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SmartReFlex – A new EU project to promote district heating from renewables

XD Sustainable Energy Consulting Ltd was among 14 organizations from 5 EU countries which participated to their first meeting on 14-15 April in Rome to kick-off their new project “SmartReFlex”, supported by the Intelligent Energy Europe Programme. Six regional authorities from Germany, Ireland, Italy and Spain, with the help of consultancy and research partners as well as expert coaching from Denmark, will work at a local and regional level to support the development of district heating with high shares of renewable energy. The SmartReFlex group also include district heating utilities, which will bring their needs and their technical expertise. The project, which ends in February 2017, also includes a very ambitious capacity building programme with training workshops and ongoing consultancy support for relevant stakeholder groups.

XD Consulting will work closely with Kerry County Council and the Tipperary Energy Agency as the Irish team in the project. District heating is an effective solution for the transition of Irish towns and neighbourhoods towards smart, resilient and renewable energy supply.  

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The SmartReFlex Team

 

If you are interested in the project activities, please contact:

Xavier Dubuisson, MD at XD Consulting
Email: xavier@xdconsulting.eu ; Tel: +353 (0)86 0476124

Riccardo Battisti, Project coordinator, Ambiente Italia
Email: riccardo.battisti@ambienteitalia.it

 

 

 

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Kerry Covenant of Mayors success story featured at STEP Conference

XD Consulting was invited to present at a recent conference organised by the Mid Western Regional Authority in the framework of the EU STEP project. The event, held at Limerick County Hall on 21 March, gathered key stakeholders in local authorities and national energy agencies to discuss alternative financing tools for sustainable energy, with a particular emphasis on their application in the public sector. Xavier Dubuisson of XD Consulting gave an account of the work accomplished by Kerry Local Authorities in that area, highlighting their commitment to the European Covenant of Mayors (over 5000 signatories worldwide) and the benefits of the Covenant for municipalities in Ireland. XD Consulting provided technical assistance to Kerry Local Authorities in developping their Sustainable Energy Action Plan, a key element of this commitment. Xavier’s and other presentations are available here.

 

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District Heating Workshop – Best Practice Lessons from Denmark

‘XD Consulting is delighted to be associated with this training workshop which will bring some of the best international experience in district heating to Ireland.

When & Where: 12 & 13 June 2014, The Enterprise Centre, Cloughjordan Ecovillage, Co. Tipperary, Ireland.

It is organised jointly with the Tipperary Energy Agency as part of the European SUNSTORE4 project which aimed at demonstrating the technical and financial feasibility of 100% renewable energy supply to district heating system. The project demonstrates renewable district heating on the island of Marstal in Denmark, which is connected to the largest solar thermal plant in the world (33,000 m2) working in conjunction with seasonal storage, a bioenergy system and advanced heat pumping technology. This workshop aims at sharing the results of the project and will be a unique opportunity for participants to gain an insight into the potential for replication in Ireland. The workshop will also be an opportunity to familiarise yourself with the feasibility study tools developed by the SUNSTORE team and have ‘hands-on’ experience of the renewable district heating project in Cloughjordan.

For full details and registration, click here.

33,000 m2 solar thermal system at Marstal, DK

Irish Water Footprint

An aThe Irish Water Footprint_infographic_iiea-environment_nexus_2013-compressedverage Irish person consumes a staggering 3,600 litres of water per day, 97% of which outside the home. The indirect use includes water used to produce the goods and services we consume – or ‘embodied’ water. This blog of the Institute of International and European Affairs provides a striking visual as to how we use water – 87% for agricultural products, including 27% for meat, 10% for milk and 8% for cereals. As in many develop Western countries, Irish consumers and businesses have externalised their water footprint, importing water-intensive goods from abroad. But as climate change and population growth place increasing pressure on water resources, it is imperative for businesses and governments to cut direct water consumption and supply chain consumption to sustainable levels. Find out more about ways for businesses and governments to cut direct water consumption and supply chain consumption to sustainable levels by watching Prof. Hoekstra’s (University of Twente, NL) presentation at the IIEA.

Tyndall’s Solar Energy Workshop proceedings

The proceedings of the Tyndall National Institute’s Solar Energy Workshop are now available online

Keith Barnham extract

 

 

 

 

 

Source: Extract from Keith Barnham’s presentation