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E4tech report: A harmonised Auto-Fuel biofuel roadmap for the EU to 2030

E4tech report: A harmonised Auto-Fuel biofuel roadmap for the EU to 2030 | Sustainable Energy News | Scoop.it

A new report from sustainable energy consultancy E4tech, commissioned by a group of international vehicle and fuel companies, has outlined the first harmonised Auto-Fuel Biofuels Roadmap for the EU to 2030.  With future energy scenarios showing liquid fuels remaining important to the long-term energy mix, biofuels and vehicle efficiency will be essential if the European transport sector is to cut greenhouse gas emissions and meet its decarbonisation targets.

 

The proposed Roadmap examines in detail what the fuels industry could achieve in terms of sustainable biofuels supply (including advanced biofuels) and how this could be integrated into the vehicle fleet by 2030. The Roadmap also highlights that advanced biofuels could grow to at least 20% of the biofuels market in Europe in 2030 if the right policy framework is put in place.

 

A range of biofuels could deliver:

At least 8% of the EU’s 2020 10% Renewable Fuels target.4% of GHG emissions savings required to meet the 6% Fuel Quality Directive target in 2020. 12-15% of energy to the transport sector by 2030, representing overall greenhouse gas emission savings of around 8%. Advanced biofuels, which could grow to at least 20% of the biofuels market in Europe in 2030 if the right policy incentives are put in place.

 

Matthew Tipper, Vice President Alternative Energies at Shell, said: “Shell believes this report accurately demonstrates the opportunities and challenges for biofuels in helping Europe decarbonise its transport sector. However, there is still not a policy framework in place to drive biofuels investments in the EU beyond 2020. While we support the European Commission’s push towards advanced biofuels, it is critical that Europe develops a framework within its 2030 climate and energy proposals that provides a level of incentives which stimulate the necessary investments in this important endeavour.”

 

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E4tech assists Softcar’s electric vehicles in China

E4tech assists Softcar’s electric vehicles in China | Sustainable Energy News | Scoop.it

E4tech is a strategic advisor to Softcar, a Swiss start-up manufacturer of clean, low-cost electric vehicles. E4tech’s Dr François Vuille accompanied Softcar on a recent visit to China where they signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Chinese car manufacturer Zotye Auto. E4tech's work laid the foundation for this agreement for the two companies to work together towards producing and distributing Softcar’s electric vehicles in China. 

The occasion was part of an official Swiss delegation from the Canton of Fribourg to the Chinese province of Zhejiang where the respective Ministers of Economy also signed a MoU on collaboration in a number of areas, including clean technologies.

 

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E4tech analysis informs Torotrak’s acquisition of a 20% stake in Flybrid Automotive Ltd

E4tech analysis informs Torotrak’s acquisition of a 20% stake in Flybrid Automotive Ltd | Sustainable Energy News | Scoop.it

Torotrak announced today it has acquired a 20% stake in in flywheel hybrid innovator Flybrid Automotive Ltd, with an option to acquire the remaining shares before the end of the calendar year.

E4tech supported Torotrak, providing an independent analysis of the Flybrid technology and market potential. A summary of our report for Torotrak is available here.

E4tech is a strategic energy consultancy supporting industry and investors in a number of emerging disruptive technologies in the field of propulsion, on-board energy storage and waste heat recovery in Low Carbon Vehicles.

 

Torotrak announced today it has acquired a 20% stake in in flywheel hybrid innovator Flybrid Automotive Ltd, with an option to acquire the remaining shares before the end of the calendar year.

E4tech supported Torotrak, providing an independent analysis of the Flybrid technology and market potential. A summary of our report for Torotrak is available here.

E4tech is a strategic energy consultancy supporting industry and investors in a number of emerging disruptive technologies in the field of propulsion, on-board energy storage and waste heat recovery in Low Carbon Vehicles.

 

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E4tech proud to play a part in important renewable reserves initiative

E4tech proud to play a part in important renewable reserves initiative | Sustainable Energy News | Scoop.it

How can you tell if a gas field contains more reserves than a biofuels plantation?

 

Comparing renewable energy with fossil fuels may seem perverse to some, but for others it is increasingly important. Whether it is investors choosing which energy companies to invest in, or large firms allocating capital to diverse projects, they all find the same problem that trying to compare fossil and renewable reserves is like comparing apples with pears.

 

There may be a solution.

 

A group of organisations facing similar challenges came together for the first time last week, at an event facilitated by E4tech (http://bit.ly/SPBa0n). They discussed how a methodology could be developed to allow reserves from different energy types to be classified and compared. The UN’s Framework Convention reserves methodology (http://bit.ly/WXhRZJ) covers fossil fuels and minerals, but the attendees found that it should be possible to develop it to include renewable energy. A cross-sector initiative is being formed to take this forward in the hope that one day soon it should be possible to compare fossil apples with renewable apples.

 

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VIDEO: David Hart discusses the financial challenges of clean energy technology projects

VIDEO: David Hart discusses the financial challenges of clean energy technology projects | Sustainable Energy News | Scoop.it

On 12 October, E4tech Director David Hart addressed the 5th Stakeholders’ General Assembly of the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) in Paris. At the event, which was themed “Realising sustainable growth through Fuel Cells and Hydrogen”, David spoke about financial challenges of clean energy technology projects, addressing the question “Can we finance hydrogen infrastructure?”.

 

The video of David’s presentation can be found at http://bit.ly/Txe6T4, and his slides can be downloaded from here http://bit.ly/RaUjdA .

 

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E4tech predicts bright future for fuel cell vehicles

E4tech predicts bright future for fuel cell vehicles | Sustainable Energy News | Scoop.it

E4tech’s presentation to the recent Low Carbon Vehicles 2012 conference, a major event in the UK low carbon vehicle calendar, is now available for download at http://bit.ly/OEeJsc.

 

In a very well-attended session E4tech Director Adam Chase described the challenges of the electric vehicle and pointed to a clear role for an affordable fuel cell in offering greater range and faster refuelling. On-going developments could be in volume production by 2020 leading to a fuel cell powertrain whose cost is competitive with a more sophisticated IC engine system, such as a Euro-6 Diesel-Hybrid. The authors observe that fuel cell uptake is already rising in niches such as the fork-lift and bus markets; first car products will launch in 2014-15, but significant sales are more likely post 2020, expanding into other vehicle applications including range-extension for EVs.

 

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Biofuels Digest praises E4tech biofuels report

Biofuels Digest praises E4tech biofuels report | Sustainable Energy News | Scoop.it

E4tech’s report on the UK’s renewable transport fuel goals was selected by Biofuels Digest as one of five biofuels reports “worth getting now” (December 2011).

 

“Development of illustrative scenarios describing the quantity of different types of bioenergy potentially available to the UK transport sector in 2020, 2030 and 2050” was compiled for UK Department for Transport and was suggested by Biofuels Digest for those serving the UK market, or developing projects in the EU.

 

Report is available for free at http://bit.ly/SXWkr8.

 

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New E4tech assessment of trade-offs between demand-side management and energy efficiency

New E4tech assessment of trade-offs between demand-side management and energy efficiency | Sustainable Energy News | Scoop.it

Switzerland has set ambitious efficiency targets to help it meet its 2050 energy goals. The Swiss Federal Office of Energy (SFOE) wanted to understand if efficiency might in fact be reduced by flexible demand-side management (DSM) causing energy intensive processes to be run in suboptimal operation modes.

E4tech reviewed commercial and industrial DSM potential in Switzerland and identified representative examples for detailed case studies. We interviewed industry experts and analysed operation patterns - before and after DSM implementation - for cement mills, deep-freeze warehouses, and waste-water treatment plants, looking at the expected impacts on efficiency.

You can download the final report (in German, with abstracts in English and French), which contains application-specific recommendations and an informed discussion of the trade-offs between DSM and energy efficiency, intended to help guide policy.

 

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E4tech's M-KERS Analysis for Torotrak

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E4tech supported Torotrak, providing an independent analysis of the Flybrid technology and market potential. A summary of our report for Torotrak is available here.

E4tech is a strategic energy consultancy supporting industry and investors in a number of emerging disruptive technologies in the field of propulsion, on-board energy storage and waste heat recovery in Low Carbon Vehicles

 

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Major E4tech report probes #wind and #solar supply chain bottlenecks

Major E4tech report probes #wind and #solar supply chain bottlenecks | Sustainable Energy News | Scoop.it

Global ambitions for PV and wind deployment could be thwarted by bottlenecks in the global supply chains for these technologies. A major new study conducted by E4tech for the IEA-RETD takes a long term global view of supply chains and recommends vital and often urgent steps needed to avoid bottlenecks. The “RE-SUPPLY” report, which E4tech produced in cooperation with Avalon Consulting, was released today and can be downloaded for free from the RETD website (http://bit.ly/11bgN2R).

 

For wind the report finds that one of the most important solutions to tackle the highly critical bottlenecks in the supply chain is clear and long-term support policies that could de-risk the high capital investment required to expand supply chain capacity. PV’s greatest bottlenecks relate to scarcity of materials and the report suggests increased emphasis on recycling and recovery as well as enhanced R&D into alternative cell materials.

 

“The best intentions of those aiming to roll out renewable energy could run into problems in the coming 5 to 10 years if actions aren’t taken now. Problems with materials supply, skills, logistics and regulatory systems are just some of the things that will hold back renewable energy. Fortunately, many of these can and should be fixed by taking careful steps now, as we explain in this report” remarked E4tech Director Adam Chase.

 

E4tech is a strategic consultancy focused on sustainable energy, with offices in London and Lausanne. Since 1997, we have worked with companies, governments and investors wanting to understand the global opportunities and challenges of clean energy. More info about E4tech’s activities in Energy & Innovation Systems can be found here.

 

IEA-RETD is the International Energy Agency’s Renewable Energy Technology Deployment implementing agreement, with a mandate to address cross-cutting issues that influence the deployment of renewable energy, and act as a vehicle to accelerate the market introduction of renewable energy technologies.

 

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E4tech sponsors Energy Minister’s lecture on UK energy policy

E4tech sponsors Energy Minister’s lecture on UK energy policy | Sustainable Energy News | Scoop.it

E4tech is proud to sponsor this year’s ‘Dennis Anderson Issues in Energy Lecture’ at Imperial College – the third in a series created in memory of Prof. Dennis Anderson, in recognition of the huge contribution he made to the energy-environment debate.

 

The lecture titled ‘Secure, Low-Carbon & Affordable: The Changing Shape of UK Energy Supply’ will be given by the new Minister of State for the Department of Energy and Climate Change, John Hayes MP, who will also take questions from the audience.

 

The event will take place on 22nd October. For more information check http://bit.ly/dYzYW1.

 

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Ausilio Bauen to speak at Greener by Design Annual Conference: #Biofuels for #Aviation

Ausilio Bauen to speak at Greener by Design Annual Conference: #Biofuels for #Aviation | Sustainable Energy News | Scoop.it

Tomorrow, October 16th , E4tech Director Ausilio Bauen will join industry and government experts to discuss sustainable biofuels for aviation.

 

The Biofuels for Aviation - Overcoming the Barriers conference, held at the Royal Aeronautical Society in London, will review the challenges and the state of progress of the aviation biofuels road map to 2020 published by the European Commission and the aviation industry. Together with other industry experts, Ausilio will discuss the prospects and challenges of aviation biofuels and strategies for their deployment, with a particular focus on feedstocks used in their production.

 

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Carbon Trust (UK) releases polymer fuel cell costs and markets analysis by E4tech

Carbon Trust (UK) releases polymer fuel cell costs and markets analysis by E4tech | Sustainable Energy News | Scoop.it

Independent analysis by E4tech was showcased in a Carbon Trust report released on 27 September 2012.

 

The analysis of fuel cell costs and markets showed how breakthroughs from innovative UK companies could help bring polymer fuel cell technologies below the cost barriers which have hindered their uptake to date. According to E4tech Director David Hart, who led the analysis: “bringing fuel cell system cost below $36/kW could support remarkable market growth, increasing the value of the global fuel cell vehicle market by $30bn to $261bn a year in 2050”.

 

E4tech's analysis, with Austin Power Engineering, forms part of E4tech's support of CT's Polymer Fuel Cell Challenge (PFCC), in which CT is supporting organisations with potential breakthrough technologies towards commercial development. E4tech analysis underpins the PFCC, and we have further supported the programme with market assessments; cost modelling; technology evaluation; policy review; due diligence support and project management.

 

The report can be accessed at http://bit.ly/QA85rv

 

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