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Will Britain be left behind by energy storage?

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The prospect of either a UKIP government or a UKIP Tory coalition after the general election in May, could spell disaster for Britain’s renewable energy industry as well as the energy storage industry within the UK. UKIP’s energy policy is built around climate change denial, and the party is planning to repeal the 2008 Climate […]

Who do you think you are kidding, Mr Farage?

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As affable as he may seem, as much as you might think you could have a pint down the pub with him, Mr Nigel Farage has a dangerous and confused message for the nation. This week he called for laws to prevent racial discrimination at work to be scrapped. British businesses should be free to […]

Nigel Farage: ‘Ban terminally-ill migrants’

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‘NIGEL FARAGE: UKIP WOULD BAN TERMINALLY-ILL MIGRANTS FROM BRITAIN’ – Telegraph My response: Turning away people with terminal illnesses? People with cancer, heart disease, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, cystic fibrosis, lung disease, multiple sclerosis, liver cirrhosis, pituitary disease, mental illness… old age? All these conditions and more are potentially terminal. Nigel Farage’s vision for Britain will […]

British manufacturer helping to make the German Energiewende a reality

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On 17th February 2015, the British electrolyser manufacturer ITM Power announced it had delivered a proton exchange membrane (PEM) electrolyser, to the energy company RWE Deutschland AG at Ibbenbüren in Germany. According to ITM Power this was the third rapid response power-to-gas PEM electrolyser installed by ITM Power in Germany. (1.) The delivery of the […]

British and German companies make progress with power-to-gas energy

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The British power-to-gas energy company ITM Power announced in a press release on 11th February 2015, that its proton exchange membrane (PEM) electrolyser had performed well in tests conducted for the Thüga Group in Germany.(1.) The electrolyser which has been in operation at Frankfurt-am-Main in Germany since 2013 converts electrical energy into hydrogen gas, which […]

The US, the EU, and IUU

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On 17th June 2014, the White House released a Presidential Memorandum in which some initial measures to combat illegal and unregulated fishing were established. A task force which included representatives from Environment, Commerce, Department of State, Interior, Justice and Defence was integrated with the aim of advising the White House on the design of a comprehensive […]

The German Minimum Wage Act: An Opportunity Missed?

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After the Christmas festivities and New Year’s celebrations had subsided, those returning to work in Germany this month were, for the first time, the beneficiaries of a statutory minimum wage. Prior to 1st January, collective agreements reached at sectoral level provided a functional equivalent (along with specific statutory minimum wages set in some Länder). However, […]

Will renewables find their Daimler moment in 2015?

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Two things might happen this year: renewable forms of energy such as wind, tidal, and solar power coupled to the new power-to-gas technology could become more widespread; while there could also be a gradual decoupling of fossil fuel use from economic growth. The issue of climate change has finally been recognised by world leaders, as […]

Why has Germany fallen behind in the climate protection index?

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In December 2014 the Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI) for 2015 was published by the environmental organisation Germanwatch, as a means of assessing the performance of 58 countries in tackling climate change. Between 2005 and 2013 Germany was one of the top 10 countries, whose climate policies were seen to be making the most effort […]

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