September 8th, 2014

What role can planners play in energy production?

This is a key question asked by Nikhil Kaza and Marie Patane Curtis in their recent paper entitled “The Land Use Energy Connection.”

It’s a valid – and highly relevant – question to ask, because most planners focus on energy consumption, not production. They strive towards compact housing and urban patterns that decrease household and transportation energy use, to reduce import dependency and climate change.

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Impact of user behaviour and intelligent control on the energy performance of residential buildings

A policy case for energy saving technologies and intelligent controls in dwellings

User behaviour has a significant impact on the overall energy consumption of residential buildings. This includes specific technology choices of users during construction/purchasing phase of a dwelling as well as the behaviour of the residents.

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September 1st

Upsizing power cables could lead to significant energy savings

Estimated annual electricity savings of cable upsizing could total 20 TWh/year, yet market research indicates that the industry still views initial cost as an obstacle

The European Copper Institute has estimated the benefits of applying an economic cable sizing strategy on an EU scale to industry and tertiary sectors and has come up with an electricity saving potential of 20 TWh/year.

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August 28th

Impact evaluation of Energy Efficiency and DSM programmes

Author: 
Harry Vreuls
Post date: 
Thu, 08/28/2014 - 14:31

The presentation starts combing the well known input-output-impact chain within a preferred evaluation framework dealing with the  evaluation questions:

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August 26th

Role of Building Automation related to Renewable Energy in nZEB’s

Building automation has a key role to play in the implementation of nearly zero-energy buildings (nZEB). Building automation is the connector of all the single requirements for nZEB, such as a well-insulated and airtight building shell, efficient HVAC system and a high share of renewable energy. That is the main conclusion of this study, prepared by Ecofys for the Leonardo ENERGY initiative.

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August 25th

How does the public view renewable energy technologies?

Few studies have investigated and compared the acceptance of different energy technologies. Moreover, little is known about the role of protected values. These are the values that a person considers extremely important and non-negotiable – for example in the context of energy resources.

In a large survey in Switzerland, Vivianne H. M. Visschers and Michael Siegrist of the ETH Zurich Institute for Environmental Decision Making investigated the acceptance of five energy technologies, including protected values.

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August 12th

Potential energy savings from the increased application of heating controls in residential properties across the EU

This report, prepared for eu.bac (European Building Automation and Controls Association), once more emphasises the need for more action on home heating controls.

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Saving Energy with Decentralized Circulation Pumps

Central heating systems are widely used in homes throughout much of Europe. Most of them consist of one or more centrally located pumps that circulate hot water to the radiators and the floor heating system. However, there are alternatives available as well. A relatively new technology uses small decentralized circulation pumps. Each radiator and each circuit of the floor heating system has its own circulation pump. This not only enables zone-heating, it also helps save fuel and electricity.

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August 6th

Energy Management in Industry

The free e-learning course is structured into 15 e-Learning modules, including illustrative case studies for industry. The duration of each module is of about 10 minutes. The 15 modules total approximately 4-5 hours. The recommended duration to complete the course is 1 month. At the end of the course, we invite your feedback. The course is self-paced.

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August 5th

Energy Management in Buildings

This course trains energy managers to be the top management representative, focussing on a top management – energy manager teamwork. The course is structured into 12 e-Learning modules, including illustrative case studies for buildings. The duration of each module is of about 10 minutes. The 12 modules total approximately 4-5 hours. The recommended duration to complete the course is 1 month.

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