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in this issue

Some of the articles & green issues in this edition.

UK Government reaffirms commitment to lead the world in

cost-effective clean growth ......................................... 4-10

Major new investment for Scottish biomass company ............. 16

Chile welcomes Formula E for the first time .................... 20-22

New Patent for Hydrodec Group plc ................................... 25

Smart Cities project gets the go-ahead ............................... 28

Flisom launches next-gen flexible solar panels ............... 30-31

New report calls for charge infrastructure strategy to accelerate shift

to electric vehicles ....................................................... 34


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UK Government reaffirms commitment to lead the world in cost-effective clean growth

UK Government reaffirms

commitment to lead the world

in cost-effective clean growth

Growth Strategy sets out an ambitious blueprint

for Britain’s low carbon future.

An ambitious strategy setting out how the

UK is leading the world in cutting carbon

emissions to combat climate change while

driving economic growth, has been

published today (12 October 2017) by

Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark.

The Clean Growth Strategy: Leading the way to a low

carbon future’ builds on the UK’s strong progress to

date. Carbon emissions in the UK have fallen and

national income risen faster and further than any

other nation in the G7 – since 1990, emissions are

down by 42% while the economy has grown by 67%.

The government’s strategy sets out how the whole

country can benefit from low carbon economic

opportunities through the creation of new technologies

and new businesses, which creates jobs and prosperity

across the UK, while meeting our ambitious national

targets to tackle climate change.

From:

Department for Business, Energy

& Industrial Strategy, The Rt Hon Greg Clark MP,

The Rt Hon Michael Gove MP, Jesse Norman MP,

and Claire Perry MP

SOURCE: www.gov.uk/government/news

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Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark said:

“This government has put clean growth at the heart

of its Industrial Strategy to increase productivity,

boost people’s earning power and ensure Britain

continues to lead the world in efforts to tackle

climate change.

For the first time in a generation, the British

government is leading the way on taking decisions on

new nuclear, rolling out smart meters and investing

in low carbon innovation. The world is moving from

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“By focusing on Clean Growth, we

can cut the cost of energy, drive

economic prosperity, create high

value jobs and improve our

quality of life.”

being powered by polluting fossil fuels to clean

energy. It’s as big a change as the move from the age

of steam to the age of oil and Britain is showing the

way.”

Climate Change and Industry Minister Claire Perry

said:

“The impact of the Paris agreement and the

unstoppable global shift towards low carbon

technologies gives the UK an unparalleled

opportunity.

By focusing on Clean Growth, we can cut the cost of

energy, drive economic prosperity, create high value

jobs and improve our quality of life.”

Every action that the government takes to cut

emissions must be done while ensuring our economy

remains competitive. The government’s actions to

reduce carbon emissions, through support for

renewable energy and energy efficiency measures,

have helped to reduce average consumer energy bills

and more than offset the cost of government support

for low carbon technologies, and the costs of key

technologies such as offshore wind is plummeting.

For the first time the government is setting out in

today’s Strategy how over £2.5 billion will be invested

to support low carbon innovation from 2015 to 2021, as

part of the largest increase in public spending on

science, research and innovation in over three

decades. This funding covers programmes delivering

low carbon energy, transport, agriculture and waste.

That £2.5 billion of existing government spending

includes up to £505 million from the Department for

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy’s Energy

Innovation Programme, which aims to accelerate the

commercialisation of innovative clean energy

technologies and processes.

There are already more than 430,000 jobs in low

carbon businesses and their supply chains. Today’s

policies will provide further opportunities right across

the country for more jobs, higher earning power and

increased productivity. The low carbon economy could

grow 11% per year between 2015 and 2030 – faster

than the rest of the economy.

Juergen Maier, CEO Siemens plc, said:

“Clean growth is good growth and the UK has a great

opportunity to lead. Siemens welcomes the launch of

the government’s Clean Growth Strategy, which sets

a clear direction for business and puts

decarbonisation at the heart of the industrial

strategy.”

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UK Government reaffirms commitment to lead the world in cost-effective clean growth

“The test now will be to

embed the strategy across

government and encourage

investment in clean growth

by giving businesses the

certainty they need.”

The government recently announced the

establishment of a taskforce of senior financial

experts to accelerate growth of green finance in the

UK’s low carbon economy. It has been given 6 months

to deliver ambitious proposals to accelerate

investment in the transition to a low carbon economy,

creating high-value jobs and opportunities for UK

businesses. It will examine a range of interventions,

from making infrastructure investment more

sustainable to scaling-up green mortgages.

Today’s Strategy fulfils the government’s ongoing

commitment to demonstrate how it will continue to

deliver carbon reductions. The UK was the first

country in the world to introduce a Climate Change Act

that sets a legally binding long-term target and a

series of five-year caps on greenhouse gas emissions

up to 2050. The government is focused on hitting the

fifth carbon budget (2028 to 2032) with the package of

measures outlined today.

Shaun Spiers, Executive director of Green Alliance

said:

“It is great to see this long awaited strategy setting

out the government’s ambitions for clean growth. It is

certainly a welcome move in the right direction. The

test now will be to embed the strategy across

government and encourage investment in clean

growth by giving businesses the certainty they need.

Going green is not only good for the environment: it is

crucial for the future of the UK economy. By taking

decisive action to reduce carbon emissions at home

we can take advantage of the growing global market

for low carbon technology and expertise. This

strategy is the opportunity to reboot the agenda on

energy efficiency, clean vehicles and the efficient use

of resources in the UK.”

UK progress was confirmed in a report by

PwC, which demonstrated the country is strongly

outperforming its peers within the G20 according

to PwC’s Low Carbon Economy Index (LCEI). Its

analysis published last month shows the UK

decarbonising faster than any other G20 nation. It also

reveals that in 2016, the UK achieved a

decarbonisation rate of 7.7% - almost three times the

global average.

Jonathan Grant, PwC sustainability director and Low

Carbon Economy Index author, said:

“Analysis by PwC shows that the UK leads the G20 on

clean growth and is decoupling emissions from

economic growth significantly faster than its peers.

The UK’s success comes down to policies that create

a positive investment climate for low carbon

technology, the drive to tackle emissions from coal

and the strength of our services sectors.

The Clean Growth Strategy should continue the UK’s

transition to a low carbon economy.”

The Strategy

Measures set out in the Strategy include funding

through the BEIS Energy Innovation Programme of:

• up to £10 million for innovations that provide low

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carbon heat in domestic and commercial buildings

• up to £10 million for innovations that improve the

energy efficiency of existing buildings

• an extra £14 million for the Energy Entrepreneurs

Fund, including a new sixth fund

• up to £20 million in a Carbon Capture and

Utilisation demonstration programme

• up to £20 million to demonstrate the viability of

switching to low carbon fuels for industry

• up to £20 million to support clean technology early

stage funding

Further measures include commitments to:

Business and industry efficiency

• develop a package of measures to support

businesses to improve their energy productivity, by

at least 20% by 2030

• establish an Industrial Energy Efficiency scheme to

help large companies install measures to cut their

energy use and their bills

• demonstrate international leadership in carbon

capture usage and storage (CCUS), by

collaborating with our global partners and

investing up to £100 million in leading edge CCUS

and industrial innovation to drive down costs

Improving our homes

• support around £3.6 billion of investment to

upgrade around a million homes through the

Energy Company Obligation (ECO), and extend

DONG Energy UK

Welcomes New

Clean Growth

Strategy

Matthew Wright, DONG Energy UK

Managing Director, said:

“The ambition and commitment represented

by the Clean Growth Strategy is fantastic

news for the renewable energy industry and

is very much in line with our own vision to

create a world that runs entirely on green

energy. We look forward to working with

Government to help realise the aims of this

new strategy. Offshore wind can be the

backbone of the UK’s energy system,

providing a substantial source of green

energy for consumers, as well as creating

high quality jobs across the country in a

thriving UK supply chain. By retaining its

global leadership position, the UK is also

well placed to export products and services

overseas. Offshore wind is now competitive

with other forms of generation, as seen in

the recent CfD auction which saw the lowest

ever strike price for offshore wind in the UK,

and we remain committed to driving down

costs even further.”

For further information, see

www.dongenergy.co.uk or follow

@DONGEnergyUK on Twitter.

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UK Government reaffirms commitment to lead the world in cost-effective clean growth

support for home energy efficiency improvements

from 2022 to 2028 at least at the current level of

ECO funding

• we want all fuel poor homes to be upgraded to

Energy Performance Certificate Band C by 2030

and our aspiration is for as many homes as

possible to be Energy Performance Certificate

Band C by 2035 where practical, cost effective and

affordable

• develop a long term trajectory to improve the

energy performance standards of privately-rented

homes, with the aim of upgrading as many private

rented homes as possible to Energy Performance

Certificate Band C by 2030 where practical, cost

effective and affordable

Low carbon transport

• the government has announced an end to the sale

of all new conventional petrol and diesel cars and

vans by 2040

• spend £1 billion supporting the take-up of ultra low

emission vehicles, including helping consumers to

overcome the upfront cost of an electric car

• develop one of the best electric vehicle charging

networks in the world

• work with industry as they develop an Automotive

Sector Deal to accelerate the transition to zero

emission vehicles

• invest around £841 million of public funds in

innovation in low carbon transport technology and

fuels

Transport Minister Jesse Norman said:

“The Clean Growth Strategy reinforces our clear

commitment to reduce emissions across the UK and

to end the sale of all new conventional petrol and

diesel cars and vans by 2040.

We are a world leader in ultra-low emission

technology, spending £1 billion to support the uptake

of these cleaner vehicles and the creation of one of

Anesco welcomes

positive developments

The Government has launched its highly anticipated

Clean Growth Strategy. The 165-page document sets

out proposals for decarbonising all sectors of the UK

economy and explains how the country can benefit

from low carbon opportunities, while meeting national

and international commitments to tackle climate

change.

According to leading renewables developer Anesco,

the strategy has finally provided a level of certainty for

the sector.

Steve Shine, Executive Chairman of Anesco,

commented:

“Innovative companies in the cleantech sector like

Anesco need government to set out a cohesive,

documented pathway for the role that renewables

will play for the UK moving forward. Importantly, we

need greater certainty for the sector and to increase

investor confidence – as investors will play a

major role in whether any vision becomes a

reality.

“The clean growth strategy launched today has

gone some way towards meeting those objectives,

with lots of positives regarding innovation,

investment and promises of ambitious future

proposals.

“We particularly welcome support for energy

storage and also the commercial and industrial

sector which is lagging far behind the US in its speed

of development. However, we do need to see tangible

action to support investors in solar energy – it is now

both affordable and subsidy free and we hope that

the promised update later this year will provide

much needed long-term certainty for the solar

industry.

“So, while there is still a long way to go, it does at

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the best charging networks in the world.

Advances in low carbon transport technology can

significantly boost economic growth and air quality,

and we will continue to work with companies to

maximise these benefits for all.”

Clean, affordable energy

• phase out the use of unabated coal to produce

electricity by 2025

• provide up to half a billion pounds for further

Contract for Difference auctions for less

established technologies, such as offshore wind,

with the next one planned for spring 2019

• work with industry as they develop an ambitious

Sector Deal for offshore wind, which could result in

10 gigawatts of new capacity, with the opportunity

for additional deployment if this is cost effective,

built in the 2020s

• deliver new nuclear power through Hinkley Point C

and progress discussions with developers to

“The Clean Growth Strategy

reinforces our clear

commitment to reduce

emissions across the UK and to

end the sale of all new

conventional petrol and diesel

cars and vans by 2040”

secure a competitive price for future projects in the

pipeline

Agriculture and natural resources

• as we leave the EU, design a new system of future

agricultural support to focus on delivering better

environmental outcomes, including addressing

climate change more directly

Anesco Exec Chairman Steve

Shine with Claire Perry Minister

for Climate Change

About Anesco

least show the Government is taking clean energy

seriously, following a period of instability, but actions

speak louder than words and it is what happens

from this point forward that really matters.”

Minister for Climate Change Claire Perry MP, officially

opened Anesco’s Clayhill Solar Farm on 26 September

2017. The site was the UK’s first subsidy-free solar

farm and combines 10MW solar PV with 6MW energy

storage.

Anesco is a global leader in renewable energy and is

recognised as one of the top 100 cleantech companies

in the world. Its specialist team works with a range of

clients managing the funding, development, operation

and maintenance of renewable energy and energy

efficiency projects.

Anesco introduces commercial models that enable

customers to deploy new technology, optimise their

energy usage and save money, while tackling carbon

emissions. To date the technologies the company has

deployed and managed are generating over 1GW of

renewable energy.

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• establish a new network of forests in England

including new woodland on farmland, and fund

larger-scale woodland and forest creation, in

support of our commitment to plant 11 million

trees, and increase the amount of UK timber used

in construction

• work towards our ambition for zero avoidable

waste by 2050, maximising the value we extract

from our resources, and minimising the negative

environmental and carbon impacts associated with

their extraction, use and disposal

• publish a new Resources and Waste Strategy to

make the UK a world leader in terms of

competitiveness, resource productivity and

resource efficiency

Further comments

Commenting on the overall plan, Nina Skorupska, Chief

Executive of the Renewable Energy Association said:

“The language, ambition and recommitment from

Government to lower emissions are welcome, as is the

recognition that decarbonisation and economic growth

are not mutually exclusive, but are in fact linked in the

coming decades.

“The plan focuses on areas that have not been given a

huge amount of time or thought to previously in

government, such as industrial efficiency or the built

environment, both of which are crucial and can be a

win-win.

However, for many of our members they will see very

little substance in this plan and we will have to ensure

we are pushing government for how they intend to

address the big issues of adding low-carbon generation,

greening our heat system, cleaning our transport and

leading the decentralisation revolution that will lead to a

cheaper and low-carbon future.

Commenting on the specifics sectors of the plan, James

Court, Head of Policy and External Affairs said:

“Heat remains one of the biggest problems, and this

plan still leaves us short of meeting the Fifth Carbon

Budget. It is clear that there is not one silver bullet for

heat, and this plan recognises that insulation and

planning regulations need serious attention, but doesn’t

set out long-term market framework for the heat sector

beyond 2020. We hope this will lead to a revisiting of the

Environment Secretary Michael Gove said:

“We are determined to be the first generation to

leave the environment in a better state than we

inherited it, and achieving clean growth is an integral

part of our work to deliver a Green Brexit.

Through our ambitious plans to tackle waste, better

manage our precious natural resources and create a

more environmentally-focused agricultural system,

this government is taking the lead in creating a

cleaner, greener Britain.”

Government leadership

• government will work with businesses and civil

society to introduce a ‘Green Great Britain’ week to

promote clean growth.

Zero Carbon Homes debate and a genuine commitment

to build future proofed homes that have efficiency and

domestic renewable generation at its heart.

“Transport has more answers emerging, but the

Electric Vehicle hopes need more actions than words if

the UK is to become a world leader. We need a bold

strategy on the smart charging infrastructure that can

be a pillar of new low carbon communities. There also

needs to be recognition of the significant role that

biofuels play currently, and the much larger role they

can play in the future.

“In power we need to see much more technology

neutral approach, with the cheapest generation onshore

wind and solar remaining blocked to market, and the

backbone of the low-carbon revolution, bioenergy,

forgotten. We cannot have a low cost, low carbon and

secure energy transformation without these

technologies.

About the Renewable Energy Association (REA)

The Renewable Energy Association represents renewable

energy producers and promotes the use of all forms of

renewable energy in the UK across power, heat, transport

and recycling. It is the largest renewable energy and

clean technology (including energy storage and electric

vehicles) trade association in the UK, with over 600

members, ranging from major multinationals to sole

traders.

For more information, visit: www.r-e-a.net

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NSRI reveals the challenges

and opportunities in wave

and tidal energy sectors

Potential enablers which will assist subsea supply

chain companies to break into the growing wave and

tidal energy sectors, and associated technological

barriers to their progress, have been identified by

NSRI (National Subsea Research Initiative).

The findings, part of NSRI’s online Matchmaker

database, reveal how UK firms can link up with

technology researchers and developers to adapt their

offerings and take advantage of the immediate

diversification opportunities in marine renewables.

Matchmaker aims to connect organisations already

active in the wave and tidal energy space to

collaborate, solve industrial challenges and progress

research and development activity.

Split into five themes: operations and maintenance;

subsea structures; installation; systems; health and

safety; and environmental impact, companies can

quickly identify how they can support the wave and

tidal sectors by selecting their specialisms.

Dr Gordon Drummond, project director of NSRI

commented: “The wave and tidal sectors are less

mature in their contribution to energy production, as a

result they are currently more expensive than

traditional generating resources. With help from the

subsea supply chain and advances in technology, both

sectors have the potential to extract sustainable

energy from the ocean at a low cost.

“This presents a huge opportunity for subsea supply

chain companies to adapt their technologies and

techniques to support the development of large-scale

wave and tidal power farms. To help them do this, we

have mapped out the technical challenges with

support from industry experts to pinpoint areas where

their capabilities can add significant value.

“There’s no denying marine

renewables has struggled to make

its mark and this is partly down to

the engineering challenges of

operating at sea, including the

mechanical stresses of the ocean

and the corrosive effects of salt

water.

“These are obstacles that the UK

subsea industry has successfully

overcome. By harnessing this

world-renowned experience in

offshore oil and gas engineering,

we have the skills and expertise to lead the way in the

tidal and wave sectors.

“We hope Matchmaker will clearly highlight exactly

how subsea companies can play their part, diversify

their offering and make the connections required to

break into the wave and tidal market.”

NSRI will host a joint industry event in Aberdeen early

next year, giving stakeholders across the sector the

opportunity to discuss the challenges and possible

solutions, matching industry needs with academic

capabilities and supply chain offerings.

Companies and centres of excellence in the supply

chain are free to submit information on their services,

and current technology development activities under

the relevant Matchmaker themes via the NSRI

website. The aim is to partner end users with

technology researchers and developers in order to

advance technology development in the subsea

industry.

For more information, visit

http://matchmaker.nsri.co.uk/

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Leading innovators in low

carbon transport recognised

at gala dinner

The Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP)

announced the 2017 Low Carbon Champions last night

at the ‘green transport’ networking event of the year,

held in association with Energy 2017 at the NEC,

Birmingham.

Over 240 guests attended the celebration dinner to

celebrate the achievements and innovation of

organisations and individuals who are leading the UK

towards low emission road transport. The event was

hosted by TV personality, science communicator and

Formula E presenter, Nicki Shields.

Transport for London, BYD (bus manufacturer) and

Go-Ahead London (operator) have jointly won the

‘Grand Prix’ - or winner-of-winners - award for their

effective partnership in delivering the vehicles,

operational capacity and infrastructure to begin

running London’s first two all-electric bus routes (507

and 521). Waterloo bus garage has been remodelled to

accommodate over 50 electric buses and new charging

infrastructure in a space-constrained environment.

Working with infrastructure supplier, SSE, the

partnership has overcome technical challenges to

transform the garage into a large-scale, fully-electric

operation.

The London EV Company (which changed its

name from the London Taxi Company earlier

this year) scooped the Low Carbon Car/Van

Manufacturer of the Year prize. The judges said

that LEVC has shown leadership and innovation

in bringing to market the UK’s – and the world’s

– first purpose-built electric taxi. In just three

years the company has designed and built the

vehicle, using a local supply chain and adopting

a range of novel design and assembly processes.

David Martell, Founder and Chief Executive of

Chargemaster - one of the leading companies in the

booming EV charging sector - is the LowCVP’s 2017

winner of the award for Outstanding Individual in

Promoting Low Carbon Transport.

Roads Minister Jesse Norman MP said: “The UK

boasts a dynamic, innovative automotive sector and

British companies are leading the way in developing

low emission technologies for road transport.

“Congratulations to the winners of the Low Carbon

Champions Awards. These important achievements

highlight the progress being made as we strive to

meet our ambition for every new car and van to be

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Low Carbon Car/Van Manufacturer of the

Year winners , The London EV Company.

zero emission by 2040.”

The LowCVP Managing Director Andy Eastlake said

about the Awards: “All the entries that were shortlisted

for this year’s Awards deserve praise for their

contribution to cutting road transport carbon

emissions and helping to reduce air pollution.

“Against the backdrop of a year of political and

environmental turmoil it’s perhaps appropriate that

our overall winning entry required a strong

collaborative approach to radically reduce the impact

of a whole bus fleet.”

The Champions Awards judging panel was comprised

of 25 senior executives from across a range of UK

organisations with a stake in the low carbon road

transport agenda.

Commenting on the Grand Prix award, the judges said:

“To accommodate over 50 electric buses and charging

infrastructure in a space-constrained environment,

the group worked tirelessly to remodel the Waterloo

bus garage. The manufacturer, BYD, and the operator,

Go-Ahead London, worked with Transport for London

and in close cooperation with infrastructure supplier

SSE, to bring this challenging project to fruition.”

On the Outstanding Individual Award, the judges

agreed that: “David Martell has shown great

commitment to the electric vehicle industry over the

past decade. While rapidly expanding his company to

be a leading player in the booming EV charging sector,

he has developed partnerships with authorities,

government and vehicle manufacturers, helping to

expand the electric vehicle market in the UK.”

Alex Burns, President, Millbrook (Grand Prix sponsor

of the Awards) said: “Millbrook has been supporting

the Low Carbon Champions Awards for a number of

years. We are proud to be associated with celebrating

investment and innovation in this field, and we are

committed to supporting the industry to continue

cutting road transport carbon emissions.”

Darran Messem, Chairman of the LowCVP and an

Awards Judge said: “The LowCVP’s annual Low

Carbon Champions Awards are a celebration of the

commitment to innovation and delivery in the

important task of reducing transport greenhouse gas

emissions in the UK.

“This year’s winners of the LowCVP awards have

delivered a phenomenally impressive list of

achievements ranging from developing a new low

carbon fuel to implementing a fully electric bus fleet,

and they demonstrate not only the vibrancy of the UK’s

low carbon transport sector but also its huge

economic potential.”

Nathan Garnett, Event Director of Energy 2017, said:

"We are delighted that the Low Carbon Champions are

being announced alongside Energy 2017 and UK

Construction Week. For us, joining infrastructure,

pioneers of a low carbon future and the built

environment together is a ‘no brainer’."

The Low Carbon Champions Awards were established in

2010. The Awards – now in their seventh edition - are an

initiative of the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP);

a public-private partnership that exists to accelerate a

sustainable shift to lower carbon vehicles and fuels and

create opportunities for UK businesses. Around 200

organisations are engaged from diverse backgrounds

including government, automotive and fuel supply chains,

vehicle users, academics, environment groups and wider

society.

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NewMotion welcomes acquisition

by Shell, one of the world’s leading

energy providers

Shell, one of the world’s largest energy providers, has

signed an agreement to buy NewMotion in a deal that

will enable both companies to accelerate the transition

to low-carbon transport.

NewMotion is the market leader in offering charging

solutions for electric vehicles in Europe. The company

currently has more than 30,000 private charge points across

the Netherlands, Germany, France and the UK. The company

also provides access to a network of more than 50,000 public

charge points across 25 countries in Europe for more than

100,000 registered drivers charge cards. NewMotion and

Shell will utilise the synergies and opportunities that this

deal provides to further develop and enhance the leadingedge

services and products NewMotion offers existing and

future EV drivers. NewMotion has been active in the market

since 2009, fulfilling a pioneering role in the industry.

Under the terms of the deal, NewMotion will remain

focused on accelerating its mission in Europe by

delivering more innovative smart-charging solutions to

homes, businesses and public parking spaces. The

acquisition will help NewMotion enhance its electric

vehicle (EV) charging services turning more parking

spaces into charging stations as well as improving

users charging experience across Europe.

“We are very pleased to have such a strong investor

that fully supports our mission, enabling us to further

expand across Europe at a time when the transition to

electric vehicles is gathering pace,” Sytse Zuidema,

CEO of NewMotion, said. “We are excited that our

ongoing mission and belief in a transition towards

less-polluting transport source has been endorsed so

strongly by Shell, one of the world’s leading energy

companies.”

https://newmotion.com

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(1)

The cost of offshore wind projects are

now 50% lower than the first auction held

in 2015 when comparing the lowest

clearing price for successful offshore

wind projects commissioning in 2018/19

and the lowest clearing price for offshore

wind projects commissioning in 2022/23.

Competition drives down the cost for consumers

- new offshore wind projects will be delivered as

low as £58/MWh from 2022-23

Further boost to the UK’s low-carbon supply chain, as

part of the government’s ambitious Industrial Strategy

and upcoming Clean Growth Plan

New clean energy projects set to

power 3.6 million homes in the UK

Record amount of renewable capacity secured to power our homes

following second contracts for difference auction.

Eleven new energy projects worth up to £176m per year

have been successful in the latest competitive auction for

renewable technologies, the government has announced.

Contracts for Difference, which provide long-term

certainty for investors, are designed to drive

investment in a new generation of clean, secure

electricity supplies. This is the second round of

Contracts for Difference auctions, with the first held in

2015. Successful projects receive 15 year contracts.

The projects, which are set to generate over 3GW of

electricity, enough to power 3.6 million homes,

demonstrate that the UK continues to be an attractive

place to invest in clean energy.

The government is committed to investing in clean

technology and driving economic growth as set out in our

ambitious Industrial Strategy and upcoming Clean

Growth Plan.

The competitive approach is continuing to drive cost

reductions in the renewable energy industry - the cost of

new offshore wind projects starting to generate

electricity from 2022-23 are now 50% lower than the first

auction held in 2015 (1). The other successful

technologies, Advanced Conversion Technologies and

Dedicated Biomass with Combined Heat and Power, also

achieved significant savings.

Competition has also driven down the costs for

consumers. The capacity delivered in this auction cost up

to £528m per year less than it would have in the absence

of competition.

Projects are to be delivered across Great Britain from

Wales to the Scottish Highlands and the West Midlands

from 2021.

Minister for Energy and Industry, Richard Harrington,

said:

“We’ve placed clean growth at the heart of the Industrial

Strategy to unlock opportunities across the country,

while cutting carbon emissions.

The offshore wind sector alone will invest £17.5bn in the

UK up to 2021 and thousands of new jobs in British

businesses will be created by the projects announced

today. This government will continue to seize these

opportunities as the world moves towards a low carbon

future, and will set out ambitious proposals in the

upcoming Clean Growth Plan.”

This investment will help the UK meet its climate targets

while supporting jobs in Britain’s growing renewable

industry. The UK has the largest offshore wind capacity in

the world and low carbon businesses have a combined

turnover of £43 billion, employing 234,000 people.

From:

Department for Business, Energy & Industrial

Strategy and Richard Harrington MP

SOURCE: www.gov.uk/government/news

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Managing Director of

HWEnergy, Bruno Berardelli,

outside the company’s Fort

William HQ

Major new investment for Fort

William biomass company

HWEnergy

Scotland based biomass heating specialist, HWEnergy,

has announced that Aggregated Micro Power Holdings

plc (AMP) has become their majority shareholder

following a significant investment into the company.

The partnership means that HWEnergy will be able to

grow the breadth and depth of their offering to new

customers, as well as increase their geographical

spread, while remain as an independent and standalone

business. Operations in Scotland will continue

as usual but the new investment will enable HWEnergy

to offer finance for larger biomass installations via

new Energy Services Company (ESCo) finance

solutions (see Notes to Editors) in partnership with

AMP.

Established in 2003, the company currently has a staff of 45

and has installed more than 300 commercial-sized biomass

installations to date. Installations span from Shetland to

Bradford and cover a wide range of sectors.

Headquartered in Fort William, the company also has offices

in Bellshill and services and maintains more than 350 sites

across the country.

The company has worked on projects ranging from small

district heating schemes to large hospitals and has a team of

locally based engineers across Scotland and England.

The team received the Sustainable Scotland 2016 Scottish

Green Energy Award in partnership with North Ayrshire

Council and the Renewable Project of the Year 2014 for their

work with NHS Highland and Ayrshire and Arran.

Established in 2003, HWEnergy has a staff of 45 and

has installed more than 300 commercial-sized

biomass installations to date from Shetland to London.

The company is headquartered in Fort William, with an

additional office in Bellshill, Glasgow, and services and

maintains more than 350 sites across the UK.

Aggregated Micro Power Holdings is a distributed

energy company specialising in the sale of wood fuels

through their Forest Fuels business, and in the

financing, development and installation of energy

projects including biomass boiler ESCOs (Energy

Supply Contracts) and standby power generation and

battery storage facilities. Forest Fuels are one of the

leading wood fuels businesses in England and Wales,

with annual sales of over 100,000 tonnes of wood fuel

to 2,300 customers from more than 40 depots.

HWEnergy is entering into the partnership with Forest

Fuels whereby together they will grow a biomass

service and heat supply business in England and

Wales. HWEnergy and Forest Fuels currently have

about 300 service customers in England and Wales.

Going forward, the service function of the two

companies will be managed from HWEnergy’s support

desk at their Fort William HQ.

Bruno Berardelli, Managing Director of HWEnergy

said: "We have entered into this relationship with AMP

as we believe that this provides an extremely exciting

range of opportunities for our clients, our company

and all of our stakeholders. AMP’s vision for the

development of decentralised energy provision is one

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which we believe will benefit the economy of the

country as a whole, help reduce carbon emissions

from energy production and provide numerous

benefits to our clients. Forest Fuels have long standing

credentials in their commitment to growing a

sustainable and high-quality business in the biomass

industry, with a focus on local delivery and customer

service. They are the ideal partner for us to work with

in England and Wales."

Richard Burrell, Chief Executive Officer of AMP said:

"We are very excited to be working with HWEnergy.

Their long-standing experience and reputation in the

biomass sector will lead to immediate synergies with

our own businesses. Our partnership will mean that

HWEnergy will be able to offer new ESCo and

Commercial boiler buy back products to clients in

Scotland, and that they will be able to work with Forest

Fuels to expand our Service and Heat business in

England and Wales. We very much look forward to

working with the HWEnergy team in the future."

About AMP PLC

Aggregated Micro Power Holdings is a distributed energy

company specialising in the sale of wood fuels through their

Forest Fuels business, and in the financing, development and

installation of energy projects including biomass boiler

ESCOs (Energy Supply Contracts) and standby power

generation and battery storage facilities.

AMP have over £66m of energy assets under management,

including biomass heating and CHP systems, and grid

balancing systems. AMP also has access to considerable

funding for new ESCOs via Aggregated Micro Power

Infrastructure 2 plc (“AMPIL”) which has just raised £29.5m

for new ESCOs.

Although wood

gives off C0 2 when

burnt, it is offset by the

amount of CO 2 absorbed

by the trees when

they grow.

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New agreement between DONG Energy

and Gas Power Developments Ltd

Innovative partnership to help balance production and consumption

in the UK grid

DONG Energy has entered into an innovative

agreement with Gas Power Developments (GPD) and

GAM Capital (GAMCap), project developer and

manager, for the operation of three 6 megawatt (MW)

flexible gas peaking plants - Prestige House,

Newhouse and Clay Flatts - located in Lancashire and

Cumbria in the north-west of the UK.

These power plants will be operated alongside one of

the world’s largest wind portfolios owned and

managed by DONG Energy and are a natural fit in

providing a balanced delivery of power to the National

Grid.

DONG Energy will optimise the operation of the

flexible plants based on changes in energy demand

and production. The control and market optimisation

of the three assets, turning them on and off, will take

place from DONG Energy's 24/7 trading desk in

Denmark.

Søren Scherfig, Head of DONG Energy Markets, said:

“I’m looking forward to cooperating with GAM

Capital. This agreement represents an opportunity

for us to create new value propositions to flexible

generators outside of the traditional market. The

agreement also helps us continue to build our

position in the UK market and proves how gas

peaking plants, wind power and consumers can work

together.”

Gas Power Developments and GAMCap:

GPD was incorporated on 19 June 2017 by the

management of GAMCap and their principle

investors. GPD is owned and funded by the GAMCap

management team and their principle investors with

the strategy to acquire, build, own and operate a

portfolio of gas-fired peaking assets. GPD is funded

and mandated to scale their portfolio to a size of

200MW with an ambition of operating up to 500MW.

GAMCap has a proven track record in managing and

operating energy related infrastructure in the UK.

About DONG Energy:

DONG Energy (Nasdaq OMX: DENERG) is one of

Northern Europe's leading energy groups and is

headquartered in Denmark. Around 5,600 ambitious

employees, including over 900 in the UK, develop,

construct and operate offshore wind farms, generate

power and heat from our power stations as well as

supply and trade in energy to wholesale, business

and residential customers. In 2016, the Group

generated revenue of DKK 61 billion (EUR 8.2 billion).

As part of our transformation to green energy, we

plan to change our name to Ørsted (Nasdaq OMX:

ORSTED as of 31 October).

Chris Isard, Operations Director at GAMCap and GPD,

said:

“We’re delighted to be entering into a long-term

agreement with DONG Energy on the first phase of

building and operating a portfolio of flexible peaking

plants. As we continue to grow our portfolio, we look

forward to working closely with DONG Energy and

our strategic partners to deliver maximum value

from these assets."

Read more at www.dongenergy.co.uk

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Enerkem's state-of-the-art Edmonton biofuels facility, the world's first commercial-scale

plant to produce cellulosic ethanol made from non-recyclable, non-compostable mixed

municipal solid waste. (CNW Group/Enerkem Inc.)

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Production begins of cellulosic

ethanol from garbage at state-of-the-art

biofuels facility

A world leading biofuels and renewable chemicals

producer, has started the commercial production of

cellulosic ethanol. Enerkem's game-changing facility

in Edmonton, AB, Canada, is the first commercialscale

plant in the world to produce cellulosic ethanol

made from non-recyclable, non-compostable mixed

municipal solid waste.

The company has been producing and selling

biomethanol since 2016, prior to expanding production

to include cellulosic ethanol with the installation of its

methanol-to-ethanol conversion unit earlier this year.

"The commercial production of cellulosic ethanol at

our facility in Edmonton marks a landmark moment

for our company as well as our customers in the waste

management and petrochemical sectors, and confirms

our leadership in the advanced biofuels market," says

Vincent Chornet, President and Chief Executive Officer

of Enerkem.

This growing global market is expected to reach 124

billion litres per year by 2030 according to the

International Renewable Energy Agency. "We will now

progressively increase production in Edmonton, while

preparing to build the next Enerkem facilities locally

and around the world," adds Chornet.

Advanced biofuels play a vital role in the transition

towards sustainable mobility by producing

transportation fuels that replace a portion of gasoline.

Enerkem's technology not only provides a clean

transportation fuel, it also disrupts the traditional

waste landfilling and incineration models by offering a

smart alternative to communities wanting to recover

waste while sustainably fueling vehicles.

About advanced biofuels

Advanced biofuels, such as cellulosic ethanol, are

made from non-food sources such as residual forest

biomass, agriculture waste, energy crops or urban

waste. To unlock the value of non-conventional

feedstock sources, these low-carbon liquid

transportation fuels are produced using innovative and

breakthrough technologies.

About Enerkem

Enerkem produces biofuels and renewable chemicals

from waste. Its disruptive proprietary technology

converts non-recyclable, non-compostable municipal

solid waste into methanol, ethanol and other widely

used chemical intermediates. Headquartered in

Montreal (QC), Canada, Enerkem operates a full-scale

commercial facility in Alberta as well as an innovation

centre in Quebec. The company is developing

additional biorefinery facilities around the world,

based on its modular manufacturing infrastructure.

Enerkem's technology helps diversify the energy mix

and make everyday products greener while offering a

smart, sustainable alternative to landfilling and

incineration.

www.enerkem.com

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Chile welcomes Formula E for the

first time on streets of Santiago

Fully-electric Formula E cars to race along Avenue

Santa Maria and Parque Forestal on February 3

The fully-electric Formula E car hit the streets of

Santiago for the first time today as the Chilean

President, Michelle Bachelet welcomed the electric

street racing series ahead of the inaugural

Antofagasta Minerals Santiago E-Prix on February 3 -

round four of the 2017/18 FIA Formula E

Championship.

The Formula E car toured around the capital, catching

the eye of commuters on their journey to work -

making a pit-stop at La Moneda Palace and O’Higgins

Park, with home-hero Eliseo Salazar behind the

wheel.

The former Formula 1 and IndyCar driver gave

Santiago their first taste of the all-electric singleseater

followed in convoy by vehicles supplied by BMW

i - Official Vehicle Partner of Formula E - completing a

number of runs along O’Higgins Park Ellipse in front

of fans and students from DUOC.

In addition to the street demonstration, the exact

location and track layout was unveiled in front of an

audience of local authorities, key dignitaries and

media. The Formula E drivers will line-up on the grid

along Avenue Santa Maria - navigating their way

around Parque Forestal, against the backdrop of Cerro

San Cristobal and Santa Lucia Hill.

The 2.47km circuit - subject to FIA track homologation

- consists of 12 turns, crossing the River Mapocho and

through Plaza Italia.

Alberto Longo, Co-founder & Deputy CEO of Formula

E, added: “It’s an honour to join President Bachelet for

the first appearance of Formula E on the streets of

Santiago. For the people of Chile, it’s the first time

they’ve seen and heard the fully-electric car in their

home city. The racing and competition this year is

going to be closer than ever and we can’t wait to see

the drivers battle it out around this new and

challenging circuit in February. South America is

steeped in motorsport history and tradition - and

Formula E will make its own history in Chile for many

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years to come, starting this coming season.”

Pablo Squella, Minister of Sport, said: “Formula E in

Chile is undoubtedly the materialisation of an effort by

the Government of President Michelle Bachelet that

demonstrates the commitment we have to sports,

supporting this worldwide event. We need Chilean

citizens to be motivated to practice sport and do

physical activity, and what better way than bringing

world-class shows, and the best drivers in the world,

to Santiago. We invite everyone to join this party to

start learning about Formula E and electric cars,

because in February we want a motivated Santiago, a

city that welcomes everyone with great enthusiasm.

We will be a great host country and we will make the

fourth round of Formula E, into a new sporting

tradition for our country.”

Andres Rebolledo, Minister of Energy, said: “Hosting

Formula E in Santiago is part of the ‘Electric Mobility

Strategy in Chile’, soon to be released. This race will

allow the benefits of electric vehicles to be known by

the Chilean people. A third of the energy consumed in

Chile is from the transportation sector, using oil

imported practically 100 per cent from abroad. It also

represents 20 per cent of CO2 emissions. Our

projection says that if we generate the necessary

regulatory, logistics and market conditions, in the year

2050, 40 per cent of the vehicles in Chile will be

electric, saving the country $3,300 millions of dollars

annually and avoiding 11 million tonnes of CO2.”

During the event, it was also announced that leading

non-state mining company Antofagasta Minerals is to

become race title partner for Formula E’s debut in

Chile, acquiring the naming rights for the inaugural

2018 Antofagasta Minerals Santiago E-Prix.

Ivan Arriagada, CEO at Antofagasta Minerals, said:

“We’re proud to sponsor this world-class event that

will debut this February in Chile, as we believe that

copper plays a key role in achieving a more sustainable

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world like the one we all dream of. Not only do you find

it in emissions-free electric vehicles, but also it’s

intensively used in the growing presence of nonconventional

energy sources, like the wind and sun.

We believe that Formula E contributes to promoting

the use of electric vehicles, which not only improves

the outlook for the copper market, but contributes to a

cleaner world, by concretely helping to decontaminate

our cities.”

To register for tickets and event information, visit -

www.fiaformulae.com/santiago

The FIA Formula E Championship is the electric street racing

series and the world’s first fully-electric international singleseater

category in motorsport. Formula E brings electrifying

wheel-to-wheel action to some of the world’s leading cities,

racing against the backdrop of iconic skylines such as New

York, Hong Kong, Paris and Rome.

The inaugural season of Formula E sparked into life in

September 2014 around the grounds of the Olympic Park in

Beijing. The fourth edition of the FIA Formula E

Championship will see 10 teams and 20 drivers compete in

11 cities spanning five continents in the fight to be crowned

Formula E champion. Hong Kong hosts the season-opener

over the course of two days on December 2 & 3, with the

championship coming to a close in Montreal on July 28 & 29.

Formula E is a competitive platform to test and develop

road-relevant technologies, acting as a catalyst for

sustainable mobility solutions - helping refine the design and

functionality of electric vehicle components and improving

the driving experience for everyday road car users all over

the world.

For this season, more manufacturers have joined the electric

revolution with reigning champion Lucas di Grassi looking to

defend his title behind the wheel of the Audi-backed ABT

Schaeffler team. More big-name manufacturers have also

committed to race in Formula E - including BMW in tandem

with the new-look car and battery in season five, along with

Mercedes-Benz and Porsche who also plan to join the

following year.

The fourth edition of the FIA Formula E Championship will see 10 teams

and 20 drivers compete in 11 cities spanning five continents in the fight to

be crowned Formula E champion.

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Further growth in Australia as BayWa r.e.

acquires wind portfolio and development

business of Future Energy

BayWa r.e., a global renewable energy developer,

wholesaler, service supplier and energy solutions

provider, has acquired the business and project pipeline

of Victorian-based renewable energy developer, Future

Energy.

The acquisition of Future Energy marks the first

investment into the Australian onshore wind sector for

BayWa r.e. and further cements the company’s position

in the country’s growing renewable energy sector.

Matthias Taft, Board member of BayWa AG responsible

for the energy business, commented on the

investment: “The investment in our first pipeline of

Australian wind and small-scale solar projects comes

quickly after our growth in the utility-scale solar sector

where we have established a 300 MW portfolio. The

Future Energy acquisition provides an important

platform for BayWa r.e.’s future growth and we are very

pleased to welcome the team onboard. We look forward

to building a long-term development business together

and realising our first projects over the next 18 months.”

Since being established in 2004, Future Energy has

successfully developed multiple wind projects. Existing

employees will become part of BayWa r.e. and will be

complemented by new hires as BayWa r.e.’s Australian

business continues to expand.

Katy Hogg, Director of BayWa r.e. Australia Pty Ltd.,

added: “Our first investment in the onshore wind

market in Australia is a really important step in

consolidating our business model across Solar & Wind

Projects, PV Trade and Operations Management

Services. Greater scale and project diversity brings

benefits for our investors, PPA customers and funding

partners."

“We expect to be exporting electricity from the first few

wind projects by the end of 2018, with a view to

acquiring, developing and implementing additional

projects across Australia in the coming years”.

Future Energy

Future Energy was established by

David Shapero in 2004 and since

then has succeeded in realising

multiple wind projects. One such

project was the Hepburn

Community Wind Park, the first

community-owned wind farm in

Australia.

Existing employees will become

part of BayWa r.e.’s Australian

business and will be

complemented by new hires

together with the wider global

expertise of the BayWa r.e. group.

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AVID drives innovation

Cramlington clean automotive tech firm AVID

Technology continues to support and advance the

electric and hybrid vehicle industry with its latest

innovation.

The company’s new 48V hybrid drive train solution for

larger vehicles such as trucks, buses and off highway

machinery has been specifically developed to tackle

two of the biggest challenges facing these fleets today;

reducing emissions and fuel consumption.

The efficiency of AVID’S new patent pending 48V Mild

Hybrid System has money saving implications for

businesses, while extensively reducing emissions at a

time when air quality policy and regulation is a

primary concern for all.

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AVID managing director Ryan Maughan explains:

“We have developed the 48V System for heavy duty

vehicles to cost effectively improve fuel efficiency and

reduce emissions through smart electrification of the

power train.

“Extensive testing shows our design provides

outstanding fuel savings of up to 28% with a NOX

reduction of 46% and a particulate reduction of 93%

on a Euro 5 EEV diesel engine. This has the potential

to be further improved as the system also enables

start/stop engine functionality and improved exhaust

after treatment.

“We are at the forefront of the clean automotive

sector by designing and manufacturing industry

leading solutions which benefit vehicle owners and

operators by reducing the overall cost of ownership

and reducing impact on the environment.”

AVID’s new 48V Mild Hybrid System replaces several

Ryan Maughan,

Managing Director

of AVID Technology

Group.

key engine ancillary systems with an integrated 48V

system powered by energy recovered during braking.

The system also provides electrical torque assist to

the engine during low speed operation. This reduces

parasitic loads on the engine, allows the operating

temperature to be optimised and significantly reduces

fuel consumption and emissions. The whole system

uses a compact and low cost lithium battery to provide

energy storage.

The system also addresses some of the major

operational issues associated with running heavy

vehicles such as buses and earth moving machinery.

For example, breakdowns due to overheating,

excessive time spent on system cooling maintenance

and vehicle fires which are caused and accelerated by

leaking fan drive hydraulic systems and low

temperature operating cycles on heavy diesel engines.

AVID is currently in discussion with a number of heavyduty

vehicle manufacturers seeking to adopt the

technology to enable them to offer cost effective mild

hybrid electric variants of their vehicles and the

technology can also be used to make conventional

battery electric vehicles more efficient.

To find out more about AVID Technology’s Mild Hybrid

System watch the video at:

http://avidtp.com/product/48v-mild-hybrid-systems/

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The global transformer oil market is

expected to grow to US$2.79 billion

by 2020.

New Patent for

Hydrodec Group plc

Hydrodec Group plc (AIM: HYR), the clean-tech

industrial oil re-refining group, is pleased to announce

that it has been successful in its application for a new

patent in respect of its transformer oil re-refining

process.

The granting of a new patent benefits the Group in

ensuring that Hydrodec's technology continues to lead

the field in this area for the foreseeable future. The

successful application is expected to provide a

marketing and operational advantage by extending the

ability to claim patent protection over Hydrodec's

process by a further 20 years from the patent priority

date of 2014.

The new patent covers a method for producing a

higher quality non-corrosive product using a specific

but incremental improvement to the original Hydrodec

process. It has been granted in the US, which is the

Group's largest and most important market, subject

only to payment of the final fee. Applications in respect

of other territories, including the EU, Australia and

Japan, are on-going.

The Board expect to announce the Group's interim

results for the 6 month period ending 30 June 2017 on

or around 25 September.

Chris Ellis, CEO of Hydrodec, commented:

“The award of this patent reinforces the strength of

our technological offering and our market

leadership. With our transformer oil output now

generating carbon credits, we are moving towards a

uniquely environmentally friendly business model

within the refining and re-refining industry, founded

upon a world-leading technology.”

Proven Technology

Hydrodec's technology is a proven, highly efficient, oil

re-refining and chemical process initially targeted at

the multi-billion US$ market for transformer oil used

by the world's electricity industry. MarketsandMarkets

forecasts that the global transformer oil market is

expected to grow from US$1.98 billion in 2015 to

US$2.79 billion by 2020 at a CAGR of 7.14% from 2015

to 2020. Spent oil is currently processed at two

commercial plants with distinct competitive advantage

delivered through very high recoveries (near 100%),

producing 'as new' high quality oils at competitive cost

and without environmentally harmful emissions. The

process also completely eliminates PCBs, a toxic

additive banned under international regulations.

In 2016 Hydrodec received carbon credit approval

from the American Carbon Registry ("ACR"),

enabling its product to be sold with a carbon offset

and creating an incremental revenue stream. The

Group is now generating carbon offsets through the

re-refining of used transformer oil, which would

otherwise ordinarily be incinerated or disposed of in

an unsustainable manner. This is a highly distinctive

feature for the Group, confirming (as far as the

Board is aware) Hydrodec as the only oil re-refining

business in the world to receive carbon credits for

its output. This is a significant endorsement of the

Company's proprietary technology and standing as a

leader in its field.

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Offshore Energy Exhibition

& Conference 2017 - Celebrating

10 years of Offshore Energy

Offshore Energy Exhibition & Conference brought

together over 550 exhibitors and 12,145 visitors in

halls 1, 2 & 5 of Amsterdam RAI. While the number of

exhibitors slightly decreased compared to 2016, the

visitor number increased. The conference attracted

over 1,300 delegates who attended 20 sessions. Next

year Offshore Energy Exhibition & Conference takes

place on (22), 23 and 24 October 2018.

“This year marked our tenth anniversary and we look

back on a great event,” says Annemieke den Otter, who

bears overall responsibility for Offshore Energy.

“Never before has the gathering of all players in

offshore, from oil and gas to offshore wind and marine

energy, been more apparent than this year and never

before have we attracted so many international

visitors.” This year’s theme was ‘Transformation

through collaboration’. Topics that dominated the

conversation ranged from decommissioning and

future gas and wind energy production at the North

Sea, to upstream investments in the Middle East,

West-Africa, Latin-America and Asia.

The event brought together industry leaders and

(young) professionals during a high quality conference

program, at the many networking opportunities and in

the exhibition halls. For three days – starting on

Monday with the first day of Offshore WIND

Conference – Amsterdam was a meeting place for a

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host of international clients, OEMs, EPC companies

and suppliers active in oil and gas exploration and

production as well as renewable energy development.

OEEC 2017 again had a spectacular kick-off with

Offshore Energy Opening Gala Dinner and Awards

Show on Monday 9 October. Guests were treated to

dinner and drinks and musical interludes by the Junior

Jazz Unlimited at the National Maritime Museum in

Amsterdam. A special congratulation to the award

winners: Dries Lammens (winner of the Offshore

Energy Young Engineer Award), Our Oceans Challenge

(winner of the Offshore Energy Public Outreach Award)

and Next Ocean with the Next Ocean Wave Predictor

(winner of the Best Innovation in Offshore Energy

Award).

Exhibition

This year over 550 exhibitors covered halls 1, 2, 5 and

Amtrium of the Amsterdam RAI. During the exhibition

days it was also possible to attend matchmaking

sessions headed by Europe Enterprise Network, from

bagpipes to robots, there were some great sights on

the exhibition floor. The latest addition to the exhibition

floor was the Startup Zone where upcoming talent was

able to present themselves and showcase their

innovations and products. Back again was the

Offshore WIND Expertise Hub where companies were

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interviewed on film. These videos will be published on

OffshoreWIND.biz in the coming weeks. In the different

pavilions, such as Iran, Scotland, Italy, Amsterdam

IJmuiden Offshore Ports, North Sea Energy Gateway,

Marine Energy and the Holland pavilion, people came

together in an energetic environment to meet up

and/or network.

Conference

The high quality conference program at OEEC

contained seven Technical Sessions on topics ranging

from Asset Integrity, Global Business Opportunities

and Decommissioning. The Launch of the National

Platform for Re-use and Decommissioning also took

place during the conference. This year’s Industry Panel

addressed the transition to a low carbon energy mix.

Featured speakers distinguished facts and fiction on

both fossil and renewable energy sources, their

deployment and what it takes for societies to switch to

a new energy system. Within renewables Offshore

WIND Conference (OWC) took place with speakers

from Dong, Siemens, European Committee of the

Regions and Ziton. Marine Energy Event took place on

Wednesday 11 October and focused on the Conditions

for Commercial Success of the industry with speakers

from EMEC, Twin Valleys, Tidal Lagoon BV and Bureau


Never before has the

gathering of all players in

offshore, from oil and gas to

offshore wind and marine

energy, been more apparent

than this year and never

before have we attracted so

many international visitors.”

Veritas. Last but not least, several side events took

place and young professionals could attend special

Master Classes with masters from OOS International

and Schlumberger.

Offshore Energy 2018

Next year Offshore Energy Exhibition & Conference

takes place on (22), 23 and 24 October 2018.

Information on next year’s edition will be published

online on www.offshore-energy.biz shortly.

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Cambridge Cleantech Smart Cities

project gets the go-ahead

Leading the future of Smart Cities in Europe

Cambridge Cleantech has joined up with leading

European cities including Bruges, Delft and Mechelen

in a project which will explore how to use publicly

available data to create smarter cities for the future.

Sam Goodall

International Projects

Manager, Cambridge

Cleantech

The multi-million euro project will help tech start-ups

and SMEs use open data to develop Smart City

solutions to address challenges in the urban

environment by improving parking, monitoring air

quality, optimising traffic flows, and promoting energy

efficiency in buildings and vehicles. Cambridge

Cleantech will be managing £270,000 of the overall

budget as the partner leading on open data innovation

in the public sector.

Use of public service information is currently

estimated to have €300 billion of untapped value (EU,

2015). The Smart Cities Innovation Framework

Implementation (SCIFI) project will establish

collaborations between cities, citizens, public service

providers, innovators and experts to unlock this huge

potential, generating new Smart City products and

services to solve urban challenges, while boosting

regional economies.

pilot schemes in Greater Cambridge.”

The project, led by Mechelen in Belgium, brings

together ten medium-sized cities from across the UK

and Europe, and will run for four years. For more

information about the project, click here, or contact

Sam Goodall at

sam.goodall@cambridgecleantech.org.uk.

Sam Goodall, International Projects Manager at

Cambridge Cleantech, who led the bid for the project,

comments: “We’re delighted to be part of this

exceptional partnership, which cements Cambridge

Cleantech’s role as a path-finder in applications of

Smart City technology. It’s an exciting and fast-growing

area which is transforming the way we live, work and

interact with our environment.”

Martin Garratt, CEO of Cambridge Cleantech, adds:

“We are delighted to be a part of this EU project,

especially in the Smart Cities sector, as this will help

us to provide even greater support and opportunities

for our members. We will be looking to work with our

local partners at the Greater Cambridge Greater

Peterborough Enterprise Partnership, and the Greater

Cambridge Partnership to explore the possibilities for

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Cambridge Cleantech is the members’ organisation

supporting the growth of environmental goods and

services or “cleantech” companies in Greater

Cambridge and across the region.

Our ambitious plans are to further develop Cambridge

as a leading cleantech centre in Europe and in doing

so help promote the next wave of the Cambridge hitech

cluster. Cambridge Cleantech encourages supply

chain opportunities for companies in the sector,

enables shared experience of innovative growth

businesses and provides collective services such as

access to finance, government regulatory updates and

links to international partners.

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NextEnergy Solar Fund announce

acquisition of two operating solar plants

• Acquisition of two operating solar plants totalling 21.7MWp with an

investment value of £26.4m

• Since IPO in 2014, NESF has now secured a portfolio of 50 solar PV assets with

a total capacity of 505MWp and a total investment value of £581m.

NESF is pleased to announce the signing and

completion of a share purchase agreement for the

acquisition of two operating solar plants for a total

installed capacity of 21.7MWp. The plants acquired

were from one counterparty and comprise Bay Farm

(8.1MWp, Suffolk) and Honnington (13.6MWp, Suffolk).

Both plants were connected to the grid during March

2014 and are accredited under the 1.6 Renewable

Obligation Certificate regulation. The acquisition will

be funded by the Company’s existing resources.

NESF continues to pursue further transactions from

its pipeline of acquisition opportunities and expects to

announce further investments in due course.

About NESF

NESF is a specialist investment company that invests in

operating solar power plants in the UK. Its objective is to

secure attractive shareholder returns through RPI-linked

dividends and long-term capital growth. The Company

achieves this by acquiring solar power plants on

agricultural, industrial and commercial sites.

Further information on NESF, NEC Group and

WiseEnergy is available at

www.nextenergysolarfund.com,

www.nextenergycapital.com

and www.wise-energy.eu

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L-R: Julian Knudsen, CFO of Flisom, Dr.

Gopichand Katragadda, CTO of Tata Sons,

and Dr. Sudheer Kumar, COO of Flisom,

looking at the building façade installation

of the solar film

Flisom launches next-gen

flexible solar panels

Highly efficient, lightweight and stylish solar modules ‘will

revolutionise the way people use solar energy’.

Flisom AG, an innovative and specialized solar

technology company, backed by Tata Industries, a

group of Swiss investors and the Swiss Federal

Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology

(Empa), declared today that they were open for global

orders at an exclusive roll out event for customers and

partners in Zurich, Switzerland. Flisom showcased a

range of applications including buildings-integrated

PV modules for light weight roofs and facades.

Flisom’s solar modules are extremely light (as light as

200g/m2), and highly efficient (up to 50x power-toweight

ratio compared to silicon PV panels) and

ultra-thin (under 2mm). In addition, their uniform, jetblack

design offers beautiful aesthetics, making the

technology suitable for use anywhere that aesthetics

are also important.

Since 2013, Flisom has invested in developing

proprietary manufacturing equipment and

components, creating a unique ‘roll to roll’

manufacturing process which can replicate the

laboratory success of CIGS solar technology on an

industrial scale. It is already scaling up production in

Switzerland to fulfil incoming orders and scouting for

locations globally for further scale up.

The company is already working with leading global

automotive, aerospace, and transportation companies

to create custom solar-integrated solutions, for cars,

UAVs and public transportation carriages.

Over the past few years, Flisom has received

significant investment from Tata Industries (part of the

$100bn Tata group) and a group of Swiss investors.

Over the next year, Flisom will be targeting

opportunities in the UK, continental Europe and the

United States.

Mr. K.R.S. Jamwal, Executive Director, Tata

Industries said:

“Tata has invested in cutting-edge and future

technologies to be able to re-imagine and reinvent

businesses for the future. We are proud that our

support has enabled Flisom to create the best and

most efficient flexible solar panels available

anywhere in the world. It will enable solar to be used

in ways and in places never possible before, such as

in transportation and aerospace, and much more

effectively on all roofs.”

“We've taken our time to engineer a product that

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looks better and performs better than the

competition,’ explained Flisom's Chief Executive

Officer, Rahul Budhwar. ”Our modules boast high

efficiency, coupled with a stylish, jet black aesthetic

and flexible light form factor, meaning they can be

used on products and in places where adoption of

solar energy was not possible before – like cars, light

weight roofs and drones. We're already working with

a range of leading aerospace, building and

transportation companies to make our vision of

enabling solar everywhere a reality.

“We can scale up industrial production in a way that

hasn’t been possible before for flexible CIGS solar

technology – meaning Flisom's modules have the

potential to radically transform the way the world

uses solar.”

Prof. Dr. Gian-Luca Bona, CEO of Empa, said:

“Empa researchers hold the world record for energy

conversion efficiency in a CIGS solar cell – and our

technology, in turn, forms the core of Flisom’s

transformative solar modules. Today’s showcase is,

therefore, an exciting day for us as a long-term

partner to Flisom, but also as a global leader driving

continuous progress and innovation in the field of

advanced solar technology. We are delighted to host

the first full-scale Flisom pilot installation on our

campus where it will supply sustainable energy for

‘move’, our demonstration platform for future

mobility.”

Dr. Sudheer Kumar, COO of Flisom, with the ultra-light and

thin solar film

About Flisom

Flisom was founded in 2005 as a spin-off of the Solid

State Physics of the Swiss Federal Institute of

Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich) – a scientific

institution with global renown. For several years, the

company remained in ‘stealth mode’, working closely

with Empa to design and improve its core technology.

The historic link with world-leading research

institutions forms the basis of Flisom’s identity, and

the guarantee of continuous improvement of its

cutting-edge technology. The company offers solar

technology solutions for a range of applications in

the buildings and transportation industries as well in

specialised applications.

For further information, visit:

www.flisom.com

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Energy (R)Evolution – how businesses

can benefit from demand side

balancing services (DSR) technology

In April, Britain saw its first ever working day without

Coal Power since the Industrial Revolution, and in June

the National Grid tweeted “Renewables breaking

another record at 1pm today providing 50.7% of

demand”.

This illustrates how the energy market is changing;

and with change comes new opportunities. Moving

forward the market will likely evolve from a mix

dominated by large power stations providing

predictable and mostly flexible electricity to one with a

significantly greater proportion of variable, though less

flexible solutions, such as wind and solar power. The

electrification of heat and transport will have

significant implications for the profile, patterns and

levels of power demand. Electric vehicles are coming

with a significant number of long range, electric cars

expected to hit the market by 2020.

These changes increase the potential for demand side

balancing services (DSR); services which enable

National Grid, the System Operator, to balance demand

and supply more efficiently at times of system stress,

basically when everyone is using the kettle. In June

2016, National Grid committed to procuring 30%-50%

of balancing services from demand side sources

(businesses which actually use the power) rather than

from power stations. They recently published a

consultation: “System Needs and Product Strategy”

setting out clarity and simplification on the types of

balancing services required to maintain secure and

affordable electricity supplies to aid investment. This

will open up new opportunities for commercial and

public sector businesses.

DSR technologies are increasingly feasible due to the

integration of information and communications

technology and the power system, resulting in a new

term: Smart Grids. This currently forms part of a call

for evidence consultation “A Smart Flexible Energy

System” by BEIS and Ofgem which emphasises the

ability for customers to play an active role in managing

their energy needs.

To benefit financially, commercial and public sector

businesses need to understand where, when and how

they draw electricity from the public supply system.

They also need to understand the capacity and

capability of any onsite generation and to identify

excess demand which does not materially impact on

operations.

It is important to understand whether sites are half

hourly (HH) metered or on smart meters. Some

commercial premises will be required to change to HH

metering from 1st April 2017; this has potentially

significant implications for additional delivery and

metering costs especially at peak times. Submetering

may also be required to provide additional

information on specific systems and processes.

Once the energy profile is understood, pricing data can

be overlaid to understand when it is beneficial to turn

down load and delay consumption to lower cost times

(there can also be occasions when businesses are paid

to “Turn Up” demand). This involves both the

wholesale price and delivery prices through the

transmission and distribution network.

Most value is generally achieved through the winter

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To have the first working day

without coal since the start of the

industrial revolution is a

watershed moment in how our

energy system is changing,”

Cordi O’Hara, director of UK system

operator at National Grid.

peaks from 4pm to 7pm Monday to Friday when noncommodity

costs such as Triad (and an Ofgem review

has just been finalised affecting embedded

generators) and “red band” DUoS rates are at their

peak. Savings are also achieved on supplier

recharges of government taxes & levys and electricity

system costs.

Some suppliers are able to bid DSR customers in to

the day ahead wholesale market which can be very

lucrative when an offered strike price is accepted due

to an unforeseen event.

NG also provides additional routes to market by

providing frequency response (reducing demand

within 30 seconds), by providing reserve (reducing

demand within up to 20 minutes response time) and by

providing contingency capacity in the Capacity Market

which can be called on to supplement grid supplies.

It is quite complex to understand the “revenue

stacking” from the wholesale market, cost avoidance

of delivery charges and National Grid Services. This is

where the role of the “Aggregator” in the energy

market plays an important role to maximise value;

differentiation between competitors will be partially

derived by their trading and optimisation desk

capability.

Furthermore, it is important to take a staged approach

to reduce operational risk; for example entering the

Capacity Market before considering frequency

response markets. The value to this opportunity will

depend on location and the amount of flexibility a

commercial business can offer but, as a starting point,

£50,000 to £100,000 per MW can be achievable.

Carter Jonas are actively advising clients on how DSR

can provide new revenue streams from existing assets

over this coming winter by, for example, running

existing, or hiring in, diesel gensets from November to

February to maximise Triad avoidance costs.

To give an example, Carter Jonas are currently

working with a hotel group which could potentially

save £25,000 by running three of its existing back-up

generators 20 to 25 times over half or one hour

periods between November to February. Other

commercial operations which could potentially take

advantage of this energy (r)evolution are hospitals,

shopping centres, catering suppliers, local authority

offices and manufacturers who can either earn or

deliver savings and gain greater control of their

energy management.

Carter Jonas are also facilitating the modelling of

battery storage and gas generation opportunities

alongside on-site demand, as well as co-locating with

renewable generation, to mitigate the need to import

power during peak periods.

This “flexibility market” presents an exciting

opportunity, especially for those with relatively high

electricity demands. Additionally, DSR can deliver

greater resilience and competitiveness in an uncertain

economic climate but…time is of the essence. Whilst

we bask in the summer sunshine our energy providers

are planning for the winter months and keeping the

lights on. Many businesses could be part of the

solution but they must act now.

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New report calls for charge

infrastructure strategy to accelerate

shift to electric vehicles

Report follows Government’s July announcement of a ban

on the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040

The Renewable Energy Association, the UK’s largest trade

association for renewable energy and clean technologies, is

today launching its “Forward View” (found here) for the

evolution of the UK’s electric vehicle market. The View

outlines the rapid pace of technological change expected by

the organisation between 2017 and 2040, when the

Government’s ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel

vehicles will come into force.

charging into all residential developments

‣︎ Encouragement of the use of onsite renewables and

energy storage at major charge stations to provide lowcost,

low-carbon power and reduce grid stress

‣︎ The speedy enactment of the Smart Systems and

Flexibility Plan launched by the Department for

Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy in July

The “Forward View” anticipates that consumer behaviour

will change as electric vehicles become more widespread.

The report anticipates:

‣︎ A significant increase in miles driven electrically, in fully

electric and extended range EVs, prompting a shift away

from traditional filling stations, with the majority of

charging taking place at home and at work. This would

be supplemented by public charging at supermarkets

and other retail sites, public car parks, and at charging

“hubs” along major motorways.

‣︎ Such charging could be supplemented by smart tariffs

(which could allow consumers to charge at different

prices, depending on need and grid capability), onsite

renewable energy, and onsite battery storage

‣︎ The UK could grow its existing auto manufacturing

supply base, particularly if new investment in battery

manufacturing facilities is secured and a reliable and

extensive charge infrastructure system is put in place to

make EVs an easy option for consumers.

The REA is calling for key Government interventions to

support this shift, including:

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‣︎ Consistent minimum quantity and specification for EV

charging at all new supermarkets, car parks, and other

retail outlets over a certain size. Such sites should have

a minimum level of EV charging installed, with the

planning to add further capacity later

‣︎ Regulation to require the installation of three-phase

electricity supply in all new homes and integrated

If such changes are implemented the REA believes that

Electric and Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles could make up

50 per cent on new vehicle sales in the UK by 2025.

The REA’s members are involved in the development of the

UK’s charge infrastructure and the organisation’s Electric

Vehicle Sector Group is looking at developing this sector.

The Forward View has been informed by staff such as Head

of Electric Vehicles Matthew Trevaskis and Senior Advisor

Ray Noble, REA members, and other external

organisations.

Commenting on the report, Matthew Trevaskis, Head of

Electric Vehicles at the Renewable Energy Association said:

“This Forward View is our way of communicating that we

think the shift to electric vehicles, in part or in whole, could

take place much more rapidly than most of the public and

many in Government currently think. It’s essential that

Government is factoring in this historic shift into new building

regulations, infrastructure investment, and energy policy so

that the transition is as smooth as possible and Britain

benefits from its current leadership position.

“One key point in this report is that the way people interact

with charging will be substantially different than how they

interact with petrol fill ups at present.

“By the time the Government’s 2040 diesel and petrol vehicle

ban comes into play, we believe it to be likely that a viable

alternative system will already be in place. The 2040 ban was

a useful first step, and what’s needed now is a clear national

and regional charging strategy.

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EV Revolution

By Mark Stewart, Partner and Head of Infrastructure & Renewable Energy

The advent of the electric vehicle (EV) revolution is upon us.

Tesla’s recent launch of the Model 3 has brought affordable

electric vehicles to the mass market, and many other car

manufacturers plan to fully electrify their vehicles in the next

few years including BMW and Jaguar. This, teamed with

governmental policy to significantly reduce carbon emissions

and move away from the use of fossil fuels means the

inevitable and rapid ascent of the EV is set to continue.

Facilitating the switch to EV will require major investment in

infrastructure up and down the country. With the average

electric car only able to travel a certain distance (100-200

miles) before it needs to recharge, plug-in charging units will

be required at more frequent points than petrol stations. This

raises questions on current and future electric storage

facilities and battery technology, where advancements will

most definitely need to be made to service the predicted

increase of EVs on our roads.

The cost of upgrading UK infrastructure to support the

electrification of the transport network will be in the billions

and will come from a myriad of sources. It may be that a

private finance solution along the lines of street lighting could

pave the way for urban deployment with private and public

sector collaboration to develop the infrastructure.

The question of cost and efficiency also comes into play. How

will the power supply be priced and regulated? Will there be a

benchmark, with maximum resale prices implemented? How

will electricity supply and storage meet demand?

While there are plenty of questions, there are also plenty of

opportunities. The commercial possibilities are varied and

many; we’re likely to see EV and battery building plants and

factories popping up all over the UK as demand increases. The

growth of the EV market also heralds potential new

opportunities for small scale producers such as farmers and

Partner and Head of

Infrastructure, Mark Stewart

communities to supply power.

Perhaps we will eventually see a move towards the full

democratisation of the power market, where we as individuals

and communities will be responsible for generating our own

electricity supplies.

Despite recent reports that the ban on petrol and diesel cars

by 2040 will cost trillions, the change should be embraced.

Moving to EVs is an opportunity to encourage a new approach

that would tackle some of our most persistent transport

issues from congestion to CO2 emissions.

It is estimated that there are 38 million empty car seats on the

UK’s roads during every rush hour and a report published in

2014 stated that traffic congestion will cost the UK economy

more than £300 billion over the next 16 years.

With the sharing economy growing fast, greater adoption of

car-pooling would not only reduce traffic but would also cut

running costs for individuals and boost the wider economy

through increased productivity. The growing availability of apps

to assist with forward journey planning and booking, combined

with more flexible working hours, have made car sharing an

attainable, practical alternative.

So what are the next steps? One thing is clear – the policy

makers have a lot to get on with.

And so do we. We are extremely busy developing financial

models and commercial solutions for our clients who are

exploring opportunities to combine existing renewable energy

generation with storage and charging facilities.

Many believe that consumers in the future will not only

want electricity as a fuel source, they will prefer and be

willing to pay a premium for green power. It's all about

connecting the dots.

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Dyson’s EV announcement stregthens

argument for national charging strategy

British engineering company announces that they will launch

an electric vehicle by 2020

Today British engineering company Dyson announced that

it is designing an Electric Vehicle (EV) and will launch it by

2020. The company reportedly already has 400 staff

working on the project, including key staff formerly with

Aston Martin and Tesla.

Commenting on the report, Matthew Trevaskis, Head of

Electric Vehicles at the Renewable Energy Association

said:

“There’s major opportunity for UK firms, including those

not traditionally associated with the automotive supply

chain, to be involved in the electric vehicle industry.

“The Government can incentivise greater domestic

battery and electric vehicle manufacturing by helping to

make EVs the obvious new car of choice for future

consumers. Easy and accessible charging is crucial for

this, and we’re calling on Government develop a strategic

charging infrastructure strategy.

“Any EV charging strategy should include the introduction

of smart tariffs, three-phase power supply into new

homes, ubiquitous access to charging where we live,

work and play, and the incorporation of renewable power

and energy storage systems to reduce grid stress.

“It’s excellent to see new companies entering the space,

creating new competition, and driving fresh innovation in

the sector. Having already acquiring Sakti3, a solid state

battery company, and being well-versed in developing

electric motors, albeit on a smaller scale, Dyson may

have the majority of the building blocks in place to be a

real contender in the electric vehicle market.”

The REA’s Electric Vehicle sector group focuses on

the deployment of EV charging infrastructure and

managed charging that doesn’t adversely affect the

grid. The group is looking at updating building

regulations, encouraging decentralised renewable

power generation and energy storage onsite at EV

charge facilities, creating common standards, and

raising the profile of the urgent need to develop and

implement a strategic national charge strategy with

civil servants, the third sector, and politicians.

For more information, visit:

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Landmark Ofgem decision fuels

UK’s energy storage market

Anesco, the UK’s leading renewable energy company,

has become the first commercial solar farm operator

in the country to retain accreditation under the

Renewables Obligation (RO) scheme for solar farms

that supply storage batteries directly – a landmark

decision which removes one of the key barriers to

deploying storage in the UK.

Anesco’s solar farm in Northampton, which is colocated

with battery storage under one grid

connection, was the first site in the UK to qualify for

ROCs. This was closely followed by a further two

Anesco sites in Chesterfield and Stratford-upon-Avon.

Each 5MW site is hooked up to a 1.1MWh battery,

which stores energy generated during the day and

releases it at peak times onto the grid, helping to

stabilise the system.

Ofgem’s decision under the RO scheme means that

operators of the sites can receive ROCs (Renewables

Obligation Certificates) - which is support paid to

accredited renewable energy generators – for the

electricity they generate and supply to the battery as

well as the remaining electricity they export to the

grid.

Luke Hargreaves, head of renewables at Ofgem,

commented:

“Battery storage can assist with system balancing

and save consumers money by matching supply and

demand. It has the potential to play an important role

as Britain makes the transition to a low carbon,

smarter and more flexible energy system.

“Last month Ofgem published its joint plan with the

Government on smart systems and flexibility,

covering storage. We plan to publish guidance on the

arrangements for storage under the Renewable

Obligation and Feed-in Tariff schemes later this year

and will be seeking stakeholder feedback. The recent

decisions demonstrate that, where the necessary

criteria are met, co-location of storage facilities at

accredited renewable installations is possible under

the current legislative framework.”

Steve Shine, executive chairman of Anesco, said:

“This decision is a game changer for the UK’s energy

storage market. Ofgem has firmly cemented energy

storage as being a vital part of the solution to keeping

the country’s ‘lights on’.”

“We have long seen the opportunity that energy

storage presents, installing the UK’s first utility scale

unit back in 2014. Since then we have been working

hard to ensure it’s a commercially-viable proposition

and we’re delighted to be first to step up and make it

work with ROC sites.”

“Ofgem will be issuing guidance to the industry on

how this can work, but Anesco’s methodology cannot

be published. We will very soon be talking to all our

existing solar sites to offer investors the opportunity

to improve their internal rate of return (IRR) by

providing the flexibility the UK energy network

needs.”

Earlier this year, Anesco’s solar farm portfolio reached

a landmark 101 sites, while the company is leading the

way in energy storage with 28 operational sites

totalling 29MW.

For more information about Anesco please visit

www.anesco.co.uk

Huge step forward

One of the downsides of renewables, such as wind and

solar, is that they are classed as intermittent and cannot

be relied upon in the same way as coal, gas or nuclearpowered

stations. By combining them with energy

storage, which enables energy to be stored during the

day and released at night, such sites can now be

considered non-intermittent – a huge step forward.

Renewables Obligation Certificates (ROCs) are issued to

operators of accredited renewable generation stations.

They are ultimately used by suppliers to demonstrate

that they have met their respective obligations.

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US states, cities and businesses

keep US climate action on track

The US can already meet half its climate pledge by 2025 thanks

to the unstoppable action of US states, cities and businesses

The impact from the US decision to withdraw from the

Paris Climate Agreement could be significantly

mitigated thanks to the determined action

demonstrated by US states, cities and businesses – a

new report shows.

The findings from the report, entitled ‘States, cities

and businesses leading the way: a first look at

decentralized climate commitments in the US’

authored by NewClimate Institute and The Climate

Group and powered by CDP data, show that the US can

already meet half of its climate commitments under

the Paris Agreement by 2025, if the 342 commitments

included in the analysis are implemented.

This report provides the first steps in helping to

quantify the contribution of states, cities and business

to reduce US greenhouse gas emissions. As more and

more commitments emerge, further analysis will be

undertaken within the Initiative for Climate Action

Transparency (ICAT), where this work originated.

Launched at the Climate Week NYC Opening

Ceremony, Helen Clarkson, Chief Executive Officer,

The Climate Group, organizers of Climate Week NYC,

said:

“US states, cities and businesses are not waiting for

the US federal government to make its position clear

on Paris. This new report clearly highlights their

unwavering commitment to climate leadership.

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Importantly, it shows us that climate action is not

solely dependent on the actions of national

government. US states, cities and businesses have the

power to mitigate the consequences of a full Paris pull

out.

“At Climate Week NYC, we were highlighting the

unstoppable force of action from business and

government in tackling climate change, and how this

can drive innovation, jobs and prosperity for all – our

central theme for the week. Through our work with

businesses, states and regions, we will continue to

drive the implementation of these goals, so that we

can keep global warming well below 2°C.

In the report, the analysis shows that because of their

leadership and size, large states such as New York,

California and Colorado are making the largest

contribution to projected greenhouse gas reductions.

In fact, US states alone deliver more than two thirds of

the total estimated emissions reductions. However,

cities are more ambitious (average of 22% GHG

reduction between 2015 and 2025) and crucial for the

implementation of specific actions. Businesses

currently have the steepest targets, aiming for a 25%

reduction in the next ten years.

“Strikingly, there are more reasons to believe that the

calculated impact of states, cities and businesses in

the report is currently underestimated rather than

overestimated”, said Prof. Dr. Niklas Höhne from

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NewClimate Institute, one of the authors. “We only

included currently recorded and quantified

commitments and the actors represented in this

report currently only represent 44% of total US

emissions. Much more action is happening that is not

yet recorded or formulated in a quantified way.”

For example, global climate initiatives, such as the

Under 2 Coalition, for which The Climate Group acts as

Secretariat, and the organization’s RE100 campaign

have not yet been fully included in the study although

they serve to support individual actors and subnational

governments to take on more ambitious climate

action, and report on progress.

California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr, said: “Cities,

states and businesses are stepping up and taking

action to reduce the threat of catastrophic climate

change.”

Climate Week NYC, which took place in September, is

one of the key summits in the international calendar

and has been driving climate action since it was first

launched by The Climate Group in 2009. The summit

annually takes place alongside the UN General

Assembly and brings together international leaders

from business, government and civil society to

showcase the unstoppable momentum of global

climate action. More about this year’s event can be

found here.

Other initiatives, including America’s Pledge, are also

planning to compile and quantify efforts from U.S.

states, cities, businesses and other actors to address

climate change in alignment with the Paris

Agreement.

About the NewClimate Institute

The NewClimate Institute supports research and

implementation of action against climate change

around the globe. We generate and share knowledge

on international climate negotiations, tracking climate

action, climate and development, climate finance and

carbon market mechanisms. We connect up-to-date

research with the real world decision making

processes, making it possible to increase ambition in

acting against climate change and contribute to

finding sustainable and equitable solutions.

We are committed to delivering high quality results

and workable solutions to the public and decision

makers. We apply research-oriented, robust

approaches, responding to on-the-ground realities. We

seek to enhance and foster knowledge sharing and

exchange with other institutions and individuals

around the globe.

newclimate.org

About The Climate Group

The Climate Group works internationally with leading

businesses, states and regions to deliver a world of

net zero greenhouse gas emissions and greater

prosperity for all. We are at the forefront of ambitious

climate action. Our focus is on collaborative programs

with corporate and government partners that deliver

impact on a global scale. The Climate Group

stimulates action by businesses, states and regions,

bringing them together to develop and implement the

policies that make change happen. We also

communicate their achievements to secure global

public acceptance of, and even greater ambition for, a

prosperous, net-zero future for all. The Climate Group

is an international non-profit with offices in Beijing,

London, New Delhi and New York.

TheClimateGroup.org

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