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European wood pellet consumption rises

25 de outubro de 2016

Brexit may have "profound implications" for biomass, warns AEBIOM report

Takeover move for pellet maker Rusforest

24 de outubro de 2016

Cypriot-based investment fund moves for Swedish-owned pellet manufacturing business

Investment deal for biorefinery business Chempolis

21 de outubro de 2016

Fortum and Taaleri Kiertotalous buy up almost half of business in a deal that could lead to the development of a new biorefinery

Bioenergy crucial to Europe's renewables targets - AEBIOM

20 de outubro de 2016

New report comes day after NGOs launched international day of action on bioenergy using social media

Fines reduced for fixing bioenergy supply deal

20 de outubro de 2016

Lithuania/Estonia: Fines relating to a five-year biofuel contract have been lowered

'Compromise' offers security to UK biomass builds

20 de outubro de 2016

UK: Government has announced a transitional period’ that will allow biomass cogeneration projects to progress, according to the REA

Explosion at DONG's biomass plant

19 de outubro de 2016

Denmark: Explosion sends fire ripping through pellet storage silo at the Avedøre power station

EfW and biomass have heat network role, says government

18 de outubro de 2016

UK: Government suggests an energy mix weighted towards natural gas with “some” EfW schemes and biomass-fired heat

SCA mill overhaul to boost bioenergy output

17 de outubro de 2016

Sweden: Electricity generated from biomass will leap from 0.44TWh to 1.17TWh per year once the work is complete

Twence to overhaul biomass facility

17 de outubro de 2016

Netherlands: The company says it plans to treble the facility’s output

CCC backs biomass and biomethane for heat

14 de outubro de 2016

UK: Latest report highlights potential benefit of large-scale processing of wood for heat and upgrading biogas

Commission promises boost to district heating

13 de outubro de 2016

EU gives further boost to district heating, which if often fired on biomass and waste feedstocks

Biomass CCS project revealed

11 de outubro de 2016

Finland: Development work is focusing on capturing emissions from processing wood pellets

DONG Energy reveals finish for Studstrup conversion

11 de outubro de 2016

Denmark: Formerly coal-fired plant has now been converted to biomass

DBFZ calls for better bioenergy integration

11 de outubro de 2016

Germany: The pro-biomass research centre believes biogas and wood-fired facilities are needed to meet the country's 2050 climate protection targets

Environment permit reveals new waste wood-fired plant

10 de outubro de 2016

UK: Hull facility will have a capacity of about 10MWe and process 86,400 tonnes of waste wood per year

Danish bioethanol project shelved

6 de outubro de 2016

Project could not secure funding and blames government for lack of support

Vapo plans new peat processing facility

5 de outubro de 2016

Finland: Company plans a facility to process carbon from peat as well as produce energy

Biomass plant operational after six-month build

3 de outubro de 2016

Austria: New facility is part of plan to increase renewables to 50% of Graz’s heating by 2030

Bristol biodiesel power plant refused

3 de outubro de 2016

UK: Proposal to generate electricity through vegetable oil turned down by local authority

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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.

Events - 2016 Info Day on Horizon 2020 'Smart Grids and Storage' - 3 October 2016, Brussels

19 de julho de 2016

The event targets potential applicants to the calls for 'Smart Grids and Storage' projects, which will be funded under the 2016-2017 Horizon 2020 Work programme 'Secure, clean and efficient energy', and in particular under the 'Competitive low-carbon energy' (LCE) call (topics: LCE-01-2016-2017, LCE-04-2017 and LCE-05-2017).

More information and the agenda will follow on the event page.

Registration for the info day is compulsory and free of charge. Due to a limited number of seats, a maximum of two people from the same organisation can be registered.

Events - 2nd UNI-SET Energy Clustering Event - 26-28 September 2016, Torino, Italy

19 de julho de 2016

From 26 to 28 September 2016, Politecnico di Torino (Turin, Italy) is hosting the 2nd UNI-SET Energy Clustering Event (ECE) on the SET-Plan Core Priority 3 “Develop and strengthen energy-efficient systems” and Additional Priority 2 “Increase safety in the use of nuclear energy”.

UNI-SET is a FP7 Coordination and Support Action coordinated by the European University Association (EUA) and implemented jointly with KU Leuven, representing the universities in KIC InnoEnergy.

The event in Turin seeks to stimulate discussion and the development of innovative and multidisciplinary research and education programmes through clustering activities, consortia building and knowledge sharing.

The ECEs aim to mobilise the European university community to tackle the “energy challenge”, in the framework of the European Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET-Plan) and the Energy Union.

The ECE themes are based on the priorities of the SET-Plan.

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.

Research Headlines - Energy mix models make a case for more ambitious renewable targets

2 de dezembro de 2015

Photo of the satelite over the earthUsing sensors on board platforms such as satellites and advanced modelling systems, EU-funded researchers have quantified the impact of future energy use on the environment. Their headline conclusion? That we can go further than the EU goal of increasing renewable energy's contribution to global supply to 80% by 2050.

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.

Success Stories - On to second-generation bioethanol

10 de novembro de 2015

Photo of the Inbicon plant Europe is the world's third-largest producer of bioethanol - an important renewable fuel and energy source. Most stems from crops. Aiming to enlarge the feedstock basis for ethanol production, an EU-funded project has taken advanced bioethanol production from plant waste a large step closer to cost-efficient implementation.