UK Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Chris Huhne used his speech at the Liberal Democrat party conference yesterday to spell out the benefits of the Government’s proposed ‘Green Deal’.
Scotland is to lead an EU partnership aimed at advancing development of on- and offshore wind across the region, announced Energy Minister Jim Mather earlier this week.
The UK Coalition Government should prioritise the development of a North Sea ‘supergrid’ to link up renewable energy sources with the rest of Europe, according to the Green Alliance.
ScottishPower is investing £5 million in a UK industry-academia alliance focused on carbon capture and storage over the next five years.
Earlier this week, US Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced a $575 million investment in carbon capture and storage research.
Two US universities will lead research consortia focusing on clean energy technologies with funding from the US Department of Energy and China.
German partners RWE, BASF and Linde are hailing a new separation technology for CO2 capture from power station flue gases, which initial studies show reduces energy input by 20%.
The US Department of Energy’s FutureGen 2.0 clean coal and CO2 storage project in Illinois has been thrown into doubt as the town Mattoon that had planned to house the storage site no longer wants it.
Earlier this week, US Energy Secretary Steven Chu launched 15 projects worth $21.3 million to develop CO2 storage in geological formations.
German energy company E.ON is pressing ahead with its Kingsnorth project, after making it through to the last two in the UK Govenment’s competition build one of the world’s first industrial-scale demonstration carbon capture and storage plants earlier this year.