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Interesting facts by IEA

Interesting facts by IEA

Global solar PV market set for spectacular growth over next 5 years

According to the IEA: “The installation of solar PV systems on homes, commercial buildings and industrial facilities is set to take off over the next five years, transforming the way electricity is generated and consumed, according to the International Energy Agency’s latest renewable energy market forecast.
These applications – known collectively as distributed PV – are the focus of the IEA’s Renewables 2019 market report. The report forecasts that the world’s total renewable-based power capacity will grow by 50% between 2019 and 2024. This increase of 1,200 gigawatts – equivalent to the current total power capacity of the United States – is driven by cost reductions and concerted government policy efforts. Solar PV accounts for 60% of the rise. The share of renewables in global power generation is set to rise from 26% today to 30% in 2024.”
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IEA Energy databases and data services including World Energy Statistics and Balances

Worthwhile to read IEA’s recent release of the 2019 edition of energy databases and data services including World Energy Statistics and Balances, the IEA Key World Energy Statistics, etc. Read more ….

Gas-free central heating boiler

Gas-free central heating boiler

Wubaro launched their gas-free heating boiler on October 25th. A revolutionary development that can contribute at a large scale and quickly to an affordable sustainability.

Wubaro says on its Dutch website: “WUBARO has developed a new system for heating buildings. The system is based on the traditional heat pump technology, which can reach a temperature with a maximum up to 55 – 60˚C. With our patented technology, a new generation of energy efficient heat pumps has been created. Our systems reach a temperature of more than 80˚C and are suitable for heating both homes and businesses. We call this innovative system the gas-free central heating boiler. The units are now supplied as one integrated stand-alone system for companies. For homes there will be a system consisting of an indoor unit, which replaces the existing central (gas-fired) heating boiler, with an outdoor unit.

For further information we refer to the Wubaro website; www.wubaro.eu.

Energy Commons Institute (ECI)

Energy Commons Institute (ECI)

On Friday, October 25, an event was held in Groningen (NL) with the theme “Doing Things Together”. The event was organised by the new Energy Commons Institute, and was hosted by the Centre for Vocational Training “Leerbouwen”.
More than 150 attendees saw different organisations sharing their knowledge and experiences, in interactive sessions, with respect to sustainable solutions in the build environment.
The new gas-free central heating boiler was introduced at the end of the event; applied in a new heating system (> 500kW) which has been installed on the roof of “Leerbouwen”.
For further information we refer to the ECI website; www.eci.institute/en.

NB. Leerbouwen has been established for people with and without distance to the labour market. In close cooperation with the business community, municipalities, UWV, Werk in Zicht and employment agencies, they provide customised training courses. Read more ….

SAGE & UC Berkeley: Young Global Entrepreneurs compete to drive business innovation

SAGE & UC Berkeley: Young Global Entrepreneurs compete to drive business innovation

Teenage entrepreneurs were coming to the University of California-Berkeley on August 7-12 to take the stage in a worldwide entrepreneurship competition; read more ….

Students for the Advancement of Global Entrepreneurship (SAGE).
SAGE is an international network that links secondary school student organizations to mentors from local universities and businesses. Its purpose is to create a global community of teenage entrepreneurs sharing a common purpose: to make the world a better place. Under the direction of university student mentors, teenage SAGE teams create commercial and social ventures in an ethical and socially responsible manner.

SAGE Global is an international non-profit organization dedicated to teenage entrepreneurs who make the world a better place from the seventeen Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations. The first and most important goal is to end extreme poverty, according to the UN “the greatest challenge of our time”. There are also goals about health, education, clean drinking water, sustainable energy, less inequality and tackling climate change. SAGE wants to offer young people with a global vision the opportunity to contribute to this. This has become a worldwide success. The SAGE program has been extensively tested and is already running very successfully in 20+ countries.

Last week the country teams (25 countries) were competing against each other on the main stage in San Francisco during the SAGE Global Awards. The Netherlands participated for the first time this year and was represented by a team of three teenage entrepreneurs (Ilse, Lineke and Thijn), coaches (Tine and Bram). The Dutch “Energy Commons” team has been working towards SDG 7 goal #2 through setting up an Energy Common in Groningen, the Netherlands.

SAGE Netherlands works together with The Institute for Future of Living (IFL), Jong Ondernemen/VNO-NCW and SDG Nederland.
Tine van Heerikhuize and Bram Reinders will bring the SAGE competition to the Netherlands and Europe. Via this route a big compliment to Tine and Bram for their leadership and coaching. Investment in our young generation is so essential.

We have been proud to have co-sponsored the Dutch SAGE team participating at the SAGE Global event in San Francisco.

IEA launched new “Methane Tracker”

IEA launched new “Methane Tracker”

IEA has launched a new “Methane Tracker”, providing a global picture of methane emissions, covering eight industry areas across more than seventy countries.
This tool provides up-to-date estimates of current oil and gas methane emissions, drawing on best available data.
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When reading the above, please view the “Climate Action Tracker” as well. It all places matters in an interesting context.
In a previous blog we reported on this tool extensively; click here.
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Heating existing homes on 100% hydrogen

Heating existing homes on 100% hydrogen

On June 25, 2019 for the first time in the Netherlands, existing houses in Rozenburg (ZH) were heated on 100% hydrogen.
Remeha is involved in this project. We naturally keep a close eye on this development. After all, as described earlier in various blogs, we see a very important role for hydrogen in the energy transition.
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IEA: tracking clean energy progress

IEA: tracking clean energy progress

The IEA is tracking clean energy progress, by assessing the latest information on how critical energy technologies and sectors are contributing to global clean energy transition. It shows that 7 technologies are on track (eg. solar PV, energy storage), 19 require more efforts (eg. offshore wind, hydropower), and 13 are not on track (eg. geothermal, CCUS in industry & transformation). Read more ….

IEA publishes interesting information on Energy storage, EVs, and RD&D Budget Database for Energy technologies

IEA publishes interesting information on Energy storage, EVs, and RD&D Budget Database for Energy technologies

According to IEA, energy storage deployment reached a record level in 2018, nearly doubling from 2017.
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Year 2018 was another record-breaking year for global electric car sales (1.98 million), raising total global stock to 5.12 million, according to IEA analyses. Sales increased 68% in 2018….
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A very interesting Energy Technology RD&D Budget Database by the IEA allows users to track trends in spending by energy technologies in IEA countries back to 1977.
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Natural gas-free residential areas

Natural gas-free residential areas

We would like to draw the readers’ attention to recent information from the Dutch Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations regarding the “Analysis of project proposals (click here)” and the “Evaluation of pilot projects for natural gas-free residential areas (click here)”.
We would also like to refer you to the EnShared website.