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Is Shell Energy really supplying its customers with 100 per cent renewable energy?

Some of the 700,000 clients of the energy supplier First Utility were surprised when they received an email on 25 March stating that it would henceforth be known as Shell Energy. They should not have been surprised, because Shell had bought the company in 2018, but at that time there was no change of name [...]

By | 2019-05-08T21:53:25+00:00 May 8th, 2019|General|Comments Off on Is Shell Energy really supplying its customers with 100 per cent renewable energy?

The warm winter affects earnings at Aggregated Micro Power Holdings

On 11 April Aggregated Micro Power Holdings (AMPH) released a trading update for its financial year to 31 March 2019. Revenue for the year is expected to be around £50 million, up from £43.2m for the year to 31 March 2018, but EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxation depreciation and amortisation) is expected to be negative [...]

By | 2019-05-07T09:26:20+00:00 May 7th, 2019|Aggregated Micro Power|Comments Off on The warm winter affects earnings at Aggregated Micro Power Holdings

Redflow has completed the transition to a new strategy and now needs to prove it

Redflow, the Australian manufacturer of flow batteries, announced its half-year results on 26 February. They were not encouraging. For the six months to 31 December 2018 (H1 2019) revenue was AU$0.5 million, down from AU$1.2m for H1 2018, while the loss increased from AU$3.8m to AU$4.9m (AU$1.8 = £1). In fact these results were not [...]

By | 2019-04-27T08:12:42+00:00 April 25th, 2019|Energy Storage, Redflow|Comments Off on Redflow has completed the transition to a new strategy and now needs to prove it

RedT announce a strategic review, cost-cutting and board changes as sales disappoint

A year ago RedT divested most of its carbon trading and consultancy business, Camco, in order to concentrate on vanadium flow batteries. Some 330 units worth £18.3 million were said to be in the final stage of customer selection. Staff numbers were doubled and analysts projected a profit in 2019. In July the company announced [...]

By | 2019-04-05T13:04:49+00:00 April 4th, 2019|RedT Energy|Comments Off on RedT announce a strategic review, cost-cutting and board changes as sales disappoint

The Renewables Infrastructure Group produces another set of good results and moves into unsubsidised assets

In its annual report for 2018 The Renewables Infrastructure Group (TRIG) announced a profit before tax of £123 million (2017: £90m). Net Asset Value per share was estimated to have increased from 103.6 pence at the end of 2017 to 108.9p at the end of 2018. The total dividends declared per share were 6.5p share [...]

By | 2019-03-20T14:04:42+00:00 March 20th, 2019|Renewables Infrastructure|Comments Off on The Renewables Infrastructure Group produces another set of good results and moves into unsubsidised assets

Greencoat UK Wind reports another good year but continues to ignore future risks to its profitability

On 28 February Greencoat UK Wind announced another strong set of results for 2018. During the year the company increased its generating capacity from 694 to 836 MW by acquiring 3 new wind farms and increasing its investment in the large Clyde project in South Lanarkshire. Greencoat now owns all or part of 32 wind [...]

By | 2019-03-02T19:24:08+00:00 March 5th, 2019|Greencoat UK Wind|Comments Off on Greencoat UK Wind reports another good year but continues to ignore future risks to its profitability

Oxford PV says it will field test a perovskite dual-layer solar panel in 2019

Oxford PV expects to have its first perovskite-silicon tandem solar panels deployed in the field in 2019. In a presentation as part of the Oxford Energy Colloquia series on 26 February, Dr. Chris Case, Chief Technology Officer of Oxford PV, made the case for solar energy and explained the path the company had taken since [...]

By | 2019-02-28T12:02:52+00:00 February 28th, 2019|Solar|Comments Off on Oxford PV says it will field test a perovskite dual-layer solar panel in 2019

Shale gas development in China is moving ahead in difficult conditions

In 2013 the US Energy Information Association estimated that China has the largest unproved but technically recoverable shale gas resources in the world, nearly double those of the USA. However, development has been slow and only really started with production from the Fuling gas field, southwest China, in 2014. In 2017 China’s total shale gas [...]

By | 2019-02-21T13:29:51+00:00 February 21st, 2019|Oil & Gas|Comments Off on Shale gas development in China is moving ahead in difficult conditions

Why has Carbon Capture Usage and Storage been so slow to take off?

The first Carbon Capture systems were built in the 1930’s but there are still very few examples of Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) being applied to coal or gas power stations for the purpose of reducing CO2 emissions. The earliest systems were used to purify streams of natural gas that contained significant amounts of CO2. [...]

By | 2019-02-14T10:37:45+00:00 February 13th, 2019|Oil & Gas|Comments Off on Why has Carbon Capture Usage and Storage been so slow to take off?

January wind power output shows why batteries are insufficient for storage

We often read that batteries can solve the problem of intermittency in wind and solar sources. Batteries can certainly help and are useful for short-term storage or time-shifting over a few hours. For longer periods of a day or more the size and cost of batteries become prohibitive and other solutions will be needed. To [...]

By | 2019-02-06T20:35:16+00:00 February 6th, 2019|Energy Storage|Comments Off on January wind power output shows why batteries are insufficient for storage