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Japan’s Renewables – False dawn in the land of the rising sun?

In the wake of the Fukushima disaster Japan has looked to renewables to fill the gap left by nuclear. but is its resolve now wavering?

An introduction to valuing Interconnectors

Interconnectors are assets that gives the owner the option to transmit electricity between two locations. But how does the owner calculate the value of this option?

Little Flame in the Dragon – Shale Gas in China

Despite the worlds largest reserves of Shale Gas, downgraded forecasts, under-delivery and costly infrastructure have lead many to question whether Shale Gas will ever be fully viable in China.

Building the Smart Grid

A discussion and review of Smart Meter roll-out, the challenges, changes needed to the power networks in the US and UK and potential developments up to 2020

UK links up with Ireland as interconnector goes live

On the 21st September 2012 the East-West Interconnector linking the United Kingdom with Ireland went live. This high-voltage direct current submarine and subsoil power cable connects the British and Irish electricity markets and is the culmination of a project that was first proposed in the early 1970's. Further links are planned with Norway and Spain as well as Iceland, which has geothermal and hydroelectric surpluses. Ireland also has more interconnector projects in the planning phase as it seeks to take advantage of its ocean winds by building more turbines

Transmission networks in the UK, France and Germany

European networks are facing two potentially conflicting forces; the economic downturn has seen a retraction in network investment, heightened by the strong underlying prices for raw materials and a more volatile, disparate and diversifying generation mix