Project Archive | 2016

Evaluation of technology options in the water and wastewater treatment

Our client, a global conglomerate, had identified sustainability as a major growth driver and water specifically as a field for investment. E4tech was engaged to apply its knowledge of sustainable technologies and provide an evaluation of different water and waste water treatment technologies, with regards to their potential for investment. From a list of 15 pre-selected technologies, E4tech came up with a short list of the most promising technologies, looking specifically at their market perspectives, innovation and IP potential, capacity to address specific challenges in our client’s key investment sectors (Food & Beverage, Oil & Gas, Power and Ballast Water Treatment). The selected technologies were used to provide our client with a list of potential candidate companies active in the relevant technologies and sectors. A detailed profile and grading in terms of investment potential were provided for 13 companies, ranging from start-ups to multinationals.

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Development of a roadmap for hydrogen and fuel cells in the UK to 2025 and beyond

E4tech led a public-private roadmapping exercise to drive sustainable economic growth in the UK hydrogen and fuel cell industry in the period to 2025 and beyond. Our clients were Innovate UK, the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), Transport Scotland, Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise, UK Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association (UKHFCA), Scottish Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association (SHFCA), and the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN). E4tech, working with Element Energy, developed 11 mini roadmaps covering different applications for hydrogen and fuel cells, analysing their potential by 2025, role to 2050, and benefits to the UK. We consulted on these widely, running ten workshops around the UK, and through multiple stakeholder interviews. We brought the mini-roadmaps together into an overall national roadmap highlighting actions needed between now and 2025 to realise benefits from early deployment, and to provide the evidence needed to underpin decisions needed on UK energy systems to 2050.

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UK Capabilities and Opportunities in Low Carbon Propulsion

Client: UK Advanced Propulsion Centre

The APC (the delivery arm of the UK Automotive Council), commissioned a thorough review of the automotive sector’s low carbon propulsion technology requirements and the UK’s ability to serve these needs.  This important report informed UK industrial policy as well as guiding the innovation efforts of many UK companies. The work identified new technology-led opportunities for the UK automotive industry across all market segments, also recognising areas where UK lacks competitive advantage. Working very closely with Ricardo, E4tech’s primary tasks included developing and running an industry-wide survey (with global reach), conducting in-depth stakeholder interviews and playing a major part in the strategic analysis and synthesis of findings.

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Emissions Toolkit for Chinese City Policymakers

Client: UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office

E4tech was commissioned to design and develop an open and intuitive spreadsheet-based CO2 and pollutant emissions calculator for cities in China. The toolkit allows local policy makers to quantify the impact of introducing different policies affecting vehicle stock and vehicle-kilometres travelled on total pollutant and CO2 emissions. These policies include the introduction of vehicle emission standards, vehicle sales taxation & incentives as well as introducing low emission zones and parking restrictions for certain types of vehicles.

The project was successfully delivered in close collaboration with our Chinese partner Innovation Center for Energy & Transportation, allowing us to combine E4tech’s deep understanding of fuel and vehicle emissions with a strong Chinese context.

E4tech also provided a comprehensive user manual and led a workshop in the pilot cities of Shenzhen and Guangzhou on the use of the calculator.

Details on the workshop and the calculator, manual and policy recommendations are available online.

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Identifying market opportunities for methanol derived fuels in EU transportation

Client: Methanol Institute

In 2016 E4tech completed an independent study for the global methanol industry body to identify opportunities to increase the share of methanol derived fuels used in EU transport. The work applied an analytical and consultative approach to assess all of the potential applications for methanol fuelling, narrowing them on the basis of techno-economic, regulatory and stakeholder considerations to a priority list of five predominantly heavy duty transport areas. Barriers to uptake were identified in detail and a fully costed work programme required to unlock these markets proposed, including measures such as testing programmes, information campaigns and legislation requests at EU and member state level. The work report and board presentation were well-received and the programme is under way.

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Policies for Storing Renewable Energy (RE-STORAGE)

Client: IEA-RETD

Energy storage is unique. It combines aspects of demand, generation and infrastructure, and often links different sectors of the energy system. It could strongly influence the energy transition. But it is largely unclear what specific role storage could play in the future energy system and especially how it will interact with markets and regulation. IEA-RETD asked E4tech to help clarify that, focusing especially on the links between energy storage and increased renewable energy. They asked us to identify “no regrets” policy recommendations to strengthen the role of storage in integrating renewable energy sources in the energy system.

To get insight from the inherent complexity, we looked at storage from four distinct perspectives:

  1. Taking a system approach to energy transition policies
  2. The influence of market frameworks shaped by the legacy system
  3. Understanding the performance of storage technologies
  4. The privileged position of system operators

We developed recommendations to support stakeholders in shaping coherent policies for storage. We also identified approaches to reduce or eliminate barriers for its deployment.

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Efficient Domestic use of Woody Biomass in Serbia

Client: GIZ (Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit)
E4tech is leading a three year project for GIZ (a German sustainable development organisation) which aims to improve the efficient domestic use of woody biomass in Serbia, part of the wider GIZ programme on the “Development of a Sustainable Bioenergy Market in Serbia”. The work includes advisory services to national and subnational government institutions on policy and regulatory matters as well as the implementation of concrete measures in two pilot regions.

The project team works with local manufacturers as well as distributors and dealers to improve the availability of more efficient appliances produced in Serbia and abroad. It will also support local institutions to improve the quality of the current infrastructure for wood fuels and biomass-fired appliances for heating and cooking.

A baseline study, including household surveys, has been carried out in the two pilot regions to understand the current heating and wood drying patterns, the efficiency of used technologies, and the existing supply chain for firewood. Households and other users and suppliers of firewood will be encouraged to use dried wood and switch to using more efficient appliances for heating and cooking. This will be achieved through a mix of interventions including awareness raising and development of new financing schemes for efficient appliances.

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