European Copper Institute
European Copper Institute
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: CSA | Phase: EE-15-2015 | Award Amount: 1.91M | Year: 2016
There is a need to strengthen the capacity of Market Surveillance Authorities (MSAs) to conduct Ecodesign related market surveillance activities with respect to new and pending industrial and tertiary sector products. Especially in the case of customised products which are unsuitable for testing in laboratories. There is a lack of expertise, experience, and resources available across Europe for such kind of testing. An increasing concern is that new regulations addressing these products risk being unenforceable. The aim of the INTAS project is to address these concerns and provide technical and cooperative support, as well as capacity building activities, to MSAs charged with enforcing these regulations. The need for the INTAS project arises from the difficulty that MSAs and market actors face in establishing and verifying compliance with energy performance requirements for large industrial products subject to requirements of the Ecodesign Directive. The focus of the project is to support compliance for very large industrial products, specifically transformers and industrial fans, with the requirements of the Ecodesign Directive. The energy consumption of transformers and industrial fans is very significant and thus the risk of losses due to poor compliance cannot be ignored. The project aims to: a. support European Member State MSAs deliver compliance for large products (specifically for transformers and large fans); b. support industry to be sure of what their obligations are under the Ecodesign Directive and to deliver compliance in a manner that will be broadly accepted by MSAs; c. foster a common European approach to the delivery and verification of compliance for these products. The INTAS project involves 16 partners among them there are 11 organisations, which are National MSAs or cooperating closely with the National MSAs, targeting 10 European countries (Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain and Italy).
Peters A.,WCA Environment Ltd. |
Merrington G.,WCA Environment Ltd. |
de Schamphelaere K.,Ghent University |
Delbeke K.,European Copper Institute
Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management | Year: 2011
The chronic Cu biotic ligand model (CuBLM) provides a means by which the bioavailability of Cu can be taken into account in assessing the potential chronic risks posed by Cu at specific freshwater locations. One of the barriers to the widespread regulatory application of the CuBLM is the perceived complexity of the approach when compared to the current systems that are in place in many regulatory organizations. The CuBLM requires 10 measured input parameters, although some of these have a relatively limited influence on the predicted no-effect concentration (PNEC) for Cu. Simplification of the input requirements of the CuBLM is proposed by estimating the concentrations of the major ions Mg 2+, Na +, K +, SO 2- 4, Cl -, and alkalinity from Ca concentrations. A series of relationships between log10 (Ca,mgl -1) and log10 (major ion,mgl -1) was established from surface water monitoring data for Europe, and applied in the prediction of Cu PNEC values for some UK freshwater monitoring data. The use of default values for major ion concentrations was also considered, and both approaches were compared to the use of measured major ion concentrations. Both the use of fixed default major ion concentrations, and major ion concentrations estimated from Ca concentrations, provided Cu PNEC predictions which were in good agreement with the results of calculations using measured data. There is a slight loss of accuracy when using estimates of major ion concentrations compared to using measured concentration data, although to a lesser extent than when fixed default values are applied. The simplifications proposed provide a practical evidence-based methodology to facilitate the regulatory implementation of the CuBLM. © 2011 SETAC.
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: CSA | Phase: LCE-04-2014 | Award Amount: 1.90M | Year: 2015
The flexibility of the industrial electricity demand has been identified as a potential that through innovative business models can facilitate further growth of variable renewable energy, while reducing the industrial electricity costs and contributing to the European energy policy goals. In this project the large industry is working with the renewable energy community to identify and implement business models for supplying variable renewable electricity to industrial users with flexibility in their demand, creating win-win situations. Several variations of the business models will be described covering different options like on and off-site renewable energy production. The business models will be adapted to 5 industrial sectors (Chemicals, non-ferrous metals, cold storage, steel, and water treatment) and 6 target countries (Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and UK). Tools will be developed to facilitate adoption of the business models: Model contracts adapted to the target countries and the different business models and a methodology that assesses the flexibility in industrial units and its value within the business models. The methodology will be transferred to third parties and will be applied in 6 case studies covering all target sectors and countries. Recommendations for improvements in the regulatory and market framework will be formulated and promoted. A top-down and a bottom-up methodology will be used to quantify the potential for further cost-effective grid integration of variable renewable electricity by the exploitation of the industrial electricity demand flexibility. The use of a sophisticated power system model and detailed analysis will provide reliable data on the impact the policy recommendations could have. An ambitious campaign will be carried out for engaging the target groups in direct action implementing the business models and informing the interested actors about the project activities and results.
Targosz R.,European Copper Institute
Proceedings - International Symposium: Modern Electric Power Systems, MEPS'10 | Year: 2010
E-Learning is becoming an increasingly important way for professionals to update their knowledge. It provides them with the ability to access targeted resources at a time of their choosing and at their own pace. E-learning is already well established in some areas, such as the medical profession. In the electrical and energy sectors, well constructed resources that promote copper intensive solutions to address service factor, quality and reliability problems within current installation will be of high value. Over the last few years, the trend has been to produce resources in electronic format and to deliver them via the internet. Elearning is a natural extension of this process, with individual resources packaged, together with self-assessment modules, to form a structured learning path in which the user is progressively guided through the material. Self-assessment tests, before, during and at the end of the learning process, enable the user to review the material, to refer to supporting materials or to post questions in a forum. User progress through the material and their self assessment responses are logged, allowing to assess the effectiveness of the material, determine future needs and gather information indirectly about their current practice and attitudes. © 2011 Institute of Electrical Power.
Targosz R.,European Copper Institute
IEEE PES General Meeting, PES 2010 | Year: 2010
Electricity has the increasing role in energy supply chain. Electricity supply has to satisfy user requirements also in quality terms and good compatibility is necessary, including supply voltage level, voltage stability, waveform distortion due to harmonics and interharmonics, voltage unbalance but also long and short-term availability of the supply. One social concern is to keep electricity prices low enough not to slow down economic growth. At the same time electricity has to be increasingly green and functional. There is a risk that the quality of supply may deteriorate. Cost of insufficient quality may result in stoppage of the production, equipment malfunction, incorrect or reduced rate operation or equipment lifetime reduction. These costs have to be properly assessed to help in selection of preventing measures. Information on these costs is also necessary to set up regulatory measures. The regulation incentive or penalty has to balance the cost of problems mitigation versus cost of consequences in as much as possible social dimension. PQ contracts should work in similar way but are limited to particular consumers for whom such balance is easier to quantify and integrate with risk assessment. The power quality cost evaluation methodology , historical examples and application of results is presented in this paper. ©2010 IEEE.
European Copper Institute | Date: 2012-06-26
News Article | November 30, 2015
A more flexible electricity consumption of industrial plants in return for financial benefits can tackle two major challenges at the same time: the integration of variable renewable energy systems on the grid, and the rising electricity cost for industry. This requires successful Business Models that create actual win-win situations. The IndustRE workshop of 27 October 2015 in Brussels surveyed the standpoints of various stakeholders on the topic. The IndustRE project is sponsored by the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. It brings together the industry with the renewable energy community in order to find common ground on flexible demand response in energy intensive industries. It aims to develop Business Models, quantify the potential benefits and formulate policy recommendations. Their recent workshop in Brussels at the premises of the European Copper Institute was attended by 49 participants from the renewable energy sector, the energy intensive industry, regulators (including the European Commission), grid operators and research institutes. Through the discussions on the workshop it became clear that technically spoken, there is a large potential for flexible industrial demand. All business models come down to two basic principles. Either the industrial plant uses its flexibility to react to electricity price variations, or it sells its flexibility for ancillary services. The central question of the workshop was to which extend those solutions can be made cost-effective. The energy intensive industry is reluctant to invest in flexibility because the market and regulatory circumstances are still far from ideal. They expressed their concern to keep the system cost in mind, since they have to compete on a global market with countries that do not go that far in the energy transition. According to Mister Hendrik Dam of DG Energy from the European Commission, the regulatory circumstances will change for the better in the near future. He confirmed that the forthcoming legislative package on electricity market design (end of 2016) aims to include all possible means to support industrial flexibility – starting with the most cost-effective ones. The decarbonization of the EU economy is expected to continue, meaning that we will have to integrate a large penetration of variable renewable generation on the grid. To do so, the first priority should be to optimize the existing generation assets, the second priority to level out variability through European interconnection, while establishing a well-functioning market for flexible industrial demand. The electricity grid will probably have to evolve towards a different management concept, with decentralized "flexibility mapping" rather than centralized "capacity planning". Explore further: European grid prepares for massive integration of renewables
News Article | September 8, 2016
As many of you know, CleanTechnica and GridHub have been partnering on Cleantech Revolution Tour conferences for the past several months. The first conference was in Berlin and the second was in Leipzig, Germany. We are holding the next conference in Wrocław, Poland (where I’m currently living). We’re also expecting this to be our biggest conference to date, and we have several excellent speakers lined up. As the registration page on Eventbrite states, it will be “an innovative, informative conference which brings together inspiring and knowledgeable speakers in the cleantech industry.” Since our aim is genuinely to spread the cleantech revolution, we are making the conference as accessible as possible, which means that tickets are free! You can sign up for “Cleantech Revolution Tour → Wrocław” here. This conference is being sponsored in part by the European Copper Institute (Europejski Instytut Miedzi) as well, which is the force behind the excellent Leonardo Energy (aka Leonardo Academy) education initiative. Copper is an integral part to a shift to cleantech, and it’ll be interesting to learn a bit more about that in one of the event presentations. I’ve watched numerous Leonardo Academy presentations over the years and learned a great deal from them. I encourage you to check out what they offer if you want a deep but relatively concise dive into various energy topics. → The State of the Electric Vehicle Industry Globally & in Poland → The State of the Solar Industry in Poland → Why Solar + EVs is the Future We have another superb lineup of speakers planned. Here’s a look at currently confirmed speakers who are prepped, pumped, and empowered to rock your socks off: We will also have electric car test drives on site, as usual. Again, you can sign up for “Cleantech Revolution Tour → Wrocław” here. Drive an electric car? Complete one of our short surveys for our next electric car report. Keep up to date with all the hottest cleantech news by subscribing to our (free) cleantech newsletter, or keep an eye on sector-specific news by getting our (also free) solar energy newsletter, electric vehicle newsletter, or wind energy newsletter. Zachary Shahan is tryin' to help society help itself (and other species) one letter at a time. He spends most of his time here on CleanTechnica as its director and chief editor. Otherwise, he's probably enthusiastically fulfilling his duties as the director/editor of EV Obsession, Gas2, Solar Love, Planetsave, or Bikocity; or as president of Important Media. Zach is recognized globally as a solar energy, electric car, energy storage, and wind energy expert. If you would like him to speak at a related conference or event, connect with him via social media: ZacharyShahan.com. Zach has long-term investments in TSLA, SCTY, FSLR, SPWR, SEDG, & ABB. After years of covering solar and EVs, he simply has a lot of faith in these companies and feels like they are good companies to invest in.
News Article | September 27, 2016
In case you didn’t catch word, I’ve been nearly invisible here on CleanTechnica for the past few weeks because our 2nd daughter (Julia) was just born on September 9 and I’ve been playing mommy + daddy to our 2-year-old daughter Lily for a few weeks, while also trying to help mommy + the newborn as much as I can. But we have a conference fast approaching, so I’m again raising my head above the editing + content curation side of CleanTechnica. Wrocław (where I live) is the home of our next Cleantech Revolution Tour conference (register for free here). It is also one of two current “European Capitals of Culture” — which is not to say it’s Europe’s #1 cultural capital, but it has a lot to offer and is a great city to visit. (You can read more about the European Capital of Culture program here.) The biggest draw for conference attendees, though, is certainly the conference itself. Since I last wrote about it, we have signed up several more exciting and expert presenters. Additionally, Nissan has joined as a sponsor of the conference, and Radio RAM, GRAMwZIELONE, and Idea Place have jumped on as supporters. These four partners join initial sponsors and partners Europejski Instytut Miedzi (aka European Copper Institute), GridHub, Important Media, TechBerlin, Leonardo Energy, and CleanTechnica (of course). Nissan will be bringing not only LEAF electric cars for test drives, but also e-NV200 electric vans. I’ve never driven the latter, so I’m personally excited about that opportunity! Aside from all of the topics and speakers I announced in my previous article about the conference, we have several new ones to highlight. You can check out the conference website for more details, but here’s a summary of topics we’ve added: Remember, to make the conference as accessible as possible, we have made registration free! Join us in Wrocław for some cleantech inspiration and fun! Here are short bios of some of the newly committed speakers: Arsenii started the green transport revolution in Ukraine. As a technical engineer and experienced businessman, he has always been engaged in the car market and has worked in the EV industry since 2008. He initiated widespread awareness of electric transport in Ukraine (bioauto.com.ua) and endeavoured to change legislation and attitude towards green transport and charging networks. Since 2015, Arsenii is a Chairman of the Board of Electric Vehicle Association of Ukraine (ev-ua.org), and in the same year, became a certified engineer-technologist for the assembly of EVs. Through mind and matter, Arsenii started Ukraine on its way to clean, fresh air. Michał Jarczyński, head of the Energy unit of IPM (Poznań), is focused on developing financial & organizational e-mobility solutions for the municipal sector. Michał Jarczyński is a graduate of Poznań University of Technology’s Faculty of Machines and Transportation (1992) and completed postgraduate studies in finance at Poznań University of Economics (2000). He has managed numerous manufacturing and consulting companies. Michał also won an award from the Minister of Industry in a competition for “most interesting initiatives in business development” (1993). Since 1998, Michał has worked for Arctic Paper Kostrzyn SA (beginning as a Financial Director and in 2002 becoming the President of the Board of Directors). From April 2009 until 2013, he was the CEO of the international group of companies that is the parent of that company – Arctic Paper. During 2005–2006, Michał supervised the development of a combined cycle power plant in Kostrzyn on the Odra River. Within Arctic Paper, he supervised 4 CHPs (i.e. combined cycle power plants in Poland, a hydroelectric power station and a biomass cogeneration plant in Sweden, as well as a fossil fuel power plant in Germany). Since 2013, Michał has been President of the Board of Directors at ENEA Operator. Since October 2013, he has also been a Member of the Board of the Polish Association of Power Transmission and Distribution. Michał Ramczykowski graduated from Wroclaw University of Economics in 1997 in the Department of Management and Marketing. Since November 1998, he has been working at the Polish Copper Promotion Centre (PCPC). His focus has been on managing electrical & energy projects with a special interest in coordinating market development projects on the Polish market. Michał coordinated the IEE Project on “Energy Efficient Electric Motor Systems in New Member Countries” (Motor Challenge). In 2008, he was nominated as the Managing Director of the PCPC. He continued to manage Energy & Electricity Projects in Poland and CEE with a special focus on energy policy and Leonardo ENERGY projects as well as building construction, health & environment, communications, and PR. He completed an MBA course in 2011 and earned a diploma in Business Mediation in 2013. After reorganization of the Copper Alliance network in Europe and the company changing its name to Europejski Instytut Miedzi (European Copper Institute Poland), Michał has continued as the company’s Managing Director. Roman Tabaka is a pioneer of new technologies in Poland. As an electronics expert and constructor, he started a local radio station, Elka, in Leszno in 1993. In the year 2000, he built the first wireless internet network in Poland, called PRONET, which provides service to more than 3000 clients in Leszno and the surrounding area.Roman’s vast experience, ambition, and perseverance seemingly guarantee the success of the projects he gets involved in. For more than 5 years now, Roman has been the president of T&T Proenergy, which tests the efficiency of photovoltaic installations and is one of the very first companies in Poland to do so. The company’s installation in Leszno has been used by banks in Poland to assess risk and income in the bank loan procedure. Today, T&T Proenergy supplies the most efficient state-of-the-art PV solutions to generate electricity from solar energy Sebastian Koziołek, PhD, works at the University of Technology in Wrocław at the faculty of Mechanical Engineering as Chair of Design and Research of Machines. Sebastian Koziołek is a mobile scientist involved in the research of predicting the development of technology and innovation engineering as well as their application in solving complex mechanical engineering problems and developing new products and services. Sebastian completed his engineering course of studies at Nottingham Trent University in 2002 as part of the Socrates–Erasmus program. Winner of the European program Leonardo da Vinci, where he designed an installation for mixing components in pharmaceutical production in SkidTek in Ireland. In 2010, Sebastian completed a three-month science internship as a visiting professor at George Mason University in the USA. He is a three-time scholarship winner in the best young scientists program of the University of Wrocław as part of the Młoda Kadra project. Sebastian also participated in the prestigious program of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education called “TOP 500 Innovators,” in which he did another internship on commercialization of scientific findings at Stanford University in Silicon Valley. In 2014 and 2015, together with the University of Technology in Milano and Sydney University, Sebastian developed and researched a method for predicting developments in technology. He is currently doing research in predicting developments in technology, innovative design, renewable energy, creativity, and management; cooperating with many universities and companies around the world. That’s a pretty stellar lineup of new speakers, no? I’m super excited about the fascinating presentations we’ve lined up, and I’m not saying that to toot my own horn — Jacek Fior has actually been the one leading the event organization and planning, so the credit really goes to him. The people I’ve brought in have largely come through previous connections and good luck. You can find out more about the conference and the other presenters and topics in my first article about the Wrocław conference, and you can get more context via articles about our previous conferences. Of course, you can also visit the Cleantech Revolution Tour website: http://cleantechtour.com Buy a cool T-shirt or mug in the CleanTechnica store! Keep up to date with all the hottest cleantech news by subscribing to our (free) cleantech daily newsletter or weekly newsletter, or keep an eye on sector-specific news by getting our (also free) solar energy newsletter, electric vehicle newsletter, or wind energy newsletter. Zachary Shahan is tryin' to help society help itself (and other species) with the power of the typed word. He spends most of his time here on CleanTechnica as its director and chief editor, but he's also the president of Important Media and the director/founder of EV Obsession, Solar Love, and Bikocity. Zach is recognized globally as a solar energy, electric car, and energy storage expert. Zach has long-term investments in TSLA, FSLR, SPWR, SEDG, & ABB — after years of covering solar and EVs, he simply has a lot of faith in these particular companies and feels like they are good cleantech companies to invest in.
News Article | November 3, 2016
Poland is infamous among climate hawks within Europe (including within Poland) as well as those outside of Europe who keep a close eye on European policy. As I have said several times, unfortunately, Poland is like the Tea Party wing of the European Union in some respects. With approximately 90% of electricity coming from coal, the coal lobby is hugely powerful here — so deeply powerful that many extremely smart and thoughtful people are indirectly misinformed by this industry. There’s also a strong anti-science trend in the country — on climate science as well as some other matters. If you see news that climate progress in the EU is blocked, it’s very likely blocked by Poland. Yet, times are a changin’. Low-cost solar and wind are knocking incessantly on the door. Electric vehicle leaders like Tesla and Nissan are exciting many of the tech enthusiasts and innovators in this nation (if you aren’t aware, Poland is great at producing tech wizards, many of whom go on to advance the intricate networks behind some of the world’s most popular websites, apps, and futuristic technologies). Furthermore, despite the completely unwarranted climate skepticism and anti-science trends, Poland is a country of nature lovers. Poland is blessed with many beautiful natural landscapes, and the people are fond of exploring and relaxing in these ecological gems. This surely creates a predisposition to value clean air, clean water, and natural ecosystems. Interestingly, Poland also has a large copper industry, and copper is instrumental to several sectors of the cleantech transition (electric vehicles, energy efficiency, and renewable energy). Furthermore, the strong tech base and competitive manufacturing potential provide healthy soil that Poland could use to grow into a global cleantech leader rather than a perennial laggard. We have seen some positive cleantech signs in this Central European country in recent months. As I reported previously, a few cities are initiating electric carsharing programs (note that the programs will be run completely by private companies), there are already decent EV charging networks in major cities like the one I live in (Wrocław), LG Chem is building a giant EV battery factory just outside of Wrocław to supply the growing European market, and the Polish government is even considering a ban on non-electric vehicles in city centers. Nonetheless, when we announced that we’d host a Cleantech Revolution Tour conference in Wrocław, we were concerned about the turnout and the speaker lineup. We wondered, “How many Polish people are genuinely interested in cleantech, and how many can we reach?” As it turned out, though, we pulled in a wonderful network of cleantech leaders from Poland and beyond and this conference was widely considered our best one yet (by the people who have attended all three of them). Furthermore, we developed some interesting insights along the way that I think should be widely shared. [Note: if you understand Polish, I encourage you to read the takeaway article from lead organizer Jacek Fior, one of my favorite people in the world, on our Polish site.] Before proceeding, here’s another special thanks to core partners Nissan, Europejski Instytut Miedzi (aka European Copper Institute), Leonardo Energy, GridHub, and Important Media; thanks as well to additional partners GRAMwZIELONE, Idea Place, Najadacze, and Radio RAM; and a huge thanks to all of the speakers, panelists, and attendees. One key takeaway from the conference is that there’s a sprouting network of innovative, creative, strong, and thoughtful cleantech leaders rising up via various sectors of Polish society. Our initial Cleantech Revolution Tour conference in this country was quickly met with invitations to implement such conferences in other Polish cities (as well as Ukraine, Slovakia, and Hungary). I was genuinely impressed with the cleantech expertise of people who have been working hard to break through the soil of the Polish market. We will publish videos on some of the presentations in the coming weeks and months, as well as guest articles from some of the speakers and attendees. In the meantime, though, if you are interested in getting a sense of the cleantech ecosystem that is forming here, I encourage you to scroll down the partner and speaker lists. The second big takeaway for me was the value of hosting conferences in emerging cleantech markets like Poland. One of the big benefits of all of our conferences has been the networking we’ve stimulated between cleantech entrepreneurs, startups, large corporations, and activists. I’ve witnessed practical collaborations form in Berlin, Leipzig, and Wrocław. This is one of the key observations that has encouraged me that we are going doing the correct path with these in-person events. They simply provide a good avenue for CleanTechnica readers in and out of the industry — as well as non-readers who found the conference via Facebook, friends, conference partners, etc. — to meet and fertilize various insightful ideas. However, the networking benefits seemed much more profound in the emerging Polish cleantech market than in the much more developed German cleantech market. I could almost see a cleantech grid growing out of the ground as people met, conversed, and schemed. Happily, Nissan has expressed strong interest in partnering for other Cleantech Revolution Tour conferences in the Central and Eastern Europe region, as have other cleantech leaders who attended our Wrocław conference. These are markets where the latent demand for clean cars, clean energy, and clean innovation are just aching for some water. These are markets where many cleantech innovators haven’t yet met one another to form more powerful units and push through political as well as corporate leadership. These are markets where cleantech inspiration is waiting to shoot out of the soil. So, the overall takeaways for me from our tentative and nervous foray beyond the German border were: I hope more of you can join us for our next Cleantech Revolution Tour conference, which we are likely to host in another emerging market somewhat east of Germany. All images are free for use elsewhere as long as you credit CleanTechnica.com and the Cleantech Revolution Tour. 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