Call for ideas for more investment in sustainable energies! Results

Many thanks for the numerous submissions to the Call for ideas! We asked for your ideas for new financing solutions and/or changes to the legal framework for sustainable energy projects (renewable energy, energy efficiency).

The SEFIPA-Team has selected three ideas on the basis of innovation, feasibility and effectiveness potential. The selected ideas will be presented as part of the Finance Lab working group meeting with stakeholders from the areas of financing, (financial) support, administration and project development to drive these suggested solutions forward and in the best case, to realise them.

 GREENPASS®- Technology

In times of global climate change and in part the wasteful treatment of resources, a sustainable future for the rational use of energy/ resources depends not only on buildings but also on neighbouring open spaces. Through optimised and targeted implementation of green infrastructure (for examle, the greening of facades and rooftops, trees, etc.), energy consumption and consequently quality of life in urban areas can be improved.

The GREENPASS® is a globally applicable planning, evalutation and certification tool for climate-resiliant (town and) building planning. By means of the simulation and analysis of a microclimate, precise statements on the performance and the effects of plants with respect to microclimate, thermal comfort, outdoor space, wind field, CO2 storage, water retention and costs/use can be made. 

This facilitates the identification of the most efficient and resource-saving solution for the application of green infrastructure on the building-level and consequently also delivers an important contribution to the optimisation of the city climate/ a climate-resilient urban living space.

Doris Schnepf, Green4Cities

The intergration of renewable power generation units and creating incentives for the acquisition of decentralised storage solutions at the source of generation

The maximisation of energy provision from renewable sources is a significant criterion for the development of a sustainable, survivable society. However the integration of relevant systems into the exisiting electricity network poses many challenges and in most places already touches on capacity limits. To get the best use out of the unstable supply of such systems (e.g. PV or wind), decentralised low voltage (battery) storage solutions are most suitable. The current tarif system provides hardly any incentive for operators of PV or wind-power generators in private of commercial settings to optimise private-use and acquire such storage solutions. The consequence is a significantly reduced hosting-capacity for renewable power generators in the distribution network. Currently the first-come, first-served principle applies. Generators can be connected into the network until the local capacities have been exhausted.

For the further integration of renewable power generators and incentive-creation for the acquisition of decentralised storage solutions at the source of generation (for optimised private-use), the following measures would be suitable:

  • The introduction of strict service limits for the end-customer: Currently based on average on ca. 2-4KW per home connection, however technically in many places much more is possible. Exceedences are normal. This advantages end-customers with high power or generation loads at the expense of all other customers in the affected network and considerably reduces the planning security for the network operator.
  • The introduction of staggered service-delivery tarifs for the end-customer: depending on requirements, appropriate tarifs for service-delivery should exist and according financial advantages provided for the end-customer. E.g comparing households with and without an electric car, there are completely different power requirements and use-profiles. Currently, the acquisition of an E-Car will be carried by the user in the same output range as all other users within the affected network.

This suggestion affects especially end-customers in the low-voltage network and their network-operators. If a respective sensitive tarif system were implemented, the following win-win situation would follow:
A cost/causer principle would follow whereby consequent end-customers with accordingly calculable power requirements would benefit, and end-customers with high peak loads would have an incentive for own optimisation.
The network operator profits mostly from a significant improvement to planning security in their network. Furthermore end-customer own optimisation should lead to reduced future investment and network-expansion costs.

Stefan Übermasser, Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT)

Sustainable Energy and Agriculture

Agriculture contributes significantly to global warming. One aspect is in the area of mobility, and the jobs/ machines used in agriculture. The impression is given that in contrast to private mobility, there is no special focus on the area of climate change/ mobility in agriculture. Specifically for machinery, intelligent decarbonisation could be implementated. A comparably simple example for irrigation is the conversion from fossil-based (old tractor) to renewable (electric irrigation), so a power connection is available.

Alongside expensive cable laying, the use of decentralised charging points, for example from wind turbines, would be an option. However according to wind power operators, in most cases this is blocked by the OeMAG feed-in regulations. If a modification or at least an exemption rule could be intrdouced through which wind power operators can sell »ex work« electricity, new opportunities for the decarbonisation of agricultre via for example plug-and-play solutions or battery charging for future e-tractors etc could be opened.

Johannes Naimer