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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E.ON to participate in European smart grid project InterFlex

Three of six regional demonstrators led up by E.ON companies Part of the biggest EU Research and Innovation program, Horizon 2020 Total budget of around € 23 million E.ON is part of the European smart grid project InterFlex that aims to explore new ways of using various forms of flexibilities to optimize electric power systems on a local scale. The project, which started on January 1st, 2017, will run for three years. During this time, 20 project partners will investigate the interactions between flexibilities provided by energy market players and the distribution grid, with a particular focus on energy storage, smart charging of electric vehicles, demand response, islanding, grid automation

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Managing VII FP and H2020 Projects Guide to Best Practice – Financial Issues Based on BESTPRAC members’ experience

Published Guide of Good Practices on financial aspects in the management of FP7 and H2020 projects: “Managing VII FP and H2020 Projects. Guide to Best Practice – Financial Issues. Based on BESTPRAC members’ experience “ Under the BESTPRACT Network, funded by the COST program, a good practice guide has been published to address the management of financial aspects in the FP7 and Horizon 2020 projects. The guide has been developed by several universities and research centers European participants in the COST Strategic Network and the authors are experts in the management of European Union grants. Guidance is proposed and does not represent an official position of the European Commission. Download

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Atos coordinates the European inteGRIDy project that will pilot a new energy framework across 8 countries

InteGRIDy has secured funding of more than 12 million euros from the European H2020 program, becoming the largest project in its category. Atos, a leader in digital transformation, coordinates the inteGRIDy European project, which seeks to connect innovative services, technologies and emerging mechanisms of intelligent electric networks through the deployment of a scalable and replicable platform. This platform will allow the connection of the current energy network with the different market players, as well as providing improved capabilities for the monitoring of consumption and generation profiles. The ultimate goal is to facilitate the optimal and dynamic operation of the power distribution network, boosting network stability while coordinating the inclusion of distributed

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