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06 July 2010

Renewables must generate 50 of global electricity: IEA

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Renewable energies must generate almost half of the world’s power by 2050, up from the current level of 18, says the International Energy Agency (IEA).

Global investment in green power was led by wind and solar in 2008, and reached a record level of US$112 billion and remained broadly stable in 2009 despite the economic downturn, explains IEA’s ‘Energy Technology Perspectives 2010.’

Many car companies are adding hybrid and all-electric vehicles to their fleets, and 5 million such vehicles could be on the road in the next decade. The rate of energy efficiency improvement in OECD countries has increased to 2 per year, double the rate of the 1990s, and funding for low-carbon energy has increased by one-third between 2005 and 2008, it notes.

“All these efforts are vital if we are successfully to limit climate change, but current developments are still fragmented and fragile, and the rate of progress is still far too low to prevent dangerous increases in global temperatures,” says IEA executive director Nobuo Tanaka. “What we need is rapid, large-scale deployment of a portfolio of low-carbon technologies; we need a massive decarbonisation of the energy system, breaking the historical link between CO2 emissions and economic output, and leading to a new age of electrification.”

More renewables needed in power sector

Decarbonising the electricity sector (the second-largest source of GHG emissions) “must involve dramatically increasing the shares of renewables and nuclear power, and adding carbon capture and storage to plants that consume fossil fuels,” it states. “By 2050, renewable electricity generation would need to represent almost half of electricity generation up from 18 today.”

In addition, 30 new nuclear reactors and 35 coal-fired plants fitted with CCS would be needed every year to 2050, and “a decarbonised electricity supply, combined with smarter grids, would then offer substantial opportunities to reduce CO2 emissions in end-use sectors through increased electrification” such as electric vehicles and electric heat pumps.

“Decarbonising the power sector will be at the heart of efforts to make deep cuts in global CO2 emissions,” because the power sector currently accounts for 41 of energy-related CO2 emissions. IEA’s baseline scenario projects a doubling of emissions by 2050 because of continued reliance on fossil fuels, while its pro-environment scenario achieves a 90 reduction (compared to 2007 levels) in the carbon intensity of electricity generation, with renewables accounting for half of global production and nuclear for slightly less than one-quarter.

“Significant policy change is needed to break the current dependence on fossil fuels in the power sector, as is significant investment,” it adds. The pro-environment scenario requires investment of US$32.8 trillion (40 more than the US$23.5 trillion needed in the baseline scenario), more than half of which is directed towards new power generation plants.

Renewables pose unique challenges

“Some low-carbon generation technologies raise unique challenges, such as system integration needed to support large quantities of variable renewables from wind, solar PV, run-of-river hydropower, and wave and tidal power,” it explains. “Clear, stable, long-term policies that support carbon pricing will be needed to stimulate the technology transition in industry.”

“A truly global and integrated energy technology revolution is essential to address the intertwined challenges of energy security and climate change, while also meeting the growing energy needs of the developing world,” it concludes. “Financing remains a substantial challenge as does identifying appropriate mechanisms to accelerate the deployment of low-carbon technologies in major developing countries.”

“As citizens of a changing world, we all live with a degree of uncertainty at all times; as energy producers and consumers entering a period of rapid change, the sense of uncertainty is likely to be amplified,” it notes. “An energy technology revolution is within reach; achieving it will stretch the capacities of all energy-sector stakeholders and entail substantial upfront costs, but over the long term these will be more than offset by the benefits.”

(www.iea.org)

10 June 2010

New rules for photovoltaic in Slovakia

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The President of Slovakia, Ivan Gasparovic, has signed an amendment to the very recent photovoltaic legislation. New amendment is imposing even more rigid criteria for access to the production of this alternative form of energy. In practice, all producers will have to obtain the "license" for plant to be inserted in grid of any power. This was not necessary before for projects below a power output of 1 Mw. Previous legislation had given rise to a variety of so called "projects photocopy" which actually had the same people as investors. On the other hand it had started a thriving "second market" in which they are now currently available numerous building sites for many small projects. The only remaining exception is the one of plants up to 100 Kw, to be used to deliver electricity directly to buildings.


Renewable energy sources in Slovakia accounted for 7.4 of the total gross energy consumption of the country last year. The head of the Economy Ministry's energy section, Jan Petrovic, said that the country aims to increase this proportion to 14 by 2020. He regards it as an ambitious but realistic goal. 

17 March 2010

Chamber of Commerce of Valencia at Ecofira and Egética - ExpoEnergética 2009

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The first ever EGÉTICA-EXPOENERGÉTICA, the International Fair for Energy Efficiency and New Technological Solutions for Renewable and Conventional Energy easily exceeded all expectations that the professionals visiting the event may have had. The fair took place at the Valencia exhibition centre from 25th to 27th November.

The exhibition is the result of the merger of two previous fairs, Expoenergética 2007 and Egética 2008, and over the three days became one of the biggest forums for reflection on the energy sector. This was all made possible by an extensive programme of parallel events that complemented the exhibition part of the fair and included 102 seminars, specialist talks and round table discussions.

In these discussions the leading industry experts threw some light on renewable energy and the future of sustainable transport, amongst other highly topical issues, holding the attention of 2,200 participants in all. There were substantial audiences at all of the sessions at this first EGÉTICA-EXPOENERGÉTICA.

The exhibition itself drew huge numbers of visitors and the show prompted such high levels of interest that the aisles were filled with visiting professionals from more than 25 countries, who were able to see at first hand many of the solutions they had been hoping to find at the fair.
Equally, the fact that the ninth ECOFIRA, the International Water, Land, Air, Waste and Allied Technologies and Services Fair, was taking place alongside Egética turned the two events into the biggest international showcase for environmental and energy solutions; an offering targeted particularly at all those companies that are investing in a firm commitment to sustainable development.

The EGÉTICA-EXPOENERGÉTCA and ECOFIRA fairs opened for business today to showcase the most innovative developments in the renewable and conventional energy industries along with the most interesting waste management alternatives.

The Chamber of Commerce of Valencia had been present in this Fair. We have distributed information and informative brochures and pamphlets about the PVs IN BLOOM project, as much those that you had sent us as well as the ones published by the Chamber of Commerce of Valencia.

04 March 2010

LUBLIN BUSINESS CLUB ASSOCIATION

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Lublin Business Club Association invited Professor Olchowik at the conference “Renewable energy - new approaches to the development of Lublin Region”, which will take place on 9 march 2010. The professor was asked about the announcement of the paper: “Photovoltaics - Future Energy of Lublin Region”. At a meeting with business representatives Prof. Olchowik will speak about „Pv In Bloom” Project and will try to encourage to engage in it. Conference details in the next news.

04 March 2010

RELEASE of THE PVs IN BLOOM STRATEGIC VISION DOCUMENT

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The Strategic Vision Document inserts the increase of PV energy production in the framework of a new way of addressing local development.
The Document conveys projections on the potential that using marginal areas for developing PV energy can have  in Europe.
One out of all, if we were to convert the 0.5 of only one of the 10 marginal area typologies that the PVs in BLOOM project has classified (landfills), and do this in only one European country - Italy for instance - 645 MWp of solar energy could be installed, i.e. the double of all the PV power that was installed in Italy in December 2010 (Source: GSE).
Imagine what could be done by tackling all the marginal area typologies in all EU countries (and this without using a single hectare of cultivable land)
Of course, the proposed idea is based on existing experience: more than 50 Best Practices of municipalities, public utilities and companies that have already exploited this avant-guard opportunity exist across Europe.
Land is a strategic resource for Europe that we can no longer afford to neglect.
For more information on the document and for receiving the electronic version contact the Project Partner operating in your country.

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