Here are a few examples of the recent work I have completed for various clients during the month of December 2018. Such tasks have included editorial, content writing, corporate communications and even ghost writing.
Power Engineering and Technology magazine
Completion of various editorial and content tasks involved in the production of the magazine
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
Engineering and Technology
Digital piracy at sea
Although the notion of a ship in the middle of the ocean being disabled by a software malfunction or by hackers was initially greeted with considerable skepticism and denial, a spate of incidents, including most notably an attack that disrupted operations at Cosco and Mearsk, has transformed attitudes. Today, the maritime industry acknowledges the potential dangers and is taking steps to address cyber risk at various levels.
Off-the-grid thinking to end Nigeria’s blackouts
Five years after the privatisation of Nigeria’s power sector, even the most luxurious Lagos hotels still suffer daily blackouts. The size of the gap between the country’s energy needs and current energy provision is daunting.
Completion of various research and report writing tasks for client
MACKENZIE HOLDINGS SA (PTY) Ltd
Provision of various corporate communication and marketing services
Pipeline and 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.
Middle East driving global growth in conventional oil output
Middle Eastern oil production is expected to grow by 2.7 million bpd by 2025, according to the latest Rystad Energy analysis. The boost in conventional oil output from the Middle East is primarily driven by supply additions from Iraq with 1.5 million bpd growth, and an additional 1.2 million bpd mainly coming from the Neutral Zone, the UAE and Iran in the medium term.