Interview  |  17 April 2014

Powerful benefits of “clean energy”

EER’s Jozef Badida recently attended the fourth annual Euro-Mediterranean Energy Efficiency Forum in Monaco. Policy and decision makers discussed the potential of energy efficiency to support Europe’s path to sustainable economic growth. Best practices were shared and an answer was sought to the question what policies should support energy efficiency investments. Intrigued by the keynote speech of Mark Radka who heads the UN Environment Programme’s Energy Branch, Jozef interviewed Mr Radka afterwards.

Report  |  10 April 2014

Floating ideas to cut LNG costs

By Alex Forbes

The vital role that LNG can play in diversification of natural gas supply sources has been highlighted by the Ukraine crisis. Some are suggesting Europe should lessen its dependence on Russian gas by importing liquefied shale gas from North America. However, the LNG industry is facing a major challenge: the ballooning of construction costs for new supply projects. The utilisation of floating LNG (FLNG) production facilities has emerged as a possible solution. But how credible is FLNG as a means of cutting costs?

Executive summary  |  3 April 2014

The high voltage vision of Germany’s Environmental Council

By Ben Warner

The energy transition process in Germany is suffering from its success. The German Advisory Council on the Environment (SRU) calls it a critical phase in its youngest special report “Shaping the electricity market of the future.” There is a need for reform, but the reforms should not put the development processes at risk. One of the central political tasks for the coming term of parliament will be to find the right balance between continuity and change. A closer look at the conditions the SRU advocates as necessary.

Viewpoint  |  27 March 2014

Carbon Capture and Storage

Securing the future of renewables

By Frank Ellingsen, MD of CO2 Technology Centre Mongstad [note 1]

The inherent intermittency of renewable energy means that for technologies such as wind, solar and wave to be adopted at scale, they must – ironically - be supported by flexible fossil fuel power to cope with demand, at least in the medium term. At the CO2 Technology Centre Mongstad, the only large scale gas-fired test centre, an amine carbon capture unit can scale the CO2 capture rate from zero to 90 percent CO2 removal (3,2 tonnes of CO2 per hour) in less than two hours - mimicking a power surge scenario of the grid going from full renewables reliance to reliance on fossil fuels.

Analysis  |  20 March 2014

A real option: more Energiewende to lessen gas dependence

By Paul Hockenos, Berlin

Can the Ukraine crisis force Germany to backtrack on the Energiewende? No, regardless of Poland’s off-the-cuff critique. But it’s fuelling anew the debate in Germany over security of supply.

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