UK carbon intensity at all time record low

The UK saw its carbon intensity drop to an all time record low this week. According to National Grid Control Room, wind output was high yesterday morning and there was no coal generation. The carbon intensity, i.e. the amount of carbon emitted per unit of energy consumed, was 72gCO2/kWh between 12.30am and 1pm yesterday. The […]

Scientists discover new way to store hydrogen

A mix of metal nanocrystals could help safely transport hydrogen in fuel cell passenger vehicles. That’s according to scientists at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), who say by wrapping magnesium crystals in single-layer sheets of carbon atoms, the metal can be used to store the volatile gas. The particles, which […]

World’s oldest nuclear waste store cut open

  The world’s oldest nuclear waste store has been cut open for the first time. Experts at the Sellafield site in Cumbria have cut the first hole in the Pile Fuel Cladding Silo (PFCS), a locked vault which was never designed to be opened – which holds radioactive material dating from the 1950s. It is […]

£6m boost for UK carbon capture and storage research

Carbon capture and storage (CCS) research projects in the UK have been granted funding worth £6.1 million. The UK CCS Research Centre (UKCCSRC) has been awarded the cash by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to continue its work for the next five years. The research centre aims to ensure CCS will play […]

India plans oil giant to take on global rivals

The Indian Government plans to form a giant national oil company. As part of the Budget 2017 announcement, the government said it would merge state-owned oil companies to take on global rivals. It is part of its plans to “enhance capacity of oil PSUs [Public Sector Undertakings] to bear higher risks, avail economies of scale, […]

Centrica consults on Rough storage capacity

Centrica has launched a market consultation on reducing the minimum capacity at its Rough storage facility for 2017/18. Its aim is to ensure the firm is not required to sell more storage services than Rough can physically deliver. The consultation follows an application the firm sent to Ofgem to reduce the minimum capacity and additional space of […]

Puma Energy buys BP fuel storage site

Puma Energy has bought a bulk storage fuel terminal in Northern Ireland from BP. The deal brings Puma Energy’s global network to a total storage volume of 7.9 million cubic metres across 100 facilities. It will ensure a high quality, reliable supply of fuel to Northern Ireland. A variety of fuels including gasoline and aviation fuel […]

Global oil storage market to reach 2.16bn cubic meters by 2025

The global oil storage market is expected to reach 2.16 billion cubic meters (bcm) by 2025. That’s according to a new report, which forecasts Asia Pacific to emerge as the fastest growing region and account for more than 19.5%. The global oil storage market size stood at 1.42 bcm in 2015. The report states India, Australia […]

Pumped storage hydro could make energy system more flexible

Pumped Storage Hydro (PSH) is one of the best proven technologies available at scale to provide the required flexibility the energy system needs. That’s according to a report by sustainability consultant DNV GL and funded by the Scottish Government, SSE and Scottish Power. It calls for new market mechanisms that reflect the value PSH brings to the […]

More than 27m UK citizens ‘could generate own energy by 2050’

More than 27 million UK citizens could be producing, storing and selling their own energy by 2050. These so -called “energy citizens” will play an important role in the shift from traditional forms of generation to a network of decentralised energy and storage, according to a new report from the European Renewable Energies Federation. They will use solar panels, […]