Energy Monitor reporter Dave Keating (right) speaks with Marco Baresi, institutional affairs director at Turboden, at COP27’s Italian Pavilion in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.

Energy efficiency may seem like an obvious solution to the current energy security crisis, but it isn’t always grasped because there are significant hurdles. Marco Baresi from the Italian company Turboden, part of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, was at COP27 to tell people about a new energy efficiency in gas infrastructure project it is developing in Egypt.

The Dahshour Project is the first in the world to adopt a scheme to recover waste heat in gas infrastructure transportation stations using Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) technology. This project, with financial support from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, is developing a gas compressor station with around 70% increased pumping capacity.

“The technology is available, proven and economically feasible at the current stage,” Baresi said. “We need to be more committed in increasing efficiency and reducing the cost of the technology in order to make this project more available for the market.

“We are in the transition period, so we have not to think to switch from fossil fuel to renewable in one day,” he added, to emphasise the value of this kind of energy efficiency in gas infrastructure projects.

Turboden is a global leader in the design, manufacture and maintenance of ORC systems highly suitable for distributed generation. These systems can generate electric and thermal power from multiple sources including renewables (biomass, geothermal energy, solar energy), traditional fuels and waste heat.

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Beyond energy efficiency in gas infrastructure at COP27:

Reporter Nour Ghantous and senior writer Dave Keating reported from COP27 in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, on behalf of Energy Monitor and our parent company, GlobalData. They provided the data-led analysis you have come to expect from Energy Monitor but also something new: video interviews with business leaders, policymakers and campaigners. We encourage you to browse our coverage of the conference. You can also sign up for our free biweekly newsletter here.

COP27 coverage includes:

Opinion: COP27: A little less conversation, a little more action, please, by Katie Kouchakji (22 November)

What crypto, web3 and data storage can do for the climate, by Dave Keating (22 November)

Adaptation lessons from Israel’s Negev Desert: A source of climate hope, by Nick Ferris (22 November)

Opinion: COP27 concludes with loss and damage fund but no increased mitigation ambition, by Dave Keating (21 November)

COP27: At summit’s end, NGOs welcome loss and damage agreement but decry no increased mitigation, by Dave Keating (21 November)

COP27: “We need stable supply chains for the development of renewables”, by Dave Keating (18 November)

COP27: Should the energy crisis make the world re-evaluate the feasibility of a coal phase-out?, by Dave Keating (18 November)

Opinion: EU’s new 57% target is more about communication than increased ambition, by Dave Keating (18 November)

COP27: Indigenous leader warns against leaving out ancestral knowledge, by Nour Ghantous (18 November)

COP27: “Key decision-makers are presenting decarbonisation as something expensive and difficult”, by Dave Keating (17 November)

Too few rules on fossil fuels? The limitations of Mark Carney’s GFANZ alliance, by Polly Bindman (17 November)

Carbon markets at COP27: What’s holding up negotiations on Article 6?, by Nour Ghantous (17 November)

COP27: The underdogs did most of the work in week one. Now what?, by Nour Ghantous (16 November)

What do companies need from COP27?, by Dave Keating (16 November)

COP 27: Warsaw’s mayor has come with a very different message than the Polish government, by Dave Keating (16 November)

The interwoven fortunes of carbon markets and indigenous communities, by Oliver Gordon (16 November)

COP27: Deep geothermal “superhot rock energy” could be key to climate action, by Dave Keating (16 November)

COP27: “Energy efficiency should not be neglected” – Danfoss, by Nour Ghantous (15 November)

One year on, is coal being consigned to history?, by Dave Keating (15 November)

COP27: Cities are essential in the climate fight, says former Lord Mayor of Dublin, by Dave Keating (14 November)

Opinion: Why climate action will fail without more women at the table, by Philippa Nuttall (14 November)

COP27: “Green hydrogen is one of the bright spots of this COP” – Jonas Moberg, CEO of GH2, by Nour Ghantous (14 November)

COP27: Ukraine energy company DTEK maintains net-zero goal, by Nour Ghantous (14 November)

Opinion: COP27 comes after a year of unfulfilled COP26 promises, by Nick Ferris (11 November)

COP27: Data science can strengthen climate action, by Nour Ghantous (11 November)

COP27: Alpine Group proffers recycled textiles to combat climate, by Nour Ghantous (10 November)

Why the financial odds are stacked against developing countries, by Isabeau van Halm and Polly Bindman (9 November)

COP27: International Labour Organization wants to see a just transition “actually implemented”, by Nour Ghantous (9 November)

COP27 take note: Climate tech funding has soared in 2022, by Eric Johansson (9 November)

COP27: How countries compare on carbon emissions and pledges, by Nick Ferris (7 November)

COP27: Mattie Yeta, CGI’s chief sustainability officer, on the first-ever ‘metaverse COP’, by Nour Ghantous (7 November)

Which countries are already at net zero?, by Nick Ferris (25 October)

COP27: Manage your expectations, by Nour Ghantous (21 September)