Energy and Climate Change

‘We are at peak oil’: If global demand for crude hasn’t already peaked, it will do in the next few years says BP

By |2020-09-27T11:09:00+00:00September 29th, 2020|Energy and Climate Change, News|

Oil giant BP has said annual oil demand may have already reached its high point as the world converts to renewable energy usage and away from fossil fuels. The FTSE 100 company's projection is detailed in its 2020 Energy Outlook, which sets out three possible scenarios of the planet's transition to renewable energy. All of

The best solar storage batteries: Tesla Powerwall and 17 others put to the test

By |2020-09-20T09:17:44+00:00September 27th, 2020|Battery Storage, Energy and Climate Change, Home Battery, Home Energy Storage, News, Renewable Energy, Solar and Battery|

An independent trial compared 18 batteries in lab conditions, and not all survived. If you've got solar panels on your home, or you're considering getting them, then you're probably wondering if you should get a storage battery as well – and if so, which one is best? An independent trial of 18 solar power batteries

Could Exxon Be … Running Out Of Cash?!

By |2020-09-20T09:14:40+00:00September 26th, 2020|News, Pollution, Power Generation, Renewable Energy|

Could Exxon be running out of cash? This question stems from an article by Yahoo! Finance that reported on ExxonMobil Corp facing a $48 billion shortfall through next year, which are Reuters and Wall Street estimates. This number was calculated by using cash from operations, commitments to shareholder payouts, and costs for Exxon’s planned massive

Global oil demand could peak in 2030 with rise of electric vehicles, report says

By |2020-09-20T09:11:00+00:00September 25th, 2020|Energy and Climate Change, National Grid, News, Power Generation|

Global oil demand, struggling to recover from the coronavirus pandemic, could peak during this decade as electric vehicles become more widespread, according to a new report. Demand for crude worldwide plunged by 16 million barrels per day during the second quarter, the largest drop in a single quarter, according to a Bank of America Securities

Over five million second generation smart meters installed as rollout hits new milestone

By |2020-09-20T09:07:30+00:00September 24th, 2020|Energy and Climate Change, Grid Balancing, National Grid|

Over five million SMETS2 smart meters have been installed in the UK according to the Data Communications Company (DCC). The milestone was reached with the installation of a meter at a location in Lincoln by Bulb Energy yesterday (7 September 2020). It has been achieved despite installations pausing from March due the COVID-19 lockdown, and

California wildfires: Record 2 million acres torched in as entire towns evacuated

By |2020-09-20T09:04:37+00:00September 23rd, 2020|Energy and Climate Change, News, Wildfires|

The wildfires devastating huge areas of California are still roaring out of control, with more than two million acres of land devastated and more than 14,000 firefighters fighting the blazes across the state. The latest fires have already made this the state’s worst wildfire season on record – and what are typically the most dangerous

‘Little evidence’ government has confronted scale of net zero

By |2020-09-20T09:02:07+00:00September 22nd, 2020|Energy and Climate Change, News, Power Generation, Renewable Energy, Solar and Battery|

There is still ‘little evidence’ that the UK government has confronted the enormous scale of reaching net zero, according to a new report by the Institute for Government. It warns that meeting the challenge of decarbonisation is more challenging than responding to the COVID-19 pandemic or getting Brexit done, as it will require transformations of

Future energy predictions: Growth of flexibility and grid forming

By |2020-09-20T08:59:41+00:00September 21st, 2020|Energy and Climate Change, News, Power Generation, Renewable Energy, Solar and Battery|

It is well known that COVID-19 has caused low energy demand and the growth of renewable energy across Europe. Now, Andrew Tang, Vice President for Energy Storage at Wärtsilä, predicts this will result in swift action to build better grid resiliency. The share of renewable power across Europe has skyrocketed over the last six

When politicians call, ask only this

By |2020-09-23T11:35:59+00:00September 20th, 2020|Energy and Climate Change, News, Power Generation, Renewable Energy, Solar and Battery|

[I found this article very insightful and I agree with most of his points - it's well worth a read. Trevor] With the US presidential election campaigning in full flow, news and social media has descended into the depressing blue team versus red team idiocy that experience tells us leads nowhere. The supporters of

Using data to build fossil fuel-free buildings

By |2020-09-12T10:40:58+00:00September 19th, 2020|Energy and Climate Change, News, Power Generation, Renewable Energy, Solar and Battery|

The impact of fossil fuels on the environment is pushing architects and engineers to make buildings greener — and, when possible, fossil fuel-free. Hundreds of design decisions can impact a building's energy efficiency, making fossil-fuel-free structures more or less workable. Multilayered window designs can trap heat, making climate control systems more efficient. Advanced appliances can

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