Xavier Dubuisson from XD Sustainable Energy Consulting visited Kolding, Billund, Aarhus and Aalborg to learn from EU district heating experts and work with his SmartReFlex partners on Irish district heating projects. The study trip also included a visit to the Legoland solar district heating system in Billund.
He then met with his SmartReFlex colleagues at the Danish District Heating Association and PlanEnergi in Kolding and Aarhus respectively, to review the case studies and feasibility studies undertaken by XD Consulting on district heating projects in Co. Kerry, Ireland.
Xavier’s study visit to Denmark in the framework of SmartReFlex was a unique opportunity to get an insight into state-of-the-art smart, renewable district heating systems, and the huge contribution they make towards the decarbonisation of the energy system in Denmark. He is also very grateful to his SmartReFlex colleagues and other international experts he met along the way, for their welcome and generous sharing of expertise and know-how.
The inauguration ceremony of the Moldova Sustainable Energy Information Centre took place on 15 April 2016 in Chisinau, Moldova with the participation of Mr. Valeriu Triboi, Deputy Minister of Economy of Moldova together with Mr. Alexandre Darras, Attaché-Project Manager at the EU Delegation to Moldova, Mr. Mihail Stratan, Director of the Energy Efficiency Agency of Moldova (AEE), and Mr. Adrian Twomey, INOGATE Project Team Leader.
The Chisinau Sustainable Energy Information Centre, housed in the Moldovan Agency of Energy Efficiency, will serve as a hub for a number of initiatives by NGOs, businesses and education institutes, aiming to inform and educate citizens. The centre’s staff will focus on outreach activities and will be equipped with interactive exhibits, demos of sustainable energy products, and lots of information material. They will work closely with the hub members and run regular roadshows to local communities to promote country-wide awareness on energy efficiency. A strong emphasis is also given to the use of social media and digital communication to engage with younger audiences.
During the ceremony, the participants had the opportunity to interact with interactive displays and exhibits prepared for the Sustainable Energy Information Centre and to collect information materials. XD Consulting, together with local partners, provided advice and technical assistance to the Agency for Energy Efficiency to establish the centre, as part of a EU-funded project under the INOGATE programme for energy policy co-operation in Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia.
Xavier Dubuisson, XD Consulting’s managing director, was invited to present at a recent conference of the INOGATE programme in Moldova on 19 March 2014. The INOGATE programme is an international energy co-operation programme between the European Union and the Partner Countries of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.
Xavier’s presentation communicated the role of Sustainable Energy Information Centres in the deployment of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies across Europe, and reflected on his experience as technical manager of the Renewable Energy Information Office of the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI). The REIO was awarded ‘Best National Renewable Energy Partnership’ in 2004 as part of the EU Campaign for Take-Off Award. A copy of Xavier’s presentation is available here.
Xavier Dubuisson, MD of XD Consulting, was invited to give a presentation at the Solar Energy Workshop “Reviewing the status and strategy of Ireland’s Solar Industry” organised by the Tyndall National Institute in Cork last week. This event was organised by Tyndall in conjunction with the International Energy Research Centre (IERC) and supported by Enterprise Ireland through the ENIAC FP7 project ERG (www.eniac-erg.org). The grathering and presentations demonstrated the vibrancy and quality of the research activity undertaken by Irish academic institutions and industry, and the linkage it has at international level. There was also a robust debate about the need for solar technology, in particular PV, to come out of the woods in Ireland and to be given an integral and significant part in the sustainable energy policy agenda here.
In his talk, Xavier gave an overview of XD Consulting’s work with Sustainable Energy Communities and the initial results of our Renewable Energy Roadmap project with Transition Kerry and Kerry County Council. He emphasized the rationale for solar photovoltaic energy to play a central role in community-based green energy initiatives and discussed his most recent findings on the economics of PV in Ireland – showing return on investment of at least 8% (IRR) in commercial-scale projects with conservative assumptions. With all the talk in town being about grid-parity of PV in sunnier climates (Eddie O’Connor states in his last blog that new solar PV and new coal are almost at the same price in South Africa and New Zealand), we are not far off PV becoming competitve in Ireland. Do not hesitate to contact us for details on our analysis and the services we provide in the area of solar technologies.
There is a free webinar taking place on Wednesday 26th October between 2-3.30 pm on “Renewable district heating – Small local grids and cooperative utilities” In cooperation with ISES (International Solar Energy Society)
Speakers and presentation
Per Alex Soerensen, PlanEnergi “Cooperative companies running district heating grids: The Danish experience”
Oliver Miedaner, Solites “Energy villages” in Baden-Württemberg: Solar thermal and biomass for small scale district heating”
Per Kristensen “Braedstrup: The renewable district heating success story from Denmark”
The final meeting of the project and combinedWorkshops/Study Tour on District Heating and Cooling will take place on 24th and 25th November in Kolding (DK). External participants are very welcome and the event is free of charge.
Besides the presentations of the key findings and experiences in the beginning of the first day, there will be room for discussion and debates. Focus is on further steps towards implementation, including financial support, as well as replication to other regions. There are 2 site visits organised on the second day with a common dinner Before the first day ends with a common dinner, two site visits will be provided.
Vejen district heating plant. Consumer-owned, established in 1960. Straw boiler, wood chips boiler, surplus heat, heat pumps, gas and oil boilers.
Hejnsvig district heating plant. Consumer-owned, established in 1992. Solar thermal, wood pellet boiler, natural gas engine, natural gas boiler.
On the second day, depended on the number of participants, two additional site visits will be provided.
District heating plant with solar thermal and seasonal heat storage (pit thermal energy storage)
District heating plant with solar thermal and heat pump.
This 2-day course is part of a series of training opportunities that will bring some of the best international experience in district heating to Ireland. It is organised as part of the European SmartReFlex project, which includes Irish partners Tipperary Energy Agency, Kerry County Council and XD Consulting. Smart Reflex aims to support the development of district heating based on renewable energy sources (RES) through know-how transfer and exchange of experience. This training will focus on the planning and technical design aspect of developing and operating a RES district heating project. It will be a unique opportunity for participants to gain an insight into the Danish experience of designing and deploying successfully district heating with renewable energy.
When: January 24th and 25th 2017 (9am – 5pm)
Where: Woodquay Venue, Dublin City Council Civic Offices, Woodquay, Dublin 8
Fee: €295 per person