We wish you a happy, healthy and energetic year 2019! After a short Christmas break, we are more relaxed and motivated than ever to get back to work. And there is a lot to be done! Time is running out during the preparations for the 13th IRES Conference in March in Düsseldorf and the other conferences are not so long in coming either. In addition, we want to give the magazine SOLARZEITALTER (Solar Age) – following the English newsletter – a more international look. So here we go: Let's roll up our sleeves and get started! Meanwhile, we hope that you find the time to enjoy our newsletter filled with event information and the latest news from the world of renewable energy.
13th IRES Conference in Düsseldorf - Early Bird Tickets for Limited Time
The world of energy storage technologies will once again be visiting Düsseldorf from 12 to 14 March 2019. For the 5th time already, the International Conference for the Storage of Renewable Energies (IRES) organized by EUROSOLAR will take place together with Energy Storage Europe (ESE) in cooperation with Messe Düsseldorf. The two conferences and the associated trade fair create the platform for Europe's largest industry meeting.
Until 11 February 2019 you will be able to get yourself the coveted Early Bird Tickets. The tickets include both conferences (IRES/ESE), the trade fair, the network evening event on 13 March and catering.
The IRES programme includes scientific presentations on sector coupling topics such as power-to-heat and power-to-gas, on specific storage technologies such as thermal and battery storage as well as case studies and energy system analyses and will be published shortly on www.energystorageconference.org
IRENEC 2019 the 9th International 100% Renewable Energy Conference will be held from 24 to 26 April in Istanbul, Turkey. EUROSOLAR Turkey, the Turkish Section of European Association for Renewable Energies, in line with the vision of EUROSOLAR, is organizing the annual event to set up an international platform to discuss the technical, economic, political aspects of transition to 100% Renewable Energy and build the courses to realize this vision in industry, architecture, transportation, local communities and training.
IRENA is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2019. And the organisation starts the year with a top-level event: Following the not quite so successful climate conference COP24 in Katowice, international leaders, government officials and representatives from international organization, civil society and the private sector will come together at the invitation of IRENA in Abu Dhabi from 11 to 13 January. The event thus is an opportunity to reaffirm the global renewable energy agenda and make concrete steps to accelerate the global energy transition. During the assembly, two minister roundtables will take place. The participants will discuss the role of renewables in achieving universal energy access as well as the transformative impact of innovation. In the evening, a special event called “Gender in the Energy Transformation” will represent the launch of a new IRENA publication on the topic and feature an interactive discussion on the gender dimension of the energy transition.
A number of the assembly's plenary discussions will feature presentations and provide opportunities for contributions from member delegations, stakeholder groups and the private sector. Plenaries will focus on aspects of the agency’s work and actions by countries in the development and deployment of renewables. The assembly will also consider the conclusions of 16th Council and will provide guidance on specific administrative and institutional matters.
The Norwegian capital is not only winner of EUROSOLAR’s European Solar prize in 2017 but this year’s European eco capital. The city plans to cut emissions by 95 percent by 2030, even though it’s one of Europe's fastest growing cities. Thusly, it hopes to set an example for others. The competition, launched in 2008 by the European Commission, aims to showcase solutions that other cities might imitate or draw inspiration from. One of the initiatives is the concept of road tolls that have already led to a considerable cut in urban traffic. But because prices have increased year on year — from €3.2 in 2016 to €5.6 in 2019 for a private car — critics say the breaking point has been reached for many.
Norway has hit a world record, with one-third of new cars sold last year being completely electric. The country uses tax breaks for electric cars as part of its plan to end the sale of fossil-fueled vehicles by 2025. Still, most Oslo citizens do support the city's emissions goals. A recent survey found that three quarters of residents agreed it was important to do what is necessary to cut emissions by 95 percent by 2030. Just over half said they supported the aims of making the city centre car-free, while 63 percent said the measures introduced to reach the climate goals would make Oslo a better city to live in.
UK power stations' electricity output lowest since 1994
Within the past year, the output of Britains power stations fell to levels that were last seen almost 25 years ago, while renewables achieved a record shared of the UK electricity supply. This reduced need for power was to observe despite there being eight million more people living in the kingdom. According to analysts, the figures were a sign of increasingly efficient use of energy and the country’s changing economy. Carbon Brief, an institute analysing industry and government data, found that 335 TWh were generated by power plants in 2018, down by about 1 % on the year before.
Since 2005 the level has fallen by 16 % – or the equivalent of two and a half Hinkley Point C nuclear power stations, as the Guardian states. Simon Evans, policy editor at the group, said that it could be a combination of more efficient appliances, energy-saving lightbulbs and LEDs. Then there’s supermarkets installing better fridges, industry using more efficient pumps. Across all of those businesses, efficiency will have been going up. And of course there’s the changing nature of industry in the UK. The financial crisis could also have played a role in making homes and businesses more careful with their energy use.
Due to climate change, cities and municipalities are increasingly forced to find new approaches. A floating and almost energy self-sufficient quarter is now being created in Amsterdam, in which a new form of energy management is being implemented. 30 floating houses are planned in a side arm of the IJ Canal. Over the next two years, a water settlement with a largely autonomous energy supply is to be built. Living on the water is not a new topic for the Dutch, and has a long tradition in Amsterdam. With rising sea levels as one of the consequences of climate change, the topic is becoming increasingly relevant for the Netherlands. Many planners are already working on floating architecture.
With a maximum output of 135 kW, the grid connection point is relatively small for the number of residential units, reports the Fraunhofer ITWM. An energy management system developed by the Fraunhofer ITWM is used. It is a platform for microgrids and energy communities. In addition to controlling the power storage units, the system also implements a sector coupling in this project: heat storage units in combination with heat pumps and charging stations for electric vehicles can thus be flexibly controlled according to the availability of renewable energies. The Fraunhofer developers report that the load shift is optimized and consumption peaks are flattened.
At the moment, the state-owned utility in Western Africa’s Burkina Faso is seeking proposals for one 20 MW solar power plant and one 10 MW facility. Project proposals can be submitted by February 28. Sonabel, the state-owned electric utility of the country, has issued the tender that will be partly financed by the World Bank under its Electricity Sector Support Project. The projects appear not be part of the Burkina Faso government’s plan to connect around 155 MW of PV capacity to Sonabel’s network, in a program announced by the Ministry of Energy in late November. The scheme, originally aimed at deploying 100 MW before being expanded in an effort to improve power supply in a country largely dependent on fossil fuels, includes two projects with capacities of 20 MW and 15 MW.
Being dedicated to the cause of completely substituting for nuclear and fossil energy through renewable energy, EUROSOLAR acts to change conventional political priorities and common infrastructures in favor of renewable energy, from the local to the international level.
For different (international) conferences, political symposia as well as the award ceremony for the German and European Solar Prize and many more activities EUROSOLAR brings together expertise from the fields of politics, economy, science and culture to promote the deployment of solar energy (including wind, water, waves, biomass and geothermal sources!) and to develop and encourage political and economic action plans and concepts for the fast and decentralised transition to a 100 % renewable supply with energy, heat and mobility.