On 27 October 2017, the European Commission presented the final Work Programme for Horizon 2020, covering the budgetary years 2018, 2019 and 2020 and representing an investment of around €30 billion.

ELDER – Association of Electricity Distribution System Operators has currently two ongoing funded Horizon 2020 projects. Namely, SmarterEMC2 (www.smarteremc2.eu) with contract number 646470 which its final review will be held in February 2018, in Brussels. and PEAKapp (www.peakapp.eu) with contract number 695945.  In both projects ELDER’s main responsibility is organizing DSO demonstration pilot sites, project dissemination, communication and outcome exploitation support.

As the non-profit umbrella organization of all electricity distribution companies which are serving ~41 Million customers in Turkey. ELDER has a team of energy sector experienced professionals, who will provide valuable technical information of the grid and business models with their extensive knowledge about the sector and legal background. ELDER is also organizing many national and international workshops, conferences and congresses related with the energy sector which are increasing the awareness of the projects in both local and international levels.

Within the new work programme ELDER is seeking cooperation in the current and upcoming calls of the H2020 mainly focused on the following calls, but interested in all calls that can be found here. Please contact here for cooperation opportunities.

LC-SC3-SCC-1-2018-2019-2020 Smart Cities and Communities

LC-SC3-ES-4-2018-2020 Decarbonising energy systems of geographical Islands

LC-SC3-ES-3-2018-2020: Integrated local energy systems (Energy islands)

LC-SC3-ES-5-2018-2020 TSO – DSO – Consumer: Large-scale demonstrations of innovative grid services through demand response, storage and small-scale (RES) generation

LC-SC3-ES-2-2019: Solutions for increased regional cross-border cooperation in the transmission grid
LC-SC3-ES-1-2019: Flexibility and retail market options for the distribution grid

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced the selection of six projects to receive approximately $30 million in federal funding for cost-shared research and development in unconventional oil and natural gas recovery.

The projects, selected under the Office of Fossil Energy’s (FE’s) Advanced Technology Solutions for Unconventional Oil and Gas Development funding opportunity, will address critical gaps in our understanding of reservoir behavior and optimal well-completion strategies, next-generation subsurface diagnostic technologies, and advanced offshore technologies.

As part of the funding opportunity announcement and at the direction of Congress, DOE solicited field projects in emerging unconventional plays with less than 50,000 barrels per day of current production, such as the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale and the Huron Shale. The newly selected projects will help us master oil and gas development in these types of rising shales, along with bolster DOE efforts to strengthen America’s energy dominance, protect air and water quality, position the nation as a global leader in unconventional oil and natural gas (UOG) resource development technologies, and ensure the maximum value of the nation’s resource endowment is realized.

All six projects represent a critical component of DOE’s portfolio to advance the economic viability and environmentally sound development of domestic UOG resources and support ongoing programmatic efforts in both onshore and offshore UOG research. These efforts include (1) improving understanding of the processes involved in resource development; (2) advancing technologies and engineering practices to ensure these resources are developed efficiently with minimal environmental impact and risk; and (3) increasing the supply of U.S. oil and natural gas resources to enhance national energy dominance and security.

Source: Department of Energy

The next EU Energy Day, with the theme 'The EU's Clean Energy Future: From Technology Development to System Integration', will take place on January 16 2018 as part of the World Future Energy Summit, in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Co-organized by the European Commission's Directorate-General for Energy and the EU GCC Clean Energy Technology Network, its main focus will be research and innovation on clean energy technologies. This event is part of a series of EU Energy Days, which was initiated at COP22 in Marrakesh.

At the event, the Commission will present the EU's priorities for accelerating clean energy innovation and the latest funding opportunities for the period from 2018 to 2020. There will be chances to discuss opportunities for international cooperation with other countries to enlarge the portfolio of available clean energy options, as well as working together with EU leading research organizations, companies and champions to advance the global competitiveness of renewables.

The EU Energy Day will also be a meeting place for European research institutions and innovative cleantech companies to share their breakthrough technologies, renewable energy solutions for consumers and prosumers, and new solutions that arise through the digitalization of the energy system.

Source: European Commission

200-foot tower stands centered in front of a field of rotating mirrors on the southern edge of Albuquerque, New Mexico.

It’s the National Solar Thermal Test Facility, operated by Sandia National Laboratories, where scientists are working to develop hotter, cheaper, and more efficient technologies for concentrating solar power.
The hundreds of mirrors focus sunlight onto a receiver at the top of the solar tower. In conventional systems, this would heat water or other fluids to generate steam that drives an electric turbine. But here a curtain of fine ceramic particles continually falls through the concentrated sunbeam instead. The particles, which resemble black sand, can easily reach temperatures 100 ˚C hotter than those standard fluids. That promises to boost the available energy, cutting the costs of production and storage.

This approach is one of three that federal researchers believe could help concentrating solar power finally become affordable and sustainable. Last January, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory published a next-generation demonstration road map that highlighted falling particles, higher-temperature molten-salt systems, and a gas-based heat transfer fluid as promising pathway to produce solar thermal energy at six cents per kilowatt-hour by 2020, a goal set by the Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative in 2011.

The Department of Energy announced in September that it would invest $62 million in about a dozen promising projects along these pathways, sparking renewed excitement in a field that had largely faded from the public view.

Researchers at Sandia, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Savannah River National Laboratory, and Brayton Energy have confirmed to MIT Technology Review that they’ve applied for the funds, individually or as teams. Concept papers were due earlier this month, and the deadline for full applications is mid-January 2018.

Source: MIT Technology Review

Despite the hype and massive automotive OEM investment in battery electric vehicles (BEVs), more than half (54%) of global auto executives say they believe these vehicles will fail commercially due to infrastructure challenges while 60 percent say excessive recharging times will do them in, according to the 2018 KPMG Global Automotive Executive Survey.

U.S. auto execs are far more skeptical than their global counterparts, with two-thirds saying BEVs will fail commercially as a result of these charging challenges. Consumers are equally skeptical of pure electric, indicating that they prefer hybrid technology or a traditional internal combustion engine.

For all their skepticism, however, OEMs have announced multi-billion dollar investments in battery electric technology. The KPMG research, which polled nearly 1,000 executives (including 90 in the United States) from leading automotive companies, found that automakers are bullish on investing across the electric powertrain spectrum. When asked where they would invest beyond the internal combustion engine (ICE) over the next five years, execs most frequently cited hybrids and plug-in hybrids (72%), followed by pure battery electric (69%) and fuel-cell (67%).

More than three-quarters of executives (77% global; 85% U.S.) say they believe fuel-cell electric mobility will be the real break-through for electric mobility.

“There is no question that automakers are adapting to stricter vehicle efficiency standards around the world, and electrification is a big part of that equation even as manufacturers continue to squeeze MPG out of internal combustion engines,” said Gary Silberg, (@slfdriveSilberg) Automotive Sector leader at KPMG LLP. “What’s unclear is the value proposition for consumers, especially on vehicles outside of the high-end, premium market. Given the multi-billion dollar investments (especially in China), the complex global regulatory environment and rapid technological disruption, there will be clear winners and losers in this EV game.”

When asked which OEMs they think will lead the field of electric vehicles in 2025, executives outside the United States most frequently cited BMW (21%) and Tesla (14%). U.S. respondents see things a bit differently, rating Tesla No.1 at 20% and BMW second at 15%. Ford was third at 8%, and GM and Toyota were tied in 4th at 7%.

Consumers Also Skeptical of BEVs

In conjunction with the executive survey, KPMG also surveyed 2,100 consumers from 42 countries (182 from the United States) to compare their perspectives. Only 13% of consumer respondents outside the United States and 5% in the U.S., said they would buy a pure battery electric vehicle over the next five years.

Instead, 50% of consumers outside of the United States indicate they would opt for a hybrid -- hybrid electric (33%) or plug-in hybrid electric (17%) vehicles -- over the next five years, or internal combustion engine (18%). U.S. consumers, on the other hand, say they’ll stick with ICE vehicles (54%), followed by hybrid electric (24%).

“The internal combustion engine is not perfect, but U.S. consumers will continue to stick with what they know and have come to rely on,” says Silberg. “Until the value propositions for alternative powertrains become crystal clear to them, consumers will make decisions based on convenience and the overall economics of owning a car – and right now a traditional vehicle still comes out on top for the vast majority of people.”

Meanwhile, 67 percent of all consumers surveyed say they don’t care about drivetrain technology, they just want the most durable, cost-competitive solution that gets them from point A to point B.

Source: KPMG


Total cost of ownership and market share for hybrid and electric vehicles in the UK, US and Japan

New powertrain technologies, such as Hybrid Electric Vehicles, have a price premium which can often be offset by lower running costs. Total Cost of Ownership combines these purchase and operating expenses to identify the most economical choice of vehicle. This is a valuable assessment for private and fleet purchasers alike. Studies to date have not compared Total Cost of Ownership across more than two vehicle markets or analyzed historic costs. To address this gap, this research provides a more extensive Total Cost of Ownership assessment of conventional, Hybrid, Plug-in Hybrid and Battery Electric Vehicles in three industrialized countries – the UK, USA (using California and Texas as case studies) and Japan – for the time period 1997–2015. Finally, the link between Hybrid Electric Vehicle Total Cost of Ownership and market share is analyzed with a panel regression model.

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