As the public debate on securing our future energy needs continues to heat up, one thing is certain - kicking the fossil fuel habit will be hard. So says Carbon Trust Chairman James Smith in a new 'Viewpoint' opinion piece in which he maintains that "even with major improvements in energy efficiency and huge growth in alternative energy, fossil fuels will be the dominant source of energy in mid-century".
He reminds us that solar panels would need to cover an area two hundred times that of a gas-powered power station to delivery the same amount of electricity. Alternative energy, such an emotional topic, isn't going to be cheap.
But making the wrong technology choices can waste tens of billions of pounds that could otherwise be spent on houses, schools and hospitals. And that, he says, is why engineering reality, costs and markets should guide us - not emotion. Read James Smith's 'Viewpoint' in full here.
EVENTS & EDUCATION
Support for new UK Renewables Event at NEC
E.ON and The Renewable Energy Association are giving their backing to a new UK renewables exhibition at the NEC in September. More?
ABB investment supports Imperial College CCS pilot plant
Backed by a £1m investment from ABB, chemical engineering students are getting practical experience of a carbon capture pilot plant at Imperial College. More?
MACHINERY & PRODUCTION PROCESSES
Wide ranging operating options from efficient servo drive
Inmoco has extended its range of digital servo drives from Elmo Motion Control with the DC 'Trombone', based on Elmo's SimplIQ motion control technology. More?
Straightforward control from self-calibrating valve positioner
High specification with ease of use is offered by Samson Controls' latest valve positioner for use on its range of diaphragm operated valves. More?
BUILDINGS & FACILITIES
Chiller's modular design offers easy integration
Flexibility is key to supplying a standardised product, says Rittal, whose TopTherm chiller is a new modular unit utilising an existing frame type for seamless integration. More?
Spectrometer an aid to more efficient lighting
Konica Minolta Sensing has introduced a new illuminance spectrophotometer designed to help improve the quality and efficiency of lighting. More?
VEHICLES & TRANSPORT
Trials desgned to deliver a reduction in truck emissions
The Government-backed 'Low carbon truck demonstration trial' aims to deliver low-emission heavy goods vehicles and a supporting infrastructure. More?
Wind energy project seeks to help reduce marine fuel use
Lloyd's Register has joined with Totempower Energy Systems and Zodiac Maritime Agencies to test the potential of wind-generation onboard commercial ships. More?
ENERGY PROCUREMENT & MANAGEMENT
Looking at the whole drive train system for energy savings
Motion control and drives specialist Lenze considers the potential for energy savings within a complete drive train. More?
VSD compressors offer potential for reducing energy use
Research suggests that UK businesses could make savings of over £630m a year by using more efficient electric motors and variable speed drives. More?
Biogas system generates power for Nissan plant
ENER-G Natural Power and sister company Biogas Technology are generating clean electrical energy from biogas for use at a Nissan car plant. More?
UK programme to develop new biofuel crop
An integrated and collaborative breeding programme aims to produce new varieties of the 'grass' Miscanthus to contribute to the UK's future energy security. More?
FUNDING & FINANCE
Finance scheme eases route to HVAC energy efficiency
Armstrong Integrated's new service aims to get a higher proportion of energy efficiency upgrade projects off the ground by helping site owners access finance. More?
LEGISLATION, REGULATION & STANDARDS
MPs challenge Government over CO2 impact of imports
Government must be clear about the impact of UK consumption on the world's climate, says a report by the Energy and Climate Change Committee. More?