European policymakers are convinced, the energy transition cannot rely on electrification alone. “Molecules” will be needed. This sounds reassuring for the gas industry, but the new molecules will not be based on natural gas, and there will be a lot less of them. Gas companies are facing an “existential threat”, warns gas expert Jonathan Stern. Nord Stream 2 could be Europe’s last great gas import pipeline
Electrons and molecules: Experts increasingly see both electrification and various forms of gas as necessary for a timely clean energy transition
Fewer molecules: The molecules that will be around in 2050 will be very different from the ones around today and the total amount of all gases used in Europe will be much lower
Carbon-free future: Natural gas will have to be replaced with carbon-free alternatives. Biogas, biomethane, green and blue hydrogen are on the table
Key quote: “There may be a place for molecules in the future energy system, but that does not change the fact that the future will be much more electrified.” ...
Ørsted’s transformation from a fossil-intensive European utility to a leading global renewable energy company has benefited the company’s bottom line as well as the climate, writes Jakob Askou Bøss, Head of Strategy and Communication
In an interview with FORESIGHT, Dominique Ristori, Director General for Energy in the European Commission, explains why Europe’s heating system is too old and dirty
Smart grid has become a trendy term, but some proper thinking is needed about its meaning and the purpose of information technology advances if the result is to advance the energy transition
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.
As the European Investment Bank launches a public consultation on future energy lending, Vice President Andrew McDowell argues for a doubling in energy investments in the next ten years
Parked electric vehicles plugged into the electricity network with charged batteries could sell stored power back through the network. Nissan is the first to qualify a car battery system to sell its stored power into an existing market for primary regulation services to maintain grid frequency