Over the next decade, almost a thousand North Sea oil wells will be decommissioned. Stuart Nathan explores the technical challenges involved
Use of solar power is predicted to increase to 4 per cent of total UK energy by the end of the decade, but the industry is concerned about the withdrawal of subsidies for large installations. What measures could best help solar compete with other energy sources?
George Osborne’s pre-election Budget will probably tread the narrow line between helping the troubled oil and gas industry while developing the ambitious but expensive renewables sector; while disinvestment campaigns are helping people feel good but arguably not solving any problems.
The Engineer’s 1959 article on Japan’s first nuclear power station, is a poignant reminder of both the UK’s diminished expertise in this area, and the impact of the 2011 Fukushima crisis.