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Coal-to-waste conversion applies for permit

27 de março de 2020

UK: Facility to process pellets made of half plastic and half waste, such as paper, cardboard and wood

Coronavirus: Biomass sector given ‘key worker’ status as focus turns to ensuring supplies

27 de março de 2020

UK: Government clarifies critical worker status for wood product supply chain as sector voices concern over feedstock security

Coronavirus: Industry raises climate concerns over biofuel production

27 de março de 2020

Sector says coronavirus shutdown could increase emissions as biofuel production slows, although environmental groups disagree

Work halted on world’s largest purpose-built biomass plant

26 de março de 2020

UK: Vast facility is due to be operational in the second half of this year and will process about 2.4Mt/yr of biomass, but now faces a delay due to the coronavirus outbreak

Permit granted for large-scale waste and biomass pyrolysis facility

24 de março de 2020

UK: Plant is to process up to 180,00tyr of RDF and waste wood

First fossil fuel-free biomethanol plant starts up

23 de março de 2020

Sweden: Facility has an annual production capacity of 6.3 million litres of biomethanol from forest biomass

Drax and ABP process largest biomass shipment as coronavirus looms

23 de março de 2020

UK: Delivery is the largest shipment of sustainable biomass to arrive at the Port of Immingham

Renewable energy projects hit four-year high - PX Group

20 de março de 2020

UK: Biogas facilities were part of a 75% increase in just three years

Germany offers boost for bioenergy production

18 de março de 2020

Trade body welcomes bioenergy recognition in coal phase-out legislation as good news for biogas and biomass-fired power production

‘Under-resourced’ civil service led to RHI crisis - inquiry

16 de março de 2020

Northern Ireland’s troubled biomass-backing RHI scheme was not adequately resourced from the start, inquiry finds

Budget 2020: Drax welcomes £800m investment for CCS clusters

12 de março de 2020

“Two or more” CCS clusters will be established by 2030, as long as government has “learned lessons” from previous failed projects

Budget 2020: Red diesel duty rise could hit waste sector while boosting biofuels

12 de março de 2020

UK: Move could lead to increased investment in biofuel production, but will hit waste companies which have been “snubbed” by the government

€135m biomass-fired plant ready earlier than expected

11 de março de 2020

Spain: Facility is now operational but faces a legal challenge over its funding

UK inches further towards E10 introduction

4 de março de 2020

New consultation follows a wider one run in 2018 that included an option on introducing E10

Eqtec signs MoU for biomass-gasification plant

4 de março de 2020

Greece: The planned 0.5MWe and a second 1MWe plant would both process agricultural waste

EWB Insight report: February 2020

28 de fevereiro de 2020

This month: Another developer fails to crack planning consent for an EfW plant in south-east UK, Drax could be coal-free in a year, wood pellets push up EU renewables, and a full facilities round-up

Council backs ‘discontinuance order’ for biomass-gasification plant

28 de fevereiro de 2020

UK: Other motions related to concerns over the lack of an EIA for the plant and to review the council’s role in its planning were also backed

Valmet and Lidköping Energi strike multifuel-boiler deal

28 de fevereiro de 2020

Sweden: Facility will process 130,000t/yr and have a capacity of 20MWth

Drax ‘expects’ to end coal firing in 12 months

27 de fevereiro de 2020

UK: Power station has added to its debt as it diversifies away from coal

Hofor defends biomass-sourcing after Brazil controversy

27 de fevereiro de 2020

Denmark: Company reiterates 90-95% of its feedstock comes from Europe after allegations were made about biomass-residues from Brazil

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Research Headlines - Wobbling in the wind: a bladeless alternative to turbines

24 de fevereiro de 2020

ImageA Spanish start-up will soon start beta testing an innovative renewable energy solution, building on the results of an EU-funded project that helped develop a low-cost, low-maintenance and low-noise alternative to wind turbines.

Events - IMPROOF Workshop - 16th Global Congress on Process Safety - 29 March 2020, Houston, TX, USA

21 de fevereiro de 2020

IMPROOF is a European Union Horizon 2020 project, which aims to improve the energy efficiency of steam cracking furnaces while reducing emissions of greenhouse gases and NOx.

This workshop is organized by the IMPROOF consortium, registration is open for all stakeholders from both industry and academia.

There will be a free workshop to share the results of the work.
It is scheduled to coordinate with the 32nd Ethylene Producers Conference.

The Event will be at The Marriott Marquis Houston, 1777 Walker St. Houston. Attendance is free of charge, but registration is required.

Events - FUDIPO & COCOP final workshop - 11 March 2020, Sozialforschungsstelle (sfs) – TU Dortmund University, Evinger Platz 17, Dortmund, Germany

19 de fevereiro de 2020

The European Research and Innovation projects COCOP (Coordinating Optimisation of Complex Processes) and FUDIPO ( FUture DIrections of production Planning and Optimized energy- and process industries ) organizes their final workshop.

The objective of the workshop is to present the EU perspective on digital operations in process industries and discuss about plant-wide monitoring & control of data-intensive processes, the scope of SPIRE-02-2016 projects.

COCOP and FUDIPO will present their vision, objectives, approach and the solutions implemented for different process industry (Steel, Copper, Pulp & Paper, Oil Refining, Heat and Power plants and Waste-Water treatment), evaluating their impact on quality and resources/energy efficiency and analysing their transferability to other sectors.

Moreover, CoPro, MONSOON and MORSE projects, all working in similar areas, will be also present in the meeting, providing insight on their projects. As a direct consequence, we will gather in this event some of the latest advances done within SPIRE in improving the efficiency of the process industries through advanced control and optimisation.

Attendance at the workshop is free but the numbers are limited. Please, register before 14th February. Registration is available online.

Research Headlines - Producing clean energy from thin air? Yes, it is possible

17 de janeiro de 2020

ImageAn EU-funded research team has developed an efficient process to produce energy from CO2 - an innovation that could help Europe make the switch to a more sustainable, competitive economy.

Research Headlines - Reach for the sky for greener energy

10 de janeiro de 2020

ImageWhat if a child's toy inspired an alternative to fixed wind turbines? An EU-funded project has developed a low-cost, highly productive 'kite' generator. Now nearing commercialisation, it could offer sustainable power to remote communities or people on the move.

Research Headlines - Sustainable energy - getting more from less

3 de dezembro de 2019

ImageAs the world relies more on renewable energy to limit climate change, an EU-funded project has produced insights into how nanotechnology could support cleaner power and promoted university-business links for targeted future innovation in this field.

Research Headlines - Power-hungry data centres to go on permanent diet

22 de novembro de 2019

ImageEU-funded researchers are on the verge of slashing the energy used by internet data centres to help cut CO2 emissions. By developing a model to optimise energy in real time, they aim to make the centres more efficient without affecting performance.

Research Headlines - Novel nanostructures could make smartphones more efficient

6 de novembro de 2019

imageEU-funded researchers and partners are pushing the boundaries of the laws of physics, developing nanocomposite materials and nanoelectronic circuits to greatly improve energy, thermal and computing performance. This could make smartphones and other electronics more efficient and boost the potential of solar power.

Research Headlines - Bioenergy villages wave goodbye to fossil fuels

23 de outubro de 2019

imageSeven communities in south-eastern Europe plan to install biomass-based district heating systems thanks to an EU-funded project designed to reduce reliance on fossil fuels and strengthen local economies.

Research Headlines - Perovskites promise boost for solar power technology

18 de outubro de 2019

imageAn unexpected discovery by EU-funded researchers has opened up a new field of photovoltaic technology that promises a more efficient and economical way to convert solar energy into electrical power.

Research Headlines - Moving wind farming into deeper waters

14 de outubro de 2019

imageInstalling wind turbines in deeper waters is an interesting proposition as wind speeds tend to be higher and more consistent further out to sea. An EU-funded project has built a new type of foundation for turbines that overcomes most of the technical challenges and reduces the cost of offshore installation.

Research Headlines - A safe source of drinking water for rural Malawi

14 de agosto de 2019

ImageThe EU-funded WATERSPOUTT project's partners in Malawi are designing and testing an innovative solar-ceramic water filtration system capable of providing local communities with a reliable source of clean water at the household level.

Research Headlines - Europe stands up to lead the solar-thermal electricity way

13 de agosto de 2019

ImageAll-too-often it takes global disasters or looming events to bring countries together for a common cause. Climate change is perhaps the biggest 'event' of this kind, an existential threat driving international research cooperation in a new sustainable solution called solar-thermal electricity (STE). But it takes leadership to forge such a grand alliance of scientists, engineers, technicians and companies prepared to back progress in this field. Europe stood up when it was needed.

Research Headlines - Newly discovered proteins boost booming biomaterials market

2 de agosto de 2019

ImageEU-funded researchers have discovered new families of proteins and enzymes that will enable the development of novel plant-based biomaterials, potentially providing viable sustainable and renewable alternatives to plastics and other fossil-fuel-derived materials and chemicals.

Research Headlines - Propelling wind turbines further offshore

18 de julho de 2019

ImageAn EU-funded project has developed an innovative substructure for wind turbines that dramatically cuts the cost of their installation in deep water. This could help harness wind energy further offshore.

Research Headlines - Creating better heat storage technologies

5 de julho de 2019

ImageScientists are focusing on technologies for storing heat as a means of increasing the share of renewables in the energy mix. As part of this push, an EU-funded project is testing new materials that perform well at very high temperatures.

Research Headlines - Boosting innovation in bioenergy

1 de julho de 2019

ImageAn EU-funded project has helped bioenergy SMEs in six EU countries to become more economically sustainable/profitable and more competitive on the market by supporting them with technical, funding and management guidance, as the EU seeks to meet its climate and energy goals.

Research Headlines - Water consumption solution for efficient concentrated solar power

28 de junho de 2019

ImageDeserts and other sun-drenched regions are the ideal location for concentrated solar power plants, but where sunlight is abundant water tends to be scarce. EU-funded researchers are solving this conundrum by developing technologies to comprehensively reduce water consumption, enabling CSP plants to play an even bigger role in addressing the world’s energy and climate change challenges.

Research Headlines - Battery factory to cut Europe's reliance on imports

19 de junho de 2019

ImageThe European Investment Bank (EIB) has agreed in principle to provide EUR 350 million in financing to support Northvolt's development of Europe's first lithium-ion battery cell gigafactory. The factory in Sweden will help reduce the EU's dependence on oil and imported batteries.

Research Headlines - Biomass crops are energy efficient and climate friendly

17 de junho de 2019

ImageEU-funded researchers planted, harvested, processed and analysed the life cycle of woody crops to establish how efficient and environmentally friendly they are as a source of fuel for electricity and heat.

Research Headlines - Energising a greener, smarter European electricity grid

11 de junho de 2019

ImageAn EU-funded project has developed nine innovative products to help integrate homes and businesses into a smart European electricity grid. The aim is to make green energy smarter, easier and cheaper to use at home and work - good for the pocket, the planet and Europe's energy security.

Research Headlines - Recycled bulky urban waste gains new value

20 de maio de 2019

imageAn EU-funded project has developed more efficient ways to obtain high-quality, recyclable raw materials from bulky waste. The advances contribute to Europe's efforts to reduce landfilling, recover valuable raw materials for reuse by industry, and protect the environment.

Research Headlines - Profound changes for shallow geothermal systems

17 de maio de 2019

imageHeat from the Earth is in plentiful supply - and innovation could help to reduce the cost and further improve the efficiency of technology for its extraction. An EU-funded project has set out to upgrade shallow geothermal systems and underground thermal storage. Part of the research is conducted in Turkey, where activities focus on the grouting.

Research Headlines - Advanced ultracapacitors power a revolution in energy storage

16 de maio de 2019

imageThe most advanced ultracapacitors in the world are now being manufactured on an industrial scale and deployed commercially thanks to an EU-funded project, providing potent, reliable and fast-charging energy-storage solutions for renewable power grids and electric vehicles.

Research Headlines - Breaking down the barriers to 100 % renewable energy

14 de maio de 2019

imageAn EU-funded project is developing new energy system concepts to tackle the technical electricity-grid-based challenges that stand in the way of achieving 100 % renewable electricity in Europe.