Category: Misc

BP to move heavily in acquisitions & divestments to deliver new strategy, says GlobalData

Following yesterday’s announcement of BP’s strategy for transition from an international oil company to an international energy company, Will Scargill, Managing Oil & Gas Analyst at GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company, offers his view on this transition; “BP has set out ambitious targets for the realignment of its business within five and ten… Read more »

Kim Hedegaard Sørensen joins StormGeo’s shipping division as Chief Operating Officer

Bergen, Norway, August 3, 2020—StormGeo today announces the appointment of Kim Hedegaard Sørensen as the new Chief Operating Officer for StormGeo’s shipping division. Sørensen begins his new role immediately. Mr. Sørensen has an extensive portfolio of global C-level leadership positions in shipping and transportation, including CEO of Nordics Nagel-Group, Blue Water Shipping, and TransAtlantic Industrial… Read more »

Couple hoping to eradicate fuel poverty create 100 new energy jobs in Selkirk after OVO closes office there

People’s Energy has taken space in OVO’s former Selkirk office building and has started a recruitment drive Husband and wife entrepreneurs Karin Sode and David Pike, founders of People’s Energy, are one step closer to their mission of eradicating fuel poverty as they create 100 new jobs in Selkirk this week. The couple, who launched… Read more »

ABB’s new analytics and AI software helps producers optimize operations in demanding market conditions

ABB launches analytics software and services that combines operational data with engineering and IT data to deliver actionable intelligence The ABB Ability™ Genix Industrial Analytics and AI Suite is a scalable advanced analytics platform with pre-built, easy-to-use applications and services. It collects, contextualizes and converts operational, engineering and information technology data into actionable insights that… Read more »

JDR begins construction of new US headquarters

Houston Texas, US, 29th July 2020: JDR, the global subsea cable supplier and servicer owned by the TFKable Group, has begun construction of a new US headquarters in Tomball, Texas, a part of the Houston metropolitan area. The building will consolidate three of JDR’s existing facilities in the region to expand its IWOCs rental business… Read more »

Cornwall Insight comments on National Grid’s 2020 Future Energy Scenarios

Commenting on the National Grid’s 2020 Future Energy Scenarios (FES) James Brabben Wholesale Manager at Cornwall Insight, said: “The latest FES highlight just how dramatically the energy landscape will change in the coming decades. It is clear that existing and new technologies can be deployed to achieve Net Zero by 2050, with three of the… Read more »

Kiwi Power launches its advanced energy technology and grid flexibility solution into North America with ENGIE as a first client

Kiwi Power, a leading global energy technology company, is bringing its distributed energy resource (DER) optimization technology and  expertise to North America. Building on the strong relationship with its first client ENGIE North America, the company has expanded its sales presence in the region. Kiwi Power enters the market offering advanced virtual power plant (VPP)… Read more »

Cornwall Insight Green Certificates survey reveals falling values

The latest Cornwall Insight Green Certificates survey results show that the value of green electricity certificates has fallen significantly, with average values reportedly more than one-third lower than in the previous quarter. Green gas certificates have held their value better, but average prices have also fallen for these certificates. In fact, REGOs have almost halved… Read more »

BYD announces compatibility of Battery-Box Premium with SMA’s Sunny Boy Storage line

Shenzhen/Munich, July 21, 2020 – BYD Co. Ltd., one of the world’s largest manufacturers of rechargeable batteries, announces the compatibility of the energy storage system Battery-Box Premium HVM with the Sunny Boy Storage models 3.7 / 5.0 / 6.0 by SMA Solar Technology AG (SMA). The combination of the latest generation modular high-voltage energy storage… Read more »

Twilio Study: UK Businesses Say COVID-19 Has Sped Up Their Digital Transformation Efforts by 5.3 Years

Over a Third of UK Business Decision Makers Believe COVID-19 Increased Digital Transformation Budgets “Dramatically” Twilio, the leading cloud communications platform, today announced the results of a global survey measuring the impact and outlook of the COVID-19 pandemic on businesses’ digital engagement strategies. Twilio powers communications technology for organisations across a range of sectors, giving… Read more »

Guidehouse Insights Report Shows California, New York, and Texas Lead the Top 10 US Utility-Scale Energy Storage Markets

Other states are expected to develop into strong markets as falling costs of batteries allow utility-scale energy storage projects to compete with fossil fuel systems July 16, 2020 – Boulder, Colo. – A new report from Guidehouse Insights examines the large and promising US state markets for utility-scale energy storage, providing an overview of market… Read more »

New data platform marks turning point for predictive maintenance in T&D and Offshore Renewables

Synaptec has launched a real-time data analytics platform which reveals previously hidden indicators about networks, enabling network operators and generators to effectively predict outages and significantly reduce operations and maintenance costs. The new software platform, called Synthesis, was developed by Synaptec’s Head of Power System Technologies, Dr Steven Blair, in direct response to the pressing… Read more »

ProGARM launches flame-retardant face mask to protect frontline workers

These innovative new masks reduce the spread of infection, whilst ensuring FR PPE requirements are still adhered to Any workers needing to wear FR garments and a facemask, need an FR mask to avoid material melting into skin when exposed to extreme heat ProGARM, the UK’s leading Arc Flash and FR protection specialists, has developed… Read more »

Fleets set to unlock an electric vehicle revolution

UK fleets have the potential to accelerate an electric vehicle (EV) revolution, with a shift to zero tailgate emissions generating fuel cost savings of around 63% across a fleet and significantly boosting the second-hand car market according to a new report from Cornwall Insight and PwC – “Leading the charge! Fleet charging – a catalyst… Read more »

Comau applies artificial intelligence to enhance ElECTRIC VEHICLE manufacturing

MI.RA/Thermography verifies the electrical and mechanical performance of joints, prevents waste and optimizes processes Grugliasco (Turin), July 8, 2020 – Comau has created an innovative, in-line testing and quality control paradigm that optimizes the construction and assembly of batteries. MI.RA/Thermography is one of the newest solutions within Comau’s cutting-edge vision systems family of Machine Inspection… Read more »

Misleading Government NDRHI Extension Causes ‘Damaging’ Market Confusion

A press release from Government (30.06.20) announcing a tariff extension to the Non Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) has brought market confusion and threatened the financial support for thousands of shovel ready low carbon schemes, as the true nature of the announcement has been revealed by industry. Described as a ‘boost for renewable heat projects… Read more »

CUHK Research Reveals that Methane Emissions can Reduce the Climate Benefits of Subtropical Mangrove Wetlands by Half

An international collaborative study led by Professor Derrick Yuk Fo Lai at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), joined by top-tier scientists from around the world, has discovered that sustained methane emissions from the subtropical estuarine mangroves can reduce its climatic cooling effects by over 50%, over a period of 20 years. The team… Read more »

CUHK Scientists Develop a Novel Technology for Generating Biocatalysts for Biodiesel Production

A research team from the School of Life Sciences at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) has developed a novel method for extracting enzymes from bacteria, which lowers the production cost yet improves the enzyme’s stability. It also opens up a new avenue for the enzymatic production of biodiesel, an eco-friendly and effective substitute… Read more »

Cornwall Insight comments on the increase in BSUoS charges

The effects of the fall in energy demand due to the COVID-19 lockdown accompanied with a high penetration of renewables on the transmission system has seen the activity on the Balancing Mechanism (BM) increase. This increase in accepted volume on the BM is reflected in BSUoS charges. The average half-hourly BSUoS charge in April and… Read more »


Leading azimuth propulsion expert, Steerprop, has long traditions on customer centricity and technologically demanding solutions that have a real impact on ship performance. To continue to strenghten customer relations and commitment Steerprop has merged sales and project management with the appointment of Mr. Juho Rekola as the new Director Sales and Project Management of the… Read more »

Academic named among UK’s leading female engineers

A world-leading authority on offshore renewable energy, Professor Deborah Greaves OBE, has been named as one of the country’s leading female engineers. Professor Greaves, Head of the School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics at the University of Plymouth, has been listed by the Women’s Engineering Society (WES) among its Top 50 Women in Engineering: Sustainability…. Read more »

ProGARM launches flame-retardant face mask to protect frontline workers

These innovative new masks reduce the spread of infection, whilst ensuring FR PPE requirements are still adhered to Any workers needing to wear FR garments and a facemask, need an FR mask to avoid material melting into skin when exposed to extreme heat ProGARM, the UK’s leading Arc Flash and FR protection specialists, has developed… Read more »

Alfa Laval continues to support the marine industry and signs three-year frame agreements for ballast water treatment systems

World leader in heat transfer, centrifugal separation and fluid handling, Alfa Laval – has signed two frame agreements, running over the coming three years, for ballast water treatment systems. The agreements comprise firm orders to deliver Alfa Laval PureBallast 3 to about 40 vessels, with options covering another 40 systems. Even as the shipping industry… Read more »

Half of Security Professionals Had No Contingency Plan in Place for COVID-19

BUCHAREST, Romania, June 17, 2020 – Half of infosec professionals (50%) revealed that their organisations didn’t have a contingency plan in place, or didn’t know if they did, for a situation like COVID-19 or a similar scenario. This lack of forward planning has come at great risk, as 86% of infosec professionals admitted that attacks… Read more »

Feed-in Tariff costs set to rise to an all-time high

Research from Cornwall Insight shows that Feed-in Tariff (FiT) costs for the upcoming quarterly levelisation* could reach an all-time high, covering the period April – June 2020. The combination of extremes in sunshine hours and low energy demand resulting from the COVID-19 lockdown has created the perfect conditions to drive up FiT costs this quarter…. Read more »

Regional flexibility | network companies and Ofgem need to tread a delicate balance

The third in the series of research papers from Cornwall Insight in partnership with Complete Strategy and Shakespeare Martineau has been released. Future Networks – RIIO2-ED2 investigates the interaction of regional flexibility markets with network company price controls. Key findings of the report are: The transition from Distribution Network Operator (DNO) to Distribution System Operator… Read more »

Stonewater and Kensa pilot smart city scheme

A local energy system demonstrator project aiming to evidence how ground source heat pumps with smart heating controls can reduce heating costs for residents, whilst also lowering carbon emissions, is officially underway in Oxford. Leading housing provider Stonewater has partnered with Kensa Contracting to have 60 of its homes at Blackbird Leys installed with Kensa’s… Read more »

The Energy Sectors Leading Economies in 2020

Research by British Business Energy reveals the economies powered by the energy sector The USA, China and Russia named as the world’s top energy earners Over 46% of the Netherlands nominal GDP is created by the energy sector – home to Royal Dutch Shell Hong Kong has the highest amount of energy-related employees per 1,000… Read more »

New Alfa Laval PureSOx Express offers easy access to SOx scrubber advantages

For smaller vessels like handymax bulkers or product tankers, the cost of installing a scrubber for SOx compliance has sometimes outweighed the benefits. Now Alfa Laval PureSOx Express makes it simple for these vessels to continue using HFO and comply with SOx regulations. The new PureSOx Express is an open-loop PureSOx system, but one delivered… Read more »

Bristol-based firm Sennen wins major new client

New technology will give Foresight clear vision of its assets Bristol-based technology company Sennen, whose bespoke software enables safer and more efficient renewable energy operations, has won a major new client. Leading renewable energy infrastructure and private equity investment manager Foresight Group LLP (Foresight) is now working with Sennen to deploy a system that underpins… Read more »

Up to EUR100,000 reward for information about acid attack on CFO Bernhard Günther

innogy offers reward for information leading to case being solved, perpetrators’ arrest and identification of those who ordered the attack On Sunday 4 March 2018 at around 9.20 a.m. CET, Bernhard Günther, CFO of innogy SE, was attacked out of the blue by two unidentified men on a park walkway in Haan, close to Düsseldorf…. Read more »

Cornwall Insight comments on £51mn cost to balance the electricity system over the Bank Holiday

The Bank Holiday (23-24 May) saw the UK experience warm yet windy weather. Coupled with the significantly low levels of energy demand observed during the lockdown, it is no surprise that the level of activity from National Grid Electricity System Operator (ESO) to turn down generation was high. As a result, the ESO said that… Read more »

SGMF publish guidelines for the safe dry docking of vessels that use gas as fuel

The Society for Marine Gas as a Fuel (SGMF) has published new guidance on work practices for maintenance, repair and dry-dock operations for ships that use gas/LNG as fuel to help ensure the safe maintenance of gas-fuelled ships. In the future, an increasing number of ships will switch to using gas as a marine fuel,… Read more »

How to get households involved in grid balancing

The energy industry has already been looking at how households will be supported in their participation in demand-side services. This area has traditionally been the domain of large commercial customers. However, the current situation of low energy demand and high renewable generation has brought the need for flexible household consumption to the fore. Significant challenges… Read more »

LUKOIL NAVIGO MCL Ultra (20 BN) continues to be fully approved by all major OEMs

LUKOIL’s NAVIGO MCL Ultra remains one of few low BN cylinder oils that still have a valid ‘No Objection Letter (NOL)’ with all major OEMs. Recently a leading OEM withdrew their approvals for almost all low BN oils in the market, while NAVIGO MCL Ultra has retained its status, and continues to be fully approved… Read more »