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Velocys’s biofuel reactors move ahead slowly with some encouragement from the Department of Transport

By Julian Singer Like many companies Velocys received permission from the London Stock Exchange to delay its filing of audited results for 2019 until the end of September. Instead the company produced a 2019 Trading Update showing revenue of £0.3m (2018: £0.7m) for an operating loss of £9.8m (2018: 18.6m). The lower loss in 2019 [...]

By | 2020-06-30T09:24:29+00:00 July 1st, 2020|Velocys|Comments Off on Velocys’s biofuel reactors move ahead slowly with some encouragement from the Department of Transport

Highview Power gets a grant to install the first commercial liquid air battery

By Julian Singer On 18 June the DBEIS[1] announced an award of £10 million for what is claimed to be the world’s first commercial liquid air battery project to be installed in Trafford, Greater Manchester. The complete project will consist of a CryoBattery, developed by Highview Power, and a combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) from [...]

By | 2020-06-24T07:41:25+00:00 June 24th, 2020|Energy Storage|Comments Off on Highview Power gets a grant to install the first commercial liquid air battery

How the lockdown is helping determine electricity consumption patterns

By Julian Singer Dr Philipp Grünewald is very interested in what we do all day. As Deputy Director of Energy Research at the Environmental Change Institute in Oxford, his research work and the METER project which he runs tries to understand what we use electricity for. To do this the project sends volunteers a mobile [...]

By | 2020-06-15T14:17:49+00:00 June 16th, 2020|General|Comments Off on How the lockdown is helping determine electricity consumption patterns

Active Energy Group reports its first major revenue for its Coal Switch product

By Julian Singer Active Energy Group (AEG) is one of a few companies listed on AIM that have no operations in the UK. It has been involved in forestry management for many years, initially in Ukraine but now in North America, but for the last few years has focused on its CoalSwitchTM product: a method of [...]

By | 2020-06-10T11:44:35+00:00 June 10th, 2020|Active Energy Group|Comments Off on Active Energy Group reports its first major revenue for its Coal Switch product

Careful engineering helps reduce the price of offshore wind

By Julian Singer Two well-known facts about offshore wind turbines are that they are getting bigger and that the price of the electricity they produce is getting less. Some climate sceptics have doubted that the installers will be able to operate at the prices tendered and that the wind farms will never be built. On [...]

By | 2020-05-29T14:47:48+00:00 May 28th, 2020|Wind|Comments Off on Careful engineering helps reduce the price of offshore wind

Porvair has continued to perform well and should survive the virus crisis without problem

By Julian Singer In February Porvair, the specialist filtration and environmental technology group, presented a good set of results for its financial year to the end of November 2019. The revenue was a record high at £144.9 million, up thirteen per cent from 2018, while profit before tax was also a record at £14m, up [...]

By | 2020-05-21T16:01:51+00:00 May 20th, 2020|Porvair|Comments Off on Porvair has continued to perform well and should survive the virus crisis without problem

Where are the unicorns in the clean energy business?

By Julian Singer, 12 May 2020 Earlier this year the New York based financial and business news website Business Insider published a study listing twenty-one clean technology start-ups that it claimed would transform the industry. It was particularly interested to know if there were any unicorns (start-ups with a valuation of $1bn or more). Specifically excluded [...]

By | 2020-05-14T08:28:12+00:00 May 12th, 2020|General|Comments Off on Where are the unicorns in the clean energy business?

The Limits of Energy Sufficiency

By Julian Singer On 28 April Professor Steve Sorrell of the University of Sussex gave a cogent and interesting presentation of his work on the limits of Energy Sufficiency[1] in an online session as part of the Oxford Energy series. Energy sufficiency can be thought of as a goal or a set of actions that [...]

By | 2020-05-14T08:28:50+00:00 May 7th, 2020|General|Comments Off on The Limits of Energy Sufficiency

Solar Panel Longevity

By Oliver Nelson-Drummett Efficiency is often the most highly considered factor for a solar cell amongst the research community. It is defined as the electrical power that a solar cell module outputs compared to the solar influx of power that falls on that module, expressed as a percentage. Recently, perovskites have exploded onto the scene, [...]

By | 2020-04-29T08:42:33+00:00 April 28th, 2020|Solar|Comments Off on Solar Panel Longevity

What is the full cost of installing a heat pump?

By Julian Singer Heat pumps are expected to play a major role in decarbonising residential heating, which contributes 14 per cent of the UK’s CO2 emissions, about the same as transport. In fact they are nearly the only solution currently available and will remain so unless the gas grid is converted to hydrogen. But what [...]

By | 2020-05-14T08:32:40+00:00 April 22nd, 2020|Heating|Comments Off on What is the full cost of installing a heat pump?