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The role of stationary energy storage in the energy transition

The European Association for Storage of Energy (EASE) recently published a position paper explaining the crucial role of stationary energy storage in the decarbonisation of the transport sector.

The report from EASE calls on policymakers and other stakeholders to address the barriers that hamper the uptake of storage and to enable relevant use cases.

EASE argues that by coupling the energy and transport sectors, energy storage technologies can play an important role in reducing the costs of widespread EV roll-out and relieving the stress that would be placed on the electricity system as a result, while enabling the transition to a decarbonised transport sector.

HP Forum 2019. The role of heat pumps in the energy transition

Get up-to-date with technical policies and their implications, market data and the latest heat pump projects at the HP Forum 2019 in Brussels, 15-16 May 2019.

For a carbon-neutral Europe, heat-pump technologies are one of the most promising heating and cooling solutions, being a core enabler for a renewable, sustainable and smart energy system.

Heat pumps are everywhere. You find them in your fridge, tumble dryer and dishwasher. If you buy an electric car they increase range by managing the battery temperature. You find them in an increasing number of residential commercial and industrial buildings where they perform valuable heating and cooling services.

Helping renewable energy cooperatives finance their projects

A new Mutual has been launched to provide temporary equity to help energy communities finance their projects, thus giving them time to raise equity locally.

What is REScoop?

REScoop.eu is the European federation for renewable energy cooperatives. It’s a growing network of 1500 European energy cooperatives and their one million citizens. Through REScoop.eu, these citizens – who after all are paying for the transition to a more sustainable energy system – can have their voices heard in the European energy debate. REScoop.eu empowers them and wants to achieve energy democracy.

New heat pathway scenario for the Netherlands proposed

Following on from previous exercises, Berenschot has calculated a new CO2 reduction scenario for The Netherlands: the heat pathway scenario, to contribute to implementing the Paris Climate Agreement.

Berenschot had already previously devised and calculated two extreme scenarios: an electron scenario and a molecule scenario. In both cases, the CO2 emissions would be reduced to almost zero by 2050. This third scenario, the heat pathway scenario, also does this but with more integration between the sectors.

A roadmap to decarbonising Europe’s shipping

A report by the green NGO Transport & Environment assesses potential technology pathways for decarbonising EU related shipping

Shipping is one of the largest greenhouse gas (GHG) emitting sectors of the global economy, responsible for around 1 Gt of CO2eq every year. If shipping were a country, it would be the 6th biggest emitter. EU shipping is responsible for around 20% of global ship GHG emissions, emitting on average 200 Mt/year.

A report by Transport & Environment assesses potential technology pathways for decarbonising EU related shipping through a shift to zero carbon technologies and the impact such a move could have on renewable electricity demand in Europe. It also identifies key policy and sustainability issues that should be considered when analysing and supporting different technology options to decarbonise the maritime sector.

SolarPower Summit 2019, 6-7 March

Get the latest strategic, political and market intelligence shaping the future of solar in Europe

The adoption of a strong European renewable target of at least 32% by 2030, combined with the recent removal of solar trade duties on PV panels, are paving the way for a new European solar boom. Solar Power Europe is forecasting strong market growth in Europe, with the demand for solar expected to grow over 60% in 2018.

Small-scale CHP from biomass

A demonstration project in south-east Sweden has been setup to highlight three different techniques for small-scale biomass-based cogeneration

The project – called Small-Scale CHP LIFE+ (2014-2019) – is financed jointly by the EU Life+ programme and the Swedish Energy Agency. It has multiple aims:

  • Demonstrate three technologies
  • Create a platform for small-scale CHP by arranging study visits
  • Increase the use of small-scale CHPs
  • Disseminate the experiences from running the technologies
  • Increase local and renewable electricity generation and thereby decrease CO2 emissions.