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Plans for new wood-to-biofuel plant unveiled

27 de setembro de 2016

Sweden: New project to create a 'drop in' biofuel

CETA 'major threat' for EU bioethanol, warns industry

26 de setembro de 2016

The EU-based bioethanol market needs safeguards against North America rivals, says Epure

Vattenfall confirms low-carbon Uppsala overhaul

23 de setembro de 2016

Sweden: Overhaul of aging district heating system among largest investments in Nordic region, confirms CEO

State aid clearance for Vilnius cogeneration plant

21 de setembro de 2016

Lithuania: Green light for €150m in state aid to build a waste and biomass plant

KPA Unicon to buy rival

16 de setembro de 2016

Finland: Company will become one of Europe’s ‘most prominent’ bioenergy plant builders, should the deal go through later this month

Switch heating and cooling to 100% renewables by 2050, demand MEPs

16 de setembro de 2016

Proposed move could favour a bioenergy-based model for district heating and cooling

Finnera puts £100m into MGT Teesside facility

15 de setembro de 2016

One of the world’s largest new build biomass-fired plants gets a funding boost

Work to start next year on €336m CHP project

14 de setembro de 2016

Sweden: Biomass element of large-scale renewable complex will move to construction next year

UK biomass sector still in the ‘dark’ over funding

12 de setembro de 2016

Government’s CfD consultation still does not ‘clearly state’ how or if it will back biomass

Extra NIB funding for Värtan CHP plant

12 de setembro de 2016

Sweden: Another SEK600m was been granted to support construction and ongoing operation of one of the world’s largest biomass-fired plants

Unique district heating plant opened

9 de setembro de 2016

Norway: Innovative facility pools waste heat from surrounding industry to resupply to households

UK urged to back biomass, biomethane and biofuels

9 de setembro de 2016

MPs’ committee warns that Britain is off track to meet legally-binding 2020 targets for renewable heat and transport

IEA chief economist criticises bioenergy

8 de setembro de 2016

‘Ugly questions about sustainability’ remain around production of biofuels, IEA’s chief economist tells an event in Brussels

Valmet wins €150m Copenhagen biomass build

7 de setembro de 2016

Biomass-fired system is the Finnish company’s most expensive boiler plant delivery to date

Frieslandcampina switches to woodchips

7 de setembro de 2016

Netherlands: System is due to be operational late next year and will replace the use of natural gas

Tough times for large-scale biomass gasification - study

5 de setembro de 2016

Swedish researchers highlight need for additional policy support for sector to reach profitability

Court backs Valmet in €54m patent case

2 de setembro de 2016

Patent related to chemical pulping which has applications in the bioenergy sector, according to Valmet

Cheap waste threatens biomass project

1 de setembro de 2016

Danish heating company says low waste prices means it is reconsidering plans for a biomass-fired expansion

Danish firm wins Nottingham CHP plant deal

1 de setembro de 2016

The 42MWth and 12MWe plant is due to be handed over in 2018

Full-scale bioisobutene plant moves forward

1 de setembro de 2016

France: Deal signed for initial 12-month design phase

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Research Headlines - Tapping solar energy with water-filled windows

30 de setembro de 2016

Picture of hand over the windowWe could be doing so much more with our windows. Why not use them to collect solar energy? EU-funded researchers are developing an innovative solution to do just that. Their concept is based on thin layers of running water in the glazing, which is also designed to help maintain comfortable indoor temperatures and block out excess sunlight.

Research Headlines - Software tool for more cost-effective offshore wind farm

21 de setembro de 2016

Picture of the windfarmThe potential for offshore wind farms to meet a large proportion of our energy requirements is almost unlimited, and interest in building more offshore wind farms is increasing. But cost remains a major barrier. The EU-funded EERA-DTOC project has produced a tool - Wind & Economy - that helps minimise the cost of planning, developing and operating offshore wind farms. It is already on the market.

Research Headlines - A nanoscale boost to solar energy

15 de setembro de 2016

Picture of solar panelsAn EU-funded project has pioneered the use of an advanced form of nanotechnology in solar panel manufacturing, laying the foundations for more efficient renewable energy production.

Research Headlines - Seaking an energy revolution for boats on the high seas

8 de setembro de 2016

Picture of the big boatWhen a boat pitches in waves, it creates inertial energy. The EU-funded SeaKERS project developed the tools to harness this renewable energy for charging yacht batteries. The project team is now planning to commercialise its invention.

Events - H2020 Energy Research Virtual Info Day - 20 September 2016, Participants will follow the event via web streaming

2 de setembro de 2016

The info day addressed potential applicants to the calls for project proposals under 2016-2017 Horizon 2020 Work programme ‘Secure, clean and efficient energy’.

Presentations covered:

  • The work programme topics that will open for submission in 2016, in particular the novelties and changes in the updated work programme
  • The submission and evaluation process
  • Best practice from successful applicants

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Research Headlines - A user-centred approach to balancing renewable energy supply and demand

28 de julho de 2016

Picture of Lego model of Bornholm with wind turbines and housesAs European countries grow their renewable energy capacity, grid operators need to find ways to balance supply and demand due to the variability of sun and wind. The recent trial of a smart distribution system on the Danish island of Bornholm, where more than 50 %of electricity comes from wind farms, has demonstrated an efficient and effective solution.

Events - 2nd UNI-SET Energy Clustering Event - 26-28 September 2016, Torino, Italy

19 de julho de 2016

From 26 to 28 September 2016, Politecnico di Torino (Turin, Italy) is hosting the 2nd UNI-SET Energy Clustering Event (ECE) on the SET-Plan Core Priority 3 “Develop and strengthen energy-efficient systems” and Additional Priority 2 “Increase safety in the use of nuclear energy”.

UNI-SET is a FP7 Coordination and Support Action coordinated by the European University Association (EUA) and implemented jointly with KU Leuven, representing the universities in KIC InnoEnergy.

The event in Turin seeks to stimulate discussion and the development of innovative and multidisciplinary research and education programmes through clustering activities, consortia building and knowledge sharing.

The ECEs aim to mobilise the European university community to tackle the “energy challenge”, in the framework of the European Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET-Plan) and the Energy Union.

The ECE themes are based on the priorities of the SET-Plan.

Research Headlines - Hydrogen power for zero CO2 emissions and energy security

19 de julho de 2016

Picture of hydrogen infractructureEurope relies on natural gas and fossil fuels from a limited number of countries. These energy sources generate harmful greenhouse gases that accelerate climate change and its devastating impacts. The EU-funded HYDROSOL-PLANT project has developed a technology that has the potential to produce hydrogen on a large-scale, cost-effectively. This renewable energy could slow climate change and create a sustainable future.

Research Headlines - Bright future for solar fuels, say EU scientists

11 de julho de 2016

Photo of solar panels on a green fieldThe EU-funded SOLARH2 project has established a pan-European research network that is tapping into the potential of solar fuel, a clean energy source that could one day replace fossil fuels.

Success Stories - New tools make solar power more attractive to business

6 de junho de 2016

Photo of solar panels EU-funded researchers have developed and patented tools to make photovoltaic generation more reliable, cost-effective and easier to integrate into the grid, providing a boost to solar power SMEs and helping to make sustainable energy more attractive to businesses and end users. Commercial spin-offs are marketing the results in Europe and beyond.

Success Stories - Supergrass: fighting climate change with riverbank plants

28 de abril de 2016

Photo of 2 scientists with the plants The grassy banks of the river Barrow in Ireland may look unproductive in agricultural terms, but to scientists involved in a European research project the land and its vegetation may hold the key to an energy revolution. The plant giving rise to such optimism is called myscanthus, a non-native species.

Success Stories - Innovative electric ferries for greener water transport

14 de abril de 2016

Illustration of the ferry A cleaner, more efficient ferry is on the horizon. A prototype mid-range 100 % electric vessel developed by an EU-funded project is set to cut transport pollution and operational costs. The ferry will be powered by wind-sourced electricity and will carry the largest battery pack ever installed. Tests are due to begin in summer 2017.

Research Headlines - Tomorrow's grid for low-carbon energy

11 de fevereiro de 2016

Photo of highway at highyCould Europe's economy reduce its CO2 emissions by 95% by 2050? An EU-funded project has predicted how an integrated smart grid could evolve by 2050, supporting greater use of green power and a secure, reliable energy supply.

Success Stories - A spirited approach to methanol production

14 de dezembro de 2015

Photo of an Industrial complex The carbon dioxide emitted by fossil fuel power stations and many other types of plant could be used to generate methanol, say EU-funded researchers. They are developing a cost-effective method to turn this overabundant pollutant into a welcome resource. This process will draw on surplus energy produced by renewables at peak times.

Press Centre - EU research and innovation supports delivery on COP21 commitments

8 de dezembro de 2015

The European Commission announces a new Research, Innovation and Competitiveness Strategy of the Energy Union at the 2015 Paris Climate Conference.

Research Headlines - Energy mix models make a case for more ambitious renewable targets

2 de dezembro de 2015

Photo of the satelite over the earthUsing sensors on board platforms such as satellites and advanced modelling systems, EU-funded researchers have quantified the impact of future energy use on the environment. Their headline conclusion? That we can go further than the EU goal of increasing renewable energy's contribution to global supply to 80% by 2050.

International Cooperation - Commission signs Atlantic Ocean Research Cooperation declaration with Brazil and announces a coordinated call on biofuels

17 de novembro de 2015

The European Commission and the Brazilian government are signing today in Rio a joint declaration for Atlantic Ocean Research to enhance marine cooperation between Europe and Brazil. The agreement follows the celebration of the EU-Brazil high level conference which aims to develop common expertise and scientific knowledge on the Atlantic Ocean and its dynamic systems, provide a new momentum for enhancing marine cooperation between Brazil and Europe and discuss how to further engage in joint research projects and improve reciprocal access to infrastructures.

Success Stories - On to second-generation bioethanol

10 de novembro de 2015

Photo of the Inbicon plant Europe is the world's third-largest producer of bioethanol - an important renewable fuel and energy source. Most stems from crops. Aiming to enlarge the feedstock basis for ethanol production, an EU-funded project has taken advanced bioethanol production from plant waste a large step closer to cost-efficient implementation.