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issue 100 | july 2018

 Turkey has been celebrating breaking ground on the country’s first nuclear power plant, bringing hope for dependable, low-carbon energy for the people – but critics are concerned about the wider implications. Rosatom, Russia’s state-owned nuclear firm, is managing the construction, which some fear will give Russia even greater influence over Turkey’s political leanings via its energy supplies. We explore what the nuclear plant means for Turkey and its volatile international relationships.

Also in nuclear, we ask whether fusion technology is now providing a good reward for its high risks as Italian oil company Eni reportedly considers doubling down on its investment, we discover what solar potential maps can bring to the sector, assess what net metering of batteries could mean for the rooftop solar market, and find out how artificial intelligence could replace third-party intermediaries between energy providers and their customers.

Elsewhere, Atlantis Resources announced in March that construction had been completed on Phase 1A of the MeyGen project, the world’s largest tidal power plant. Now formally entering a 25-year operations phase, we examine just what MeyGen will do and whether we should expect similar projects to soon follow.  /

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Ceri Jones, Editor