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Renewable Energy Drive in Japan

Another interesting article below on “Renewables”. It looks as though  there is a stronger move in this direction, and potentially away from Nuclear Fission . People are really thinking about the bigger picture with respect to “Energy”. As always,  there is  a real business driver not just a desire to go “cleaner”, but in this case with the advent of feed-in tariffs, this has really helped the shift in thinking. I read another recent article around how the growth of “renewables” is now also having an impact on research projects such as nuclear fusion research. If we go back to the 80’s  was going to be the  holy grail of energy generation.

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Solar Power

Interesting recent post from the World Economic Forum . At a global level solar energy supply will surpass nuclear energy by the end of the year in terms of generating capability in Gigawatts.

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Green Light for WE Wind Farm

The UK government has recently given the green light for the next phase of the EA Wind Farm off the coast of Norfolk. It looks like Scottish Power are going to have some stiff competition in the bidding process from DONG Energy.

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Extending the Life

There was a very interesting article in the June TCE (Chemical Engineer Magazine) around battery recycling particularly in respect to EV’s, in an article called “Back from the Dead”. A company called Aceleron, ar looking behind the science, data and technology for getting the most out of Li Ion cells used in EV batteries.

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A Circular Economy – A Paradigm too far ?

For as long as I can remember we have lived in a boom-bust economy.  Our GDP linked to global  markets – at the mercy of the next world economy to come on stream wanting to develop infrastructure and create commercial growth as far as the money lasts.  We gear up to meet demand, and then fall into recession when the bubble bursts, creating hardship and casualties for those caught up in fallout.

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Rubber (Plastic) Roads

If you hear the words rubber roads a number of things come to mind. As a amateur racing driver, I think potentially more “grip”. There is a new phenomena taking place. The concept of recycled plastic containers and bottles being combed from our seas and waste dumps, to be converted and substituted for the bitumen that binds our road asphalt. India has been doing it since 2002, and the Netherlands is now actively pursuing it.

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Alternative Transport

There is a lot in the press at the moment about sustainable transport , e-cars, hybrid cars, hydrogen trains, LNG powered super-tankers, but what about e-bikes. These are gradually gaining profile.

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Sustaining & Saving

A fantastic announcement from the new owners of the Lochaber Smelter this week. They are going to produce automotive  components from a new manufacturing facility on the site. Initial planned investment is £120m, leading to an ultimate planned investment of £450m.

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