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Golden PV panels for balcony solar systems

Over the past few months, Swiss Renova has been renovating a multifamily structure dating back to 1963, in line with the passive housing standard. The Swiss construction company paid particular attention to sustainability and energy...

Germany Exceeds 50% Renewable Energy Use Milestone

Germany's target for renewable energy sources to deliver 65% of its consumed electricity by 2030 seemed on track Wednesday, with 52% of electricity coming from renewables in 2020's first quarter. Renewable energy advocates, however, warned...

Keeping an eye on the energy efficiency ball is crucial

What happens to energy efficiency when people desert the CBDs because of the COVID-19 pandemic to work from home, and then send energy consumption through the roof with their domestic consumption?   In a stark reminder that we need to keep...

CREATE Project: 7th Newsletter

We are happy to share seventh project newsletter.   In this edition will introduce the final video which reflects on the 4 year-long CREATE project journey and showcases the project results.  You can also get to...

Six EU countries join call for 100% renewable energy scenario

“The serious risks of climate change are at the heart of [citizens’] concerns,” the six countries write in reference to young people who have led the climate marches that have swept Europe for over a year. “As leaders, we have the...

How Coronavirus Makes The Case For Renewable Energy

Reliance on fossil fuels has left countries more exposed to the economic shock of global crises like coronavirus, and governments should look to renewable energy to help reduce such risks, a leading financial economist has said.   Dr...

Renewables account for almost three quarters of new capacity in 2019

The renewable energy sector added 176 gigawatts (GW) of generating capacity globally in 2019, marginally lower than the (revised) 179 GW added in 2018. However, new renewable power accounted for 72 per cent of all power expansion last year...

THERMOSS Project: 5th Newsletter

THERMOSS the final project newsletter!   We are happy to share the final newsletter of the THERMOSS Project. This fifth edition will introduce you the final video of the project and demo sites. You will also find...

Renewables achieve clean energy record as COVID-19 hits demand

Renewables’ share of total clean energy generation in Europe topped 60% for the first time in the first three months of the year.   That was a standout statistic in the latest quarterly report on the European power generation market from...

SCORES Project: 3rd newsletter

We are happy to share with you the third edition of the SCORES project newsletter created by FENIX TNT.   In this newsletter we will introduce the REDOX thermal battery system and show you the update of the SCORES demo site. You...

Call for papers - International Conference on Sustainability in Energy and Buildings SEB-20

Following the success of earlier events in the series, SEB-20, the Twelfth International Conference on Sustainability in Energy and Buildings will take place in Split, Croatia organised by the KES International.   SEB-20 invites...

Facing a Brave New World with Carbon Neutrality

This January 2020, STARDUST organised a session at the Tampere Smart City Week called, Carbon Neutral Building and Energy   January 28, 2020, Tampere - STARDUST in partnership with its Lighthouse city of Tampere, Energy Wise...

It’s time to replicate with Tampere

As part of the Tampere Smart City Week, STARDUST’s Lighthouse city of Tampere organised a series of replication workshops on January 29 and 30, for both Finnish cities and for STARDUST’s Follower cities respectively   For two days...

#5 RenoZEB Newsletter - April 2020

The contents of #5 RenoZEB newsletter are the following:   the first results of tests about Human-centric monitoring system texted at Kubik Plug and play for deep renovation: lessons learned on the decision-making...

Certified passivhaus school built with biosourced materials

The theme of the 2019 UP STRAW YEARBOOK is ’the straw experience to learn in’. It aims to inform and inspire you about the application of straw as a building material in schools and educational buildings. The article we highlight today...

Average home is more spacious now than ever – here’s why that’s a problem for the environment

Around the world, more people are living with more space at home than at any other time in history.   This may be surprising – cramped, dingy rooms are as familiar in Shanghai as they are in London. But on average, the space per person in...

Prefabricated straw panels in UK Schools

Prefabricated straw bale construction systems use a natural, low carbon, renewable product, providing high levels of thermal insulation. This modular approach appeals to the creative side of architects and can make life much easier for...

In focus: Renewable energy in Europe

Renewable energy will play a fundamental role in achieving the EU’s energy and climate objectives. Not only is it abundantly available within the EU, but it is also cost-competitive with fossil fuels. As such, it can help make our energy...

New rules for external power supplies will enable household energy savings

A new EU Regulation on external power supplies aimed at making a range of household appliances more energy efficient - from laptops to electric toothbrushes – enters into force as of 1 April 2020 within the context of EU ecodesign measures...

ManagEnergy Initiative: energy agencies leading the energy transition

Energy agencies have many important roles through which they can support sustainable energy investments: as facilitators, aggregators or project developers, and therefore are in a unique position to support energy investments in their...