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

solar link/heat network/electrolysers/lobsters & focus on US-China trade

5th August 2022

I keep trying to peddle good news stories here, yet the politicians seem determined to undo it all. COMPANY NEWS UK pension funds buy 12.5% Hornsea 1 stakeOctopus Energy Generation and GLIL Infrastructure have acquired a 12.5% stake in UK offshore wind farm Hornsea 1 from Global Infrastructure Partners.Octopus made a £200m investment on behalf … Read More

rooftop solar/curtailment/battery efficiency/flooding & focus on food waste

10th June 2022

My wife showed me a piece this week in Remodelista about a gorgeous off-grid hut in Majorca HERE which included a novel power system: In fact the architect, Mariana de Delás makes an interesting point: the wheelbarrow contains power banks which run all electrical requirements in the hut, which involves wheeling the power to the user.. … Read More

tidal/solar tiles/China & focus on heat pumps

28th March 2022

So, we have survived the Spring Statement, which could have been better but could have been worse. Now we need to see some proper green initiatives with money backing them from the Energy Security Strategy. Now that we can get loans and zero VAT for domestic heat pumps, I thought a quick buyers guide might … Read More

EfW waste heat/heat pumps/long duration storage/wireless charging & focus on offshore wind transmission

11th March 2022

This week we have all the elements of a complete zero-carbon package: Offshore wind, long term storage, hydrogen, heat pumps, plastics recycling, methane abatement. Look no further Company news Sony and Honda discuss alliance to build EVsHonda and Sony announced that they’re exploring the possibility of entering a joint venture for developing and building electric … Read More

Offshore wind/heat pumps/affordable EVs and focus on methane leaks

30th April 2021

The Trump years created such an air of despondency within the environmental industries that we felt that it would take years to recover the lost ground. Team Biden seem to be doing a great job of helping lift the gloom by moving quickly to reverse the harmful legislation and doing so with a purpose. Company … Read More

food waste/offshore wind/CCS & focus on the IEA 2020

16th October 2020

According to WRAP food waste contributes 6x the greenhouse gas emissions that aviation does. That came as a surprise to me. Company news Lightsource bp completes financing on Bighorn SolarLightsource bp has successfully closed on a $285 million financing package for its Bighorn Solar project, which will be located on EVRAZ Rocky Mountain Steel mill … Read More

offshore wind/micro-car/CFTC/cobalt/leather

11th September 2020

Electric vehicles work best in the city, so why are the car companies not falling over themselves to provide small, affordable city runabouts like the Wuling, below? These would drive mass acceptance of electric motoring and encourage people to switch their family SUV to a an electric alternative. Skoda have just withdrawn their entry level … Read More