Heating in buildings is at the core of energy consumption – space heating and hot water production account for around 70% of energy consumption in residential buildings in IEA countries, resulting in significant CO2 emissions. This is receiving increasing attention in many countries, including through a renewed focus in IEA’s in-depth reviews of energy policies of IEA member countries.
The study attempts to identify some key factors influencing deployment and to relate them to the trends observed in specific countries/regions. These factors include: energy and climate policies, FC funding programmes, competing technologies, the presence of FC system manufacturers and energy prices (spark spread). The study finds that the global deployment of large-scale fuel cells is currently dominated by the US and South Korean market, which together make up almost 95% of installed capacity.
Concern is growing around the issue of energy efficiency in data centres (DC) as more and more data are saved, processed, and transferred to facilitate myriad digital services worldwide. Utilising waste heat from DCs as heating for nearby districts may be a potential solution if technical and knowledge barriers are overcome, suggests this Finnish study, which identified key obstacles to this concept and possible methods of implementation.
The European Commission has approved under EU State aid rules a Polish scheme to support high-efficiency cogeneration and reduced surcharges to finance the scheme for energy-intensive users. It also opened an investigation into reduced surcharges to finance Poland’s capacity mechanism.
A Brussels-based start-up is presenting a self-financed solution to make CO2 savings of 27% and provide energy to a jointly owned building of 430 apartments in Anderlecht, Brussels (rue Marius Renard 27). The project covers the installation of a very efficient cogeneration facility and the complete renovation of the 27-storey building’s roof. The joint owners of the 430 apartments have not made any financial contributions, yet will benefit from free energy and even a financial return.
The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, reductions granted to energy-intensive companies on a surcharge to finance support for renewable electricity production and high-efficient cogeneration in Greece.