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Building Energy Management Systems (BEMS) market to hit $8.7bn

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The global BEMS market will reach $8,713.4 million by 2025, growing at a 12% CAGR, according to new research.

Data from ResearchandMarkets asserts that BEMS is a globally evolving market that is poised for double-digit growth for the next 7 years, primarily driven by the trend of high peak demand charges, customers’ commitment towards sustainability, energy efficiency regulations, state incentives for buildings to install energy management systems, the increasing energy efficiency contracts market, and increasing customer know-how about BEMS.

The research outfit says technologies that take the home and building technologies industry to the next phase of evolution – such as artificial intelligence, increasing Internet of Things (IoT)-enabled devices, data analytics, edge analytics, cloud solutions, and business model innovation – have also had a positive impact on the BEMS market.

In addition, new BEMS entrants and emerging participants will change the market dynamics by adopting cutting-edge technologies into their products and by adopting customer-centric business models.

Waste2Tricity and PowerHouse Energy push solution for plastic waste

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Waste2Tricity (W2T) has signed a binding heads of terms for engineering services with PowerHouse Energy (PHE), giving it exclusive rights to use innovative technology that turns waste plastic into hydrogen, which can be used for transport fuel. 

The company says the technology has potential to not only create a green fuel but to clean up plastic from our oceans.

W2T are the exclusive developer in the UK and South East Asia, including Japan and South Korea for the Powerhouse PLC DMG (distributes modular generation) for Waste plastic to hydrogen and electricity. 

This converts unrecyclable plastic into high-grade hydrogen for use as a transport fuel, whilst also generating power for export by private wire or to the grid.

The technology has been developed by Powerhouse Energy over several years at the University of Chester Energy Centre.  The plastics to hydrogen plant will be located at their 54-acre Protos site near Ellesmere Port in Cheshire.

Waste2Tricity are fundraising and currently in discussions with large institutional investors and hope to expand across the UK for future projects with a vision for it to be scaled out globally.

John Hall, chairman, Waste2Tricity said: “We are excited to be the exclusive representative for the Powerhouse DMG system in a number of geographical regions particularly in South East Asia, where 90% of Ocean plastic emanates from.  

“Signing this agreement with PowerHouse Energy means this technology will soon be ready for a large scale roll out to eliminate the bulk of ocean plastics and making hydrogen the go-to fuel for the future.”

The next stage of development will focus on switching the technology to allow it to produce hydrogen for use in a distributed hydrogen network as well as syngas production for generating electricity.

The Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contract is in negotiation and planning application for the development of the plant at Ellesmere Port is expected to be submitted in Spring 2019.

Subject to planning approval the plant could be operational later this year.

Interactive map pinpoints global lead battery energy storage installations

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A digital map detailing more than 120 lead battery-powered energy storage projects has been unveiled by the Consortium for Battery Innovation (CBI).

The map, published online for the Energy Storage Association’s annual conference held in Phoenix, Arizona, includes diverse case studies demonstrating successful lead battery energy storage installations from the United States, Asia and Europe.

The feature is included on the Consortium for Battery Innovation’s website

Through a range of case studies, the map details how lead battery storage is supporting utility and renewable energy systems. This includes providing back-up for local power grids and supplying off-grid electricity to power remote communities. 

CBI Director Dr Alistair Davidson said: “We are seeing growing interest in lead battery energy storage for utility and renewables systems all over the world. The aim of this initiative is to highlight some of these installations and encourage companies to share other examples we can highlight demonstrating the variety of projects currently in place.” 

“Our analysis suggests demand for battery energy storage will increase significantly in the next five years. This new tool will allow us to demonstrate that the latest lead battery technology is supporting a wide range of installations with reliable, safe, sustainable and cost-effective energy storage. 

“A focus of CBI is to conduct pre-competitive research to support development of the next generation of lead batteries which will significantly extend both battery life and performance, to support diverse energy systems and electrification.” 

Do you specialise in Waste Management solutions? We want to hear from you!

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Each month on Energy Management Briefing we’re shining the spotlight on a different part of the market – and in May we’ll be focussing on Waste Management solutions.

It’s all part of our ‘Recommended’ editorial feature, designed to help energy management buyers find the best products and services available today.

So, if you’re a supplier of Waste Management solutions and would like to be included as part of this exciting new shop window, we’d love to hear from you – for more info, contact Lisa Rose on 01992 374077 /

Here are the areas we’ll be covering in 2019, month by month:

May – Waste Management
June – Energy Efficient Solutions
July – Data Collection & Management
August – Water Management
September – Solar PV
October – Lighting
November – HVAC
December – Water Strategy

For more information on any of the above, contact Lisa Rose on 01992 374077 /

Buyers & suppliers converge at the Energy Management Summit

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Registration is now open for VIP delegate spaces and supplier stands at the Energy Management Summit, which takes place on September 30th & October 1st 2019 at the Radisson Blu Hotel, London Stansted.

The Summit is a highly focused event that brings customer care professionals together for one-to-one business meetings, interactive seminars and valuable networking opportunities.

Throughout this two-day event delegates will meet with credible solution providers who will be able to talk through projects, concerns and obstacles, offering the best advice as well cost saving solutions.

Attendees will also learn about the latest energy management trends in educational seminar sessions led by some of the industry’s leading lights.

Here’s what former delegates have to say about the event:

“Excellent event, which had a focused and relevant selection of suppliers. A valuable day. Focused face-to-face format is excellent” – Babcock International – Energy Manager 

“Really benefitted from the event. I would recommend to colleagues in the future” – Network Rail – Energy Scheme Project Manager 

“A really worthwhile day, excellent networking with a wide range of suppliers” – Allied Bakeries – National Operations Engineering Manager 

“The seminars are brilliant. Face-to-face meetings are paramount and the way forward” – Building Heroes – Head of General Services 

Sarah Hendy, Managing Director at Forum Events, said: “We know time is precious for energy management professionals, so that’s why we put everything under one roof – delegates and suppliers tell us who they want to meet with and we handle all the details.

“The Summit is also a tremendous opportunity to learn new skills and network with peers – we look forward to welcoming everyone on the day.”

To secure a complimentary delegate place, call James Jones on 01992 374064 or email

To attend as a supplier, call Lisa Rose on 01992 374077 or email

For more information, visit

Energy management systems market hit $25.9bn in 2018

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The global energy management systems market was valued at $25.88 billion last year and is expected to register a CAGR of 13.78% by 2024.

The figures, from ResearchandMarkets, pinpoint an increasing focus on managing energy consumption, optimizing the use of renewable energy sources, reducing the carbon footprint and greenhouse gas emissions as the main drivers of EMS growth.

Meanwhile, the increasing usage of smart grid services, growing competition among industrial enterprises, cost efficiency increasing the demand from emerging economies and government policies and incentives are some of the secondary factors augmenting the growth of the market.

The report says rapid advancements in technology have led to greater insights into energy procurement and energy usage globally and help in gaining competitive advantage, and increase productivity at a reduced energy cost.

However, lack of skilled personnel, lack of awareness among stakeholders, lack of finance and non-standardized guidelines have served as a key impediment hindering the growth of the market.

Power and Energy to take biggest slice

Research andMarkets says demand for electricity in the non-residential sector has been rising over the last few years owing to new entrants in the manufacturing industry, increasing production activity from various industries including chemical, electronics, and automotive, which is expected to fuel the market.

Increasing power generation through the renewable source of energy is expected to witness exponential growth owing to the growing awareness regarding the environmental impact of fossil fuels, further propelling the growth of the market.

United States to account for majority of market

The energy management systems market in the United States looms large as residential, commercial and industrial consumers continue to drive adoption in order to realize energy savings.

The US is currently ranked as the second largest consumer of electricity after China. Several key federal policy directives, rising energy costs, stringent regulations concerning greenhouse gas emissions, and growing awareness about the benefits of automation, are major factors driving the market in the United States.

Furthermore, the presence of major energy management system companies like Siemens, coupled with the evolution of new concepts and major technological contributions, are further fuelling the demand for these solutions in North America.

Leading edge demonstrators to ‘jumpstart energy revolution’

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Four smart energy systems demonstrator projects across the UK have been announced by Energy and Clean Growth Minister Claire Perry.

From charging electric vehicles and managing heating and power through machine learning to storing power with lithium ion batteries and using heat pumps, the projects are designed to show how energy innovation can be put together to provide cheaper, cleaner energy for users.

The projects are:

  • The Energy Superhub, Oxford, led by Pivot Power LLP
  • ReFLEX Orkney, Orkney, led by the European Marine Energy Centre
  • Project Leo (Local Energy Oxfordshire), led by Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks
  • Smart Hub SLES, West Sussex, led by Advanced Infrastructure

Perry said: “We are at the start of a green revolution, as we move to more digital, data-driven smart systems that will bring us cleaner and cheaper energy. These projects, backed by government funding, are set to spark a transformation and change the way we interact with energy for the better as part of our modern Industrial Strategy.

“We’re excited to see how these businesses and project partners reveal how innovative tech, such as energy storage, heat networks and electric vehicles, can set us on the path to a smarter energy future. This is tomorrow’s world, today.”

Rob Saunders, Deputy Challenge Director, Prospering from the Energy Revolution, UK Research and Innovation said: “We all need energy systems that are cheaper, cleaner and consumer-friendly. We have a great opportunity with these demonstrators to show just how innovation can deliver this energy ambition for the future. Supported by the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, these projects can drive investment, create high-quality jobs and grow companies with export potential.”

As part of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, the £102.5 million Prospering from the Energy Revolution Challenge will develop cutting-edge capabilities in local systems that deliver cleaner, cheaper and more resilient energy for consumers, while also creating high-value jobs for the UK.

The challenge brings together businesses working with the best research and expertise to transform the way energy is delivered and used. This includes providing energy in ways that consumers want by linking low-carbon power, heating and transport systems with energy storage and advanced IT to create intelligent local energy systems and services.

The funding is awarded competitively by UK Research and Innovation, the new organisation that brings together the UK Research Councils, Innovate UK and Research England into a single organisation to create the best environment for research and innovation to flourish.

Projects must demonstrate new, smarter, local energy approaches at scale, which can:

  • provide cleaner, cheaper, more desirable energy services for the end user lead to more prosperous and resilient communities
  • prove new business models that are suitable for investment and can grow and replicate in the 2020s
  • provide evidence on the impacts and efficiency of novel energy system approaches by the early 2020s

Battery thermal management needs highlighted by EV research

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Frost & Sullivan research has revealed battery capacity has increased by more than 50kWh across all plug-in hybrid/battery electric vehicles (PHEVs/BEVs), while 150+kW batteries now come with fast-charging capabilities.

These advances in battery technologies are creating a parallel need for a battery thermal management system (BTMS) to ensure higher mile range, longer life, and superior battery performance.

While passive thermal management, such as air-cooled systems, will be the key technology for HEVs, liquid cooling and active thermal management will be popular among PHEVs and BEVs.

“The use of liquid glycol through cooling tubes and plates between modules will not only help original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) maintain battery efficiency but also allow their vehicles to achieve compliance with stringent battery standards,” said Arvind Noel Xavier Leo, Industry Analyst, Mobility. 

“In the future, OEMs will adopt active thermal management systems that centralise all thermal needs for battery, motor, power electronics, and cabin temperature.”

Frost & Sullivan’s recent analysis, ‘Global Analysis of Electric Battery Market and Battery Thermal Management System for Electric and Hybrid Vehicles, Forecast to 2025,’ provides in-depth analyses of BTMS and highlights the current and future products of manufacturers. The study covers the markets of Europe (Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom), China, South Korea, Japan, and North America (the United States).

“Prismatic cells are the most preferred cell structure due to their high energy density and compact packaging, and present significant opportunities for high-end passive BTMS due to their thermal instability,” noted Leo. “Most OEMs are outsourcing battery cells for EVs and hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs), and assembling the module and pack in-house. LG Chem, Panasonic, Samsung SDI, and Sanyo will be the key cell suppliers for western OEMs, whereas BYD, CATL, and CALB will be the key battery manufacturers in China and will look to adopt western OEM technology.”

More information on the analysis can be found here:

There’s a VIP ticket for you at the Energy Management Summit

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Claim your free VIP ticket for this year’s Energy Management Summit, which takes place on September 30th and October 1st.

You can confirm your place by clicking here.

This unique event takes place at the Radisson Blu Hotel, London Stansted.

The Summit will give you access to innovative and budget-saving suppliers for a series of pre-arranged, face-to-face meetings based on your requirements. You can also attend a series of seminars, and network with like-minded peers.

Overnight accommodation, all meals and refreshments plus an invitation to our gala dinner with entertainment, are included.

If this would be useful for your business, please confirm your attendance here [].

Places are limited, so register your free place here.

Or for more information call James Jones on 01992 374064 or email

To attend as a supplier, call Lisa Rose on 01992 374077 or email

Welsh government sets out carbon goals

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The Welsh Government has published what it calls a ‘robust and detailed cross-government plan’ to cut emissions and fight climate change.

Prosperity for All: A Low Carbon Wales sets out how the country will meet its first carbon budget and lays the foundations for it will achieve an ambitious target of reducing the greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80% by 2050.

It sets out 100 priorities and policies across all areas of government, including:

  • Increasing tree planting to initially at least 2,000 hectares per year and then to double that to 4,000 hectares as rapidly as possible
  • Commissioning an independent feasibility study on carbon capture use and storage
  • Reducing emissions from power generation in Wales, including using our consenting, planning and permitting powers and developing a policy position on the fuels used to generate power
  • Encouraging take-up of electric vehicles by developing a rapid charging network
  • A bold ambition for buses, taxis and private hire vehicles to be zero emission  by 2028
  • Reviewing building regulations to explore how higher energy efficiency standards can be set for new builds
  • Working with partners to include more about sustainability and decarbonisation in the new curriculum
  • Providing fruit and fuel trees for the entire Mount Elgon region in Uganda by 2030.

The First Minister will confirm £4 million to support community-led low carbon projects. This includes £1.3 million for CARE – a community benefit society in Pembrokeshire, to help the Cwm Arian community become a low-carbon community.

A Low Carbon Wales was launched at the Coal Exchange in Cardiff – once the heart of the global coal trade – in a symbol of Wales’ commitment to move forward and become a leader in clean energy technologies.

The plan is the result of collaborative working, with input from people and organisations across Wales, including young people.

The First Minister said: “It’s impossible not to be inspired by the passion we have seen from younger generations, although I wouldn’t advocate young people missing school.

“Our younger generations recognise the action we fail to take to make improvements to our environment now could have catastrophic consequences for their futures.

“In Wales, we developed and introduced ground-breaking legislation, requiring us to consider the impact the decisions and policies we make will have on future generations.

“This is why we are inviting young people to be a part of the conversation, to help embolden us to make the changes that are needed for their future.”

Cardiff University has been selected to lead a new £5 million centre to explore how to achieve the rapid and far-reaching emissions cuts required to address climate change.

It will focus on challenging areas of everyday life that contribute substantially to climate change, but which have proven stubbornly resistant to change. These include consumption of goods and physical products, food and diet, travel, and heating/cooling in buildings.

Welsh Government says it has worked closely with researchers at Cardiff University and its other partner organisations to shape the projects planned by the Centre.

The new Centre’s Director, Professor Lorraine Whitmarsh of Cardiff University, said: “While there is now international momentum on action to tackle climate change, it is clear that critical targets, such as keeping global temperature rise to well within 2 degrees Celsius relative to pre-industrial levels, will be missed without fundamental transformations across all parts of society.

“At the Centre for Climate Change and Social Transformations we recognise that climate change is an emergency that requires action on a far greater scale than has been seen so far. Prosperity for All: A Low Carbon Wales recognises that everyone has a role to play. We will address the fundamental question of how we can live differently and better, in ways that meet the need for these systemic, deep and rapid emission reductions.”