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With the ever-increasing level of data being produced across the economy, power-hungry data centres are becoming a vital node in the ecosystem. But as their demand grows, so does their energy consumption—making decarbonisation an important step for their owners.
In this week’s episode, David speaks to Hans Godden, director of product management at Novenco Building and Industry, about ways the sector is trying to reduce data centre energy demand. There is also a host of new business models that data centre operators can take advantage of, which can also contribute to society more widely.
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Consumers are more engaged in their energy use. Now is the time to leverage this desire to cut demand and support the grid in a flexible and rewarding way, says Lucy Yu from the Centre for Net Zero
The emergence of low-carbon, distributed energy systems and innovative business models in Africa could provide tips to operators on the future of grids elsewhere in developed markets
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Grid operators are not maximising the system capacity, resulting in wasted or lost clean electricity. A concerted effort to boost digitalised grid management could help save money and power, says Amir Cohen of EGM
North Africa has enough solar and wind energy to easily power the whole of Europe but plans to export renewables generation across the Mediterranean have so far floundered. The burgeoning clean hydrogen sector could change the picture
Demand for electric vehicle batteries in Europe is accelerating thanks to a mix of new regulations and promising business cases, which has sparked a homegrown industry that aims to take on the world. But the policies will need to be strong enough to fend off the vagaries of geopolitics
A sustainable and resilient energy system must incentivise a strong role for demand-side flexibility solutions, says Bertrand Deprez from Schneider Electric
Sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) acting as drop-in substitutes for the fossil fuel kerosene are expected to play a leading role in decarbonising aviation. They are currently produced with materials like used cooking oil and animal fat waste, but new low-carbon feedstocks are needed to scale up output and ensure future flights are truly sustainable
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Two Parisian networks illustrate the old versus the new when it comes to district heating systems. Installing the next generation of district heating networks, while upgrading existing infrastructure, will accelerate the energy transition, says Sem Oxenaar from the Regulatory Assistance Project
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There are many ways district heating systems could benefit from greater coupling with industrial processes. But barriers remain, meaning opportunities to decarbonise are being missed
Building controls are a prime example of where artificial intelligence (AI) can support and accelerate the energy transition. With emissions from building use continuing to grow, effective efficiency tools are becoming more important
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