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INEOS and fracking in Scotland

Amidst all the current excitement about possible imminent fracking by Cuadrilla, an interesting wrinkle in the legal position in Scotland has been exposed over the summer. In the first week of May 2018, INEOS applied for a judicial review of the apparent ban on fracking in Scotland announced by Ministers from the Scottish National Party [...]

By | 2018-09-02T12:06:30+00:00 September 4th, 2018|Oil & Gas|Comments Off on INEOS and fracking in Scotland

Renewables Materials in the BP 2018 Review

The overall picture given by the Survey is somewhat mixed. Renewable power grew by 17 per cent, the largest increase on record and accounted for almost half the growth in power generation. Yet, as Bob Dudley points out in his introduction, “There has been no improvement in the mix of fuels feeding the global power [...]

By | 2018-07-18T08:19:52+00:00 July 18th, 2018|General|Comments Off on Renewables Materials in the BP 2018 Review

Market unimpressed by China New Energy’s much improved profits for 2017

The London Stock Market FTSE 100 contains a number of companies whose operations are mainly outside the UK. At a more modest level that is also true of the AIM market. One such company is China New Energy Limited (CNEL), which produced its Annual report for the year ending 31 December 2017 on 29 June. [...]

By | 2018-07-09T15:53:26+00:00 July 10th, 2018|China New Energy Ltd|Comments Off on Market unimpressed by China New Energy’s much improved profits for 2017

What future for PV Crystalox?

It would seem that the pessimistic scenario forecast in PVCrystalox’ latest Annual Report is coming to pass. The CEO is quoted as saying “After 7 years, the Board has concluded that there is no real prospect of any change in market conditions which might permit a return to profitability for the Group’s wafering operation without [...]

By | 2018-06-08T07:22:22+00:00 June 8th, 2018|PV Crystalox|Comments Off on What future for PV Crystalox?

Birds, Bats and Wind Turbines

While wind power in general is seen as environmentally desirable in terms of the planet and emission reduction, it comes with a significant price, paid by birds and bats, species which are also of concern to environmentalists. For there are numerous fatal collisions between birds, bats and wind turbine blades. It is to be hoped [...]

By | 2018-05-16T03:16:48+00:00 May 16th, 2018|Wind|Comments Off on Birds, Bats and Wind Turbines

Windpower report on 2017 released

On 26 April 2018, the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) released its latest annual report (the 13th) on the world wind-power situation up to the end of 2017. The new global total for installed wind capacity is 539 GW, which is an increase of over 52 GW, an addition of roughly ten percent on the [...]

By | 2018-05-09T07:33:16+00:00 May 9th, 2018|Wind|Comments Off on Windpower report on 2017 released

The Chinese car market and the prospects for an electric future

Electric cars were at the forefront of the Chinese Motor show, which started on Wednesday 25 April in Beijing. News about new models was accompanied by a flurry of announcements about future Government regulation of what is now the largest car market in the world. (Figures from the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM) show [...]

By | 2018-05-03T09:59:53+00:00 May 3rd, 2018|Transport|Comments Off on The Chinese car market and the prospects for an electric future

Indian Wind tariffs stay competitive in 5 April auction

Power tariffs remained reasonably low in one of the largest auctions conducted by the state-run Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI), which ended on 5 April 2018. 2 Gigawatts (GW) of wind power was up for auction and the winning bids were Rs2.51 and Rs 2.52 per kilowatt hour respectively. That is not quite as [...]

By | 2018-04-11T07:43:47+00:00 April 11th, 2018|Wind|Comments Off on Indian Wind tariffs stay competitive in 5 April auction

Uruguay: a beacon of hope for renewables?

When the going gets tough in the sometimes heated debate in the UK, Germany and elsewhere about the optimum place of renewables in electricity generation, it may be refreshing to point out that there are places in the world where renewables are the whole answer to the question. Most of them are small, with only [...]

By | 2018-04-11T09:13:28+00:00 April 6th, 2018|General|Comments Off on Uruguay: a beacon of hope for renewables?