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Inter-seasonal heat storage: a solution studied at the Paris-Saclay site to adapt the tempered loop to the specificities of 5GDHC over the long term

Heat storage to balance production and demand is one of the basic principles in the definition of 5GDHC systems, 5th generation heating and cooling networks. It can be carried out on different time scales (short term and long term) and be...

Advancing the Energy transition through “Clear, relevant and actionable messages”-Read Marie Donnelly’s interview

Marie Donnelly is currently Chairperson of Renewable Energy Ireland. She is also a non-executive director of Tipperary Energy Agency; and E3G. She previously worked as Director for Renewables, Energy Efficiency and Innovation for the...

D2Grids and Nottingham City Council at forefront of exciting future for mine energy in UK

As an active D2Grids partner, Nottingham City Council will be commissioning The Coal Authority to undertake a mine energy study for a proposed pilot district heat network at the Crabtree Farm Estate, Bullwell, Nottingham, UK. Around 60...

Stockholm gets rid of coal for district heating

Operations at the coal-fired cogeneration plant KVV6 at Värtaverket, which has supplied heat and electricity to Stockholmers since 1989, ground to a halt on 16 April. This event made no ripples in the coronavirus-dominated media mix, but...

Preparing a future EU strategy on energy sector integration

The European Green Deal aims to make Europe the first climate-neutral continent by 2050. As energy production and use account for more than 75% of the EU’s greenhouse gas emissions.   In order to meet our climate objectives, while also...

Serbia doubles renewable energy production in 2019

The growth of output by privileged power producers is the main barometer of the development of renewables in Serbia. Total electricity generation in 2019 was 36,000 GWh, matched by consumption.   It could be said that the rise came as a...

Renewable energy prices rebounded 10% after collapse in March

Prices took a substantial hit at the beginning of March, falling between 15-30% across key markets compared to average prices in February, but have largely recovered from March lows, said Pexapark, the provider of advisory services for...

The positive house. Casa SN (Arco, Italy) is the first Zero Energy certified building in Europe

Can a building produce more energy than it consumes, exclusively from renewable sources? Certainly! This is demonstrated by the experience of Casa SN (named after its owners Sara and Nicola Berlanda) which has recently...

[#Quarantine - Webinar] : Digital Transformation in Construction. Thinking One Step Ahead

The coronavirus outbreak is not only a health crisis of all humankind but also — an imminent restructuring of the world order. It is having a growing impact on the global economy, causing economic slowdown and, ultimately — economic shock...

#1 EEnvest Newsletter

Check the 1st issue of the H2020 project EEnvest!   Here are the topics included: Investing in energy efficiency in buildings interview with the Coordinator of EENVEST Consortium: Annalisa Andaloro (EURAC research) Demo case buildings:...

EU countries dragging their feet on building renovation plans

EU countries had until 10 March to transpose the buildings directive, which was last updated in May 2018 as part of a package of clean energy laws.   The aim of the directive is to make the entire European building stock “highly energy...

Report shows building energy use in cities is declining: Q&A with author Stefen Samarripas

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. cities were reducing building energy use, and at least two factors contributed to that change: the age of a city’s housing stock and the relative size of its low-income population, according to an ACEEE...

ZERO-PLUS Project: Building the residential settlements of the future

Pilot implementation underway in the UK, Italy, France and Cyprus   Having as main target achieving zero and positive energy settlements in Europe using advanced energy technology, the ZERO-PLUS project has developed and...

#EPBstandards on heat pumps & measured energy: register now for free online pilot training!

Are you interested to benefit of a head start over your collaborators and competitors? Then register today to the CEN-CE online pilot training and certification for attaining new knowledge on 2 showcased CEN standards (heat pumps...

U-CERT Project's 1st eNewsletter

"A good decision is based on knowledge." – Plato   Stay tuned and well informed via U-CERT project's discreet emailings about a possible next step for the national Energy Performance Certification schemes leveraging:   Set of EPB standards...

Climate change fight still makes the EU headlines during the Covid-19 crisis

The coronavirus emergency won’t affect the timeline of the EU’s Green Deal. This is despite some fossil-fuel-reliant countries asking the Commission to put its flagship policy on hold, even if they stand to benefit most from the...

Condominium retrofits are a matter of a long breath

One of the major lessons learnt by the six local authorities from five different countries, Maastricht University and the environmental charity Changeworks, all involved in the ACE-Retrofitting project: They underestimated the slowness of...

Beyond the corona darkness: Bringing light, air and sustainability into people’s homes

Oliver Rapf is executive director at the Building Performance Institute Europe (BPIE), a not-for-profit think tank supporting evidence-based policy making in the field of energy performance in buildings.   As Europeans are forced to stay...

COVID-19 is slamming efficiency workforce now, and may bring long-term changes for efficiency

The COVID-19 pandemic is taking a dire health and economic toll across the United States – including on people in the energy efficiency sector. In these stressful, uncertain times, we at ACEEE are doing whatever we can to understand and...

Put clean energy at the heart of stimulus plans to counter the coronavirus crisis

The impact of the coronavirus around the world and the resulting turmoil in global markets are dominating global attention. As governments respond to these interlinked crises, they must not lose sight of a major challenge of our time:...