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EWB Insight: April 2017

28 de abril de 2017

This month: Gasification back on the agenda, biomass supports CO2 emission cuts as coal phase out begins and more boosts for the biogas sector

Northern Ireland's 'cash for ash' inquiry launches

28 de abril de 2017

UK: Inquiry has served more than 125 statutory notices to see evidence from organisations and individuals

Biomass central to new carbon removal programme

26 de abril de 2017

Programme will assess feasibility of large-scale deployment of technologies such as biomass energy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS)

Plans for Scottish EfW and biomass projects revealed

25 de abril de 2017

Facilities are planned to boost steel production in the Highlands

Twence votes to stay in public ownership

24 de abril de 2017

Netherlands: Shareholders also agree to accepting German municipality investment

Dutch gasification project launches

21 de abril de 2017

Project designed to “fastrack” new technology involving both gasification and tar reuse

Europlasma brands 2016 ‘difficult’ year

21 de abril de 2017

France: Problems with multifuel facility and asbestos processing hit business, which is hoping for a better 2017

Businesses fold as RHI changes come in

20 de abril de 2017

New rules in Northern Ireland came into force this month after lack of caps meant scheme has run millions over budget

UK unions takes build protest to Danish government

19 de abril de 2017

Petition signed by more than 5,000 condemns “exploitative” wage undercutting at biomass and EfW plants

Biomass in Russia could soar over next 15 years

11 de abril de 2017

Russian biomass dominates heating sector but significant increases can still be made, says IRENA

Fortum considers waste heat and renewables for Espoo

10 de abril de 2017

Finland: Utility and municipality are working towards making the facility carbon neutral by 2050

Northern Ireland RHI caps formalised by EU

7 de abril de 2017

Policy changes to remedy a struggling heat subsidy scheme in Northern Ireland have been approved by the European Commission

Zabrze multifuel plant hits halfway mark early

6 de abril de 2017

Poland: Facility’s construction is ahead of schedule and may be operational sooner than expected

European utilities pledge no new coal from 2020

6 de abril de 2017

Poland and Greece to snub move which boosts biomass

NGOs claim EU overestimated cost-optimal bioenergy share

4 de abril de 2017

Report claims EC's data shows bioenergy demand close to limit while there is untapped potential for other renewables

German firm takes biomass tech to Asia

3 de abril de 2017

Deal takes E4 mobile biomass power system to Japan and other markets

KPA Unicon signs first South American deal

30 de março de 2017

Finnish firm will deliver a biomass-fired plant to Chile

EWB Insight: March 2017

30 de março de 2017

This month: The end of EfW catchment areas, European Commission backs biomass and a senior member of power station Drax's staff joins UK government advisory body

Senior Drax official becomes UK climate advisor

28 de março de 2017

Appointment of power station’s head of sustainability and policy attacked by anti-biomass groups

France announces biomass and biogas funding winners

27 de março de 2017

Government says 34% of projects applying for funding in this round will receive support for up to 20 years

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Events - Opportunities for small wind turbines in urban areas - Results of the SWIP Project - 11 May 2017, Brussels, Belgium

11 de abril de 2017

Small scale wind energy has significant potential in urban, suburban and industrial areas, but numerous challenges currently stand in the way to wide-scale uptake of this decentralised energy resource.

At this conference, organised in the framework of the European-funded SWIP project, you will learn about new technological developments in small wind turbines, and how to best integrate small turbines into urban areas, taking account of aesthetic impact, noise, vibration and safety issues, social awareness and acceptance, and regulatory and commercial limitations.

Research Headlines - Marine energy innovation flows more smoothly and quickly

20 de outubro de 2016

Picture of floating wind turbines during hazy dayThe 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.

Success Stories - Making the most of Africa's biowaste

12 de outubro de 2016

Photo of over ripe bananas 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.

Success Stories - EU and India cooperate on kick-starting bioeconomy

7 de outubro de 2016

Photo of a sugar cane plantation 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.

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.

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.

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.