EU issues new guidance for renewable energy projects

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New documents aim to ensure clean power projects are being developed responsibly The European Commission has issued new guidance to help European governments during the planning phases of renewable energy projects. The Commission has issued two guidance documents as part of the EU Action plan for nature, people, and the economy. These documents aim to improve biodiversity within the European Union while ensuring that new energy projects can be developed safely and in an affordable manner. The environmental risks of clean power projects are becoming a concern Environment, Fisheries, and…

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Haskel to aid Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking’s H2Ref Project

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Haskel will be working on a project that could benefit hydrogen stations Haskel International has announced that it will be working with the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking in order to develop new clean technology. Through this partnership, Haskel will be working on the H2Ref Project. This project is focused on the research and development of refueling technologies for hydrogen fuel stations. Haskel has extensive experience with pressure pump and valve manufacture, which may be very useful for efforts involving the expansion of hydrogen infrastructures. Partnership continues to show…

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EU lawmakers want more aggressive renewable energy targets

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Lawmakers have come together to call for higher clean power targets Members of the European Parliament have come together to agree on more aggressive renewable energy targets. Politicians met earlier this week to discuss some 1,300 amendments to the European Commission’s initial clean power proposal. The European Union, as a whole, has been working to embrace renewable energy and reduce emissions for some time. Last year, member states were given legal directives to generate no less than 20% of their electricity from renewable sources by 2020. Many lawmakers now want…

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New project aims to make fuel cells using 3D printing

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European Commission shows support for innovative new project The European Commission has backed a new project that could lead to the mass production of low emissions solid oxide fuel cells in the future. The Cell3Ditor project is developing a hybrid inkjet/SLA ceramic 3D printer. This could be used to produce fuel cell systems that can then be used to generate electrical power. The 3D printer would serve as an alternative to conventional manufacturing methods, which are heavily reliant on fossil-fuels. Project will receive support for the next three and a…

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Europeans believe they are feeling the impact of climate change already

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Survey highlights major concerns regarding climate change Climate change is already having a major impact in Europe, according to a new survey from Cardiff University. The university is heading a new project, called European Perceptions of Climate Change. The survey draws upon the perception of citizens in four major European countries. Many Europeans have expressed concern over the impact of climate change, primarily when it comes to severe flooding and strong storms. The survey is meant to shed light on how this phenomenon is affecting the lives of people in…

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US and China power growth of the solar energy industry

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Highlight showcases the continued expansion of the solar energy industry The solar energy industry has grown significantly over the past year and the United States and China have contributed heavily to this. A new report from SolarPower Europe shows that 2016 was a major year for the solar sector, with installed capacity surpassing 76 gigawatts. By comparison, some 50 gigawatts of solar capacity were installed worldwide in 2015. Falling prices throughout the solar energy industry have helped power this growth. China contributes heavily to the growth of the solar market…

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Europe aims to put a cap on renewable energy production

European Commission draft law seeks to pay companies to stop producing renewable energy Regulators from the European Union are looking to pay energy companies to stop generating electricity in order to create a safeguard against renewable energy blackouts. The European Commission, the legislative arm of the European Union, will be publishing a draft law which will allow for paying more for surplus energy supply. Much of the money set aside by the law will be funneled to renewable energy companies, which will be providing electricity only when it is needed…

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SOFCOM project makes a breakthrough with fuel cells

Clean energy project continues to gain momentum in the European Union A breakthrough energy project in Europe is using fuel cells to generate electrical power by consuming organic waste that is collected from wastewater treatment plants. The project is called SOFCOM and is financed by the European Commission’s Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking. The project is managed by Politecnico di Torino and 10 other partner organizations that span 7 European countries. The focus of SOFCOM is to produce clean energy in an efficient manner through the use of wastewater.…

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Hyundai may need to be more aggressive with its fuel cell vehicle

Hyundai is seeing more competition come from rival automakers in the clean transportation field South Korean automaker Hyundai is beginning to feel pressure to compete with other companies that are planning to release fuel cell vehicles in the coming year. Numerous companies in the auto industry have announced plans to commercialize a new generation of clean vehicles beginning in 2015, with several releasing hydrogen-powered vehicles that year. Hyundai will be among the first to release such a vehicle to the commercial market, but the company will have to find a…

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Onshore wind energy may be the world’s cheapest form of power

European Commission report highlights the affordability of wind power Onshore wind energy may not be the world’s least expensive form of power, according to a report from the European Commission. Over the years, wind power has become a very popular form of renewable energy, competition with solar power and nuclear energy as viable alternatives to fossil-fuels. In the past, wind power was quite expensive, largely due to the costs involved in building and deploying wind turbines. Advances in technology and manufacturing have helped dramatically reduce the cost of wind energy,…

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Polish town attains 100% renewable energy goal

Town of Kisielice receives all of its energy from renewable sources, such as wind and biomass A relatively small town in Poland has received the ManagEnergy Award from the European Commission for its accomplishments regarding renewable energy. The town of Kisielice, which has a population of approximately 2,222,  has been working to reduce emissions, abandon its reliance on fossil-fuels, improve air quality, and embrace clean energy. The town’s efforts have been successful, as it has reached a point where it can powered completely by renewable energy. Wind energy allows the…

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Air Liquide to build new hydrogen fuel stations in Denmark

Denmark will receive new hydrogen stations thanks to Air Liquide and its partners Air Liquide, one of the world’s leading producers of chemical gases, has announced that it will be installing four new hydrogen fuel stations in Denmark. These fuel stations will be part of the Copenhagen Hydrogen Network, which has the backing of the European Commission. Denmark is currently working to promote clean transportation and has served as a test market for some fuel cell vehicles coming from the auto industry. In order for clean transportation to find success…

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EU to cut subsidies to renewable energy

Politics continues to play an overriding role in clean power Renewable energy is often seen as an environmental issue; a tool to combat the effects of climate change. Politics plays a major role in clean energy, however, and often determines whether or not clean power projects find the support they need or fail completely. The European Union has been working to embrace clean power for some time, but it has encountered major political challenges that have inhibited the adoption of renewable energy throughout Europe. In order to overcome these challenges,…

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EU turns its eyes to ocean energy

European Commission has high hopes for clean energy derived from the ocean The European Commission, the legislative arm of the European Union, has published an “action plan” concerning what it calls “blue energy.” According to the European Commission, blue energy is clean power than can be generated by the ocean. A new consortium has been established called Ocean Energy Europe and this consortium is comprised of several companies, including Eon, Alstom, and EDF. The consortium has plans to tap into the energy potential of the ocean, producing significant amounts of…

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Report sheds light on EU emissions reduction

New report highlights low-cost emissions reduction for Europe The Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research has released a report suggesting that the European Union can cut its carbon emissions significantly through “low-cost” measures. Reducing carbon emissions has become a priority for the European Union, but efforts to accomplish this goal have been slow going. Many European countries are concerned with the costs associated with reducing their emissions and have opted to avoid the issue to some degree for the sake of economic stability. EU emissions targets prove to be a…

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German renewable energy transition criticized by EU

European Commission issues report concerning Germany’s renewable energy plans The European Commission, the legislative arm of the European Union, has issued a report criticizing the energy revolution occurring in Germany. While the European Commission has been a strong advocate for renewable energy, the costs associated with Germany’s transition away from fossil-fuels and nuclear power has raised some concerns. The report issues recommendations concerning Germany’s energy transition and outlines actions the country should consider taking in order to mitigate costs and make the move toward renewable energy less turbulent. Germany undergoes…

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