Day Three at EUSEW19

Catch up with some of the interventions of DecarbEurope’s partners at the final day of the EU Sustainability Energy Week

Power systems with high share of renewables: vision and innovation

Day three at #EUSEW19 kicked off with DecarbEurope partners out in force at this session.

Four DecarbEurope partners
Interconnectivity of renewables in practice: SolarPower Europe, WindEurope, EASE Storage and SmartEN discuss how to push the energy transition forwards

Day Two at EUSEW19

A short overview of some of the sessions involving DecarbEurope partners

Transitioning towards 100% renewables and the role of system flexibility

Myriam Castanié from REScoopEU stressed the importance of addressing the specific challenges of islands, which are strongly affected by climate change and are often dependent on the mainland for energy. She pointed out that islands are often blocked by regulations on the mainland that prevent them from obtaining renewable technologies such as heat pumps.

Moreover, bringing renewables into local economies creates value and strengthens local economies. However, the energy transition depends on citizen engagement; the good news is that islanders are increasingly becoming actors in energy markets.

Day One at EUSEW19

A brief snapshot of some of the general and parallel sessions, plus some interventions by DecarbEurope partners.

Key statements from the opening session

The integrated National Energy & Climate Plans (NECPs) seem to be gaining increasing interest. They cover a 10-year period and provide an overview of the current energy system and policy situation. They also set out national objectives for the five dimensions of the Energy Union.

“As such, the NESPs are key to meet climate targets,” says Miguel Arias Cañete, and suggested that an additional investment of 180 billion euros per year are necessary to meet their objectives, through smart public funding. It is important that no region of Europe is left behind in the energy transition, which will require new initiatives to monitor energy poverty.

DecarbEurope partners in action at EUSEW Policy Conference

DecarbEurope partners are actively involved in one form or another (e.g. speaker, forum panellist, co-organiser) in 32 of the 92 sessions at the 3-day Policy Conference of the 2019 EU Sustainable Energy Week. Here’s a short overview of where you can listen to their interventions.

The very first decarbonisation solutions

The innovative decarbonisation solutions offered today by DecarbEurope’s partners owe a lot to the creativity, engineering skills and perseverance of inventors from the 19th and 20th centuries.

In this post we look back at the origin of some of today’s decarbonisation solutions by discovering the very first heat pump, wind turbine, solar panel, electric vehicle etc. The inventions are listed chronologically.

10 ways to kick-start energy storage

Energy storage is a key enabler of the energy transition. But how to start promoting it? The European Association for Storage of Energy (EASE) has come up with 10 ways.

Energy storage technologies allow us to store excess energy and discharge it when there is too little generation or too much demand. They provide flexibility at different time-scales – seconds/minutes, hours, weeks and even months.

Storage can help consumers increase self-consumption of solar electricity, or to generate value by providing flexibility to the system.

Industrial consumers can install storage to reduce consumption peaks, and to provide back-up power if there is a black-out. In addition, storage at any level can offer system services, safeguarding the secure and efficient operation of the electricity system.

INAIL: Smart AC control in data centre helps cut energy consumption by half

The INAIL office building in Rome houses a recently renovated 1,200 m² data processing centre. A key element of the new air conditioning concept is the building automation and control system (BACS), which introduces real-time management of relevant parameters. The renovation resulted in a 50% reduction in electricity use, a fall in emissions of 1,530 tCO2eq annually, and better reliability and scalability.