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Press Release: Applicants seek more than €1 billion in EU funding from LIFE

The European Commission has received 629 proposals for environment and climate protection projects by the LIFE programme’s deadlines in September 2017. Applicants come from all 28 EU Member States and request more than €1 billion in EU funding – four times the available budget (which is some €254 million).

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Press Release: Making ice cream storage more efficient

Did you enjoy an ice cream this summer or quench your thirst with a cold refreshment?  Chances are you reached into a plug-in beverage cooler or an ice-cream freezer without being aware of the costs generated due to their high energy consumption. By increasing the use of energy  efficient models with climate friendly refrigerants, H2020 project ProCold is helping hotels, restaurants, supermarkets and the public sector decrease their energy costs and consumption annually by a total of 276 GWh primary energy. Full article…

Press Release: Fastprkt saves your fuel and nerves

Endless searching for a parking space can be a waste of time and a frustrating experience, but it also has a harmful impact on the environment. Worldsensing is a global IoT pioneer that offers a smart parking solution installed in the street to reduce congestion and create greener cities. The wireless system uses smart sensors installed in parking spaces and guides drivers to areas with vacancies via electronic panels and free mobile Apps.  Full article…

Press Release: Sol Voltaics raise €19 million for their technology that enables cheaper solar panels

SME Instrument innovator Sol Voltaics has closed a record funding round of nearly €19 million, the largest finance raise for a European solar technology company since 2015. The financing will be used to bring its highly anticipated solar efficiency boosting technology, SolFilm™ on the market, which promises to increase conventional solar panel efficiencies by up to 50%.

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Press Release: SME Instrument Innovator Stratio seals a deal with coachbuilder Sunsundegui

“The technology allows for customers to know and be notified about problems, both in the coachbuilder systems such as doors and air conditioning, and in the chassis systems such as engine, breaks, suspension and gear. Stratio’s technology will thus allow Sunsundegui’s clients to reduce their fleets maintenance costs and off-road time, while increasing the return on investment of the vehicles.”

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Event: Funding opportunities & innovative solutions on wastewater treatment (Porto, 26 September 2017)

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Press Release: Want to reduce your energy bill to save money? Interested in producing and consuming your own renewable energy? Here’s how

All this is possible with group purchasing, a way to collectively buy solar panels, heat pumps, or wood pellets for stoves to help you reduce purchasing costs for sustainable energy systems and ultimately the energy bill of your company or home.  So what do you need to do to benefit from the most advantageous prices, high quality and monitoring of the installation? Our project gives you a CLEAR answer. Full article…

Press Release: SME Instrument Innovator Graphenea opens graphene oxide plot plant

Graphenea announces the opening of its new graphene oxide (GO) pilot plant with 1 tonne per annum production capacity. The production capacity is multiplied by 20 times compared to capabilities before the pilot plant, allowing for development and industrial scale supplies.

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Press Release: 27 new Horizon 2020 projects in the pipeline

The European Commission has selected 27 proposals for funding under Horizon 2020’s Societal Challenge “Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials”. Full article…

Press Release: Boosting Research and Innovation in the Water Sector – The Impact of EU-funded actions

“This will be discussed during a side event of the Porto Water Innovation Week on 29 September 2017. The event will bring together water-related EU funded actions to discuss innovation in the water sector and address the different aspects and challenges in order to maximise impact.”

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Press Release: Joining up energy efficiency policies through multi-level governance

Effective multi-level governance helps to join up energy efficiency policies from local and regional to national and EU levels. This has been the focus of the FosterREG Horizon 2020 project, which has trained almost 500 participants from local and regional authorities to plan and implement urban regeneration policies that integrate sustainable energy. Full article…

Press Release: SME Instrument-funded HELIOVIS builds world’s largest plastic films’ solar collector

Austrian company HELIOVIS has built the world’s biggest solar collector to harvest sunshine with plastic films on a giant a tube that can collect rays of sunlight in order to transform them into electricity. The disruptive innovation applied reduces the capital expenditures for the mirror field of solar thermal power plants by 55 %. The solar power plant was inaugurated on Friday 23 in the sunlit plains of Albacete in Spain by the regional ministry of economy of Castilla-la-Mancha and the Ambassador of Austria in Spain.

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Press Release: SMEs at the core of the EU Sustainable Energy Week 2017

EASME, in collaboration with DG Energy and Eurochambers, is organising an interactive session with the objective of shining a light on:

  • the role SMEs play in the clean energy sector
  • the practical support measures required to tap their full business potential
  • the existing opportunities across the clean energy value chain

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Press Release: Building renovation makes it possible to save energy up to 50%

Total Concept project has been working in major reduction of energy use in non-residential buildings. One of their biggest achievements so far is the complete renovation of a building in Norway that will possibly allow significant energy savings. It is expected that the energy bill will be cut by half.   Full article…

Study: What are the best practices for cross-border maritime spatial planning?

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Press Release: EU Sustainable Energy Week 2017 – lead, share and inspire at an Energy Day

EU Sustainable Energy Week is not only hosted at the Policy Conference on 20-22 June in Brussels, but extends far beyond. Energy Days are local events taking place all over Europe for people interested in showing how they lead the way in renewables or energy efficiency. Sharing ideas for cleaner energy and inspiring others to move to sustainable energy is at the heart of these events. Full article…

Press Release: € 184 million of Horizon 2020 funding for 23 environment & resources projects

“The European Commission has selected 23 projects that will receive around €184 million under Horizon 2020’s Societal Challenge “Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials”.”

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Press Release: Promoting green investments – Innovators meet investors at World Circular Economy Forum

“The European Commission is organising a networking event for EU-funded projects and companies at the World Circular Economy Forum in Helsinki on 7 June. The event will feature ten brand-new circular economy projects funded through the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme.”

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