Energy & Utilities UK | ICIS Heren | 17 October 2012

German offshore wind electricity needs cash-flow clarity

Germany must consider an electricity capacity-based market model in order to encourage the development of offshore wind parks and reject the idea of a system based on selling into the spot market according to Michael Kruse, Principal at Arthur D. Little. In the article Michael says offshore wind parks are not really profitable anymore and they still require public subsidies and pricing incentives. He says the wind sector could learn from the nuclear industry by spreading development costs across a number of parties.

Energy & Utilities UK | Offshore Wind Engineering | 15 October 2012


An article written by Michael Kruse, Principal at Arthur D. Little, about lessons that can be learnt from the experience of the nuclear sector. He says the biggest challenges for the offshore sectors are the rapid technology advancement of still immature offshore wind technology, the lack of standardisation, inadequate planning and a still-emerging supplier landscape. Michael explains how the nuclear industry had faced the same challenges and how they’ve overcome them. He suggests that the implementation of large capital projects in organisations should be brought closer together and that the offshore sector should become more open.

Germany | Financial Times Deutschland | 12 October 2012

Consulting-industry: Without losses through the crises

The grim economic environment forces the consulting industry to change. The demise of the European Economy for most consultancies means reduced turnovers. Therefore, “customers think twice before they engage new projects when the direct financial success is hard to be measured”, says Dr. Fabian Doemer, Arthur D. Little’s Managing Partner in Germany. There is high demand for consulting-services relating to cost-related topics such as electro-mobility, virtualization of several industries and the energy turnaround.

Energy & Utilities UK | reNews | 11 October 2012

Nuclear ‘best practice holds lessons for wind’

Expertise from the nuclear sector could be leveraged to help boost the offshore wind industry according to Michael Kruse, Principal at Arthur D. Little. In the article Michael says that offshore wind could follow nuclear’s “intelligent customer” model, created when tight regulation forced big energy companies to develop a deep understanding of the supply chain and power plant components. He also argues for a fresh approach to project management and for better linkages between utilities’ ad-hoc developers and their fleet management divisions.

Automotive Germany | Handelsblatt | 02 October 2012

Automotive industry plays the Electro Blues

The concept of Electro-mobility has stagnated and the realization that the targeted sales will not be achieved has brought many car manufacturers back down to earth. The big players are now cautiously trying to establish new innovations in the market. Customer interest in electric cars hase not reached the levels predicted by economic experts. “Electro-mobility stands at a crossroad”, says Carsten Kahner, partner at Arthur D. Little’s automotive practice. In the course of a study his team found out that there won’t be any short term breakthroughs for pure electric cars. Additionally, special sales appeals are the wrong way to strengthen the e-mobility market. “Government-funded investments in technological innovations would often be a better way to boost sales.” Especially in France the direct purchase of battery-driven electric cars is strongly supported. Subventions play a big role in the sales planning of French car maker Renault-Nissan.

Travel & Transportation UK | Postal Technology International | 01 October 2012

Moving mail and logistics

Marten Buettner discusses the key factors for success in the postal and logistic industry to ensure efficient movement of mail and logistics. He also discusses the key challenges of moving mail and what methodologies can optimize the network structure. Martin Buettner built up the postal practice of Arthur D. Little as a partner.

Energy & Utilities UK | New Energy World | 01 October 2012

Offshore wind should look to nuclear for cost reduction lessons

The offshore wind sector should learn from the nuclear power sector in terms of reducing costs and improving installation processes according to Michael Kruse, Principal at Arthur D. Little.  In the article Michael Kruse says that one thing that can be learned from the nuclear sector is the degree of standardisation of requirements and licensing.

Energy & Utilities UK | 2Degrees | 19 September 2012

The global shale “revolution” offers plenty of opportunities and challenges, says Arthur D. Little

An article written by Arthur D. Little about the booming shale gas revolution and the significant strategic, commercial, technical and environmental challenges energy players face going forward. It also talks about the expansion of ‘the shale gas revolution’ into Eastern Europe, Asia and Latin America, where current production is still non-existent or very modest relative to the potential shale gas reserves. Arthur D. Little says there are still plenty of exciting although perhaps riskier opportunities and that for most global energy companies, unconventional hydrocarbons will represent a significant growth avenue for many years to come.

Energy & Utilities Germany | Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung | 19 September 2012

The atomic map of the world

The relative share of nuclear power generation of the world’s energy production is continually decreasing. Nevertheless, more than 18 months after the catastrophe in Fukushima there are more nuclear reactors planned than before the disaster. Apart from Germany, there are many countries that favor nuclear energy because of its advantages. A recent analysis by Arthur D. Little reveals: Currently there are 60 countries taking nuclear energy as a realistic option into account. In total this could lead to 560 additional nuclear reactors by 2030.

Travel & Transportation UK | Air Transport World | 01 September 2012

Riding High

In 2011 the world’s airports saw record levels of growth according to the Arthur D. Little World Airport Traffic Report 2012. The article discusses the report results in detail and Arthur D. Little principle Mathieu Blondel is quoted as saying the next 10 years are going to be very different from the last 10 years and that there would probably be a slight downturn in 2012, with global growth possibly closer to the 2% - 2.5% mark. However he anticipates recovery by 2015 - economic, political and environmental factors notwithstanding. Arthur D. Little predicts an area of significant change for airports and their relationship with their airlines customers.

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