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Cheap Oil & Gas, anyone?

By Barney Smith On 31 July the Prime Minister announced that further licenses for exploration for OiI & Gas in the North Sea were to be granted: the first would be in the autumn, and there could be much as one hundred more delivered in the current (33rrd) offshore round for O & G licenses, [...]

By |2023-08-24T15:43:30+00:00August 24th, 2023|Oil & Gas|Comments Off on Cheap Oil & Gas, anyone?

Hydrogen and Asia

By Barney Smith Hydrogen is increasing being talked about as a “Miracle Cure” for those industries which are highly resistant to decarbonisation, like cement and heavy transport . There is no doubt that interest in hydrogen is on the rise worldwide, for hydrogen and its derivatives, ammonia and methanol, have the enormous advantage that they can be consumed [...]

By |2023-08-02T15:47:43+00:00August 2nd, 2023|Energy Storage|Comments Off on Hydrogen and Asia

BP Enters German Offshore Wind Market

By Barney Smith Last week BP announced that they had won two projects in the recent German tender round, (almost doubling BP’s current global offshore wind pipe-line to 9.2 GW) for which BP are to pay a total of Euros 6.8 billion to the German authorities for the right to develop them as large offshore wind [...]

By |2023-07-22T11:49:23+00:00July 22nd, 2023|Articles, Oil & Gas|Comments Off on BP Enters German Offshore Wind Market

Drax and Negative Emissions

By Barney Smith Back in the bad, old, coal-fired days, Drax produced more electricity than any other British power station - 1,326 MW or 4.59 per cent of British Grid Demand. Drax still produces more electricity than any other power station, but it now produces electricity by burning, not fossil fuels but biomass, in the [...]

By |2023-04-28T16:17:32+00:00April 27th, 2023|Bioenergy|Comments Off on Drax and Negative Emissions

Part II Energy Security Plan

By Barney Smith It is perhaps relevant to note that “De-carbonisation by 2050” took 25 pages of explanation (Greenbarrel: Part I of 12 April),  whereas “the Energy Security Plan”(Part ll) took 84 pages. Could it be that the voters care more for security of supply today than for de-carbonisation by 2050? At all events, most [...]

By |2023-04-19T19:16:32+00:00April 20th, 2023|General|Comments Off on Part II Energy Security Plan

Carbon Zero by 2050: Part I

By Barney Smith In 2019 the Government amended the Climate Change Act to commit the UK to achieving net zero by 2050, compared to the previous target of an 80 per cent reduction in emissions by 2050. At the end of March 2023 they finally released twenty-five pages of ideas as to how the UK [...]

By |2023-04-13T12:49:48+00:00April 13th, 2023|General|Comments Off on Carbon Zero by 2050: Part I

Last Warning on Climate

By Barney Smith On 20 March the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), delivered its latest report to the heads of Government, who set it up as long ago as 1988. Amid the hundreds of pages and annexes, the message was clear: act now or it will be too late. Echoing the thrust of the [...]

By |2023-03-26T07:46:56+00:00March 28th, 2023|General|Comments Off on Last Warning on Climate

Smaller Modular Reactors

By Barney Smith Amidst all the excitement of last week’s Budget, there was, perhaps, one encouraging sign for the longer term. There does seem to be a growing realisation that the nuclear future is not all large plants, which are typically both over budget and way behind timetable: there may, indeed, ought to, be room [...]

By |2023-03-21T18:14:27+00:00March 21st, 2023|Nuclear|Comments Off on Smaller Modular Reactors

There may be a price problem with Electric Cars

By Barney Smith Up ‘til now, it has been possible to believe that the move to electric cars would occur relatively smoothly; the British Government had decided that no new cars could be sold after 2030 if they were powered by either petrol or diesel and a veritable barrage of advertising was unleashed, extoling the [...]

By |2023-01-20T09:58:43+00:00January 20th, 2023|Transport|Comments Off on There may be a price problem with Electric Cars

First Steps in de-carbonising Aviation

By Barney Smith Aviation is one of the hardest sectors to de-carbonise and without urgent action it could be one of the highest-emitting sectors for greenhouse gases by 2050. According to the Dept. of Transport, a British-led consortium comprising (at least) Virgin Atlantic, Rolls-Royce, Boeing, Imperial College, London, the University of Sheffield, the Rocky Mountain [...]

By |2023-01-03T17:25:54+00:00January 3rd, 2023|Transport|Comments Off on First Steps in de-carbonising Aviation
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