Renewables
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
New erosion protection for offshore wind turbines New erosion protection for offshore wind turbines

Danish Researchers have developed an innovative coating system which significantly increases the performance of offshore wind turbine blades.

April 2016
Power of the Sun. Dirt cheap Power of the Sun. Dirt cheap

In a world hungry for energy, top scientist Michael Grätzel hopes to make solar cells more affordable by copying photosynthesis

March 2016
Turkey's solar market has started 'teething' Turkey's solar market has started 'teething'

Although in its infancy, solar energy generation in Turkey has a promising outlook

March 2016
Wind energy costs approach nonrenewable levels Wind energy costs approach nonrenewable levels

Wind energy and other renewables can now supply electricity at highly cost effective levels — and it’s happened so rapidly that public perception is yet to catch up

January 2016
Smart grid: A grid suitable for renewable energy Smart grid: A grid suitable for renewable energy

How smart can the electricity grid be? Opportunities will open for European citizens with more and more renewables on the European electricity system

December 2015
Clean energies in need of a long term vision Clean energies in need of a long term vision

Although cheaper than polluting fossil fuel-based energy, electricity coming from renewable sources lacks clear regulations that would enable it to be used at large scale.

November 2015
The way to more efficient, quieter wind turbines The way to more efficient, quieter wind turbines

A European research project aims to reduce the cost of wind energy generation by introducing technical improvements to turbines, which will have to be much quieter in the future than is the case today

October 2015
Wind turbines: new device to reduce noise and increase efficiency Wind turbines: new device to reduce noise and increase efficiency

Noise pollution is a big public concern associated with operating wind turbines. A group of European scientists claim to have found a solution to tackle this problem, assembling an innovative device on the blades. They are collaborating with a European project called Windtrust, which aims to reduce the cost of wind energy generation by further improving the reliability of key components of the turbine.

September 2015
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