A hydrogen-powered vehicle. The new process produces hydrogen pure enough to use directly in a hydrogen fuel cell. (Toyota) Alternative Fuels

Researchers see the light on hydrogen fuel

Scientists at the University of Cambridge have developed a new technology to produce pure hydrogen fuel from biomass using sunlight instead of heat. Interfax Natural Gas Daily finds out more.

By Silvia Favasuli 27 March 2017
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Finland’s Wärtsilä to build 15 MW PV solar plant in Burkina Faso

Finnish energy manufacturer Wärtsilä will build a 15 MW photovoltaic solar power plant in Burkina Faso that will be used to supply electricity to a gold mine.

27 March 2017
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Statkraft signs first deal under new French renewables scheme

Statkraft has signed its first power-purchase agreement under the new French support mechanism, which replaced the feed-in tariff scheme in January 2016.

27 March 2017
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Gas surpasses coal in UK power market

Gas overtook coal as the UK’s main source of electricity generation in 2016.

27 March 2017
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Beijing caps coal consumption at 7 mt in 2017

Beijing will cap its coal consumption at 7 mt this year, down from around 10 mt in 2016, the municipal government said on Thursday.

24 March 2017
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Russia and China hold talks to cooperate on nuclear energy

Russia and China have held talks on cooperation in nuclear energy, according to Russian state nuclear company Rosatom.

24 March 2017
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Edison launches new smart home service

Italian energy company Edison has launched new technology to provide customers with ways to manage their domestic energy consumption.

24 March 2017
Solar panels on a rooftop in Berlin, Germany. (Berliner Energieagentur) Alternative Fuels

Utilities must face new world of smart cities

As urban populations expand and technology steps in to make cities sustainable, the way we produce, distribute and consume energy will change radically.

24 March 2017
An E.On coal power plant in Germany. Energy efficency could see gas lose market share to coal. (E.On) Alternative Fuels

Gas industry cautions against EU efficiency reforms

The gas industry is lobbying against stricter EU targets for energy efficiency, which it says could favour coal over gas in the energy mix.

23 March 2017
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Bright future for Tesla batteries in UK pilot project

A battery system from United States-based company Tesla is about to be deployed in the British city of Manchester as part of an experimental ‘smart city’ project.

23 March 2017
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EDF joins Dubai solar park consortium

EDF has joined the Masdar-led consortium developing the third phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park in Dubai.

22 March 2017
Coal production in Hebei. The heavily polluted province has increased its environmental budget. (PA) Alternative Fuels

China hints at bigger role for gas in 2017

China’s annual parliamentary gathering this month underlined the country’s commitment to curbing coal consumption, with gas set to benefit.

21 March 2017
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Beijing closes its last utility-scale coal power plant

Beijing shut down its last utility-scale coal-fired power plant on Saturday, shifting the Chinese capital’s energy mix entirely to electricity and gas.

20 March 2017
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GreenWish signs solar deal in Nigeria

Paris-based independent power producer GreenWish Partners will spend $280 million on building solar energy plants in Nigeria.

20 March 2017
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Eni starts construction of Algerian PV plant

Construction started at Eni’s photovoltaic plant in Bir Rebaa North in Algeria on Saturday.

20 March 2017
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UN asks UK government to suspend work at Hinkley Point

The UNECE has asked the UK to suspend construction work at Hinkley Point C because it has broken rules the regarding notifying neighbouring countries.

20 March 2017
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South Africa’s Eskom and Coega sign MOU on nuclear plants

South African state-owned utilities Eskom and Coega Development Corp. have signed a memorandum of understanding on the country’s nuclear build programme.

17 March 2017
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Brussels approves compensation plan for Belgian nuclear plants

The European Commission has approved Belgium’s plans to for potential financial risks linked to the long-term operation of three nuclear reactors.

17 March 2017
Protesters on top of a coal train bound for the UK’s Drax power station in 2008. (PA) Alternative Fuels

Leaving it in the ground is unrealistic

The debate over the proper balance between capitalism and climate is becoming increasingly polarised.

17 March 2017
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Isles of Scilly to pilot integrated renewables project

The UK’s Scilly Isles are to host a smart energy project that aims to meet 40% of their power demand from renewable sources.

16 March 2017
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Water supply disrupting Malawi power

Below-average water levels are affecting power generation in parts of southern Africa that rely on hydropower for electricity.

15 March 2017

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