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Dire warning from UN climate chief
16 April, 2024
Humanity has only two years left ‘to save the world’ by making dramatic changes in the way it discharges heat-trapping emissions, according to the head of the United Nations climate agency, Executive Climate Secretary Simon Stiell, in a speech on 10 April at the Chatham House think tank in London.

Intensive attacks on Ukraine's power assets
16 April, 2024
Russian armed forces carried out extensive attacks on Ukraine's energy infrastructure early on 22 March, launching dozens of missiles and drones to inflict severe damage on power plants and grids belonging to the country’s major power company DTEK.

New project to aid decarbonisation of the River Thames
16 April, 2024
An ambitious project, the first of its kind for the UK, is underway in London that could see a radical new relationship between Thames vessel operators and London’s electricity network.

Heightened global oil security risks – IEA report
16 April, 2024
Mounting tension in the Middle East, spiked further over the weekend of 13 April with Iranian air attacks on Israeli military facilities, is raising the risk of increased volatility in oil markets and providing a fresh reminder of the importance of oil security.

Long term energy optimism prevails, despite uncertainties – DNV report
16 April, 2024
A new energy trends report from DNV indicates a resilient optimism within the energy sector, despite prevailing caution. According to DNV's annual ‘Industry Insight survey’, 73% of senior energy professionals express confidence in the industry's growth trajectory for the upcoming year, a figure that has remained steady at around 74% since 2022, reflecting a resolute stance amid continuing turbulence.

Pioneering hydrogen energy start–up secures £1m funding
16 April, 2024
Clyde Hydrogen Systems, a pioneering Scottish start–up that is set, according to several estimates, to ‘revolutionise the hydrogen energy sector’, has announced the successful closure of its pre-seed funding round, totalling over £1m in equity and grants. The process has been supported by Zinc, the University of Glasgow and several strategic ‘angel’ investors.

Proxima raises more funding for its fusion programme
15 April, 2024
Munich-based start-up Proxima Fusion has raised €20m ($21.7m) in seed funding to accelerate its plans to build the first generation of fusion power plants based on quasi-isodynamic (QI) stellarators with high-temperature superconductors.

Methane emissions rose in 2023, but could decline soon
15 April, 2024
A new report by the International Energy Agency shows that methane emissions from the energy sector remained near a record high in 2023 – but also that substantial policies and regulations announced in recent months, as well as fresh pledges stemming from the COP28 climate summit in Dubai, have the potential to cause them to go into decline soon. If all these pledges are implemented in full and on time, it would be sufficient to cut methane emissions from fossil fuels by 50% by 2030, the IEA’s latest update of its ‘Global Methane Tracker finds’. However, most pledges are not yet backed up by plans for implementation.

Agreement for development of 2 GW solar portfolio in Europe
15 April, 2024
PPC Group and Mytilineos Energy & Metals have signed a Co-operation Framework Agreement for the development and construction of a portfolio of solar projects up to 2000 MW in southern and eastern Europe. The value of the deal is estimated at up to €2 billion and is expected to be implemented over the next three years.

UN inspectors condemn drone strikes on ZNPP
09 April, 2024
Drone strikes hit the site of Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant (ZNPP) on 7 April, in a serious incident that endangered nuclear safety and security, International Atomic Energy Agency director general Rafael Mariano Grossi said in the IAEA‘s latest update, number 220, on the situation in Ukraine.

RWE awarded licence to develop Seohae offshore wind
09 April, 2024
RWE has been awarded a 495 MW Electricity Business Licence by the Ministry of Trade, Industry & Energy of Korea to develop the Seohae offshore wind project, located approximately 45 km off the coast of Taean County in South Korea’s Chungcheongnam Province.

Saharan dust cuts solar power output in Germany
09 April, 2024
Dust blown in from the Sahara Desert in northern Africa to central Europe has reduced solar power output in Germany during the week of the Easter holidays, German newspaper Die Welt reports. The power output of solar panels was significantly lowered, especially in the southern state of Baden-Wurttemberg, by the dust clouds, known as aerosols, that the wind carried from the desert across the Mediterranean.

Energia crowdfunding to advance Na and Li-ion technology
09 April, 2024
Energia Power Systems, a power storage company developing rechargeable sodium-ion and lithium-ion batteries, has announced the launch of a crowdfunding campaign on Wefunder.

Adani Green renewable portfolio reaches 10 000 MW
09 April, 2024
Adani Green Energy Ltd, an arm of multinational conglomerate Adani Group, India’s largest such group and one of the world’s most prominent renewable energy companies, has announced that its renewable energy portfolio has now exceeded 10 GW, a first for an Indian company. The portfolio is so large that it represents about 11% of India’s installed utility-scale solar and wind capacity.

Duke to sell stake in Pioneer Transmission
09 April, 2024
Duke Energy on 4 April announced that it had reached an agreement to sell its 50% ownership interest in Pioneer Transmission LLC to John Laing Group, an international investor and active manager of core infrastructure assets.

Rolls-Royce, Landmark and ASCO to collaborate on CO2 recovery
09 April, 2024
Rolls-Royce, ASCO Carbon Dioxide Ltd (ASCO), and Landmark Power Holdings (LMPH), have signed a Memorandum of Understanding aimed at developing scalable solutions for clean power generation with carbon capture from mtu gas reciprocating engines. This strategic partnership is expected to help enable power generation customers to achieve their net zero ambitions. Rolls-Royce is committed to becoming a ’net zero’ company by 2050 and supporting customers in doing the same.

Plasma record for KSTAR tokamak
09 April, 2024
The Korea Superconducting Tokamak Advanced Research (KSTAR) at the Korea Institute of Fusion Energy (KFE) in Daejeon has broken its previous plasma operation record, achieved during its first plasma campaign, following the upgrade of its divertors (plasma facing components) to tungsten monoblocks. KFE said it had sustained the plasma with ion temperatures of 100 million degC for 48 seconds during the KSTAR plasma campaign run from December 2023 to February 2024. Additionally, it achieved the high confinement mode (‘H-mode’) for over 100 seconds.

CIP acquires majority stake in Elgin Energy
04 April, 2024
Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, through its flagship fund CI V, has signed an agreement to acquire a majority share in Elgin Energy, and will, together with Elgin’s retained management team, invest £250 million in the company, enabling it to deliver and expand on its existing 15 GW solar PV and battery portfolio.

TerraPower starts permitting process for the Natrium reactor demo
04 April, 2024
TerraPower has announced the submission of its construction permit application to the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission for the Natrium reactor demonstration project. TerraPower believes it is the first company to submit its construction permit application to the NRC for a commercial advanced reactor.

Start of construction at world’s first energy island
02 April, 2024
Offshore construction work on Princess Elisabeth Island, the world’s first energy island, is expected to start soon in the Belgian sector of the North Sea, as cardinal buoys have been deployed to demarcate an exclusion zone within which only vessels working on the energy island will be allowed, according to a Notice to Mariners issued on 26 March.

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