How can you ensure renewable power technology is resilient enough? The answer, perhaps, is to deploy it in the Arctic, one of the world’s harshest environments, and that is exactly what a team of Russian researchers has done. The $27m Snowflake facility is a proving ground for renewable power generation, and could prove crucial in the world’s ongoing efforts to cut its carbon footprint, by demonstrating that industry, administration and workers can all function in the most extreme of environments.
Elsewhere, we look into recent power supply struggles in the UK and the US, and ask if widespread freezes or soaring energy prices are the result of temporary hardships, or signs of deeper issues within their respective power industries. With both countries eager to position themselves as leaders in the world’s fight against climate change, they face serious questions about fixing their own domestic energy supplies, before going on to tackle global challenges. We also ask what more decision-makers in the electric vehicle sector can do to spread clean cars to the US, and consider the potential, and challenges, associated with concentrated solar power.
In this issue
Arctic exploration: developing green energy technology in an extreme environment
A $27m clean energy-powered Russian research facility is being built in the Arctic to bring carbon-free technologies to the remote and climatically harsh region. Heidi Vella speaks to the project’s lead Yury Vasiliev at the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology to find out more.
Fixing the UK’s broken energy market
Regulations meant to ensure low energy prices have trapped utilities in a death spiral. Matthew Farmer investigates the challenges facing the UK energy market.
High-power potential: the future of concentrated solar power
As photovoltaic solar production grows around the world, concentrated solar power has historically been left behind. JP Casey speaks to John King of Hyperlight Energy, to learn how the latter’s efficient and flexible characteristics could aid in the world’s clean energy transition.
Keeping the lights on in the US’s stormy century
As extreme weather events become fiercer and more frequent, what steps are operators taking to keep maintenance manageable? Matthew Farmer investigates current US power infrastructure.
The US electric vehicle market needs to shift a gear
With the US lagging behind Europe and China in the transition to electric vehicles, an ING report says more needs to be done to promote the technology. Andrew Tunnicliffe talks with co-author Rico Luman about what the country’s ambitions are and how they might be met.
Next issue: nuclear power
The lynchpin of the world’s decarbonisation efforts, or an unsafe practice always a step away from a humanitarian disaster? The truth surrounding nuclear power is likely somewhere in the middle, and questions remain as to whether its undoubted power potential can be realised amid safety concerns and financing challenges for such large-scale projects. In our next issue, we’ll profile some of the world’s newest nuclear plants, and assess whether they could be the future of power.