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Development of 42MWe biomass plant liquidated

2 de dezembro de 2016

Ireland: Plug officially pulled on what would have been the country’s largest wood-fired energy facility

End fuel linkage policy says district heat association

1 de dezembro de 2016

Denmark: Biomass use could rise further, says Danish district heat association

Winter Package sets new horizons for bioenergy

1 de dezembro de 2016

Waste and bioenergy industry groups welcome EU’s “pragmatic” plans for RED II but point to devils in the detail

Carbon taxes urged to boost renewable heating

29 de novembro de 2016

EU-funded stakeholder report calls for ‘stable legislative framework’ and renewable district heating targets

Engie considering biomass gasification development

28 de novembro de 2016

One of the world's largest utility companies could use gasification technology developed in Sweden and the Netherlands

Why 'right touch' not 'light touch' biomass regulation is what we need in Europe

28 de novembro de 2016

Drax Group director of corporate affairs, Matthew Rivers, examines the role biomass could have in the upcoming Winter Package

Pori Energia to build biomass-fired plant

24 de novembro de 2016

Finland: Company to invest about €50m in new facility to replace two ageing facilities

Film studio denies ‘100MW biomass plant’ claim

23 de novembro de 2016

UK: New development could be powered by a large-scale wood-fired plant, according to an NGO

NIB funds for Finland’s largest wood-fired heating plant

22 de novembro de 2016

Project will support Helsinki’s move away from natural gas and oil, says bank

Doosan Škoda Power wins Amagerværket deal

22 de novembro de 2016

Denmark: Equipment to be operational within 31 months, according to engineering firm

Enerstena enters Iberian biomass market

21 de novembro de 2016

Deal with Nova Energí sees biomass technology developer enter Portuguese and Spanish markets

Biomass needs to ‘shout louder’ – DONG Energy

17 de novembro de 2016

Technologies like wind and solar could take market share from bioenergy, Danish firm warns in Brussels

NGOs pressure funder of £650m MGT Power project

17 de novembro de 2016

Danish funders of UK-based 299MWe wood chip-fuelled project asked to reconsider investment

Associations launch biomass-fired heat campaign

16 de novembro de 2016

UK: Biomass energy "a force for good" that can help encourage regrowth of forests, say industry groups

Torrefaction struggling to overcome its credibility gap

16 de novembro de 2016

Speakers at Brussels conference discuss future prospects for stuttering black pellet sector

Leaked EU renewables law positive for bioenergy

15 de novembro de 2016

Draft includes new targets for waste-based biofuels, backing for renewable heat, no specific biomass sustainability criteria

Industry urges reform of Swedish renewables support

14 de novembro de 2016

Government must give more backing to sources of guaranteed supply, bioenergy sector argues

NGOs set out limit for EU bioenergy use in 2030

10 de novembro de 2016

Sustainability-driven approach demands 152 mtoe cap on European bioenergy use, groups say

Biomass conversion to miss out on UK renewables funding

9 de novembro de 2016

Industry protests as government limits CfD price support and caps price support for bioenergy from 2021-22

DONG releases bioenergy and thermal division results

9 de novembro de 2016

Denmark: Warm weather drives division into operating loss in first nine months of 2016

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Events - SET Plan 2016 – Central European Energy Conference X - 30 November - 2 December 2016, DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Bratislava, Slovakia

15 de novembro de 2016

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.

Events - The 9th edition of the FCH JU Stakeholder Forum - 23 November 2016, Charlemagne Building

7 de novembro de 2016

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.

  • How can government better support innovative technologies to facilitate first-phase deployment?
  • How can synergies between public and private partners at regional, national and European level be increased?
  • What incentives are needed to shift users’ habits towards more sustainable ones in order to spur commercialisation?
  • Which additional financing mechanisms are available and how can they work together?
  • What are the concrete benefits of FCH technologies for early adopters?

Events - COP 22 - 22nd Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) - 7-18 November 2016, Marrakech, Morocco

28 de outubro de 2016

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:

    • 10:30 to 12:00 - The Future of Climate Change Adaptation: Promoting Adaptation Research and Action around the World. With the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment • 12:30 to 14:00 - Climate Services for Africa in partnership with the Global Framework for Climate Services. This event will bring together global providers and users of climate services to share insights into present and future solutions that will assist us with events such as El Niño, and enhance our ability to address the challenges of adaptation, mitigation and disaster risk reduction. • 14:30 to 16:00 - Water-Energy-Food: Research and Innovation to address the nexus in the Mediterranean. Land, food, energy, water and climate are interconnected though a complex system, dominated by interdependencies between human activities and natural environment. This event will bring together institutional actors and R&I stakeholders to share insights into challenges and solutions for a low-carbon economy interlinked with sustainable management of resources. The following projects will be showcased:
    15:00 to 16:30 - Sustainable Energy Innovation and Co-Development: the regional Public-Private (PP) Partnerships solution.

Several side-events will feature EU-funded projets:

    • 7 November - Ratcheting up NDCs: Consistent national roadmaps towards the global objective of 1.5C and 2C / 2030 & 2050 milestones for deep decarbonization pathways towards 1.5 and 2 degrees by CD-LINK and ADVANCE • 7 November - Reducing Emissions through Consumption-based Accounting & Policies A post-Paris Roadmap by CARBON CAP • 8 November - Social innovation needs in Water and Climate: regional priorities in Africa by the AfriAlliance • 12 November - Boosting sustainable mobility and delivering on the Paris Agreement and the New Urban Agenda by SOLUTIONS • 18 November - Arctic change and its implications for global risk by EU-POLARNET and ICE-ARC

Schedules may still be subject to change. Update is available here.

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.

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.

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.