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Nottingham ready to beat Theresa May’s climate targets
Nottingham ready to beat Theresa May’s climate targets As one of her final acts as Prime Minister, Theresa May , announced that she will be signing into law a pledge to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050 . This would make Britain the first member of the G7 to make such a commitment official.
Smart buildings of glass
Smart buildings of glass Whether you are arriving to or departing from Helsinki Airport, the first thing you notice is the glass around you and the characteristic Finnish design.
Building renovations: social aid to accept the change
Building renovations: social aid to accept the change If energy-saving measures came knocking at the door, wouldn't it be reassuring to have someone on hand to help you navigate the benefits and inconvenience, someone to help dispel your doubts? This is what is happening in Zaragoza, Spain, where social workers are helping the dwellers of a block of council flats.
Smart 3D modelling for buildings
Smart 3D modelling for buildings It is one of the most famous museums in the world, with more than one million visitors every year. If you happen to visit Bilbao, Spain, you can’t miss the Guggenheim .
Energy's got game
Energy's got game Playing games could be a solution to saving energy. Using energy more efficiently is, of course, a crucial part of fighting climate change, since oil and fossil fuels continue to be the most important energy source in the world, including Europe .
Florence: Renaissance and smart future
Florence: Renaissance and smart future When you hear Uffizi, Accademia and David what do you think about? Florence, for sure. For its old history, breathtaking painting, sculpture, and architecture.
District Heating 2.0
District Heating 2.0 Today´s liberalised markets are focused on short-term return on capital, but energy infrastructure planning should be driven by the objective of climate protection.
Twenty-two million smart homes in Europe: from science-fiction to reality
Twenty-two million smart homes in Europe: from science-fiction to reality Door locks that open with fingerprints, networked security cameras, smart light bulbs, smart washing machines: technology is transforming our homes, turning the tech dreams of yesterday into the reality of today.
Waste heat from power plants hits home
Waste heat from power plants hits home There is no such thing as a perfect energy efficient process. The second law of thermodynamics states that all energy generating processes produce heat as a by-product.
Useful Steam - Heat Recovery
Useful Steam - Heat Recovery Some modern systems are now using sustainable heating sources, like waste heat from power plants . Could this approach contribute to fight climate change? We report from Western Turkey where the city of Soma is taking a new approach to increase energy efficiency in a residential area.
Home sweet (hemp) home
Home sweet (hemp) home Building with wood, straw, and hemp. Biobased materials are seeing ever more use in the construction sector, which needs to become more sustainable as it is one of the major sources of soil, air and water pollution.
When citizen engagement makes the difference
When citizen engagement makes the difference Thirty-one apartment buildings comprising 140,000 m 2 of floor space: Europe’s most ambitious energy-saving renovation project is transforming Torrelago, a residential district of Valladolid in central Spain.
Renovating buildings to save energy
Renovating buildings to save energy   In the suburbs of Valladolid, a city in central Spain, a district is at the forefront of Europe's energy transition.
Making co-owned buildings energy efficient: a EU lab in Rome
Making co-owned buildings energy efficient: a EU lab in Rome Some 15.4 % of the EU population reported that they live in dwellings with a leaking roof, damp walls, floors or foundations, rot in the window frames or the floor. And some 8.7 % are unable to keep their home warm enough.
Will blockchain lead to a smarter energy grid?
Will blockchain lead to a smarter energy grid? Blockchain technology enables secure trading without a centralised intermediary like an exchange. This makes it attractive not only for cryptocurrency , where it was applied first to bypass banks, but also for large decentralised energy systems with a high share of renewable energy .
Baltic energy systems: synchronisation by 2025
Baltic energy systems: synchronisation by 2025 At the end of June 2018 the Baltic countries and Poland came to a political agreement for synchronising the Baltic States' electricity grid with the continental European network by 2025.
How battery systems can integrate renewable energy in smart grids
How battery systems can integrate renewable energy in smart grids Wind and solar energy is not constant and therefore a renewables-based society requires smart grids to transport this power from areas where electricity generation is currently high to those where it is low in order to meet demand.
HVDC grids to facilitate cross-border energy exchange
HVDC grids to facilitate cross-border energy exchange In addition to solar, wind power is growing as a source of alternative energy, and is expected to occupy a major portion of the market by mid-century.
Meet the skyrmions: exotic quasiparticles could revolutionise computing
Meet the skyrmions: exotic quasiparticles could revolutionise computing For most of us, any concerns about computing speed or data storage are usually to make it go faster while storing more. We hardly ever think about the enormous amounts of energy already required to power Internet servers or charge the increasing number of devices we own.
Is it worth renovating old buildings?
Is it worth renovating old buildings? Spain is known as a land of sun and heat. But even here there are regions that have to face icy winter temperatures. In Valladolid , in the north of the country, many of the almost 300,000 inhabitants are in poorly isolated buildings built in the 1960s.
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