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In focus: Energy security in the EU

The constant supply of energy is something we often take for granted. Securing that energy supply is vital. It ensures our homes are heated – or air-conditioned – that we can phone, use lights and computers and that our hospitals, public...

Practical steps for responding to the coronavirus crisis

The COVID-19 pandemic and its attendant effect on markets and commercial activity will likely present a range of challenges to the engineering and construction (E&C) industry — challenges that could deepen depending on the severity and...

InBetween Real Time Home Monitoring Service (RTHMS)

Towards a smart home: InBetween Project Consortium developed a notification system which allows you to adopt more energy-efficient behaviors   The introduction of the smart home concept and Internet of Things (IoT) in the...

Covid-19 Pandemic Puts Commercial Solar Strategies to the Test

The covid-19 pandemic is delaying new commercial solar project development and construction. Across North America, many facilities powered by solar have reduced or zero occupancy. Oil prices went negative for the first time in history.  ...

Power to the people: reinventing the grid

The prospect of a decarbonised energy system is now tantalisingly close, pushed forward by an infusion of renewables into the grid, the falling cost of wind and solar PV power, and advances in energy storage and smart digitalisation.   A...

Is PPP an effective tool for implementing energy related projects? The case of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Thanks to the complex constitutional structure of BiH – with state level authorities, three administrative units (Federation of BiH (FBiH), Republika Srpska (RS) and Brčko District (BD)) and a further 10 cantons in FBiH, each with its own...

Fundación Telefónica, CEOE y la Fundación Laboral de la Construcción lanzan un curso on line gratuito para digitalizar al sector

La situación de emergencia que vive nuestra sociedad estos días ha puesto de manifiesto la necesidad de digitalización de los sectores productivos en nuestro país. Actualmente casi la mitad de la población española todavía carece de...

EU launches new €50 million pilot to develop skills and education across Europe

The European Investment Fund (EIF) and European Commission are launching a new pilot guarantee facility to improve access to finance for individuals and organisations looking to invest in skills and education. The EUR 50 million pilot...

Heating homes in Amsterdam with a "waste-to-energy" source grid

In Amsterdam, Waternet, the water company for the city, housing corporation De Key, and energy infra-specialist Firan have joined forces to explore options for a heating grid with heat from waste water, a source grid with 'waste-to-energy...

Renovation of a sports hall with blow-in-straw technique

The municipality of Tilburg was very pleased to be invited by the National Straw Building Association of the Netherlands (SBN) to join an international project to pilot the use of straw in the renovation of an urban building.   In the past...

Thor Park : First regulatory sandbox for energy approved in Flander

As a following region in the D2Grids project, Thor Park in Genk (Flanders) has announced a big step in the development of a fully sustainable campus. This science and technology park has become the very first regulatory sandbox for energy...

Inter-seasonal heat storage: a solution studied at the Paris-Saclay site to adapt the tempered loop to the specificities of 5GDHC over the long term

Heat storage to balance production and demand is one of the basic principles in the definition of 5GDHC systems, 5th generation heating and cooling networks. It can be carried out on different time scales (short term and long term) and be...

Advancing the Energy transition through “Clear, relevant and actionable messages”-Read Marie Donnelly’s interview

Marie Donnelly is currently Chairperson of Renewable Energy Ireland. She is also a non-executive director of Tipperary Energy Agency; and E3G. She previously worked as Director for Renewables, Energy Efficiency and Innovation for the...

D2Grids and Nottingham City Council at forefront of exciting future for mine energy in UK

As an active D2Grids partner, Nottingham City Council will be commissioning The Coal Authority to undertake a mine energy study for a proposed pilot district heat network at the Crabtree Farm Estate, Bullwell, Nottingham, UK. Around 60...

Stockholm gets rid of coal for district heating

Operations at the coal-fired cogeneration plant KVV6 at Värtaverket, which has supplied heat and electricity to Stockholmers since 1989, ground to a halt on 16 April. This event made no ripples in the coronavirus-dominated media mix, but...

Preparing a future EU strategy on energy sector integration

The European Green Deal aims to make Europe the first climate-neutral continent by 2050. As energy production and use account for more than 75% of the EU’s greenhouse gas emissions.   In order to meet our climate objectives, while also...

Serbia doubles renewable energy production in 2019

The growth of output by privileged power producers is the main barometer of the development of renewables in Serbia. Total electricity generation in 2019 was 36,000 GWh, matched by consumption.   It could be said that the rise came as a...

Renewable energy prices rebounded 10% after collapse in March

Prices took a substantial hit at the beginning of March, falling between 15-30% across key markets compared to average prices in February, but have largely recovered from March lows, said Pexapark, the provider of advisory services for...

The positive house. Casa SN (Arco, Italy) is the first Zero Energy certified building in Europe

Can a building produce more energy than it consumes, exclusively from renewable sources? Certainly! This is demonstrated by the experience of Casa SN (named after its owners Sara and Nicola Berlanda) which has recently...

[#Quarantine - Webinar] : Digital Transformation in Construction. Thinking One Step Ahead

The coronavirus outbreak is not only a health crisis of all humankind but also — an imminent restructuring of the world order. It is having a growing impact on the global economy, causing economic slowdown and, ultimately — economic shock...