Feed-in tarrifs were recently created by the UK government to ensure targets are met and that by 2020, 15% of the UK energy’s supply will be made up of renewable energy. This has pushed solar to become one of the fastest-growing renewable energy sectors. The integration of renewable energy sources, such as solar, is a [...]
About Andrew JonesAs Managing Director of S&C Electric Europe, Andrew Jones is responsible for the strategy, direction and execution of activity in Europe. In 2008 he was integral in setting up the European business and has overall responsibility for building the business in these markets. Andrew Jones has exceptional technical knowledge in the energy sector, specializing in smart grid technology, and has published over 30 papers and he has been involved as a BEAMA, British Standard, CIGRE and IEC bodies.
The UK and other countries around the world have seen a big uptake of low carbon technologies in concentrated areas recently, such as more electric cars and more residential solar and wind energy generators. As a result, the pressure on networks is reaching a breaking point. One current solution is to replace the existing cable [...]
Those of us who can view this blog entry presumably have access to electricity to power or charge whatever device you’re currently using. However, many communities lack any access to electric power, let alone reliable access. The problem is particularly acute in Africa. Over 1 billion people live in Africa, yet only 3.1% of global [...]
Europe has committed to various carbon reduction targets along its way to its ultimate goal of being carbon neutral by 2050. Many people are aware that the electricity sector is a major source of carbon emissions, but few have a clear picture of the inefficiencies that are leading to excess carbon emissions. Many people in [...]
In recent blog entries, I discussed the role that renewables can play in improving energy efficiency. The losses typically associated with renewable energy sources are modest compared to conventional electricity generation. However, as the accompanying graphic shows, renewable energy is often wasted because the fuel supply—like strong winds—are often available when demand is low. As [...]
In the coming years, the UK is planning to invest on the order of £110 billion in generation and transmission and distribution assets. It’s a big investment, particularly at a period when the EU is struggling with the euro crisis and other nations globally, like China and the U.S., face either slowing or anemic economic [...]