Energy
Industry under the sun
Industry under the sun Where’s the best place to set up a factory in Europe? Athens , of course! As unexpected as it may seem, the Greek capital ranks first in a special list of 40 regions across the EU , for conditions ideal for the integration of renewable energy, notably solar, in manufacturing activities .
Thermally efficient social housing for young adults
Thermally efficient social housing for young adults Young people can find themselves homeless or in housing need for many reasons. In the UK, once they are 16 years old they are often placed in managed rented accommodation.
Crossing borders to crowdfund renewables
Crossing borders to crowdfund renewables Renewable energy crowdfunding involves three different parties: the fundraising platform, the investors  who generally expect a return, and project developers needing money. They may come from different nations .
A raincoat for our houses
A raincoat for our houses Today, one of the new challenges for the construction industry is the use of textiles, coming from the clothing and footwear industries.
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? In 2016, the Polish parliament, where the conservative Law and Justice party has an outright majority, voted one of the most severe anti-wind energy bills in Europe .
“DiplomaCity”- Learning networks of cities for a sustainable future
“DiplomaCity”- Learning networks of cities for a sustainable future Fittingly, for an author who argues that connectivity is the key driver of growth in the modern age, Parag Khanna seems to have ties all over the world, and roots in many of the largest urban centres. ...
Rooting sustainability starts on school benches
Rooting sustainability starts on school benches Do young people know what a smart city is? Do they care about saving energy and preserving the Earth’s resources? “Rooting sustainability starts on the benches of schools,” affirmed UNESCO director-general Irina Bokova at the recent UN Climate Change Conference ( COP22 ) in Marrakech, Morocco.
Energy back in local hands
Energy back in local hands Across Europe, town and city councils are becoming increasingly interested in energy decentralisation , i.e. in producing power closer to where it is consumed.
Homes storing CO2, just like trees
Homes storing CO2, just like trees Domestic efforts play an important role in curbing global warming. Besides producing and using renewables, homes can also act as banks that store CO2 .
Supergrids: the challenging comeback of direct current
Supergrids: the challenging comeback of direct current Today the challenge is to enable better transmission from one country to another while reducing CO 2 with efficient links between renewable energy and the grid.
Crowdfunding a renewable future
Crowdfunding a renewable future Part of the issue with small-scale, home-based renewable energy systems is that initial setup costs can be high. This puts such installations out of reach for some sectors of society, even if they could benefit financial in the long run with lower household bills.
Italian cities: not only beautiful, now they want to be smart
Italian cities: not only beautiful, now they want to be smart Italy is famous all over the world for its historical cities, but their beauty is not enough anymore. They want to be smart. Two of the experimental forerunners developing energy efficiency measures are Udine and Salerno .
New superconductive material for long-distance energy transmission
New superconductive material for long-distance energy transmission The energy landscape in Europe is changing rapidly and the percentage of renewables is steadily increasing. For example, in Germany solar and wind power provided an average of 33% of the total electricity production in 2015.
Brexit: a chance for European countries to deepen cooperation on renewables?
Brexit: a chance for European countries to deepen cooperation on renewables? After the Brexit shock in Europe, an intensive debate has started to figure out the future energy strategy of the European Union without the UK.
Smart cities vs “locked-in” cities
Smart cities vs “locked-in” cities As more and more cities launch projects to become smart, a substantial need is emerging: the ability to share the various models across the world so that they can be replicated anywhere.
Turkey: Izmir drives smart city development in the country
Turkey: Izmir drives smart city development in the country It is one of the oldest port cities in history. Located on a large bay along the Aegean Sea, Izmir has enjoyed being a gateway to the world, thanks to its favourable position, at the crossroads of western and eastern civilizations.
Going sustainable to rejuvenate the suburbs
Going sustainable to rejuvenate the suburbs Suburbs are often spaces of poverty, unemployment and urban decay. But now many peripheral areas are becoming laboratories of innovation , hosting initiatives for a sustainable future.
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 There are three ways a crowdfunding project can be financed. Lending: the entrepreneurs borrow money and pay interest; equity: investors in the project become its shareholders; donations: no reward is to be expected (there is a fourth way, a mix of equity and lending called “hybrid”).
Saving a Monster: Retrofitting of Social Housing
Saving a Monster: Retrofitting of Social Housing They live in a 1970s building complex bundling where they all have to share the energy costs of their significantly inefficient building. These running costs are unreasonable and have been known to reach five times the rent level.
Gauging public opinion on small wind turbines
Gauging public opinion on small wind turbines Recent studies suggest that around 70 to 80 percent of people in Europe support wind farms, although there are still concerns around noise and aesthetics.
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