EUCF Workshop

As the deadline for the first call of the EUCF Initiative is early next month, a short follow up workshop is scheduled for Friday 18th September.

The workshop will be held for those Local Authorities that have not yet registered on the EUCF platform but are still considering applying. This session is primarily about allowing different Local Authorities to network with the intention of possibly working together or asking final questions on the initiative. Siona Daly, Ireland Country Expert will host the workshop.

The agenda:

  1. 10 minute quick recap of EU City Facility Initiative
  2. Round Table Introductions and Interest in Aggregating Project Ideas
  3. Q & A session

Date: 18th September 2020

Time: 2:30pm

Registration: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYvcO2sqz8tHt2NX1H614TIoFJrBqyYVqGM

This initiative was launched in Ireland in June 2020. A recording of the webinar can be viewed here.

Sustainable Energy Communities – South East SEC Webinar Series

Online Information Events for Communities to be part of the Sustainable Energy Communities (SEC) Programme

The aim of these events is to provide basic information and introduce community groups from the South East to the SEC programme, highlighting the recruitment process, community engagement, grants, and funding opportunities. We will provide helpful tips on how to register as a Community for the SEC programme and what you need to do to be successful.

This webinar series will encourage communities in the South East of the country to engage with the SEC programme. The informative events will take place online with each event focusing on a separate topic.

SEC Webinar Series
The dates, topics and registration links are as follows:

22nd Sept: Recruitment Jane Wickham. Southeast SEC Coordinator | Register here
29th Sept: Community Engagement – Fiona O’Loughlin, Wexford SEC Mentor | Register here
6th Oct: Grants – Yvonne Byrne, Waterford SEC Mentor | Register here
13th Oct: Funding Opportunities – Therese Curran, Kilkenny SEC Mentor | Register here

The event will offer a chance for all attendee’s to:

• Meet the South East SEC team
• Understand the upcoming SEC programme
• Ask questions on how to approach

Jane Wickham of 3 Counties Energy Agency is the South East SEC Regional Coordinator and she will be hosting the first online event on the 22nd of September 2020. The first online event will focus on recruiting community groups for the programme and will begin at 11am. The webinar will involve a presentation to introduce the SEC programme to attendees, followed by a Q&A session to conclude.

Agenda:
• 11am – Introduction
• 11.05am- Presentation on Recruiting Community Groups, Jane Wickham
• 11.30am – Q&A
• 11.45am – Event Close

Date & Time: Tuesday, 22nd September 2020 at 11am-11:45am
Link to Register: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYuce6orT8sGtBcw9eTEdC5j1fzRy6Yo562

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Information Event.

We look forward to your participation. For any queries please contact Mari or Patrick on events@3cea.ie

Ireland’s First Green Hydrogen Storage Webinar

The Irish Energy Storage Association will host Ireland’s first Green Hydrogen Storage Webinar.

The Irish Energy Storage Association (IESA) announced that next month they will be hosting this country’s first Green Hydrogen Storage Webinar.

The webinar will take place on the 15th of September from 2:30pm to 3:45pm. The event will feature opening remarks by Green Party Leader, Minister Eamon Ryan, followed by Paula Abreu Marques, Dr Eoin Syron and Dr Laura Nelson.

Paula Abreu Marques, from the European Commission, is responsible for drafting the EU Commission’s Hydrogen Strategy which launched earlier this summer. Dr Eoin Syron of UCD Energy Institute, co-author of “A National Hydrogen Strategy is needed to develop Ireland’s Hydrogen potential” will discuss the developments in the Hydrogen sector in this country. Dr Laura Nelson, Executive Director of Green Hydrogen Coalition, will continue by highlight the developments of Green Hydrogen in the USA.

This will be a free event and attendees are requested to register their place by emailing info@iesa.ie.

For more information, please see the IESA website here.

Better Energy Communities Grant

Everything you need to know about applying for Communities Energy Grant (BEC)

 

The Government’s Climate Action Plan recognises the central role of communities in achieving our climate action ambitions.

What is Communities Energy Grant (BEC)?

Over the past 5 years 3cea has assisted in the delivery of cumulative energy savings of more than €19.6 million through the Communities Energy Grant (BEC) initiative. 3cea team has been successful in securing grant funding for communities and businesses across all sectors.

Better Energy Communities is a national retrofit initiative managed by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI). BEC offers a win-win grant aid solution for parish halls, GAA clubs, farmers, charitable organisations, community groups, public authorities, individuals and businesses to both lower their energy bills while reducing energy usage.

How can 3cea help?

3cea has extensive, award-winning experience and expertise in supporting applicants through the BEC pipeline, we act as your project-coordinator and energy advisor throughout the entire process. Our Team has achieved success through combining specific technical expertise and local community knowledge on hundreds of energy efficiency projects of scale since 2002.

From initial application to final sign-off, we can project manage the entire process, this is why we encourage you to get in contact now to discuss your project in more detail.

Funding & Supports Available

  • Up to 50% funding for community projects
  • Up to 30% funding for businesses and housing associations

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Hydrogen for the Heating Sector

Fraunhofer Institute for Energy Economics and Energy System Technology (IEE) have produced a paper highlighting the future of Hydrogen in the Heating Sector.

Fraunhofer IEE conducted a study on the future use of hydrogen in the energy system. The study, “Hydrogen in the Energy System of the Future: Focus on Heat in Buildings”, was undertaken on behalf of the Information Centre for Heat Pumps and Cooling Technology (IZW).

The study introduces hydrogen use, highlighting the current and the potential future policies. It continues by ranking the application of hydrogen and evaluates the future demand of this alternative energy source. The study progresses with evaluating the future supply of hydrogen and indicates that a great deal of infrastructure is needed to support the transition to hydrogen in the current energy system. The technical requirements necessary for this implementation is discussed along with the implications for natural gas grids. The study then compares decentralised heat supply with heat pumps and concludes with the key insights into the future of hydrogen in the energy system.

To read the paper in full, click here.

Housing 4.0 Energy Updates

News from the three Irish pilots

The Ireland pilot of H4.0E will be located in South East of Ireland (Carlow, Kilkenny and Wexford), with each region committing to the delivery of four zero energy homes (ZEHs) each — twelve in total. This pilot will develop and utilise digitisation, 4.0 technology and integrate renewable energies.

The main construction principles will be prefabricated Timber Frame and Insulating Concrete Formwork (ICF) with the aim to use renewable building materials. Innovative technologies for sourcing renewable energy will be Air to Water Heat Pumps, Mechanical Ventilation with Heat Recovery (MVHR), PV and Thermal Solar Panels. Local Authority Social Housing tenants are the intended end users, with the aim of addressing fuel poverty.

At the moment all three pilots are roughly at the same stage, but there are different completion dates, as there are different buildings types and therefore the planning process differs from each other. All pilots have planning permission and are currently at pro-curement for final design teams. This process has tak-en longer than normal due to the additional targets and standards being addressed in the H4.0 project, which is over and above the standard requirements of the Local Authorities.

Because of the COVID-19 crisis there will be delays in completion. This will have influence on the timeline and deadlines, therefore the timeline will be subject to change. The current timeline for Substantial Comple-tion is that Wexford to be completed in May 2022, Carlow in the first quarter of 2021 and Kilkenny in the first quarter of 2022. This pilots will also be monitored for the uptake of low carbon and digital techniques, products, processes and services and the resulting reduction in embodied and operational energy.

 

Getting by in a time of crisis – 3cea Team working from home during Covid-19

Covid-19 has created an unprecedented economic and social shock for business and communities in Ireland. As the team here in 3cea rolls into our forth month of working from home, we rely on remote work tools and technology more than ever in order to stay connected.

Working remotely has brought us to a new set of challenges that has led us to adapt quickly. Between event cancellations, travel restrictions, webinar overload, personal concern about contagion and more, nearly everyone has been affected by this crisis in some way. Many of us are trying to balance working from home with the responsibilities of care. Event though it is our home environment, it is very new from a work perspective. This is the first time where so many of us are having to collaborate, operate and communicate remotely through the power of technology.

Technology can only go so far, and working from home is not for everyone the team here at 3cea are managing this new normal very well. We wanted to take this opportunity and share how well our colleagues are coping!

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In the Fast Lane with Biomethane in Transport Webinar

The EBA and NGVA are hosting a webinar highlighting biogas as an alternative to fossil fuels in the transport sector.

The European Biogas Association (EBA) and the Natural & bio Gas Vehicle Association (NGVA Europe) are inviting you to join their webinar ‘In the fast lane with Biomethane in Transport’. The webinar will be held on Wednesday, 8 July 2020 from 9:30 to 11:00 CET (8:30 to 10:00 Irish time).

According to the EBA and NGVA Europe, the decarbonising of the transport industry is essential in order for each member state to achieve the ambitious EU climate targets. The use of biomethane in transport would support Europe in it’s clean energy transition.

Biogas, or renewable gases, are the leading alternative fuel type which can significantly reduce CO2 in the transport sector, while reaching carbon neutral mobility. The webinar follows the recently launched new EBA – NGVA Europe leaflet which focuses on the current uptake and future potential of biomethane in a decarbonised transport sector. Click here to see the leaflet.

The invitation to the webinar will follow shortly and will include the detailed program and login details. For now, you can save the event in your calendar here.

For more information, find out about our own transport services.

EUCF Webinar for Irish Local Authorities

The EUCF Webinar successfully introduced the sustainable energy initiative to representatives from Local Authorities across the country

On Monday the 22nd June, 3cea in collaboration with Tipperary Energy Agency, hosted the EUCF Webinar for Irish Local Authorities interested in the European City Facility Initiative. The EUCF initiative is open for applicants and provides €60,000 for successful investment concepts for sustainable energy projects.

Local Authorities from across Ireland were invited to attend this webinar which Siona Daly, Ireland Country Expert, described the application process for interested parties in the EUCF initiative. 3cea were tasked with organising the webinar as the National Network for the EUCF.

The webinar was attended by almost all Local Authority representatives in the country, a highly successful turnout for what will be the first edition in the EUCF Webinar series.

The webinar was also recorded for any representatives who could not attend the online event.

Find out more information on the EUCF Initiative here.

To get advice on applying for the EUCF initiative, please contact Siona at siona@tippenergy.ie or Patrick at events@3cea.ie.

 

Housing 4.0 Energy Supply Chain Workshop

3cea will host a Housing 4.0 Workshop tailored for Suppliers, Manufacturers, Construction and Engineering Companies, Architects, Designers and other Industry Experts.

On Wednesday the 8th July, 3cea will be hosting a supply chain workshop which will discuss the Housing 4.0 Energy European project. With the help of industry experts across various sectors, the workshop will encourage participants to come together to share their knowledge and explore the aspects of sustainable energy solutions, building techniques, low carbon construction materials, sustainable manufacturing and supply chain.

In the Irish context, 3 Counties Energy Agency have teamed up with Carlow, Kilkenny and Wexford County Councils who have committed to deliver 12 Zero Energy Homes in the South East region by 2021. The focus will be on delivering a sustainable and affordable housing model which can be replicated for future use across all Local Authorities in Ireland. The project will introduce a shift in the form of modern and innovative construction techniques, technologies, materials and processes used for building new homes.

The aim of this Workshop is to introduce the Housing 4.0 Energy Irish pilot and the Digital Platform that is currently being developed for suppliers, manufacturers, architects, developers, designers of modular build houses and for other industry experts to use. A group discussion will be held on how the project can be enhanced to achieve long-term sustainability and engagement within the industry. The intention is to create knowledge sharing networks between industry experts and allow better understanding of the project goals, understand and explain how the Digital Platform can work for you and what improvements can be made to improve the system and supply chain.

One of the main outcomes of the project is a Digital Platform that will help future builders and industry experts to optimise house designs used in these pilots. The platform will allow parametric models of the pilot technologies to be created, so that the cost of subsequently replicating each design can be radically reduced. This platform will also be able to take datasets and link these to the parametric models to support future optimisation and ultimately reduce building costs by 25% and CO² emissions by 60%. Additionally, an operational and embodied energy/CO² calculation tool will be integrated into the digital platform to help identify how much energy is being used by a given design tested within the project.

Alex Hamilton and Ralf Kampe of 3cea will host the Workshop on the 8th of July 2020. The Workshop will begin at 9:30am and will involve 6 supplier presentations with a virtual round table discussion to conclude.

Date & Time: Wednesday, 8th July 2020 from 9:30am-11:00am (Irish Summer Time)
Click Here to Register

Agenda:
-Welcome Address and Introductions
-Introduction: What is Housing 4.0 Energy?
-Guest Presentations (max 10 minutes per presentation)

1) Digitization of construction, John Whyte, BREgroup, research and advisory services
2) Mass timber building, design, supply chain, Merritt Bucholz, BMCEA, Architect/Designer
3) TF systems and supply, James Mason, TTCF, Timber Frame suppliers
4) TF systems and supply, Paul Glavin, Glavloc® Building Technology, Timber Frame suppliers
5) Modular homes standard, David, Gall, BREgroup, research and advisory services
6) Building material supplier, Joe Fitzgerald, Ecologicalbuildingsystems, low carbon material supplier
7) GGBS concrete and ICF, Susan Mc Garry, Ecocem, technical aspects of GGBS concrete and ICF, embodied CO2

-Virtual round table discussion on how the project can be enhanced and the long-term sustainability & engagement within the industry
-Q&A and Close

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Workshop.

We look forward to your participation.

For any queries please contact Mari or Patrick on events@3cea.ie