At about 10% of all EU energy use the scale of cost-effective energy savings and carbon reductions by proper application of building automation and controls is very large. To unlock this potential, there is no need for more EU regulation but rather to ensure MS implementation of existing regulations is in line with an holistic strategy to target this specific savings opportunity.
Limited battery range has been stated as the main barrier to people purchasing an electric vehicle. But do electric vehicle users actually find it such a handicap? A study comes up with some surprising conclusions.
Electric vehicle registrations in Europe rose by more than 60% in 2014 compared to 2013. Overall, 65,199 electric cars and commercial vehicles were registered in Europe in 2014. However, more than half were in just two countries – Norway and France.
The major automotive groups around the world are developing wireless charging solutions for their electric vehicles. Engineers and academics at Fraunhofer IISB in Nürnberg believe the industry is on the wrong track. By thinking “off the mainstream” they propose an alternative vision for wireless charging.
The attraction of wireless charging
Wireless charging of electric vehicles has a number of attractions. The driver does not need to get out of the car to start a recharge.
Research was carried out into the implementation of the Feed-in Tariff policy throughout the world to investigate whether it still is the most effective support scheme for renewable energy
To promote renewable energy, countries have over the years developed a range of different policies.
Crowdfunding is threatening to disrupt long-established tendering practices for big renewable energy projects.
In February 2015, two Danish community energy charities jointly applied to tender for the construction, operation and ownership of 350 MW of offshore wind turbines. They intended to raise 30% of the funding through a crowdfunding campaign.
In June the bid was denied prequalification by the Danish Energy Agency on the grounds that the companies involved did not have sufficient annual turnover.
In a recent Energy Blog article we looked at the advantages of staying on the grid rather than going off it. Here is a different perspective.
The most cost-competitive way of providing electricity is generally considered to be central electricity generation with transmission and distribution (T&D). Such a grid works fine for most urban and densely populated areas of the developed world, but what about in rural areas in developing countries?