Solar PV learning in Integrated Assessment Models – first paper draft

Solar PV learning in Integrated Assessment Models – first paper draft

In the last post on this topic, which dates back to March 31, I discussed the end of the modeling work and my ambition to draft the first version of the paper within Spring. Indeed, due to the issues that I had with the renewables (which by the way are still pending… but completion is hopefully not far), I managed to complete this task only in the past days. Thus I am a bit behind schedule, but what counts is…

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The gas industry’s future looks bright over next five years – IEA

The gas industry’s future looks bright over next five years – IEA

Latest five-year market forecast highlights deep transformations in natural gas markets Source: The gas industry’s future looks bright over next five years, according to IEA analysis Natural gas is notoriously the least CO2-emitting fuel among fossil fuels. For this reason, in the medium run it will likely drive the transition phase of the decarbonization of the energy system. It is more difficult to make a forecast for the long run, instead: models in fact show conflicting results because if it…

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IEW – Gothenburg

IEW – Gothenburg

This week I participated in the 37th International Energy Workshop (IEW), organized by the Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden. As I specified in the post dedicated to the 2017 edition, the IEW is focused on energy and it is essentially the most relevant conference for my work over the year. Last year I gave a presentation on the solar PV learning activity, while this year I wanted to present my work on system integration, storage, and grid. Indeed…

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EMEE – Milan

EMEE – Milan

In the past two days, FEEM hosted the 11th International Workshop on Empirical Methods in Energy Economics (EMEE). Although empirical methods are not tools that I normally use in my research, I thought that it could be a good occasion to attend interesting presentations, considering that this workshop has a sound international reputation. Presentations were indeed interesting and insightful. Of course I could not fully get the details of the methodologies, but the key messages and conclusions were clear also…

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Preview of World Energy Outlook 2018 – IEA

Preview of World Energy Outlook 2018 – IEA

Next edition includes special focus on electricity, producer economies, and the role of innovation Source: Preview of World Energy Outlook 2018 As I wrote in the previous posts, the World Energy Outlook released annually by the International Energy Agency (IEA) is the world most authoritative overview on the energy sector. The report is published in November, but in the past weeks the IEA anticipated some key topics that will be explored in depth in this year’s issue: so let us…

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America Joins With Canada And Japan To Promote Nuclear Power – FORBES

America Joins With Canada And Japan To Promote Nuclear Power – FORBES

At the 9th Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM9) meeting today, a new nuclear innovation partnership, called “Nuclear Innovation: Clean Energy Future (NICE Future), was announced under the leadership of the United States, Canada, and Japan. Source: Countries Launch a Nuclear Innovation Initiative under the Clean Energy Ministerial Is a new nuclear rise to come? The US, Canada, and Japan are leading an initiative that might be highly impacting on the future energy landscape: let us monitor how this will evolve. More…

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WITCH modeling meeting – Renewables

WITCH modeling meeting – Renewables

As I discussed in a couple of posts in the past weeks (here and here), I am still working on refining the new modeling of Variable Renewable Energies in WITCH in order to make the MERCURY version of the model fully compatible with the master version. Yesterday we had the WITCH internal modeling meeting, where I presented the progress of my work: you can find the presentation here. Still a lot of work to do, but step by step…

Air conditioning use key for global electricity demand growth – IEA

Air conditioning use key for global electricity demand growth – IEA

New IEA analysis shows urgent need to improve cooling efficiency as global energy demand for ACs to triple by 2050 Source: Air conditioning use emerges as one of the key drivers of global electricity-demand growth “The issue is particularly sensitive in the fastest-growing nations, with the biggest increase happening in hot countries like India – where the share of AC in peak electricity load could reach 45% in 2050, up from 10% today without action.” These figures are really impressive!…

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Renewables never die…

Renewables never die…

Yes, I have still been working on the implementation of the renewable module in the master version of the WITCH model… Technical issues are numerous and an optimal code configuration is yet to be found. One of the most problematic aspects is that the convergence is very slow, so sometimes up to an hour, or even more, is needed just to check the impact of one small change. But honestly, the most problematic aspect is that I really hate this…

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Progress on global energy goals slow, but strong gains in countries show promise

Progress on global energy goals slow, but strong gains in countries show promise

The world is not on track to meet the global energy targets for 2030 set as part of the Sustainable Development Goals Source: Progress on global energy goals slow, but strong gains in countries show promise In 2015, the United Nations launched the 2030 Agenda and its relevant Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with the aim of addressing the global socio-economic challenges over the following fifteen years. SDG7 is the goal referred to energy: ‘Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and…

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