This month: Gasification back on the agenda, biomass supports CO2 emission cuts as coal phase out begins and more boosts for the biogas sector
UK: Inquiry has served more than 125 statutory notices to see evidence from organisations and individuals
Programme will assess feasibility of large-scale deployment of technologies such as biomass energy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS)
Facilities are planned to boost steel production in the Highlands
Netherlands: Shareholders also agree to accepting German municipality investment
Project designed to “fastrack” new technology involving both gasification and tar reuse
France: Problems with multifuel facility and asbestos processing hit business, which is hoping for a better 2017
New rules in Northern Ireland came into force this month after lack of caps meant scheme has run millions over budget
Petition signed by more than 5,000 condemns “exploitative” wage undercutting at biomass and EfW plants
Russian biomass dominates heating sector but significant increases can still be made, says IRENA
Finland: Utility and municipality are working towards making the facility carbon neutral by 2050
Policy changes to remedy a struggling heat subsidy scheme in Northern Ireland have been approved by the European Commission
Poland: Facility’s construction is ahead of schedule and may be operational sooner than expected
Poland and Greece to snub move which boosts biomass
Report claims EC's data shows bioenergy demand close to limit while there is untapped potential for other renewables
Deal takes E4 mobile biomass power system to Japan and other markets
Finnish firm will deliver a biomass-fired plant to Chile
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
Appointment of power station’s head of sustainability and policy attacked by anti-biomass groups
Government says 34% of projects applying for funding in this round will receive support for up to 20 years
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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.
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.