Energy management

Renewable energies | Energy efficiency | Climate protection | References

Our fields of activity at a glance

Renewable energies

According to the German Renewable Energy Federation 329.3 billion US dollars were invested in renewable energy in the world in 2015 as a new peak. The current figures show that in 2015 almost six times as much as in 2004 was invested in renewable.

In country comparison, Germany has the world's second largest production capacity per inhabitant and reached the fifth place in terms of new investment for renewables.

Expansion of renewable energy worldwide – Top 5 countries in 2014

Solar PV Dubai
Solar PV Dubai

The worldwide second largest installed capacity after hydrology is wind power, followed from photovoltaic.

In Germany renewables accounted for 32.6% of gross electricity consumption in the 2015; most of it is achieved with wind energy . In general, renewable energies are becoming cheaper. The cheapest is the solar generated energy. In a few years solar energy plants will deliver in many parts of the world the cheapest power. Today, large solar power plants in Germany provide power for less than 9 cents per kilowatt hour. By comparison, electricity from new coal and gas power plants currently costs between 5 to 10 cents per kwh and electricity from new nuclear power plants up to 11 cents.

Science park Gelsenkirchen
Science park Gelsenkirchen

Energie efficiency

Cogeneration

CHP or Cogeneration is an efficient technology which combines both thermal energy and electricity generation. Through the utilization of heat, the efficiency of a CHP can reach 90% and more. Compared with the supply of electricity and heat from conventional power stations the energy savings reached by CHP are ranging between 15-40%. 

Cogeneration plays an important role in the German strategy to reach its emission reduction targets. The use of cogeneration in Germany is promoted by the CHP act that fixes obligatory feed-in premiums (up to 5.41 Cent/kWh + energy exchange revenue). The premium is paid for electricity fed into the public grid or directly used. Given the fact that, on one hand, the price for electricity consumption continuously increases and, on the other hand, the price on the energy exchange remains at a very low level, the own use of electricity generated becomes increasingly profitable. Alternative subsidies exist for cogeneration plants which are based on renewable energies, especially biomass. In that case, the CHP plants can benefit from the fixed feed-in tariffs of the renewable energy act (EEG).

Example of cogeneration model at a South African industry client
Example of cogeneration model at a South African industry client

Esco's and Contracting

Energy Service companies provide third party know-how and capital for innovative and still competent energy efficiency and energy supply solutions. Contracts with ESCos lead to long term engagements and must be custom-tailored carefully. With our professional and efficient advice through all phases of energy services activity we conceive and implement optimal solutions. We combine the necessary technological know-how with our specific experience of contracting models.

As an independent advisor specialized in energy we offer advice which utilizes the contractual freedom to develop adequate economic models for ESCos and their clients.

ESCo clients

✓ Techno economic analysis

✓ Estimation of possible savings

✓ Estimation of profitability

✓ Goal clarification for contracting projects

✓ Identification of potential contracting business

✓ Preparation of contracting documents

✓ Assistance with tenders

✓ Technical and economic evaluation of tenders

✓ Monitoring and management of contracts

 

Financing through ESCo models, e.g. Energy Saving Contracting (ESC)
Financing through ESCo models, e.g. Energy Saving Contracting (ESC)

Climate protection

Global climate change

Is it still possible to save our climate? Despite all attempts of climate protection the green house gas emissions have increased over the past years. However, the experts of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) believe that compliance with the two-degree-target is still feasible as long as society and economy change fundamentally. More…

Studienreise Biogas

Global climate agreement by 2020

In 2012 the first commitment period of the Kyoto protocol, in which the industrial nations promised to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, had been run out. Ever since, the nations argue upon the future of the only global climate protection program. An important bone of contention is the trade with “hot air”.

Climate finance

The impact of climate change hits especially the developing countries. For the last 20 years the ten most affected countries by extreme weather are without exception developing nations, according to the Germanwatch Climate Risk Index. These countries do usually not have contributed significantly to the causes of climate change. Therefore it is the responsibility of the industrialized countries to support the people in the developing countries to mitigate climate risks and enable sustainable development. Climate finance shall deliver the necessary funding to face these challenges.

Green Climate Fund

The Green Climate Fund is planned to be a major instrument for climate finance. The fund was announced at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in 2009 and set up in 2010. In the future it is intended to cover the majority of international climate finance. The industrialized countries committed themselves to spend 100 billion USD a year on climate finance from 2020 onwards. Governments also agreed that a major share of new multilateral, multi-billion dollar funding should be channeled through the Green Climate Fund. At the G7 Summit in June 2015, leaders emphasized GCF's role as a key institution for global climate finance. Many developing countries, too, have explicitly expressed their expectations from the Fund in their Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs).

As of February 2016, the Green Climate Fund has raised USD 10.2 billion equivalent in pledges from 42 state governments. The objective is for all pledges to be converted into contribution agreements within one year from the time at which they are made.

COP Paris 2015

To stay competitive in the long term with a climate strategy

Climate change hits the economy in many areas, more severe than expected - such as automobile manufacturers feel. Companies must consider the impact of their production throughout the value chain. In many places, the "C02 backpack" of products is already explicitly designated. But not enough: The use of the products through the customers must be considered in relation to their climate impact. Only on this basis, a value-added climate strategy can be developed that ensures the long-term competitiveness and sustainability of the company.

References

  • Development of a concept for heat and cold energy supply at the Cologne University
  • Development of a municipal service platform for providers in the fields of cogeneration
  • Development of new energy-related services (contracting)
  • Concept for energy services’ offers addressed to companies of an industrial estate
  • Integrated energy/heat supply concept for renewable energy and cogeneration
  • Feasibility study for cogeneration in the South African industry
  • Feasibility studies for various wind farms in Tunisia
  • Implementation of an energy audit in accordance with DIN EN 16247-1
  • Market analysis for energy services in the German public sector and development of a market entry strategy
  • Development of a co/tri-generation guide with international best practice examples
  • Study on biogas financing options for the South African German Energy Programme (SAGEN)
  • Concept for introducing PV contracting in industrial estates in South Africa

Arts at a biogas plant
Arts at a biogas plant
New energy supply concept  for the Cologne University
New energy supply concept for the Cologne University

  • Energy efficiency studies in South Africa and India
  • Design and consultancy in the implementation of a program for energy services, energy conservation, renewable energy and cogeneration
  • Promotion of cogeneration and contracting in the frame of the SAGEN Programme in South Africa
  • Market study of the German PV market and development of a market entry strategy
  • Development of a concept for market entry & PPP for energy conservation in Jordan
  • Study on capacity building in the fields of energy efficiency in the Maghreb region
  • Development of model contracts for energy services in an industrial estate in South Africa
  • Development of a climate value concept with a trailer manufacturer
  • Conception, organization and implementation of numerous study tours on topics related to renewable energies and energy efficiency for participants from South Africa, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, India, Indonesia and Iran
  • Evaluation of measures in the field of cogeneration in Tunisia
  • Evaluation for personnel development / technology transfer for renewable energies projects in India
  • Development of biomass projects
  • Drafting of financial modules in the field of renewable energies and energy efficiency 2012-2016
  • Acquisition of funds and application for a wind project in Ghana
  • Development of a contracting division at municipal utilities
  • Evaluation of a capacity building project for vocational training in the fields of waste and renewable energy in Algeria
  • Design and implementation of an energy management training program in Jordan
  • Development of capacity building projects and measures for renewable energies and energy efficiency in Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia
  • Development of training materials for energy efficiency, esp. e-learning (geothermal, cogeneration and energy management)

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