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Volume 1 Issue 7, July 2016

Volume 1 Issue 7

Knowing the unknowns

The recent low oil prices and their continued uncertainty are affecting global markets and raising concerns about what the future may look like. McCollum et al. use a series of scenarios to explore the impacts of different oil price futures on the broader energy system and their key uncertainties.

See McCollum et al. 1, 16077 (2016).

Image: © Anan Kaewkhammul / Alamy Stock Photo.Cover design: Alex Wing.


  • Editorial |

    A third of the world's installed wind energy capacity is in China, but technological and policy challenges need to be addressed to make the most of the country's wind resources.

Comment & Opinion

  • Comment |

    The framing of funding programmes can sustain existing ways of conceptualizing particular problems, as well as create new ones. Yet, without more prominent roles for social sciences and humanities, the techno-economic conceptualization of energy consumers could hinder long-term low-carbon aspirations.

    • Chris Foulds
    • Toke Haunstrup Christensen

Research Highlights

News & Views

  • News & Views |

    Persistent and significant curtailment has cast concern over the prospects of wind power in China. A comprehensive assessment of the production of energy from wind has identified grid-integrated wind generation potential at 11.9–14% of China's projected energy demand by 2030.

    • Jiahai Yuan
  • News & Views |

    Energy storage offers potential to support a changing electricity sector, but investors remain uncertain about its attractiveness. Analysis now shows that this can be overcome for battery technology by providing more than one storage service in a single facility.

    • Elena Fumagalli
  • News & Views |

    The major obstacle in the development of Li–S batteries is the undesired dissolution of polysulfide intermediates produced during electrochemical reactions. Now, a metal–organic framework-based separator is shown to mitigate the problem, leading to stable long cycles.

    • Christian Serre
  • News & Views |

    The conversion of low-grade waste heat into electrical energy is an attractive opportunity to harvest a sustainable energy resource. A thermo-osmotic energy conversion process that uses Earth-abundant materials has now been shown to convert waste heat into electrical energy from sources at temperatures as low as 40 °C.

    • William A. Phillip




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