Romania: 30,000 vouchers used in the Rabla program

According to the Environment Fund Administration from Romania, almost half of the 30,000 additional vouchers granted in the Rabla Program, which are changing an old car with a new one, have been exhausted. There are also approximately 15,000 scrapping bonuses for individuals. The Rabla program began in March 2018 for both individuals and legal entities, with 65 million euros budget allocated. The funds were supplemented this month by 44 million euros. Any Romanian who wants to buy a new car will charge 1444 euros and for a hybrid vehicle will receive another 377 euros.

Frimu Ghinea


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Romania signed the Hydrogen Initiative Statement

The period of operation of the existing coal-fired power stations should be prolonged until 2030 to ensure a clean transition to clean energy and to guarantee the security of energy supply, Anton Anton, Energy Minister Anton Anton, at the Energy Informal Council, organized in Linz (Austria), September 17-19.

The line minister also talked about the specificity of strategic reserves that can not be subject to market rules, and they operate only in exceptional situations and with limited duration.

Romania has signed the Declaration of the Hydrogen Initiative and is committed to continuing to engage in research and innovation on the use of hydrogen as a source of energy in the future. Technologies for the use of renewable hydrogen can be used in the storage of electricity, transport fuels and industry.

Frimu Ghinea


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RE-energy - Renewable Energy Expo 2018, Poland

The RE-energy Expo constitutes an international RES platform. Here the RES industry will show its innovative character. RE-energy stands not only for products and technologies but also conferences, seminars, and forums organized together with the trade’s most important organizations and associations from Poland and abroad. RE-energy constitutes a platform for exchanging knowledge, experiences, and presenting modern solutions which are going to make us reach the energy of the future. RE-energy constitutes the biggest trade meeting which brings together the most important players, all significant associations, and the media. The organizer invites everyone who wants to participate in the development of RES in Poland and abroad. We work together, beyond the divisions.

The location of RE-energy constitutes the best spot in Warsaw in terms of communication. The EXPO XXI Warsaw Center constitutes the only exposition facility located 10 minutes from the center of the city, at Wola – one of the most rapidly developing districts of Warsaw.

Renewable and decentralized energy
Bioenergy:
– Solid biomass
– Biogas
– Biofuels
Solar technology
-Photovoltaics
– Solar thermal energy
– Solar energy – cooling
Storing energy
Hydropower
Heat pumps
Geothermal energy
Cogeneration
Wind energy
Smart and energy-efficient buildings

Innovative and efficient energy use
Smart and energy-efficient buildings
Passive house
Positive-energy house
Active house
Innovative lighting technologies
Energy efficiency
Alternative mobility
Smart Energy – smart solutions in energy production

The following AWARDS will be presented during the trade fair:

Innovative Product Award
Innovative Technology Award
Top Polish Export Brand Award
Best Stand Award
Renewable Energy Industry – Personality of the Year Award

11-13 October 2018
Expo XXI Warsaw, Poland
http://reenergyexpo.pl/



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Conference focused on the debate in the Romanian energy sector

The “Ține de Noi” Association together with the Hanns Seidel Foundation - Romania and Romania Energy Center invites you to attend a conference focused on the debate in the Romanian energy sector.

This year, Romania holds the presidency of the Energy Charter Conference. Next year, Romania will take over the presidency of the EU Council for the first time. Romania's regional and European responsibilities are on the increase. However, two years after Romania presented a new energy strategy, there is still no valid document, but only one project. Before the ink in the 2016 text was dry, another working group within the Energy Ministry was set up to adjust and update the forecast and the document prepared under the ministry's previous direction (Order of the Ministry of Energy no.473 / 15.06.2017, updated by order 543 of 25.07.2017, and subsequently updated by order no. 309 of 29.02.2018).

Meanwhile, the "Clean Energy for All Europeans" package, proposed by the European Commission in November 2016, stipulated that EU Member States should draw up, by January 2019, integrated National Energy and Climate Change (INECP) plans for the period 2021-2030. Under the Energy Union Regulation, Member States were required to produce the first such national plans by 1 January 2018. There was no public statement by the current Minister for Energy on this subject.

Thus, not only did Romania's 2016 national effort set a course for this sector remained in some kind of institutional limit (sent to the Ministry of Environment for approval at the beginning of 2017 and at the same time revised by a new group working in the Energy Ministry in July 2017), but it had to be merged with Romania's environmental strategy and presented to the European Commission for previewing by 1 January 2018.

Frimu Ghinea

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Ukraine: Over 30,000 Ukrainian households have taken out loans for energy-efficient home improvements

The EBRD-managed programme supporting energy efficiency in Ukrainian homes has reached a milestone of investing over UAH 1 billion (equivalent of over €30 million). More than 30,000 Ukrainian households took out loans from local commercial banks which participate in the programme to invest in green technologies for their homes; of those, over 20 thousand projects have already been verified as eligible for investment grants.

The loans have been made as part of Ukraine Residential Energy Efficiency Financing Facility (UREEFF), otherwise known as IQ energy, designed to promote energy efficiency investments. The facility is run by the EBRD and supported by €15 million in grant funding from the Eastern Europe Energy Efficiency and Environment Partnership (E5P)*, to which the European Union is the largest contributor, and where Ukraine is also one of the donors. Additional technical assistance funding is provided by Sweden.

source EBRD

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Eurostat: percent of electricity from renewable sources in EU 2016 in each country


At the level of EU Member States, in five countries more than half of the electricity consumed in 2016 was generated from renewable sources: Austria (73 %), Sweden (65 %), Portugal and Denmark (both 54 %) and Latvia (51 %). In contrast, there were four countries where less than 10 % of the electricity consumed in 2016 came from renewable sources: Malta (6 %), Luxembourg and Hungary (both 7 %) and Cyprus (9 %).

source: Eurostat

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Eurostat: Electricity generation from renewable sources in EU 2016















In 2016, electricity generation from renewable sources contributed more than one quarter (30 %) to total gross electricity consumption in the European Union (EU). Hydro power is the most important source, followed closely by wind power and then solar power. Other renewable sources for generating electricity include wood, biogas, renewable waste and geothermal energy.

Source: Eurostat



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Serbia: UniCredit Bank Serbia receives €5.1 million loan for boosting energy efficiency

The EBRD is providing a loan of up to €5.1 million to UniCredit, in Serbia, to enhance its financing of the green economy. UniCredit Serbia is the second-largest bank in the country and second bank with EBRD support for energy efficiency.

The funds will be on-lent for investments in high-performance energy efficiency technologies, materials and solutions in residential buildings, for example to replace windows or doors, retrofit facades, procure heating equipment or thermal insulation material, PV panels, heat pumps, and other measures.

The goal is to reduce energy intensity and improve energy efficiency in accordance with the EBRD’s Green Economy Transition (GET) approach. With these investments households will not only become more energy efficient but will also decrease their greenhouse gas emissions, reducing their impact on the environment.

Frimu Ghinea

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Romania: Transelectrica supports the victims of the floods from June to July 2018

The National Power Grid Company Transelectrica SA from Romania is close to the people affected by the floods from June to July 2018 and granting through the Red Cross organization a total humanitarian aid of 40,000 lei ( approx 9000 euro).

Transelectrica offered sponsorships for the projects "Flood Victims Support 2018" and "Union for the Community - Post-Disaster Humanitarian Assistance for Victims of Floods", implemented by the Red Cross and Vrancea Red Cross, respectively. Beneficiaries of these projects are the victims of the two counties, Neamţ and Vrancea from Romania. The amounts awarded will be used to rehabilitate homes and household annexes affected by floods, as well as to distribute food and clothing to the families affected.

Also in the same line of social involvement, Transelectrica also sponsored the project "We Give Together", the Tulcea Red Cross, which consists of distributing food and hygiene products to the needy families in Tulcea County.

"We are glad to be able to join the people affected by natural disasters lately and help them with Red Cross volunteers to rebuild their lives. It is our duty to engage responsibly in community issues and to offer our support wherever it is necessary, especially when it comes to humanitarian actions, "said Adrian Constantin RUSU, Chief Executive Officer, President of the Transelectrica Directorate.


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Turkey: EBRD financing with US$ 50 million four wind farms, US$ 52 million nine solar projects

The EBRD, a leading financier of renewable energy in Turkey and its other regions of operations, is providing a financing package of up to US$ 102 million to the renewable energy arm of the Turkish conglomerate Akfen Holding. The funds will be invested in building four new wind farms and nine solar PV plants with a combined capacity of 327MW.

The company is investing in four new wind farms with a total capacity of 242 MW: Ucpinar (99 MW), Kocalar (26 MW) and Hasanoba (51 MW) in Çanakkale, a province in north-western Turkey on the Dardanelles Strait, and Denizli (66 MW) in the eponymous province in the south west of the country.

For nine new solar photovoltaic plants in five locations across Turkey, the EBRD is lending up to US$ 52 million. The combined capacity of the new solar PV plants will be 85MW.

source EBRD


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Enel will build 34 MW solar park in Australia

The Enel Group, through its renewable energy division, Enel Green Power Australia Pty Ltd. ("Enel Green Power Australia"), has won a 15 year support agreement with the Australian State of Victoria for power generation and green certificates following the construction of the Cohuna solar power plant with a capacity of 34 MW. The agreement was awarded in the context of the inverse renewable energy auction organized last year by the State of Victoria. The Cohuna Solar Plant, which will be built in collaboration with the local Leeson Group developer, is located in Gannawarra, Victoria, about 8 kilometers south of Cohuna.

Frimu Ghinea

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NRG Systems Purchases Direct Detect Lidar Technology Developed by Pentalum

NRG Systems, a subsidiary of ESCO Technologies Inc. (NYSE: ESE), announced that it has acquired a portfolio of advanced technology developed by Pentalum, an Israeli company that specialized in remote sensing solutions for wind measurement. Founded in 2009, Pentalum pioneered low-cost Lidar solutions that have been deployed by customers in the wind resource assessment, wind farm operations, forecasting, and research markets globally.

Pentalum’s principal innovation was their patented Direct Detect Lidar technology that is able to deliver the high precision and reliability of Lidar at a significantly lower cost compared to conventional Doppler Lidar technologies. Pentalum deployed this technology in their SpiDAR® Vertical Wind Profiler beginning in 2012 and it is now in use on five continents. NRG Systems’ President, Justin Wheating, commented, “NRG has played an active role in the global wind energy market for over three decades and we recognize the growing importance of Lidar in resource measurement and wind farm operations. Pentalum’s technology, when paired with NRG’s global sales and service capabilities, is a significant advantage for our customers, and a great new opportunity for customers who could not previously justify the high cost of Doppler Lidar solutions.”

In addition to its favorable pricepoint, SpiDAR is a rugged, market-proven product that measures wind with high reliability and accuracy at the range of heights required by wind farms all over the world. When coupled with NRG-equipped met towers, SpiDAR delivers excellent flexibility, performance, and cost efficiency. 

NRG Systems will work with its global partner network to offer sales, technical support and integrated services, such as remote power supply, making this product a truly complete solution for customers around the world. Wheating said, “Our customers have been asking us for a full service, integrated wind measurement solution that includes the latest tower based and remote sensing capabilities and we now have that for them.”

The company plans to begin shipping new SpiDAR units in early 2019 and will start offering complete service to existing SpiDAR customers in the coming weeks. NRG Systems will continue to work in close partnership with Leosphere to sell and support Leosphere’s Windcube Lidar in North America.

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ensibo adopts QOS Energy’s innovative O&M software to streamline management of 120 MW PV portfolio

ensibo, a German-based solar O&M service provider, has chosen QOS Energy’s Qantum® software to streamline the management of the 120 MW solar PV portfolio under its care. Qantum® is an innovative cloud analytics platform that enables the efficient aggregation and analysis of raw data streams generated by ensibo’s plants.

ensibo is an independent provider of O&M services for solar power plants, and operates a wide diversity of solar installations across several countries in Europe and Asia. The company services solar PV plants ranging from 250 kWp to 50 MWp for renewable energy investors, asset managers and independent power producers. To optimise plant revenue, ensibo needs to efficiently treat the massive stream of data generated by the projects on a daily basis; regardless of the asset type, location or technical configuration.

“Our clients expect to extract the maximum value from their solar investment by increasing power production and reducing downtimes on the long-term. O&M Services play a vital role to achieve this goal and ensibo is their partner of choice for this. Our  team of highly-qualified engineers and technicians works on 365 days per year to ensure the optimum performance for each of our customers plants,” explained Jan Gäde, Commercial Director at ensibo.

ensibo’s clients operate PV plants using a wide range of of data acquisition systems and inverters. These PV plants are sometimes sophisticated facilities that include hundreds of inverters, combiner boxes, as well as tens of thousands of sensors, which generate up to 20.000 measured and calculated values every 5 minutes. The Qantum® renewable energy management platform seamlessly gathers the information from the plants’ monitoring systems, and transforms the data into comprehensive analytics, dashboards, alerts and events.

“QOS Energy’s management platform is a smart and flexible solution that offers the data acquisition, analytics, ticketing system, and reporting features required to achieve that goal in a cost-efficient manner,” continued Melanie von Borstel, Co-Founder and Operations Director of ensibo.

The cloud-based Qantum® suite features a complete set of customisable charts, dashboards, KPIs and alerts, helping users to gain a deeper understanding of the assets’ performance, thereby maximising operational performance. The platform also offers a fully integrated maintenance management system to help reduce downtime by streamlining maintenance workflows for large and complex renewable energy portfolios.

“With our solar monitoring software solution, ensibo can visualise and manage global asset performance using a simple web browser. It makes it much easier to identify under performance and increase power production across a complex and diverse renewable asset base. Our software’s back-end is able to gather the raw information generated by the plants to create advanced plant management intelligence,” explained Franck Le Breton, CEO of QOS Energy.

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Discussions on the Offshore Law of Romania

US Energy Secretary Rick Perry arrives in Bucharest from 17-18 September for bilateral talks on the Offshore law how will be adopted by the Romanian Parliament. The law concerns the taxation of 200 billion cubic meters of natural gas from the Marine Platform of Black Sea which Romania will exploit. The companies involved ExxonMobile, OMV and Lukoil respectively Black Sea Oil and Gas (controlled by Carlyle) also had meetings with members of the government and parliament.

Frimu Ghinea
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PlayEnergy educational program dedicated to secondary schools and high schools to promote knowledge about energy. Participants from 10 countries

Enel launches the 12th edition of the PlayEnergy national competition, an educational program dedicated to gymnasiums and high schools, which aims to promote energy knowledge through unconventional methods. Teachers of gymnasium and lyceum cycles can enroll for participation in the competition from 10 September to 22 December 2018.

To participate, teachers have to form and coordinate a team of up to 5 students from the same stage of study (gymnasium or high school). Projects can be made in any format, from power point presentation to practical applications or experiments. Teachers and students can download the PlayEnergy 2018 kit free at http://playenergy.enel.com, which is available in all languages ​​of the countries.

Play Energy is the international educational program developed by Enel in 10 countries where the group is active (Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Italy, Panama, Romania, Russia, Uruguay and Spain) dedicated to gymnasium and high schools. The project was launched in 2003 with the aim of spreading a responsible energy culture among the younger generation. Through its international vocation and game-based educational approach, PlayEnergy is a unique project in Romania, where it was introduced for the first time in 2006.

Frimu Ghinea

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Romania: The financing guide for the photovoltaic installation program will be launched by October 15th

The financing guide for the photovoltaic installation program will be launched by October 15, said Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Environment, Gratiela Gavrilescu, adding that every Romanian who wants to install such a photovoltaic cell will could settle up to 4,600 euros.

"Installing photovoltaic cells is a program that needs to start and we do not currently have a very small amount, because it is 100 million euros, and together with the Ministry of Development and the Ministry of European Funds through the Environmental Fund Administration, we will be able to launch the project. We will launch the financing guide by October 15, so that every Romanian who wants to install such 3kW photovoltaic cell can do it, and we give it a The amount up to which we can settle is 4,600 euros, "said at Antena 3 tv station.

Frimu Ghinea


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Ingeteam develops new optimal offshore power conversion architecture based on in-depth LCoE R&D study

Ingeteam, an independent global supplier of electrical conversion and turbine control equipment, announced today that a recent in-house R&D study allowed them to work out the optimal electrical power conversion designs for offshore wind turbines up to 15 MW. The research, taking into account the complex set of parameters at play in LCoE, enabled the company to develop a Medium Voltage Power Converter based on the parallelization of several conversion lines (core product) reaching up to the 15 MW power range. Ingeteam claims that its new design is the ideal solution for scaling up offshore turbine platforms and will present its converter and the associated research at the Global Wind Summit in Hamburg next month.

Ingeteam’s R&D study assessed the complex relationship between the cost of the power conversion stage and its reliability and maintainability metrics (MTBF and MTTR respectively[1]) to determine the lowest LCoE. Based on the study findings, Ingeteam found that the optimal solution for the offshore wind market is a Medium Voltage Power Converter based on the parallelization of several conversion lines (core product) reaching up to the 15 MW power range. The power conversion line designed by Ingeteam offers the best investment/availability ratio, with efficient operation, easy maintenance and improved reliability.

“With current technologies, as well as the expected progress in materials and engineering integration, we think that offshore wind turbines will continue to rapidly increase their power capacity. Therefore, a robust medium voltage power converter has been developed focusing on a market that demands a low Levelized Cost of Energy (LCoE) without compromising quality or performance in wind turbine platforms that are continuously scaling up”, commented Ana Goyen, Director of Ingeteam Wind Energy.

Ingeteam’s new core product is capable of reaching the 15 MW power range and has been conceived considering the modularity of the system as a key feature. It therefore allows multiple solutions depending on customer requirements regarding the integration in the wind turbine. The design of the converter offers maintenance friendly characteristics with front access and withdrawable main components that directly contribute to minimize the OPEX related to the service of the wind turbine.

This medium voltage converter has been specially designed for the offshore market with fully enclosed cabinet and a liquid cooling system that guarantees the safe operation of the converter even in harsh environments. With efficiencies higher than >98% at rated operating conditions, the proposed solution contributes significantly to minimize the production losses of the wind turbine.

Ingeteam has developed the control algorithms of its full power converters to guarantee the fulfillment of the most demanding grid codes, such as, German EON-2006 and Indian CERC-CEA. Additionally, country-specific power quality requirements are fulfilled by applying advanced modulation strategies. Ingeteam’s medium voltage converter solution is able to control the torque of different types of generators (IG, PMG or EESG) with the highest performance dynamics but always remaining within winding and bearing limits. Finally, the control algorithms can be adapted to operate with single and multiphase stator generators in order to optimize the whole wind turbine solution.

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ENECO 2018 Plovdiv Bulgaria. International Exhibition of Power Engineering and Ecology


The International Specialized Exhibition ENECO presents innovations in power engineering and ecology. The main focus is on innovations to reduce power costs and harmful effects on environment. 

ENECO enables companies, operating in both sectors to showcase their products to a wide range of users. The number of exhibitors increases every year as they find new clients in industry, in the public sector and in households.

MAJOR EXHIBITION CATEGORIES

ECOLOGY

Technologies, facilities and equipment for environmental protection
Products and materials for application in ecology
Treatment plants
Environment parameters monitoring
Waste management – storage, extraction and obtaining basic raw materials
Sewage treatment and recovery
Maintaining the purity of air
Technologies and installations for management of environmental catastrophes
Sanitary and disinfection systems

POWER ENGINEERING

Bioenergy, renewable energy sources, secondary energy resources
Energy efficiency, energy conversion
Energy generation
Technologies and equipment for production and consumption of energy resources
Technologies, systems and materials for power engineering
Refrigeration, ventilation, air-conditioning and heating equipment
Local heating appliances, boilers
Equipment for heating large premises

September 24 -29 2018

International Fair Plovdiv
37, Tzar Boris III
Obedinitel Blvd
4003, Plovdiv
Bulgaria
+359 (0)32 902 000
+359 (0)32 902 432

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Azerenerji has a new president

On September 4, Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev signed an order to release Balababa Huseynaga oglu Rzayev as president of Azerigysh OJSC and appointed President Azerenerji OJSC.

The head of the Azerbaijan also signed an order to release Etibar Sinabeddin oglu Pirverdiyev from the post of president of Azerenerji OJSC.

Frimu Ghinea


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Grid Edge Innovation - Technologies, Business Models and the Future of Demand Flexibility (Free Webinar)

As the grid has become more decentralized and decarbonized, the need for a flexible and digitally managed grid have increased drastically. A part of this challenge stems from reduced visibility, control and arguably, revenues for the utilities and system operators. At the same time, the tools available to run a well-orchestrated grid have moved closer to the customers. This whitepaper will  look at one potential future where a suite of customer focused grid edge solutions is commonly resourced to enhance grid flexibility. Some of the technologies included in the study are standalone and solar paired storage, load control and electric vehicle charging. Beyond just examining the state of the technology and historical deployments, the whitepaper will assess the state of the marketplace, including players, business models and most interesting developments.

Free Webinar: Grid Edge Innovation - Technologies, Business Models and the Future of Demand Flexibility

Thu, Sep 6, 2018 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM EEST

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US$ 135 million in GEF grants expected to support US$ 1.5 billion of EBRD green finance

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) promotes green economies in all the regions where it invests. Since 2004, it has developed strong cooperation with the Global Environment Facility (GEF) which has provided grants worth US$ 135 million for co-financing, technical cooperation and concessional finance to help the Bank address climate change and environmental degradation.

With the support of the GEF for projects ranging from renewable energy to energy efficiency and climate resilience, the EBRD is expected to invest up to US$ 1.5 billion to foster the transition to greener economies from Morocco to Mongolia, from Estonia to Egypt.

source EBRD


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