The European Cogeneration Review – Germany is the third in a series of country reports that COGEN Europe will issue over the coming 12 months on cogeneration in Europe. The ECR covers the latest developments in the cogeneration sector, looking at market potentials and policy implications.
Heating and cooling account for nearly half of the final energy consumed in the European Union. Marie Donnelly, Director of Renewables, Research and Innovation, and Energy Efficiency in DG Energy, underlined the European Commission’s growing awareness of the need to address this key sector as part of the EU’s broader energy policy during a special event in Brussels today.
Around half of the final energy consumed in the EU is used in industrial processes, and to heat and cool commercial buildings and households. Yet despite the huge economic significance of this demand, the European Commission is yet to produce a comprehensive strategy for assessing how heat-related policies could help the EU to meet its climate and energy objectives while ensuring growth and competitiveness. COGEN Europe has joined forces with Euroheat & Power to hold a high-level policy event focusing on the crucial issue of delivering competitive and sustainable heat to industry and the residential sector.
The publication today of the EU's new Energy Security Strategy puts energy efficiency firmly on the EU security of supply agenda and re-emphasises the fundamental importance of making further energy efficiency efforts in Europe in the next EU institutional cycle.
After a three-year collaboration, the Experimental Power Grid Center (EPGC) at Singapore’s Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) and Japanese electronics company Hitachi have completed and commissioned a combined heat and power plant pilot plant to harness waste heat, and convert it to energy to power air-conditioning.