February 8th, 2016

The Role of Electricity in the Heating and Cooling Strategy

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:

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January 29th

It's time to work harder at removing energy subsidies

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.

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January 25th

Costs of capital for onshore wind in EU

In this webinar, David de Jager will present the findings of a report from the DIA-CORE project. The report is the first to provide an estimation of the costs of capital for onshore wind projects across the 28 EU MS (based on more than 110 interviews across the EU). The report reveals, that from the very start of a project, project developers in the EU do not face the same financing risks and conditions.

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January 22nd

Assessing the use of heat pumps in buildings

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.

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January 15th

What's the best approach to planning a power system in a conflict zone?

A recent paper suggests that traditional methods of energy planning may be inappropriate for conflict zones, and that decentralised grids make more sense

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January 13th

Clean energy: structure and roles of regulators

This session is part of the Clean Energy Regulators Initiative Webinar Programme.

Theme 1 - The Evolving Role of Network Regulators.

Module 1: Defining Structure and Roles of Regulators and Institutions

Power systems around the world are quickly evolving, and the role of power sector regulators is growing substantially more complex.

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January 8th

Wind Power: Bridging the gap between capacity and generation

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%.

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December 23rd, 2015

European Power Quality Survey by Sector

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.

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December 21st

A Comparative Evaluation of Copper and Aluminium Wires and Cables in Building Installations

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.

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Integrated Home Systems - Chapter 4 - Technical Examination

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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