"Regionality" module added to ecopower certification
Munich/Morges/Essen. Increased focus on regional power generation may reduce the need for installation of additional transmission lines. TÜV SÜD has now expanded its ecopower certification by adding the "Regionality" module. The certification of Swiss energy provider Romande Energie, located in Morges, was completed successfully in 2013. TÜV SÜD will present this and further services at E-world (Hall 1 / Stand 322), held in Essen between 11 and 13 February 2014.
"Germany's energy transition not only calls for a dynamic conversion of the power generation portfolio; it also changes the requirements that must be met by green electricity products", says Klaus Nürnberger, Manager Energy Certification at TÜV SÜD Industrie Service GmbH in Munich. In this context, short, low-loss transmission and credible regional suppliers are increasingly moving into the focus of interest. "This fact should be reflected in ecopower certification products and criteria lists", says Nürnberger. Against this backdrop, TÜV SÜD has expanded its well-established "EE01" and "EE02" standards for the certification of electricity from renewable sources by adding the "Regionality" module, which verifies that the supplier produces the power in a defined region and transports it without using the cross-regional routes of the transmission network.
Certification of Swiss energy supplier Romande Energie
In October 2013 TÜV SÜD certified the regional ecopower product "Terre Romande" from the energy supplier Romande Energie in accordance with the "EE01-Region" standard. The product is part of the Contrats Energies Libres offered by Romande Energie (contracts that give customers the liberty to choose the electricity tariff they want). Certification confirms that all the electricity supplied is produced from renewable sources of energy in Western Switzerland. "This certificate strengthens the supplier's regional identity and documents that the value-added is kept in the region", says Klaus Nürnberger. "In addition, it communicates the product's tangible benefits for local electricity clients." The Terre Romande electricity product is associated with further services, such as access to tools that enable even more efficient energy use to be achieved or benefits for purchasing highly energy-efficient electrical equipment. Romande Energie is one of the largest power suppliers in Western Switzerland, supplying electricity to a total of 500,000 people in the Swiss cantons of Vaud, Valais, Fribourg and Geneva.
Biomethane, green hydrogen and sustainable mobility
At the E-world international trade fair, TÜV SÜD will also showcase its comprehensive portfolio of certification and test services for energy products including biomethane (GreenMethane) and green hydrogen (GreenHydrogen) as well as sustainable mobility (EcoMobility). The motto: credibility from source to use. To become certified, biomethane and green hydrogen must have been produced from sources recognised as renewable and must verifiably reduce greenhouse gas emissions compared to fossil energy carriers. This also applies to the use of renewable energy in sustainable mobility and transport schemes. The term EcoMobility stands for environmentally friendly, combinable and integrative modes of transport. Solutions in the field of urban planning and options such as rail transport, public transport or bike and car sharing are hoped to reduce the dependence on conventional individual transport.