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A Tale of Three Countries: How Czechia, Germany, and Poland Plan to Ditch Coal

Friday, May 7, 2021

A Tale of Three Countries: How Czechia, Germany, and Poland Plan to Ditch Coal

by Kira Taylor*

For decades, Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic have been at the heart of Europe’s so-called “lignite triangle” which produces most of the continent’s coal-based electricity. But with climate change now a top political priority, the priority is shifting to renewables


The Suez Canal Incident: Lessons Learned for the Geopolitics of Critical Infrastructure

Friday, April 16, 2021

The Suez Canal Incident: Lessons Learned for the Geopolitics of Critical Infrastructure

Maritime and river transports represent the most important segments of the world’s total transports as they cover, according to the latest data, 89.6% in volume terms and 70.1% in value terms, of the global total. Moreover, they have the advantage of not only being cheaper but also of being less polluting per freight tonne as compared to all the other transport modalities.

Commercial HJT Solar Cells Could Hit 26% Efficiency By 2030

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Commercial HJT Solar Cells Could Hit 26% Efficiency By 2030

by Emiliano Bellini*

Arvind Shah, a professor at École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, and Meyer Burger former Chief Innovation Officer Sylvère Leu recently spoke to pv magazine about the future of heterojunction PV modules. They said the tech is mature and can now compete on cost with PERC panels in projects – particularly in hot, humid environments.



Secretariat: Regional GOs Scheme Could Drive Balkans’ Energy Transition

Friday, March 19, 2021

Secretariat: Regional GOs Scheme Could Drive Balkans’ Energy Transition

By Tanja Srnorsnik

A regional scheme for renewable energy guarantees of origin (GOs) could accelerate the uptake of trade in GOs in the Energy Community countries, whilst also helping to drive the energy transition in the region, said the Energy Community Secretariat on Wednesday, March 17.

Oil Price Spikes and Permanent Consumption Losses

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Oil Price Spikes and Permanent Consumption Losses

by John Kemp*

Promises by U.S. shale producers to pursue a more restrictive approach to capital investment and production seem to have emboldened Saudi Arabia and its allies in OPEC+ to test the room for higher oil prices


Electric arc across the eastern Med

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Electric arc across the eastern Med

By Costis Stambolis*

As work is in progress on the electric tie up between mainland Greece and the island of Crete, following completion in January of the first leg of the project with the laying of an underwater cable, the foundations have been laid for what will soon become a giant electricity arc spanning across half the Mediterranean Sea.

New Targets Make for ‘Fruitful’ Energy Partnership

Friday, February 26, 2021

New Targets Make for ‘Fruitful’ Energy Partnership

by Chryssa Liaggou

The prospects of green energy have rekindled the flame of interest from German energy firm RWE in Greece’s Public Power Corporation (PPC), first expressed in 2008 with plans for joining forces in the construction of two coal-fired plants with a total output of 1.6 gigawatts.


Former Assistant Secretary of State Frank Fannon Sees ‘Continuity’ in US Energy Policy

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Former Assistant Secretary of State Frank Fannon Sees ‘Continuity’ in US Energy Policy

by Chryssa Liaggou*

The Biden administration will “maintain a degree of continuity” on US policy for developing a strong energy market in the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean, according to former assistant secretary of state for energy resources Frank Fannon, who was one of the driving forces behind the Greece-Cyprus-Israel trilateral partnership.

Nuclear Faces «a Lot of Uncertainty» as EU Green Evaluation Looms

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Nuclear Faces «a Lot of Uncertainty» as EU Green Evaluation Looms

by Frédéric Simon*

The industry is growing increasingly nervous about European Commission plans to evaluate the safety of radioactive waste handling as an expert report is expected next month on how to classify nuclear energy under the EU’s green finance taxonomy


Greece, Bulgaria team for hat trick on Russian gas

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Greece, Bulgaria team for hat trick on Russian gas

Greece and Bulgaria advanced the development of three natural gas projects this week that will lessen the two countries’ dependence on Russian gas. Greece’s parliament ratified on January 26 a cooperation agreement on the Interconnector Greece-Bulgaria (IGB) pipeline and the foundation treaty of the EastMed Gas Forum (EMGF) while two days later Bulgaria’s state gas company Bulgartransgaz finalised a deal to take 20% of Greek company Gastrade, which is developing the Alexandroupolis foating LNG

OPEC+ Now Sees Weaker Oil Demand Growth For 2021

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

OPEC+ Now Sees Weaker Oil Demand Growth For 2021

by By Tsvetana Paraskova*

OPEC+ expects global oil demand to rise by 5.6 million barrels per day (bpd) this year—lower estimated growth than OPEC’s assessment of 5.9-million-bpd demand increase from less than three weeks ago, according to the group’s Joint Technical Committee (JTC), which met via videoconference on Tuesday


A Dialogue without Terms, Rules and Guarantees?

Monday, January 25, 2021

A Dialogue without Terms, Rules and Guarantees?

By Yannis Valinakis*

Our rush to start exploratory contacts is striking. Political romanticism, intense external pressures or electoral purposes are the only explanations as to why Greece, after all it has endured and continues to endure daily, instead of reversing pressures and taking full advantage of the available strategic window, prefers to concede the advantage to a cornered Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Oil Majors Beat Traders, Gas Rivals to Cash in on LNG Price Spike

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Oil Majors Beat Traders, Gas Rivals to Cash in on LNG Price Spike

by Jessica Jaganathan, Benjamin Mallet, Dmitry Zhdannikov


Global energy majors including Royal Dutch Shell and Total are expected to benefit most from January’s gas price spike, beating rival trading houses and non-integrated producers thanks to their access to multiple sources of the fuel.


What Happens to Floating PV When the Water Surface Freezes?

Friday, January 15, 2021

What Happens to Floating PV When the Water Surface Freezes?

by Emiliano Bellini*

What happens to a floating PV system located in cold climates during freezing temperatures? How is the plant handled and which kind of risks could be associated with these unfavorable climatic conditions? We have sought to answer these questions with the help of Kane Wang, manager of Sungrow Floating’s system solution department.

The Ordeal of the Greek EEZ

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

The Ordeal of the Greek EEZ

by Prof. Theodoros Kariotis*

The Greek-Turkish relations are arguably at their worst since 1974. It is, therefore, very important to understand this dangerous dispute and the importance of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). In 1967, Malta’s ambassador to the United Nations, A. Pardo, called for the convening of an international conference to devise a new law of the seas. Fifteen years later, on December 10, 1982, nearly 120 countries signed the new UNCLOS.


Can Bioengineered Plants Solve Our Carbon Problem?

Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Can Bioengineered Plants Solve Our Carbon Problem?

by Tsvetana Paraskova*

Carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) technology is being hailed as an indispensable part of the energy transition. Net-zero emissions “will be virtually impossible without CCUS,” says the International Energy Agency (IEA), while start-ups and Big Oil are looking to create a market for carbon capture to tackle climate change

Oil Demand to Reach Pre-Covid Levels by 2023: BofA

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Oil Demand to Reach Pre-Covid Levels by 2023: BofA

While the oil industry is moving in the right direction with a number of refinery closures announced since October, more closures are likely needed, as the global oil demand to reach pre-Covid-19 levels by 2023, said the Bank of America (BofA) in a new report


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