Here are a few examples of some of the recent work as a journalist, writer, researcher for various corporate clients and publications in the month of November.
Cavendish Group International
Completion of all editorial content of the Q4 edition 2018.
Power Engineering and Technology
Q4 18 PGT Contents
redT installs Australia’s largest behind the meter energy storage system
British based redT has announced that it has installed its 1MWh vanadium flow / lithium-ion hybrid energy storage system is now installed and operational at a site in Melbourne, Australia. Page 6
ACCIONA to build Australia’s first large-scale thermal Waste to Energy plant
The world’s leading green energy company based in Spain has announced it will construct a new thermal waste energy plant in Western Australia. Page 7
Scottish Power aims to be 100% green
British power utility, the Drax group has decided to buy Iberdrola’s Scottish Power’s gas, hydro and pumped storage capacity At a cost of $922 million. Page 8
UK-Belgium ‘Nemo Link’ electricity interconnector ready for use
A new subsea power cable linking Britain with Belgium is expected to become operational in early 2019. Page 9
GE Grid Solutions Completes GIS in Record Time
General Electric has just completed in India, the first of its kind 400/200kV gas insulated substation (GIS) at Magam village in the Baramulla block of north Kashmir. Page 10
Forty-two percent of coal power stations found to be running at a loss
A new report by London based think tank Carbon Tracker has found that at least 2/5 of the world’s coal power stations are already running at an operational loss. Page 12
Northeast Asia power grid to cost at least $6.2b: KEPCO
Korea Electric Power Corp (KEPCO) has big plans to build a cross border power network linking it with its neighbours China, Russia and Japan. Page 13
Gas Malaysia-Tokyo Gas JV commissions gas engine plant
In October 2018, a new gas power plant owned by Tokyo Gas Engineering Solutions Corporation and Gas Malaysia Bhd was successfully commissioned. Page 14
Malaysia makes a dash for renewables
The new government in Malaysia has set a target of 20% of the country’s electricity should be derived from renewables by 2030. Page 15
Floating wind farms open up new opportunities in California
In Europe, offshore wind farms have traditionally been built in the shallow waters of the North Sea and the Mediterranean. Page 17
Old-fashioned regulations hobbling Australia’s energy storage growth
In Australia, a failure by regulators to update regulations to meet the needs of energy storage working with renewables is causing operational problems for the country’s power sector. Page 20
Turning electricity into hydrogen
At one of Britain’s leading renewable research centres, on the remote island archipelago of Orkney they are investigating the commercial potential of turning surplus renewable energy into hydrogen, which can be used as a fuel for transportation, power generation or heating. Page 23
How blockchain can aid in solving Africa’s power shortages.
Across the continent of Africa, existing power supplies do not meet the growing needs of its urban dwellers. In addition, in large parts of the continent, the power sector has yet to reach rural communities. Page 26
Protecting against heavy ice on powerlines
For power grid operators especially in cold parts of the world, the problem of ice build-up on power cables and structures can be a major problem in damaging infrastructure. Page 29
Leading renewable energy projects
Today investment in renewables projects is no longer looked at as an eccentric thing to do. Increasingly, not investing in such projects is seen as eccentric. Page 32
Events Page 36
Local Energy Scotland
Local Energy Scotland administers and manages the Scottish Government’s Community and Renewable Energy Scheme (CARES), aimed at implementing renewable energy generation and usage to benefit communities at a local level. What does CARES involve, and what have been the success stories to date? This article should feature interviews with a live/upcoming project, such as that in Oban. How easy is the process and what support do communities need? And what can local businesses do to raise awareness of CARES among local communities? To include original expert comment from at least three spokespeople.
Engineering and Technology
Unexpected ways that factories are saving energy
Around the world, there are many ways that factories are cutting their energy and waste bill, plus improving their asset efficiency. For instance, the drinks firm Diageo, is using the waste from its Whiskey distilleries, with to power anaerobic digester (AD) plants, to create steam to generate electricity and any resultant processed waste is used as fertilizer to improve soil condition in the fields where the malt grains are grown to make eventually whiskey in the first place.
Encouraging local energy projects
Traditionally, energy projects have been big and owned by large companies, such as RWE, Eni, Enel, etc. For instance, Italian energy giant, Eni’s has ongoing plans to develop 1 GW of renewable generating capacity by 2021. Already it is developing 220 MW of solar power capacity at several of the group’s industrial sites in Italy, including the opening of a 10 MW solar park in Algeria at the Bir Rebaa North oil field, and is developing Kazakhstan, Eni’s first grid scale 50 MW wind farm at its Badamsha refinery plant.
Investec Financial Services Company
Completion of a ghost written policy analysis report and think piece on the economic, social and environmental progress that leading developed and developing economies have made in meeting the Paris Accords targets.
Paying for mine reclamation and well decommissioning
Meeting the need to decommission the ever-growing number of end-of-life, abandoned or orphaned mines, oil and gas wells is proving an increasingly costly and technical problem for companies, regulators and policymakers. Taking just Australia, the US and Canada’s decommissioning requirements, for example, gives an indication of the scale of decommissioning activities needed now and in the future. According to the Australia Institute, the country has 3,000 operational mines but over 60,000 abandoned or orphaned mines, of which only a handful, have had some form of rehabilitation.[i] The US has around 560,000 abandoned mines sitting on public and privately owned land according to an estimate by the Mineral Policy Centre [ii] as against over 13,000 mining operations in 2016.[iii] The energy renaissance of the last decade has produced more than 900,000 active oil and gas wells[iv] but Texas alone had approximately 118,000 inactive wells in April 2017. Canada also has a significant oil and gas industry. For example, the province of Alberta has, according to Canadian Broadcaster CBC, some 468,000 wells of which around 30 percent (90,000) are inactive, one percent (3,200) is abandoned, and 202,000 wells are operational. In total Alberta alone has 305,124 wells needing to be decommissioned and reclaimed.[v] See Table 1 of the well inventory for the Province of Alberta.
Pipeline Gas Journal
Energy outlook in California
Like everywhere, having secure, affordable, and environmentally sustainable energy supplies is vital for a modern economy such as California, which is the largest in the United States, boasting a $2.798 trillion gross state product as of 2017. As a sovereign nation of 39 million, California would rank as the world’s fifth largest economy, ahead of the UK but behind Germany. The most dominant sectors of California’s economy are low energy intensive industries such as agriculture, science and technology, trade, media and tourism.
What Oil at $100 a Barrel Would Mean for the Global Economy
Rising oil prices are prompting forecasts of a return to $100 a barrel for the first time since 2014, creating both winners and losers in the world economy. Exporters of the fuel would enjoy bumper returns, giving a fillip to companies and government coffers. By contrast, consuming nations would bear the cost at the pump, potentially fanning inflation, and hurting demand. This feature would look at what impact this would have on global growth, the world economy, on supply nations like Iran, Iraq, Venezuela, Libya, and Nigeria. Also, examine who are the possible winners and losers. Also the impact on the US economy.
Completion of various marketing tasks including production of a video to promote an advertorial on “Paying for mine reclamation and well decommissioning”, which was published in the December edition of Materials World.