Romania: 3.5% less to electricity price

Residential customers will pay from January 1-th, 2016 with 3.5% less to electricity price , said Wednesday the president of the National Energy Regulatory Authority (ANRE) Havrileţ Niculae, in a meeting with the press. The decision was taken in the regulatory committee, which was held on Wednesday.
"I decided a reduction of 3.5% from 1 January to final invoice. Prices distribution decreased by 12% on average, but the share of green certificates from 35 lei (7.77 euro ) to 43 lei lei (9.55 euro )" said Havrileţ.

The share of green certificates to households increased bill after several energy-intensive companies have been exempted from the payment of part of green certificates.
"If it had not increased its certified final bill would be reduced by 5.5%," added Havrileţ.
Mihai Vintila

First Campus HUB with renewable energy in Romania

One year after the experience of international competition Solar Decathlon Europe, the team which represented Romania, EFdeN working intensively on CampusHUB, located in the Technical University of Civil Engineering (BVD. Pache Protopopescu, nr. 66) - the first open space in Bucharest where electricity and Internet is free.

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Availon achieves 98%+ availability on US wind sites under its care

Availon, the leading multi-brand independent service provider for wind turbines, announced today that the company managed to keep the US wind farms it has under O&M contracts at historical levels of availability.  The most challenging site, whose name remains undisclosed, is now continuously running at above 98.4% availability whereas other less challenging wind farms enjoy availability levels between 99.4 % and 99.8%.

Availon was able to achieve the highest contractual availability, which the sites has ever seen, a remarkable performance considering that the age of the turbines is increasing. With downtime brought down at a near zero, Availon’s customers are able to maximize revenue yields.

“We are extremely proud of those results. When your business is to harness the wind, it’s vital to keep your turbines online. Our very name, which comes from “Availability ON”, underpins our mission to reach the highest availability and lowest component failure rate to drive peak profitability of the wind farm assets under our care,” commented Ulrich Schomakers, CEO, Availon Inc.

Availon’s European partners are already familiar with the company’s high level of experience and continuous optimization initiatives. Clients are attracted by the unique blend of local solutions and global expertise Availon provides. Now, customers in North America are seeing the same benefits on their projects.

“We’re excited to offer our services to more customers in North America,” said Schomakers, who noted that Availon has its U.S. headquarters in Grimes, Iowa, along with another office in Texas. “Being located in the heart of America’s leading wind energy areas keeps us close to our customers. We deliver the wow factor. That’s why more and more US owners trust their service needs to our expanding American business. We have built up the organization and are now ready to take the next steps to significantly grow our O&M global business in the next years.”

With more than 20 years in the wind energy business, Availon has become the leading service provider in a number of European countries, from Germany to Italy. With 400 employees worldwide, Availon focuses on wind energy technology from GE, Vestas®, and Gamesa equipment. The company has more than 1,700 turbines under contract, representing over 2,600 megawatts of installed power. Approximately 10% of this business is located in the United States.

Availon’s team helps clients manage costs by minimizing unscheduled maintenance, preventing turbine failure and optimizing turbine performance. Thanks to its global supply chain, Availon can supply components with short delivery times. This contributes to reduced return-to-service (RTS) times and greater productivity.

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SE Europe Needs Sustainable Energy and Urban Solutions

Never before the environment, energy and smart cities topics haven’t been so close connected as today. The European Union will continue to play a leading role for low-carbon global economy and the conclusions of the World Climate Summit 2015 certainly will affect the future development.

Today’s cities and energy systems are responsible for 75 percent of global CO2 emissions and they are extremely changing under the influence of innovations. Numerous events happen across the world, which help business to introduce new resource efficient and clean energy solutions and connect key industry players. One of them are EE & RE (energy efficiency & renewables) and Smart Cities Exhibitions and Conferences (5-7 April 2016, Sofia, Bulgaria). A focus is South-East Europe – a Region with a fossil-fuel based economy strongly dependent on import, with high energy intensity and good renewable energy production potential. These factors together with opportunities provided by the Programing period 2014-2020 attract foreign companies to the regional market.    

The organizer Via Expo is expecting strong international presence at the event in 2016 (exhibitors from 12 countries took part in 2015). An Italian Group participation and Austrian Pavilion have been already confirmed.

Bioenergy is one of the highlights of EE & RE 2016 due to the well-developed agriculture, forestry and wood industry and bio waste availabilities. Biogas plants are also the best option to avoid the upcoming sanctions to be imposed from 1.01.2016 in connection with EU legislation for methane emissions reduction and responsibility for climate change. Till now leading companies from Austria, Bulgaria, Germany, Greece, Denmark and Italy confirmed their participation and will showcase biogas plants, turnkey biomass combustion plants for combined heat and power generation, wood pellets and waste-to-energy systems. Among the exhibits will be cogeneration technologies, photovoltaics, small wind turbines and inverters, geothermal heat pumps. A new range of ultra-fast MPPT suitable for small and large PV installations and battery chargers will catch the visitors’ interest.

Sustainable City Environment and Mobility, Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) for Smart Cities are the scopes of Smart Cities.

Speakers from European organizations will provide attendees first-hand knowledge on important topics: District Heating, Insulation Innovations, Bioenergy, Challenges for Future Cities, Planning Sustainable Cities, Sustainable Mobility, Energy Efficiency in Smart Cities, etc.

For the first time the Conference puts an accent on geothermal energy and Dr. Juliet Newson, President of the International Geothermal Association (IGA) will speak about tendencies, best practices and supporting schemes.

Invited experts from Euroheat & Power, PU Europe, Buildings Performance Institute Europe, Architects’ Council of Europe, Chamber of Architects in Bulgaria, Innovation Norway, Covenant of Mayors, Calypso Networks Association, etc. will also take part in the SEE Conferences.

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Bosch reduces energy consumption

Bosch is making progress when it comes to climate protection. Since 2007, the company has succeeded in reducing relative CO2 emissions related to value-added by more than 20 percent thanks to various energy-saving measures, such as the use of eco-friendly technologies in manufacturing and the installation of efficient heating technology in buildings. “The conservation of resources and reduction of CO2 emissions are a part of our social responsibility as business people. By using intelligent energy-saving technology, industry can make a significant contribution to climate protection,” said Dr. Werner Struth, the Bosch board of management member responsible for environmental protection. The measures aimed at saving energy are set to be expanded in the future. However, energy efficiency not only benefits the environment and society, but is also a key factor for companies in achieving a competitive edge, according to Struth. For Bosch, the lower energy consumption is already paying off financially. Between 2007 and 2014 alone, the company saved around 530 million euros in energy costs through in-house measures.

CO2 coordinators analyze energy consumption
Bosch has implemented many projects aimed at supplying itself with renewable energy. Today, a modern hydroelectric facility supplies the company’s plant in Blaichach, Germany, for example. The location generates around three-quarters of the energy it needs itself. At various Bosch locations, specially trained CO2 coordinators are also searching for ways to save energy. These experts and their teams analyze the energy consumption of production facilities, for example. The information gained makes it possible to reduce the consumption of electricity and heat by switching off power consumers that are not currently needed, to name one method. Bosch also provides many of its solutions for more energy efficiency to industrial customers, who can achieve energy savings of up to 30 percent.

A few examples of how Bosch is saving energy:

Corporate research in Renningen, Germany: green roofs for climate control and photovoltaic arrays. The company’s new research campus in Renningen features green roofs. Like a sponge, they absorb rainwater, which they release in small quantities during dry periods. Having the sun shine on the green surfaces rather than directly on the roofs saves energy on climate control systems within the buildings. To save even more power, all the windows of the main building have been triple-glazed. The building is also equipped with a sun-shade system that automatically lowers itself in bright sunlight. This combination cuts energy consumption by 20 to 30 percent – energy that the air-conditioning system would otherwise have needed for cooling. In addition, the photovoltaic arrays on the roofs of the campus buildings generate as much electricity as around 100 families use in a year, thus reducing CO2 emissions by 200 metric tons annually.

Beringen, Switzerland: thermal groundwater use
At the Packaging Technology location in Beringen, Switzerland, a modern building is heated with the help of a subterranean groundwater basin. In this system, pumps extract up to 2,000 liters of groundwater a minute from a depth of 40 meters. They transport it to two heat pumps that generate heating energy by way of energy conversion. In summer, it is possible to cool the building directly by using the groundwater, as its temperature of around twelve degrees Celsius is significantly cooler than the temperature inside the building. To make this possible, the groundwater is heated in a closed-circuit system using a heat exchanger and then returned to below the surface. The building complies with the Minergie standard, a Swiss seal of quality for energy-optimized construction. The modern building and the use of groundwater saves 180,000 liters of heating oil and around 480 metric tons of CO2 a year during heating and cooling. Capturing this amount of CO2 from the air would require planting approximately 35,000 trees.

Worcester, United Kingdom: water recycling
At the Thermotechnology location in Worcester, a new water-recycling system is helping ensure efficiency and resource conservation in manufacturing. Every year, the location needs around 110 million liters of water in research and development, in its long-term testing facilities, and in production. The new recycling system makes it possible to reuse cooling water from the production facilities. The recycling system saves twelve metric tons of CO2 and around 71 million liters of water annually – which corresponds approximately to the water consumption of 650 households.

Schweinfurt, Germany: combining extraction systems
The Bosch Rexroth plant in Schweinfurt has reduced its energy consumption by almost four gigawatt hours per year, which corresponds approximately to the energy consumption of 1,100 households. CO2 emissions have decreased by more than 1,500 metric tons. Combining the grinders’ extraction systems, which had previously been separate, made a major contribution to achieving these savings. Like large vacuum cleaners, they remove fumes and vapors from cooling lubricants. Cooling lubricants are necessary to cool and lubricate the grinding disks that are used in manufacturing as well as for parts during processing. The exhaust air from several systems now flows through pipes to a few larger filters. Thanks to a regulated motor, the fans extract only as much air as is necessary.

Mellansel, Sweden: energy-efficient painting technology
One of the most flexible and eco-friendly painting shops in the European mechanical engineering sector is located in Mellansel, Sweden. The machinery that is painted at this Bosch Rexroth plant includes heavy-duty hydraulic engines for recycling plants and mining. Engines that will subsequently come into contact with salt water are coated with several layers of corrosion-proofing. The temperature and the mix of water and color pigments are monitored closely so that excess heat can be recovered. As a result, energy consumption is 75 percent lower than it used to be. The switch to water-based paint also reduces the use of solvents by around 80 percent.

Nuremberg, Germany: oil tank converted into a modern refrigeration storage unit
The plant in Nuremberg has converted a former oil tank into a refrigeration storage unit. Together with refrigeration systems, it now makes a contribution to the energy-efficient cooling of lubricants. These lubricants are used to combat the heat that is created during the turning and milling of parts. The refrigeration systems cool water in advance. As in a refrigerator, the water remains at a constant temperature in the tank of the refrigeration storage unit. It also uses the ambient temperature to cool the tank itself. By doing so, the converted tank saves around 300 metric tons of CO2 a year. Capturing this amount of CO2 from the air would require planting a forest the size of approximately 30 soccer fields.

Rodez, France: biomass cogeneration plant
Bosch’s plant for diesel injectors in the southern French city of Rodez recently upgraded its heating system. As part of this, two of its three gas-fired cogeneration plants were replaced by a biomass cogeneration plant. It heats the buildings and supplies them with warm water. The new system has reduced the plant’s CO2 emissions by roughly 25 percent. In total, this adds up to annual savings of some 600 tons of CO2. The new system satisfies strict environmental regulations and exclusively runs on biomass from the local forestry industry.

Stuttgart-Feuerbach, Germany: retrofitted cleaning machines in diesel injection-pump manufacturing
The Feuerbach site manufactures diesel injection pumps that are used for fuel injection in vehicles. Before the housing of these diesel injection pumps can be assembled, they have to be cleaned several times to get rid of particles of dirt and grease. This can take place between the grinding and hardening processing steps, for example. To do so, cleaning machines wash the parts in hot baths, whose temperature was successfully reduced from 60 to 50 degrees Celsius without affecting manufacturing quality. In addition, the hot water generated by the buildings’ air-conditioning systems is today used to heat the baths. This alone makes it possible to save around 100 metric tons of CO2 a year. When no parts are being cleaned, the system automatically switches itself into standby mode. All told, this allows the plant to save around 2,100 megawatt hours of energy a year – approximately the same amount that a medium-sized wind turbine generates in the same period.



neZEH (nearly Zero Energy Hotels) is a project co-funded by the European Commission within the frame of the Intelligent Energy Europe Programme, aiming to accelerate the rate of large scale renovations of hotels into nearly Zero Energy Buildings (nZEB), by providing technical advice to committed hoteliers and demonstrating flagship nZEB projects in the European hospitality sector. Sixteen (16) pilot hotels across seven European countries (Croatia, France, Greece, Italy, Romania, Spain and Sweden) follow a renovation plan to become nearly Zero Energy
Hotels and stand out as examples of good practice in Europe.

Join neZEH during the Paris Climate Change, COP21 conference, a unique occasion to discuss the project’s results and challenges with key stakeholders, as well as to raise awareness about existing initiatives within the tourism sector and the built environment.

ENERGIES 2050, along with the Technical University of Crete (project coordinator) and the neZEH consortium partners will organise three events dedicated to neZEH (all of them opened to public), as follows:

December 8th, Le Grand Palais, ENERGIES 2050 booth, 1pm – 2pm
How to enable Nearly Zero Energy strategies in the hotels sector In this roundtable, some neZEH partners (Technical University of Crete, World
Tourism Organisation - UNWTO, ENERGIES 2050, among others) will present and discuss the project’s objectives, results and challenges. Debates with experts and public will follow on the topics of: energy innovation and sustainability in the accommodation sector; benefits from implementing neZEH strategies; capacity building and ways to unblock large-scale renovations in the Hotel Industry.

December 8th, Le Grand Palais, Conference room Νο.5, 2pm – 2:50 pm
Designing low carbon strategies in the built environment: best practices This conference will focus on solutions for designing low carbon strategies in the built environment. neZEH’s global vision, actions and next steps will be presented, among other inspiring initiatives from organisations such as Solener and UNWTO.

December 10th, Le Bourget, civil society zone, MEDCOP booth, 11am – 12pm
Tourism, climate and energy: a treasure of opportunities for the territories – Lighthouse examples and experiences from the European initiative neZEH.

This conference will specifically focus on lighthouse examples from neZEH, aiming to demonstrate the frontrunners experience and to enhance existing opportunities. Participants will include stakeholders from the tourism industry and buildings sector.

Want to join the neZEH COP21 events?
You may register at the follow link: At the question "*How did you find out about neZEH" at the field "Other, please specify", please specify for which events you are interested by typing one or more of the codes given below:
COP21-8A (for the event taking place 8/12@1-2pm)
COP21-8B (for the event taking place 8/12@2-2:50pm)
COP21-10 (for the event taking place 10/12@11am-12pm)

Registering in advance is optional, however we recommend it for simplified access at the entrance.



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