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....48GW earlier this month. Experts said the unprecedented share for solar energy meant about 60% of the UK’s power was low carbon, taking into account Britain’s wind farms and nuclear power stations too. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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Solar power breaks UK records thanks to sunny weather image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 26th of May 2017 03:09:00 PM
....48GW earlier this month. Experts said the unprecedented share for solar energy meant about 60% of the UK’s power was low carbon, taking into account Britain’s wind farms and nuclear power stations too. ...
Let’s move to Rothbury, Northumberland: ‘It’s pretty near perfect’ image
.... What a place: Cragside was built on the outskirts of remote Rothbury by William Armstrong, a Victorian multimillionaire arms manufacturer, scientist and ship-builder, using the most famous architect, Richard Norman Shaw, and the highest technology of the day. He built his own power station on site, to generate electricity for his dishwashers, washing machines, security systems and telephones – all in the 1880s! He hauled 7m trees into the gardens, dug out five artificial lakes and spread his largesse into town, which owes its restored architecture to the baron. ...
How to measure success in the world of megaprojects | Jane Dudman image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 19th of May 2017 06:09:48 AM
. Crossrail, HS2, Hinkley Point C nuclear power station: three massive infrastructure projects, costing billions of taxpayers’ money, and all subject to controversial and time-consuming debate before getting the go-ahead. ...
Mersey feat: world's biggest wind turbines go online near Liverpool image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 17th of May 2017 05:30:46 AM
....“I wouldn’t be at all surprised if it comes in below Hinkley,” said Sykes of the prices offshore windfarms might reach, compared to £92. 50 per megawatt hour that France’s EDF has been guaranteed for electricity generated by the nuclear power station it is building in Somerset. ...
Five-minute guide to Tory's manifesto pledge on fuel image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Sunday 14th of May 2017 12:01:00 AM
....TAXING TIMES. Alex Wild, research director of The TaxPayers’ Alliance, says voters are paying a high price for the Government’s ill-advised energy policies, such as green-lighting the expensive Hinckley Point power station, and insisting on expensive renewable technologies: “This requires huge levels of investment by energy firms, which has to be paid for with higher prices for consumers. ...
Inside the new Battersea Power Station image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 13th of May 2017 07:00:41 AM
....After four years of construction, the development is now starting to take shape and the first 100 residents have just moved in to a luxury apartment complex alongside the main building, called Circus West Village. And for the first time in 90 years the power station’s riverfront, with a new piazza and parkland, is now accessible to all. ...
KPMG's audits of Rolls-Royce accounts probed by regulator image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 4th of May 2017 08:31:07 AM
....The SFO revealed 12 counts of conspiracy to corrupt or failure to prevent bribery in seven countries - Indonesia, Thailand, India, Russia, Nigeria, China and Malaysia. Often described as "a jewel in the UK's industrial crown", Rolls-Royce makes engines for military and civil planes, as well as for trains, ships, nuclear submarines and power stations. ...
Nuclear industry warns UK must avoid 'cliff edge' over Brexit image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 2nd of May 2017 02:44:23 PM
....The UK nuclear industry has issued its strongest warning yet to ministers on the problems it faces if the government is unable to strike new international atomic power deals during Brexit talks. Failure to put in place alternative arrangements to replace the existing European nuclear treaty, Euratom, which the UK is quitting as part of the article 50 process, would have a “dramatic impact” on Hinkley Point C and other new power stations around the country, the industry said. ...
Alarm sounded over delays to develop UK mini nuclear reactors image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 2nd of May 2017 10:58:50 AM
. The government’s failure to deliver on a multimillion-pound competition to develop mini atomic power stations has hurt the nuclear sector and risks international companies walking away from the UK, a Lords committee has warned. ...
Nuclear oversight needs 'urgent' action, MPs say image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 1st of May 2017 11:24:39 PM
....Responding to the report, Mr Clark said: "The future of the nuclear industry in this country can only be protected by a prime minister who will actually stand up for Britain and nuclear power in Brexit negotiations. "That's the stark choice in this election - strong leadership with Theresa May, who has already commissioned the first new nuclear power station in a generation, or entrusting Britain's nuclear future to floundering Jeremy Corbyn, a man who has spent his political career pushing for nuclear power stations to be decommissioned entirely. ...
Britain's energy supply is in jeopardy after Brexit, warn MPs image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 1st of May 2017 11:01:11 PM
. The future of Britain’s power supply has been jeopardised by Brexit and the government must act urgently to ensure nuclear power stations stay open, MPs have warned. ...
Green heating system accused of causing 'fuel poverty' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 30th of April 2017 12:47:23 AM
.... . This could be a mini-power station in the middle of a housing estate, or waste heat from a recycling plant or a factory. ...
Tory windfarm policy endangers cheap energy in UK, commission finds image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 25th of April 2017 05:19:44 AM
....Membership of the commission, founded in 2015 to examine how energy systems can be changed to avoid dangerous global warming, includes the fossil fuel giants Shell and BHP Billiton, plus Bank of America Merrill Lynch, the investment manager Blackrock and the green thinktank the European Climate Foundation. The group said that by 2035, wind and solar could provide 98% of power in developed countries such as Germany and the UK, with gas power stations or batteries providing backup. ...
Foster + Partners plans redundancies after Brexit uncertainty image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 24th of April 2017 03:20:53 PM
....The company recently designed Bloomberg’s vast new European headquarters in the City of London, which is bigger than the nearby Bank of England. It has also designed some of the new apartment blocks at the former Battersea power station. ...
UK set for first full day without coal power image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 21st of April 2017 03:45:43 PM
....Although National Grid said a coal-free day looked likely, it would only know for sure very late on Friday. Britain opened its first coal-fired power station in 1882 and coal remained a dominant part of the energy mix until the 1990s. ...
Reactor goes here ... the £18bn Hinkley Point C starts to take shape image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 21st of April 2017 01:05:27 PM
....Surrounded by a sea of broken rock and mounds of earth on the Somerset coast stands a small, unassuming sign that states simply “R2”. It is here that the second of two nuclear reactors will switch on in the middle of the next decade if all goes according to EDF Energy’s plan for Hinkley Point C, proving that Britain can still build new nuclear power stations and, more importantly, providing 7% of the country’s electricity. ...
Britain set for first coal-free day since the industrial revolution image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 21st of April 2017 11:11:37 AM
....Coal has seen significant declines in recent years, accounting for just 9% of electricity generation in 2016, down from around 23% the year before, as coal plants closed or switched to burning biomass such as wood pellets. Britain’s last power station will be forced to close in 2025, as part of a government plan to phase out the fossil fuel to meet its climate change commitments. ...
Toshiba's US nuclear problems could provide cautionary tale for UK image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 14th of April 2017 07:00:27 AM
....The roots of Toshiba’s admission this week that it has serious doubts over its “ability to continue as a going concern” can be found near two small US towns. It is the four reactors being built for nuclear power stations outside Waynesboro, in Georgia, and Jenkinsville, South Carolina, by the company’s US subsidiary Westinghouse that have left the Japanese corporation facing an annual loss of £7. ...
Drax investors rebel on bosses' pay image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 13th of April 2017 04:07:48 PM
....Almost a quarter of shareholders voted against Drax's new remuneration policy, which will apply from this year. The company's power station near Selby in north Yorkshire generates 7% of the UK's electricity. ...
Toshiba warns over its survival as it forecasts £7bn losses image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 11th of April 2017 03:36:52 PM
....1bn (£4. 9bn) writedown because costs have overrun on the two plants CB&I is building in Georgia and South Carolina, the first new US nuclear power stations for decades. ...
The property billboards that reveal the truth about Britain’s luxury housing market image
. ‘We don’t do ordinary,” declares the billboard at the entrance to the Battersea power station building site in London, where cranes are busy conjuring up a new world of 3,500 homes, 150 shops and 15,000 jobs from the mud. ...
UK businesses welcome May's free trade call but warn of no-deal Brexit disaster image
....He added that securing early wins at the negotiating table would be vital with “the immediate guarantee of the right to remain for EU citizens here and UK nationals in Europe” topping his list. Vincent de Rivaz, chief executive of EDF Energy, which is behind the new Hinkley Point C power station, added: “As an EU national who has lived in Britain for 15 years, Brexit is not just a professional question, it’s also personal. ...
Westinghouse bankruptcy move casts shadow over world nuclear industry image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 29th of March 2017 08:20:19 AM
....1bn (£4. 9bn) writedown because costs have overrun on the two plants it is building in Georgia and South Carolina, the first new US nuclear power stations being built for decades. ...
Toshiba's Westinghouse files for US bankruptcy image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 29th of March 2017 07:15:32 AM
....Westinghouse is long established engineering company which constructed the United States' first commercial nuclear reactor in the 1950s. It still provides technology for nuclear power stations around the world. ...
UK nuclear plans could be hit by Westinghouse financial crisis image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 28th of March 2017 06:47:55 PM
....Toshiba’s US nuclear subsidiary Westinghouse Electric is believed to be on the brink of filing in the US for bankruptcy protection from creditors. A UK expert said the collapse would leave a considerable hole in Britain’s new nuclear ambitions as Toshiba is a key player behind plans for a new power station at Moorside in Cumbria. ...
Flawed nuclear tender sees £100m payout to firms image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 27th of March 2017 11:52:11 AM
...."This was a defective procurement, with significant financial consequences, and I am determined that the reasons for it should be exposed and understood; that those responsible should properly be held to account; and that it should never happen again," Mr Clark also said. He added that workers at nuclear power stations at the heart of the failed decommissioning deal would not be under threat. ...
UK nuclear decommissioning debacle costs government nearly £100m image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 27th of March 2017 09:22:20 AM
....The debacle dates back to a 2012-2014 tender process by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) for dismantling 12 sites. They include old reactors at Sizewell in Suffolk, Dungeness in Kent and Hinkley Point in Somerset, where the UK is building the first new nuclear power station in two decades. ...
Foreign companies flock to build nuclear plants in the UK image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 25th of March 2017 04:00:06 PM
.... The latest is South Korea. Its biggest power company is in talks to join the consortium backing a nuclear power station in Cumbria, in a sign of the continuing allure of Britain’s atomic ambitions to international companies. ...
Plans for coal-fired power plants drop by almost half in 2016 image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 22nd of March 2017 07:44:04 AM
. Twenty-sixteen saw a "dramatic" decline in the number of coal-fired power stations in pre-construction globally. ...
Coal in 'freefall' as new power plants dive by two-thirds image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 22nd of March 2017 12:01:20 AM
.... In January, China’s energy regulator halted work on a further 100 new coal-fired projects, suggesting the trend was not going away. Researchers for the groups said a record amount of coal power station capacity was also retired globally last year, mostly in the US and EU, including Scotland closing its last one. ...
UN asks UK to suspend work on Hinkley Point image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 20th of March 2017 10:00:22 AM
. A United Nations committee has asked the UK to suspend work on the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station in Somerset because of the government’s failure to consult with European countries over the project. ...
Brexit Britain is suddenly debating trade – but it's the wrong talking point | Larry Elliott image
.... It probably would be. Brexit happened because of concerns about immigration not because voters wanted the freedom to have dirtier beaches or less safe nuclear power stations. ...
Balfour Beatty returns to profit image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 16th of March 2017 08:18:30 AM
....As well as Crossrail, which will link west and east London, it is upgrading motorways and working on the Thames Tideway Tunnel. In the next few years it plans to be part of the country's three biggest infrastructure projects: High Speed 2 (HS2), the new nuclear power stations at Hinkley Point C and Wylfa, and the third runway at Heathrow airport. ...
UK climate targets 'will raise household energy bills by £100 in a decade' image
. The cost of supporting new windfarms and nuclear power stations to meet the UK’s carbon targets will add nearly £100 to the average household energy bill by the end of the next decade, according to a government adviser. ...
UK government should help companies targeted by foreign bids, says Unilever image
....Greg Clark, the business secretary, said last month: “We have taken the opportunity to look at our arrangements to make sure they are kept up to date. We have said we would do that in the context of mergers, particularly if it relates to critical infrastructure, as outlined by the Hinkley Point C decision [to build a new nuclear power station with funding from China]. ...
UK nuclear power stations 'could be forced to close' after Brexit image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 28th of February 2017 03:28:07 PM
. Nuclear power stations would be forced to shut down if a new measures are not in place when Britain quits a European atomic power treaty in 2019, an expert has warned. ...
All it took was an anchor … how a storm took down half the UK's electricity link to France image
....“This is a very, very important project for the improved security of both countries’ energy supply when we need it the most. 2020 has always been seen as a potential capacity pinchpoint, when you consider all the coal power stations are due to be closed by 2025, and Hinkley [a new nuclear power station] is not going to be on at the earliest until 2025,” said Moore. ...
High energy bills here to stay but jobs heading overseas, industry group warns image
....One reason for the increasing importance of gas was the decline in coal-fired generation, which suffered from the rise of renewables and lack of flexibility. The closure of Hazelwood power station in Victoria, for example, would have a “significant impact” on the market. ...
Government intervention has led to higher energy bills, claims Lords report image
. Ministers should establish a new energy commission to spur on construction of power stations because successive governments have failed to encourage enough fresh power capacity in the UK, according to a House of Lords report. ...
EDF faces £1m a day bill to keep French nuclear reactor offline image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 21st of February 2017 07:00:02 AM
....The prolonged closure of a major French atomic reactor after an explosion this month probably costs EDF at least £1m a day, according to experts. The nuclear plant operator, which will spend £18bn building the UK’s first new nuclear power station in a generation, shut unit 1 at its Flamanville plant after a fire broke out in the turbine hall. ...
Toshiba crisis: unions urge government to 'get a grip' on nuclear policy image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 14th of February 2017 05:01:48 PM
. Unions are urging the government to take back control of its nuclear strategy after Toshiba’s deepening financial crisis cast fresh doubt about its involvement in the planned Moorside power station in Cumbria. ...
Toshiba fuels fear of crisis after delaying earnings report image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 14th of February 2017 08:26:41 AM
....Tsunakawa signalled this month that new nuclear projects would be reviewed in response to the anticipated multibillion-dollar writedown related to the purchase of a nuclear construction and services business by Westinghouse. The company was expected to confirm on Tuesday that it is withdrawing from new nuclear projects outside Japan, dealing a blow to plans for the planned power station at Moorside in Cumbria. ...
Toshiba to confirm cessation of new nuclear projects outside Japan image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 13th of February 2017 11:43:15 PM
. Toshiba is expected to confirm that it is withdrawing from new nuclear projects outside Japan, dealing a blow to plans for a new power station in the UK. ...
UK offshore wind 'will lower energy bills' more than nuclear image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 12th of February 2017 01:30:13 PM
. Offshore windfarms could provide cheaper power than Britain’s new wave of nuclear power stations, a leading figure in the wind industry has claimed. ...
Blackouts? What blackouts? How National Grid keeps the lights on image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 6th of February 2017 01:12:31 PM
....The way that the UK maintains its electricity reserves is evolving, with a new system for subsidising backup power being brought in next winter. Last Friday £378m worth of contracts were awarded for the capacity market, most of which will be paid to old gas, coal and biomass power stations that will be ready to provide power at short notice if there is a surge in demand or dip in supply. ...
Blow to UK nuclear strategy as Toshiba considers pulling out of Cumbria plant image
. Plans for a new nuclear power station in Cumbria are likely to be scrapped after a key backer pulled out, creating a major hole in the government’s nuclear strategy. ...
Ban coal from backup power subsidy scheme, says Scottish Power image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 30th of January 2017 04:16:49 PM
. Ministers should ban coal power stations from a scheme paying their owners subsidies to provide backup power, a leading energy company and green energy group have urged. ...
Energy sector faces struggle to find the female engineers of the future image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 28th of January 2017 04:00:04 PM
....While the lack of female chief executives in the UK is a problem, the lack of female engineers is an even bigger concern, as Dorothy Thompson, chief executive of Drax group, knows only too well. The head of the UK’s largest power station is grappling with the question of how to attract more women into the energy sector. ...
Brexit will delay new British nuclear power stations, warn experts image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 27th of January 2017 11:12:51 AM
. Britain’s first nuclear power station in two decades will be delayed by a government decision to quit Europe’s atomic power treaty, experts have warned. ...
Theresa May's post-Brexit industrial strategy ducks tough decisions | Nils Pratley image
.... In other words, the subject is too tricky for this document. Some industrialists will find to much to cheer, notably the emphasis on reducing energy costs (though it remains a mystery how that squares with the grotesquely expensive Hinkley Point C nuclear power station). ...
Batteries included: Yorkshire village seeks to solve riddle of too much sun image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 21st of January 2017 08:00:30 AM
.... The amount of solar in the UK is meaningful now, and that’s translating to challenges [to grids] and costs to customers,” said Simon Daniel, chief executive of Moixa, who sees better storage as the solution. The company has around 600 batteries in homes across the UK, which it aggregates to act like one big battery, effectively a virtual power station. ...
If the City vs Brussels is like a game of Jenga, it’s possible both sides could lose image
.... The reality is that wind and solar are both tried and tested and cheaper today, but for ideological reasons the government has effectively halted their expansion. With those two sidelined, the last eight coal power stations closing by 2025, new nuclear at least a decade away and ambitious carbon targets looming, it’s hard to see what form of power generation fills the gap and ticks the boxes of security, affordability and decarbonisation. ...
Tidal lagoon: £1.3bn Swansea Bay project backed by review image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 12th of January 2017 11:30:17 AM
.... But the technology will come into its own - and could eventually meet 8% of the UK's energy needs - when the network of more cost-effective, larger lagoons come on stream over the next 10 years. It forecasts it will be less than the cost of electricity from the new Hinkley C nuclear power station - and lagoons will also last 120 years. ...
Swansea Bay tidal lagoon backed by government review image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 12th of January 2017 08:51:24 AM
....The company wants to build a U-shaped breakwater across the city’s bay and use the incoming and outgoing tides to turn a bank of 16 hydro turbines in the breakwater to generate enough electricity for 150,000 homes. “I don’t think I have ever been to a community where people are so enthusiastic about a power station. ...
Government review likely to back Swansea Bay tidal lagoon image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 10th of January 2017 06:00:26 AM
....But the developer and government officials have not yet been able to reach agreement on a guaranteed price for electricity from the lagoon. Negotiations are continuing on a price that would be even higher than the one agreed for the new Hinkley Point C nuclear power station, and paid for by a levy on energy bills. ...
UK wind power overtakes coal for first time image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 6th of January 2017 09:54:26 AM
....Windfarms across the UK generated more electricity in 2016 than coal power plants for the first time, according to an analyst’s estimates. Three major coal power stations closed last year, causing coal electricity generation to plummet to 9. ...
Declutter your cupboard if you want, but it won't save the planet | Frank Trentmann image
....Our love of digital services often leads to the idea that these somehow must be ethereal. But behind virtual communication there lurks a lot of physical matter: power stations, data centres, cables, batteries and cooling systems. ...
Renewables investment in UK will fall 95% over next three years – study image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 4th of January 2017 01:31:36 PM
....Shortly after the EU referendum, the government committed to cutting carbon emissions by 57% by 2030 on 1990 levels, but has so far failed to spell out how it will support low-carbon energy, such as offshore windfarms, beyond 2020. “Renewables will be cheaper than new fossil power stations by 2025 at the latest if we allow companies to build, learn, and cut their costs. ...
Green Energy UK offers first electricity tariff based on time of day image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 3rd of January 2017 04:13:51 PM
....“Ultimately, the more people are on these tariffs, it doesn’t just benefit them it, it benefits others, too, because it smoothes out demand curves. If we have smoother demand curves then we need less power stations on tap, which brings overall prices down. ...
Brexit, strikes and pay revolts: the year in business image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 28th of December 2016 06:00:27 AM
....The annual general meeting season started with a bang when two FTSE 100 companies – BP and Smith & Nephew – had their pay schemes voted down. There were also big events in industry, with Nissan securing a post-Brexit deal, approval for the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station and concerns over the commitment of Indian company Tata to its UK steel plants. ...
UK hits clean energy milestone: 50% of electricity from low carbon sources image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 22nd of December 2016 03:06:26 PM
....3% the year before. The rise was largely driven by new windfarms and solar farms being connected to the grid, and several major coal power stations closing. ...
Banks may groan – but Andrew Tyrie is right to launch a new inquiry image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 19th of December 2016 07:05:55 PM
....Justified? Yes, probably. A month ago, Drax, the UK’s largest power station, seemed destined to become an exercise in managed decline. ...
Risk of Christmas electricity blackouts next year, warn MPs image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 19th of December 2016 12:50:18 AM
....A report called Electric Shock: Will The Christmas Lights Go Out Next Winter? has been published by the British Infrastructure Group (BIG) of MPs, chaired by Grant Shapps. Within it they claim that government targets for closing coal power stations and expanding renewable sources to hit climate change goals have rapidly reduced the UK’s generating output. ...
Major investment plans for Highlands smelter image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 19th of December 2016 12:06:53 AM
....Mr Gupta and Ms Sturgeon were among those who attended the announcement who wore a bindi, a symbol of Mr Gupta's Hindu faith. Jay Hambro, chief investment officer of the GFG Alliance, and chief executive of Simec energy & mining divisions said: "These hydro-power stations have enough capacity to power around 83,000 homes. ...
EDF to hike electricity prices 8.4% with other providers expected to follow suit image
....But critics said EDF was raising electricity prices when much of its power was already generated from nuclear plants. “EDF is in the unique position of owning all the UK’s nuclear power stations so they don’t actually need to buy any electricity. ...
New battery power-storage plants scheduled to keep UK lights on image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 9th of December 2016 06:24:39 PM
. A series of new battery power-storage plants and two small new gas power stations will be built in the UK following the award of subsidies designed to bolster energy supply and head off the threat of shortages. ...
National Grid sells majority stake in gas division in £13.8bn deal image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 8th of December 2016 09:48:42 AM
....The sale could test the government’s approach to foreign investment in UK infrastructure after a review of the rules was announced in September. The review, which is not completed, followed the government’s decision to approve the building of the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station with Chinese backing. ...
Spread betting firms end winning run as FCA clamps down image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 6th of December 2016 07:14:57 PM
.... Well played, Andrew Bailey, new boss at the FCA, for arriving at the obvious conclusion that escaped his predecessors. You know Drax: it’s the company that burns coal in a large power station in North Yorkshire while getting with the low carbon programme by converting to biomass. ...
New blow for Hinkley Point contractor EDF after French safety checks image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 2nd of December 2016 07:37:51 PM
. The company building the UK’s first new nuclear power station for decades is facing questions over the health of its fleet of French nuclear plants after an investigation which has left the country with the lowest level of nuclear power for 10 years and the prospect of power cuts during a cold snap. ...
Laser vision image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 29th of November 2016 12:15:23 AM
....Since then, they have been refined and refined to become the highly accurate precision tools we use today. Companies like Lockheed will always look to "weaponise" such technology, but the firm has also developed lasers for welding and cutting machines; 3D printers; and kit to decommission nuclear power stations, effectively scrubbing contaminated materials from the old buildings. ...
Business secretary says electric vehicles at heart of industrial strategy image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 25th of November 2016 12:23:26 PM
....”. Speth said JLR needs the equivalent of four power stations and the “right legislative framework” to develop its electric car plans, and for the fledgling industry to flourish in the UK. ...
Qatar wins approval to turn US embassy in London into hotel image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 16th of November 2016 05:41:01 PM
.... After protesters broke through police lines, 200 were arrested and 50 people were treated in hospital. The opening of the new US embassy near Battersea power station, in south London, has been delayed and will take place during the presidency of Donald Trump, not Barack Obama’s as planned. ...
Office construction in central London hits eight-year high image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 15th of November 2016 12:01:01 AM
....9m sq ft of space being built in three areas earmarked to become business hubs – Battersea, White City and Stratford. About 65% of this space has been pre-let, with Apple to open an office in the revamped Battersea power station. ...
Smart energy technology 'stymied by current policy' image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 7th of November 2016 12:01:30 AM
.... Firms that provide demand response technology to large companies are unable to bid for Grid contracts lasting more than one year in the annual capacity market auction, because they do not fit the current criteria. But large coal power stations and even diesel farms, a heavily polluting source of power, are able to bid for contracts lasting up to 15 years. ...
Smelting pot image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 26th of October 2016 11:27:01 PM
.... . The coal-fired power station next to the plant is running at reduced capacity, because it no longer needs to feed the massive demands of the aluminium plant, which sucked up as much energy as a medium sized city. ...
Third runway at Heathrow cleared for takeoff by ministers image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 25th of October 2016 09:34:24 AM
....Heathrow was chosen because of the extra boost it gives to the UK economy, but it is not the only mammoth project out there. After a last-minute wobble, the £18bn Hinkley Point nuclear power station was given the green light, while the biggest project of them all is coming down the track fast. ...

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