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Cyber security

Happily ever after?

Added: 8 Apr 2014

Today marks the end of support for Microsoft’s Windows XP operating system - but what effect will i…


A biomass mess (again)

Added: 12 Mar 2014

The government looks as though it will now be lucky to fill its arbitrary 400MW cap for new biomass…

Drax Power Plant 2

Does industrial growth really matter?

Added: 5 Mar 2014

Over the past month or so we have heard a great deal from our political leaders about how passionat…

Cuadrilla shale site

The year ahead

Added: 15 Jan 2014

Happy New Year. It looks as though 2014 is, like last year, going to be a year where energy dominat…

Chemical Plant

Energy & the global game

Added: 18 Dec 2013

At this time of Christmas Carols, there is a growing chorus of chemicals company bosses crying out …

Chemical Plant

Avoiding blackouts…at any cost?

Added: 13 Nov 2013

Yesterday I was speaking to Dr John Roberts, who chaired the Royal Academy of Engineering group tha…

Centralised control room

Control rooms play catch-up

Added: 5 Nov 2013

They are present in most households and even my three-year old can operate one, so why are process …

EDF Hinkley Point C nuclear power wide

Nuclear engineers - Made in China?

Added: 16 Oct 2013

The headline of my editorial last week attracted plenty of criticism, with some accusing me of deni…

George Osborne

Don't butcher Osborne's cash cow

Added: 14 Aug 2013

Biomass is a risky choice for one of the first direct investments by a pension fund into new-build …


A Biomass mess

Added: 31 Jul 2013

The government needs to stop pussy-footing around and make up its mind on whether it is for or agai…

Cuadrilla shale site

Let technology rule shale safety debate

Added: 19 Jul 2013

My first week as editor of Process Engineering has been dominated by events surrounding the UK’s pr…

EDF Hinkley Nuclear

Government in a corner over new nuclear

Added: 6 Mar 2013

With so many billions of pounds, euros and yen at stake - negotiations around the programme to buil…

UK energy plans still subject to negotiation

Added: 1 Nov 2012

This week’s announcements of Hitachi’s £700-million takeover of the Horizon nuclear project from E.…

Fukushima: Could accidents be 'Made in Britain'?

Added: 16 Jul 2012

Given the scale of devastation suffered by Japan as a result of last year’s earthquake and tsunami …

Energy Bill: When the chips are down

Added: 31 May 2012

Well done to the UK’s chip shop owners, who have managed to fight off a tax hike on hot takeaway fo…

Clean coal must stay high on the agenda

Added: 1 Nov 2011

With its capacity to reduce CO2 emissions from coal-fired power stations by up to 90%, carbon captu…

Leaving your comfort zone

Added: 27 Jul 2011


Technology crossover is a recurring theme in the latest issue of Process Engineering: highlighting …

CO2 or Caesium-137?

Added: 24 Mar 2011

Spare a thought for our redoubtable green lobby groups, who have spent the last two decades warning…

Worst case scenarios

Added: 18 Mar 2011

London – The UK government has asked Dr Mike Weightman, the UK’s chief nuclear inspector to report …