June 9th, 2013

All hope relies on electrical energy storage

The development of Electrical Energy Storage technology (EES) carries the weight of huge expectations. According to an earlier International Electrotechnical Commission White Paper, many of the medium and long-term renewable energy targets that have been set by governments are impossible to achieve without a fundamental breakthrough in storage technology. Energy storage systems already exist, but a major technology shift is required to enable large-scale deployment.

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June 4th

Photovoltaic Grid Parity – Webinar Series

PV Grid Parity is defined as the moment when PV Levelized Cost of Energy becomes competitive with retail electricity prices, assuming that 100% of the electricity is self-consumed instantaneously. This point has already been reached in many regions of the world.

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May 22nd

Investigation into the Performance of Aluminum Wound Distribution Transformers

The stresses responsible for transformer failures, creep behavior of aluminum conductor, operating conditions, frequent magnetic inrush current and their effects on the life of distribution transformer (DTs) are being investigated. It is being investigated by conducting experiments that hot spot temperature, creep behavior of aluminum conductor, and frequent switching of DTs in the field may be responsible for excessive failures.

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Denmark's Wind Power Evolution

Denmark is seen as the great wind power success story. But the number of ordinary Danes participating in the wind power sector actually decreased for many years.

In 2004, 100,000 Danish households owned shares in community wind power projects. 3,000 MW of wind turbines was installed by 2003 – double the target set by the Danish government for 2005.

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May 20th

Efficiency and Loss Evaluation of Large Power Transformers

All power transformers have very high energy efficiency—the largest are probably the most efficient machines ever devised. However, there is still scope for improvement. Any improvement in the performance of large transformers offers the potential of genuine economic benefits because their throughput and their continuous duty mean that the energy they waste is likewise enormous.

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May 14th

Webinar - Nearly Zero-Energy Buildings and Offsite Renewables

Date : 29th May 2013

Summary : The energy performance of buildings is key for reaching the European Union’s very ambitious climate targets. “Nearly zero energy building (nZEB)” is the term for a building standard that complies with this ambition.

Living in 2013 we have 8 years to go until every single Member State will have to build every new building as nearly zero energy building, and even only 6 years to go for nearly zero energy public buildings.

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May 10th

The end-users as starting point for designing dynamic pricing approaches to change household energy consumption behaviours


The increasing deployment of intermittent resources, decentralised generation, and the expectation of further electrification pose a number of challenges to DSOs and TSOs in relation to the balance of supply and demand. The increasing interest in demand reduction and demand shifting has resulted in discussions about how dynamic pricing can be used to best encourage household end-users to change their energy behaviours - more specifically to shift (and reduce) energy consumption.

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May 7th

Energy Efficiency Self-Assessment in Industry

Industrial companies seeking ways to reduce energy consumption often call upon external advisors to assess the energy efficiency of a plant. While this is generally a good idea, it is unwise to leave this task entirely up to the external advisor. Identification of promising opportunities for saving energy requires thorough insight into the plant’s processes and a profound knowledge of the process design. Plant engineers and operators generally have a much greater insight into their plant than external advisors.

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May 6th

International Energy Agency - Photovoltaic Power Systems 2012 Annual Report

As a leading international network of expertise, IEA PVPS has the mission to cooperate on a global level in this rapidly evolving technology area.

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April 24th

A new generation of small PV systems for lighting and communication

The IEA Photovoltaic Power Systems Programme (IEA-PVPS) is one of the collaborative R & D agreements established within the IEA and, since 1993, its participants have been conducting a variety of joint projects in the applications of photovoltaic conversion of solar energy into electricity.

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