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White Paper: Combining pyranometer and satellite irradiance data for utility-scale solar parks

Solar professionals use more and more satellite derived irradiation data in both utility solar parks and in small installations, as they are easy to acquire, have a very high availability, and provide a high time resolution & spatial coverage. When comparing the maintenance needed with on-site measurement devices, satellite derived irradiation data are often used[…]

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Artificial intelligence improves comfort and cuts energy costs in buildings

3E launched SynaptiQ Building (http://www.3e.eu/synaptiq-building/), an AI software that uses self-learning algorithms to automatically steer energy systems in buildings. The software anticipates weather forecasts, energy prices, user behaviour and changing building characteristics. It acts as an intelligence layer on top of the existing Building Management System (BMS), optimising HVAC parameters. One of the clients to[…]

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Driving operational excellence in asset management in India

On the 20th of September 2017, 3E and WISE Energy organised a workshop during the largest renewable energy fair in the Asia-Pacific region. The workshop focused on the international best practices in solar & wind asset management and provided a platform to share European and African solar & wind experiences with the Indian business community. The event was part of[…]

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Improving aggregator business models to speed up flexibility

The BestRES project investigates ways to improve business models of aggregators across Europe with focus on 9 target countries : the UK, Belgium, Germany, France, Austria, Spain, Portugal, Italy and Cyprus. In close cooperation with aggregators in each of those countries, improved aggregator Business Models were developed during 2017. As a key result, the following[…]

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Energy storage: The game-changer for renewable energy

Energy storage has earned a place as a crucial technology in the energy transition. The long-awaited drop in storage system prices in general – and batteries in particular – has been warmly welcomed by the players who understand the flexibility this technology provides to the grid and the system. With global policies aiming for decarbonisation, storage is becoming[…]

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The growing importance of life cycle assessments for buildings

As circular economy gains importance in the building sector, the environmental impact of building products becomes an additional design driver for buildings or urban developments. Measuring the environmental impact of a product, system or building during its entire lifetime – generally described as a Life Cycle Assessment or LCA – is making its way to[…]

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Financing Ambitious Local Climate Objectives

Implementing ambitious local climate action plans is paramount in the fight against climate change. While sheer aggregated investment volume contained in these plans can contribute meaningfully to the economy, the lack of a comprehensive funding solution undermines their realisation. The FALCO (Financing Ambitious Local Climate Objectives) project, addresses this problem by developing a financing solution[…]

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When solar PV technology rhymes with building efficiency

By 2020, every new European building should be a Nearly-Zero Energy Building. Moreover, all new public buildings should already by compliant by 2018. With this new regulation, developers and architects are facing new challenges, and new energy concepts are of utmost importance to reach the targets. Building materials are expected to deliver additional functions, such[…]

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3E is supporting Engie in achieving its ambitious 2020 wind target

Engie is successfully developing multiple wind farms across Belgium partially under the holding structure Wind4Flanders (W4F), a public-private partnership investing in onshore wind energy in Flanders. The holding consists of Figga, Fingem, Finilek, IBE, IKA and Engie with the last one owning a share of 50%. The W4F developments are contributing towards achieving ENGIE’s ambitious[…]

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3E presents SynaptiQ Building, your AI building manager

3E is proud to present its latest product: SynaptiQ Building. With this latest innovation, 3E delivers improved comfort, energy savings and operational cost reductions for building portfolios. SynaptiQ Building is a software-based solution that uses artificial intelligence to predict building behaviour and automatically steers the building’s energy systems to anticipate these predictions. The software acts[…]

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European Workshop: Enabling PV integration by delivering flexibility

The variable nature of some renewable sources, like solar energy, imposes extra requirements and costs for their integration in power systems and markets. The flexibility of large electricity users and the aggregation of smaller users of distributed generation resources can facilitate the integration of variable renewable energy, while reducing the overall power system costs. The[…]

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Grasshopper deploys SynaptiQ in Canada

Since 2007, Grasshopper provides solar solutions to homeowners, farmers, municipalities, school boards and businesses all over Ontario in Canada. Their goal is to accelerate the adoption of sustainable practices by creating accessible and affordable products for their customers. Grasshopper monitors, maintains, optimises and reports on thousands of residential solar systems in combination with a portfolio[…]