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SME Instrument: EU to invest €8.9 million in 184 innovative businesses

184 small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) from 28 countries have been selected for funding in the latest round of the Horizon 2020 SME Instrument. The funding is provided under Phase 1 of the instrument, which means that each project will receive €50,000 to finance feasibility studies for new products that can disrupt the market. They can also ask for up to three days of free…

It Makes Good Economic Sense To Invest In Clean Energy

Vinjay Rustag, Managing Director of Bridge to India, said “When you talk to major international investors about the Indian renewables sector, the fundamentals for the sector are compelling.” “When you look at the imperative to reduce carbon emissions, the growing power demand, the desire to reduce energy costs, as well to provide power to people 24/7 across India, the fundamentals are so strong that we…

European Coal Emissions Plunge 11% In 2016

European emissions from coal fell by an impressive 11% in 2016, according to analysis of new figures published by the European Commission this week. At the end of March, the European Commission published preliminary 2016 data under the European Union’s Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS). European non-profit think tank Sandbag analyzed the data, finding that total European Union (EU) ETS stationary emissions fell by 2.4% in 2016, from…

4 Factors That Could Affect a Solar Street Light Proposal

There are many different factors to consider when putting together a solar street light proposal. Not many people know all the considerations required, but here is a list of a few little-known factors that can make the specification process a little less stressful. With this information, you will be able to not only create a better specification, but ensure that solar is the right fit…

Efficiency Retrofit Project For 5,000 Public Housing Units Kicks Off In Hawaii

The project will replace all incandescent lighting with LEDs, install high-efficiency shower and faucet fixtures, and  put in protective and energy-saving Advanced Power Strips. HPHA is publicly owned housing for lower-income and transitional members of our community. Some HPHA residents pay their own utilities fully and others receive partial assistance, so the project is expected to save hundreds of thousands of dollars annually for low-income people as well as…

Tesla Solar Roof Orders Starting In April

Tesla’s various solar roof products will become available for order for the first time starting in April, CEO Elon Musk revealed in a tweet yesterday.As far as when deliveries and installations begin, that hasn’t been revealed yet, but presumably sometime by the middle or so of the year — or that’s my guess anyway. Reports are that volume production is expected to be achieved sometime…

New Google Rooftop Solar Tool Says 80% Of US Roofs Are Suitable For Solar Panels

­ Google has updated its Project Sunroof to include 3-D models of every rooftop in all 50 states. The new software takes into consideration the trees on your property, how much sun or shade hits your rooftop, and figured in the prevailing weather in your area. Then it takes all that data and builds a computer model that tells people how much electricity a rooftop…

How smart city technology is connecting Europeans

Urban sprawl is the reality for two out of three people living in Europe. This edition of Real Economy comes from the Spanish city of Valencia. As we move to urban economic powerhouses for jobs and opportunities we also have to deal with critical issues like economic hardships, such as housing, transport and pollution. And that is really forcing cities to start thinking of how…

DESI: The Digital Economy and Society Index – European KPI framework

Denmark, Finland, Sweden and the Netherlands have the most advanced digital economies in the EU followed by Luxembourg, Belgium, the UK and Ireland. Romania, Bulgaria, Greece and Italy have the lowest scores on the DESI. In 2016, all Member States improved on the DESI. Slovakia and Slovenia progressed the most (more than 0.04 as opposed to an EU average of 0.028). On the other hand, there…

Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality and Ericsson sign smart city partnership

Having transformed Istanbul into a ‘city brand’, Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IMM) has signed a cooperation agreement for a smart city consultancy project with Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC). Under the umbrella of the Istanbul Informatics and Smart City Technologies (ISBAK AS) company, the IMM and Ericsson will work together to achieve Istanbul’s smart city vision and 2024 targets. In 2016 Istanbul improved its standing in the World Global…

MAS²TERING: Flexibility management demonstrated to show the need for the MAS platform solution

The MAS²TERING project can be sumarized as: Impact Methodology Pillar 1 – Interoperability Pillar 2 – Security and Reliability Pillar 3 – Holonic Architecture & Distributed Optimization Pillar 4 – Components for local and global distribution balancing for cost-effectiveness and enhanced grid resilience Pillar 5 – Cooperative business models for cost-effective grid management and enhanced integration of telecom and energy infrastructures Use Cases analysed Use…

Reform of EU carbon trading scheme agreed

The agreement to reform the emissions trading system comes after almost two years’ of discussions but just two weeks after the European parliament voted in favour of a new directive. The acceleration in the EU’s efforts to toughen up the carbon reduction regime illustrates widespread acknowledgement of the need to plug loopholes in current legislation. The emissions trading system (ETS) is the EU’s key policy…

OptEEmAL: publication highlights “A comprehensive ontologies-based framework to support retrofitting design of energy-efficient districts”

“A comprehensive ontologies-based framework to support retrofitting design of energy-efficient districts” Authored by: G. Costa & Á. Sicilia – ARC, La Salle Engineering and Architecture, Ramon Llull University, Barcelona, Spain G.N. Lilis & D.V. Rovas – Department of Production Engineering and Management, Technical University of Crete, Chania, Greece J. Izkara – Construction unit, Tecnalia Research & Innovation, Bizkaia, Spain Abstract As part of the Europe 2020 strategy, one…

Addictive energy saving apps: the future of energy management?

Cloud-based energy disaggregation software is hitting the gamification spot with consumers. Smartphone penetration is escalating at a steady rate and industries across the board know that they have to engage with their customers via mobile applications in order to stay ahead. Smartphone users spend a great deal of time on these apps and it would be a lost opportunity for any business to ignore this…

Third-party sustainability standards can advance SDG progress for business

The WWF report, released earlier this week, illustrates how multi-stakeholder standards can help companies to reach their targets by scaling-up sustainability practices across their supply chain. Standards provide concrete measures which can move whole industries towards environmental advance and financial profit.  WWF also warns that the 2030 SDG agenda will fail without the commitment of large and small businesses across the world. “This report provides a…

London to enforce world’s “toughest” vehicle emissions charge

The “toughest” emission standard of any world city will enter into force in London from October 23, after London Mayor Sadiq Khan today (17 February) confirmed a £10 T-Charge to help curb air pollution in the capital. The T-Charge, otherwise known as the Emissions Surcharge, will start in the autumn half-term and operate alongside and on top of the Congestion Charge, which runs Monday to…

Smart cities and innovative financing schemes

Cities in Europe are experimenting new ways to invest in energy transition and finance green measures at local level. Innovative financing models are becoming a priority because of lack of public funding. The pioneering city of Stuttgart, Germany, was one the first to apply an innovative financing scheme back in 1995 and since then it has been bearing its fruit: energy-efficiency funding has reduced the city’s CO2 emissions by tens…

No European Country Stands Ready For Smart Buildings Transition

No Member State of the European Union stands ready to transition to developing smart buildings, and take advantage of the benefits such a transition would afford, says a new report from the Buildings Performance Institute Europe. According to the new report from the Buildings Performance Institute Europe (BPIE), published this week, after assessing numerous factors across the EU, including dynamic operability, energy-system responsiveness, renewable energy uptake,…

Intelligent buildings for smarter, healthier, more productive people

This white paper by ARM lays out the importance to modern living of buildings and cities and how they can have a role in mitigating climate change. It goes on to discuss smart buildings and the role of low-energy sensors as sources of data and how data flows and security are both opportunities and challenges to development. The paper finally offers up Cortex-M processor and…

Hamburg Considers Innovative Underground Heat Storage Scheme

Institutions in Hamburg are proposing to build a large underground thermal heat storage system that could supply roughly a quarter of the city’s heating needs with waste heat from industrial and power plants. If successful, it would make Vattenfall’s plans to realise a CO2-neutral district heating network superfluous. It could also serve as an example for other cities… →