Energy System

Author: Edd Gent

While solar and wind power are rapidly becoming cost-competitive with fossil fuels in areas with lots of sun and wind, they still can’t provide the 24/7 power we’ve become used to. At present, that’s not big a problem because the grid still features plenty of fossil fuel plants that can provide constant baseload or ramp up to meet surges in demand.

But there’s broad agreement…

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CHP

ORC-systems are helping to create a sustainable energy future

ORC (Organic Rankine Cycle) technology made possible by SWEP brazed plate heat exchangers is being used in Sweden to transform waste heat into renewable electricity. This high efficiency and low maintenance way to produce sustainable electricity is being adopted by district heating systems around the world. Read how Ronneby Municipality put this innovative technology to use.

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Energy System CHP

Utilize all the available energy — Heat recovery

Today, global industry consumes a vast amount of energy. The biggest challenge is that as much as half of it is wasted due to the inefficient and complicated recovery of low-grade energy. Heat in the…

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Energy Storage

Cheaper Storage, Bigger Markets, Lots of EVs… Are you Ready?

Davion Hill, first published here.

We’ve talked a lot about falling energy storage costs, and you’ve heard me say cost reductions of 8-15% per year have been the historical norm, at least for the…

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Energy Storage

TOP 3 articles in Energy Efficiency fom the 2nd quarter of 2018

1 - What's next for industrial energy efficiency?

By Paul Noble

Why don't companies do more? This is the question to understand why organizations don't engage a holistic energy efficiency approach…

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Energy System

Depleting stupidity

First published here.

I was glad to see that Amory Lovins returned to the subject of the size of the energy efficiency resource in a recent paper in Environmental Research Letters. Amory mentions the…

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Renewables

Ireland’s new Renewable Energy Support Scheme (RESS) design

First published here.

What does it mean for the renewable industry in Ireland?

On Tuesday 24th July, the Government of the Republic of Ireland approved the design of the new Renewable Electricity…

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Energy Storage Renewables

Batteries included: Gigafactories advance German energy transition

First published here.

Wind farms connected to batteries can help Germany go fossil-free (Photo by Frank SchwichtenbergCC BY 3.0)

Energy storage is going to be a huge industry in the transition to…

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Renewables

Is an energy revolution underway in Chile?

First published here

Chile’s share of renewable energy has tripled in the past five years. Maximiliano Proaño takes a look at the policy behind this massive growth, and the road ahead.

In May,…

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Renewables

Local energy aggregation: Similarities between the Italian Hera Group and the Community Choice Energy programs in California

First published here.

In the past two articles, I analyzed several aspects of the Hera Group, its strong dedication to sustainable development, and how the company is advancing energy efficiency in…

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Renewables

Offshore wind rising to challenge king coal in Polish energy market

First published here.

Poland's energy and electricity markets are undergoing major changes. As costs fall in the offshore wind industry, so it is becoming price-competitive with more carbon-intensive…

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Renewables

The next wave of renewable energy?

First published here. By Chris Bentley

Marine hydropower could make waves in renewable energy, if it can overcome technological and financial challenges. Chris Bentley takes a look.

For now, the…

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Renewables

Will South Korea’s energy transition include nuclear?

Ulchin Nuclear Power Plant won’t be closing any time soon, although President Moon had hoped to reduce the share of nuclear in Korea (Photo by IAEA, edited, CC BY-SA 2.0)

From Yi hyun kang, Energy…

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Energy Storage

Why do you need energy storage monitoring?

From Davion Hill, first published here.

Joint Industry Program: IMPRESS

In July 2016, DNV GL proudly announced acquisition of Green Power Monitor, which monitors 2300 facilities in over 51…

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Energy System

What’s next for industrial energy efficiency?

From Paul Noble, DNV GL, first published here.

There has been a great deal of thought about how industrial companies can keep delivering improved energy efficiency. And many companies have made great…

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Energy System Renewables

The hidden benefits of solar powered energy

Are you a solar-powered energy user? Have you considered adopting solar as a source of power for your home or business?

If you answered “yes” you’re in good company. According to a recent report from…

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Energy System Renewables Demand Response

When is the grid “full”?

Recently, I wrote about the latest negotiation results for a new German government. On Sunday, the Social Democrats adopted the proposal for a new grand coalition – a repeat with the Christian…

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Demand Response

India – a global player in energy efficiency

It has been a while since I have had a chance to write a blog because I have been very busy working with our JV partner EESL as well as on other projects.  In November I made my first ever visit to…

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Demand Response

Digital platforms in the energy sector – definition & first applications

Integrating renewables into the electricity system is a challenging task. Currently, different concepts of how to do this are being discussed. In our last two posts we focussed on different concepts…

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Energy System

New Utility Business Model: leverage customer base

New Utility Busines Model: leverage customer base

The typical utility model of the past is dead.

The rise of renewables is often mentioned as one of the key reasons. Giant utilities were and are…

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Renewables

10 Facts about Solar Power

Solar’s lowcost, versatility and reliability, means that it is poised to become the dominant energy source by 2050.

Solar is easy to install, easy to maintain and an easy way to save money. Perhaps the most common objection from solar sceptics is “the sun doesn’t shine at night”. We have solved this: we now have storage systems that temporarily store generated solar power and deliver clean…

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Renewables

10 Facts about Wind Power

Wind power is one of the fastest growing industrial segments in the world. Being once a niche market in Europe, wind has added more capacity than any other technology over the last decade. Now, wind power nears the 500 GW milestone, providing jobs and power to regions across the globe.

Wind energy is the most efficient solution to reduce emissions in the power sector. Onshore wind is now the…

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CHP

10 Facts about Cogeneration-CHP

Cogeneration (Combined Heat and Power or CHP) is the simultaneous production of electricity and heat, both of which are used. In conventional power plants, heat is not recovered when generating power, while in cogeneration plants the heat is put to effective use to provide comfort (space heating and hot water) or services (high temperature heat and steam) for homes, public buildings, businesses…

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Energy System

Game Changers in the energy system

"Important changes in the provision and consumption of electricity services are now underway, driven to a significant degree by a confluence of factors affecting the distribution side of power…

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Renewables

Why Germany needs a European Energiewende

Why Germany needs a European Energiewende

The European Union is currently negotiating its 2030 energy goals. So far, the German Energiewende has been criticized for being too inward-looking. Yet it…

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