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2020 vision: A look at the European electricity market

This article was first published in the January/February 2014 edition of Intelligent Utility magazine Europe’s electricity market is a mess. The clash between the European Commission’s desire for a single European market and national considerations of renewables targets, carbon emission reductions, price regulation and “keeping the lights on” is profound and getting harsher. In effect, … Continue reading

‘Blackout’ Britain? Waking up to demand-side response

From National Grid to Distribution Network Operators and energy suppliers, demand-side response is seen as having great potential for tackling the Britain’s growing problem of how to keep the lights on. Tim Probert surveys the scene. This article was first published in the November 2013 issue of Energy World. As surely everybody will now have realized, … Continue reading

The quest for the Holy Grail: Top takeaways from energy storage seminar

The first law of thermodynamics states energy cannot be created or destroyed, only transformed from one type of energy to another. The second law of thermodynamics states when an energy transformation is made, some of the energy lost as heat. That is why there can never be a perpetual motion machine and why energy storage … Continue reading

Shedding some Light on Namibia

The Caprivi Link ensures reliable power transfer capability between the east and west of the Southern African Power Pool. Tim Probert takes a first-hand look at the link, which is ABB’s first HVDC Light installation built with overhead lines and is also the highest rated and longest system of its type currently in operation. This article … Continue reading