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    • Business benefits of buying renewable electricity Business benefits of buying renewable electricity Mike Shirley, SmartestEnergy and Guy Rickard, Carbon Trust Recorded: Oct 22 2015 1:00 pm UTC 59 mins
    • With renewable electricity now attracting a premium, why should businesses pay more for it? Join our webinar to learn about how to report lower carbon emissions and demonstrate your environmental commitments by opting for a renewable supply. Our sustainability experts will explain GreenHouse Gas Protocol Scope 2 carbon reporting which enables you to report the emissions of your specific tariff – making it crucial to know where your renewable electricity comes from. We will also talk about measures being introduced to improve transparency around renewables and associated carbon emissions, to make it easier for businesses to buy renewable electricity and know they are getting the full benefits from their choices.

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    • European Energy Efficiency Directive - Masterclass European Energy Efficiency Directive - Masterclass Alex Richards, Business Manager, Schneider Electric Recorded: Nov 26 2014 10:00 am UTC 53 mins
    • The European Union has set an ambitious goal of improving energy efficiency by 20% by 2020. The new Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) offers some best practices on how to identify initiatives with the greatest potential to improve efficiency, how to prioritise efficiency investment and how to ensure available incentives are accessed. Key measures include conducting energy audits, designing a data monitoring system, installing smart meters, utilising industry expertise and staying on top of national legislation.

      So what does it mean to your business? Listen to our 50 minute Masterclass where we will outline what opportunities are available through the Energy Efficiency Directive including the Energy Saving Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) and ISO50001.

      10.00 Global Trends – Energy Management & Sustainability
      Alex Richards, Business Manager, Schneider Electric

      10.10 European Energy Efficiency Directive – What does it mean?
      Snezhina Mileva, Head of Solution Services (EMEA),Schneider Electric

      10.30 ISO50001 & Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme
      Maureen Bray, Head of UK Compliance, Schneider Electric

      10.50 Questions & Answers

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    • Prospects for coal and clean coal technologies in Greece Prospects for coal and clean coal technologies in Greece Dr Steve Mills Recorded: Jan 20 2016 12:00 pm UTC 40 mins
    • Greece’s financial crisis continues to have a major impact on all facets of the country’s economy. In 2015, the financial crisis continued unabated. When significant economic recovery does occur, the energy sector will have a major role to play. The country has a high energy import dependency, which is expensive ‒ reportedly, about ~US$ 20 billion/year. The overall diversification of the energy mix is rather limited. Greece’s main indigenous energy resource is poor quality lignite, used to generate a significant proportion of the country’s electricity. The state-owned energy company Public Power Corporation S.A. (PPC) is the largest lignite producer. More than 93% of Greece’s energy is provided by fossil fuels, (EU average is 75%). In 2014, a new government was elected and energy policy changed direction as earlier plans to privatise parts of the energy sector were curtailed. However, conditions demanded recently by EU and IMF creditors, mean that privatisation schemes may be back on the table. This is likely to encompass natural gas and electricity supply. There has been a renewed focus on the potential of the country’s lignite resources. In order to minimise the cost of imported energy and improve security of energy supply, the present government intends to increase their use, primarily for electricity generation. The webinar examines the situation prevailing in the Greek energy sector, and how this might change in the future. Existing and proposed clean coal-based activities are discussed. However, major uncertainties (in terms of scope and timescale) remain over many aspects of energy production ‒ the nature of, and rate of economic recovery will undoubtedly have major impacts.

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    • Living Grid: calling pioneering organisations who want to create a new approach Living Grid: calling pioneering organisations who want to create a new approach Martin Hunt, David Hill Recorded: May 18 2016 10:30 am UTC 60 mins
    • The Living Grid is a movement that aims to create a new approach to our energy system.

      Pioneer organisations, including United Utilities, Sainsbury’s, Aggregate Industries and Tarmac, are working together, and calling for others to join them, to create an electricity network that takes inspiration from nature to deliver, store and use electricity in the most optimal way possible.

      This will make our system more compatible with the abundant renewable sources of energy around us, helping us achieve a 1.5-degree world and making our energy system ready for the future.

      Is your organisation a pioneer?

      Can you help drive the Living Grid movement forwards?

      Join this webinar to find out:

      - What the Living Grid is
      - How your organisation can get involved
      - What the benefits are for you


      Martin Hunt, Head of Networks and Partnerships, Forum for the Future

      David Hill, Business Development Director, Open Energi

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    • China - policies, HELE technologies and CO2 emission reduction China - policies, HELE technologies and CO2 emission reduction Dr Qian Zhu Recorded: Aug 17 2016 11:00 am UTC 37 mins
    • As the world’s largest consumer of coal and leading CO2 emitter, China’s role in the international effort to combat climate change can hardly be overstated. The challenges China faces to control emission and pollution levels while meeting the country’s increasing energy demand are enormous. Over the years, China has made considerable efforts to reduce CO2 emissions and control pollution levels, and notable progress has been made through the implementation of ambitious programmes aimed at improving energy efficiency across a number of industrial sectors and a rapid scale up of renewable energy. This study reviews China’s policy and regulatory initiatives, in particular those aimed at improving energy efficiency and reducing emissions, HELE (high efficiency low emissions) upgrades, diversify the energy mix, as well as the progress to date in reaching a series of ambitious goals. China’s rapid expansion of non-fossil energy which affects the structural change of the power sector and coal use in electricity generation, and therefore, CO2 emissions from coal-fired power generation are also discussed.

      China has provided strong financing and policy support for the R&D of HELE technologies. China now possesses a range of HELE technologies that are applicable to new and/or retrofitting of the existing coal-fired power plants and they are described in the webinar. Finally, the peak of coal consumption and CO2 emissions from power generation from coal, in light of China’s economic and policy trends affecting the structure of the economy and the coal consumption, are assessed.

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    • Retrofitting lignite plants to improve efficiency and performance Retrofitting lignite plants to improve efficiency and performance Dr Ian Reid Recorded: Mar 23 2016 12:00 pm UTC 44 mins
    • The lignite power industry produces low cost electricity but the associated pollutant emissions are higher than from other fossil fuels. Tighter environmental legislation requires older facilities to either upgrade or face closure. Plants designed to operate until 2040 already possess the latest effluent treatment systems while older facilities seek lower cost solutions. The rising contribution of renewable energy sources obliges plants to operate more flexibly, responding to variable demands.
      This webinar reviews suitable technologies for the retrofitting of lignite PC power plants to lower emissions while raising plant performance. Drying and pre-treatment of the lignite fuel is explored as one route to improved heat rate. Adaptations based upon the existing plant technology include: combustor modification and boiler re-engineering, advanced instruments and controls, anti-fouling systems and steam turbine upgrades. Alternatives to mainstream effluent treatments are discussed, including hybrid and multi-component technologies to lower emission of NOx, SOx, particulates and mercury. Flexible plant options reviewed include energy storage, indirect firing and natural gas integrated co-generation. Latest developments on the introduction of CCUS techniques applied to lignite plants are discussed together with other means to lower plant carbon footprint.

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    • Application and development prospects of double-reheat coal-fired units Application and development prospects of double-reheat coal-fired units Kyle Nicol Recorded: Sep 16 2015 11:00 am UTC 27 mins
    • Most pulverised coal combustion (PCC) plants employ single-reheat cycles. However, double-reheat cycles can significantly improve the electrical efficiency of PCC plants. Surprisingly, no double-reheat units have been commissioned since the 1990s. However, with rising primary energy costs, more stringent emission limits and advances in thermal power engineering, double-reheat cycles are being considered to minimise the cost of electricity, reduce emissions and prolong valuable coal supplies, especially in China. This webinar reviews, analyses and assesses the application and development prospects of coal-fired double-reheat units.

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    • Next generation carbon capture technologies for coal Next generation carbon capture technologies for coal Toby Lockwood Recorded: Apr 27 2016 11:00 am UTC 38 mins
    • Established CO2 capture technologies such as absorption with amine solvents are associated with significant energetic and economic penalties, reducing power plant efficiency by around 10% points and increasing the cost of electricity production by up to 80%. Dedicated research programmes worldwide have pursued the development of a wide range of innovative, alternative technologies for CO2 capture, largely by addressing the fundamental gas separation step at the heart of post-combustion, pre-combustion or oxyfuel combustion processes. Novel solvents with lower energy requirements than conventional amines, using phase change systems, ionic liquids, enzyme-activation, or non-aqueous solvents, are promising approaches for post-combustion capture. Alternatively, techniques used in other commercial gas separations, including solid sorbents, membranes, and cryogenic separation, have also been developed for carbon capture through extensive materials research and process optimisation. Whilst challenging for post-combustion capture applications, these techniques may be of particular benefit to pre-combustion capture systems where much higher partial pressures of CO2 are available, and integration of the CO2 capture step and water gas shift reaction can be achieved using sorbents or membranes. In oxyfuel combustion, membranes are also an option for efficient oxygen production, but pressurised combustion systems have demonstrated the most potential for efficiency improvements, potentially in combination with novel power cycles which are better-suited to exploiting the altered combustion conditions. Finally, chemical looping combustion is a unique approach to carbon capture which can achieve dramatic energy savings through its inherent avoidance of any gas separation step, and is undergoing significant scale up. This webinar will review these developments in novel capture technologies and highlight the most promising strategies for achieving major cost reductions.

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    • Water availability and policies for the coal power sector Water availability and policies for the coal power sector Anne Carpenter Recorded: Oct 14 2015 12:00 pm UTC 38 mins
    • Global energy demand is rising primarily as a result of population and economic growth in the emerging economies. Meeting this growing demand places increasing stress on limited fresh water resources as electricity production uses large amounts of water. This has repercussions for other water consumers in the agricultural, industrial and domestic sectors. Climate change could exacerbate the situation. This webinar examines the availability of fresh water for power generation, in particular for coal-fired power plants. It shows where the water stressed areas are in the world today and the demand for power. Global water and energy demand are discussed, and the water requirements of different power generation technologies. Some technologies that use less water, for example, dry-cooled power plants, operate at a lower efficiency. Finally, water availability and management in China and the USA, with reference to their energy production and policies are compared.

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    • Coal and gas competition in power generation in Asia Coal and gas competition in power generation in Asia Dr Nigel Dong Recorded: Mar 18 2015 12:00 pm UTC 43 mins
    • Competition between coal and natural gas for power generation has been observed to occur in North America and Europe in recent years, where the costs of the two fuels have played a key role in determining the relative competitiveness. It is perceived that such a competition could also happen in Asian countries. More importantly, as these countries are expanding their generation capacity to meet growing electricity demand, a key question is raised of whether coal or gas power plants should be built with priority. This webinar is based on a recent report published by IEA CCC, where the authors investigate nine Asian countries to seek to understand the mechanisms that drive the competition between coal and gas for power generation.

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    • Futuristic Technologies That Will Transform Our World Beyond 2030 Futuristic Technologies That Will Transform Our World Beyond 2030 Team Leader Archana Devi Vidyasekar and Senior Research Analyst Robin Varghese Recorded: Oct 29 2014 3:00 pm UTC 53 mins
    • Brain-controlled computers, Wi-Fi-like wireless electricity, self-assembling materials, nanobots and flexible electronics are among the top 10 technologies that will transform our lives in the coming decades. These technologies, short-listed for their capacity to have the most disruptive and transformative impact on the future, are expected to emerge as the most potentially influential technologies from 2030 and beyond. The implications to human lives and businesses are immense; with brain-controlled prosthetics amply replacing limbs, wireless electricity replacing batteries, and 4D-printed self-assembling materials, we are looking at a self-programmed world where the infrastructure would be “living” and “breathing” in the digital sense. These visionary innovations stand par and above others for their audacious proposition to change our lives, ranging from saving energy to curing cancer.

      This webinar will throw light on such technologies and explore, in terms of potential and future possible application, how they could become the most audacious agents of change.

      Attend this webinar to discover:
      ·What is the key transformational aspect of these technologies?
      ·What are some of the key features of the technology that will drive its adoption?
      ·How will the products and the trends surrounding the technology evolve over the next decade, leading up to its commercialization?
      ·What is the disruptive potential of these technologies?
      ·Who are the movers and shakers working toward developing and adopting these technologies?
      ·What are the key applications or business verticals these technologies will transform?

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    • Increasing the flexibility of coal-fired power plants Increasing the flexibility of coal-fired power plants Dr Colin Henderson Recorded: Aug 6 2014 11:00 am UTC 31 mins
    • Coal-fired power plants are increasingly required to balance power grids by compensating for the variable electricity supply from renewable energy sources. For this, high flexibility is needed, in terms of possessing resilience to frequent start-ups, meeting major and rapid load changes, and providing frequency control duties. This report reviews the means available and under development for achieving the flexibility. Potential damage mechanisms are well known, and the necessary flexibility can be achieved with acceptable impacts on component life, efficiency and emissions. Designs are being developed to enable flexibility in future plants.

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    • 7 Proven Strategies to Acquire More Residential & Commercial Solar Customers 7 Proven Strategies to Acquire More Residential & Commercial Solar Customers Nicole Litvak, Solar Analyst, GTM Research & Richard Dumas, Director of Product & Solution Marketing, Five9 Recorded: Mar 26 2015 8:05 pm UTC 63 mins
    • As demand for solar systems increases, solar manufacturers and installers are competing aggressively to acquire and convert new residential and commercial prospects. To find and covert the ideal solar customer – one based in the right state with the right credit, roof, rate plan and electricity expenses – providers are pursuing a variety of new and innovative customer acquisition techniques including digital marketing, retail partnerships, door-to-door sales, telemarketing and direct response campaigns.

      These techniques attempt to maximize conversion rates while controlling costs. GTM Research estimates that residential solar customer acquisition cost installers $0.49/W in 2013. By 2017, this cost will fall to $0.35/W, saving the industry a total of $619 million between 2014 and 2017.

      This webinar will examine some of the most successful strategies solar providers are using to close sales over the phone or online as they strive to obtain more customers while controlling acquisition costs.

      This webinar will be hosted by Greentech Media and sponsored by Five9 and feature:

      Nicole Litvak, GTM Research Solar Analyst, co-author of “US Residential Solar PV Customer Acquisition: Strategies, Costs and Vendors”

      Richard Dumas, Director of Product & Solution Marketing at Five9, a provider of cloud contact center software, used by leading solar providers to manage sales, service and support.

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    • Reducing wind energy costs through innovation Reducing wind energy costs through innovation Jacki Buist, Dr. Christoph Neemann, Tom Kiernan, Norbert Giese Recorded: Sep 16 2014 12:30 pm UTC 59 mins
    • The cost of wind energy generation has fallen dramatically since the introduction of commercial wind turbines in the 1980s, largely through innovation and technology development. But in many cases, we have still not reached grid parity, when it can produce electricity at the same price as traditional technologies.

      Ahead of WindEnergy in Hamburg*, join us for this live Windpower Monthly webcast where our expert speakers will discuss:
      - Wind energy generation costs in different global markets
      - New technologies that have helped to reduce generation costs so far and future developments
      - How wind energy costs compare with other energy sources, what a fair comparison would look like and the factors that contribute to a true cost of wind energy

      Moderated by Jacki Buist, editor of Windpower Monthly
      Speakers include:
      Dr. Christoph Neemann, Head of Strategic Customers & Competitors at Siemens Wind Power
      Tom Kiernan, CEO, AWEA
      Norbert Giese, Head of Offshore Development, Senvion

      *WindEnergy Hamburg, 23-26 September 2014

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    • Upgrading the efficiency of the world’s coal fleet to reduce CO2 emissions Upgrading the efficiency of the world’s coal fleet to reduce CO2 emissions Dr Ian Barnes Recorded: May 14 2014 11:00 am UTC 39 mins
    • This study examines the role of HELE (high efficiency, low emission) coal-fired power plant in helping to meet the goal of reduced carbon dioxide emissions by setting out an overview of the prospects for the role of HELE technologies in a number of major coal user countries. Ten countries have been selected for study and are (in alphabetical order); Australia, China, Germany, India, Japan, Poland, Russia, South Africa, South Korea and the USA. The target countries have differing coal-plant fleet ages and efficiencies, and different local conditions and policies which impact on the scope for HELE implementation.
      The profile of the coal fleet for each country has been calculated to meet future electricity demand under three scenarios with progressively greater replacement of lower efficiency capacity with HELE technology, and the consequent emissions of carbon dioxide and costs of implementation determined. The results are discussed in terms of potential carbon dioxide savings and the prospects for adopting a HELE upgrade pathway in the context of current energy policy.

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    • Sustainability Reporting for Improved Business Performance Sustainability Reporting for Improved Business Performance Steve Flores Recorded: Jan 12 2016 4:00 pm UTC 60 mins
    • Sustainability reporting has become an increasingly important issue as stakeholders seek transparency from the organizations they support. Throughout Europe, mandatory reporting programs such as non-financial reporting and article 8 of the EED have taken shape through EU directives and have become a part of standard operating procedure for impacted organizations. While primarily a voluntary activity (GRI, CDP, GRESB) in the United States, sustainability reporting continues to gain momentum and support.

      For this webinar, we’ll be joined by two leading, global organizations and will learn why they report, what programs they report to, and how they are turning reporting into action.

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