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Energy transition: a tale of two countries

Japan and Germany have much in common in their energy situations, as participants from a recent WEC member event heard. The WEC’s Japanese member committee heard an analysis of the German energy transition in a talk by Dr Hans-Wilhelm Schiffer, WEC Chair of World Energy Resources and a German energy expert, in Tokyo on 24 […]

Posted on 3 April 2014

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Seeking answers to Africa’s energy trilemma

Balanced energy policy and engaged entrepreneurship are essential elements to enabling Africa’s development, says WEC Secretary General Christoph Frei. Africa’s energy sector has long been working to widen energy access to unlock the continent’s vast potential. Energy access remains a critical priority for this dynamic region. Globally, 1.2 billion people – equivalent to India’s population – do […]

Posted on 12 March 2014

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Africa Energy Indaba one step closer to unlocking the continent’s potential

The Africa Energy Indaba concluded last month (18–20 February) in Johannesburg, South Africa. The event is the WEC’s regular annual African gathering. Africa’s wealth of energy resources and untapped potential was highlighted, as was the need for more enablers that can unlock energy access for the broader population and new markets. Opening the Indaba, South […]

Posted on 7 March 2014

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Inconvenient truth: Current technologies, policies, and innovation are not enough to meet climate goals

Unprecedented uncertainty is leading to short-termism in energy investments, according to the World Energy Council’s World Energy Scenarios report COP-19, Warsaw, Poland, 19 November 2013: The world is set to face several significant challenges in balancing global energy needs in addressing the triple challenge of the energy trilemma over the next four decades, according to […]

Posted on 19 November 2013

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Japan remains committed to nuclear even after Fukushima

Nuclear energy remains very much a part of Japan’s energy mix even after the Fukushima accident, said executive vice president and chief nuclear officer of Tokyo Electric (TEPCO) at a session on Monday of the World Energy Congress in Daegu, South Korea. “Japan has limited sources of renewable energy such as wind, solar or hydro,” […]

Posted on 14 October 2013

2013 World Energy Congress, Day 1, Session Game Changer, "Energy Storage: Defining the future for e-Mobility and renewables"

E-Mobility still a long way from powering the smart grid

Aside from E-mobility, multiple energy storage technologies are available now, but need further development New government policies must match innovations in energy storage Businesses must pay for the R&D of new energy storage technologies   Daegu, South Korea, 14 October 2013 – Technological advances in energy storage could reshape the way we procure and consume […]

Posted on 14 October 2013

2013 World Energy Congress, Day 1, Session Bottom Line "World coal outlook: Innovations for tomorrow's energy"

World coal outlook

Coal is not going away soon as a major world source of thermal energy, regardless of the remarkable developments in shale gas in North America, concluded a panel of experts speaking at the World Energy Congress on 14 October. The main economic driver for the continuance of coal, they said, is its comparatively low cost […]

Posted on 14 October 2013

2013 World Energy Congress, Day 1, Session What does it take? "Transition a country in a decade"

Energy Transition must have societal support to be sustainable

Transitions are only sustainable if they follow the will of society If change is desired then the costs must be made visible Renewables must be scrutinised for how they perform against the market Ideal energy mix is specific to each country World Energy Congress Daegu 2013, Republic of Korea The energy transition desired by many […]

Posted on 14 October 2013

2013 World Energy Congress, Day 1, Session What does it take?, "Fusion: Betting on a different future?"

Korea well positioned for “knowledge-based” fusion energy

A leading researcher into nuclear fusion as a potential energy source says the drive to develop fusion energy is both “important and urgent,” especially for South Korea. Lee  Gyung-Su, Research Fellow at South Korea’s National Fusion Research Institute (NFRI), told attendees at the World Energy Congress on 14 October that “fusion is knowledge-based energy, not […]

Posted on 14 October 2013

Ms Tatiana Mitrova, Russia, Session Regional Crossroads "New dynamics of Asian LNG Markets", 2013 World Energy Congress, Day 1

Shale gas could have major impact on Asian LNG market

Participants from the US, Australia, Indonesia and Japan discussed the Asian LNG market with moderator Tatiana Mitrova, Head of the Oil and Gas Department at the Energy Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences. “In the last couple of years there were some shifts on the demand side,” she said in her opening statement. “First […]

Posted on 14 October 2013

2013 World Energy Congress, Day 1, Session Game Changer "CCUS: Making a difference in time?"

Policy needed to implement carbon capture technologies

Panelists at the World Energy Congress at the 14 October session said carbon capture, utilization, and storage technologies are a necessary factor in a world in which fossil fuels are expect to continue servicing a significant portion of global energy demand for decades to come. However, they said policy decisions are crucial for key market […]

Posted on 14 October 2013

2013 World Energy Congress, Day 1, bottom line session "Renewables: Is the honeymoon over?"

Future of renewables debated at the Daegu 2013 Congress

After almost a decade of growth, renewable energy is under immense pressure now – to the extent that UK policymakers are reportedly seek to put the lid on the renewables movement in order to shift resources to fracking. Subsidies have been the main drivers of both development of and investment in renewables, but economic instability […]

Posted on 14 October 2013

Mr Olivier Appert, France, Session What does it take?, "Future of transport: Decarbonizing growth", 2013 World Energy Congress, Day 1

Global decarbonization starts with innovations in transport technology

The number of cars worldwide is expected to double to 2.6 billion vehicles by 2050. With that will inevitably come a rise in CO2 emissions. To avert this increase in atmospheric pollution, governments and the automotive industry must find ways to decarbonize the transportation sector. New technologies can help cut transport emissions, which now account for […]

Posted on 14 October 2013

Neil Hirst, UK, 2013 World Energy Council, Day 1

WEC Chair says 2050 CO2 emission targets will not be met without international collaboration

Pierre Gadonneix, the World Energy Council Chair, issued an urgent appeal on 14 October for international cooperation in developing carbon capture, the technology needed to prevent CO2 escaping into the atmosphere to cause climate change. “This problem is too big for any single nation to solve by itself,” said Gadonneix. “There is no way we […]

Posted on 14 October 2013

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