Thermal Energy Forum, at second edition 2016

The English business magazine The Diplomat–Bucharest organizes the second edition of its national Forum exclusively dedicated to thermal power - Thermal Energy Forum 2016, on February 18, 2016, at InterContinental Hotel Bucharest.

The implementation period for the Romanian Thermal Heating Program 2006-2015 consisting in various investments in generation, transmission and distribution of thermal energy has been extended until 2020. By 2015, only 95 million Euro out of initially allocated total amount of 480 million Euro have been used to finance the program. The remaining amount is intended to finance the program between 2015 and 2020. The program continues to support the modernization of thermal power plants and the improvement of thermal energy supply services by implementing the energy efficiency policies. A higher consideration has eventually been given to the development and implementation of cogeneration power plants..

The first section of Thermal Energy Forum 2016 brings into discussion the updates on national energy program, regulatory framework for production, transport, distribution and supply of thermal energy, autonomous heating vs centralized heating systems (SACET), the centralized power systems models and promotion of the high-efficiency technologies in thermal heating.

The second section will be dedicated to cogeneration and district heating, support scheme for high efficiency cogeneration, priority in using biomass as fuel, promotion of industrial cogeneration, restructuring of existing thermal systems solutions by concession, ways to finance new projects and the impact of liberalization of natural gas and electricity market agreed with the International Monetary Fund, World Bank and European Commission.

The event is organized unde the patronage of ANRE and the National Authority for Public Municipal Servicies (ANRSC)

Event agenda

SESSION I: POLICIES, STRATEGIES, OPERATORS (PRODUCERS& DISTRIBUTORS)
DISCUSSION TOPICS
• National policies on the thermal energy
• Updates on Thermal Heating Program
• Regulatory framework on production, transport and distribution of thermal energy
• Autonomous heating systems and centralized heating systems (SACET)
• Buildings energy efficiency
• Promotion of high-efficiency technologies in thermal heating

10:30-10:50 Q&A
10:50-11:10 Coffee Break

SESSION II: COGENERATION AND CENTRAL HEATING IN ROMANIA
DISCUSSION TOPICS
• Support scheme for high efficiency cogeneration
• Priority in using biomass as fuel
• Promotion of industrial cogeneration
• Restructuring of existing thermal systems solutions by concession
• Ways to finance new projects
• The impact of liberalization of natural gas and electricity market

12:40-13:00 Q&A
13:00 - 14:00 Networking lunch

source : http://thermal2016.thediplomat.ro/
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Ukraine will join to International Renewable Energy Agency

A draft decree of the President of Ukraine to join the International Renewable Energy Agency Statute was approved by the Government on January 20, 2016.

Ukraine's participation in IRENA is to obtain loans for renewable energy projects. Today, the fund has provided loans worth 98 million US dollars for 11 projects. With the accession of Ukraine will have access to information on renewable energy, the results of the latest research and best practices. Ukraine will also have access to the information available to IRENA, including progressive financing mechanisms for renewable energy.

International Agency for Renewable Energy (hereinafter - IRENA) was established in 2011.
Areas:
- Develop national programs for the introduction of technologies using renewable energy sources;
- Support for education, training and dissemination of information on renewable energy;
- Organised training of managers, technicians and specialists for small and medium sized energy companies;
- A joint creation of research, regional development and exchange of experience;
- Evaluation and analysis of information on advanced technologies and develop practical recommendations;
- Financial planning programs on renewable energy;
- Data collection and compilation of statistics.

IRENA have currently 145 countries.

Frimu Ghinea
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Poland: Workshop - Practical aspects of designing and installing photovoltaic systems

The workshop will discuss particular stages of realizing the photovoltaic system investments, i.e. design, assembly, connecting to the distribution grid and monitoring the operation of PV systems. Moreover, it will identify the most common mistakes made during each of the stages.

The form of the workshop will make it possible for the trainer to communicate with the participants in order to exchange experiences and broadly discuss the topics considered by the participants as the most difficult ones. The workshop will be conducted by an experienced trainer from the Training Centre of the Polish Photovoltaics Association, the installer with many years of experience in Germany and Poland.

The aim of the workshop is to deepen and consolidate the knowledge and skills concerning design, installation, connecting to the distribution grid and monitoring the operation of PV systems. The event is addressed mainly to the PV systems designers and installers.

Target groups: PV systems designers and installers.
Language: Polish / English
Organizers: Polish Society for Photovoltaics, REECO Poland Sp. z o. o.
Wednesday, 13/04/2016
Place: Stadion, Wrocław 2012 Sp. z o. o., VIP Area
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2nd edition of the seminar: “The development of cogeneration investments in Poland”

How to speed up the pace of cogeneration development in Poland, how to support it effectively and how to finance the investment through the auction system? This and many other questions will be answered during the 2nd edition of the seminar entitled “The development of cogeneration investments in Poland”.

The program includes:

legal environment,
trigeneration and polygeneration technologies – examples of use,
audit and certification of cogeneration units,
what is the future of certificate-based system?, how to support cogeneration further?
the analysis of investment profitability in the auction system,
support prospects according to PEP 2050 project,
the incentive effect,
examples of support systems in EU countries,
examples of the use of cogeneration in industry.

Target groups:
Representatives of conventional energy, broadly defined industry, sewage treatment plants, biogas plants, waste incineration plants, waste treatment plants, technology companies, aqua parks, hospitals and all entities interested in the topic of cogeneration.

Language:
Polish/English

Organisers:
REECO Poland Sp. z o. o.
„City-Brand.pl” Energia Odnawialna

Date: Wednesday, 13/04/2016
Time: 09:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Stadion, Wrocław 2012 Sp. z o. o., VIP Area

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EFdeN can be visit!

Romanian green house how was in to the competition of Decathlon Solar can be visit in January 16. Now this are the first Research Center for Comfortably.

The house are in Pache Protopopescu Boulevard no 66 from Bucharest, Romania.

For visit please full up the info on the link : https://docs.google.com/a/apricus.com/forms/d/1PvLXYWcBY_2dQu-8aMteMgGObDwQpB08ZESNWlMzpRg/viewform .

Frimu Ghinea
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Poland : The Feed-In Law

On 20 February 2015 the Sejm finally adopted the RES Act, accepting most of the changes made by the Senate. The RES Act will enter into force after the President signs it into the law and it is published in the Journal of Laws – presumably in March this year.

The feed-in tariffs for micro-installations up to 10kW remain at the level originally enacted by the Sejm at its third hearing in mid-January, i.e. PLN 0,75/kWh for PV up to 3kW and PLN 0,65/kWh for up to 10kW - substantially higher than the current PLN 0,52/kWh for PV up to 10kW in Germany. The RES Act introduces a cap of 500 MW for these feed-in tariffs. This cap might be hard to control as the feedin tariffs will lead to a short boom for PV micro installations from spring 2016 and the cap is likely to be reached within the first year.

The RES Act implements the following timeline:
1. A few changes to the Energy law act will enter into force immediately after publication, i.e. in March 2015. These changes concern the obligation placed on large energy consuming enterprises to
consume a certain share of renewable energy and co-generation energy, the extension of the
redemption period for green certificates until end of June and the re-organisation of the registering
process for green certificates.
2. The remaining part of the RES Act generally enters into force 30 days after publication except for
the changes to the existing and new support system (chapter 4).
3. Co-firing installations (so-called “non-dedicated”) will receive 0.5 green certificates per MWh as
soon as 30 days after publication of the RES Act; large hydropower plants will continue to receive
green certificates until the end of 2015.
4. The pre-qualification for the auction system at the Regulatory Office (URE) will start by 1 May 2015. URE has to qualify a RES generator within 30 days if its documentation is complete. A public tender for the electronic platform to conduct auctions will be held.
5. The government will publish the amount of energy and its value for the first auction by 31 May 2015 for large RES generators and by 15 June 2015 for RES generators up to 1 MW.
6. The regulations to establish OREO, the agency to settle contracts for difference, will enter into force by 1 October 2015.
7. All existing grid connection contracts should be adapted within 6 months of the RES Act’s entry into force, i.e. presumably by end of September 2015, so that the grid connection date is no later than 31 March 2019 (i.e. 48 months after the RES Act enters into force). The RES generator will have to
present its proposal for adopting the time schedule within three months of the RES Act entering into
force, i.e. presumably by end of June 2015. The timeline for offshore wind is 72 months. This means,
for instance, that grid connection contracts will have to be adopted, e.g. including the PSE grid
connection contracts concluded with Polenergia for a 1.2 GW offshore wind farm, with EDPR for a 120 MW onshore wind farm in Baczyna and with Enertrag for a 500 MW onshore wind farm in Krajnik.
8. The government will publish the first reference prices by 31 December 2015.
9. RES generators will have to be connected to the grid and produce their first kWh (by all devices) by 31 December 2015 to enter into the green certificate support system.
10. URE will publish the first auction by 31 March 2016. The auction will take part a minimum of 30
days after the auction has been published, presumably concluding in the second quarter of 2016.
11. The regulation of 18 October 2012 – the so-called quotation regulation – will remain in force until no later than the end of 2017. So, if no further changes are adopted sooner, the quotation obligation will increase to 16% in 2017. For the year 2018 the government will have to enact a new quota for the green certificate system.
12. The government will publish a report about the functioning about the RES support system and will propose legal changes by 31 December 2017. This report can be expected to be the basis for a
substantial downsizing of the quota obligation from 2018. Thus, green certificates prices should stay at an acceptable level until 2017 redemption period (i.e. until 30 June 2018). After this date a downsizing of the quota will take place and prices will be at risk so that a floor of PLN 100/MWh is likely. The cheapest technologies, e.g. large brownfield biomass, dedicated co-firing and onshore wind at the end of its support period, will still be profitable at this price level. So existing RES generators are recommended to switch to the auction system at the third auction in the first half of 2018 at the latest.

source : http://solivan.pl

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AMBIENT CONSTRUCT & INSTAL 2016

If edition 2015 managed to unite in one place at EXPO Transilvania Cluj-Napoca, Romania, a total of 52 companies, the year 2016 seems to announce it bodes well in terms of number of participants and the area reserved until now.

AMBIENT CONSTRUCT & INSTAL Fair / ELECTRIC enroll on the rise, the last 2 editions recording additional requirements for the participation of companies inteaga country or abroad.

For example, edition 2015 increased by 10% over the previous year, the event managed to attract both exhibitors and visitors in a direct contact with the binder just products / services to the stands to tender: were occupied 2300 square meters inside EXPO Transilvania and 200 sqm outdoor platform.

They appreciated the quality of the participating companies, visitors from all areas of interest, from architects, engineers, systems specialists, designers and construction people, to the general public interested in renovating their home.

Participants were shown to be economically strong companies in the space, with years of experience in construction and installation: Romania, Italy, Germany, Hungary and Poland.

In 2016, the fair will celebrate the - 25th edition and will take place on 24-27 February at the exhibition center Expo Transilvania in Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

Frimu Ghinea 
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Apricus issued freeze protected heat pipe patent

Apricus Solar Co., Ltd has been awarded a patent for the freeze protected heat pipe design used in Apricus ETC solar collectors.

The freeze protected heat pipe design was the result of extensive research conducted at the Apricus owned manufacturing facility.  The patented production method uses a food grade salt additive to modulate the structure of the water as it freezes, avoiding the swelling and damage which plain water causes.

The challenge with heat pipes used in evacuated tube solar collectors is to select a working fluid that has a high phase change heat transfer capacity and that remains stable at high temperatures.   Water is a great choice, but freezes in cold regions which causes the heat pipes to swell and eventually rupture.  Additives that may seem obvious choices to provide freeze protection such as alcohol or glycol are not stable at high temperatures resulting in an air pocket developing in the heat pipe, impairing function.

In addition to thousands of cycle testing in Apricus’s own lab, the heat pipes have passed the new heat pipe freeze resistant testing that is now part of the European Solarkeymark test standard for solar thermal collectors (that use heat pipes).

Testing was completed by TUV test labs in accordance with the SKN_N0106_AnnexF_R0 testing standard.  The test involves 20 cycles of -20oC / -4oF freezing (>30 minutes) and +10oC / 50oF thawing (>30 minutes).

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EBRD is expanding its efforts to promote energy efficiency in Moldova

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is expanding its efforts to promote energy efficiency in Moldova with a €5.5 million loan to CB “MOBIASBANCA-Groupe Société Générale” for on-lending to private companies undertaking energy-saving measures and investing in renewable energy projects.

The financing is available under the Moldovan Sustainable Energy Financing Facility Extension (MoSEFF II) framework.

Since 2010, when the EBRD started financing energy efficiency in Moldova, a total of over €38 million has been committed through MoSEFF to partner banks, helping more than 150 businesses to cut their energy bills and CO2 emissions. The resulting energy savings amount to over 23,000 MWh per year and could meet the energy needs of residents in Moldova’s second-largest city, Bălți, for more than a year. These projects helped reduce CO2 emissions by over 58,000 tonnes per year, equivalent to the annual emissions produced by over 40,000 cars.

source : ebrd.com 
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Electricity in Romania at the end of 2015

The capacities of electricity production from renewable sources reached a total installed capacity of 5127 MW at the end of November 2015 according to data centralized by Transelectrica. The system existed wind farms with an output of 3,129 MW, photo voltaic panels with a total capacity of 1,312 MW, 583 MW of small hydro and biomass projects with a cumulative capacity of 103 MW.

The installed capacity at the end of November is lower than that of 31 October, when the system was 5.180 MW of renewable energy. The sharpest decrease was seen in wind turbines, 3,186 MW from the previous month to 3,129 MW. Late last year, appeared in system production capacity of 5,200 MW of renewable energy, according to Transelectrica.

For 2016, the mandatory quota of electricity produced from renewable energy sources, benefiting from green certificate promotion system is 12.15% of gross final consumption of electricity, according to a Decision adopted by the Government on 30 December . The quota for 2016 is higher than 2015, which was set at 11.9%.

This level of mandatory quota for 2016 maintain consumer impact of the bill on the use in 2015 of about 35 lei / MWh.

'If we consider the agreements for exemption issued by the end of 2015 (7000 GWh) and 2016 (1000 GWh, in addition to 2015), the impact of green certificates in the bill to final consumers of electricity not exempted (households and SMEs) will rise from 35 lei / MWh, about 43 lei / MWh ', according to a press release from the Executive.

Level approved the mandatory quota for 2016 envisages achieving the national objective of energy from renewable sources in gross final consumption of energy and was established based on scenarios submitted by the National Energy Regulatory Authority (ANRE). This objective will be achieved by limiting the sale of green certificates to producers of electricity from renewable sources at a value of about 60% of all certificates issued, according to government decision.

Frimu Ghinea

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