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Renewables in Germany: some thoughts

Germany was perhaps the first major industrial power to embrace renewables, so it may be instructive to look at the lessons to be derived from their experience so far. Maybe the first point to make is that “the market rules” does not mean that commercial companies necessarily prioritise the future of the planet. When the [...]

By | 2018-01-27T18:08:38+00:00 January 27th, 2018|Other|Comments Off on Renewables in Germany: some thoughts

China is reinforcing its pre-eminence in renewables

Almost exactly twelve months ago a report was issued noting that China was reinforcing its increasing dominance in renewable energy by a programme of aggressive investment both at home and around the globe. That report came from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). On 9 January 2018 IEEFA produced a follow-up report [...]

By | 2018-01-20T21:36:29+00:00 January 20th, 2018|Other|Comments Off on China is reinforcing its pre-eminence in renewables

What drove TOROTRAK into receivership?

On 7 December at 07.30 it was announced that the Board of Torotrak had decided to appoint administrators from Deloittes  “as soon as is practicable” and to suspend the company’s listing on the London Stock Exchange, where the shares were quoted at 0.07 p. This was not totally unexpected: Torotrak had been warning that lack [...]

By | 2018-01-09T08:16:08+00:00 January 9th, 2018|Torotrak|Comments Off on What drove TOROTRAK into receivership?

New study suggests palm oil production can have unexpected consequences

Figures for 2016 show that global palm oil production was over 62 million tons. This is the highest production volume of all vegetable oils, exceeding the second biggest oilseed crop by more than 10m tons and thus of considerable significance in terms of renewables. This tonnage is mainly produced by Indonesia (53 per cent) and [...]

By | 2018-01-16T17:23:24+00:00 January 1st, 2018|Bioenergy|Comments Off on New study suggests palm oil production can have unexpected consequences

District waste-to-energy schemes in the UK

On 9 January 2017, Greenbarrel published a Waste to Energy article, asking a specific question: “What do they do in Paris?” We are told that mainland Europe is showing its prowess when it comes to community heating schemes and that many people wonder why that sort of scheme hasn’t taken off here in the way [...]

By | 2017-12-19T08:41:38+00:00 December 19th, 2017|Heating|Comments Off on District waste-to-energy schemes in the UK

Geothermal III: Renewables and heat

Increasing the use of Renewables in Heating (and transport) is more complicated than increasing its use in electricity generation. That is implicitly recognized in the targets the EU has set for 2020. They envisage that 30 per cent of electricity will be generated from wind, solar and other low-carbon sources, but only 12 per cent [...]

By | 2017-12-15T08:16:12+00:00 December 15th, 2017|Heating|Comments Off on Geothermal III: Renewables and heat

Geothermal II : Heat pumps

The most counter-intuitive of all the types of renewable energy is probably the exploitation of the heat to be found at relatively shallow depths in the earth. While it appears natural to think of harnessing water, the wind, the heat from the sun, or even the heat from volcanoes, a certain leap of the imagination [...]

By | 2017-12-11T16:42:21+00:00 December 12th, 2017|Heating|Comments Off on Geothermal II : Heat pumps

Geothermal I: Renewable energy from within the earth

This is the first in a series of articles about the use of geothermal energy to produce electrical power and heating In these days of heightened awareness of de-carbonisation and global warming it is interesting to note that the world is probably only tapping six or maybe seven per cent of all the global geothermal [...]

By | 2017-12-15T08:16:35+00:00 December 5th, 2017|Heating, Other|Comments Off on Geothermal I: Renewable energy from within the earth

How much does the share price volatility of Nature Group matter?

Nature Group PLC is incorporated in Jersey. It specialises in providing port reception facilities and waste treatment services to the oil, marine and process industries, and claims more than 25 years’ experience. But the consequences of the oil price collapse for the dedicated petroleum division have been severe, so the recent history of the company’s [...]

By | 2017-11-28T07:40:59+00:00 November 28th, 2017|Nature Group Plc|Comments Off on How much does the share price volatility of Nature Group matter?

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