November 27th, 2015

What's the least-cost option for integrating intermittent renewables in low-carbon power systems?

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?

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November 21st

200 Good Practices to Build Sustainable Energy Systems

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.

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November 20th

Can renewable energy systems cause conflict?

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?

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November 18th

Integrated Home Systems - Chapter 5 - Structured Cabling

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.

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November 13th

What's the potential for solar power?

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.

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November 9th

Leonardo ENERGY’s regulatory dossiers

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.

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November 6th

Cost-competitive solid-state distribution transformers online within two years

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.

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October 30th

Propogating Sustainable Energy Communities

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.

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Improving Technical Installations in Buildings

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.
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October 23rd

The viability of electricity prosumer structures

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.

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