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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.

      Agenda:
      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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    • 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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    • 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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    • The Convergence Era: Translation As A Utility The Convergence Era: Translation As A Utility Jaap van der Meer, Owner, TAUS & Information Technology & Services Consultant Recorded: Mar 27 2014 5:00 pm UTC 59 mins
    • Translation is becoming a utility, like electricity, water and internet. That is a vision come true, according to TAUS, the Translation Automation User Society. Soon translation will be embedded in everything we do, on every screen in every app. Content will be available in any language at any time. It will not be perfect, but in most cases real-time communication is considered more important than linguistic excellence.

      Jaap van der Meer, founder and director of TAUS, talks about this topic and discusses with Scott Abel the challenges and opportunities for every content publishing company and every professional service supplier in this new environment of ubiquitously available translation. They will zoom in on what TAUS calls the “Convergence Era” in the evolution of the translation industry.

      It is time for every company to adopt an enterprise-wide language strategy. Jaap and Scott will discuss the eight things to change that TAUS has identified as the key components of an enterprise-wide language strategy. Shifting to a dynamic approach to quality evaluation from the current one translation quality fits all purposes and content is one of the eight things. Join this webinar to get a full picture of translation in the 21st century.

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