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Global energy demand – and C02 emissions – is expected to double by the middle of the century as a result of rising population and per-capita consumption. Such a development is unsustainable: • Climate change will prevent humanity from continuing along the energy pathway of the past. Business as usual will put the very existence… » read more

Is this fine by the Flemish government appropriate? As of January 2009, all new residential houses in Flanders must be audited by the Flemish Energy Agency (VEA). This is to ensure that energy use is kept within appropriate limits. Houses are rated according to their so-called E-level, which must be less than 100 to receive… » read more

A view on nuclear energy!

One year ago, Commissioner Piebalgs stated: “Nuclear is here to stay!“. The trends, indeed, point in that direction: several European countries are withdrawing their nuclear embargoes and planning nuclear power plants! Leonardo ENERGY has interviewed Jean Van Vyve, the responsible for nuclear generation at Electrabel, discussing some limitations and advantages of nuclear Energy. The resulting… » read more

Concentration photovoltaics (CPV) offers one of the most promising utility-scale, renewable energy technology options. Many companies are testing their CPV products and some have already launched commercial offers. This documentary presents interviews with some industry representatives present at ISFOC (CPV Institute in Puertollano, South of Spain). [kml_flashembed movie=”http://www.youtube.com/v/HKJbg4Fusaw” width=”320″ height=”350″ wmode=”transparent” /] Original post by… » read more

Improving technology, expansion off-shore, and exploring the building sector potential   The wind sector has been growing spectacularly over the past decade. However, to sustain these impressive growth figures over the next twenty years in Europe and North America, business-as-usual will not be enough. In several European countries, the number of remaining onshore […] Original… » read more

Environmental impact of the PV life-cycle   All means of electricity generation, including photovoltaic (PV) systems, create polluting emissions when the entire life-cycle is taken into account. In the case of PV systems, those emissions are concentrated in the manufacturing stage. PV manufacturing is energy intensive, resulting in the emissions that accompany the […] Original… » read more

The announcement by NISSAN to produce electric cars as of 2010, though in small numbers to start with, does not come as a surprise. In the long run, there is no better alternative to the combustion engine. The earth will run out of oil in the near future. After 2050, oil will become so scarce… » read more

The wind energy industry is booming worldwide, favoured by ambitious targets for renewable energy, various subsidy mechanisms, and rising prices for fossil fuels. This does not mean however that wind companies have struck gold. A wind development project is a complex affair with many barriers and one requiring favourable climatic and geographical conditions that are… » read more

In countries like Germany, Denmark, or the Netherlands, wind power is already so widespread that few on-shore sites are left on which new units can be built. Two main paths are being followed to further increase the electrical power generated by wind: building off-shore wind parks, and replacing existing wind turbines with new and […]… » read more

The leading Norwegian manufacturer of photovoltaic cells and panels expects PV power generation costs to decline to only 8 cents/kWh as of 2010, provided installations benefit from at least 1800 hours/year of sunshine. That is the case in the countries around the Mediterranean, the southern parts of the USA, India, China, Australia […] Original post… » read more

Bart Franken & Erwin Hoeskma from Kema explain what regulators need to consider in establishing an effective voltage quality regulatory framework for distribution networks. In particular, they consider the regulation of five voltage quality dimensions: short interruptions, voltage dips, flicker, supply voltage variation, and harmonic distortions. Their work assesses the most appropriate regulatory control method… » read more

Date: April 11, 2008 Time: 15h00 – 16h00 Europe Daylight Time (Brussels, Paris, Berlin) Moderators: Roman Targosz, Hans De Keulenaer Practical information & Registration Summary In any country, network losses are the single biggest use of electricity. In the OECD region, network losses amount for 4-10% of electricity generated. This webinar discusses the importance of… » read more

The biggest European utility – EON – has announced bold plans for expanding renewable energy, especially from wind. By 2030 it projects generating some 24 percent of its electricity from renewable sources. Including nuclear power, the company expects more than half of its electricity generation to be C02-free in the long term. That is good… » read more

Test your knowledge of Photovoltaic Systems anonymously  in just a few minutes (17 questions). Even some of our experts missed one or two questions. If you want to go deeper, or gain a better understanding of the correct answers, you can find additional interactive resources on the Photovoltaics microsite (a webcast, “How To” Manual and Frequently Asked Questions.) […] Original post… » read more

[kml_flashembed movie=”http://youtube.com/v/afWq47eotz4″ width=”320″ height=”350″ wmode=”transparent” /] In this interview, Keiichi Hirose from NTT Facilities, presents the first trial to take place in Japan in the area of power quality concepts and solutions. This field demonstration of a multiple power quality supply system is leaded by NTT Facilities. It has developed and installed a multiple power… » read more

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