Technology

Afrelec, Africa, Energy Policy, Gas, Pipelines, Power, Power Grid, South Africa, Technology

South Africa’s gas-power paradox

Nicholas Newman AfriElec 18 March 2015 South Africa wants more natural gas-fired power generation but lacks domestic production and transmission infrastructure to spur growth The Integrated Resource Plan wants gas to account for 10% of generation by 2022 Gas-fired generation is cheaper than power from coal and renewables SA needs […]

Energy Policy, Energy Saving, Energy Security, Energy Storage, Europe, European Energy Review, Power, Power Grid, Southern Europe, Technology

Energy Storage a game changer?

Nicholas Newman European Energy Review 5 February 2015. -Electricity storage offers a practical solution to the chronic problem of intermittency in renewable energy supplies. It can promise lower energy costs and also serves to replace conventional standby fossil plants. There are about 69 such electricity storage schemes in operation throughout […]

Energy Security, Energy Storage, Europe, National Grid, Northern Europe, Power, Power Grid, Technology, Western Europe

How much energy storage does the UK need?

“A look at the case for large scale energy storage” By: Nicholas Newman Many promoters of large-scale energy storage argue that the main case for it is to store excess renewable electricity for use during times of undersupply; for instance, when the wind does not blow or the sun fails […]

Energy Saving, Europe, Gas, Innovation, North America, Petroleum Review, Power, Power Grid, Technology, Trains, Transport

Power-train plans

Nicholas Newman Petroleum Review September 2013. Modern trains can be powered by a wide variety of fuels including nuclear, bio-fuels, solar, batteries, hydrogen and gas. However, the most dominant fuel source for powering the global rail-road industry today remains diesel and electric – although coal or wood-burning steam trains still […]

Energy Policy, Energy Saving, Energy Security, Europe, European Energy Review, Gas, Oil, Power, Renewables, Technology

Searching for common ground

by: Nicholas Newman European Energy Policy Energy is the most rapidly evolving global issue and represents one of the most urgent geopolitical challenges facing the European Union (EU) today. Hydrocarbon reserves are being exhausted and swiftly-increasing world demand, from developing countries such as China, is intensifying global competition for access […]