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BP Energy Outlook (2018): Problems loom for the Paris agreement

Last week, BP published their latest Energy Outlook (for calendar year 2018). It does not make for comfortable reading because it shows that the actual speed of decarbonisation is not keeping up with the timetable and limits set by the Paris agreement. In 2018 global energy demand and carbon emissions from energy use grew at [...]

By | 2019-06-25T09:13:06+00:00 June 25th, 2019|General|Comments Off on BP Energy Outlook (2018): Problems loom for the Paris agreement

NextEnergy Solar Fund Annual Results

On 18 June NextEnergy Solar Fund (NESF)reported on their positive performance in the calendar year to 31 March 2019. NESF is a closed-end fund, based in Guernsey, investing in solar photovoltaicassets in the UK (and Italy). Established in 2014, the company is now large enough to be included in the FTSE 250 Index as from [...]

By | 2019-06-19T10:34:08+00:00 June 19th, 2019|NextEnergy Solar Fund|Comments Off on NextEnergy Solar Fund Annual Results

Formula E Championship

No-one can deny that profound change is on its way in the motor industry: electricity, batteries and launch of numerous electric versions of new cars are the stuff of daily discourse. But the Formula E Championship for electric cars, as distinct from the Formula 1 Championship for high performance motor cars, would seems to have [...]

By | 2019-06-18T07:29:54+00:00 June 18th, 2019|Transport|Comments Off on Formula E Championship


We are sadly watching the slow demise of PVCrystalox, the British company which at one time produced  multicrystalline silicon ingots and wafers, the key component in solar power systems. The Board of the company has announced that they expect to return to shareholders about £38.5 million on, or around 21 June 2019. This represents approximately 95.49 per [...]

By | 2019-06-12T08:49:33+00:00 June 11th, 2019|PV Crystalox|Comments Off on PVCrystalox

Emissions at sea and Quadrise

Over 80 per cent of the world’s trade travels by sea and ship transport accounts for around 3 per cent of all the world’s carbon emissions. So a change in the emissions regime for ships should be big news. But somehow a substantial change has crept up on us without everyone noticing. The International Maritime [...]

By | 2019-06-06T14:18:18+00:00 June 5th, 2019|Quadrise Fuels International|Comments Off on Emissions at sea and Quadrise

BP and Electric charging

In June 2018 BP announced that it was purchasing Chargemaster, the UK’s largest electric vehicle charging company, for £130 million. That seemed quite a lot to pay for a company with an annual turnover of £12 million and a gross profit of less than £4 million, though BP is not short of money. The company [...]

By | 2019-06-01T07:55:32+00:00 May 30th, 2019|Transport|Comments Off on BP and Electric charging

Modern Water Annual Results

On 18 April, the day before Easter Friday, Modern Water plc reported on the calendar year to 31 December 2018. Overall, the financial figures were rather better than those reported for 2017. Revenue was up by 18 per cent to £4.2 million (2017 £3.5m); gross profit was up by 31 per cent to £2.3m (2017 [...]

By | 2019-04-25T14:04:48+00:00 April 24th, 2019|Modern Water Plc|Comments Off on Modern Water Annual Results

PV Crystalox to return cash to shareholders

It seems that as we could be nearing the closing moments of a long and somewhat sad saga, it would be right to cover the most recent events at PV Crystalox, a solar company which enjoyed profitable activities in the UK and Germany for a number of years. The companymanufactured Multicrystalline silicon ingots and wafers, [...]

By | 2019-04-16T16:06:34+00:00 April 16th, 2019|PV Crystalox|Comments Off on PV Crystalox to return cash to shareholders

GWEC Releases Full Annual Report

As previously foreshadowed (Greenbarrel  6 March) the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) duly released its full Annual Report on 3 April 2019. The Report is the most widely used source of data on the wind energy sector for industry, governments and others. This was the fourteenth Annual report and the presentation has been wholly redesigned.  [...]

By | 2019-04-11T10:11:03+00:00 April 11th, 2019|Wind|Comments Off on GWEC Releases Full Annual Report

GWEC releases global figures for wind power increases in 2018

At the end of February 2019, the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) released some figures for increases in wind power during 2018. (This was in advance of the release of the full annual report on 3 April) The overall increase in new installed capacity, (51.3 GW) though in line with the average figure for the [...]

By | 2019-03-08T11:02:54+00:00 March 6th, 2019|Wind|Comments Off on GWEC releases global figures for wind power increases in 2018