In the run-up to the 21st United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris at the end of this year, ENGIE is working alongside Comité 21 and Club France Développement Durable to bring forward practical solutions to combat climate change and its effects. These innovative processes, services and products form part of the Solutions COP21 action program.
Combating soil erosion using indigenous plants – those which originate in the location concerned and reproduce there – is one example of a natural solution that protects the local plant and animal world, and helps energy facilities to cope with extreme climate events. That was the solution adopted by ENGIE in 2013 to protect its Monterey facility in Mexico against storms, violent winds, flooding and drought.
ENGIE subsidiary company Cofely Services is offering a new-generation condensing boiler that recovers the lost energy generated in the traditional condensing boiler combustion process, and re-injects it into the incoming combustion air stream. This technology maximizes the condensation effect to deliver efficiency of up to 109%.
Offered by ENGIE since last December, Energy St@rter is the first open access energy savings calculator for multiple occupancy buildings. It offers France’s 300,000 multiple occupancy buildings an initial estimate of the cost involved in energy upgrades, and the level of difficulty involved in completing the necessary work. The solution has been developed to help multiple occupancy building managers and tenants to save energy and money, at the same time as reducing the building’s environmental impact.
Created in 2011, ENGIE Rassembleurs d’Energies is a social investment fund developed by ENGIE to promote energy access for all. The objective is to increase sustainable energy access for vulnerable communities in developing countries and combat fuel poverty in developed countries. To achieve this, ENGIE Rassembleurs d’Energies offers technical and/or financial support to projects set up by social enterprises, NGOs and Foundations.
Upgrading the energy performance of your home means making it more energy efficient and saving energy as a result. As part of encouraging consumers to do the necessary work, the Banque Solfea/ENGIE partnership has designed a series of extremely low interest rate loans to offer the funding required to carry out the energy, eco-efficiency and home comfort improvements they would like to make to their homes.
Smart Grids are smart power grids which optimize energy management. In Toulouse, a 1.5 hectare business park is successfully experimenting with a new way of pooling power grids using the “Smart Grid Experience” run by Cofely Ineo, an ENGIE subsidiary. This smart energy management system has sensors to measure electricity supply and demand at various points in the network in real time, allowing production to be matched to consumption.
All-electric and hybrid vehicles offer ecological as well as economic advantages. With its CarPlug, Electrabel – ENGIE’s subsidiary in Belgium – is offering a recharging solution to owners of electric and hybrid vehicles, whatever their model. This smart sustainable mobility solution includes the installation of a dedicated line, a secure connector socket as well as tools for remote monitoring and control of recharging.
ENGIE is designing and developing the connected house of the future – a home combining extreme comfort, energy savings and security. The Beliv’ connected house allows ENGIE to test the Group’s “smart home” solutions under real-life conditions. Along with the comfort offered by programming electrical equipment, the Beliv’ home also incorporates their maintenance and is able to protect against break-ins or fires using smoke detectors and access-prevention systems. As well as managing energy consumption, the Beliv’ produces and stores its own renewable energy, which can even be resold.
The ENGIE energy upgrade solution for individual private homes offers customers A-Z support as part of an overall service package. It provides individual consumers with a series of simulation tools and the opportunity to have a thermal survey of their home. The Group then helps them to install the most appropriate solution, backed by tailored financial packages. The energy savings delivered by this solution can be as high as 50%, depending on the starting point and the type of work carried out.
Urban cooling systems offer one of the most innovative responses to the challenges of urban concentration and the need to combat heat islands in major cities. ENGIE subsidiary Climespace operates and continues to develop the City of Paris urban cooling network. The cooling services provided to the capital rely on electrical refrigeration systems, including some plants that are themselves cooled by the waters of the River Seine. This natural cooling technique known as free cooling boosts the performance of the urban cooling system by contributing a level of energy efficiency double that of standalone facilities.
ENGIE is committed to producing low-carbon energy and for several years has been developing the production of gas – biomethane, also called “green gas” – from organic animal and plant matter. By 2020, the Group hopes to create a new industrial sector producing second-generation (2G) biomethane: a synthetic gas obtained after gasification of woody biomass (wood or straw). To achieve this, the “GAYA” research and development platform will allow high-yield production of 2G biomethane, while confirming the project’s technical and economic choices.
A 100% biofuel produced from organic waste, biomethane fuel offers is a renewable energy that not only recovers energy from biowaste, but also reduces CO2, fine particulate and nitrogen emissions. ENGIE subsidiary GNVERT offers this eco-friendly fuel to companies and regional authorities keen to reduce their environmental impact. In addition to a very positive energy balance and a financial saving, this solution also reduces noise pollution to below 65 dB.
Fuel cells use a chemical reaction to convert gas to electricity in the home using a totally silent process that emits no pollutants. Their electrical energy conversion efficiency averages between 35% and 40%, although the most efficient cells can achieve 60%. This innovative natural gas solution makes it possible to become self-sufficient in generating electricity and heat for space heating and water heating. ENGIE is a partner in the Ene.field project launched in 2012 with the aim of installing 1,000 eco-generators of this type in 12 Europe countries between now and 2017 (around 40 will be installed by ENGIE in France) to evaluate their
Developed by Cylergie, the Cofely Services research center, ELENA Piscines is based on the principle of delivering precisely the right quantity of new air at precisely the right time. As the trend for constructing increasingly energy-hungry buildings continues, this solution makes significant electricity and heating input gains in covered water parks.
Biomass heating plants already deliver a good level of efficiency, and the constant flow of improvements is increasing their contribution to improving the energy performance of local authority amenities. ENGIE subsidiary Cofely Services operates 300 biomass heating plants in France as part of its commitment to generating safe, innovative renewable energy at local level.
Produced using a natural process involving the breakdown of organic waste in an oxygen-free environment, biogas provides a local source of renewable energy. In heating plants, it can be used as fuel to heat water for district heating networks, but it can also be used to generate electrical power.
ENGIE is developing solutions for supplying Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) as fuel for vehicles and ships. In maritime applications, the use of LNG cuts sulfur emissions by 90%, particulates by 95%, nitrogen oxides (NOx) by 80% and CO2 by 15-20%, compared with diesel fuel, making LNG an effective eco-friendly alternative.
The expertise of its subsidiary company Cofely made it possible for ENGIE to develop an energy optimization solution for energy super-hungry datacenters in 2009. R’Gaïa helps these specially designed buildings packed with IT equipment to save energy by using an exceptionally efficient cooling system that delivers results certificated by the internationally-recognized PUE (Power Usage and Effectiveness) measurement standard.
ENGIE subsidiary company Cofely Services has developed VERTUOZ, a Web 2.0 platform that monitors and controls building energy performance. This hi-tech solution gathers, analyzes and reports data to provide a clearer overview and understanding of building energy consumption.
A wind power plant converts the kinetic energy of the wind into mechanical energy, which is then turned into electricity. The wind power plant therefore uses wind speed to produce renewable energy with very low greenhouse gas emissions or waste. ENGIE is now the largest wind power producer in France and Belgium and an international leader with 3,668 GW installed throughout the world.
Offshore wind turbines use the power of sea winds to generate larger quantities of energy with no CO2 emissions. On average, an offshore wind generator produces around twice as much power as its onshore counterpart. Already involved in 25 offshore wind projects, ENGIE, EDP Renewables, Neoen Marine and AREVA will develop two wind parks – one at Le Tréport and the other on the islands of Yeu and Noirmoutier – in conjunction with local stakeholders.
The term ‘geothermal’ refers to the process of recovering heat from the Earth from hot rocks or reservoirs of steam or hot water deep underground. In France, ENGIE geothermal projects are the responsibility of its subsidiary company Cofely Réseaux, which in December last year set to work on a large-scale heat generation pilot scheme in the Paris Region. ENGIE is also developing geothermal technologies for power generation. The first experimental projects are now are underway in Indonesia.
Marine geothermal exploits the difference in temperature between warmer surface water and the cold water found at greater depths. Water is pumped from the sea through pipelines as long as 1 km. ENGIE is developing two major projects to exploit this renewable energy source: the Thassalia plant in Marseille – the first of its kind in France – and another on the island of La Réunion.
Generated naturally using the sun’s energy as it reaches the Earth, solar power offers an inexhaustible, natural and 100% green source of energy. Exploited and transformed into solar thermal heat or solar photovoltaic power, according to the technique used, solar energy helps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. ENGIE knows this potential, and proved it in 2012 by developing with Solar Power Group a new Concentrated Solar Power plant in Chile.
To finance its ambitious development plans in renewable energy and energy efficiency, ENGIE issued a €2.5 billion Green Bond, in 2014. The funds raised will help finance projects dedicated to the development of renewable energy and energy efficiency measures.