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The increase in demand, the need to store energy to optimize the use of renewable sources, the search for sustainable and efficient systems, the increase in intermittent renewable energy, and integrating the latest information technology systems with electricity transmission systems are the major challenges that cities have to face in the coming years. These and other challenges are being tackled together in a pioneering smart city project in Nice which Alstom has recently announced through a press trip held in mid-February, which FuturEnergy had the pleasure of attending.

This trip was an opportunity to find out, at first hand, about the pilot project in the district of Carros, and delve further into how new technologies will shape future electricity grids and intelligent networks, helping to develop more modern, efficient and sustainable cities.

Governments and businesses are working around the world to respond jointly to the urgent need to revolutionize the way we obtain and use energy, especially in cities, since this accounts for two thirds of global energy demand and is the largest source of pollution, responsible for 70% of global CO2 emissions. Smart grids aim to develop a new system of energy management which will meet the needs of future cities.

Article published in: FuturENERGY April 2014


Our special report focusing on Energy Efficiency in the Hotel Sector, is published as part of the September 2014 issue of FuturENERGY and also as a separate report.

It was distributed to exhibitors, visitors, speakers and attendees at Fiturgreen 2014 (Madrid, 30 January-1 February)

This special report includes the following:

The sustainable hotel’s energy map
Ten rules for an efficient hotel. How to improve energy efficiency & sustainability in 10 steps
ITH explains the key points of the Pimasol Plan
Energy efficiency in the Spanish hotel sector

2013 ended with a scandal that epitomised this agitated year: the CESUR auction with bidding at top prices and the government cancelling it, supposedly for “manipulation” which the CNMC has not been able to explain. The electricity companies are pulling their hair out and demanding the legal certainty be respected. And they are right; the legal certainty is what is needed if this country is to continue to be viewed as an attractive destination for energy investments, so that it can move onwards towards a sustainable energy model for the future.

The year that is over could have been the year of the great electricity reform that our country needs. The government should have conducted a structural review of the electricity system, one which faced up to the serious problem of the tariff deficit in a consensus with the entire sector, listening to the relevant regulatory bodies and respecting the rule of law as it affected investors.

That way we could have carried on making progress towards a smart, effective and sustainable energy model, one which allows us to reduce the onerous foreign energy dependency that weighs our economy down, thirty points higher than the European average, a model that controls our impact on climate change at the same time as it supports the competitivity of our companies, something which would inevitably translate into a better offer for consumers, with better financial and environmental conditions.

Article published in: FuturENERGY January-February 2014


Special report published in December 2013 focusing on the Solar Decathlon Europe Competition 2014.

Plateau Team proposes colonising the roofs of existing buildings. Plateau Team continues developing its SymbCity project to participate in the next edition of Solar Decathlon Europe, a competition that promotes research in the development of sustainable and self-sufficient houses. The aim of the participant teams is to design and build a house that consumes the least amount of natural resources and produces the minimum waste during its life-cycle and its construction in Versailles during the final stage of the competition, where a jury of experts will subject the project to different tests.

Ressò, the entry from the Universidad Politécnica de Cataluña for Solar Decathlon Europe 2014. Vallés Higher School of Architecture (ETSAV), part of the Universidad Politécnica de Cataluña (UPC), is taking part for the third consecutive time in the Solar Decathlon Europe competition, organised by the French government, which will take place in Versailles, near Paris, in the summer of 2014. The Ressò team sees refurbishment as the way forward, given the high number of uninhabited new homes and a very inefficient pre-existing housing stock, both
of which make a new-build policy unjustifiable. The team is also working on the urban model, interactions between buildings and opportunities for growth.

Solar Decathlon 2014. Mexico to take part in this competition for the first time. For the first time Mexico will be taking part in the European edition of Solar Decathlon 2014 at the Palace of Versailles, France. The project, called CASA, brings together a cross-disciplinary group of students as well as support from researchers from renewable energies and engineering institutes, among others. CASA aims to provide a resilient, symbiotic and regenerative solution for the housing problems in the Valle de México’s metropolitan area.

E-mobility is becoming a real solution as a sustainable new model in the transport sector. In Spain this sector is responsible for 30% of carbon emissions and consumes 40% of energy generated. The Spanish electricity grid has the capability to take on several million Electric Vehicles with smart-charging systems, thus becoming more cost-effective.

Car manufacturers are making huge efforts to develop new technologies to improve vehicle efficiency and reduce environmental emissions. The appearance of High-Density Lithium-Ion batteries has extended the cruising range of electric vehicles. Nowadays the electrification of the vehicle motion system has different degrees: hybrid electric vehicles (HEV), PHEV (Plug-in Electric Vehicles), EREV (Extended Range Electric Vehicles) and BEV (Battery Electric Vehicles).

All these technologies have been proven to be more efficient than vehicles with combustion engines.

Article published in: FuturENERGY November 2013

The GREEN Expo 2013 opened its doors to the public yesterday, consolidating its position as the most important event in the areas of the environment, energy, water and sustainable cities.
Taking place in tandem with The GREEN Expo is the 21st International Environment Congress, organised by CONIECO (Mexican National Council of Ecological Industrialists). This event brings together environmental experts and representatives of the the leading institutions in Mexico. With an exhibition area of over 5000 m2, The GREEN Expo 2013 is playing host to the clean technologies and innovative solutions of more than 250 exhibitors representing almost 500 of the world’s leading brands.

Present at the inauguration were the Sub-secretary for the Management of Environmental Protection, Mr Rafael Pacchiano Alamán and the Sub-secretary for Energy Planning and Transition, Mr Leonardo Beltrán Rodríguez. Also in attendance were Mr José Navarro, CEO at E.J. Krause, Mexico; Senator Silvia Guadalupe Garza, President of the Commission of Climate Change of the Senate of the Republic of Mexico; Deputy Lourdes López, President of the Commission for the Environment and Natural Resources of the Mexican Parliament; Odón de Buen, Director General of the National Commission for the Efficient Use of Energy (CONUEE); and engineer José Ramón Ardavín, CEO of the Business Coordination Council (CESPEDES).
At the inauguration, Sub-secretaries Mr. Rafael Pacchiano Alamán and Mr Leonardo Beltrán Rodríguez kindly visited the FuturENERGY stand, where the Director of the publication outlined the technical and informational work we do in the international energy sector.

Esperanza Rico, Director of FuturENERGY and FuturENVIRO,receives Rafael Pacchiano Alamán, Sub-secretary for the Management of Environmental Protection and Leonardo Beltrán Rodríguez, Sub-secretary for Energy Planning and Transition.
Esperanza Rico, Director of FuturENERGY and FuturENVIRO,receives Rafael Pacchiano Alamán, Sub-secretary for the Management of Environmental Protection and Leonardo Beltrán Rodríguez, Sub-secretary for Energy Planning and Transition.

During the three days of the event, The GREEN Expo 2013 expects to receive visits from over 10,000 professionals interested in the clean solutions and technologies offered by more than 250 exhibiting companies, representing over 450 brands, from Germany, Austria, Canada, Italy, China, Colombia, Spain, the USA, Finland, Israel, Mexico, the Netherlands and the UK. This edition has seen 20% growth in exhibition space with respect to last year.
This year, the exhibition includes International Halls, such as the Austrian Hall, which features companies from a wide range of sectors: photovoltaic solar energy, drinking and waste water treatment, treatment of end-of-life glass and solid waste, etc. Similarly, the German Hall features products boasting innovative technology in the area of renewable energy, along with German and worldwide experience in the efficient use of such energy. The Italian Hall, organised by the Italian Trade Promotion Agency (ICE) and the Ministry of the Environment, Territory and Sea, features the products and services of 10 companies, with the aim being to foster scientific and commercial cooperation, as well as the exchange of good practices and know how. The United States Hall houses 10 companies with leading edge technology, while the United Kingdom Hall features companies offering products and services that focus on a low-carbon economy.
The International Environment Congress, which features over 120 conferences, covers a wide range of topical issues and is divided into four main areas: Environment, Energy, Water and Smart Cities. Over 500 participants from the business and academic communities, the non-governmental sector, and government representatives at federal, state and municipal levels are expected to attend

The hoteliers’ technological body Instituto Tecnológico Hotelero (ITH) advocates ten steps which mark a road map, linked to their Sustainable Hotel Programme, designed to make a hotel more efficient and more sustainable. These are the Ten Rules for an Efficient Hotel. They are ordered according to three key criteria: the first is the volume of investment required and the ROI; the second is the level of intervention necessary to implement each of the solutions; and the third depends on the type of energy being dealt with, from the most polluting to the renewables.

Tourism, and particularly the hotel sector, is an energy-intensive business. A large part of a hotel’s energy bill is made up of the consumptions associated with air conditioning and temperature control, domestic hot water production and lighting.

All this energy consumption is measured not only in money, but also in environmental impact, a sensitive issue in the case of visitors who are looking for sustainable lodgings that are environmentally friendly.

Article published in: FuturENERGY September 2013

Coralía Pino. Responsable de Proyectos del Área de Eficiencia Energética y Sostenibilidad del Instituto Tecnológico Hotelero / EE & Sustainability Project Officer, Instituto Tecnológico Hotelero

Air conditioning and temperature control systems, DOMESTIC HOT WATER (DHW) production, lighting, kitchens and room service, spas and meeting rooms…The way any area in a hotel works is connected to energy and water, in fact these two are so important that, in many cases energy consumption represents a hotel’s second biggest fixed cost, after the payroll.

This fact, which can be demonstrated in most of Spain’s commercial accommodation, has two implications for the hotel business: energy is an essential factor, but it is also an area in which there is room for manoeuvre to reduce costs, be more efficient, achieve greater sustainability levels and even provide greater comfort for guests.

Spanish hotels have been part of the trend in international tourism, supporting sustainability not only to improve and polish their positioning and branding, but bringing it in as a key part of their management strategy.

Article published in: FuturENERGY September 2013

Javier García Breva La Oficina de Javier García Breva

Royal Decree 233/2013, regulating the National Plan for promoting rents, building refurbishments, urban recovery and renewal 2013-2016, is very wide-ranging and covers all issues necessary for a new concept of building, more linked to sustainable development, energy efficiency and the recovery of the building sector by means of bringing urban planning more in line with social and environmental needs.

In its sections covering energy use, support programmes for implementing the Building Evaluation Report (BER) and for the promotion of sustainable cities are measures whose time has come, ignored until now, which point to the importance of the energy factor in building and urban planning, but since they lack objectives, both in energy refurbishment and in energy saving, they view energy more as an information requirement than as a real commitment.

Nevertheless, they represent an instrument which ought to help to make better use of European Union structural funds earmarked for energy efficiency in the forthcoming 2014-2020 period.

Article published in: FuturENERGY June 2013

Since the end of 2009 a building that represents an innovative residential option, developed specifically for the city council’s Housing Plan for Young People has been operating in Madrid.

Developed by the Municipal Housing and Land Company (EMVS), built by the construction company Fernández Molina Obras y Servicios S.A., according to a design by architects Luis de Pereda Fernández, at the European Innovation Institute IEI, and Joaquín Lizasoain Urcola, this building, on nº 52, Margaritas St, in the Tetuán district, is designed for mixed use: 33 rental flats for young people, 46 semi-automated residents’ parking spaces and premises for the municipal Environmental & Cleaning Services.

Margaritas 52 is a benchmark for urban regeneration: it turned an old cleaning depot in the Tetuán district into a modern building that fits perfectly into its surroundings, providing temporary housing for young people, an automated garage and premises for the cleaning department.

Article published in: FuturENERGY June 2013

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