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Carbon Clean shows that CCUS works

By Julian Singer Carbon Capture Utilisation and Storage is usually associated with large systems and high costs. The number of £1 billion is frequently quoted, for example in the UK government’s CCS competition (cancelled in 2015), the Energy White Paper of December 2020 and Shell’s CCUS Infrastructure Fund. Large systems progress slowly even if there [...]

By |2021-10-25T17:24:37+00:00October 28th, 2021|General|Comments Off on Carbon Clean shows that CCUS works

The dangers from nuclear fusion are far less than from fission but not negligible: the government considers regulations

By Julian Singer On 1 October the government issued a Green Paper while launching a consultation on the regulatory framework for fusion energy. As a method of producing energy, it is well known that nuclear fusion is much safer than nuclear fission, but it does still present some hazards. It is also being developed by [...]

By |2021-10-12T08:14:26+00:00October 12th, 2021|Nuclear|Comments Off on The dangers from nuclear fusion are far less than from fission but not negligible: the government considers regulations

Ambri’s liquid metal battery appears well suited for electricity storage

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Yxn5qnmemg By Julian Singer Ambri, a Massachusetts-based  company founded by researchers at MIT, has designed a battery that is a promising contender for storing electricity. It is a liquid metal battery, which initially consists of solid Calcium and Antimony electrodes separated by Calcium Chloride (a type of salt). These elements are all readily and cheaply [...]

By |2021-10-20T10:16:27+00:00October 5th, 2021|Energy Storage|Comments Off on Ambri’s liquid metal battery appears well suited for electricity storage

Proton Power Systems continues to introduce its fuel cells in different markets, but so far no break through

By Julian Singer On 17 September Proton Motor Power Systems (PPS) announced its unaudited interim results for the six months to 30 June 2021. They showed sales of £0.9 million versus £1.1m for the first six months of 2020 and £1.9m for the whole of 2020. Sales have thus been almost constant over the last [...]

By |2021-09-30T07:43:49+00:00September 29th, 2021|Proton Power Systems|Comments Off on Proton Power Systems continues to introduce its fuel cells in different markets, but so far no break through

Energy Vault gets substantial backing for its gravity-based storage system

By Julian Singer On 9 September Energy Vault, the Swiss energy storage company, announced a merger with Novus Capital Corporation II, a special purpose acquisition or “blank check” company that listed on the New York stock exchange in February. The combined company is valued at $1.1 billion. The combined company will start with $388m in [...]

By |2021-09-21T12:51:01+00:00September 21st, 2021|Energy Storage|Comments Off on Energy Vault gets substantial backing for its gravity-based storage system

Recent calm weather has meant turning on coal-fuelled power plants: more gas storage is needed

By Julian Singer While most of us were enjoying a few days of sun in the middle of last week, the electricity grid controllers in Wokingham were sweating with anxiety. The same weather conditions that had brought the sun also brought very still conditions. Wind power output dropped to near zero, after been well below [...]

By |2021-09-15T07:36:06+00:00September 14th, 2021|Wind|Comments Off on Recent calm weather has meant turning on coal-fuelled power plants: more gas storage is needed

EnergyNest’s heat battery is cheap and offers significant energy savings

By Julian Singer While most of the renewable world is focused on storing electricity, Norwegian company EnergyNest has concentrated on storing heat. It was founded in 2011 and received the first commercial revenue from its Thermal Battery in 2016. Since then it has been expanding its range of application. The principle is very simple: a [...]

By |2021-09-08T08:53:43+00:00September 7th, 2021|Energy Storage|Comments Off on EnergyNest’s heat battery is cheap and offers significant energy savings

Minesto shows how flying kites under water can generate electricity

By Julian Singer Minesto is a Swedish company that generates electricity by “flying” kites under water. This seemingly bizarre idea is best understood by thinking of a kite flying in air that is induced to follow the trajectory of a figure of eight. At the extremes of the trajectory, and at other points, the kite [...]

By |2021-08-31T07:43:01+00:00August 31st, 2021|Tidal & Wave|Comments Off on Minesto shows how flying kites under water can generate electricity

After a successful IPO, AMTE Power enters into various development agreements

By Julian Singer The news on batteries is dominated by Gigawatt manufacturing sites such as those proposed by Britishvolt in Northumberland and Northvolt in Sweden. AMTE Power, who made a successful entry into AIM in March, is going a different way, focussing on specialist markets with its Ultra range of batteries, each of which has [...]

By |2021-08-24T14:46:40+00:00August 25th, 2021|Energy Storage|Comments Off on After a successful IPO, AMTE Power enters into various development agreements

Replacing boilers with heat pumps is not simply a matter of price

By Julian Singer The government is reported to be considering an incentive scheme to encourage home owners to replace their gas boilers with heat pumps. A sum of £4000 was floated, recently increased to £7000. Even so it is unlikely that many owners will take up the offer. The problem is not just that heat [...]

By |2021-08-17T07:25:11+00:00August 17th, 2021|Heating|Comments Off on Replacing boilers with heat pumps is not simply a matter of price
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