Renewables
‘Fintech’ helps power the green energy revolution ‘Fintech’ helps power the green energy revolution

From “cryptocurrencies” to crowdfunding, innovative financial technology offers new ways for citizens to get involved in green energy projects, and to reap the benefits of the clean power produced

July 2017
Solar energy: “googling” your roof Solar energy: “googling” your roof

Internet users can assess the solar potential of their roofs through a platform developed by Google. The online “calculator”, which was only accessible in the US, has now reached Europe, starting in Germany

June 2017
Crowdfunding boosts green power Crowdfunding boosts green power

King’s Lodge, in the English county of Wiltshire, has 96 solar panels producing around 20,000 kilowatt hours of electricity a year. The school is one of 19 in the UK that joined a project which attracted 770-thousand-euros of crowdfunding

May 2017
When crowdfunding is Sharia compliant When crowdfunding is Sharia compliant

Starting at the bottom, creating a tangible project, sharing and limiting risk. This is what crowdfunding and Islamic finance is all about when they come together

May 2017
Green energy and politics: crowdfunding to the rescue? Green energy and politics: crowdfunding to the rescue?

The pressure’s on for countries to honour their climate change commitments. But US President Donald Trump is threatening to tear up the Paris agreement and the UK’s quitting the EU. So where does this leave the green energy sector? Step in crowdfunding, which aims to capitalise

May 2017
Assessing wind resources in our cities Assessing wind resources in our cities

Urban environments are challenging locations for small wind turbines. Moreover, the sector must deal with cases of small turbines poorly sited and installed by companies that are more interested in appearing green than actually being environmental friendly

May 2017
Small wind turbines: the art of disguise Small wind turbines: the art of disguise

Small wind turbines may be a lot smaller than their towering relations, but their visual impact in an urban area can still be a source of concerns. It’s up to developers to find smart ideas and designs to integrate them into communities – and to convince locals that they’re the way forward

April 2017
Money-saving small wind turbines: myth or reality? Money-saving small wind turbines: myth or reality?

Small wind turbines promise a decentralised and clean energy source, but what can be done to make them more cost effective? At the moment, better use of feed-in tariffs is recognised as a potentially effective tool for boosting the small wind turbine industry beyond subsidies. Ultimately though, it will be innovation in design that makes small turbines more competitive

March 2017
Small wind turbines: navigating the ‘jungle’ Small wind turbines: navigating the ‘jungle’

While large scale wind turbines gather momentum, the installation of smaller ones in Europe is progressing very slowly. One of the major problems is the lack of certified machines. Turbine producers are put off by the high costs of the certification procedures

February 2017
Green energy: will French and German elections bring wind of change? Green energy: will French and German elections bring wind of change?

The future of energy production is set to be a crunch issue in this year’s big elections in France and Germany. The current leaders want to reduce nuclear and fossil-fuelled power. But could all that change? For crowdfunding platforms specialising in renewables, there’s lots at stake

February 2017
From teenager to pensioner: the green energy crowdfunders From teenager to pensioner: the green energy crowdfunders

Boosting the use of renewable energy has long been an ambition in Europe, but some efforts have powered down amid an ever-changing political landscape and dwindling finances. Now crowdfunding is pulling in a new generation of green investors

February 2017
Crossing borders to crowdfund renewables Crossing borders to crowdfund renewables

Today energy crowdfunding platforms and investors experience many problems if they want to finance projects that cross the legal boundaries between the EU member states. International experts are striving to harmonise to European regulations in the sector

December 2016
Small wind turbines: a glimmer of hope for Poland's wind energy sector? Small wind turbines: a glimmer of hope for Poland's wind energy sector?

A new Polish law imposing rules for the installation of wind turbines is likely to limit the development of renewables in the country, which continues to focus on its main energy source, coal. However, small wind turbines, which fall outside the scope of the recent measures, could represent a loophole for the wind energy sector

December 2016
Crowdfunding a renewable future Crowdfunding a renewable future

Crowdfunding is a popular way for people to invest. In 2015, an estimated EUR 4.2 billion was raised through crowdfunding platforms in Europe. And, increasingly it is being used to finance the growth of renewable energy

October 2016
Brexit: a chance for European countries to deepen cooperation on renewables? Brexit: a chance for European countries to deepen cooperation on renewables?

Many Europeans think that Brexit is a regrettable choice. Others consider the pro-leave vote a chance both for the EU and the UK

September 2016
Social, green, but primarily as an investment: all the features of energy crowdfunding Social, green, but primarily as an investment: all the features of energy crowdfunding

Platforms to raise funds for renewable projects want to take care of our planet and its inhabitants, but often they’re also looking for good returns

August 2016
Gauging public opinion on small wind turbines Gauging public opinion on small wind turbines

There are currently more than 900'000 small wind turbines in use worldwide and estimates suggest that could increase by 20 percent by 2020. But, there has been a lack of research on public opinion on these independent energy systems

July 2016
Energy crowdfunding: the new way to boost renewables Energy crowdfunding: the new way to boost renewables

Millions of euros have been crowdfunded in four years to finance small and medium renewable energy projects. And there is still potential to be developed

May 2016
The small wind turbines you’ll want in your back yard The small wind turbines you’ll want in your back yard

A European Commission strategic plan wants to see 20% penetration of wind energy throughout the EU by 2020. The growing trend for decentralised energy generation by home and business owners could help meet this target using small and medium turbines. But they continue to divide opinion due to noise and health concerns

May 2016
Reducing the cost of wind energy for a renewable future Reducing the cost of wind energy for a renewable future

A 100% renewable energy scenario is possible in Europe, but to achieve it we need to make offshore wind more competitive and start redesigning our energy systems, says world expert Brian Vad Mathiesen

April 2016
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