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Could we turn trains into batteries?

Steep Rail

Without electricity storage, we stand no chance of maintaining our economy using renewable energy.  Unfortunately, we lack any scalable battery technology to meet this challenge.  However, the problem might be that we are looking for answers in the wrong places.  Rather than a single hi-tech solution, a dispersed combination of …

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Renewables not growing fast enough to wean us off fossil fuels

Turbines traffic

Renewables and nuclear will be the fastest growing energy sources by 2040 according to the latest projections from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA).  Renewables are expected to grow by 2.6 percent per year and nuclear by 2.3 percent; with the highest growth rates in developing, non-OECD states. Unfortunately, almost …

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Oil and Gas giants go renewable

Windy Future

Competition in the renewable energy sector is about to heat up, says Selina Williams at the Wall Street Journal.  This is because major global oil and gas companies such as Royal Dutch Shell and Total have begun to invest in the sector: “While the investments of Europe’s biggest energy companies …

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Britain needs a rethink on nuclear energy


New Nuclear Watch Europe, an industry-funded pressure group, called on ministers to review which nuclear projects are most likely to be built, according to Kiran Stacey at the Financial Times.  In particular, ongoing problems with the Hinkley Point C project threaten to undermine the whole industry: “Other projects are currently …

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Third Energy fracking plan to be approved

Kirby Misperton

Third Energy’s application to hydraulically fracture an existing gas well at Kirby Misperton in north Yorkshire looks set to be given the go-ahead according to Nina Chestney at Reuters: “[A] report by the head of planning at North Yorkshire County Council was prepared ahead of a meeting of councillors due …

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UK Energy Act fails to win favour with industry

UK Parliament

The Energy Act 2016 was passed into law yesterday.  The Act – which is seen as an attack on renewable energy – is designed to promote further development offshore and onshore oil and gas in an attempt to arrest the sharp fall in output from the North Sea fields.  Secretary of …

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Is the UK ready for an energy transition?


Faced with an uncertain energy future, Britain’s businesses are voting with their feet.  As we have reported on this site in recent days, supermarket giant Sainsbury’s is planning to generate all of its own energy from biogas, while confectionery manufacturer, Mars aims to operate all 12 of its UK plants …

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