July 21st, 2014

Life Cycle Costing case studies of RES and EE projects

Making sound energy investment decisions is a complex task – no matter whether it concerns a Renewable Energy System (RES) or an Energy Efficiency (EE) investment. A Life Cycle Cost (LCC) analysis combined with an assessment of the available financing options should be the obligatory path for every investment decision. Decision makers usually focus on familiar financing schemes and may fail to consider alternative means of financing which can be of significant added value to a project.

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July 18th

Identifying Challenges and Solutions in Electric Ladle Preheating

Author: 
Baskar Vairamohan
Post date: 
Fri, 07/18/2014 - 20:13

Foundries in U.S. use ladles to transfer molten metal from the melt operation to cast operation. Currently, gas and oil firing are the most common method of drying and heating of refractory lined ladles, tundishes, soaking pits and various furnaces in steel mills and other small and big foundries. Convective heating for heating the refractory linings can be achieved by using dedicated burner setups for ladles and tundishes. However, this method has very low efficiency, in the order of 5-25%. Alternatively, electric ladle pre-heating offers many advantages over the current methods.

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Trends in Ultra-violet (UV) / Electron beam (EB) Curing of Coatings

Author: 
Baskar Vairamohan
Post date: 
Fri, 07/18/2014 - 20:11

This webinar will cover the latest trends, new applications and key players in the Ultraviolet (UV) and Electron Beam (EB) industry. The findings from the recently held RadTech2014 conference in U.S., market trends and outlook for this industry and its impact on customers will also be covered under this topic.

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July 2nd

Sustainable energy: definitions, focus, and the social dimension

How do we define the term ‘sustainable energy’? Will our definition be helped or hindered if instead of calling an energy source either sustainable or unsustainable, we talk about degrees of sustainability? And do we focus too much on the economic and environmental aspects of sustainability, and forget the social dimension?

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July 1st

The Track Record of Long-Term Energy Forecasting

Long-term energy forecasts have a poor track record.  They have failed to accurately predict total energy demand, sector demand and energy prices.  Attempts to improve accuracy by adding more factors to explain consumption and pricing has complicated the models without necessarily improving their results.  This last of 3 articles on long-term energy forecasting focuses on why long-term energy forecasting is so difficult, ideas to improve it and suggested alternatives.

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June 25th

Integrating Technologies and Urban Developments

This goal of this study was to evaluate why and how Canadian building developers may want to integrating energy generation / delivery & conservation technologies within their building practices in the context of urban development.
We started by looking at what is done worldwide to reduce energy and Green House Gas (GHG) emissions in urban developments, and proposed a holistic framework for conducting the analysis.
The study examined how energy is currently used in the urban building sector in Canada.

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June 24th

Integrated Home Systems

The aim of this course is to provide a better picture of integrated home systems. The course consists of 25 questions with multiple-choice answers. Sometimes only one answer is correct; sometimes several are. All correct answers to a question must be ticked in order to consider the question as correctly answered. Good luck.

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June 23rd

Carbon Capture and Storage: what is it, why is it relevant, and does it work?

Author: 
Chris Hendriks
Post date: 
Mon, 06/23/2014 - 09:52

To avoid the risk of severe climate change, greenhouse gas emissions need to be reduced drastically. Carbon dioxide capture and storage (CCS) has the potential to contribute significantly to this ambition. CCS is a family of technologies and techniques that enable the capture of CO₂ from fuel combustion or industrial processes, the transport of CO₂ via ships or pipelines, and its storage underground, in depleted oil and gas fields and deep saline formations.

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June 20th

Overview of Variable Renewable Energy Regulatory Issues

This report focuses on key regulatory issues associated with the deployment of variable renewable energy (VRE) sources, especially wind and solar power. Drawing upon research and experiences from various international contexts, the report identifies key issues and ideas that have emerged as VRE deployment has grown and presents a framework for understanding regulatory issues within the larger context of power system evolution.

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June 16th

Accounting and reporting avoided emissions along the value chain

Author: 
Annemarie Kerkhof
Post date: 
Mon, 06/16/2014 - 15:47

Companies want to go beyond emission reductions in their own operation facilities and supply chains, by designing products that reduce emissions at downstream customers. A fuel efficient tire, for example, reduces greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions when driving a car. Such emission reductions are also called “avoided emissions”. Despite the opportunities, companies face challenges when introducing their innovative products to the market.

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