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UN Environment Summary This summer, as temperatures have soared across Europe, India, Egypt and many other places, the first reaction of those with access to cooling has often been to crank up the air conditioning. While this brings short-term relief, it isn’t a feasible long-term solution on a warming planet. The increase in air conditioning, and other cooling, brings with it a huge surge in power demand. This, in turn, drives climate change and even higher temperatures. But it doesn’t have to be that way, as Colombia’s second-largest city, Medellín, is showing by embracing nature-based solutions. Nature-based Solutions are defined by the International ...
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UN Environment Summary This summer, as temperatures have soared across Europe, India, Egypt and many other places, the first reaction of those with access to cooling has often been to crank up the air conditioning. While this brings short-term relief, it isn’t a feasible long-term solution on a warming planet. The increase in air conditioning, and other cooling, brings with it a huge surge in power demand. This, in turn, drives climate change and even higher temperatures. But it doesn’t have to be that way, as Colombia’s second-largest city, Medellín, is showing by embracing nature-based solutions. Nature-based Solutions are defined by the International ...
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Network Summary The network will generate low-carbon power, heat and hot water for the city, helping Manchester to reach its ambitions to be carbon-neutral, climate resilient and zero waste by 2038. It will initially serve six major council buildings, but has the potential to grow and connect further buildings across the city centre in the future. The scheme is projected to save more than 3,100 tonnes of carbon emissions in its first five years of operation, and the energy centre will become more efficient as additional buildings are connected. Containing a 3.3MWe CHP engine and two 12MW gas boilers, the energy centre will generate electricity, and harness ...
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Purdue University Summary Duke Energy is building a 1.6-megawatt solar power plant in Discovery Park District near Purdue University on the west side of U.S. 52/231. “We’ll use the clean, renewable energy from this solar plant for our Indiana customers,” said Stan Pinegar, Duke Energy state president for Indiana. . “Discovery Park at Purdue is a hub for innovation in science, technology and engineering, so building this plant there is a natural fit.” “Sustainability has been one of four global advancements Purdue University has been celebrating this year while marking the 150th anniversary of the university’s founding, so this is an optimum time to add ...
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Albawaba Summary In light of the urban expansion and the major developments in the construction sector, especially in the GCC, the gradual rise in temperature has become a challenge during the last hundred to two hundred years due to greenhouse gas emissions, carbon dioxide and many other types of gases. As a result, the United Nations (UN) began to adopt and promote a culture of sustainable development to preserve the environment, through a plan for a better and more sustainable future for all; aimed at combating climate change and environmental degradation by 2030. According to the UN, Empower is a key supporter of district cooling solutions, which is ...
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Bioenergy Insight Summary The Government of Canada has invested CAD$2.7 million (€1.8 million) in a sustainable forestry project run by the Indigenous Oujé-Bougoumou Cree Nation in Quebec, which will create jobs, support the economy and displace diesel use. Announced by Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of National Revenue, on behalf of Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Natural Resources, the funding will be used to upgrade and expand an existing biomass district heating system. Full Article Continue Reading #News #GovernmentofCanada #NorthAmerica #Biomass #DistrictHeatin
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Harvard University, Senior Electrical Engineer Apply URL: https://sjobs.brassring.com/TGnewUI/Search/home/HomeWithPreLoad?PageType=JobDetails&partnerid=25240&siteid=5341&jobId=1458462 14-May-2019 Senior Electrical Engineer Campus Services 49215BR Duties & Responsibilities Summary This position provides electrical engineering at a senior level for the planning, design, operation, maintenance, and repair of the University's utility infrastructure which includes electric, steam, and chilled water as well as energy management and utility metering systems. This position shall also perform special short and long-range projects as directed. ...
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Utilities Middle East Summary Through the implementation of this innovative system, Empower has been able to raise productivity and operational efficiency, optimise the energy produced at central cooling plants, and reduce wasted energy in buildings to meet the growing demand for energy and achieve customer satisfaction.  Emirates Central Cooling Systems Corporation (Empower), the world's largest district cooling services provider, announced launching an intelligent system to detect lost energy, and receiving the Innovation Award Honorable Mention for its “Intelligent Delta — T Analyzer & Detector” technology. This supports Empower’s continuous efforts ...
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Emily Piette, Capitol Hill Seattle Summary Seattle’s community centers provide a lot of simple but important things to their neighborhoods including recreation and meeting space. But they could also help the city develop strength and resilience in a future of extreme weather and in emergencies like a giant earthquake. Seattle City Light   is partnering with   Seattle Parks and Recreation   to implement a first of its kind solar microgrid at Capitol Hill’s  Miller Community Center . The microgrid involves more than solar panels as a battery energy storage system and microgrid controls will also be installed. The planned system will provide backup ...
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Smart Energy International Summary A subsidiary of  UK Power Networks  is combining a solar pv system, combined heat and power solution, new substations and smart automation software to enhance energy resilience at the  London  City  Airport . A new SCADA system will be installed to remotely control the energy infrastructure. The microgrid will increase the airport's energy capacity from 3.6MVA to 7MVA. The initiative is part of £500 million City Airport Development programme, and is expected to enhance the security of the energy network as well as reduce the cost of infrastructure. The project will improve air quality around the airport - while ...
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Peter Maloney, Microgrid Knowledge Summary The most recent iteration of the New Jersey Energy Master Plan (EMP) includes provisions that could boost the development of microgrids in the state. The draft plan also calls for a microgrid feasibility study to determine if microgrid projects should be expanded. On June 10, New Jersey’s Board of Public Utilities (BPU)   released the 2019 draft EMP . As directed by Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy’s Executive Order 28, the plan calls for the conversion of the state’s energy profile to 100% clean energy by 2050. Currently, New Jersey derives about 5% of its energy from renewable sources, with the rest coming from ...
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Showcasing Industry Growth Around the World At its 110 th Annual Conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the International District Energy Association (IDEA) presented Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards to member organizations in North America and Beyond North America reporting “Most Customer Buildings Committed and/or Connected” and “Greatest Total Customer Building Area Committed and/or Connected” to their district energy systems during calendar year 2018. North America In North America, Thermal Energy Corporation (TECO), took home the Gold for both Most Buildings Committed and Greatest Total Customer Building Area Committed, reporting 35 buildings and ...
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Utility Dive Summary Pittsburgh could reduce its carbon emissions almost 75% by 2030, improving air quality and creating 110,000 new jobs, according to results from the Siemens City Performance Tool (CyPT). The city could exceed its goal to reduce carbon emissions 50% by 2030, an analysis found, through implementing solar electricity generation and expanding district heating systems, electric buses and car-sharing initiatives, and non-residential building automation systems. The analysis said it can go even further by using innovative infrastructure like smart traffic management to reduce fuel use, with the transportation sector still requiring deep emissions ...
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S&P Global Summary The German city of Leipzig plans to invest Eur300 million ($330 million) in gas-fired generation, renewables and heat storage to exit lignite-fired heating supply by 2022, it said Monday. Some 80% of the city's heat demand is currently provided by the Lippendorf lignite-fired power plant. "2022 would be the best possible year for this [a lignite exit] as it is technically feasible, economically reasonable and ecologically determined," city mayor Burkhard Jung said. Municipal utility Stadtwerke Leipzig plans to build 250 MW of generation capacity and 100 MW of storage capacity using a mix of technologies from gas to solar thermal, ...
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Renewable Energy Magazine Summary Electricity provider E.ON has announced it is now providing all of its 3.3 million residential customers across Britain with a 100 percent renewable electricity supply – on all tariffs as standard, and at no extra cost. The move follows research showing 61 percent of public not on renewable tariffs would be interested in switching to one. The company is one of the UK’s largest renewable generators with offshore and onshore wind, biomass and solar generation sources. The change means more than 3.3 million homes now have an electricity supply matched by renewable sources including wind, biomass and solar. E.ON’s announcement ...
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Yahoo Finance Summary Savosolar has been selected as the preferred supplier for approximately 1,700 m² solar collector field and 200 m³ heat storage for the German city of Ettenheim, Southwest of Stuttgart. The value of the delivery is expected to be over 800,000 EUR. The delivery is expected to happen mainly in 2019, and the final performance test and system hand-over is planned for Q1 2020. The ground-mounted solar thermal system with Savosolar’s premium flat-plate collectors will add fuel-free heat production and also heat storage to the already existing wood chip burner. The district heating operator, Fernwärme Ettenheim GmbH, awaits final building ...
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Maggie Galehouse, TMC News Summary The district energy system that cools and heats the Texas Medical Center won a top industry award in June. Thermal Energy Corporation (TECO)   brought home the 2019 System of the Year Award from the   International District Energy Association (IDEA) —the highest honor the organization confers. “It is one thing for me to stand up and say, ‘Hey, we do a good job,’” said   Steve Swinson , CEO and president of TECO. “But when an independent third party says it, it gives everybody in the medical center some comfort, some confidence. If we don’t do what we do, the hospitals and institutions don’t do what they do.” The ...
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Sarah Small, Penn State News Summary UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — When Hurricane Sandy hit the eastern seaboard in 2012, entire city skylines went completely black with the curious exception of a few small areas still emitting light, thanks to their use of combined heat and power (CHP) systems, a key component to microgrids. Jim Freihaut, professor of architectural engineering in the Penn State College of Engineering, sees these microgrids not as exceptions but as the norm of the future. Freihaut, who also serves as the director of the Department of Energy Mid-Atlantic Combined Heat and Power Center and as a recently named   Energy 2100 Fellow , is leading ...
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Clean Energy Wire Summary Renewables-based gases such as hydrogen and synthetic methane will be increasingly important for Germany’s to reach climate targets, say gas transmission grid operators (TSO) in press release. The country could have 1.5 gigawatt (GW) installed capacity of power-to-gas (PtG) facilities by 2025, and up to 7.5 GW by 2030, they say. The TSO umbrella organisation FNB Gas has presented its scenario framework for gas grid development for 2020-2030, which for the first time considers the integration of renewables-based gases. It is essential to take account of developments at an early stage for gas grid planning, said FNB Gas Chairman Ralph ...
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John Andrepont wins 2019 IDEA Norm Taylor Award At its 110 th Annual Conference in Pittsburgh, PA, the International District Energy Association (IDEA) presented the Norman R. Taylor Award to longtime member, John Andrepont of The Cool Solutions Company. The Norman R. Taylor Award is the highest individual honor IDEA confers, named after a former industry executive known for treating people with respect and humility. IDEA President Rob Thornton presented the award to John Andrepont, recognizing his career achievements in the district energy industry and tireless advocacy for IDEA. The award was presented at the Annual Chair’s Banquet at the conclusion ...
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