The availability of land and sea – and consent to use them – is the biggest bottleneck renewables face, says Mads Nipper, CEO of Ørsted, the world's biggest offshore wind developer, in conversation with Energy Monitor. He also stresses the critical role of grids and hydrogen.
Vast offshore generation is not a goal in itself, costs for new ‘transit' infrastructure need redistributing and hydrogen needs a business case, says Christian Zinglersen, director of the EU agency promoting cooperation among energy regulators.
EU rules could undermine, rather than bolster, efforts to meet more ambitious climate targets, and offshore wind and hydrogen goals, warns Manon van Beek, CEO of Dutch national grid operator Tennet.
Collaboration is key if the world is to massively scale up wind energy in the coming years, Ben Backwell, CEO of the Global Wind Energy Council, tells Energy Monitor on Global Wind Day.
Researchers are developing solid-state lithium batteries that are safer, more powerful and longer lasting than today’s batteries, with electric vehicle applications the Holy Grail, Princeton University’s Kelsey Hatzell tells Energy Monitor.
Business models have traditionally focused on churning out evermore efficient new products. The future is using machine learning to make existing products as energy efficient as possible, says Jon Lindén, CEO of Swedish edge computing start-up Ekkono.
Global net-zero ambitions require a fresh focus on the demand side, from how energy is used to social justice to jobs and individuals as agents of change, argues Angela Wilkinson, CEO of the World Energy Council.
Ditlev Engel, CEO of DNV's new energy systems unit, talks to Energy Monitor about how his company intends to help businesses and governments get on track to net zero through technological leadership.
The chair of the European Parliament's environment committee says the EU failed ten years ago to connect the climate crisis to recovery from the financial crisis, but insists it will not fail for Covid-19.
Work in the wind sector is changing and the Covid-19 pandemic is accelerating that change, says Elizabeth Benedict Christensen, global talent management specialist at Danish wind company Vestas.
The investment landscape in renewables is fast adapting to a post-Covid, subsidy-free world, says Amanda Niklaus from advisory firm Pexapark.