The European Power Plant Suppliers Association (EPPSA) has unveiled its new vision for the European energy industry and re-launched itself as Energy Technologies Europe (ETE).

At a meeting of members and guests in Brussels it announced the new name and its mission of ‘Engineering the energy transition’. ETE President Martin Pogoreutz said that EPPSA had come to a fork in the road and that the new association was committed to providing technologies that will enable the decarbonization of the power sector before 20150.New name and low carbon focus for EPPSA

“Our membership is changing and the new name better projects the range of products and services our members produce.”

He accepted that coal would not play a part in Europe’s energy mix and that the future of gas was in question, so thermal energy needed to decarbonize. The result would be an increase in renewable generation but in turn this would lead to periods of over supply and negative pricing.

He introduced a future where Energy Hubs would produce, convert and store energy from different energy carriers, using excess renewable energy. Energy Hubs can be large or small, centralized or decentralized. They would be able to convert surplus electricity to synthetic fuels, hydrogen and use carbon looping and carbon feedstocks. ETE would work with other sectors to deliver zero emissions.

ETE is proposing the use of existing infrastructure such as gas piplelines to avoid high investment costs

Megan Richards, director of energy policy, DG Energy at the European Commission, congratulated ETE for thinking long term towards delivering energy on a low-carbon basis. She said that the Commission was also looking closely at the opportunities of hydrogen and CCS in reaching climate goals. She said that ETE’s proposals would require support if they were to be scaled up.

Dries Acke, Director of Energy Systems at the European Climate Foundation, argued that “thermal power plants are becoming a niche market and this trend is set to accelerate”. He said that there was no other path for coal if climate commitments were to be met and addd that many European countries were mandating the closure of coal-fired plants.

Marion Labatur, Director of Policy Issues at Eurelectric, noted that her own association had also rebranded this year. She welcomed the ETE initiative and said that sector coupling was important while at the same time promoting the role electrification could play in industry, heating and cooling, and transportation.

The future for thermal power in Europe and decarbonization are among the hot topics being discussed at Electrify Europe in Vienna next month, where ETE President Martin Pogoreutz will deliver a keynote speech. If you have not yet registered click here