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Npower to increase energy prices by almost 10%

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British energy supplier npower will raise its dual-fuel annual energy bills by an average of 9.8 percent, or 109 pounds, from 16th March.

Innogy-owned (IGY.DE) npower said the increase is equivalent to an average rise of 4.8 percent for gas and 15 percent for electricity, adding that it is the company's first increase since October 2013 and will affect about half of its 2.8 million customers.

"This is a hugely difficult decision, and we’ve delayed the date this takes effect until after the coldest months of the year. We’ve also made sure that our most vulnerable customers won’t see any impact until May," Simon Stacey, the company's managing director for domestic markets, said in a statement.

Npower cited increases in wholesale energy costs and the cost of delivering on government policies.

"This trend is set to continue, with network and policy costs representing an increasing share of domestic electricity bills," it said.

British wholesale gas and electricity prices rose sharply last year and have continued to rise this year, leading to speculation that electricity suppliers could raise prices after the end of the peak winter heating season.

Late last year energy suppliers in Britain, such as Centrica (CNA.L), E.ON (EONGn.DE), SSE (SSE.L) and EDF (EDF.PA), announced freezes to standard winter prices.

E.ON said that its residential standard energy prices would not increase until at least April this year, while EDF said its is variable electricity prices would be frozen until March 1 but then rise by 8.4 percent.
Energy bills have doubled in Britain over the past decade to about 1,200 pounds a year on average and the government has said that it could intervene if it believes that prices are too high.

A bright future

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CLEVER: Mohamed Elrawemi is closely involved with the NanoMend project which aims to roll out the availability of renewable energy

CLEVER: Mohamed Elrawemi is closely involved with the NanoMend project which aims to roll out the availability of renewable energy

Huddersfield leads the way in renewable energy research

Research at the University of Huddersfield has never been ‘brighter’ as scientists take the lead on innovative designs for new flexible solar panels.

The project, named NanoMend, is funded by the EU’s Framework Seven research programme, and aims to improve the efficiency of the energy sources, whilst also cutting costs in manufacturing to create  greater availability of the panels.

Its eventual goal is to develop new technologies for the detection, cleaning and repair of micro and nanoscale defects in thin films that are vital in products such as printed electronics and solar panels.

Libyan scientist, Mohamed Elrawemi, who is currently completing his doctoral studies at the university, is one of the leads on the initiative.

Supported by funding from the Libyan Government’s Higher Education Ministry, he is in the later stages of a PhD and has contributed to 23 papers dealing with aspects of the NanoMend research.

The latest, entitled ‘Metrology of Al2O3 Barrier Film for Flexible CIGS Solar Cells’, is due to appear in the new edition of the International Journal of Energy Optimization and Engineering.

Mohamed is the lead author for this article, and it takes its place in a sequence of papers that began in 2012 with a contribution to the International Journal of Energy Optimization and Engineering.

Other outlets have included the International Journal of Precision Technology, Surface Topography: Metrology and Properties and Thin Solid Films, in which one article by the Huddersfield-based researcher, rapidly gained a large number of downloads globally.

There have also been contributions to the published proceedings of several international conferences.

The NanoMend researchers at the University of Huddersfield have been working with Durham-based Centre for Process Innovation, a leading producer of printable electronics, including flexible solar panels.

In these products, a thin ‘barrier film’ is vital to protect the electronics.  But tiny defects can allow the penetration of water vapour that can degrade the barrier and reduce the efficiency of the solar panel itself.

The team based at the Huddersfield EPSRC Centre have been working on a new metrology system that can detect tiny defects and will therefore aid the manufacture of roll-to-roll barrier film in large volumes.

Lourdes Associates: For all your energy needs

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