May 22nd, 2015

Saving energy in the pig and dairy industries

In farming businesses, a 20% reduction in energy costs can represent the same bottom line benefit as a 5% increase in sales. Being energy efficient can also enhance a business’s image and reduce its environmental footprint.

This article looks at energy-saving opportunities in the pig farming and dairy industries. Where applicable it deals with heating; ventilation & air circulation; refrigeration equipment; lighting; building fabric; and energy management.

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May 19th

Status Report on Ocean Energy

A recent report from the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) presents the overall state of play of ocean energy in Europe and globally in 2014. The report analysed in depth the four main types of ocean energy conversion technologies and the key activities undertaken to ensure and facilitate their commercialisation.

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May 12th

Active Harmonic Conditioners

This Application Note discusses the use of active filters to reduce harmonic currents in installations. Active filters work by providing the harmonic current required by the load instead of it being drawn from the supply.

The major advantage of active filters is that they can be distributed around an electrical network in a decentralized manner, which enhances the effect of filtering. They can be programmed to respond to selected or all harmonic frequencies and quickly adapt to changes in load profile.

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May 8th

5MW Liquid Air Energy Storage Demonstrator Nears Completion

A novel 5MW/15MWh liquid air energy storage system is nearing completion at a landfill waste site near the city of Manchester, England. The demonstration system will be connected to the UK grid to provide balancing services.

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April 30th

Power Generation from High Altitude Winds

A potentially disruptive wind power innovation will begin a week-long trial at a Portuguese air force base before the end of April.

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April 28th

Environmental impact of economic cable sizing

This study analyzes the environmental effects of the use of electric conductors of larger sizes in offices and industrial applications, based on the design choices presented in the report "Modified Cable Sizing Strategies" by Egemin Automation.

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Switching to dynamic electricity tariffs

If presented with a choice of staying with a fixed tariff or moving to a dynamic tariff, will consumers maintain the status quo, or opt for change?

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April 22nd

Chilean edition of PV Grid Parity Monitor

This webinar presents the 6th PV Grid Parity Monitor issue, exclusively focused on the Chilean market.

PV competitiveness will be analyzed for three sectors: residential, commercial and utility-scale. The perspective of each analysis is essentially different and, consequently, so are the data and methodology considered for each segment. These aspects will be discussed during the webinar. The landscape of the current renewable energy regulation will also be depicted. 

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April 20th

Substitution of lead sheath by copper laminated covering in HV cables

In this report attention is paid to the laminated covering, replacing the conventional lead sheath with corrugated aluminium or copper sheath in HV cables. Various designs and related pros and cons for both copper and aluminium laminated coverings will be discussed. Finally international experience and observed trends will be listed, resulting in the conclusion that a long term view, in which the beneficial properties of copper play a part, is recommendable.

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April 18th

How much are we willing to pay for renewable energy?

It’s easy for us to say we support renewable energy. But in practice, what is our willingness-to-pay (WTP) for it?

A key factor in whether a particular country or region is likely to reach its renewable energy objectives – such as the European Union’s goal to achieve a 20% overall share of renewable energy by 2020 – is how willing households are to migrate to its use from conventional energy.

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