The Blog - What’s happening in wind

Posted

29/05/2017

Author

Richard Heap

A fully green-powered world? Steady on!

Is it possible to have an energy system based entirely on renewable sources? That was one of the questions that speakers grappled with during a session at the Financial Times Energy Transitions Strategies conference in London, part of FT Clean Energy Week, on Wednesday last week. 

And the answer was a resounding: ‘Well, hold on a minute.’

Renewables including hydro make up less than 5% of th ...

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Posted

24/05/2017

Author

Richard Heap

Are you being honest with your investors?

Are you being honest with your investors? There are a host of pitfalls facing companies that are reporting on the impacts of climate change and energy transition on their business, and failing to do so can open these companies and their investors to losses. Are you at risk?

This was the theme of a presentation by Alice Garton, company and financial project leader at law firm ClientEarth, at the ...

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Posted

18/05/2017

Author

Ilaria Valtimora

Where are the best new wind markets? Find out now

 

Investors are always looking for attractive risk-to-return ratios and the wind sector in emerging markets can offer them.

There are a host of factors that companies in wind must consider when identifying the most suitable emerging markets in which to invest and, with little on-the-ground experience, it can be tough for firms to know which countries offer the best prospects.

We're here t ...

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Posted

05/05/2017

Author

Ilaria Valtimora

A British success story... but how long can it last?

A British success story that deserves to be told.  This is how trade association RenewableUK has defined the extent of the UK’s exports in the wind, wave and tidal sectors.  

A couple of weeks ago, RenewableUK published a report called ‘Export Nation: A Year in UK Wind, Wave and Tidal Exports’. This study has analysed a sample of 36 UK-based companies operating in the wind and marine energy sec ...

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Posted

21/04/2017

Author

Ilaria Valtimora

Wind fits perfectly in Trump’s plan for US

Forget the rhetoric. The wind sector is helping to ‘Make America Great Again’, for real.

The American Wind Energy Association last Thursday released its 2016 ‘US Wind Industry Annual Market Report’, which showed that construction activity remained strong in US wind last year. This contributed to a growing need for personnel, and meant that the industry added nearly 15,000 jobs in 2016. That bri ...

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Posted

07/04/2017

Author

Richard Heap

Woolston’s ship comes in… finally?

Ten years ago, I was standing on a disused industrial site in Woolston, in southeast Southampton, and talking to some commercial property agents.

As a fledgling reporter for Property Week magazine, I was dispatched to the UK city to find out about plans to redevelop a site next to the River Itchen that was formerly used by shipbuilder Vosper Thornycroft. Don’t believe me? Here’s the paywalled l ...

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Posted

04/04/2017

Author

Ilaria Valtimora

Eneco grows reach with Eni Belgium buyout



Dutch utility Eneco has just unveiled its strategy to grow in Belgium's 2.4GW wind market. Last Friday, it agreed to buy Italian oil giant Eni’s operations in the country. 

Eneco has signed a deal to take ownership of Eni Wind Belgium and Eni's Belgian gas and power retail arm. Eni Belgium serves approximately 850,000 electricity and gas connection points in Belgium and has a market share o ...

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Posted

31/03/2017

Author

Richard Heap

Digital twins promise to boost wind farm returns



We’ve all heard of ‘big data’. We might not understand exactly what it means, or how we can use it to improve our lives, but it’s got ‘big’ in the name so must be important! 

That said, the principle of ‘big data’ is quite simple. The idea is that we can collect information from large data sets and then use it to identify patterns and trends, in areas including human behaviour. Businesses c ...

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Posted

23/03/2017

Author

Ilaria Valtimora

Spinning sail technology is set to be rebooted



The shipping industry is using innovative wind technology to help power vessels used for oil exploration. The irony is not lost on us.

This month, Danish shipping company Maersk and oil giant Royal Dutch Shell revealed plans to make tankers worldwide more environmentally friendly. They plan to fit ocean-going tankers with rotor sails. These would help to propel the ship because, when wind p ...

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Posted

22/03/2017

Author

Richard Heap

Meet our member: Ben Scholes, CEO, Papertrail

This month, Papertrail has joined as an additional sponsor on our Quarterly Drinks evenings, alongside our headline sponsor Swiss Re Corporate Solutions.

So today, ahead of our first Quarterly Drinks of 2017 tomorrow (23rd March), we wanted to take the chance to introduce the company and its CEO, Ben Scholes.



Name: Ben Scholes
Job: CEO
Company: Papertrail
 
How long have you worked i ...

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