November 27th, 2015
To mitigate climate change, significant reductions in CO2 emissions are necessary, which involves decarbonising the power sector. How can the total system costs of low-carbon systems with high shares of intermittent renewables be reduced? Read full article
The Good Practice Guide consists of a growing number of publications describing good practices regarding electrical energy. It aims to fill the gap between generalist informative papers and highly technical or academic papers. In other words, it primarily addresses readers who have technical insight and some knowledge of the subject, but are not specialists. Subjects include power quality, energy efficiency, renewable energy systems, electrical networks and electricity for buildings.Read full article
Fossil energy systems can certainly lead to conflict; a situation that the world has unfortunately witnessed too frequently in recent decades. But what about renewable energy systems? Could these lead to conflict too? Read full article
It used to be a lot easier. At one time 230V cabling would be laid in a newly-built home, to which a few sockets, power points and switches were connected. At most, there was also a telephone socket in the wall and a coax cable connection for the television. A small distribution board was sufficient to protect a few socket and lighting circuits. The installation was ready.Read full article
Both Concentrated Solar Power and Photovoltaics offer huge potential. But does one technology offer more than the other? Does it depend on geography? And what about the cost of electricity produced by both methods?
CSP and PV: What’s the difference?
CSP (Concentrated Solar Power) uses mirrors to concentrate the energy from the sun and heat a fluid to produce steam. The steam is then used to turn a turbine in the same manner used in conventional power.Read full article
Leonardo ENERGY is currently working on five key dossiers: the Energy Union; electricity in heating and cooling; the demand side in the power system; building automation and the Ecodesign Directive; and improving technical installations in buildings. Below we present our most recent communications in each area.Read full article
By 2018, a silicon carbide-based electronic distribution transformer that is cost-competitive with traditional distribution transformers will be installed on a line operated by the Italian utility ENEL, according to Dr Daniel Fernandez Hevia, Head of R&D in INAEL Electrical Systems and coordinator of the EU-funded SPEED project.Read full article
In recent years, several governments have encouraged the creation of Sustainable Energy Communities to help them achieve their energy and environmental targets. But major discrepancies in the presence of SECs exist between countries. Read full article
ECI inputs for the Public Consultation on the Evaluation of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD)
The EPBD has thus far been partially successful in improving the energy performance of buildings. It definitely has introduced or promoted a culture of insulation in most EU member states.Read full article
Research was conducted to look at the cost of electricity for PV and wind installations at six UK prosumer sites.
The arrival of small-scale decentralized energy installations has led to the emergence of so-called “prosumers”. These are entities or households that are both a producer as well as a consumer of energy.Read full article