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ACEEE Report: The World Cup of Energy Efficiency

26 Jun , 2018  

Though the world’s eyes are on the biggest global sporting event of the year, countries are also battling for a top spot off the soccer pitch. ACEEE released its own World Cup rankings today in the realm of energy efficiency in its 2018 International Energy Efficiency Scorecard.  This report ranks the world’s 25 largest energy […]

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Industrial Technology, Refrigeration

Chinese AC System Awarded Blue Angel Ecolabel

23 Mar , 2018  

Germany awards ecolabel to R290 split AC Written by Charlotte McGlaughlin, hydrocarbons21.com, March 12, 2018 The German government’s Blue Angel Ecolabel has been awarded to Chinese manufacturer Midea for its split air-conditioning (AC) system using propane (R290), according to the scheme’s website. The ‘Blue Angel’ initiative is an Ecolabel for certifying some 120 different product types, […]

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Clean Grid Technology, Renewables

Germany Hit a New High in Renewable Energy Generation

8 Aug , 2016  

Germany had so much renewable energy on Sunday that it had to pay people to use electricity QZ, May  10, 2016 On Sunday, May 8, Germany hit a new high in renewable energy generation. Thanks to a sunny and windy day, at one point around 1pm the country’s solar, wind, hydro and biomass plants were […]

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Clean Grid Technology, Renewables

Renewables and the Grid: What Happens Beyond 40%?

13 Jun , 2016  


German electricity transmission CEO: ‘80% renewables is no problem’ Euractiv, June 8, 2016 When it comes to Germany’s switch to renewables, the speed at which it is happening is often said to be too fast. Is that right? We see ourselves as the Energiewende‘s guinea pigs. Our network in the north-east covers about a third […]

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Markets & Business, Markets & Trends

Ranking Efficiency on a Global Scale

3 Mar , 2016  

World’s Most Energy Efficient Countries Just Means, February 23, 2016. Image credit: geralt Energy efficiency is defined as ‘’using less energy to provide the same service.” In 2016, energy efficiency is a primary concern for many countries. With diminishing fossil fuel resources and rapid population growth, there are several reasons why countries all over the globe […]

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Clean Grid Technology, Connectivity

The Smart Grid Program in Mannheim, Germany

17 Mar , 2015  

This German city’s smart grid lowers energy consumption and cost Digital Trends, February 20, 2015 Know how the U.S. power grid works? Anyone who remembers the 2003 blackout, when 50 million people lost power from Michigan to New York, might vaguely recall that it’s made up of three interconnections: eastern, western, and Texas. They don’t communicate perfectly with […]

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Efficiency in Action, Markets & Business

Passive Houses Gaining Ground in the US

2 Feb , 2015  

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Thermos-Like Passive Homes Aggressively Save Energy (Video) National Geographic, January 20, 2015 Three miles northeast of the White House, now topped with solar panels, six modest new rowhouses are expected to deliver world-class savings in energy. The reason’s simple: They’re so well sealed and insulated that they perform just like a coffee thermos. No furnaces are […]

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Markets & Business, Markets & Trends

Germany’s Renewable Energy Boom

13 Jan , 2015  


Power from fossil fuel drops to 35-year low in Germany Energy Transition, January 8, 2015 In 2014, German coal power production fell considerably year over year (see the table below) – and to the lowest level since 2011. One of the main headlines in the German press based on these figures is that renewables now […]

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Building Technology, Whole Building

Which Indicators are Most Important in Assessing Building Performance?

12 Dec , 2014  

Making buildings more energy efficient is part of the European strategy to combat climate change. One of the aims of the EU-funded project Direction – due to be completed by 2016—is to demonstrate that very low energy buildings can actually be implemented in practice.

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Industrial Technology, Process

Germany Implements First ORC-based Heat Recovery Plant on an EAF

12 Nov , 2014  

Turboden, a leading company in the production of Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) turbo-generators for distributed power generation employing renewable sources and waste heat, a group company of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. (MHI), implemented the first ORC-based heat recovery plant on an Electric Arc Furnace (EAF) in the world

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