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    Production and transport of energy

    We create concepts for reconstruction and development of energy production and transport.

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    Energy concepts and feasibility studies

    We process energy concept and feasibility studies with regard to the maximum benefit of the customer so that the outputs are technically and economically feasible.

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    Financing of energy efficiency projects

    We help customers with drawing from the EU structural funds, national grants or funding from savings projects.

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    Alternative energy sources

    We help to realize projects using alternative energy sources - renewable and secondary energy sources.

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    Energy audits and inspections

    We create energy audits of smaller buildings and higher technology units and perform inspections of energy systems.

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    Energy services and EPC

    An important area that we deal with are energy services with guaranteed savings (Energy Performance Contracting - EPC).

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    Energy Consulting and Information Centre

    We offer free energy consultations for individuals and organizations (so called EKIS centre funded by Ministry of Industry and Trade).

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    Efficient driving and alternative fuels

    We are promoting efficient driving, dealing with the reduction of fuel consumption and alternative fuels in transport.

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    Information and education

    We create publications for the public and professionals, organize seminars and conferences and contribute to raise awareness of energy savings.

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    Reducing energy consumption of buildings

    We are dealing with the energy efficiency of buildings and participate in the creation of new legislation.

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    Energy labels and ecodesign

    We are engaged in energy efficiency appliances, energy labels, ecodesign and green procurement.

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    Lighting

    We are looking for energy savings in households lighting, commercial lighting and street lighting systems.

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    Energy performance certificates of buildings

    We create energy performance certificates of buildings.

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    International cooperation

    We work on international projects dealing with energy savings. We work within the EU and also other countries.

Analysis of the benefi ts and costs of the operational support for renewable heat implementation

Analysis of the benefi ts and costs of the operational support for renewable heat implementation

The detailed analysis evaluates the benefits and costs associated with the proposed introduction of operational support for heat production from renewable sources (which was incorporated into the text of the new law on promoted energy sources debated by the Parliament of the Czech Republic in the second half of 2011). The purpose of the introduction of operational support for heat is to strengthen the competitiveness of solid biomass use in the heating plants (i.e. energy efficient and generally less costly) which, due to the introduction of system support of electricity production, lags behind the competitive prices offered by major sources that use biomass fuels in the form of biomass co-incineration for primary production. The introduction of such support would also help in meeting the new development objectives of the country by 2020, which will newly include heat and fuels designed for final consumption (including transport). The current rate of effective use of energy from biomass fuels is relatively low, owing to the widespread burning in condensing power plants, and the targeted support for heat production could help to correct this negative trend. It would then also increase the supply of biomass fuels on the market (thanks to its ability to also use the more expensive alternatives).

Renewable energy source for a central heat source in Bechyně

Renewable energy source for a central heat source in Bechyně

The project concerns the construction of a biomass boiler in the heat management system of the town of Bechyně, in which biomass combustion makes up 80% of total heat production. Part of the project is the technological connection of two separate heat sources. An energy audit was compiled within this project, which forms an annex to the grant application from the Operational Programme Enterprise and Innovation 2007-2013 ECO-ENERGY.

Biomass Action Plan – energy and technological use of biomass

Biomass Action Plan – energy and technological use of biomass

The Ministry of Agriculture of the Czech Republic has decided to update the Biomass Action Plan for the Czech Republic (hereinafter referred to as the “BAP”), whose first version was drafted in 2007 and is valid for the years 2008 to 2010. The area of energy and technological use of biomass is a very important part of the Action Plan, and SEVEn, as one of the team members, was delegated the task of its preparation. The goal of SEVEn’s contribution was to assess the different ways of primary energy conversion in organic matter into usable forms of energy and, at the same time, to recommend the further development of the sector with regard to the potential of various available forms of biomass. The recommendations confirmed the need in future policy for a clear preference for waste and by-products of agricultural and food production whose use is not in conflict with food security yet provides an interesting potential exploitable at reasonable economic costs. At the same time, the priority should be given to increasing the efficiency of conversion processes, which currently often lags far behind the possibilities of contemporary technologies.

Consideration of proposals for the promotion of renewable source heat production

Consideration of proposals for the promotion of renewable source heat production

The study’s goal was to assess two proposals for the promotion of heat production systems from renewable energy sources in the Czech Republic. The former proposal was a bonus model (the system of charges levied into the fund that provides subsidies, i.e. bonuses for producers of heat from renewable sources). The latter was a system of white certificates issued for renewable source heat producers that can be applied to reduce the energy tax base. Additionally, the method of promoting investment in construction of renewable energy heat production sources was also assessed. At the beginning of the analysis, the target of the promotion policy was defined – the share of renewable energy sources (RES) in the production of thermal energy in TWh in 2020, which would contribute adequately to achieving the target share of energy from renewable sources in gross total energy consumption set for 2020 by Directive 2009/28/EC. For both systems, recommendations were further concluded concerning the main parameters of systems to achieve the above-stated target use of RES in heat production. Both systems were assessed against the list of key criteria, especially in terms of environmental effectiveness, economic efficiency, the total amount of additional costs, administrative costs, private costs and the state budget. At the end of the study, alternatives based on this analysis are offered to the proposed systems for further consideration.