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[Save the Date] The European Energy Efficiency Conference

Boosting economic recovery with energy efficiency – this is the focus of the next European Energy Efficiency Conference from 24 – 26 February 2021 in Wels/Austria.   What is it all about?   Europe has the ambitious goal...

Why national building renovation plans are key for the recovery

The European Commission has proposed a €1.85 trillion recovery plan to help the European Union exit the economic crisis resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. How some of this money will be spent will be defined in national Recovery and...

How Europe’s city façades and pavements are being used to harvest clean energy

Europeans have become used to seeing solar panels on the roofs of buildings. But there are plenty of other man-made surfaces in our cities and towns that could be used to harvest energy, including building surfaces.   ‘In Europe there is a...

Boosting the EU's green recovery: Commission invests €1 billion in innovative clean technology projects

The Commission has launched the first call for proposals under the Innovation Fund, one of the world's largest programmes for the demonstration of innovative low-carbon technologies, financed by revenues from the auction of emission...

NZEB Letter - July 2020

The newsletter from eCENTRAL project is out!   Read the latest news about nZEB from Europe.   The news are: UTJECAJ COVID-19 BOLESTI NA UVOĐENJE NZEB STANDARDA U HRVATSKOJ UPRAVLJANJE IN UPORABA JAVNIH STAVB PO EPIDEMIJI COVID-19...

Eurac Research's advice to the Ukrainian government on renewables

For the past 15 months Eurac Research has been offering extensive advice to the Ukrainian government on promoting sustainable development and renewable energy. The consultancy, implemented by an Italo-Austrian team, included the Austrian...

Venticool newsletter issue #16 - July 2020

The venticool platform was inaugurated in September 2012 to increase awareness on ventilative cooling and to foster exchanges in the field. From 2013 to 2019, venticool was the main communication and dissemination partner of IEA-EBC Annex...

The webinar “Back home. How global crisis will change the places where we live”

The webinar “Back home. How global crisis will change the places where we live” organised by the CyprusInstitute, Project Partner of ZERO-PLUS, in collaboration with the Italian Embassy in Cyprus Ambasciata d' Italia a Nicosia - Embassy of...

The NEWCOM competence database

With the aim of a Europe-wide comparability of acquired skills, a competence database has been developed. This database provides a basis for the mutual recognition of skills of professionals throughout Europe. The...

ETH Zurich combines 3D printing and casting to make more efficient concrete structures

Researchers at ETH Zurich have created a machine that controls the setting rate of concrete to offer a "seamless transition between casting and 3D printing" so that structures can be made that use less material.   The system called Fast...

Heat mining in the Ruhr Area : Geothermal reuse of a small mine as seasonal heat storage

The heating and cooling sector is of crucial importance for the implementation of Germany's climate protection goals. Heating and cooling is responsible for half of the total energy consumption in Europe. However, since fossil fuels, in...

In Minnesota, a geothermal innovation revives interest in systems’ potential

A startup company is beginning to market geothermal systems that circulate heat from shallow aquifers.   A heat exchange technology developed at the University of Minnesota could help shrink the cost and footprint of geothermal heating and...

Recovering, upcycling and exchanging energy: making the energy transition with heating and cooling networks a success

As a major component of the Paris-Saclay energy strategy, the heating and cooling network of the Urban Campus is an ambitious project mobilizing local renewable energies and integrated into a vast intelligent multi-energy network. Since...

Energy Hub Aalsmeer - Smart Exchange of Heat and Cold

Part of the Hornmeer district in Aalsmeer is the scene of a unique energy exchange project. Three buildings in the district are now using residual heat from the nearby data centre of NorthC and are therefore completely independent of...

An experimental platform dedicated to surface geothermal heat exchangers

In line with the challenges of the energy transition and its innovation approach, BRGM has set up an experimental platform that is unique in France, dedicated to research and development of surface geothermal exchangers. This project is...

Innovative solutions for advanced façade systems: main results from FACECAMP project

The Interreg Italy-Austria project FACECAMP has come to an end in 2019 and it reached several successful results concerning the topic of building envelope´s performance to reach indoor comfort, energy saving targets and to boost inter-...

ASSIST model proved successful in tackling energy poverty

ASSIST offers a two-way approach to energy poverty: active engagement of consumers in the energy market, and a positive change of behaviour in relation to energy consumption able to influence the design of policies at all levels.   The...

Training professionals and craftsmen on energy-efficient traditional building skills for the heritage sector

1) Could you describe the project and its objectives?   The PRO-Heritage project aims to offer continuous education to professionals and craftsmen working in cultural heritage. It provides traditional competencies and...

New business model encourages ESCOs to join forces with demand response aggregators

The idea is that by cooperating with demand response aggregators, ESCOs can access both energy efficiency savings and revenues from offering the site’s flexibility to the grid, thus enabling faster repayment of the initial investments. An...

Horizon 2020 newsletter from EASME

Horizon 2020 Energy Efficiency newsletter is out!   Here are the contents:   News:   NOVICE: New business model encourages ESCOs to join forces with demand response aggregators Training professionals and craftsmen...