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Taking the heat: how innovation could slash emissions from oil and gas refining Taking the heat: how innovation could slash emissions from oil and gas refining

New refinements to old technology could drastically reduce the electricity consumption of refinery processes by maximising the potential of waste heat to make emissions-free power

January 2022
Joining forces to finance renewables: the investment platform model Joining forces to finance renewables: the investment platform model

About 75% of the EU building stock is not energy efficient. Four pilot regions are testing new solutions to leverage more citizen funding and spread the culture of energy transition

January 2022
From 100% renewable energy to greenwashing: 50 shades of green From 100% renewable energy to greenwashing: 50 shades of green

The growing demand for renewables expands the offers on the electricity market. But not all solutions have the same ecological impact and this may mislead energy-conscious consumers. How to choose? And how green are green tariffs?

January 2022
Sharing power to foster renewables: the cooperatives model Sharing power to foster renewables: the cooperatives model

In the EU there are about 3,400 renewable energy cooperatives owned by citizens. These socially innovative players of the market have overturned the top-down approach of utility companies to spread the culture of energy transition

July 2021
Doubling lithium battery energy density – A chat with Nobel prize winner M. Stanley Whittingham Doubling lithium battery energy density – A chat with Nobel prize winner M. Stanley Whittingham

In 2019 M. Stanley Whittingham won a Nobel Prize for discovering lithium intercalation into electrodes. Now, he forecasts how battery architectures will exploit this phenomenon better, and how the industry can improve recycling and sustainability

June 2021
Evora University Courtyard The cultural heritage challenges a sustainable future

Several heritage organisations reacted to the fact that protected sites don’t play an important role in the EU Green Deal’s strategy against climate change, even though historic buildings represent a significant share of the stock in Europe

April 2021
Peer-to-peer platforms – Shaping a democratic energy model to boost renewables Peer-to-peer platforms – Shaping a democratic energy model to boost renewables

Prosumers are people who both produce and consume renewable energy. New peer-to-peer platforms allow them to share, sell or donate their power surplus to other citizens. This system is becoming crucial for residents of protected historical areas who can’t install photovoltaic panels or for low-income communities suffering energy poverty

March 2021
Women: energy empowerment Women: energy empowerment

Energy policy is obviously gender neutral. But should it be so?

March 2020
Approaching energy crowdfunding with eyes wide open Approaching energy crowdfunding with eyes wide open

Crowdfunding for renewable energy can be enticing to citizens who want to invest in and make money from a collective purpose at the same time. Expert Sissy Windisch gives her advice to beginners

January 2018
Green crowdfunding: disruption or opportunity? Green crowdfunding: disruption or opportunity?

The disruptive character of digital technologies and startups has been acknowledged by the banks themselves, but the effects of renewable energy crowdfunding on traditional banking do more than pose a threat 

January 2018
Could renewables crowdfunding assist “unplugged” Africa? Could renewables crowdfunding assist “unplugged” Africa?

Africa needs at least €21,1 billion annually to achieve universal access to modern energy, according to dr. Richard Munang, coordinator of the United Nations Environment (UNEP) Africa Regional Climate Change Programme. Crowdfunding might have been successful in financing a myriad of social objectives globally, but in light of such gigantic amounts, which is the potential of alternative finance to address the issue?

January 2018
EU Clean energy package: more chance for “energy citizens”? EU Clean energy package: more chance for “energy citizens”?

The European Commission stresses the importance of a major “energy democracy” to boost renewables. A process that could also pave the way for alternative finance such as crowdfunding

December 2017
Social impact of green crowdfunding Social impact of green crowdfunding

Researchers have measured the effectiveness of crowdfunding for renewable energy projects in terms of human and environmental wellbeing

November 2017
Overcoming borders to crowdfund green energy Overcoming borders to crowdfund green energy

A French solar park, used by local farmers, has been successfully co-financed by investors from France and the Netherlands, thanks to an innovative solution tested by two renewable crowdfunding platforms. They managed to overcome regulatory barriers between EU countries

September 2017
‘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
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