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Managing energy demand spikes with seasonal forecasts of heatwaves and cold spells

The impact of heavy droughts, heatwaves and cold spells on energy demand and supplies would be lessened with seasonal climate forecasts that allow energy companies to better predict spikes in usage ahead of time, researchers say.

Researchers already have the ability to predict what changes in climate can be expected in two to three weeks’ time, […]

August 29th, 2018|Latest News|

National Grid outlines roadmap to bring all flex providers into Balancing Mechanism

National Grid has published a roadmap to enable all those with flexibility to sell it into the Balancing Mechanism, a key tool in balancing supply and demand close to real time.

Participants in the Balancing Mechanism (BM) offer flexibility by altering generation and/or consumption of their assets, or those that they manage on behalf of other parties. They […]

August 20th, 2018|Latest News|

This ‘flow battery’ could power green homes when the sun goes down and the wind stops blowing

With solar and wind electricity prices plunging, the hunt is on for cheap batteries to store all this power for use around the clock. Now, researchers have made an advance with a flow battery, the type of battery being developed to soak up enough excess wind and solar power to fuel whole cities. They report […]

August 13th, 2018|Latest News|

How battery systems can integrate renewable energy in smart grids

By 2030, 32% of the energy consumed in the EU must be generated from renewable sources, such as water, wind and sun. To achieve this, it doesn’t suffice to increase the number of wind turbines and solar cells. Extended and adapted transport and distribution grids are also necessary.

Wind and solar energy is not constant and […]

August 6th, 2018|Latest News|

Public sector keen on DSR, but fears disruption and lacks knowledge

Local authorities, hospitals and universities would be willing to provide flexibility to help balance the grid, but reservations around risk versus reward and a lack of straightforward information and guidance remain barriers.

According to early findings of The Energyst’s 2018 demand-side response survey, public sector flexibility remains largely untapped.

The survey has received 42 complete responses to date, across […]

July 30th, 2018|Latest News|

Is gaming the future of consumer demand response?

Demand side response (DSR) has a critical role to play in changing power consumption patterns on the grid, enhancing flexibility and stability. While commercial DSR is proving successful, its use in the home has proved far harder to develop – but mobile games could be the answer.

Network operators are increasingly looking for alternatives to costly […]

July 23rd, 2018|Latest News|

Q&A What is the future of Green Building?

This Q&A with WRI President and CEO Andrew Steer originally appeared atWorld Green Building Council.

What if we saw every building as an opportunity for sustainable development?

That is just what they are. Buildings consume water and electricity—one-third of global energy consumption is in buildings—as well as the raw materials used in construction.

More and more builders and […]

July 17th, 2018|Latest News|

Sim4Blocks make gains at Sustainable Places 2018

The 6th Sustainable Places 2018 (SP2018) conference was co-hosted by INES (The French National Solar Energy Institute of France) and the University of Savoie Mont Blanc (USMB) and Sim4Blocks made a strong impression. 

The two-day symposium comprised of several keynote speakers, clustering workshops, and presentation sessions. From across Europe, 167 delegates attended SP2018 in Aix-les Bains, […]

July 11th, 2018|Latest News|

Sim4Blocks present communal energy management at EM-Power

Last week, partners Enisyst attended “The smarter E Europe” conference in Munich, Germany and exhibited the Sim4Blocks project at the EM-Power exhibition.

“The smarter E Europe” event is an innovation hub for empowering new energy solutions that brought together four events in June this year: Intersolar Europe, ees Europe, Power2Drive Europe, EM-Power.

Sim4Blocks partner Enisyst had a […]

July 5th, 2018|Latest News|

Is it worth renovating old buildings?

The building sector is the largest energy-consuming sector in Europe. As retrofitting works are often unaffordable for people who own apartments in old blocks, the EU has had to step in.

Spain is known as a land of sun and heat. But even here there are regions that have to face icy winter temperatures. In Valladolid, […]

July 4th, 2018|Latest News|