Waste Into Wealth

One man’s trash is another man’s treasure and never more so than in industrial processing. Reuse of waste products in a closed-loop industrial eco-system brings many benefits to participating companies. But it takes a large measure of shared trust to achieve such close symbiosis, as the town of Kalundborg demonstrates.

Climate & Energy Business Denmark 02

Picking up once more on the theme of transitioning to a green economy, the second issue of FORESIGHT explores the efficient use of resources, from highly advanced recycling, to district cooling of buildings using seawater, to the way companies can use one another’s waste products in a process known as “industrial symbiosis.” Among other articles, we also take a look at a major wind technology advance being heralded as a big leap forward, the potential benefits of using big data in the electricity sector, and what the historic costs of energy generation can tell us about the right investment choices for tomorrow.

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The Invisible Made Visible

Harvesting the wind’s energy sounds like a straightforward task. Hoist a rotor into the air and its blades rotate, turning the attached generator, which produces electricity; the windier the selected location, the more electricity generated. Wind, however, is not just wind.

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The Trillion Dollar Promise of Digitalisation

The brave new world of information technology brings with it the ability to collect, visualise and analyse vast quantities of electronic data on electricity consumption. Put to good use, this new information could unlock trillions of dollars of value in the electricity business by making life easier, cheaper and greener

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Xcel Energy's Sherburne County (Sherco) Generating Station near Becker, Minnesota.

History Lessons in Why Expensive is Proving Cheap

Governments and companies routinely struggle to select the right cost forecast on which to base their energy investment strategies—and often get it wrong. If instead they had looked back at past trends in generation cost, fewer mistakes might have been made.

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Keeping it Cool

District heating, which combines the production of power with the communal provision of heat along networks of underground pipes, has long been recognised as a more environmentally friendly and cheaper way of heating buildings than doing so individually. But it has taken 100 years for district cooling to gain a serious foothold, despite having the same advantages as district heating

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Two climbers hang high above. Viewed from the ground they resemble tidy spiders clinging to the skeleton of what was once a giant grain storage silo on the dockside of Copenhagen’s northern inner harbour.

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