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  • The three S approach to uncertainty

    The three S approach to uncertainty

    Life seems to be getting more and more uncertain. We are being warned about a Brexit rollercoaster and the oil price, at least in percentage terms, seems to be doing a good impersonation of an elevator; up one minute, down the next. All this ...

    Ian Marchant

  • Moving energy management forward

    Moving energy management forward

    Energy efficiency is increasingly valued at all scales. ESOS has brought awareness, and possibly action, to large organisations. SMEs are increasingly aware of the benefits, from both a cost perspective and a reputational one of managing energy to ...

    Joanne Wade

  • Small is beautiful

    Small is beautiful

    The book Small is Beautiful by economist E F Schumacher was originally published at the time of the 1973 oil crisis. To quote Wikipedia “It is often used to champion small, appropriate technologies that are believed to empower people ...

    Ian Marchant

  • Electricity: are we at the tipping point?

    Electricity: are we at the tipping point?

    On Wednesday 9 March, Durham Alumni and former Energy Institute (EI) President, Ian Marchant delivered a thoroughly engaging speech on the future of electricity. Co-hosted by Durham Energy Institute (DEI) and the EI, the event was very well attended ...

  • Renewable energy: an uncomfortable position

    Renewable energy: an uncomfortable position

    I have been looking at how the UK is doing against its EU renewable energy targets. These set us a target of having 15% of all energy from renewable sources by 2020. The government would have us believe that all is well. It’s most recent ...

    Ian Marchant

  • We don’t want energy storage

    We don’t want energy storage

    Claiming that we don’t want energy storage seems like a provocative thing to say. For example, the Energy Institute (EI)’s 2015 Energy Barometer report, a survey of professionals in the energy industry, rated storage as the area most in ...

    Ian Marchant

  • Minding the gap in the energy industry

    Minding the gap in the energy industry

    The energy industry is currently facing a large skills gap, caused in particular by an ageing workforce and limited investment in training and development. Energy Institute members have highlighted the supply of skilled workers as one of the biggest ...

  • Energy audits: Europe-wide businesses face more than just ESOS

    Energy audits: Europe-wide businesses face more than just ESOS

    The UK is one of the countries ahead of the game in transposing Article 8 of the European Energy Efficiency Directive into concrete policy – in the form of ESOS. But companies that have operations across the continent will struggle to know how ...

    Marc Height;Dan Hubbard

  • Cetane Number and Cetane Index

    Cetane Number and Cetane Index

    This article summarises the findings of an Energy Institute (EI) sponsored Technical Development Project carried out by Cliff Lilley Consultancy, and outlines a review of the suitability of the current cetane index equation used in IP 380 ...

    Cliff Lilley

  • Energy and the Scottish referendum – do we know the result yet?

    Energy and the Scottish referendum – do we know the result yet?

    Energy has always played a key role in the Scottish economy. In the 18th and 19th centuries it was coal; in the 1950s and 60s it was hydroelectricity and power from the glens; from the 1970s onwards North Sea oil has loomed large and made Aberdeen ...

    Ian Marchant

  • Aviation fuel cleanliness

    Aviation fuel cleanliness

    This autumn sees the launch of the second edition of the EI’s handbook, 1550; a title which has become a key industry reference for everyone involved in handling aviation fuel since the first edition was issued in 2007. Martin Hunnybun, EI ...

  • Looking back to looking forward - Dr Jeremy Leggett FEI

    Looking back to looking forward - Dr Jeremy Leggett FEI

    In 2014 we are celebrating the 100th anniversary of the founding of the oldest of the Energy Institute’s predecessor organisations. We will be publishing throughout the year interviews with eminent figures from the world of energy, ...

    Dr Jeremy Leggett FEI

  • Marine crude oil transport – global voyage losses

    Marine crude oil transport – global voyage losses

    Paul Harrison, Consultant to the HMC-4A Marine Oil Transportation Database Committee, presents latest findings from analysis of the 2013 data on marine crude oil transport. The Energy Institute (EI) HMC- 4A Marine Oil Transportation Database ...

    Paul Harrison

  • Looking back to look forward - Energy Institute

    Looking back to look forward - Energy Institute

    In 2014 we are celebrating the 100th anniversary of the founding of the oldest of the Energy Institute’s predecessor organisations. We will be publishing throughout the year interviews with eminent figures from the world of energy, reflecting ...

  • Presidents’ reflections 100 – A century of energy professionalism

    Presidents’ reflections 100 – A century of energy professionalism

    1. In May 1978, I chaired the AGM which saw  members sensibly approve the motion that the  name of the Institute of Fuel be changed to the  Institute of Energy, despite strong resistance  from the “old guard” members ...

  • Are fuel cells the future for stationary power?

    Are fuel cells the future for stationary power?

    Fuel cells are one solution for generating stationary power for industry and grid balancing, but they are currently not competitive with conventional generation. Marc Height has a look at the market and at new, lower-cost technology coming to the ...

  • Better grid interconnection essential for wind energy growth in Europe

    Better grid interconnection essential for wind energy growth in Europe

    With a dramatic fall-off in government support for wind power in one of its superpower countries, Spain, Europe’s wind industry is concerned. Marc Height reports from Barcelona. From a wind industry leader to a focus of concern for the ...

  • Looking back to look forward - Dr Bernie Bulkin

    Looking back to look forward - Dr Bernie Bulkin

    In 2014 we are celebrating the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Institution of Petroleum Technologists, the oldest of the Energy Institute’s predecessor organisations. We will be publishing throughout the year a series of interviews ...

  • CCS - generation cost implications

    CCS - generation cost implications

    With government FEED contracts awarded for two new schemes, end-to-end CCS projects could finally become a reality in the UK. In an environment where energy prices are constantly scrutinised, how much will this CCS-produced electricity cost? Marc ...

  • Building a resilient system

    Building a resilient system

    Africa is the second largest continent in the world, with the majority of its people surviving every day with little or no access to electricity – 50% of the 1.2bn people lacking access to electricity globally are in Africa, earning less than ...