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Neha Bhatia, Construction Weekly Online Summary Construction on Dubai Investments' $125m (AED460m) Fujairah Business Centre is “progressing ahead of schedule”, it has been revealed. [...] The business centre has a total built-up area of 9.64ha, and features two 19F+1R towers, each of which will be used as an office building and a hotel. [...] Additionally, a district cooling plant will be used to serve the project, generating “significant savings in comparison to the power consumption through conventional air-cooled chillers”. Full Article Continue Reading #News #Dubai #UnitedArabEmirates #MiddleEast #Commercial #DistrictCoolin
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Alexander Richter, Think Geoenergy Winter view in Copenhagen, Denmark (source: flickr/ Kristoffer Trolle, creative commons) Summary In an release shared today, Danish company AP Moller Holdings, the investment arm of the A.P. Moller Foundation, connected to one of the largest shipping companies in the world A.P. Moller Maersk A/S, the company shares its view on the important role geothermal energy could play in the district heating supply in the country of Denmark. Geothermal energy, as a renewable and currently untapped energy source, has the potential to cover approx. 30% of Denmark’s energy supply for district heating, equaling the heat consumption ...
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Alexander Richter, Think Geoenergy Geothermal heating plant of Sipperec in Rosny-sous-Bois, France (source: SIPPEREC) Summary Inaugurated earlier this month, the new heating network Grigny and Viry Chatillon already produces 124 GWh heat on an annual basis, the equivalent of heating for 12,000 homes The new geothermal plant was planned and built to fight against “fuel poverty” of sensitive neighborhoods, as reported by Les Echos in France. Les Sablons, Tuileries, Grande-Borne, Plateau Viry-Châtillon: all these so-called “sensitive” neighborhoods, mainly made up of collective habitats, are now exclusively heated and supplied with hot water by ...
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Press Release, Zawya Dubai, UAE: Climate change has become the most pressing issue for the global community today. Its widespread effects and consequences are already being seen in our lifetime. Changing weather patterns threaten food production, rising water levels increase the risk of catastrophic floods or irreversible changes in major ecosystems. They may also affect health, agriculture, economy, society, biodiversity among others. The UAE has played an important role in the negotiations that led to an agreement to combat climate change, at the International Conference of the Parties in 2015 (COP21), in Paris, where countries pledged their commitment ...
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Diarmaid Williams, Decentralized Energy Summary EU leaders failed to agree on a new energy efficiency target, despite negotiations going on to the early hours on Wednesday night last. The importance of the sector and   cogeneration’s place within it was a key point of discussion at COGEN Europe’s 25 th anniversary Power of Heat annual conference in Brussels last week. In her opening remarks, Margherita Ardagna, Chair,   COGEN Europe   one reason why energy efficient solutions are so important to making Europe’s ultimate climate targets. “The Power of Heat title is very important to talk about. Half our energy consumption is from heat.” “There is no ...
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Renewables Now Summary German engineering group Siemens AG has won a contract to design and engineer a self-sufficient smart medium-voltage microgrid in Finland for local district heating firm Lempäälän Energia Oy. The Lemene project calls for the installation of a grid in the Marjamäki industry area in the municipality of Lempäälä, near Tampere. It will be supplied by solar power fields, consisting of over 15,000 panels with an annual electricity output of 3,600 MWh. The system will also include six gas motors and fuel cells. Siemens noted that the energy community production facilities use combined heat and power production to maximise efficiency. Surplus ...
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Neil Merrett, RAC Plus Summary A new European Commission agreement to ensure renewable energy accounts for at least 32 per cent of the EU’s overall power needs by 2030 has been published. The proposals include specific provisions for cooling and heating functions that will come into effect over the next three years. Under a provisional deal for a revised renewable energy directive, the industry will be required to increase its use of renewables in cooling installations and heating systems on an annual basis by 1.3 per over a five-year period that commences in 2021. The commission said in a statement that, “Member states must ensure that information ...
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Jacob Klimstra, Electric Light and Power Summary In the quest for greener energy supplies and decarbonization, heating is a major focus. It is widely understood that it is necessary to eliminate or at least reduce the need for gas and oil to heat buildings. The solution needs to deliver greater efficiencies as well as the flexibility to balance the intermittency of renewable energy sources. In case district heating with “waste” heat is not an option, there really is only one viable alternative and that is electricity. Of course, political drivers play a large role. Compliance with the Paris Agreement for reducing greenhouse gases dictates the reduction ...
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Alexander Richter, Think Geoenergy Installed geothermal capacity in Europe - power & heating 2017 (source: EGEC) Summary EGEC, the European Geothermal Energy Council, has published the seventh edition of its annual study evaluating the development of the geothermal sector in Europe. The EGEC Geothermal Market Report confirms the trend towards the steady growth observed in recent years, but also notes the need for greater recognition in order to enable the full deployment of geothermal energy in Europe. Installed geothermal electricity capacity in Europe amounts to 2.8 GWe, producing over 15 TWh per year. In Europe there are 117 plants, 16 ...
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Jeff Harder, USGBC Summary O nce upon a time, coal was king in Saint Paul, Minnesota, creating steam that traveled through a network of underground pipes and tunnels to illuminate and heat downtown. The underlying infrastructure, known as a district energy system, had been around for a century, a relic from when streetlights and trolleys arrived en masse in American cities. But with a few game-changing ideas and decades of hard work, District Energy St. Paul—the city’s nonprofit heating and cooling utility—is on the cutting edge of decarbonization today, relying heavily on locally harvested wood chips, a solar thermal installation, and other renewables ...
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MEP Middle East The panel titled "Global Impact" highlighted Dubai’s achievements in the district cooling industry, its solutions and innovations. Summary hmad Bin Shafar, CEO of Emirates Central Cooling Systems Corporation, Empower, is taking part in the "Global Industry Leaders Plenary Panel Discussion" at the International District Energy Association's (IDEA) 109th Annual Conference and Tradeshow in Canada. The conference began on 11 June and concludes on 14 June 2018,   WAM   reported. The panel titled "Global Impact" highlighted Dubai’s achievements in the district cooling industry, its solutions and innovations, and shared insights on ...
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Tildy Bayar, Decentralized Energy Summary Germany   has awarded contracts for just under 21 MW in its first tender for ‘innovative   combined heat and power   (CHP) systems’. The country’s Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur) said seven bids totalling around 23 MW had been received, but two bids were invalid. The average price for the winning bids was €0.127/kWh, with the lowest bid coming in at €0.0847/kWh and the highest bid at €0.1094/kWh. The Bundesnetzagentur defined ‘innovative CHP systems’ as those including a   renewable   heat source such as solar thermal,   geothermal   or heat pump. With the tender, the agency aimed to support plants ...
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Diarmaid Williams, Decentralized Energy Summary The borough of Lewisham in southeast  London  is examining the potential for a new  district heat network . The borough has taken the first steps in developing the project with energy potentially being generated from the area’s waste incineration plant. Lewisham’s mayor and cabinet have agreed to enter into a memorandum of understanding with energy company  Veolia  to develop a heat network around the incineration facility. Cabinet member for the community sector Councillor Jonathan Slater said, “The heat network will be from the South East London  Combined Heat and Power facility , which is an opportunity ...
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Alexander Richter, Think Geoenergy Turawell geothermal plant, Hungary (source: KS Orka) Summary Announced today, KS ORKA will continue with geothermal development in Hungary, planning with additional development of 40 MW in geothermal power and 100 MWth in geothermal heating capacity. This development is not far from the company’s first plant built near Budapest/ Hungary. Full Article Continue Reading #News #Hungary #EasternEuropeandAsia #NorthandCentralEurope #Geothermal #DistrictHeating #CH
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​ California State University, Northridge - Assistant Director, Engineering Services California State University Northridge seeks an Assistant Director responsible for building renovation and oversight including the day to day operations of the Central Plants and utility system, Mechanical/HVAC Shop, Automotive Shop and associated trades’ projects. This person coordinates work schedules and shifts working with supervisors and staff to provide optimal customer service; coordinates the work of others from shops on construction/repair projects; assists the Director with planning to assure efficient and effective processes and procedures to meet the goals and ...
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Tildy Bayar, Decentralized Energy Summary Since 2011, an energy self-sufficient village in   Germany   has generated 1500 MWh and 3600 MWth with a   biomass-based   combined heat and power   (CHP) system.   The system from Lower Bavaria-based biomass CHP specialist Spanner Re2 supplies the Bioenergiedorf (Bioenergy Village) Engelsberg in the Bavarian municipality of Lauterhofen. The installation includes a wood gasifier and runs on locally sourced wood chips. According to Spanner Re2, the village has featured a wood chip heating plant since 2006. But "our wish was to generate not only heat but also electricity from wood," said Mayor Ludwig Lang and Willi ...
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Scottish Construction Now! Summary A ground breaking ceremony has taken place to mark the beginning of construction for a state-of-the-art energy centre at RWE’s Markinch CHP biomass plant in Fife. Glenrothes Energy Network is a £24 million collaborative local heat scheme between Fife Council, RWE and the Scottish Government. It will provide sustainable low carbon heat to a mix of industrial, commercial, community and domestic properties in Glenrothes as well as the Fife House complex. There will be an opportunity to expand the network to supply further homes across Glenrothes. Full Article Continue Reading #News #Scotland #UnitedKingdom ...
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Tony Giunta, David Worthen and Cordell Johnston, NH Business Review Summary New Hampshire’s businesses and municipalities are continually searching for opportunities that can help them reduce their electricity costs, enhance revenues and become more energy independent. Net metering under Senate Bill 446 will provide just such opportunities, along with numerous other benefits, which is why we are strongly urging Governor Sununu to sign this bill into law. Did you know that there are already more than 100 New Hampshire businesses, municipalities and school districts that are net metering under current law and seeing real savings off their electricity bills? ...
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Brendan Coyne, The Energyst Summary Government will legislate to increase efficiency requirements of combined heat and power (CHP) plants supported by the contracts for difference (CfD) regime. Both large and smaller (sub-25MWe) plants applying for CfD support will need to demonstrate a minimum of 70% overall efficiency, primary energy savings of 10% and 10% heat efficiency. The department for business, energy & industrial strategy (Beis) outlined its plans in a CfD amendment consultation response. Full Article Continue Reading #News #UnitedKingdom #NorthandCentralEurope #PolicyandRegulation #CHP #EnergyEfficienc
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ShowHouse Summary Homes of the future will increasingly tap into neighbourhood energy systems, feature flexible layouts and use improved technology to make automatic decisions about heating, security and even postal deliveries, according to a new report. The report, Futurology: the new home in 2050, commissioned by the NHBC Foundation, which provides research and guidance to support the house-building industry, looks ahead three decades and foresees radical adjustments to house building design, inspired by new technology, population shifts and climate change. [...]  By 2050, technology will transform homes into collectors and storers of energy, with ...
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