Solar energy innovation could make a valuable contribution to the UK economy, especially in key areas such as advanced concepts, building applications and component technologies, according to a new report supported by E4tech. Although the UK is unlikely to lead development and deployment of globally dominant crystalline PV or solar thermal technologies, there are aspects such as advanced coatings that the UK could help to improve. However, the UK excels in R&D of advanced PV concepts such as polymer-based PV, offering longer term opportunities.

The latest edition of “La France Agricole”, a French weekly magazine discusses the slowdown in sales of biodiesel in France. E4tech Managing consultant Sébastien Haye, who is featured in the article, points out some of the threats to the EU rapeseed biodiesel sector due to the policy cap on conventional biofuels and competition with biodiesel based on waste oil and palm oil from Asia. The article (in French) is available from this link with the kind permission of La France Agricole.

Energy storage is often cited as one of the keys to integrating large shares of renewables into the energy system. But its specific characteristics, and its possible role in linking different sectors of the energy system pose challenges to policy makers. E4tech was commissioned by IEA-RETD to identify the most important aspects of this challenge and articulate approaches to meet it. The report describes the system approach required; the influence of the legacy system; the difficulty in specifying storage ‘performance’ and the privileged position of the system operators.

On the 10th February E4tech’s Piotr Konopka, in his capacity as the Vice-Chair of Energy Institute’s Young Professionals’ Network will be chairing a panel discussion at the International Petroleum Week 2016 on “What does it take to be a successful leader in the energy industry?”. The event will be an opportunity for young professionals in the energy industry to question conference speakers and find out what advice they would give people starting out in the sector. E4tech supports the professional development of its employees by promoting active engagement in the Energy Institute’s Young Professionals’ Network.

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