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Energy World December 2017

Renewables and fossil fuels are the main, and contrasting, feature themes in this month's issue. The former kicks off with a piece describing the development of a programme for new renewables-based power stations in South Africa.

From there we move to Ethiopia and the efforts being made to expand and diversify its surprisingly large renewables sector. Renewables are aided on the grid by energy storage technologies, so we also take a close look at a project to double the output of a pumped storage hydroelectric scheme in Switzerland.

Further articles describe ‘biorefining’ of wastes in Scotland and the growing use of ground source heat pumps to decarbonise heat supplies. Switching to fossils, we continue with two articles on the position of natural gas – from exports of LNG from the US, to gas versus coal in Europe. We also look at Germany’s continued reliance on brown coal, or lignite; and how new government policies could get carbon capture and storage started in the UK.

The outcome of November's COP 23 climate change meeting in Bonn leads our news coverage; and the usual opinion columns complete the issue.

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