H2020 boosts energy harvesting

Dr Yang Bai and co-workers from the Microelectronics Research Unit, University of Oulu, Finland, have presented a perovskite-based ceramic material which is able to collect three ambient energy sources and convert them to electricity. Energies which are normally wasted can be collected and converted to electricity, and with this could potentially help to power portable and wearable devices, from biometric sensors to smart watches. This technology is called energy harvesting (EH). The research – funded by Horizon 2020 under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions – discovered a single perovskite material called KNBNNO, which is able to harness three forms of energy simultaneously. KNBNNO is synthesised by doping a sufficient amount of

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Turbines set world record for monthly power

Two wind turbines in the Pentland Firth, Scotland, have set a new world record for a month’s production of renewable electricity from tidal power. Atlantis Resources announced yesterday (31 August) that their two turbines had produced 700MW hours of electricity in August – a world record and enough to power 2,000 homes. In total, the turbines have now produced 2GW hours of electricity since their launch earlier this year. Atlantis also confirmed that a third turbine was reinstalled at the MeyGen site in recent days. It gives hope that Atlantis will soon go on to complete Phase 1A of their £50m (~€54m) MeyGen project in its entirety, with four turbines producing

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Europe adds 6.1 GW of wind energy capacity in first half of 2017

6.1 GW of extra wind energy capacity was installed in Europe in the first half of 2017, according to figures released today by WindEurope. The figure puts Europe on course for a bumper year for installations, although hides some worrying trends. A total of 4.8 GW of onshore wind capacity was installed in the first half of 2017, although it was heavily concentrated in Germany (2.2 GW), UK (1.2 GW) and France (492 MW). There has also been a flurry of activity in offshore wind: 18 projects in four EU Member States (Germany, UK, Belgium and Finland), which saw a total of 1.3 GW installed. In investments, €8.3bn on new

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Vice president of the European Commission endorses InnoEnergy on Lisbon leg of Energy Union tour

Commissioner Maroš Šefčovič meets InnoEnergy’s and its innovators in Portugal, while celebrating the country’s progress and potential as a clean energy leader   InnoEnergy, Europe’s sustainable energy innovation engine, was proud to welcome Commissioner Maroš Šefčovič to Lisbon this week, showcasing the clean-energy contribution of some of the Portuguese innovations it has supported. As a Vice President of the European Commission (EC) and head of the Energy Union, Commissioner Šefčovič was in Portugal as part of his Energy Union Tour, with the aim of seeing first-hand some examples of Portugal’s leadership in clean energy innovation. On Monday 17th July Commissioner Šefčovič visited InnoEnergy in Lisbon, meeting with Andreia Fernandes, Portugal

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‘Clean Energy package’ top topic for EU Energy Council

The European Commission’s ‘Clean Energy for All Europeans‘ package was the main theme of the meeting of the European Energy Council, whch took place on 26 June 2017, bringing together EU energy ministers, European Commission Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič, and European Commissioner for Energy and Climate Action Miguel Arias Cañete. Main results The Council adopted, without debate, a regulation on Energy efficiency labelling which allows customers to be more aware of the energy efficiency and energy consumption of household appliances, thus helping them to reduce their energy costs and contributing to the moderation of energy demand (See the relevant BUILD UP News). The Council agreed its position on two proposals for

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Investment Plan for Europe more climate friendly, but European Parliament shows little ambition

Today in Strasburg, the European Parliament lead committees have brought the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), also known as ‘the Juncker investment plan’, closer to compliance with the Paris Climate Agreement. However, they have once again fallen short of eliminating fossil fuel subsidies, which stand in the way of climate action. Today the joint Economy and Budget Committees (1) voted on the European Parliament’s position on the future of the EFSI, the cornerstone of the Investment Plan for Europe. The committees have endorsed a 40% target on climate action. They also empowered the EFSI steering board, a governance body led by the European Commission and the European Investment Bank

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Commission publishes first surplus indicator for ETS Market Stability Reserve

Today the European Commission has published for the first time the total number of allowances in circulation on the European carbon market. It amounts to roughly 1.69 billion allowances. The total number of allowances in circulation will play an important role for the Market Stability Reserve (MSR) for the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS), which will start operating in 2019. It will serve as the exclusive indicator to determine whether, and if so, how many allowances will be placed in the reserve, or whether allowances will be released from the reserve in tranches of 100 million allowances each year. Allowances will either be placed in or released from the reserve

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EUR 800 million EU funding available for cross-border energy infrastructure

The European Commission is releasing €800 million of funding for projects in the areas of electricity, gas and smart grids infrastructure . The projects will strengthen the EU’s internal energy market, enhance security of energy supply, and help provide clean, sustainable energy for Europe.  The 2017 call for proposals under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) Energy will be open until 12 October. Proposed projects, which can be either studies or construction works, will be evaluated against several criteria. These include their state of maturity, their cross-border dimension, and to what extent they will remove bottlenecks to energy flow and end energy isolation of EU countries. To be eligible to apply

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EU invests EUR 22.1 million supporting synergies between transport and energy sectors

Today, EU Member States approved the Commission’s proposal to invest €22.1 million in seven actions that will help develop sustainable and efficient transport and energy infrastructure. They will receive funding from the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF), one of the key funding instruments of the EU’s Energy Union strategy to promote growth, jobs and competitiveness through targeted infrastructure investment at European level. Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc said: European Transport still depends on oil for 94% of its energy needs. That is why the EU is investing in seven projects to speed up the deployment of alternative energy sources, with a special focus on electrification and multimodal transport. Climate Action and Energy

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EU renews its climate diplomacy push

EU foreign affairs ministers agreed today to put climate objectives at heart of EU security and foreign policies. CAN Europe welcomes the initiative and calls on EU diplomats to lead the fight to achieve deeper emission cuts to limit warming to below 1.5°C in line with the Paris Agreement. Ministers stressed the need to “reinvigorate EU Climate Diplomacy, taking into account the latest developments and changing geopolitical landscape”. The aim of this new diplomatic offensive is to support implementation of the Paris Agreement, translate climate pledges into action in all sectors of economy and highlight positive economic impact of the low-carbon transition. EU diplomats want to focus their efforts in G20 countries

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