Event: Horizon 2020 Energy Efficiency Info Day (Brussels, 22 January 2019)

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.

Press Release: Preparations underway to give electrical power to MITICA

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.

Press Release: IEA participates in first Paris Peace Forum to expand global dialogue on energy and security

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.

Press Release: Safer Li-ion batteries by preventing thermal propagation

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.

Press Release: Cobalt – a potential bottleneck in the transition to electric mobility

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.

Agenda: Coreper 2 Meeting (14 November 2018)

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Stakeholder Press Release: NGVA Europe: Europe needs an open legislative framework to assess fuel solutions on fair terms

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.

Press Release: Commission Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič in Germany to discuss electro mobility, batteries and a just transition from coal

UPDATED – Merger Case: M.9075 CONTINENTAL / AVIATION INDUSTRY CORPORATION OF CHINA / JV

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UPDATED – Draft Council conclusions on “A future EU industrial policy strategy”

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Press Release: Remote Handling design for ITER Diagnostics port plugs successfully validated

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.

Event: Fair of European Innovators in Cultural Heritage (Brussels, 15 – 16 November 2018)

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Agenda: EP REGI Committee Meeting (15 November 2018)

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Agenda: Joint EP ITRE/TRAN Committee Meeting (22 November 2018)

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Press release: EBRD lends €6 million to Union Bank to boost green energy investments in Albania

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.

Press Release: ITER In-Vessel component ready to take the heat

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”.

Press Release: Exciting and innovative environment technology projects are awarded the National Prize 2018 for Environment and Energy Technology in Graz

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.

European Court of Auditors’ Special Report No 24/2018: “Demonstrating carbon capture and storage and innovative renewables at commercial scale in the EU: intended progress not achieved in the past decade”

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UPDATED – Comitology Written Consultation: Programme Committee for the specific programme implementing Horizon 2020 – the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (2014-2020) – Strategic configuration

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UPDATED – Comitology Written Consultation: Programme Committee for the specific programme implementing Horizon 2020 – the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (2014-2020)

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