October 9th, 2015

Optimizing energy consumption through an energy hub

An energy hub has significant potential to ensure that the renewable energy generation potential of connected systems is exploited to its maximum.

An energy hub is a combination of multiple conversion, distribution, and storage technologies to supply various consumers of energy. The concept describes and manages the relation between input and output energy flows and can be used to optimise energy consumption.

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October 6th

The Role of the Demand Side in the Power System

ECI Inputs into the Public Consultation on a new Energy Market Design

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October 5th

Integrated Home Systems - Chapter 6 - Controlling Heating with IHS

Despite the fact that modern Integrated Home Systems (IHS) are perfectly capable of controlling a home’s heating system, we find that in practice this is often not the case. The reason for this is often more of a human and organizational nature rather than of a technical nature. Installers of IHS systems and heating often do not understand each other’s work, as a result of which prejudices are played out to avoid having to integrate.

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September 29th

Integrated Home Systems - Chapter 3 - The System File

A modern electrical insta llation, equipped with an int egrated home system, must be transparent and user friendly for the end us er. He/she does not need to know how and through what cables the system data communications are done. What is important for him/her is the function allocated to the pushbuttons and other components. He/she needs to know what happens when a certain pushbutton is pressed. Perhaps just one light goes on or off.

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Salinity Gradient Power Quietly Approaching Cost-Competitiveness

Salinity gradient power is an innovative source of renewable energy that has not received a lot of attention. According to advocates, niche applications of the technology already meet the cost targets for marine energy in 2020.  There are opportunities to bring the costs of niche and large scale versions down further

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September 25th

Saving energy in the food and beverage processing industry

Climate change and a growing global population are putting increasing demands on the food and beverage industry. Sustainability is a hot topic; consumers are demanding greater transparency about the food they eat; and processors are looking at their total supply chain for opportunities to reduce energy, carbon emissions, water consumption and waste.

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September 22nd

Climate change mitigation: private sector cooperative initiatives

Based on five running private sector initiatives addressing climate change mitigation, the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership and Ecofys have assessed their potential impact. Apart from providing a number of economic and social co-benefits, the initiatives could jointly achieve emissions reductions of up to 500 million tonnes of CO2 equivalents by 2020 if scaled.

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Reduction in Distribution Losses and CO2 Emissions In Japan Through Upsizing Low-Voltage CVT Cable Conductors

The Japanese Electric Wire & Cable Maker’s Association established the most appropriate current for power cables with economy (LCC) and environment (LC-CO2) in mind (ECSO current) as one of the Japanese Cable Makers' Association Standards (JCSs). The ECSO current is intended for low-voltage CVT cables used commonly in factories and buildings.

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Power System Flexibility Strategic Roadmap

Relying almost entirely on energy from variable renewable energy sources (vRES) will require a transformation in the way power systems are planned and operated. This report outlines steps for overcoming the challenges in creating power systems with the flexibility needed to maintain system security and reliability while relying primarily on variable energy resources. The work is largely a synthesis of the many reports and studies on this subject.

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September 18th

The future of efficiency standards

How can traditional Minimum Efficiency Performance Standards (MEPS) evolve over the next decade to continue to deliver very large energy savings? Seven areas have been identified as potential opportunities.

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