November 20th, 2012

Smart electrification as the road forward

In the whitepaper 'Coping with the Energy Challenge / The IEC’s role from 2010 to 2030', smart electrification is seen as the key to a sustainable and efficient global energy system. By opting for renewable energy sources and using electrical energy in a smart and controlled manner, electricity can play the major roll in decarbonizing the global economy. This is not a business-as-usual scenario.

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November 9th

Webinar - Technologies for the Electromagnetic Processing of Materials - Energy and Carbon savings

Date: 23 January 2013

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October 25th

Retrofitting of building: a cost-efficiency analysis

In 2010, the French Ministry of Research funded a three-year study to analyze possible solutions leading to a reduction in CO2 emissions that could be feasibly implemented across a large city. This study sought to construct cost-effectiveness indicators in various sectors (building, transport, non-carbon energy production). Cost-effectiveness ratios measure the effort required to implement a solution and the impact in terms of CO2 savings.

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September 14th

World Energy Use in 2011: Slowdown in global energy demand

After the strong growth noticed in 2010, global energy consumption increased at a much slower pace in 2011 (2.2% to 4.9%). While this slowdown is mainly due to the economic crisis that hit OECD countries, the record oil prices also played a role, limiting the growth in global oil consumption even in energy-hungry countries such as China or India.

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September 11th

The impact of energy-saving installations in European homes on the life cycle cost

The energy-saving measures most often applied in homes relate to better insulation of the outer shell. Nevertheless, other technologies and installations can drastically drive down the energy consumption of a home. These include, amongst others, the solar boiler, heat pump, and integrated home system. Some of these less well-known techniques do even better than additional insulation, depending, of course, on the climate, the type of building (apartment or house), and the age of the building (new construction or renovation).

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September 5th

Chilean PV Generation Below Grid Parity

A 300 MW PV project in Northern Chile will generate electricity at less than grid parity, according to Matias Mori, Executive Vice President of Chile’s Foreign Investment Committee. Mr. Mori described the development as a huge step in the development of the PV sector and a boost for the technology’s mass adoption.

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September 4th

Optimising Inter-connected Offshore Wind Farms Slashes Costs

Wind pattern-optimised and interconnected US offshore wind projects could slash transmission costs, relieve onshore transmission congestion problems, smooth power output, and deliver average capacity factors of 48%.

The Atlantic Wind Connection is steadily moving through the US approvals processes. The aim is to start construction in 2013 on the 6 GW HVDC power line that will run from the East coast of Virginia to Northern New Jersey with additional links to shore in the Delaware and Southern New Jersey regions.

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September 3rd

PV Losing Its Training Wheels

Over the next three years the global PV industry will be in preparation for life without subsidy, according to analysts. It will be a rocky ride. But ultimately subsidy must go.

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August 31st

U.S. Onshore Wind Energy at Record Low Costs

During 2013, the cost of energy from newly installed onshore wind turbines in the US will be as much as 39% below the previous record low point set in 2003. U.S.

In early June, Vestas CEO Ditlev Engel expressed fears that the US onshore wind turbine market would drop by 80% next year if the production tax credit is not renewed. The irony is that the PTC could provide greater benefit to the wind industry than was ever possible in the past.

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August 29th

Checklist - Design Guide for Integrated Home Systems

Most people these days are familiar with the term ‘Integrated Home Systems’ (hereafter abbreviated to IHS). However, when people begin to talk about IHS it quickly become apparent that nearly everyone interprets this term differently. For one person it is a lighting control system, for another a sound distribution system, and for yet another it is a system which ensures that older people are able to go on living independently at home for longer.

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