May 19th, 2014

Fact checks for the biofuels sustainability debate

Author: 
Carlo Hamelinck
Post date: 
Mon, 05/19/2014 - 17:06

Biofuels are surrounded by sustainability concerns, which negatively impact their market prospects, especially in the EU. Rumour has it, that more than 50 million hectares of land were grabbed to produce crops for biofuels, that biofuels endanger food security in developing countries, and that biofuels do not save the climate. But, biofuels are not simply bad or good. This webinar will take you on a trip along key impacts, in an attempt to split facts from fiction, and to draw lessons for policy makers and developers.

Read full story

Primary Energy Demand of Renewable Energy Carriers - Part 1

Author: 
a.stoffregen
Post date: 
Mon, 05/19/2014 - 08:25

Primary energy factors (PEF), often referred to as conversion factors, are required to calculate the total energy consumption including the total chain of energy generation based on the final energy consumption data.

Read full story

May 18th

Primary Energy Demand of Renewable Energy Carriers - Part 2: Policy Implications

Energy related discussions and policy making, such as defining energy saving targets or energy efficiency measures, are often based on primary energy values. These values express the energy consumption of a country, the energy demand of a system, service or product in primary energy units. International and national energy statistics, energy scenarios or environmental assessments are defining and publishing these values.

Read full article

Primary Energy Demand of Renewable Energy Carriers - Part 1: Definitions, accounting methods and their application

This paper is the first part of a two paper series commissioned by the European Copper Institute. It addresses the different primary energy definitions, accounting methods, and their applications with a focus on electricity and heat generation from renewable energy. In addition to renewable energy sources, primary energy factors for electricity from waste, nuclear, and imported electricity are also discussed as these can be calculated in different ways.

Read full article

May 9th

Why Long-Term Energy Forecasts are Valuable

The 21st century has seen the rise of the two largest emerging economies: China and India.  In fact, China’s economy is now the world’s largest.  As these countries’ industries expand and their citizens enjoy higher standards of living, their demand for energy will increase.  The economic emergence of other nations and their need for energy should also be expected, especially in Africa and Asia.  Accommodating the world’s growing need for energy will be challenging and require

Read full article

May 6th

Flexibility options in electricity systems

It is widely recognised that increasing flexibility is key for the reliable operation of future power systems with very high penetration levels of variable renewable energy sources (VRES). The starting point of this report is the understanding of the flexibility requirements for enabling the transition to such power systems.

Read full article

April 29th

Can we achieve 100% renewables? Flexibility options in the electricity system

Author: 
Georgios Papaef...
Post date: 
Tue, 04/29/2014 - 10:12

It is widely recognised that increasing flexibility is key for the reliable operation of future power systems with very high penetration levels of variable renewable energy sources. The starting point of this webinar is the understanding of the flexibility requirements for enabling the transition to such power systems. A comprehensive assessment of the complete spectrum of flexibility options will be provided, identifying key barriers for their deployment.

Read full story

April 28th

Investing in Long-Life Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Assets

This paper focuses on long-life asset investments (i.e. those lasting between one and more than twenty-years). Investing in long-life assets must consider dealing with all types of potential risks. Risk assessment must be one of the foundation stones of every investment decision and needs to follow three important steps:

Read full article

April 7th

Heat Pump Implementation Scenarios until 2030

Author: 
Kjell Bettgenhauser
Post date: 
Mon, 04/07/2014 - 16:41

The webinar will present results of a study carried out by Ecofys for the European Heat Pump Association. The aim of the study was to quantify the potential of heat pumps to save CO2-eq emissions and energy and to increase the use of renewable energy in the EU’s building sector until 2030. The study assesses related impacts on investments and energy costs.

Read full story

April 4th

Does the UK’s Investments in Nuclear Power Make Any Sense?

The UK government is guaranteeing the purchase of power from a 3340 MW nuclear plant at €110 per MWh for 35 years. Now they are looking for developers to build further nuclear plants. Does this make any sense?

Read full article

Pages

Follow us