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Smart grids: A data privacy protection nightmare?

[img:smartgr.thumbnail.jpg| ]28 September 2012 - By enabling more efficient transmission and distribution of electricity, smart grids are rapidly gaining popularity around the world. However, concerns are growing that the two-way flow of information the technology involves threatens privacy and could potentially compromise personal data, says a report by energy industry expert GlobalData.

Mozambique must lay down law to become future LNG exporter

[img:Moz%20flag.thumbnail.jpg| ]27 September 2012 - Mozambique, one of the poorest economies in the world, seems poised to cash in on a gas-boom, states new research from natural resources expert GlobalData. A series of discoveries made in the Rovuma Basin during the last three years promise Mozambique the title of major liquefied natural gas (LNG) exporter, if challenging legislation and infrastructure is overcome by the government and wealthy gas giants.

Mozambique’s geographical location means that its LNG production can easily reach both Asian and European markets. Representing one of the fastest developing energy players in East Africa, the country aims to attract investments of around US$50 billion by 2020.

Small hydropower on the up

[img:HydroP.thumbnail.jpg| ]4 September 2012 - Support from governments around the world is making hydropower a key renewable energy source, and small hydropower (SHP) plants in particular are exhibiting impressive growth thanks to numerous advantages over larger plants, according to energy market analyst GlobalData.

According to a recent report by that group, global installed hydropower capacity increased from 896.9 Gigawatts (GW) in 2006 to 1,072.1 GW in 2011, and is expected to climb to 1,443 GW by 2020 thanks to support from governments around the world.Renewable energy is becoming increasingly popular as conventional sources become more expensive due to decreasing reserves, and countries aim to minimise their carbon footprint. GlobalData’s research suggests that thanks to its reliable and affordable nature, SHP has emerged as one of the most favoured and promising solutions.

Fracking causes debate in Europe

[img:Gas.thumbnail.jpg| ]3 September 2012 - Natural gas is an important resource for Europe, and the region has witnessed a steady rise in its natural gas demand over many years, with consumption currently double domestic production, according to GlobalData. It contends in one of its reports, however, that shale gas development activities are facing continued resistance in Europe, due to environmental concerns regarding hydraulic fracturing(fracking).

France not abandoning nuclear power

[img:Germany%20-%20po_0.JPG| ]29 August 2012 - French reliance on nuclear power shows no signs of abating, despite widespread reactor closures across Europe and negative public opinion, says energy industry specialist GlobalData. It says that France’s nuclear installed capacity is set to increase from an already substantial 63,130 megawatts (MW) in 2011 to 66,430 MW in 2018, due to the opening of two new plants over the next six years.

West Africa key deep water oil and gas exploration node

[img:Oil%20-%20w_0.jpg| ]28 August 2012 - The US Gulf of Mexico, offshore Brazil and offshore West Africa represent a golden triangle for deep water oil exploration and production, and Nigeria and Angola are building the African region a formidable reputation as an oil and gas exploration and production hub, says a new report by natural resources expert GlobalData. The report states that since the first explorations in the Congo Basin in 1994, deep water oil exploration in off-shore West Africa has boomed, and the region has become one of the most important areas in the world for the exploration and production of oil and natural gas, due to a spate of discoveries in the past few years.

BRIC nations to build up global protective relay market

[img:worldh_0.jpg| ]27 August 2012 - On-going economic expansion and urbanisation across Brazil, Russia, India and China (BRIC) are expected to be the major drivers for growth in the global medium and high voltage (MV and HV) protective relay market, says power industry analyst GlobalData.

It refers to the important part played by developing countries in the global protective relay industry, which is expected to more than double in value before the end of the decade, from a 2011 valuation of US$2.2 billion to US$5.2 billion by 2020.

The massive industrialisation of countries such as China and India has led to the increased demand for electricity. Correspondingly, power grid improvements involving the widespread employment of protective relay installments have been necessary, sustaining the global market. China alone accounted for 27% of the worldwide MV and HV protective relay industry in 2011 and GlobalData predicts this share to grow substantially. It says the Chinese portion of the market will swell from a US$705million 2012 valuation, to US$2.1 billion by 2020, representing a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) climb of 14.9%.

In comparison, the US protective relay industry is expected to display relatively modest growth, from US$566 million in 2012 to US$777 million by 2020, at a CAGR of 4%.

Renewable energy generation to change the steam condenser market

[img:Report%20d_0.jpg| ]24 August 2012 - Oil, coal, gas, nuclear, biomass, and solar thermal power generation methods all use steam to create energy, but will the market for steam condensers be affected by the drive for renewable power generation asks GlobalData? The group studied the demand for these machines in the thermal power sectorand notes that this equipment finds use not only in power plants, but also in refineries, chemical processing plants and other industries.

Which of Europe’s countries will get it right in adopting electric vehicles?

[img:ElecVe.thumbnail.jpg| ]22 August 2012 - European countries are testing out different strategies to boost their citizens’ adoption of clean transport technologies, according to energy expert GlobalData. It says the race is on for the title of electric vehicle (EV) giant. The drive to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and meet the 20/20/20 target is the key motivator for the deployment of EVs in Europe, but governments have to work hard to convince their citizens.

Citizens remain critical of battery electric vehicles

[img:ElecVe.thumbnail.jpg| ]15 August 2012 - The public must learn to love battery electric vehicles (BEVs) if emission-free cars are to succeed in the transport market, states a report by energy expert GlobalData.

BEVs have been around since 1902, when Wood’s Electric Phaeton was introduced, but the initiation of mass-produced internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles in the 1920’s led BEV demand to decline. However, the oil crises of the 1970s renewed interest in BEVs, and now environmental concerns are again reawakening our interest in this clean technology. However, not everyone is convinced of its benefits.

Blackouts mean good business for diesel and gas genset market

[img:outage_0.jpg| ]14 August 2012 - As the recent blackouts in India have illustrated, exploding population figures and unprecedented economic growth are resulting in power shortages in developing countries around the world. Diesel and gas generators are stepping in to fill the void, and are experiencing a sales boom as a result, says GlobalData.  

There is a significant demand for diesel and gas generators (gensets), particularly across Africa and Asia, and the thirst for electricity will only increase as economic prosperity grows. Market forecasts predict that by 2020, the worldwide genset market will almost double in value to reach US$22.3 billion, from a 2011 valuation of US$12 billion.

Safety and technology advances not easing nuclear anxiety

[img:nuclear_0.jpg| ]7 August 2012 - Advances in reactor technology are making the generation of nuclear power safer than ever before and driving uptake in emerging countries, but the widespread suspicion of this power source shows no signs of abating, states a new report by energy industry expert GlobalData.

According to this latest research many countries are growing the nuclear power market thanks to strides made in both efficiency and safety. The introduction of technologies such as the Generation IV (Gen IV) reactor and the European Pressurised Reactor (EPR) are boosting the profile of nuclear power in countries across the Middle East, North Africa and Asia.