” The EU-funded BRICKER project aims to develop ways of reducing energy consumption by 50% in existing buildings, within the next four years.”
That is pretty aggressive. Most buildings in NYC who enroll in the NYSERDA MPP program struggle to meet 20% savings with an sir of 1.0
“Passive technologies include new aerating windows, with an integrated, newly patented electronic heat exchanger, new PIR (PolyIsocyanurate)-based insulation foams with embedded phase-change materials (PCM’s)— which are substances capable of storing and releasing large amounts of energy—and state of the art ventilated facades, commercial windows and insulation panels.”
What is the payback on these technologies? Are they readily available in the US?
Can the US implement a similar program?
“The web is littered with conflicting opinion pieces on the German experience — some claiming the country’s aggressive promotion of renewables is anoncoming economic disaster, and some saying those concerns are far overblown, if not totally false. So what are we to believe?
- Germany Expands Renewables Targets, Considers ‘Virtual Baseload’ (greentechmedia.com)
- Tech Leaders, Economists Split Over Clean Energy’s Prospects (npr.org)
- What happens when the energy price falls to zero? (reneweconomy.com.au)
- Germany expands renewables targets, considers ‘virtual baseload’ (reneweconomy.com.au)
- In Germany, Chicago energy experts find lessons for Midwest (midwestenergynews.com)
T14 System Delivers Solar Module at Fifty Cents per Watt for Utility-Scale Installations
“Hydrokinetic power is attractive due to its abundance, particularly near population centers. It is estimated that 370 TWh/yr (terawatt-hours per year) of hydrokinetic power is available from rivers and tidal currents in the United States, which equates to about 9% of the total annual U.S. energy demand. An additional 1,170 TWh/yr (29% of US energy demand) is available from wave power “–Q&A with Dartmouth’s Brenden Epps
“The solar power system is composed of approximately 9,000 ground-mounted, photovoltaic panels located on more than nine acres. The system is expected to generate approximately 3.3 million kilowatt-hours of electricity per year (based on first year production). Generating the same amount of electricity using nonrenewable sources would result in the release of approximately 2,339 metric tons of carbon dioxide, or the equivalent emissions from 487 passenger vehicles annually, according to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency data for the region.”– NYSERDA