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Verditek has started selling its lightweight solar panels but has a long way to go

By Julian Singer Verditek was formed in 2016 to identify business opportunities in the clean technology sector. It initially invested in three companies, one making flexible solar panels and two making different types of air filter. The company now focusses on solar panels manufactured at its factory in Milan with only a minor interest in [...]

By |2022-08-29T17:47:25+00:00August 30th, 2022|Verditek|Comments Off on Verditek has started selling its lightweight solar panels but has a long way to go

Quaise Energy will make a bold attempt to recover geothermal energy from deep in the earth’s crust

By Julian Singer Quaise Energy proposes to drill wells of up to 20 kilometres deep into the earth’s crust to find temperatures of up to 5000C.  The heat will be brought to surface to produce electricity using a conventional steam generator. Quaise plans to start drilling its first well in 2024 and to be producing [...]

By |2022-08-29T08:21:34+00:00August 25th, 2022|General|Comments Off on Quaise Energy will make a bold attempt to recover geothermal energy from deep in the earth’s crust

The Climate Change Committee submits its annual progress report to Parliament

By Julian Singer At the end of June, the Climate Change Committee (CCC) submitted to Parliament its annual progress report on the reduction of carbon emissions, as it has done every year since 2009. Although it is doubtful if many members of parliament have read all 618 pages of the report, they would have found [...]

By |2022-08-08T17:35:31+00:00August 9th, 2022|General|Comments Off on The Climate Change Committee submits its annual progress report to Parliament

Flow battery manufacturer Invinity increases revenue significantly but losses remain high

By Julian Singer At the end of June Invinity Energy Systems, the manufacturer of vanadium flow batteries (VFBs) for electricity storage, announced its results for 2021. They show a sharp increase in revenue, up from £0.7million in 2019, £0.2m in 2020 to £3.2m in 2021. As explained by CEO Larry Zulch, much of the revenue [...]

By |2022-07-30T10:55:52+00:00July 27th, 2022|RedT Energy|Comments Off on Flow battery manufacturer Invinity increases revenue significantly but losses remain high

The Greencoat funds face the future

By Julian Singer Writing about the renewables investment fund Greencoat UK Wind plc has often been a challenge. Since it was founded in 2013 it has steadily expanded its portfolio of UK wind farms and equally steadily increased its dividend to equal or beat the RPI. Its share price shows little volatility, and has even [...]

By |2022-07-19T09:03:53+00:00July 19th, 2022|Greencoat UK Wind|Comments Off on The Greencoat funds face the future

The fourth Contract for Difference auction adds 10GW at prices as low as £37.35 per MWh

By Julian Singer On 7 July, while the Prime Minister was busy resigning, another part of his government announced a small step towards fulfilling one of the many goals it had set itself. This was the result of the fourth Contract for Difference auction held by the DBEIS. The general structure had been announced last [...]

By |2022-07-13T09:16:51+00:00July 12th, 2022|General|Comments Off on The fourth Contract for Difference auction adds 10GW at prices as low as £37.35 per MWh

Modern Water gets a new lease of life after being taken over by DeepVerge

By Julian Singer Modern Water, the supplier of treatment and monitoring equipment for salty and contaminated fluids, was taken over by DeepVerge, another AIM-listed company, in 2020. Before the takeover DeepVerge’s main product was Labskin, a laboratory-grown skin that mimics human skin and is used by skin care manufacturers and consultants to test products. The [...]

By |2022-06-28T09:07:48+00:00June 28th, 2022|Modern Water Plc|Comments Off on Modern Water gets a new lease of life after being taken over by DeepVerge

Natural (gold) hydrogen

By Julian Singer On 7 June, at one of the Oxford Energy seminars, Dr. Chris Ballentine gave a fascinating talk entitled “Natural (gold) Hydrogen – Pipeline or Pipe dream?”. Gold hydrogen is hydrogen that occurs naturally in the earth’s surface. How wonderful if we could just drill for it like methane! The idea seemed absurd [...]

By |2022-07-17T08:04:56+00:00June 16th, 2022|Energy Storage|Comments Off on Natural (gold) hydrogen

SSE’s results suggest it is on the right track

By Julian Singer On 25 May Scottish and Southern Electricity (SSE) reported preliminary results for its financial year ending 31 March 2022. Earnings before interest and tax, or operating profit, were up at £1.5bn (2021: 1.3bn) with earnings per share up at 95.4p (2021: 78.4p). These results exclude revenue from its one third stake in [...]

By |2022-06-14T07:50:49+00:00June 14th, 2022|Wind|Comments Off on SSE’s results suggest it is on the right track

HVO diesel shows promise

By Julian Singer Biofuels form part of many plans to reach net zero. When burnt they may emit as much CO2 as a fossil fuel, but since the biomass withdrew CO2 from the atmosphere while growing the net effect on the atmosphere is small, even after taking into account the carbon emitted collecting, transporting and [...]

By |2022-06-01T17:48:30+00:00June 1st, 2022|Bioenergy|Comments Off on HVO diesel shows promise
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