Business

How business is evolving and adapting for sustainability in a new energy economy

8 min
30/November/2021

Power to the public

Municipal electricity utilities have a long history in Europe, with more emerging as cities look to lead the energy transition. The model has obvious advantages but has also suffered setbacks in some markets. In an increasingly competitive landscape, using the benefits of private partners may be the way forward
11 min
12/November/2021

Source new information from old data

Advocates of so-called digital twins—simulated computer modelling of technologies at work—see them as vital tools for managing the complexity of multi-level electricity systems and the digital control of energy-efficient buildings
13 min
12/October/2021

Cities warmed by heated market for power contracts

Once regarded as a high risk gamble, buying green electricity directly from generators under a mutually agreed power purchase agreement (PPA) has become big business in the commercial and industrial sector. City authorities eager to cut their electricity bills and buy renewable are looking to get into the market. The new demand is set to drive big growth in renewables
8 min
08/October/2021

Transport transition lies in a rail renaissance

Shifting some of Europe’s transport needs to the rails can contribute to the energy transition. But complicated and differing cross-border regulations and carbon-intensive power mixes are minimising the rail sector’s impact     
10 min
13/July/2021

The rise of microgrids

As technology costs come down and microgrids become increasingly “smart” using more advanced digital tools, their role in integrating distributed energy resources is set to expand. By providing flexibility to the local distribution system and deferring the need for expensive transmission upgrades, microgrids are facilitating the electrification and decarbonisation of the energy networks
14 min
07/July/2021

Traditional rules do not apply in this experiment

Five years ago, technologists excitedly started suggesting how to use blockchain for energy applications and a raft of start-ups followed, sporting distributed ledgers for the power sector. Today, the word "blockchain" is seldom heard in energy circles. While the hype may have been overblown, work continues instead on a quieter revolution to the one that was promised

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14 min
23/June/2021

The grid in search of a brain

Around 50% of the shift from fossil fuels to renewable forms of energy has been a digitised transition to 2020, says Energinet, Denmark's power system operator. As the world digitises further, the already vast volumes of data will only increase in mass. Advances in Artificial Intelligence technology and machine learning tools provide ways of processing this tsunami of data into a new world order
12 min
17/June/2021

Use the correct data in the right way

Data is having a major impact on our world. In energy, an influx of data is changing the roles of each player across the value chain but it needs to be gathered and processed in a suitable way to have the greatest influence. Ensuring the data is right to begin with is essential to the success of the energy transition
10 min
04/June/2021

Carbon offsets can send emissions reductions efforts off course

Offsetting emissions is fraught with problems and critics fear these programmes could distract from the real goal of keeping fossil fuels in the ground
7 min.
30/April/2021

New supply chain law could help spur the energy transition

An upcoming EU supply chain law may see multinational oil and gas companies face a rise in lawsuits stemming from the environmental impacts of their operations. These traditional energy firms may consider driving more investments into less-risky renewables as a result
9 min.
19/March/2021

New markets evolve to support SME transition

Small businesses face a hard time decarbonising due to financial constraints, a lack of expertise and time, and technological hurdles. The rise of new business and financing models, plus a helping hand from larger companies, are helping them on the path to carbon neutrality
10 min
12/February/2021

Investors muscle up and pile on green pressure

Companies involved in activities that carry high climate-related, financial and reputational risks can no longer be certain of securing funds. Investors today have a choice. Green energy has become a comparatively better bet, with a lower risk profile and demonstrably higher returns. Companies can either realign their business strategies or watch institutional investors walk away
11 min.
02/February/2021

Heavy industry to carbon light

Cement and steel manufacturing are two of the most carbon intensive industries in the world. Electrification can play a role in decarbonising both, though technology innovation is expensive and removing all emissions from the processes is a tall order
15 min.
06/January/2021

Charging ahead with electric vehicle infrastructure

Three concerns are said to be hindering the uptake of electric passenger cars—high purchase cost, fear of a flat battery, and lack of charging infrastructure. But cost has fallen, the range of car batteries now rivals that of a full tank of fuel and recharging a depleted battery when the need arises is proving to be easier than expected
14 min.
13/November/2020

Oil and gas face adapt or decline moment

To maintain investor interest, oil and gas firms need to be seen to be going green
10 min.
16/October/2020

Green buildings are only as clean as the energy used in manufacturing their insulation material

The most sought after building insulation products will not necessarily be the cheapest and most effective, but those manufactured with the lightest carbon footprint
9 min.
11/September/2020

The big role of small companies in the energy transition

The big names of the corporate world will not achieve the energy transition alone. Companies of all sizes have a part to play
11 min.
04/June/2020

Danish firms want regulatory rewards for climate action

Politically there is broad support in Denmark for financing the green transition through taxes and a carbon emissions tax proposal has been welcomed by parties across the political spectrum, but industry opposition could ultimately quash the idea
5 min.
05/March/2020

EDF: EU Climate Law is clear signal to invest in clean energy

The proposal from the European Commission for a European Climate Law means all companies must put decarbonisation at the heart of their business strategies, says Alexandre Perra, member of the board of French utility EDF
7 min.
13/February/2020

Palsgaard: Supply chain emissions slow carbon neutral efforts

A broad range of efforts and investments in energy efficiency and clean energy has allowed Palsgaard to reduce emissions to zero in the majority of its factories
6 min.
16/December/2019

Carlsberg aims to be greenest brewery in the world

Data is all important in the company’s energy transition
13 min.
12/December/2019

Big scope to reduce Chinese cement production emissions

The overproducing cement sector is a low-hanging fruit that could help China curb its vast carbon emissions
11 min.
28/October/2019

Shipping industry coasts towards decarbonised future

Efficiency measures have cut greenhouse gas emissions in the shipping industry, but if the sector is to be part of the climate solution, radical action to adopt new cleaner fuels is the only answer
10 min.
09/September/2019

The transition jigsaw – Part 2: The role for business and investors

Where business leads others will follow
8 min.
sustainable mobility04/July/2019

How a sustainable vision led an old company to a new future

If you go into a transition you need a vision
6 min.
Danfoss has a shortlist of energy efficiency measures that all sites can implement22/May/2019

Payback on reusing waste heat took less than three years

Danfoss has a shortlist of energy efficiency measures that all sites can implement
6 min.
Applying large heat pumps in industry is in its early days, but interest is increasing07/May/2019

Industrial heat demand: Hot cows and heat pumps

Applying large heat pumps in industry is in its early days, but interest is increasing
11 min.
Not one of the hyper-scale data centres, where thousands of servers are hosted in the same place, in the US use waste heat in a significant way10/April/2019

Tepid support for reusing waste heat from data centres

Using waste heat from large data centres to heat homes and offices may seem like a no-brainer, but making a business case for getting heat from out-of-town data centres to urban areas at a correct temperature is complicated and costly
4 min.
FORESIGHT Editor in Chief Philippa Nuttall Jones speaks to Matilda Axelson about how policy makers in Europe can create an industrial strategy that supports heavy industry’s clean energy transition and ensures it remains competitive globally18/February/2019

Good policies will allow heavy industry to drive a European clean energy economy

FORESIGHT Editor in Chief Philippa Nuttall Jones speaks to Matilda Axelson about how policy makers in Europe can create an industrial strategy that supports heavy industry’s clean energy transition and ensures it remains competitive globally. 
6-7 min.
Belgium’s complicated political structures keep the country’s climate action ambition low. Mars, a US corporation, is showing the way forward with 100% renewable energy and greener transport12/December/2018

Sustainable in a generation

Belgium’s complicated political structures keep the country’s climate action ambition low. Mars, a US corporation, is showing the way forward with 100% renewable energy and greener transport
15-16 min.
24/October/2018

Cement industry finds it difficult to ditch bad habits

The cement sector has accepted the size of its carbon footprint, but it will take greater pressure from regulators and NGOs to force the industry to totally change its ways
8-9 min.
Regulators and the wind industry are paying increasing attention to repowering existing wind farms to ensure prime wind sites continue to be exploited and renewable energy targets are met22/October/2018

A new lease of life

Regulators and the wind industry are paying increasing attention to repowering existing wind farms to ensure prime wind sites continue to be exploited and renewable energy targets are met
6-7 min.
Accelerating the energy transition will be good news for jobs, the economy and climate, says a major report published in September 201805/September/2018

A faster energy transition will bring greater economic benefits

Accelerating the energy transition will be good news for jobs, the economy and climate, says a major report published in September 2018
11-12 min.
Heavy industries are slowly starting to wake up to the reality of the energy transition, but full decarbonisation of the steel, cement and petrochemicals sectors is a significant challenge that will require new processes and significant amounts of clean energy05/September/2018

The heavy industry challenge

Heavy industries are slowly starting to wake up to the reality of the energy transition, but full decarbonisation of the steel, cement and petrochemicals sectors is a significant challenge that will require new processes and significant amounts of clean energy
6-7 min.
The construction of vast data centres in Denmark by large tech giants will boost the Danish economy, but risks impacting the share of renewable energy20/August/2018

Denmark grapples with voracious energy appetite of big data centres

The construction of vast data centres in Denmark by large tech giants will boost the Danish economy, but risks impacting the share of renewable energy in the country’s energy mix
8-9 min.
06/August/2018

A challenging marriage

Placing wind and solar photovoltaic facilities on the same site may sound attractive in theory, but the reality is more complicated and many experts suggest this will only make sense in a limited number of cases
4-5 min.
Smart meters are seen as central to managing more flexible power systems, but more cooperation between Transmission System Operators and local Distribution System Operators are needed if this technology is to really help move forward the energy transformation23/July/2018

Get flexible with smart meters

Smart meters are seen as central to managing more flexible power systems, but more cooperation between Transmission System Operators and local Distribution System Operators are needed if this technology is to really help move forward the energy transformation
6-7 min.
06/April/2018

Defence plans needed to avoid blackmail and blackouts

As the deadline for EU member states to update or develop national cyber security strategies fast approaches, FORESIGHT looks at what companies should be doing to ensure cyber resilience in the energy sector given new challenges posed by the transition to a decarbonised economy and a more decentralised power system.
3-4 min.
02/April/2018

Heat pumps take on district heating

Interview: Charlotte Søndergren, head of heat planning for Danish HOFOR, questions whether collective heating is the best long-term solution for all countries or whether smaller, individual heat pumps offer a better alternative in some areas.
3-4 min.
23/March/2018

Why ministers need to plug into electric vehicles

This interview with Casper Kirketerp-Møller, the CEO of Clever, is part of a series of interviews that FORESIGHT will publish ahead of the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM9) and Nordic Clean Energy Week (NCEW), which will take place in Copenhagen and Malmo in May 2018.
2-3 min.
Ole Bigum on electrification over interconnectors21/March/2018

Electrification instead of interconnectors

This interview with Ole Bigum, head of operations at K2 management, a Danish consultancy providing engineering services for developers of wind and solar power, is part of a series of interviews that FORESIGHT will publish ahead of the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM9) and Nordic Clean Energy Week (NCEW), which will take place in Copenhagen and Malmo in May 2018.
3-4 min.
16/March/2018

You say you want a revolution

This interview with Peder Andreasen, CEO of Danish transmission system operator (TSO) Energinet.dk, is part of a series of interviews that FORESIGHT will publish ahead of the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM9) and Nordic Clean Energy Week (NCEW), which will take place in Copenhagen and Malmo in May 2018.
3-4 min.
14/November/2017

The race to build better batteries

Lithium-ion batteries are sufficiently mature to have developed a competitive edge for some uses, but flow batteries hold greater potential for meeting expectations for grid scale storage
5-6 min.
14/November/2017

Batteries for grid support not bulk supply

Batteries score in their ability to rapidly inject bursts of electricity into the grid, but demand for the service is not greater in countries furthest ahead in transitioning to renewable energy
1-2 min.
Battery bank experiments in Australia and California are the biggest in the world14/November/2017

Giant scale battery showcases

The biggest battery bank experiments are in California and Australia
1-2 min.
14/November/2017

Cobalt catch for li-ion

Limitations on the supply of cobalt will restrict the production ramp-up of batteries based on today’s lithium-ion chemistry
3-4 min.
07/July/2017

Vehicle to grid experiment with global perspectives

An international group of companies has come together in a Danish experiment that sells the power stored in parked electric cars to the grid operator for use as frequency regulation
7-8 min.
07/July/2017

Variable pricing reduces variability of wind output

By pricing the value of wind energy according to when it is needed most, markets stimulate the development and sale of wind turbines configured to generate output over longer periods in lower winds, reducing the variability of their production
4-5 min.
waste pollution07/July/2017

We live in a material world

Waste pollution in product lifecycles is set to ease: beer bottles made from wood‚ toilet rolls from sour milk; biodegradable plastic packing; and LEGO bricks in a new material
5-6 min.
17/March/2017

Less risky tender model promises more cost cuts

Denmark’s offshore wind tender model is being looked to as a shining example of how to drive down cost through proactive government action. Others may adopt the market model, too
4-5 min.
17/March/2017

Desert farming with next era solar

Farming in the desert might seem a bit optimistic. An Australian greenhouse uses concentrated solar power to produce energy and become independent of fresh water supplies. The result is 17,000 tons of tomatoes a year
14-15 min.
11/October/2016

The trillion dollar promise of digitalisation

A lot of unexploited value lies in the new ability to collect highly detailed data on electricity use
5-6 min.
11/October/2016

Smartphone becomes an agent of change

An ethical mobile phone is not a mass produced disposable product of questionable origin
7-8 min.
11/October/2016

Big business drives market expansion

The world’s major corporations are wielding their enormous power to increase supplies of renewable energy
1-2 min.
01/July/2016

A hard day’s work

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