Project Archive | 2015

Assessment of trade-offs between demand-side management and energy efficiency

Client: Swiss Federal Office of Energy (SFOE)
Switzerland has set ambitious efficiency targets to help it meet its 2050 energy goals. Our client wanted to understand if these could be endangered by potential efficiency losses due to the implementation of flexible demand-side management (DSM). While DSM is one way to reduce the supply-demand mismatch caused by a growing share of variable renewable electricity generation, it could also result in energy intensive processes being run in suboptimal operation modes. E4tech reviewed commercial and industrial DSM potential in Switzerland and applied a multi-criteria ranking to identify representative examples for detailed case studies. We then interviewed industry experts and analysed operation patterns before and after DSM implementation for three applications: cement mills, deep-freeze warehouses, and waste-water treatment plants, looking at the expected impacts on efficiency. The final report contains application-specific recommendations and an informed discussion of the trade-offs between demand-side management and energy efficiency, to help the client in tailoring its funding policy.

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Assessment of UK cold needs and sources

Client: British technology developer
Our client was interested in the potential for meeting ‘cold’ needs (e.g. refrigeration, air conditioning, cryogenic gas production) more efficiently through integration with ‘wasted’ cold resources (e.g. LNG terminals, cryogenic gases, gas let-down stations), and the role their novel technology could play in facilitating this. We performed a bottom-up assessment of the UK ‘cold demand’ as well as an assessment of the wasted ‘cold resource’ which could be exploited.

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Water electrolyser market assessment

Client: Global Chemicals Company
The client required an assessment of the current water electrolyser market and its potential. We reviewed and summarised current technology, its cost base, and the potential for cost reduction and performance improvement. We assessed the current market and players, and their competitive positions, and then considered both new market areas (e.g. ‘power-to-gas’ and new market entrants before delivering a detailed report to the client.

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Fuel cell supply chain risk assessment

Client: Global Component Supplier
The Board of the company requested an external and objective perspective on one of the company’s key clients, to assist in future engagements. We reviewed and evaluated the company’s technology status, cost trajectory, market engagement and strategic direction, and provided feedback and suggestions on their likely trajectory and the key risks faced. Our assessment is being used as input to further strategy development.

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