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

3cea’s Dynamic Purchasing System – Online Information Event

We will be hosting an online information event for contractors to be part of our Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS)

The online DPS Information Event will take place on Tuesday the 15th September from 9.30am-10.30am.

The online Information Event will be seeking contractors to be part of our Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS) for the provision of goods and services for energy and climate action consultancy projects and for the provision of energy efficiency, renewable energy and retrofit works (2 lots).

The aim of this event is to provide basic information and introduce the recently published Dynamic Purchasing System to potential contractors in the energy efficiency, renewable energy and retrofitting field. We will provide helpful tips on how to register as a contractor and what you need to do to be successful.

3cea is committed to delivering the National Retrofit Programme and attracting significant investment in energy efficiency and low carbon projects in the region towards 2030. Through the DPS procurement system, 3cea will be partnering with contractors, suppliers, industry experts, technical specialists and associates to help deliver energy efficiency in the South East and beyond.

This DPS is being established for a period of ten years in accordance with the European Union (Award of Public Authority Contracts) Regulations 2016 (SI 284 of 2016) (‘the Regulations’) for the purchasing of certain energy-related goods and services and the provision of energy efficiency, renewable energy and retrofitting works divided into two lots in order to support 3cea’s strategy to deliver energy related projects and partner with experts in particular fields.

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

• Meet the 3cea team & briefing of potential works/project’s to 2030
• Understand the upcoming DPS framework and its procurement process
• Ask questions on how to get on the framework as a contractor

Alex Hamilton and Bill Lowe of 3 Counties Energy Agency will host the Information Event on the 15th of September 2020. The online event will begin at 9:30am and will involve a presentation to introduce the DPS to suppliers and a Q&A session to conclude.

Date & Time: Tuesday, 15th September 2020 at 9.30am-10.30am
Link to Register: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZItceGprTkuGd2lJP128ENbUnv7E5tLkupQ

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.

We’re Hiring!

We are currently seeking an EU Project Officer to assist with the delivery of our European focused projects. 

We consider ourselves fortunate to be in this current position, as we are currently seeking an EU Project Officer to join our team.

The new role will focus on the delivery of our European projects. The successful candidate will have a collaborative approach, will be well organised, and have an ability to take initiative.

To apply for this role, please do so through our careers page which can be accessed 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

Read more

IESA Calls for National Green Hydrogen Strategy

The Irish Energy Storage Association (IESA) has called upon the government to establish a Hydrogen Task Force to develop a National Green Hydrogen Strategy. 

Recently, the European Commission launched its strategy document entitled “A hydrogen strategy for a climate-neutral Europe” in which it states “hydrogen [is] essential to support the EU’s commitment to reach carbon neutrality by 2050 and for the global effort to implement the Paris Agreement while working towards zero pollution”. Additionally, similar hydrogen strategies have been formulated by the Netherlands, Germany and Portugal as well as China, Japan and Australia.

The Irish Energy Storage Association believes that immediate action is required from the Irish Government if we are not to be left behind by our fellow EU-Members and the wider global economy in this rapidly developing green hydrogen economy.

Read the IESA Press Release in full here.

For more information visit The Irish Energy Storage Association Website

IrBEA Bioenergy Webinar Series – Sustainable Bioenergy

Irish Bioenergy Association (IrBEA) will host the fourth instalment of the Bioenergy Webinar Series discussing Sustainable Bioenergy 

On Wednesday the 22nd of July, IrBEA will run the fourth edition of their webinar series which highlights various topics in the bioenergy space. This coming episode will discuss the topic of sustainable bioenergy, and in particular, how to achieve carbon neutrality and compliance with RED II.

In this webinar, Secretary General, Jean – Marc Jossart of Bioenergy Europe, will share his expert knowledge and insights into the bioenergy sector. He will discuss how the sector will contribute to the Renewable Energy Directive II (RED II). RED II aims to achieve a 32% renewable energy target by 2030. The EU’s recently published European Green Deal will also be addressed in this webinar as it has an aim to become a climate neutral continent by 2050. What role will bioenergy have to ensure this is achievable?

Register for this webinar here:
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_lUtlh_v8T52e88e9QLJ7zA

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

For more info: https://www.irbea.org/webinar-no-4-sustainable-bioenergy-achieving-carbon-neutrality-compliance-red-ii/

 

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.