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Colin Bennett

Energy efficiency - 0 views

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    "Energy efficiency programs are extremely important now, and they will continue to be important as long as the investments made by customers and the programs offered by utilities remain cost-effective."
Colin Bennett

The Climate Group - Hosts for the Future of Energy - 0 views

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    "We welcome The Climate Group as hosts of The Future of Energy. The Climate Group is an award winning, international non-profit whose goal is a prosperous, low carbon future. "
Colin Bennett

By 2030 There May Not Be Enough Water for Energy Production - 0 views

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    ""The water footprint, like the carbon footprint, will become an increasingly critical factor to consider in addressing reliable and sustainable energy development worldwide.""
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Assessing the performance of energy efficient buildings - 0 views

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    "What are the most important key performance indicators?
    There are, for example, indicators defining the temperature changes in reference rooms. This includes what is referred to as hours of overheating in summer. If the room temperature exceeds 26 degrees Celsius during more than 10 percent of the hours of use during a year, the room comfort is no longer achieved. Other indicators measure air quality. For example, there are CO2 sensors or so-called VOC-sensors that detect certain scents emitted by the users themselves. If the data exceed certain values, the performance in terms of air quality is not considered as good.
    In addition, there are energy performance indicators, such as an indicator for the overall energy efficiency of a building. We simply measure the energy that is supplied to the building. We then compare the data to pre-calculated values. We can then evaluate whether the building achieves the desired energy performance. Another indicator is the so-called net energy consumption. This is the energy that users actually have to pay for. "
Colin Bennett

A new Energy Policy for the new European Commission? - 0 views

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    "The collapse of key energy policy pillars of Barroso's decade
    1. The world has cheaper and more abundant fossil fuels than expected.
    2. The EU internal Market conceived for gas-fuelled plants competition (CCGTs) has to deal with a fierce RES subsidised push.
    3. The EU Green Revolution (to push us as world R&D and leading manufacturer of a decade-long green growth) is gone.
    4. Carbon pricing originated in the EU and was adopted to some degree here and there but ceased to offer any incentive to change the EU vis-à-vis GHG emissions.
    5. The EU Supply Security is lower than at the fall of the Soviet Union, or before the Bush-Blair invasion in Iraq; and the EU has to address it by itself.
    Then what are the key components that can put EU energy policy back on track toward reaching our 2020-2030 goals? The following policy brief offers a new vision of the energy policy for our new Commission from an independent, academic point of view."
Colin Bennett

Understanding high performance buildings: The link between occupant knowledge of passiv... - 0 views

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    "In the past twenty years, more stringent energy codes and environmental standards have led to many higher performance building designs that use less energy. Oftentimes, high performance buildings that incorporate passive building strategies require active occupant engagement [Brown et al. (2009) [1]] but the people who work in these buildings on a daily basis may not comprehend how their actions (negatively or positively) affect the building's energy use [Janda (2009) [2]]. Additionally, minimal research exists surrounding educational strategies for how to best educate building occupants. The purpose of this study was to investigate existing occupant training in high performance buildings to provide recommendations for future occupant education efforts."
Colin Bennett

US Department of Energy building technologies - 0 views

  • The long-term goal of the Building Technologies Office is to reduce energy use by 50%, compared to a 2010 baseline.
Colin Bennett

Wind of Change: European grid prepares for massive integration of renewables - 0 views

  • An ambitious research project which will be funded by the European Commission, BEST PATHS, will focus on the development of high-capacity transmission networks needed to meet Europe’s long-term energy goals and incorporation of renewable energy sources.
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UW fusion reactor concept could be cheaper than coal - 0 views

  • The UW’s current fusion experiment, HIT-SI3. It is about one-tenth the size of the power-producing dynomak concept.U of Washington
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Zero Energy Building Construction - 1 views

  • Also called net zero energy buildings, ZEBs bring together existing energy efficient technologies to form a high-performance building
Colin Bennett

Why The Debate Over Energy Storage Utterly Misses The Point - 0 views

  • Just last week, a report by Swiss bank UBS showed how the linked development of energy storage, solar power and electric vehicles is changing the economics of power generation. UBS predicts that by 2020, a return on investment for an unsubsidized purchase of an electric vehicle, coupled with a rooftop solar installation and battery storage, will drop to just six years in much of Europe. Smart distribution networks would precisely manage the usage and allocation of electricity, allowing for an electric car to be charged at night, for the sun to power a house during daylight hours and for improved batteries to store power for other residential uses. While such news might not be met with cheers in the offices of national grid operators, it shows just how the quest for "The Holy Grail of Energy Storage" is doomed to fail. 
Colin Bennett

Concern grows among UK manufacturers at rising energy costs - 0 views

  • In an attempt to reduce costs and cut emissions, manufacturers are increasingly turning to energy efficient technologies. Almost two-thirds of companies surveyed planned to increase investment in energy management during the next 12 months, in areas such as renewable and self-generation technologies.

    The aerospace industry leads the way, with more than two-thirds investing in energy efficient technologies, compared with 41 per cent in metals and aggregates.

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Energy Storage Tames Renewables - 0 views

  • A tremendous effort is taking place worldwide to increase the amount of wind and solar generation interconnected to the grid, and it is very successful. Today’s power system has more renewable generation than ever before. With all the financial enticements, regulatory motivations and environmental inducements, tomorrow’s grid will only integrate more of it.

    As the 21st century power system builds out, it is going to include a lot more wind and solar generation than it does today. To make it all work, there are big changes taking place on the grid and the application of energy storage systems is one of those. They are going to play a critical role in the successful integration of renewable energy resources into the grid.

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Water scarcity and rising energy costs threaten mining industry - 0 views

  • EY, the consultancy, said affordable water and energy should now be viewed as one of the 10 biggest problems for miners. The threat was particularly acute in South America and Africa, it said. These continents are significant in the global supply of many metals, particularly copper.
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Connecting dead ends increases power grid stability - 0 views

  • They found that connecting dead ends can significantly increase power grid stability. The findings are confirmed by a case study of the Scandinavian power system. Connecting dead ends increases power grid stability
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The International Energy Efficiency Scorecard - 0 views

  • The International Energy Efficiency Scorecard ranks the world's largest economies on their energy efficiency policies and programs.
Colin Bennett

Top 5 Exotic Free Energy Technologies - 0 views

  • This page is devoted to featuring the top five exotic technologies that we know of that are closest to market.
Colin Bennett

Reshaping the EU Energy System - 0 views

  • "This analysis shows the main cause to be the lack of a single European energy market, but also slower than expected cost reduction of some new energy technologies and slower deployment of energy efficiency than envisioned.
Colin Bennett

Sustainable Energy for All Forum - 0 views

  • The United Nations First Annual Sustainable Energy for All Forum in New York, marking the launch of the United Nations Decade of Sustainable Energy for All (2014-2024) was a success on many levels.
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