February 8th, 2016
There are strong opportunities to better marry the EU’s electricity and thermal energy systems to help drive up penetration of renewables, increase efficiency, lower emissions and support economic growth. Integral to this will be the promotion of efficient electrothermal technologies.
These are the conclusions of a stakeholder workshop organised by European Copper Institute on October 8, 2015 leading to the following recommendations:Read full article
According to a study published in 2015 by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the cost of fossil fuels is much higher than previously thought. Global energy subsidies are an estimated $5.3 trillion per year. Read full article
Ground source heat pumps have been identified as highly efficient solutions for building space conditioning and for integration in smart grids
The buildings sector represents about 40% of the final energy consumption and 36% of total Greenhouse Gases (GHG) emissions in the European Union. Due to its high savings potential, it is considered one of the key sectors to reach the EU’s energy targets.Read full article
A recent paper suggests that traditional methods of energy planning may be inappropriate for conflict zones, and that decentralised grids make more sense Read full article
Why does wind power capacity lag behind generation? What policies are needed to close the gap?
In the last decade, renewable energy has shown a very high rate of expansion. Between 2004 and 2013, power generation capacity of renewables grew from 85 GW to 560 GW; a growth of over 600%.
However, over more or less the same period, the share of renewables in the total primary energy supply has only increased from 10.6% to 11%; a growth of 0.4%.Read full article
December 23rd, 2015
The European Power Quality Survey conducted by the European Copper Institute indicates that poor Power Quality (PQ) is seriously affecting business results in EU Member States to the tune of around €150 billion annually. Yet companies often do not recognise that the causes of poor PQ are of their own making and that cost-efficient solutions are in their own hands.Read full article
This paper carries out a comparative evaluation of wires and cables used within building installations with copper and aluminium conductors respectively. Arguments relating to the physical properties of copper and aluminium are examined and comparisons between the two types of wires and cables made for ampacity, thermal capacity, weight, size, strength, ease and reliability of installation, reliability of connections and terminations, corrosion aspects and relative costs.Read full article
In this chapter of the Integrated Home Systems (IHS) course we focus on the technological aspects of an IHS installation. Among other things, we discuss where the system intelligence is located, the topology and the media of the installation. We also devote attention to the components of an IHS system and touch on various safety issues. In the final section, we discuss several installation techniques and provide some handy tips for installing an IHS system.
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