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Environmental concerns drive power-generating technology changes

While combined cycle gas turbine plants continue to dominate new electricity generation build, environmental concerns and government policy are having an increasing influence on generating technology development. The majority of technical research at present is focused on environmental considerations; both cleaning up traditional thermal power plants and improving new forms of technology.

Published By Datamonitor
09 Nov 2006
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EDF's nuclear internationalization plans likely to succeed

EDF's plans to invest and partner in new build nuclear capacity projects around the world are a judicious move given its status as one of the world's leading nuclear power players. However, the attractions and prospects in its four target markets vary considerably.

Published By Datamonitor
02 Mar 2007
CommentWire
CommentWire

Carbon taxation: a flawed response to flawed market mechanisms

Carbon taxation has not figured highly in deliberations over carbon reduction initiatives. Nevertheless, academics - the source of so many governmental policy initiatives - have kept this debate alive. Furthermore, obvious flaws in the current, market-based systems will embolden critics' calls for a tax-based policy.

Published By Datamonitor
10 May 2007
CommentWire
CommentWire

Sonatrach: EDP alliance could finally allow European energy market penetration

Sonatrach has signed a deal with EDP that will see it supply 1.6 billion cubic meters of gas annually from 2008. The joint venture will permit Sonatrach to access the European gas market beyond the purely supply role that it currently plays, through allowing it to participate in gas-fired power generation. The agreement will also enhance EDP's position in the growing Iberian Peninsula gas market.

Published By Datamonitor
16 Nov 2007
CommentWire
CommentWire

Wind power: rising costs are unlikely to derail new build plans

The global wind energy industry is facing challenges including rising raw materials costs, supply chain problems and skills shortages, due mainly to booming demand. With renewable valuations at an all time high, Datamonitor predicts strong growth will continue on the back of record sustainable energy investments driven by technology maturity, policy incentives and heightened investor appetite.

Published By Datamonitor
31 Mar 2008
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Coal use set to increase in the global energy mix

A combination of strong demand, record oil and gas prices, concerns over energy security and a reluctance to recommit to nuclear energy, has seen a renaissance of coal in the European energy mix. This is a trend closely mirrored in the US and Asia. However, while coal might help to fill growing energy security gaps, it raises some profound environmental questions.

Published By Datamonitor
01 May 2008
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Will subsidy reductions kill the solar photovoltaics industry?

Despite the economic downturn, continuing raw material supply limitations and high prices, the solar photovoltaics industry enjoyed very strong growth in 2007. Although subsidy changes in key markets could curtail this upward trend, it is more likely that manufacturing efficiencies, among other factors, will more than offset the proposed subsidy reductions without a major impact on profit margins.

Published By Datamonitor
20 May 2008
CommentWire
CommentWire

Solar PV industry: cutting corners to offset silicone supply limitations?

Solar PV cell manufacturers are aware of the need to cut costs to make solar power generation more competitive and eventually have it reach grid parity. As traditional silicon is in short supply, some manufacturers are turning to lower quality metallurgical silicon to achieve cost reductions. This move, while controversial, is vital to the long-term success of the industry.

Published By Datamonitor
20 Jun 2008
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Green IT initiatives are not insurers' top priority

The insurance industry, perhaps more than any other sector, has the most to lose - and gain - from global climate change. In spite of this, a recent Datamonitor survey has found that few insurers operate their IT departments with the environment in mind. This does not mean, however, that insurers are not actively and positively affecting today's most challenging environmental issues.

Published By Datamonitor
11 Jul 2008
CommentWire
CommentWire

Nuclear power: a new start for plutonium?

Plutonium, a byproduct of the reaction of uranium, has always caused widespread concern due to its readiness for use in nuclear weapons. However, new research offers hope that plutonium can be 'denatured', making it possible for waste from the nuclear industry to be used for civilian power generation anywhere.

Published By Datamonitor
20 Mar 2009

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