Energy
How can smart cities finance their transformation?
How can smart cities finance their transformation? Local governments in Europe are notoriously risk averse, city council officials and industry leaders won’t hesitate to tell you.
Energy “vigilant” citizens
Energy “vigilant” citizens When temperatures are low, the temptation to take long, scalding showers and turn electric heaters to the maximum is high. And not knowing how much energy we spend, when we unthinkingly do these activities, makes it difficult for us to decrease our consumption.
Protecting health by improved building efficiency
Protecting health by improved building efficiency Home sweet home. Houses are supposed to be our nest, a shelter from the world outside. But how healthy are European homes? Nowadays most of our time is spent indoors, often at home, one reason being the current shift to “desk jobs”.
“Compacting” electricity lines
“Compacting” electricity lines Often in the countryside, but also near cities, we come across electric power lines with huge pylons, real eye-sores on the landscape.
Life is LiFi in smart buildings
Life is LiFi in smart buildings Just imagine: you get back home one evening, unlocking your door with the torch light of your mobile. You sit down on your sofa, download a film 100 times faster than currently possible and enjoy the movie on a fully secure wireless connection.
How supergrids can support the integration of renewable energy
How supergrids can support the integration of renewable energy In the past, most electricity grids were mainly based on centrally produced power, in relatively few plants, within national borders.
Smart buildings: predictive maintenance is crucial
Smart buildings: predictive maintenance is crucial Maintenance represents the bulk of the costs occurring in a building’s life.
Nobel laureate Rae Kwon Chung speaks about the advent of HVDC supergrids
Nobel laureate Rae Kwon Chung speaks about the advent of HVDC supergrids Both European and Asian experts are focusing on the challenging tasks of system integration and transmission of renewable energy over long distances. High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) grid technologies could be the solution.
The City for Tomorrow
The City for Tomorrow A new research conducted by world leading emissions experts is painting a rather gloomy picture. Due to stronger economic growth, global greenhouse gas emissions have hit a new record high of 37 billion tonnes of dioxide in 2017.
Approaching energy crowdfunding with eyes wide open
Approaching energy crowdfunding with eyes wide open In 2016, for a few hours, all of Germany ran only on renewable energy , demonstrating that one day, the release of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere could really be avoided.
Households poised to become energy dealers
Households poised to become energy dealers Households and small businesses using independent power systems, or microgrids, still find it hard to cope without their national electricity grids.
Green crowdfunding: disruption or opportunity?
Green crowdfunding: disruption or opportunity? Crowdfunding is considered by some experts to have the same effect on banks as Uber has on taxis. Green energy crowdfunding is no exception: the process is 100% digital and lets everybody become an investor or request funding for a sustainable project, without going throughthe banks.
Could renewables crowdfunding assist “unplugged” Africa?
Could renewables crowdfunding assist “unplugged” Africa? Over 640 million Africans have no access to energy, which means over 60 percent of population. At the same time, the continent has abundant renewable energy sources that could fuel its energy revolution.
District heating: has its time come?
District heating: has its time come? From the frosty reaches of Umeå in eastern Sweden to the rolling hills of San Sebastian in Spain’s Basque Country, European cities have one refrain on their minds as the cold sets in: winter is coming and homes must be heated in a way that allows the EU to reach its goal of reducing energy consumption by 20% by the year 2020 .
EU Clean energy package: more chance for “energy citizens”?
EU Clean energy package: more chance for “energy citizens”? The next few weeks are going to be crucial for the future of renewable energy in Europe.
The “washing machines” district smartens up to halve energy consumption
The “washing machines” district smartens up to halve energy consumption Less than three years ago, the so called “ Lavatrici ” district in Genoa (literally, “washing machines” in Italian) was in poor shape: infiltration, heat dispersion, energy waste.
Social impact of green crowdfunding
Social impact of green crowdfunding There is growing interest in crowdfunding as an alternative way to support projects focused on renewables. This comes at a time when the green energy sector is feeling the purse strings tighten in many European countries.
Will energy-free computing reactions ever take place?
Will energy-free computing reactions ever take place? In 1961, the physicist Rolf Landauer formulated a principle that any transformation of information that takes place in a computer requires energy, thus making zero-power computing a pipe dream.
Challenging energy renovation of buildings
Challenging energy renovation of buildings Energy consumption in the construction sector is a key issue in the fight against climate change. It is often approached when planning new buildings, but there is little tendency to renovate the existing stock .
Efficient, Cheap and Green
Efficient, Cheap and Green Only when they are accepted, or better even embraced by the people, they can be implemented swiftly without any  major delays.
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