Ireland: Plug officially pulled on what would have been the country’s largest wood-fired energy facility
Denmark: Biomass use could rise further, says Danish district heat association
Waste and bioenergy industry groups welcome EU’s “pragmatic” plans for RED II but point to devils in the detail
EU-funded stakeholder report calls for ‘stable legislative framework’ and renewable district heating targets
One of the world's largest utility companies could use gasification technology developed in Sweden and the Netherlands
Drax Group director of corporate affairs, Matthew Rivers, examines the role biomass could have in the upcoming Winter Package
Finland: Company to invest about €50m in new facility to replace two ageing facilities
UK: New development could be powered by a large-scale wood-fired plant, according to an NGO
Project will support Helsinki’s move away from natural gas and oil, says bank
Denmark: Equipment to be operational within 31 months, according to engineering firm
Deal with Nova Energí sees biomass technology developer enter Portuguese and Spanish markets
Technologies like wind and solar could take market share from bioenergy, Danish firm warns in Brussels
Danish funders of UK-based 299MWe wood chip-fuelled project asked to reconsider investment
UK: Biomass energy "a force for good" that can help encourage regrowth of forests, say industry groups
Speakers at Brussels conference discuss future prospects for stuttering black pellet sector
Draft includes new targets for waste-based biofuels, backing for renewable heat, no specific biomass sustainability criteria
Government must give more backing to sources of guaranteed supply, bioenergy sector argues
Sustainability-driven approach demands 152 mtoe cap on European bioenergy use, groups say
Industry protests as government limits CfD price support and caps price support for bioenergy from 2021-22
Denmark: Warm weather drives division into operating loss in first nine months of 2016
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The SET-Plan conference 2016 will take place between 30 November and 2 December 2016 in Bratislava under the Slovak Presidency. High-level representatives from the European Commission and EU Member States as well as stakeholders from business and research community will discuss the achievements in the implementation of the Energy Union with a special focus on the progress made under its research, innovation and competitiveness dimension.
The conference will be opened by Maroš Šefčovič, Vice-President of the European Commission for the Energy Union, Andrej Kiska, President of the Slovak Republic and Robert Fico, Prime Minister of the Slovak Republic and a key note speech will be delivered by Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Science, Research and Innovation. Closing speeches will be delivered by Miguel Arias Cañete, Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy and Peter Plavčan, Minister of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic.
Addressing European decarbonisation targets requires technologies that reduce energy consumption and emissions whilst fully harnessing the potential of renewable energies. In this context, Fuel Cells and Hydrogen technologies constitute a significant opportunity to substitute fossil fuels in transport, energy and industrial sectors. They also have great potential to diversify Europe’s energy supplies whilst making better use of sustainable domestic resources. As these technologies are now entering the market, a concerted effort from public and private partners is necessary to trigger large-scale deployment.
On23 November 2016, the 9th edition of the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) Stakeholder Forum will explore how fostering partnerships at different levels can impact and propel existing deployment strategies and/or give rise to new business cases and markets.
DG Research and Innovation, as a member of the European Commission's negotiating task force led by DG CLIMA, will showcase at COP 22 the contribution of research and innovation on climate-related challenges. Several side events will be organised in the European Union Pavilion, in particular on the 15th of November:
Several side-events will feature EU-funded projets:
Schedules may still be subject to change. Update is available here.
The EU-funded MaRINET project has given researchers and developers free access to wave, tidal and offshore-wind energy test infrastructures and has harmonised test practices. This should speed up the commercialisation of marine energy devices.
Cassava peel, sugar cane vinasse and overripe bananas - residues such as these may be known as biowaste, but that doesn't mean they're necessarily wasted. An EU-funded project identified sources and current uses of such materials in five African countries and proposed quick, simple ways of processing them into products with higher added value.
A strategic action plan, roadmap, summer schools, short-term research exchanges and project twinning initiatives... these are just some of the activities carried out by an EU-funded project to help researchers in India and the EU boost the sustainable bio-based economy.
We 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.
The 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.
An 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.
When 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.
As 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.
Europe 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.
The 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.
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.
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.
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.
Could 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.
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.
The European Commission announces a new Research, Innovation and Competitiveness Strategy of the Energy Union at the 2015 Paris Climate Conference.
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.