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Big Banks Virtue Signaling Is Irrelevant For Arctic Oil

Thursday, November 26, 2020

Big Banks Virtue Signaling Is Irrelevant For Arctic Oil

by Irina Slav


JP Morgan. Citi. Morgan Stanley. Goldman Sachs. All of these banks have announced they will no longer finance oil and gas drilling projects in the Arctic, virtue signaling to environmental groups that have been pressing for the suspension of Arctic drilling altogether

Renewable Energy Turning Up Heat On Natural Gas

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Renewable Energy Turning Up Heat On Natural Gas

A push for clean energy to cut bills and greenhouse gas emissions is putting the future of natural gas production and consumption in Australia under pressure, argue Madeline Taylor and Susan M Park


Gigawatt-Scale Tandem PV Cell Output By 2022?

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Gigawatt-Scale Tandem PV Cell Output By 2022?

by Eric Wesoff*

Frank van Mierlo, the CEO of 1366 Technologies, is a betting man. And he’s betting your humble narrator that high-efficiency tandem solar cells are the near-term commercial future of solar

China in the Western Balkans Energy Sector: Between Development and Ecological Concerns

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

China in the Western Balkans Energy Sector: Between Development and Ecological Concerns

by Igor Novaković*

In the previous period, Chinese economic activity in the Western Balkans has been predominantly linked with infrastructure and energy projects. While this cooperation is often criticized from the geopolitical and geostrategic points of view, due to the increasing polarization between the US and China, as well as the EU and China, but also for clandestine deal-making


China’s Growing Niche Buyers of Liquefied Natural Gas

Friday, October 23, 2020

China’s Growing Niche Buyers of Liquefied Natural Gas

by Florence Tan and Kim Coghill

As newly formed PipeChina starts opening access to China’s gas infrastructure this month, a group of firms outside China’s national energy champions are set to become significant importers of liquefied natural gas, giving a welcome boost to weak global energy demand

Egypt’s Unprecedented Economic Success

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Egypt’s Unprecedented Economic Success

By Eman Yoyssef*

Egypt has witnessed, throughout history, many challenges and conflicts that have hampered its development path, and it has overcome these challenges to cope with regional and international developments, taking advantage of its unique geographical location. What Egypt has gone through from 2011 and until now is clear evidence of this. After many economic problems accumulated, a new vision emerged to solve them starting 2013.


Why is the Oruc Reis Back Out at Sea?

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Why is the Oruc Reis Back Out at Sea?

By Angelos Syrigos*

On September 22, Greece and Turkey announced that they would engage in exploratory talks. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is unlikely to have seen this particular development as a desirable conclusion to the 35-days crisis in the Eastern Mediterranean for a number of reasons.


Floating Solar PV Gains Global Momentum

Thursday, October 8, 2020

Floating Solar PV Gains Global Momentum

by Frank Haugwitz

This article explores the current state of floating solar PV (FPV), briefly highlighting several leading markets, and discussing benefits and advantages in detail alongside common applications and business model considerations. The outlook for FPV is positive and is set to break free of its niche perception. It could well become the third pillar of the solar PV sector in future.

The Prospects of Investment in the Gas Industry

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

The Prospects of Investment in the Gas Industry

Regardless of the financing structure changes due to market uncertainties, Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) sees that the level of investment in upstream and midstream activities is expected to grow.

In the medium-term (2020-2030) investments will grow by over $4,700 billion and long-term (2020-2050) by $8,900 billion writes Dr Hussein Moghaddam, Senior Energy Forecast Analyst, Energy Economics and Forecasting Department, GECF Secretariat


How Saudi Arabia Put OPEC's Future At Stake

Thursday, September 24, 2020

How Saudi Arabia Put OPEC's Future At Stake

by Simon Watkins*

OPEC’s 60th birthday should have been reason for celebration, but its largest producer Saudi Arabia is increasingly putting its own interests before the cartel’s objectives and has put the very existence of OPEC at stake on a number of occasions

Tension in the Aegean and Eastern Mediterranean: What Does Greece Want?

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Tension in the Aegean and Eastern Mediterranean: What Does Greece Want?

The current tensions in the Aegean and Eastern Mediterranean are neither new nor a consequence of ancient history. Their origins can be traced to 1973, when Turkey first contested the Greek continental shelf. Since then, in the aftermath of Turkey’s invasion of Cyprus and its hardened stance towards Hellenism, the scope of that


Pandemic Delays Start of Some Minor Metals Contract Negotiations

Friday, September 18, 2020

Pandemic Delays Start of Some Minor Metals Contract Negotiations

by Anuradha Ramanathan*

This is the time of year when the autumn conference season would normally be upon us and industry participants from all over the world would be congregating to mull over the year and to envision future supply-demand plans

A Robot Wrote This Entire Article. Are You Scared Yet, Human?

Friday, September 11, 2020

A Robot Wrote This Entire Article. Are You Scared Yet, Human?

We asked GPT-3, OpenAI’s powerful new language generator, to write an essay for us from scratch. The assignment? To convince us robots come in peace

For more about GPT-3 and how this essay was written and edited, please read our editor’s note below:


Tech Giants Are Sucking The Energy Out Of Ireland

Friday, September 4, 2020

Tech Giants Are Sucking The Energy Out Of Ireland

by Michael Kern*

As a country with one of the lowest corporate tax rates in the world, Ireland has always been a hub for Big Tech. In fact, its so-called Silicon Docks play host to many of the tech industry’s biggest names, including Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Facebook, and many more. The country’s attractiveness to Big Tech, however, has also put it at a crossroads of sorts

‘Bigger Is Not Always Better’

Friday, August 28, 2020

‘Bigger Is Not Always Better’

by Emiliano Bellini*

Longi will hold off on additional panel output increases beyond the 600 W+ range until it can resolve a number of key challenges, a company spokesperson told pv magazine. Those outstanding issues include low cell manufacturing yield, system compatibility, concerns about module transport, and hotspot-related failure risks, as well as the need for mechanical loading tests.


Terawatt Scale by 2022

Friday, July 24, 2020

Terawatt Scale by 2022

by Michael Schmela*

In 2019, the global solar market increased 13% from the year before, with 116.9 GW of installations, marking a new annual installation record. This record-breaking growth helped solar expand its annual share among all other power generation technologies to 48%, which means that solar accounted for almost half of the global net power capacity installed in 2019

Will Oil Ever Recover To Pre-COVID Levels?

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Will Oil Ever Recover To Pre-COVID Levels?

By Costis Stambolis

Last May, Bernard Looney, the CEO of BP, said that "the coronavirus hit to crude consumption was likely to endure beyond the pandemic- and may have even ushered in "peak oil" demand (See FT, 13/5/2020).


Will Greece's gamble to decarbonise fast pay off?

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Will Greece's gamble to decarbonise fast pay off?

By Costis Stambolis

Last September Greece's newly elected prime minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis speaking at the UN general assembly on Climate Change and the need to take firm action in order to stop its adverse effects announced his government's decision to eliminate all coal use in the country's energy system by 2028.


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