Might an energy-from-waste plant on the Dorset coast change the way forward for energy within the UK? With the UK nonetheless within the depths of a value of vitality disaster, and dependable oil from Russia lengthy since withdrawn from the nation’s energy combine, there’s appreciable potential for the mixed warmth and energy plant, which goals to course of 260,000 tonnes of waste a yr, and switch this into 30MWe of electrical energy.
The venture may be one thing of a proof of idea for a extra decentralised vitality grid, the place the facility calls for of a group are met by an area vitality facility. Ought to this venture succeed, the UK might start to embrace localised energy vegetation to satisfy the rising wants of particular person communities.
Elsewhere, we examine how energy corporations are utilizing predictive modelling to enhance the effectivity and efficacy of their upkeep operations, and ask how Australia may higher export its huge energy merchandise.
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Coastal mixed energy: may this be the way forward for UK energy?
Andrew Tunnicliffe appears at a major energy-from-waste venture within the UK, and considers a number of the points that would come up from initiatives prefer it.
Pricey errors: how energy corporations are reinforcing upkeep procedures
Nnamdi Anyadike investigates Siemens Gamesa’s $500m part restore incident, and asks whether or not the facility business can profit from predictive upkeep.
Inexperienced steam: warmth restoration, and energy technology within the clear vitality transition
Might steam seize and utilisation deliver sustainability and circularity to a variety of business processes? Giles Crosse investigates.
European energy: “Any fears of a coal rebound at the moment are useless.”
Coal’s anticipated rebound didn’t occur in 2022, reveals a brand new Ember report on EU electrical energy markets. Isabeau Van Halm investigates Europe’s higher reliance on renewables.
Subsea cables or hydrogen transport: the thriller of exporting Australian energy
Awash in seas of alternatives, Australian energy corporations have to take a leap to develop additional. Matt Farmer investigates.
Subsequent difficulty: distributed technology
Because the world’s electrical energy output has grown, and introduced extra of the world collectively, there was a shift within the steadiness of energy between these areas the place energy is generated, and people the place energy is consumed. In essence, the outdated mannequin of a choose few international locations and areas producing huge provides of energy, and promoting it to the remainder of the world, is turning into untenable, as technological growth brings the necessity for on-demand electrical energy to each inch of the globe.
Distributed technology, the observe of constructing small-scale energy technology amenities within the areas the place the facility is in the end wanted, may repair this difficulty, however may require a elementary change within the nature of the world’s energy combine.