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New applications for surplus energy

Reducing carbon dioxide emissions is the main energy transition driver, supported by large-scale expansion of wind and solar energy, writes Marcel Eijgelaar, researcher at DNV GL. The variable output of these renewables means maintaining balance between supply and demand is more challenging with greater need for grid flexibility and more volatile prices on electricity markets. Solutions include battery storage and hydrogen electrolysis

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Urban waste heat potential

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The potential for waste heat for district heating and cooling was a big subject at the recent Euroheat & Power Congress. The Accessible Urban Waste Heat report published in 2018 by ReUseHeat, an EU research project, is worth (re-)visiting to help assess opportunities. It shows enough waste heat could be recovered from urban sources, such as data centres, metro stations, service sector buildings, and waste water treatment plants to supply more than 10% of the EU’s total energy demand for heat and hot water.

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Cities’ investment needs

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new publication by Energy Cities, a Brussels-based NGO, illustrates the energy transition investment needs of five European cities (Ghent, Belgium, Frederikshavn, Denmark Bordeaux-Métropole, France, Sevilla, Spain and Tallinn, Estonia). The amounts vary significantly between €750 million to €3 billion. The report also provides guidance on where financial support is needed locally in an effort to steer funding change at an EU and national level to ensure spending supports actions in line with the Paris Climate Agreement. 

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Countries told to improve net zero emissions plans

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All EU member states need to rewrite draft plans aimed at showing how they will get on a pathway to net zero emissions by 2050, according to analysis by the Ecologic Institute and Climact, commissioned by the European Climate Foundation. Too many countries have limited plans for phasing out coal and fossil fuel subsidies, offer few indications on much needed investments, have included “too much unsustainable biomass” in their planned energy mix and are failing to consult adequately with the public. Final versions are due by the end of the year.

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We face a fundamental change of the cost structure on the supply side and a need for a fundamental change.

Jochen Kreusel

- Market innovation manager in the power grids division at ABB Power

They [the European Commission] are looking at this stuff backwards. I still think they are convinced the short-term market model could work even though they are also starting to realise that you need something parallel, with long term price signals that give investors confidence to invest in infrastructure and allow them to see a decent market return.

Francesco Venturini

- Global head of renewables for Italian utility Enel

Despite tremendous cost decline of wind and solar technologies, electricity prices will probably remain too low to attract the level of investment needed.

Fatih Birol

- Executive director of the International Energy Agency

The greatest barrier to overcome is the integration of variable renewables into electricity systems. This will require developing power system flexibility and also a friendly deployment of variable renewables.

Fatih Birol

- Executive director of the International Energy Agency

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Smart pricing, smart technology and smart infrastructure are the three key ingredients needed to integrate the growing number of electric vehicles into the grid cost efficiency and to deliver benefits for consumers, businesses and cities, say Julia Hildermeier and Christos Kolokathis from the Regulatory Assistance Project

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The climate crisis needs clean energy leaders, not critics

The EU and the US should look more closely at what China is doing to further the clean energy transition, rather than caricaturing the country as a climate villain, says Luke Sherlock senior advisor to C40 Cities

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Essay: The Netherlands aims to reduce carbon footprint of their tomatoes and tulips

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Policy

Technology at scale is key to decarbonised heating and cooling

Research from Heat Roadmap Europe and others shows the path ahead to bring the heating and cooling sector in line with the commitments of the Paris climate agreement

FORESIGHT Climate & Energy Spring/Summer 2019

The big picture

Green gas, really?

Hydrogen: the Northern Netherlands is ready

Need for a European Renovation Task Force

Crushed hot rocks to store wind energy

The path to emissions-free district heating in Denmark

Naked Energy

Solar PV for heating too

World watches as California goes for net zero buildings

Don’t throw money for heat decarbonisation out of the window