Graphmatech has invented a technology to keep graphene flakes separate. The result, Aros Graphene®, is a powder that can be well dispersed in metals, polymers and fluids, utilised to coat surfaces or 3D-printed without loss of graphene’s properties.
The “Global Power and Energy Exhibition (GPEX)” took place in Barcelona between 17-20 September 2018. Co-located with Gastech, the major event of the global gas industry, GPEX2018 showcases strategies and technologies needed to adapt to the global energy transition. It brought together more than 30,000 participants, more than 100 exhibiting companies, 200 conference delegates and 180 expert speakers from the global power and energy community, including government, commercial and industrial power users, gas operators, power producers and distributors.
Offshore wind plays an increasingly important role in Europe’s renewable power generation. According to a report by WindEurope, formerly the European Wind Energy Association, offshore represented 20 % of the annual EU wind power installations, with 3 154 MW of new capacity connected to the grid in 2017. This was twice as much as in 2016. To realise the full potential of these resources, the EU-funded PROMOTION project is investigating the benefits of linking offshore wind farms with onshore grids in different countries.
Horizon 2020 project Premium Light Pro has been working since 2016 to support the uptake of LED lighting systems among public authorities and private companies across nine EU countries.
Sustainable transport, renewable energy, industrial innovation, social housing, internet and mobile telecommunications investment will benefit from EUR 5 billion of new financing approved by the European Investment Bank (EIB). During the two-day meeting in Bucharest this week the Board of the European Investment Bank decided to support transformational projects across Europe, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East.
The European Commission and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy today adopted a Joint Communication that sets out the EU’s vision for a new and comprehensive strategy to better connect Europe and Asia. The Joint Communication builds on the European Union’s own experience of enhancing connections between its Member States, with and in other regions.
The emerging field of organic electronics is already altering the way we use technology. From light emitting diode displays used in televisions, computers and mobile phones, to panels that convert sunlight into electricity, research institutes and companies are increasingly focusing on the potential of these applications. Enter SmartLine and CORNET, the EU-funded projects tackling the issue of manufacturing in this sector.
On 18 September 2018 the use of hydrogen as a future‑oriented energy form was among the items on the agenda of the informal meeting of EU energy ministers.“The Austrian Presidency of the Council of the European Union proposed a Hydrogen Initiative that many member states approved of and signed”, said Elisabeth Köstinger, current chair of the EU energy minister meetings. “Under this initiative, the signatory states commit themselves to continue research and investment in the production and use of hydrogen as a future‑oriented technology”.
An EU initiative is ready to test the first of its two innovative turbine devices. This brings the project one step closer to commercialising the hydrokinetic turbines that will offer a reliable solution for generating zero-carbon energy from rivers and estuaries.
The President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, will attend for the first time the Three Seas Initiative Summit on Monday 17 September and Tuesday 18 September in Bucharest, Romania. The Summit aims at achieving concrete progress in multiplying transport, energy and digital interconnections in the region.