Welcome to the latest issue of Future Power Technology.

In this issue, we investigate the power infrastructure of Lebanon. While much of the world grapples with the transition from fossil fuels to renewables, it is unlikely that such a change will be enough in Lebanon, dogged as it is not by an obsolete power infrastructure, but by decades of corruption and mismanagement on a logistical level. 

We ask what can be done to improve Lebanon’s power grid, and whether the technological changes necessary to move from fossil fuels to clean energy will be matched by crucial administrative reforms that would make the world of difference to the country’s energy mix. 

Elsewhere, we profile a range of forms of renewable energy at a variety of stages of development. Wind, solar, tidal and hydropower facilities all bring with them unique potential, and unique challenges, but all will have a place in the world’s energy mix as its industries look to decarbonise their processes. 

We also speak with Elsevier about the importance of data in the power industry, and consider the implications of the third IPCC climate change report, both of which look set to have a significant impact on the long-term future of the world’s energy mix. 

For all this and more, read on.

JP Casey, editor