Indonesia’s National Atomic Energy Agency (Batan) has launched a roadmap for developing a detailed engineering design for its Experimental Power Reactor (Reaktor Daya Eksperimental, RDE). The design of the country’s indigenous small modular reactor is expected to be finalised later this year.

World Nuclear News 16th March 2018 read more »

Posted: 17 March 2018


Framatome has performed a comprehensive modernization of the instrumentation & control (I&C) technology of the Borssele Dutch nuclear power plant, operated by EPZ. The project started in 2014 and included the installation of a new reactor control and limitation system to monitor the operation of the plant and interfere in case of any deviations to shut down the reactor safely. Framatome’s I&C teams designed and engineered the new systems, manufactured the cabinets, performed a six months test period and finally installed and commissioned the systems at the plant during the 2017 outage. The project was completed according to budget and schedule.

Energy Business Review 16th March 2018 read more »

Posted: 17 March 2018

Baseload Power

The experience of the German Energiewende shows that increasing amounts of renewable energy on the power system, while at the same time reducing inflexible baseload generation, does not harm reliability write Michael Hogan, Camille Kadoch, Carl Linvill and Megan O’Reilly of the Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP). American policymakers who are still skeptical can look across the Atlantic, to Germany, for a concrete example of a successful transition away from traditional baseload, the authors note. Numerous studies sponsored by utilities, system operators, the national labs, and others show that a large share of variable renewable energy production can be integrated while keeping the lights on, without any valuable role for traditional baseload. No study, not even by the US Department of Energy, which examined this issue in an August 2017 Staff Report on Electricity Markets and Reliability, has found evidence that baseload generation is required for reliability. Most studies have found that reliability and least cost are best served by reducing the share of inflexible baseload generation. Germany is meeting nearly a fifth of its electricity requirements with VREs while retiring inflexible thermal generation, the nation has not experienced reliability problems on either the distribution or bulk electric system. If anything, government data show that the reliability of the German system has increased.

Energy Post 12th March 2018 read more »

Posted: 17 March 2018

Renewables Investment

The world of energy is changing and new records keep being set. Britain generated more electricity from renewables and nuclear power last year than from gas and coal, the first time lower-carbon resources met most of the UK’s power needs. The German and Dutch governments last year held offshore wind auctions that were subsidy free. Infrastructure funds have long been backers of renewable energy projects but the number of publicly listed green investment vehicles is growing. Investors traditionally buy in for the long-term yield. Gore Street Capital, a private equity group, is launching the world’s first listed energy storage fund. The Gore Street Energy Storage Fund wants to raise £100m to invest in large-scale battery projects. Two strategic investors are committing £14m, Japan’s NEC and Nippon Koei, an engineering company. Battery storage is a growing market. As the amount of intermittent renewables increases and baseload power from coal declines, the demand for utility-scale batteries to help balance supply and demand will increase. The fund will target a dividend yield of 7 per cent and will be following in the footsteps of some other interesting green investment groups.

FT 16th March 2018 read more »

Posted: 17 March 2018

Renewables – floating wind

With the Hywind project off the coast of Peterhead outstripping all expectation during its first testing phase, Statoil’s senior vice president of wind and low carbon solutions, Stephen Bull, is confident about the technology’s growth in Scotland.

Energy Voice 12th March 2018 read more »

Posted: 17 March 2018

Island Energy

A SMALL island community hopes to produce almost all of its power through renewable sources after securing £1.3 million in funding. Residents on Canna in the Inner Hebrides will use the money to build a green energy system based around wind and solar energy along with better battery storage. The island is not connected to the national grid and currently uses three diesel engines to produce power, but it is hoped renewables will provide more than 90 per cent of what is needed when the scheme is complete. Canna Renewable Energy and Electrification Ltd (CREEL) director Geraldine MacKinnon said: “Our energy project has been a long-standing ambition for our community. The island is exposed to the full force of Atlantic gales and we can finally start to put that to good use. “As well as reducing the noise and pollution from the generators, the new scheme will give us the capacity to build additional houses. We’re very grateful to all of our funders for their support in this vital project.” Funding was secured from the Big Lottery Fund, the Scottish Government’s Community and Renewable Energy Scheme, SSE Highland Sustainable Development Fund, Highlands and Islands Enterprise as well as the National Trust for Scotland.

The National 17th March 2018 read more »

Posted: 17 March 2018

Fossil Fuels

Factcheck: Less than 1% of UK gas supplies come from Russia. The arrival of three shipments of Russian liquified natural gas (LNG) has focused minds further, particularly in the wake of the ongoing spy scandal. Today, an editorial in the Sun says: “We are relying on Russia, a hostile power, to heat our homes.” The UK is, indeed, increasingly reliant on gas imports, because domestic production from the North Sea is drying up. However, the vast majority of imports come from Norway, the Netherlands and Qatar. This year, as in previous years, Russia accounts for much less than 1% of UK supplies. Meanwhile, UK demand for gas is falling significantly, a trend that is set to continue. This could make the UK less reliant on imported gas. Since 2004, demand is down by a fifth, due to increasingly energy efficient homes and the rise of renewable electricity, which has squeezed gas even as coal has seen unprecedented falls. Looking ahead, this trend is expected to continue, for similar reasons – despite a collapse in funding for energy efficiency improvements in England. By 2025, gas demand will fall another 25%, according to the latest BEIS projections. There is technical potential to cut gas demand even faster than this, according to research published last autumn. One of that report’s authors is Pedro Guertler, senior policy adviser to thinktank E3G. Energy efficiency improvements in the domestic and services sectors alone could save gas equivalent to two-thirds of current imports, Guertler tells Carbon Brief. Having lower demand for gas will help make the UK energy system more resilient to shocks, says Prof Jim Watson, director of the UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC). However, this is not guaranteed to cut imports, Watson says, as this depends on their price relative to domestic output.

Carbon Brief 16th March 2018 read more »

Posted: 17 March 2018


A nuclear plant project in southwest England has made good progress in supply chain management but some improvements are needed before construction accelerates, an inspection has found. Britain’s Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) examined the supply chain arrangements for EDF Energy’s Hinkley Point C project in light of falsification issues at one of the plant’s key suppliers – Fromatome’s Creusot Forge in France. The Creusot Forge foundry stopped production last year following the discovery of manufacturing flaws and the falsification of manufacturing tracking documentation. Inspectors scrutinised how robust the site licensee NNB GenCo’s arrangements are for ensuring the quality of Hinkley Point’s structures, systems and components. The inspection took place in the early stages of construction. “Overall, ONR is broadly satisfied with the enhanced management system arrangements at Areva Creusot Forge,” it said in a report. “The inspection team concluded that Areva and NNB GenCo had made good progress in deploying their improvement programme and had enhanced their manufacturing processes, management system arrangements and the facility’s nuclear safety and quality culture,” it added. However, the inspection was rated “amber”, meaning some arrangements are below standard and improvements need to be made. For example, evidence was not provided to demonstrate how NNB GenCo had learnt from the failings at Creusot Forge and communicated to contractors. NNB GenCo’s own supply chain improvement programme needs further development to make sure it is prioritised and better aligned to the project’s schedule, the ONR said.

Reuters 15th March 2018 read more »

Hinkley Point C quality management needs improvement, says nuclear regulator.

New Civil Engineer 16th March 2018 read more »

Posted: 16 March 2018

Sizewell & Bradwell

MPs, Lords and business leaders from the East of England were today able to see for themselves the economic boost delivered from building a new nuclear power station. They met suppliers and apprentices in Westminster as EDF Energy launched a new report detailing the training, skills, jobs and local contracts made possible by the construction of its Hinkley Point C power station in Somerset. EDF Energy is already at work with business and education groups in the east to repeat the success story at the proposed Sizewell C and Bradwell B power stations. The report shows that almost 200 apprentices have already started careers at Hinkley Point C after an intensive schools programme and investment in training facilities. The investment helped them consider careers in science, maths and engineering and give them the right support and training. The report also shows that more than £465m of contracts have been awarded in the south-west and that a third of employment opportunities are due to be filled by local people.

EDF Energy 13th March 2018 read more »

Posted: 16 March 2018

Energy Costs

Allowing subsidy-free renewables to bid for capacity contracts would cut energy bills by £600m between 2025-35, a new report has found. The analysis by Aurora Energy Research considered the proposals in the recent cost of energy review for an “equivalent firm power” auction.

Utility Week 15th March 2018 read more »

Business Green 15th March 2018 read more »

Posted: 16 March 2018