ees Europe Conference to focus on cars in 2017
The ees Europe conference, set to take place in May, will focus on the automotive industry this year.
The Conference Program will highlight this area of interest, as the mobile storage system sector of booming, and there will be numerous discussions on associated topics.
Demand for electric vehicles is at an all-time high and growing, and this means that batteries and mobile storage devices are becoming more powerful all the time. It has become a billion-dollar industry.
According to the Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg, as of January 2016, there were more than 1.3 million electric cars worldwide – an increase of 73 percent over the previous year. By the end of 2016, the number of electric cars was expected to reach 2 million. The annual production volume of e-vehicles will soon exceed one million and is forecast to reach 20 million by 2025, which is approximately equivalent to 25 percent of the total vehicle production as announced by several automotive companies. Annual production quantities of lithium-ion batteries would then reach 400 gigawatt hours – approximately ten times as many as are produced today.
Attendees of the conference, which runs on May 30th and 31st, will learn about current market developments, government incentive programs in Europe, global hotspots for stationary and mobile storage systems, storage integration, the types of battery electric and hybrid vehicles now available, safety criteria, charging infrastructure, and much more.
Doctor Matthias Vetter (Head of the Department of Electrical Energy Storage at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems), who serves at the second co-chairman alongside Professor Doctor Werner Tillmetz (a member of the board of the Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg), said: “The exhibition and conference have a firm place in the industry’s calendar. Our consistent development signals to the industry and our attendees that we want to expand the conference and integrate topics that are relevant to the market.”
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All but two UK regions failing on school energy efficiency
Most schools are still "treading water" on implementing energy efficient technology, according to new analysis of Government data from eLight.
Yorkshire & the Humber and the North East are the only regions where schools have collectively reduced how much they spend on energy per pupil, cutting expenditure by 4.4% and 0.9% respectively. Every other region of England increased its average energy expenditure per pupil, with schools in Inner London doing so by as much as 23.5%.
According to The Carbon Trust, energy bills in UK schools amount to £543 million per year, with 50% of a school’s total electricity cost being lighting. If every school in the UK implemented any type of energy efficient technology, over £100 million could be saved each year.
Harvey Sinclair, CEO of eEnergy, eLight’s parent company, said the figures demonstrate an uncomfortable truth for the education sector – namely that most schools are still treading water on the implementation of energy efficient technology. Energy efficiency could make a huge difference to meeting net zero ambitions, but most schools are still lagging behind.
“The solutions exist, but they are not being deployed fast enough," he said. "For example, we’ve made great progress in upgrading schools to energy-efficient LED lighting, but with 80% of schools yet to make the switch, there’s an enormous opportunity to make a collective reduction in carbon footprint and save a lot of money on energy bills. Our model means the entire project is financed, doesn’t require any upfront expenditure, and repayments are more than covered by the energy savings made."
He said while it has worked with over 300 schools, most are still far too slow to commit. "We are urging them to act with greater urgency because climate change won’t wait, and the need for action gets more pressing every year. The education sector has an important part to play in that and pupils around the country expect their schools to do so – there is still a huge job to be done."
North Yorkshire County Council is benefiting from the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme, which has so far awarded nearly £1bn for energy efficiency and heat decarbonisation projects around the country, and Craven schools has reportedly made a successful £2m bid (click here).
The Department for Education has issued 13 tips for reducing energy and water use in schools.