DRS/UK Net Zero Review/vanadium flow batteries & focus on long term energy storage

25th January 2023

Re-reading this week’s ‘bits, it occurs to me that if the Government were to implement enough of the recommendations of Chris Skidmore’s review, we would be a lot less likely to suffer disasters such as British Volt. COMPANY NEWS Lightsource bp closes first tax equity deal with Wells Fargo for 481 megawatt solar portfolioLightsource bp … Read More

Solar thermal/rooftop solar/HVO/methane/volcano/perovskite solar

13th January 2023

COMPANY NEWS UK solar innovator Naked Energy continues European expansion with new partnershipsBritish solar thermal design and engineering company Naked Energy has announced further international expansion after partnering with two leading European engineering-led firms.Portuguese business Tech4Food will now offer Naked Energy’s cutting-edge solar thermal and photovoltaic thermal (PVT) products as part of its engineering solutions … Read More

hydrogen hubs/CES/solar prices/electrolysis & focus on BNEF review of 2022

6th January 2023

Encouraging to start the year with record levels of wind generation in the UK. Good news, but might it be seen as a metaphor for some turbulence to come? There are plenty of challenges ahead as highlighted in the Focus section below. COMPANY NEWS Insurance giant Chubb launches global climate businessProperty insurance giant Chubb has … Read More

ALL OF EV OF THE WEEK 2022

8th December 2022

Here are all of the weekly EV of the Week posts for 2022, most are either here now, or coming soon. A few are very much concepts. Together they make a snapshot of how the EV world is developing this year and into the near future: Pininfarina Battista Is World’s Fastest-Accelerating Road-Legal CarAutomobili Pininfarina has … Read More

Second life batteries/green jobs/fusion/CLT/low carbon cement

2nd December 2022

In another sign that sanity is slowly returning to this country it is encouraging to hear that the Environment Secretary has confirmed that the Environmental Land Management scheme will start to roll out as originally planned next year. Not a moment too soon. COMPANY NEWS Ineos in talks with Rolls-Royce to build mini-nuclear power plantIneos, … Read More

Cathodes/geothermal/ev charging/CO2 battery/wetlands & focus on tidal power

25th November 2022

If the objective is to confuse us, they have certainly succeeded. Which leading member of our government is in favour of onshore wind and which is against and which similar for ground mounted solar. I am very confused about something which should have been beyond doubt years ago. It is painful to watch. COMPANY NEWS … Read More

AD/battery/ammonia/floating wind & focus on COP27

18th November 2022

COP27 continues to debate the EU’s late arriving proposal on a loss and damage fund, so we shall have to wait on that, the most important decision at this year’s summit. In the meantime the UK’s Autumn statement is with us, and with it the expected windfall tax on electricity generators. General consensus seems to … Read More

Busses/UK solar/heat pumps/chemicals/LNG/wave power & focus on COP27

11th November 2022

I suppose that any revolution has its casualties, but it is still sad to see electric van pioneer Arrival join BritishVolt in the intensive care ward. COMPANY NEWS Equinor and Hitachi Energy formalise collaborationEnergy company Equinor and technology company Hitachi Energy have signed a strategic collaboration agreement. It includes developing standardised base designs for transmission … Read More

agrivoltaics/district heating/plant based protein/Barcelona Bicibus

28th October 2022

I had hoped to report plenty of good news on renewables coming from our new PM, but we may have to wait for that.Looking elsewhere there is good news around, such as the record amounts of renewables being generated both here (see below) and in Europe. Also good news from an unlikely source: Chris Giles, … Read More