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
Coal is the primary fuel for power generation in Indonesia, South Korea, Vietnam and India. (Coal India) Alternative Fuels

Gas now a ‘no-brainer’ in coal-reliant Asia

Gas could soon challenge coal’s dominance in the Asian power markets as the two fuels edge towards cost parity.

25 March 2015
Wolsong nuclear power plant in South Korea. Wolsong 1 could be back online next month. (KHNP) Alternative Fuels

Nuclear restarts face legal battles in East Asia

Power companies in Japan and South Korea are facing fierce opposition to their plans to restart idled nuclear power plants.

25 March 2015
Alternative Fuels

EU renewables growth comes at a cost – study

A recent study by conservative thinktank the Centre for Policy Studies said that the costs of intermittent renewables are massively understated.

25 March 2015
Myanmar's electricity grid has just over 8,000 km of transmission lines. (Microsoft) Alternative Fuels

Gas may give Myanmar short-term power option

Gas is the fastest-growing fuel for power generation in Myanmar, but the country’s long-term plans point to a larger role for coal and hydroelectricity.

20 March 2015
Sinopec’s geothermal energy plant, which has been online in the town of Xiong since 2009. (Interfax) Alternative Fuels

Sinopec goes underground for green energy

Sinopec is spearheading efforts to commercialise China’s vast geothermal resources, a renewable energy source that could help wean the country off coal.

12 March 2015
Alternative Fuels

Renewables and gas to dominate new US generation capacity – EIA

Wind, gas and solar power will dominate new generating capacity in the United States in 2015, the Energy Information Administration has said.

11 March 2015
Alternative Fuels

EU gas prices ease, outlook bearish for coal

European gas prices have dropped to their lowest level in four years, according to a report from Dutch bank ABN AMRO published last week.

9 March 2015
India's government will sell off 10% of its stake in Coal India. (Coal India) Alternative Fuels

New LNG will not slow India’s coal imports

Although Indian LNG imports are expected to rise while prices are lower, they will not cut into the clear and steady increase in coal supplies – as long as the price is right.

18 February 2015
Shin Wolsong 2 will add a further 1 GW of capacity and is scheduled to come onstream in July. (KHNP) Alternative Fuels

Korean nuclear to expand despite safety worries

In the wake of safety scandals, public opinion of nuclear power is at an all-time low in South Korea, yet three reactors are expected to start up in 2015, increasing capacity to record levels.

30 January 2015
Höegh Gallant (Höegh) Alternative Fuels

What to expect in 2015

Low oil prices, floating liquefaction and new supply routes – Interfax looks at what the global gas market should expect in 2015.

19 January 2015
New LPG prices were introduced for GSPs and refineries, while imports will remain the same. (Origin Energy) Alternative Fuels

LPG hike boosts PTT amid oil price gloom

An accelerated gas price reform programme has brightened the outlook for Thailand’s PTT in 2015.

15 January 2015
Source: PA/Interfax Alternative Fuels

2014 in pictures

A look at the most interesting stories that shaped 2014.

15 December 2014
A coal-fired power station in Lanzhou, Gansu province. China is hoping to use greener coal technology. (PA) Alternative Fuels

China’s clean coal hopes may affect gas outlook

China’s coal industry is looking to turn greener with the help of new technologies, presenting a possible obstacle to greater use of gas.

23 October 2014
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott will be in New Delhi and Mumbai between Thursday and Saturday. (PA) Alternative Fuels

India looks to Oz for uranium, rather than LNG

India and Australia are both keen to sign a uranium supply deal this week, as India looks to fill its thermal power shortage with more nuclear capacity.

4 September 2014
World energy-related carbon dioxide emissions in 2013 Alternative Fuels

Political risk dims outlook for coal

Pledges by the EU, the United States and China to commit to stricter emission reduction targets could have a dampening effect on future coal demand. However, the extent to which shale gas will replace coal in coal-consuming countries such as China remains to be seen.

20 August 2014
Sanyo’s Solar Ark in Gifu prefecture in central Japan. (PA) Alternative Fuels

Japan’s solar wave could herald new energy age

A surge of solar applications in Japan could mark the beginning of the end for the dominance of LNG in the country’s energy mix

11 July 2014
Solar panels in Berlin. More than 39 GW of solar capacity was added globally in 2013. (Berliner Energieagentur) Alternative Fuels

Renewable capacity additions dominate in 2013

Renewable energy is closing in on established power sources, with more than half of new global capacity last year coming from solar, wind and other renewable sources.

8 July 2014

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