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Power Generation News, November 2017

Published 23rd November 2017
A new study has claimed that a global electricity network powered exclusively by renewables is possible by 2050, and will be cheaper than today’s system.   The report was carried out by Finland’s Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT) and the Energy Watch Group (EWG), an international non-profit that includes scientists and politicians. Presenting their results on the sidelines of the COP23 climate conference in Bonn, the researchers said that existing renewables potential, coupled with storage, could meet global demand by the middle of ...
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Power Generation News, November 2017

Published 5th November 2017
The Government’s “outdated” policy on onshore wind could cost the UK around £1bn over the next four or five years, according to the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (EClU).   A new report published from the non-profit claims that 1GW of new onshore wind farms would be £30m cheaper a year than offshore wind and £100m less than new nuclear or biomass plants.   The ECIU does insist the UK’s “effective ban” on support for onshore wind is blocking development of the cheapest new electricity ...
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Power Generation News, October 2017

Published 17th October 2017
In a claimed UK first, energy supplier EON has completed the installation of a 10MW energy storage system that will be used to help smooth the flow of power to and from the grid.   The 10 megawatt (MW) Lithium-Ion battery, which is housed in four 40ft long shipping containers, has the same power as roughly 100 family cars and holds the same amount of energy as 500,000 mobile phone batteries. It has been Installed at a 30MW renewable energy plant that converts ...
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Power Generation News – September 2017

Published 21st September 2017
Energy from offshore wind in the UK will be cheaper than electricity from new nuclear power for the first time.   The cost of subsidies for new offshore wind farms has halved since the last 2015 auction for clean energy projects.   Two firms said they were willing to build offshore wind farms for a subsidy of £57.50 per megawatt hour for 2022-23.   This compares with the new Hinkley Point C nuclear plant securing subsidies of £92.50 per megawatt hour.   Nuclear firms said the UK still needed ...
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Energy News – July 2017

Published 8th August 2017
POWER GENERATION The University of Strathclyde and Babcock are to lead an industrial partnership worth £4.2m with the aim of making nuclear assets safer and more reliable. The Programme will develop advanced inspection techniques, biotechnology solutions for infrastructure repair and new products and processes for managing nuclear power facilities and extending their lifetime. The project forms part of a £138m investment in research-business partnerships announced by the UK government and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). The project involves Babcock, EDF Energy, ...
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Power Generation

Published 31st July 2017
A new 600MW wind farm off the Dutch coast has come online, and will eventually provide power to 1.5 million people. Situated 85km into the North Sea off the coast of Groningen, the Gemini wind park is one of the world’s largest. Its 150 turbines cover 68 square kilometres, and provide an installed capacity of 600MW. According to Gemini, the location has some of the highest and most consistent wind speeds in the North Sea, averaging 36km/h. Batteries that have powered electric cars ...
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