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Limitations of battery storage demonstrated in French project


The Nice Grid, a major pilot project designed to improve the integration of renewables on to the grid, has provided some telling data so far on the limitations of the technology.

Flexibility brings new maintenance challenges for thermal power plants


Today's thermal power stations must increasingly offset the power fluctuations in the grid caused by solar and wind power stations.

$335m Afghan power plant beset by problems


An oil-fired power plant just outside Kabul in Afghanistan, which was designed to bolster the country’s fragile power infrastructure, has been hit by serious cost over runs and is still not yet completed, eight years after construction begun in 2007.

MAN Diesel buys India’s MaxWatt Turbines


Germany’s MAN Diesel & Turbo has bought MaxWatt Turbines, an Indian company specialising in the engineering, production and service of steam turbines for power generation and mechanical drives.

To shale or not to shale


The speakers at Tuesday’s Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum keynote seminar, ‘Shale gas in the UK: regulation, addressing challenges, and energy security’, presented a spectrum of views from pro- to anti-, with plenty of stops in between.

E.ON confirms Killingholme gas-fired power plant closure


E.ON has confirmed the official closure of 900 MW Killingholme gas-fired power plant, citing market conditions.

German wind power adds to pressure to stop new nuclear


BWE is urging the German government to take legal steps against the subsidisation of new nuclear power capacity in the EU.

UK wind sector up in arms as government opts to end subsidies early


The UK government has opted to exclude wind energy from a subsidy scheme a year earlier than expected.

Research institute warns of EU climate change failure without CCS


A leading research institute attached to London’s Imperial College is about to produce a report which recommends the spending of €35bn by 2030 in carbon capture and storage if Europe is to meet the aims of its climate change strategy.

Brazil’s AES plans power generation expansion


AES Brasil is seeking to increase its overall power generation capacity, with the plan including the development of a 550 MW gas-fired power plant.

Tried and trusted reference plants the way forward for nuclear


The nuclear power industry ought to stick to proven plant designs to negotiate its development in the short term and needs to seriously address its public perception. Those were some of the key consensual points at a forum on the status and future of the industry at POWER-GEN Europe in Amsterdam on Wednesday.

IEA chief defends role of large scale utilities


The Executive Director of the International Energy Agency yesterday defended the future role of large-scale utilities in Europe’s fast-changing energy sector.

UK National Grid chief says access to EU energy market vital


Chief Executive Steve Holliday says that National Grid is to perform analysis on the value it exchanges with other EU countries ahead of a British referendum in 2017 on whether to remain in the European Union.

Glencore chief says solar ‘not the answer’ for industrialising countries


The chairman of Glencore has told a gathering of power executives in Paris that renewable power is not currently capable of replacing coal in industrialising countries.

1600 jobs to go at Magnox nuclear power stations


UK nuclear power group Magnox has announced that it is to shed 1600 jobs.

CEZ pledges to be a zero-emissions company by 2050


The head of one of Europe’s largest power companies has revealed that the business is aiming to halt all carbon emissions within 35 years.

RES Offshore signs partnership agreement with Statkraft


RES has signed a five-year framework agreement with Statkraft to provide engineering and project management support to its portfolio of projects.

EDF to make offer on Areva ‘within days’


Jean-Bernard Lévy, chief executive of EDF, says a formal bid will be made for Areva this week.

UK green bank takes stake in E.ON wind farm


The UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) has bought a £236m stake in a joint venture with E.ON to build and own the Rampion offshore wind farm.

RWE profits better than expected


A rise in gas sales as a result of a cold winter has helped Germany’s second largest utility record a higher profit than had been forecasted for Q1.