The year 2017 saw mixed fortunes for Greenbarrel. In February our original website crashed. Various attempts made to  resuscitate it failed. The three founders of Greenbarrel myself, Barney Smith and Julian Singer spent from April through to mid-August constructing our new platform This involved repopulating the archives with our past best features and corporate comments while also writing new profiles for the mostly listed companies we write about. By September we were able to relaunch.

As our regular readers will know the prime aim of Greenbarrel is to encourage and facilitate more informed investment in mostly quoted companies specialising in all aspects of renewable energy and clean technology. There are more than 50 companies quoted on London’s Alternative Investment Market (AIM) but they are not listed in a single alternative energy sector. Nor is it always easy to access or elicit information on individual companies. Greenbarrel aims to fill some of that information gap.

The website also publishes general features across the whole spectrum of renewable and alternative energy matters including related subjects such as climate change, energy prices and other headings such as Bioenergy, Energy Storage, Hydro & Water, heating, Nuclear, Solar, Tidal & Wave, Transport, Wind and General which includes community projects.

While picking up on our regular diet of company comments, we have also published ground-breaking grounding features. These include Julian Singer’s ‘The real cost of offshore wind’ and Barney Smith’s series of three articles on energy from geothermal sources. These pieces combined with some vigorous use of social media have seen the number of followers, friends and subscribers to the website rise dramatically over the past three months.

We now taking a break over the festive season and the New Year period and will next publish during the week beginning December 31. Meanwhile may I wish all’s followers the finest Merry Christmas and a prosperous 2018.

Stewart Dalby