The planned Brunei Hydrogen Production and Hydrogenation plant. (Mitsubishi) Alternative Fuels

Japan looks to broaden hydrogen supply options

Japan’s commitment to hydrogen will open opportunities for gas, which offers a low-cost method of production, but will ultimately require CCS technology.

By Andrew Walker 15 August 2017
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US nuclear projects in jeopardy despite official support

President Donald Trump’s administration has made nuclear a key part of the United States’ energy strategy, but two major projects are in serious trouble.

21 August 2017
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Norway could become first fully electric country – Energi Norge

Energi Norge has submitted a plan to the government to make Norway the world’s first 100% electric society by 2050.

16 August 2017
The Mongstad CCS project in Norway. (TCM) Alternative Fuels

Could hydrogen heating resuscitate CCS?

CCS technology may have been thrown a lifeline in the UK by an industrial hydrogen heating project.

11 August 2017
The two salt caverns at Jemgum in Germany were previously used to store gas. (EWE-Gassspiecher) Alternative Fuels

EWE to convert salt caverns into huge battery

The two German salt caverns were previously used to store gas but will now be made into a 700 MWh redox flow battery.

10 August 2017
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South Korea coal power shutdown boosts LNG

South Korea’s president shut down eight coal-fired units in June, resulting in a large growth in LNG demand.

10 August 2017
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Italy’s conventional power capacity down 27%

The availability of installed conventional power capacity in Italy has dropped by around 27% over the last five years.

9 August 2017
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UK backs offshore wind project in East Anglia

The UK government has given planning permission to ScottishPower’s 1.2 GW THREE wind farm in East Anglia.

8 August 2017
South Korea is phasing out its nuclear and  coal-fired power  plants. (KHNP) Alternative Fuels

South Korea’s LNG boom threatened by coal

South Korea faces a difficult task in phasing out coal from the energy mix as new capacity is being brought online.

8 August 2017
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UK to introduce hydrogen as fuel in Manchester and Liverpool

UK gas distribution company Cadent Gas is planning to test the use of hydrogen for industrial heating in areas of Manchester and Liverpool in the 2020s

7 August 2017
An artist’s impression of the Hinkley C nuclear power station. (EDF) Alternative Fuels

Marginal role for gas if Hinkley Point C is cancelled

The UK’s Hinkley Point C nuclear plant is facing further delays, but potential gains for gas could be limited by climate policies

7 August 2017
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Japanese environment minister pressures Chubu over new coal power plant

Japan’s environment minister, Koichi Yamamoto, has urged Chubu Electric Power Co. to reconsider its plans for a major new coal-fired power plant.

1 August 2017
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Philippines’ DOE releases power sector plans

The Philippine Department of Energy has produced a firm vision for the country’s power sector.

28 July 2017
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EDF’s drop in nuclear production results in losses in H1 2017

French public utility EDF registered net income of €2 billion in the first half of 2017, down by 3.7% from H1 2016.

28 July 2017
The Tesla Model X. The UK will ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars from 2040. (Tesla) Alternative Fuels

Gas ruled out from powering UK’s new electric cars

The UK’s ban on new fossil fuel-powered cars from 2040 will increase power demand, but new generation will mainly come from renewables, analysts say.

27 July 2017
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AEP plans to invest $4.5 bln in 2 GW wind farm

American Electric Power, one of the largest utilities in the United States, plans to invest $4.5 billion in a 2 GW wind farm and associated transmission power line.

27 July 2017
A Tesla Powerwall battery can power a two-bedroom home for 24 hours. (Tesla) Alternative Fuels

Can gas unlock future power invention?

Gas is not just a relatively clean stopgap fuel on the road to a renewable future – it may also be a catalyst for technological progress.

21 July 2017
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Hinkley Point C cost could reach £50 bln

The planned Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant could cost consumers £50 billion over the life of the project.

19 July 2017
The Fessenheim nuclear plant, France. The government plans to reduce nuclear’s share of the country’s energy mix. (EDF) Alternative Fuels

French energy policy offers chance for gas

Plans to phase out coal and nuclear in France’s power supply could offer gas a chance to gain market share.

19 July 2017
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Germany, Poland account for half of EU coal capacity

Germany and Poland account for a combined 51% of the EU’s installed coal capacity and 54% of emissions from coal.

19 July 2017
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Renewables will meet 48% of Brazilian power demand by 2026 – report

Renewables will account for around 48% of Brazil’s energy demand of 351 mt of oil equivalent in 2026, according to a report released by federal energy planning authority EPE.

18 July 2017

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