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We find ourselves at a time in which residents are increasingly more demanding of their cities and those in government. Immediacy, efficiency, proximity, information and innovation are just some of the main demands that citizens require of the public administration. In response, the Smart City has emerged, a concept applied to those cities that use innovation and new technologies to improve the quality of life of its residents through responsible and sustainable management. Among the host of issues that concern residents, their house is their most important physical asset. Consequently, everything relating to its quality (materials, functionality, security, consumption, maintenance…) acquires the same level of importance. As such, it is logical to consider building quality as being an indicator of the quality of life in the cities.

At global level, buildings are responsible for 40% of annual energy consumption and for up to 30% of total greenhouse gases relating to energy. Spanish homes consume 17% of all final energy and 25% of electricity.

The construction sector is responsible for one third of the consumption of the human race, including 12% of total freshwater consumption and produces 40% of our solid waste. This is why improved energy efficiency in this sector is seen as a priority measure for reducing both energy dependency and greenhouse gas emissions.

José Vicente Valdenebro García, Architect,
Municipal Manager, Pamplona City Council
Member of the RECI Technical Committee

Article published in: FuturENERGY March 2015

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Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) has selected GE for a project that marks Saudi Arabia’s first integration of a solar field with a combined cycle plant and the first introduction of condensate as a gas turbine fuel. The landmark project, the ‘Green Duba’ Integrated Solar Combined Cycle Plant, will be built in the northwestern part of Saudi Arabia, along the Red Sea coast, and has the capacity to generate the equivalent power needed to supply approximately 600,000 Saudi Arabia homes for a year.

“This part of Saudi Arabia is a developing region with limited grid interconnection, so the additional power generated by the Green Duba project will be tremendously important in supporting growth,” said Eng. Ziyad M. Alshiha, president and CEO of SEC. “We expect the plant to provide cost-efficiencies over its life cycle, along with the fuel flexibility and solar capabilities needed to support the Kingdom’s fuel conservation and renewable technology initiatives.”

The project is designed to generate up to 550 megawatts (MW) from the combined-cycle plant; the solar field will supply steam for an additional 50 MW. GE will supply the engineering equipment package for the combined-cycle plant, including two highly efficient, reliable F-class gas turbines, a 7F.05 and a 7F.03; steam turbine; generators; heat recovery steam generators (HRSG); condenser; boiler feed pumps; Mark VIe distributed control system and a long-term service agreement. SEC will tender separately the remaining balance of plant, solar field, civil works, erection, commissioning and testing.

In terms of fuel flexibility, GE has supplied the 7F.05 gas turbine to operate on condensate and the 7F.03 to operate on natural gas, with Arabian Super Light (ASL) crude oil as backup. GE’s F-class gas turbines are the first to offer customers the ability to operate on ASL. Recently, the first four 7F.05 gas turbines in the field successfully reached full commercial baseload operation at SEC Power Plant (PP) 12 in Riyadh. By early 2015, all eight units at PP12 will be operating in combined cycle and add nearly 2,000 MW.

On November 6 Madrid hosted the I Technical Seminar of the European Sustainable Social Housing project (SuSoh), an initiative that aims to raise awareness and share knowledge between professionals in the construction sector regarding the various advances existing today to undertake the energy refurbishment of buildings in the area of social housing. The event was held at the “La Corrala” Cultural Centre at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and focused on the casing of buildings as the objective for sustainable and efficient refurbishment, as well as the different models used throughout the European Union to finance energy efficiency for social housing.


The seminar also explained the two energy-saving contract models, the EPC (Energy Performance Contracting) and Intracting that are retro-financed by returns from the energy savings generated once refurbishment has taken place. Local and regional authorities had the chance to learn how to implement these energy-saving contracts in their own buildings.

With this event, the European SuSoh project has initiated its schedule of meetings that aim to promote and implement the objectives identified by the EU as regards energy and climate, at the same time as reducing the household energy bills of families with modest incomes and simultaneously improving their quality of life.

The company CYPE, Software for Architecture, Engineering and Construction has joined the European SuSoh project as a technological partner. Taking part in the technical seminar with a lecture entitled “Energy refurbishment design” was the director for Corporate Development at CYPE, Benjamín González. The event also enjoyed lectures on the funding for urban sustainable energy projects and on financing initiatives for energy refurbishment in Spain.

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Who wouldn’t like to see our neighbourhood, industry, business or own home as more sustainable, cological, autonomous and efficient? And with no taxes, charges, tolls, tariffs and the like imposed by big companies that distribute and sell energy? To achieve this we have to make a significant change to our current energy systems, increasing the role of all renewable sources. However this change starts with each and every one of us. We have to raise our awareness about the importance of our contribution to change as individual citizens.

In this article we are going to discuss efficient buildings and the source of renewable energy of the month: biomass, and the importance of the contribution made by ICTs and the dissemination of success stories for their development.

In the scenario set out by the Commission for 2020, ICTs play a key role in achieving a sustainable world. Not only are they seen as one of the driving forces for innovation and competitiveness in the European economy, but also as the technological basis that supports the fight against climate change and on which to promote a more widespread change in society’s habits.

Article published in: FuturENERGY October 2014

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Richard Arnold, director general del Manchester United, y Manuel Sánchez Ortega consejero delegado de Abengoa, en la presentación del acuerdo junto a los jugadores Van Persie, Rooney, De Gea y Di Maria.

Abengoa and Manchester United have announced today a global partnership which will see the club enhance and develop its sustainable business practices. Abengoa will identify, advise and implement sustainable ways in which Manchester United can save resources and reduce waste. As one of the UK’s most environmentally conscious sports clubs, this new agreement enables Manchester United to further develop its sustainability credentials.

Manchester United selected Abengoa to help the Club fulfil its sustainable practice objectives and demonstrates its commitment to sustainability. Abengoa is renowned for being innovative and its global reputation and unparalleled expertise in solar energy, renewable fuels and desalinated water make them the ideal advisories to partner with.

 

 

Manchester United Group Managing Director, Richard Arnold comments: “Manchester United is proud of all the work we have been doing over many years to meet the guidelines set in our sustainability policies; however we recognise how much more can be done to become even more environmentally-sound as a business. Through our partnership with Abengoa, we hope to learn more about how we can reach these goals and will seek their advice and assistance in implementing cutting edge technology that will help us to become more sustainable”.

With a global fanbase of 659 million followers we have a huge audience to communicate with and we hope this new partnership will inspire them to adopt a more sustainable lifestyle.”

Manuel Sánchez Ortega, CEO of Abengoa, has commented: “At Abengoa we are proud to be associated with a great team like Manchester United that shares our vision that we are all responsible for our earth and for that of future generations. Its example is an excellent opportunity to show the world of football and its millions of supporters including the next generation of sport fans, the principles of responsible and sustainable management of our energy and environment”.

EFICIENCIA Y GESTIÓN ENERGÉTICA DEL HOTEL MÁS SOSTENIBLE DEL MUNDO

Twentytú Hi-Tech Hostel is an international youth hostel, the first establishment for hotel use in Barcelona to obtain an “A” energy rating, according to ICAEN. It was also one of the first to obtain the ISO 50001 certification for building energy management and recently chosen by Hostelworld web users as the Best Green Hostel in the world. This article reveals the new concept of urban low cost accommodation, designed to extend the Smart City idea based on three priorities: sustainability, innovation and design.

Located in Barcelona’s 22@ technology district where Tánger and Pamplona streets cross, and in front of the future Plaza de las Glòries, surrounded by emblematic buildings such as the Agbar Tower, the Disseny (Design) HUB or the new Els Encants market, the Twentytú hostel has a constructed surface area of 2,500 m2 covering 5 floors and a roof terrace offering stunning views over the city.

Opened in July 2012, the hostel offers 234 beds distributed between: 55 four-bed rooms and 7 double rooms all equipped with TV. On the terrace there is a chill-out area with sofas, hammocks, loungers and a shower where, besides enjoying the sights of the city, its users can relax and socialise.

Article published in: FuturENERGY September 2014

LA AGENDA DE ENERGÍAS Y LA ENTRADA DE LAS ERNC

The electricity sector in Chile is going through a phase of change, which suggests that it will be possible to achieve the objective of energy at a reasonable price, which is safe, sustainable and inclusive. The acceptance that the Energy Agenda, announced by the government of President Michelle Bachelet, has received publicly – from sectors that cut across the political and social spectrum – is an argument in its favour.

However, it is very clear that the changes expected as a result of implementing the Agenda will affect a number of different and diverse interests, and for that reason it is expected that, as more details of the changes are known, involving legal and regulatory implementation, we shall see the emergence of dissenting voices.

The current electricity market does not respond to the demands posed by our society and economy. That is an undeniable fact, in the light of current energy prices, conflicts over the construction of new conventional power plants, and delay in different investments, to name but a few.

Article published in: FuturENERGY July-August 2014

The new Hospital of Mollet is a reference as a model of efficient and sustainable design: the application of geothermal heat pumps in the hospital was the most ambitious project ever planned in Spain until 2010, the date of construction and the fourth largest in Europe.This system is part of a set of energy efficiency and sustainability measures with high energy-efficient facilities that give this new health centre some unique characteristics, with particular attention towards the use of geothermal energy.

The new Hospital de Mollet is managed by the Mollet Health Foundation, which started up on July 31st, 2010, as a fitting-out plan for a project within the Department of Health of the Generalitat of Catalonia (Catalonian regional govt.)

From the design stage, the centre has aimed to become a model of efficient and sustainable design, as has been demonstrated through its subsequent management and operation, as well as a commitment to the rational use of resources. The application of geothermal heat pumps makes him a pioneer and major health building. This system applied is part of a set of measures of efficiency and sustainability with energy-efficient facilities that give this new health centre unique characteristics, with special attention to the use of geothermal energy.

Article published in: FuturENERGY July-August 2014

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Our special report focusing on Energy Efficiency in the Hotel Sector, is published as a Special Edition of FuturENERGY in June 2014.

It was distributed to speakers and attendees at eeST 2014, I Congress on efficiency and sustanainability in the tourism sector (Palma de Mallorca, 17-18 June), and at one conference of the conference cycle, organised by ITH, I Conference on Energy Efficiency in Tourism Establishments (Vigo, Pontevedra, 12 June).

This special report includes the following:

Sustainable hotels: the client factor
Energy efficiency in the spanish hotel sector
Energy efficiency project financing in the hotel sector
Products
Case studies

The University of Valladolid has constructed the LUCIA building (University for an Applied Research Centre) where it showcases the best achievements in various fields of sustainable architecture, assessed and rated by third parties. It could be defined, according to the European directive 2010/31/UE, as a nearly zero energy consumption and zero CO2 building, and in fact the LUCIA building is, indeed, consumes zero energy and produces zero CO2 emissions, with an A energy certification has A and also has the highest standard of leaves in the green and platinum LEED certification.

This article outlines the main strategies that have made it possible to achieve a building with these features at a very affordable price. The LUCIA building was funded by the Regional Government of Castilla y León (Technology Research & Development Infrastructure Programme) and the European Regional Development Fund.

In the LUCIA building the University of Valladolid proposes to innovate and serve as a benchmark for its numerous centres in terms of energy efficiency and sustainable architecture, including social and economic aspects. This is considered to be an ideal opportunity for research in achieving almost zero energy consumption buildings according to Directive 2010/31/EU of the European Parliament, far surpassing their expectations. The basis for their achievement will be the coordination and consistency between bioclimatic design, the most efficient systems and technologies, and the use of renewable energy exclusively, including geothermal, solar and biomass as a local energy product with potential to reduce energy dependence on fossil fuels and promote a more self-sufficient economy.

Article published in: FuturENERGY June 2014

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