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Meeting European demand for biomass wood pellets

Driven by European Union renewables targets, demand for biomass wood pellets is to set to soar over the next decade as utilities displace coal in thermal power plants. Tim Probert explores how the industry will manage to procure sufficient sustainable biomass. This article was first published in the July 2012 issue of The Energy Industry … Continue reading »

Converting to Bioenergy: Benefits and Challenges

With legislation increasingly tough on coal-burning plants, many are switching to renewable fuels to ensure longevity. But supply chain issues may prevent some plants from undertaking the conversion process. Tim Probert profiles the UK’s Tilbury power station, a 1960s coal plant which has become the world’s largest biomass plant, and talks to Drax about the … Continue reading »

Siemens nuclear PR stunt puts RWE plans in doubt

Industrial conglomerate Siemens has abandoned all plans to build new nuclear power stations following Chancellor Angela Merkel’s decision to phase out nuclear power in Germany. The announcement was made in an interview given to weekly German newspaper Der Spiegel by CEO Peter Loescher, in which he stated that “for us it is a thing of … Continue reading »

Germany’s giant utilities are posting losses and slashing jobs – what’s going on?

German utility E.ON posted its first ever quarterly loss and is laying off up to 11,000 workers. Compatriot RWE is up the creek following Frau Merkel’s decision to abandon nuclear power. And investors are no longer deeming these utilities a ‘safe haven’ in turbulent financial times. What is going on? E.ON Germany’s biggest utility has … Continue reading »

  • Britain looking good for at least a bronze in a gripping finale to the women's road race, just 6km to go. Go Lizzie Armitstead!
  • The Olympic opening ceremony understood what it's all about. People and participation.
  • Takeaway was energy storage is going nowhere until regulated grid companies, the natural customers, are allowed to sell storage to Nat Grid
  • ...for a 1.5 MW solar PV airship which could be easily transported to sunny areas and plugged into the grid to earn ROCs. No takers as yet.
  • Classic moment at EcoConnect's energy storage seminar tonight when a Mr "Bernard Hanning" invited the audience to invest in his idea...