITION OF ENERGY STORAGE

Posted on November 3, 2017
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Introduction Ofgem are consulting on the legal definition of “energy storage” and the introduction of a new condition in the electricity distribution licence designed to ensure that distribution system operators, also known as distribution network operators or DNOs, cannot operate energy storage assets (https://www.ofgem.gov.uk/publications-and-updates/clarifying-regulatory-framework-electricity-storage-licensing). The Ofgem consultations both close on 27 November 2017. The UK […]

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THE ENERGY STORAGE QUESTION: SPINNING FLYWHEELS, PUMPED HYDRO AND COMPRESSED AIR

Posted on October 31, 2017
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Introduction: E-ON recently completed a 10MW lithium iron battery, designed to hold roughly the same amount of power as 100 family cars, at the 30MW Blackburn Meadows biomass plant near Sheffield. (https://www.eonenergy.com/about-eon/media-centre/eon-completes-uk-first-battery-installation-at-blackburn-meadows-biomass-power-plant/). The unit has been hailed as a breakthrough in the switch towards greener energy and the development of energy storage solutions capable of […]

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