Apr 4, 2018

More power provided than wind and solar than nuclear for the first time in the UK

Renewable Energy
Nuclear Energy
Sophie Chapman
2 min
Solar and wind power were responsible for generating more energy than nuclear power in the UK in the fourth quarter of last year.

Solar and wind power were responsible for generating more energy than nuclear power in the UK in the fourth quarter of last year.

Wind and solar combined created 18.33TWh of power, whilst nuclear only produced 16.69TWh.

It is anticipated this is due to high speed winds, new installations of renewable projects, and a drop in nuclear output.

However, gas produced 36.12TWh of power, and remains the highest source of electricity in the UK.

Throughout the year, the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions fell by 3%, with the energy sector having the highest reduction than any other sector at 8%.


Low-carbon power generators, such as wind, solar, biomass, and nuclear, created the majority of the UK’s electricity in 2017, at 50.4% - a rise from 45.7% in 2016.

Many energy industry chiefs are trying to encourage the removal of the ban on onshore wind subsidies, to cut down on futher environmental impact.

“We need to keep up the pace ... by ensuring that the lowest cost renewables are no longer excluded from the market,” stated Lawrence Slade, CEO of Energy UK.

Greenpeace has suggested more money is dedicated to renewable energy projects, as the UK’s government should “stop wasting time and money propping up nuclear power”.

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Jun 7, 2021

Trafigura and Yara International explore clean ammonia usage

Dominic Ellis
2 min
Commodity trading company Trafigura and Yara International sign MoU to explore developing ammonia as a clean fuel in shipping

Independent commodity trading company Trafigura and Yara International have signed an MoU to explore developing ammonia as a clean fuel in shipping and ammonia fuel infrastructure.

Reducing shipping emissions is a vital component of the fight against global climate change, yet Greenhouse Gas emissions from the global maritime sector are increasing - and at odds with the IMO's strategy to cut absolute emissions by at least 50% by 2050. 

How more than 70,000 ships can decrease their reliance on carbon-based sources is one of transport's most pressing decarbonisation challenges.

Yara and Trafigura intend to collaborate on initiatives that will establish themselves in the clean ammonia value chain. Under the MoU announced today, Trafigura and Yara intend to work together in the following areas:

  • The supply of clean ammonia by Yara to Trafigura Group companies
  • Exploration of joint R&D initiatives for clean ammonia application as a marine fuel
  • Development of new clean ammonia assets including marine fuel infrastructure and market opportunities

Magnus Krogh Ankarstrand, President of Yara Clean Ammonia, said the agreement is a good example of cross-industry collaboration to develop and promote zero-emission fuel in the form of clean ammonia for the shipping industry. "Building clean ammonia value chains is critical to facilitate the transition to zero emission fuels by enabling the hydrogen economy – not least within trade and distribution where both Yara and Trafigura have leading capabilities. Demand and supply of clean ammonia need to be developed in tandem," he said.  

There is a growing consensus that hydrogen-based fuels will ultimately be the shipping fuels of the future, but clear and comprehensive regulation is essential, according to Jose Maria Larocca, Executive Director and Co-Head of Oil Trading for Trafigura.

Ammonia has a number of properties that require "further investigation," according to Wartsila. "It ignites and burns poorly compared to other fuels and is toxic and corrosive, making safe handling and storage important. Burning ammonia could also lead to higher NOx emissions unless controlled either by aftertreatment or by optimising the combustion process," it notes.

Trafigura has co-sponsored the R&D of MAN Energy Solutions’ ammonia-fuelled engine for maritime vessels, has performed in-depth studies of transport fuels with reduced greenhouse gas emissions, and has published a white paper on the need for a global carbon levy for shipping fuels to be introduced by International Maritime Organization.

Oslo-based Yara produces roughly 8.5 million tonnes of ammonia annually and employs a fleet of 11 ammonia carriers, including 5 fully owned ships, and owns 18 marine ammonia terminals with 580 kt of storage capacity – enabling it to produce and deliver ammonia across the globe.

It recently established a new clean ammonia unit to capture growth opportunities in emission-free fuel for shipping and power, carbon-free fertilizer and ammonia for industrial applications.

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