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The UK Government finds a new enthusiasm for Carbon Capture Usage and Storage.

At a conference hosted jointly with the International Energy Agency in Edinburgh on 28 November the government announced new plans for evaluating and introducing Carbon Capture, Usage and Storage (CCUS) in the UK. The main goals are to have the first large-scale plants operating by the mid-2020’s and for it to be introduced “at scale” [...]

By | 2018-12-12T11:19:58+00:00 December 11th, 2018|Oil & Gas|Comments Off on The UK Government finds a new enthusiasm for Carbon Capture Usage and Storage.

Bushveld Minerals profits from high vanadium prices and sees a bright future in flow batteries

Bushveld Mineral’s results for the first six months of 2018 make remarkable reading. Revenue was £62million, up from £2.2m for the ten months to the end of 2017, and profits after tax turned a loss of £0.7m into a profit of £21.1m. The reasons for this dramatic change were, first, the decision by Bushveld in [...]

By | 2018-12-05T18:53:34+00:00 December 5th, 2018|Bushveld Minerals|Comments Off on Bushveld Minerals profits from high vanadium prices and sees a bright future in flow batteries

Decarbonising Heat III: the hydrogen solution

The two previous articles on Decarbonising Heat summarised the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC)’s study of the costs of different solutions and looked in more detail into the most effective but also the most expensive of these solutions – heat pumps. This article will look into the other main contender – the use of hydrogen instead [...]

By | 2018-11-27T19:09:26+00:00 November 27th, 2018|Heating|Comments Off on Decarbonising Heat III: the hydrogen solution

Decarbonising Heat II: heat pumps and hybrid gas-electricity solutions

The previous article on Decarbonising Heat summed up the National Infrastructure Commission’s study of the cost of different solutions to this problem. The most effective, but also the most expensive, was found to be the heat pump. This article will look into the pros and cons of heat pumps, and also into a solution that [...]

By | 2018-11-12T18:50:27+00:00 November 13th, 2018|Heating|Comments Off on Decarbonising Heat II: heat pumps and hybrid gas-electricity solutions

Decarbonising Heat I: the NIC estimates the cost

The National Infrastructure Commission was set up by the government in 2015 to give non-ministerial advice on the UK’s infrastructure. It monitors projects and produces studies, and is obliged to give an Assessment once every parliament of future needs. It has about 35 employees and a board who are mainly directors from industry or academics [...]

By | 2018-11-07T18:48:06+00:00 November 7th, 2018|Heating|Comments Off on Decarbonising Heat I: the NIC estimates the cost

PowerHouse Energy offers interesting solutions for Energy from Waste but still has much to prove

Writing about PowerHouse Energy Group (PHE) a year ago we noted that that the company’s name was somewhat misleading as it had not yet produced any revenue and had no employees, all the work being done through alliances and subsidiaries. In the interim results for the first half of 2018 published on 28 September, PHE [...]

By | 2018-10-30T08:44:05+00:00 October 30th, 2018|Powerhouse Energy Group|Comments Off on PowerHouse Energy offers interesting solutions for Energy from Waste but still has much to prove

Ceres Power strides ahead with some important new announcements

Ceres Power, the manufacturer of a solid-oxide fuel cell known as the SteelCellTM, has made three significant announcements in the last three months and has also produced final results for the year to 30 June 2018. The first announcement, on 2 August, was for a new partnership with Nissan and The Welding Institute (TWI), backed [...]

By | 2018-10-12T07:38:16+00:00 October 11th, 2018|Ceres Power Holdings|Comments Off on Ceres Power strides ahead with some important new announcements

Velocys suffers as its sole operating plant in Oklahoma suspends operations

On 10 September Velocys announced that ENVIA was to suspend operations and review alternatives.  ENVIA is a facility outside Oklahoma City that converts landfill gas into diesel and other petroleum products, at the heart of which are two of Velocys’s patented gas-to-liquid reactors, the only ones actually in operation. ENVIA had announced a gas leak [...]

By | 2018-10-04T08:48:11+00:00 October 4th, 2018|Velocys|Comments Off on Velocys suffers as its sole operating plant in Oklahoma suspends operations

Modern Water is positioning itself strongly in China and India

On 20 September Modern Water, the supplier of treatment and monitoring equipment for salty and contaminated fluids, released its interim results for the first half of 2018. Revenue increased from £1.56million in H1 2017 to £1.89m in H1 2018, while losses were reduced from £1.81m to £1.39m. As with several companies introducing new technology, Modern [...]

By | 2018-09-27T11:35:41+00:00 September 27th, 2018|Modern Water Plc|Comments Off on Modern Water is positioning itself strongly in China and India

Redflow, the flow battery manufacturer, settles in after a turbulent year

On 30 August Redflow, the Brisbane-based manufacturer of Zinc-Bromine flow batteries, announced that its revenue for the year to 30 June 2018 was Australian$1.8 million (£1m) for a loss of A$12m. Corresponding results for the previous year were A$1.4m and A$12.9m. Redflow describe 2017/18 as a turnaround year: it was certainly turbulent, with the manufacturing [...]

By | 2018-09-20T15:33:29+00:00 September 20th, 2018|Energy Storage, Redflow|Comments Off on Redflow, the flow battery manufacturer, settles in after a turbulent year