SET Awards 2018: Help us find the best energy start-ups in the world
As we enter the final countdown for applications to the Start-up Energy Transition Awards (SET) that will be closing on 31 January, we would like to invite the World Energy Council network to continue spreading the word about the SET Awards. Encourage innovators and start-ups to apply to ensure we identify the best and brightest driving the energy transition! We take this opportunity to also bring into the spotlight some of the exciting profiles and stories of the 2017 finalists.
Call for nominations: Could you be one of our next FEL-100?
The Council is now looking for the next set of bright young professionals to join its Future Energy Leaders’ programme – the FEL-100, which is designed to help shape, inspire and grow our energy leaders of tomorrow. This is a prime opportunity for young professionals to become a part of one of the Council’s key communities. Our Future Energy Leaders (FELS), form a community of exceptional young professionals who share a commitment to shaping the global energy agenda.
Innovation high on the agenda at the 10th Africa Energy Indaba
Leading figures within the African energy scene will convene at the 10th Annual Africa Energy Indaba, the World Energy Council’s annual African regional meeting, 19-21 February 2018. They will discuss the importance of innovation and regional integration at a time when the energy sector is undergoing a major transition. Discussions will focus on energy sector innovations in Africa, exploring near and long-term prospects for technological advancements such as blockchain, where decentralisation and digitalisation plays a more prominent part in the continent.
The potential for blockchain technology within the energy sector
The Council has produced a new white paper on the developing role of blockchain, drawing from interviews with companies and organisations actively involved in blockchain projects in the energy industry from the US, Europe, China, Japan and New Zealand. The paper developed in collaboration with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) looks at the potential of blockchain technology for the energy sector.
Energy futures: Cybersecurity and financing energy transitions
Cybersecurity within the energy sector and financing the energy transition in emerging countries, topped the agenda at the traditional annual conference of CECME, the World Energy Council’s Spanish member committee. The event in Madrid held in collaboration with the Elcano Royal Institute (RIE) and the Spanish Energy Club (Enerclub), explored critical issues and emerging trends facing the international energy sector.
Dr Balan reflects on his time at the helm of the Romanian member committee
As Dr Gheorghe Balan’s time as the General Executive of the Romanian member committee came to an end in 2017, he reflects on key highlights of his time in charge; the impact the Romanian member committee has had on the energy sector; in addition to key activities and new initiatives developed under his tenure. Dr Gheorghe Balan graduated from the Institute of Energy in Ivanovo, Russian Federation, in 1955, with a doctorate obtained at the Polytechnic Institute in Bucharest. He began his professional activity in 1955, at the Bucharest Electric Power Distribution Corporation (IDEB).
Hydrogen key to unlocking the full offshore wind potential of the North Sea
The North Sea will play a crucial role in the energy transition of North West Europe, once again, according to a new report by the Netherlands member committee of the World Energy Council. The call for clean energy in Europe is increasing, and the North Sea will be crucial in the search for efficient routes that enable the large-scale energy transition required to meet the Paris goals. The report ‘Bringing North Sea Energy Ashore Efficiently’ takes the rapidly increasing offshore wind capacity on the North Sea as a starting point.
Challenges and actions for the Japanese energy industry
Deregulation and depopulation are critical emerging issues facing the Japanese energy industry in addition to the impact of new trends such as decarbonisation, digitalisation and decentralisation. The Japan Energy Association, the Council’s Japanese member committee, invited five key energy players to deliver presentations at their annual meeting under the theme ‘Challenges and Actions for the Japanese Energy Industry’.
Small to medium reactors crucial to the future of nuclear
Dr Hans-Wilhelm Schiffer, World Energy Council, presented the Council’s Nuclear power projections at a workshop organised by the US Information Administration’s (EIA) office of Electricity, Coal, Nuclear and Renewable analysis (ECNR). In his presentation, which focused on the main findings of the Council’s 2016 World Energy Resources report, Dr Schiffer stated that beyond the wider energy industry, the growth of the nuclear sector in China, India and Russia is an important aspect of technological and Industrial development.