Transition to a sustainable energy system using innovative concept

The volatile output of electricity from wind farms and photovoltaic plants can pose a real headache for energy companies. This is because of the need to maintain a stable supply of power at all times, even when such facilities are generating little or no electricity. Part of the solution to this problem is to adapt Read more about Transition to a sustainable energy system using innovative concept[…]

Key step towards cheaper and more effective solar energy

A new study reports the highest efficiency ever recorded for full roll-to-roll printed perovskite solar cells (PSCs), marking a key step on the way to cheaper and more efficient ways of generating solar energy. A team at Swansea University’s SPECIFIC Innovation and Knowledge Centre, led by Professor Trystan Watson, has reported using a roll-to-roll fabrication Read more about Key step towards cheaper and more effective solar energy[…]

Achieving emissions reductions in buildings

Heating accounts for over 50 per cent of final energy consumption. So reducing the emissions that result from heating buildings would make a huge difference to the climate. What strategies are being pursued to realise this potential in Germany and the UK? A study by researchers from the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) finds Read more about Achieving emissions reductions in buildings[…]

Can we limit global warming to 1.5 °C?

Efforts to combat climate change tend to focus on supply-side changes, such as shifting to renewable or cleaner energy. In a Special Issue in the Energy Efficiency Journal that follows the IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 ˚C, researchers argue that demand-side approaches can play a crucial role given the aspirational target outlined Read more about Can we limit global warming to 1.5 °C?[…]

Organic solar cells reach record efficiency, benchmark for commercialization

In an advance that makes a more flexible, inexpensive type of solar cell commercially viable, University of Michigan researchers have demonstrated organic solar cells that can achieve 15 percent efficiency. This level of efficiency is in the range of many solar panels, or photovoltaics, currently on the market. “Organic photovoltaics can potentially cut way down Read more about Organic solar cells reach record efficiency, benchmark for commercialization[…]

A prototype battery features high-power output and high-conversion efficiency

Any resident of the Great Plains can attest to the massive scale of wind farms that increasingly dot the countryside. In the Midwest and elsewhere, wind energy accounts for an ever-bigger slice of U.S. energy production: In the past decade, $143 billion was invested into new wind projects, according to the American Wind Energy Association. Read more about A prototype battery features high-power output and high-conversion efficiency[…]

life programme

An investment package of €98.2 million to support Europe’s transition to a low-carbon

The European Commission has approved an investment package of €98.2 million to support Europe’s transition to a low-carbon, circular economy under the new LIFE funding programme for the Environment and Climate Action. Today’s investment package will contribute towards improving the quality of life for European citizens in five areas: Nature, Water, Air, Waste and Climate Action. The investment covers 10 Read more about An investment package of €98.2 million to support Europe’s transition to a low-carbon[…]

New developments in plus energy houses

Specific Challenge: Energy Efficiency targets set at EU level by legislation are currently being reviewed. The related SET-Plan rolls out concrete steps how research and innovation could further reach these targets by 2025. However, the current practice to construct nearly zero-energy houses will be insufficient to reach the CO2 emission reduction targets for 2050. Therefore, it Read more about New developments in plus energy houses[…]

EUR 30 million for Clean Energy Transitions Programme

The International Energy Agency announced today the launch of the Clean Energy Transitions Programme, a new multi-year, EUR 30 million plan backed by 13 countries to support clean energy transitions around the world. This new Programme will leverage the IEA’s unique energy expertise across all fuels and technologies to help accelerate global clean-energy transitions, particularly in Read more about EUR 30 million for Clean Energy Transitions Programme[…]

Big data solutions for energy

Specific Challenge: Tomorrow’s energy grids consist of heterogeneous interconnected systems, of an increasing number of small-scale and of dispersed energy generation and consumption devices, generating huge amounts of data. The electricity sector, in particular, needs big data tools and architectures for optimized energy system management under these demanding conditions. Scope: Innovation Actions targeting large-scale pilot test-beds Read more about Big data solutions for energy[…]

Smart materials, systems and structures for energy harvesting

Specific Challenge: The realisation of the European goals of increased energy efficiency, reduction in CO2 emissions and the circular economy require novel ways of using, harvesting and storage energy. Smart materials and material systems/structures have already demonstrated the potential to reduce energy consumption as well as harvest, generate and store energy. However, implementation has been limited Read more about Smart materials, systems and structures for energy harvesting[…]

BOSCH Investment of 100 million euros to increase productivity with Industry 4.0

The Bosch Group is further extending its manufacturing capacity in China. The supplier of technology and services is investing nearly 100 million euros in a new plant in the south-eastern Chinese city of Nanjing. Starting in 2019, the plant with a surface of approx. 20,000 square-meters will manufacture Bosch’s iBooster for customers in Asia Pacific. Read more about BOSCH Investment of 100 million euros to increase productivity with Industry 4.0[…]