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Arbitration award for PV Crystalox

On November 8 2017 an arbitration award of US$34 million (£23.15m) was announced in favour of PV Crystalox Solar plc. On that day, the share price rose about 7 per cent to 26.75pence before settling a little. The Stock Exchange tells us that at market closure on Nov 10 the market capitalisation of Crystalox was [...]

By | 2017-11-15T08:09:31+00:00 November 14th, 2017|PV Crystalox|Comments Off on Arbitration award for PV Crystalox

Is Quadrise Fuels International turning the corner?

On November 6 AIM-listed Quadrise Fuels International reported a somewhat reduced loss for the year ending  June 30 2017 (£4.1 million after tax, as compared with £4.8m for the previous 12 months period and £4.9m for the year to 30 June 2015). Group cash stood at £5.0m (2016 £4.3m). Total assets stood at £9.5m (2016 [...]

By | 2017-11-14T18:49:46+00:00 November 7th, 2017|Quadrise Fuels International|Comments Off on Is Quadrise Fuels International turning the corner?

BOOK REVIEW: RIVER OF LIFE, RIVER OF DEATH: The Ganges and India’s future. Published by the OUP 2017 price £20

On one view, this book tells us hard truths about the environment in India, on another it reflects the somewhat obsessional interest in the river Ganges of its author, Victor Mallet, the Financial Times’ Delhi-based correspondent from 2012 to 2016. His thesis is that India is killing the Ganges with pollution and the polluted Ganges [...]

By | 2017-11-08T13:18:15+00:00 November 6th, 2017|Other|Comments Off on BOOK REVIEW: RIVER OF LIFE, RIVER OF DEATH: The Ganges and India’s future. Published by the OUP 2017 price £20

Tidal Power is a renewable resource which could transform the UK’s energy mix, the question is when

One of the best known stories of the early history of Britain is the tale of how the (vain?) King Canute was persuaded by flattering courtiers that he could successfully order the waves to turn back. It is hard to see why he would be persuaded to do something so obviously foolish. But it is [...]

By | 2017-11-01T15:54:52+00:00 October 27th, 2017|Tidal & Wave|Comments Off on Tidal Power is a renewable resource which could transform the UK’s energy mix, the question is when

The German Election Result and Renewables: What does the future hold?

The re-election of Chancellor Merkel in the recent German elections was predicted by most of the opinion polls, as was the need for a further coalition Government. But the results were less predictable. Once the Socialists (153 seats)  had announced that they would go into opposition and thus not take part in a new “Grand [...]

By | 2017-10-18T09:16:33+00:00 October 18th, 2017|Other|Comments Off on The German Election Result and Renewables: What does the future hold?

Lowest ever prices for Indian Wind-power

At the second, and most recent) Indian auction for 1,000 MW of wind power, the various winners bid prices of Rupees 2.64 and 2.65 per kilowatt hour (Rs 2.64= £0.031). These are the lowest ever prices, considerably lower than the Rs 3.46 price obtained at the first (February 2017) auction, also for 1,000 MW, also [...]

By | 2017-10-11T08:17:46+00:00 October 11th, 2017|Wind|Comments Off on Lowest ever prices for Indian Wind-power

Uneven interims from Graphene Nanochem. But are there better times ahead?

On Friday September 28, Graphene Nanochem released its somewhat uneven interims for the six-month period ending June 30, 2017. The results showed a loss before tax of £1.7 million (H1 2016, loss of £1.5m) and a loss per share of 1.29p (2016 a loss of 1.43p).But the figures also show a modest gross profit of [...]

By | 2017-10-10T15:33:26+00:00 October 10th, 2017|Graphene Nanochem Plc|Comments Off on Uneven interims from Graphene Nanochem. But are there better times ahead?

If Electric Cars are the next big thing, when will that be?

Electric cars (EVS) are increasingly prominent in the media and elsewhere. But while the percentage increases in numbers look impressive, the current absolute numbers suggest that there is still a long way to go before electric cars have a substantial market share. Parochially, in the period April to June 2017, 726,000 new vehicles were registered [...]

By | 2017-09-30T07:17:56+00:00 September 28th, 2017|Transport|Comments Off on If Electric Cars are the next big thing, when will that be?

Market unimpressed by interims from Good Energy

On September 12, Good Energy Group PLC ,(market cap £34.42 million) announced its results for the six months ended June 30, 2017. The figures were in line with the measured expectations of analysts, but the market reacted somewhat negatively. The share price, which was already trading at a 52-week low, fell a little further to [...]

By | 2017-09-17T10:00:21+00:00 September 15th, 2017|Good Energy Group|Comments Off on Market unimpressed by interims from Good Energy

Five UK-China research projects on next generation of offshore renewables

The Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC) has announced funding of nearly £4 million from the Newton Fund* to enable researchers from the UK and China to collaborate on five projects to develop the next generation of offshore renewable energy (ORE) technologies. These three-year long projects, funded as part of the Joint UK-China Offshore Renewable [...]

By | 2017-09-12T09:13:35+00:00 September 12th, 2017|Other|Comments Off on Five UK-China research projects on next generation of offshore renewables