June 12th, 2014

Busbar book - Continuing a tradition since 1936

Busbars are used within electrical installations for distributing power from a supply point to a number of output circuits.  They may be used in a variety of configurations ranging from vertical risers – carrying current to each floor of a multi-storey building – to bars used entirely within a distribution panel or within an industrial process.

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June 9th

Design for electrical safety

Unleashing the limitless possibilities of electricity in technological applications requires proper caution and care. Handling vast amounts of energy—in any form—comes with significant hazards. When energy is released in an undesired way, the results can be devastating. One only needs to consider some manifestations of unwanted energy release in nature such as lightning strikes or earthquakes, to realize that handling energy requires due care.

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June 2nd

A Comparison of Long-Term Forecasting Methods

Since the 1970’s much work has been done developing and improving long-term energy forecasting methods.  Forecasters typically use 1 of 5 methods or a combination of these: trend projections, econometric analysis, scenario analysis, end-use analysis and systems dynamics.  This article discusses each of these methods, their pros and cons, and their suitability for different purposes.  This is the second of a 3-part series on long-term energy forecasts.  The Read full article

May 29th

Photovoltaic Grid Parity Monitor

The Photovoltaic Grid Parity Monitor analyses PV competitiveness with retail and wholesale energy markets for residential segment (PV systems of 3kW), commercial (PV systems of 30 kW) and Utility Scale segment (PV systems of 50 MW). It assesses local regulation of twenty four cities in fifteen countries (Australia, Brazil, California, Chile, France, Germany, Italy, Israel, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, Spain, Texas, Turkey, and UK).

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May 22nd

The Evolving Role of the Power Sector Regulator

The Evolving Role of the Power Sector Regulator seeks to briefly characterize the evolving role of the power sector regulator. It describes seven existing objectives of power sector regulators and nine emerging objectives, highlighting key challenges and outlining interdependencies. As the preliminary installment in a series, it aims to lay the groundwork for subsequent reports and case studies that will explore these topics in depth.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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April 28th

How long does/should it take to implement a Minimum Efficiency Performance Standard (MEPS)?

Why does it take five years on average in Europe to get a Minimum Efficiency Performance Standard (MEPS) approved? If we include a few years to get a MEPS on the Ecodesign work program, and a few years after publication before the regulation enters into force, we easily end up with ten years from conception to market. Do other regions do better? Do you have benchmarks for the Americas, Asia or Africa? And are we working as fast as we can, or should we do better?

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