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Energy World June 2020

Paradoxically, the best time to ponder how we move around may be when we’re all standing still. Transport – this issue’s first theme – was at a crossroads prior to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. While electric vehicles (EVs) appear to have provided a solution for decarbonising road transport, there are still question marks surrounding the low-carbon futures of rail and air travel, especially as global lockdowns drive some firms to the financial brink. 

The first article in this edition of Energy World looks at how COVID-19 could spur,or perhaps hinder, the aviation sector’s transition away from fossil fuels. Similarly, on page 16, Michelle Meineke examines efforts to ‘green’ the rail industry using electricity and hydrogen power. Pages 20 to 25 focus on EVs, with one article on their production outlook and two on charging infrastructure. 

Next, we turn our attention to the world of research and development. We hear from three start-ups receiving support from the Energy Systems Catapult for their novel digital products (on page 28) and researchers from the IERC explain why SMEs have been slow to pursue energy efficiency measures (on page 30). Articles on hydrogen production, osmotic power and ‘smart’ community energy systems complete our June issue.

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