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Renewables, Energy
Climate change fight still makes the EU headlines during the Covid-19 crisis
Climate change fight still makes the EU headlines during the Covid-19 crisis
The economic consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic should not delay the European Union's ambitious climate change measures. The Commission has confirmed that the work on long-term policy priorities such as the Green Deal is continuing.
Women: energy empowerment
Women: energy empowerment
To date we know very little about the specific circumstances and factors that might impact women’s involvement in the transition to clean energy .
Greece is first Balkan country to announce a coal phase-out date. The revolution has already started in Western Macedonia
Greece is first Balkan country to announce a coal phase-out date. The revolution has already started in Western Macedonia
Western Macedonia has grown in the last century mainly due to its coal deposits. Lignite mines and power plants were important local employers. The regional capital, Kozani, is still the leading energy producing area of Greece .
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.
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 .
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.
Offshore wind farms: too much energy is lost in cables
Offshore wind farms: too much energy is lost in cables
Offshore wind farms play an increasingly important role in renewable power generation. According to WindEurope, Europe now has a total installed offshore wind capacity of 15,780 MW.
Direct current grids: interoperability is a key factor for their development
Direct current grids: interoperability is a key factor for their development
What makes it possible to call a friend with a different cell phone provider or withdraw money securely from another bank's cashpoint? The answer is "interoperability" which refers to the capability of two or more networks, systems, devices, applications, or components to share information.
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.
Jose Luís Alfranca: Harnessing diverse climate and weather conditions
Jose Luís Alfranca: Harnessing diverse climate and weather conditions
To make a building sustainable, taking into account its climatic conditions is key. No better examples than the three showcase buildings under the EU funded  DIRECTION project.
Turning a building green is a question of control
Turning a building green is a question of control
Sustainable buildings partly depend on control strategies to be energy efficient.
User awareness key to effective energy monitoring
User awareness key to effective energy monitoring
Energy efficiency has become a key objective in the current context of increasing energy demand, decreasing resources and global warming. Key to efficient energy savings, however, are users' awareness and behaviour.
Sustainability in the brewery
Sustainability in the brewery
Making food and drink production for more than 500 million people more eco-friendly is a key policy in Europe. About 99% of all agro-food companies in the European Union are small and medium size enterprises (SME).
Biogas from animal waste in need of maturity
Biogas from animal waste in need of maturity
Livestock produces a lot of waste. One solution is to turn such agricultural waste into biogas to generate energy .  It requires using so-called anaerobic digestion, which consists in breaking down biodegradable material in the absence of oxygen.
Air conditioning control goes wireless
Air conditioning control goes wireless
The quest for energy efficiency has become a modern mantra. But developing new energy sources and production methods is not sufficient.
Heat trading warms up
Heat trading warms up
Liberalising the heat market is, in theory, possible. It would operate in the same way that enables owners of domestic-scale wind turbines, or any other electricity producer, to sell surplus into the grid and draw power from the network.
The latest developments in nanotechnology for solar energy
The latest developments in nanotechnology for solar energy
A researcher who is using nanotechnology on the active layer of organic solar cells is Dr.
Pushing the efficiency limit of solar cells further
Pushing the efficiency limit of solar cells further
Some laboratories have achieved impressive efficiencies under concentrated sunlight. SunPower Corp. is much closer to the market. The California-based company recently produced a record-setting 24.
Michael Blunk: "These are the challenges to be faced by the wind power of the future"
Michael Blunk: "These are the challenges to be faced by the wind power of the future"
Engineer and project manager Michael Blunk, Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy and Energy System Technology IWES, is one of the experts in the European project UpWind. The aim is to develop a new type of turbine.
When will solar power become competitive?
When will solar power become competitive?
Competitive solar cells rely on climate, efficiency, material and production costs. The fluctuation of electricity prices from different sources and political climates both play a big part as well.
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