Energy efficiency topics of the 2019 call of Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 3 – Clean, Secure and Efficient Energy – will be presented in a series of workshops organised by EASME throughout the day. The aim of the Horizon 2020 Energy Efficiency Info Day is to present funding opportunities under the 2019 call and to attract new applicants and potential beneficiaries.
In the outskirts of Padua (Italy), at the leafy entrance of Consorzio RFX, a truck has received permission to deliver a bulky piece of equipment at the rear end of its premises where the ITER Neutral Beam Test Facility (NBTF) is located. MITICA, which stands for Megavolt ITER Injector and Concept Advancement, is expected to play a crucial role in the heating systems of the biggest fusion device. Its aim is to develop a Neutral Beam Injector (NBI) prototype similar to the one that will operate in ITER and monitor its performance through various tests.
The International Energy Agency was invited to take part in the first Paris Peace Forum, an initiative launched by President Emmanuel Macron of France in support of international collaboration and collective responsibility. The event brought together world leaders including Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany and Antonio Guterres, UN Secretary General.
Electrical energy storage plays a crucial role in ensuring mobility and reliable energy supply in the future. Li-ion technology is considered as one of the solutions also for large scale applications (e.g.electrification of transport, smart grids). As we move from single cells to modules and packs, failure modes in Li-ion batteries become increasingly complex and their potential damage can be substantial and difficult to deal with. Failure modes due to thermal, mechanical, electrical abuse or cell-internal failure may develop into so-called thermal runaway which is accompanied by hazardous effects.
The coming electric vehicle boom will significantly increase the demand for cobalt in the EU and globally. As a result, demand is expected to exceed supply already in 2020 and the EU must take steps to boost supply and curb demand without hindering the growth in electric vehicles, according to a new JRC report presented at the EU Raw Material Week in Brussels.
Brussels, 12 November 2018: Europe needs an open legislative framework where all solutions contributing to the decarbonization of the transport sector and achieving air quality goals can be assessed on fair terms.
To reach the 2030 targets currently under discussion, engine and vehicle technologies, in combination with low carbon and renewable gaseous fuels, will still have to play an important role in the heavy-duty sector. But the current CO2 tailpipe emissions methodology has to be complemented to consider the contribution from advanced bio and renewable gas.
Natural and renewable gas is an available fuel solution that is ready to play its role today. Renewable gas production is already standard practice, and its availability and vehicle fleet is growing fast.
Therefore, just before the European Parliament’s final vote on the regulation setting CO2 emissions standard for new heavy-duty vehicles, NGVA Europe urges for the inclusion of a new complementary approach.
This year’s Smart City Expo World Congress (SCEWC), Europe’s biggest Smart City related event, takes place from 13 to 15 November in Barcelona and will, like previous editions, attract several thousand stakeholders.
In order to get a good view of the ITER plasma, many of ITERs diagnostics must sit right at its edge: in one of the most challenging environments on ITER. Fortunately, Diagnostic Shielding Modules, or DSMs, are there to provide them a safe home. These steel structures, which are mounted in many of ITERs port plugs and weigh up to 3 tonnes each, support and protect the delicate Diagnostic components whilst shielding from ITERs neutrons. F4E will supply nine such modules; installed in the five Diagnostics port plugs (of 18 in total on ITER) that F4E is providing.
Funded by Horizon 2020 LabelPack A+ project developed a free energy labelling tool to support the most efficient choices in heating systems. It calculates and produces the energy label for customised packages of space, water and combination heaters.
Keynote speech at the conference “Sustainable Finance in Nordic-Baltic”, Helsinki, 9 November 2018.
The private residential and building sector in Albania will benefit from wider access to finance thanks to a €6 million loan that the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is providing to Albania’s Union Bank.
The wooden box containing ITER’s first Inner-Vertical Target (IVT) prototype left from the workshop of Ansaldo Nucleare (Genoa, Italy) and travelled at least 2800 km to reach the doorstep of the Efremov Institute (Saint Petersburg, Russia) in order to go through its first tests. Don’t feel any pity for this piece of equipment leaving the moderate European climate for a chillier one. It is meant to be resistant and eventually in the ITER machine it will be one of the components that will be exposed to the super-hot temperatures of the plasma. This is why engineers call it a “plasma facing component”.
On 30 October, the award ceremony for the National Prize2018 Environment and Energy Technology and the Special Prize2018 for Resource Efficiency took place in the MUMUTH (House of Music and Music Drama of the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz). The winners of the highest national accolade in the area of environment technology were Technologies GmbH, Fronius International GmbH and Compuritas GmbH. Federal Minister Elisabeth Köstinger and Federal Minister Norbert Hofer congratulated the winners of this important award.