Relevant Links / miscellaneous

In the following you will find related links and information towards renewable energies.


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“Renewable Energies – a German-Chilean Cooperation”

November 23-24, 2018
Venue: Heidelberg Center for Latin America, Santiago de Chile

Organized by Karlsruhe Institute of Technology under the sponsorship program “Research Alumni Meetings Abroad" administrated by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

4-year funded PhD position in urban planning at Luleå University of Technology, Sweden

Project title: "Solar Urban districts"

"The overall purpose of this proposed project is to develop, test, and assess an approach by which (potential) prosumers are motivated and empowered to integrate photovoltaic (PV) in the context of urban district regeneration. To do so it will be employed participatory design methods, building-integrated energy thinking, and environmental valuation all integrated in one pilot case study."

Final day to apply: 06-September-2018

more info here:

banking on sunshine

Banking on Sunshine: World Added Far More Solar Than Fossil Fuel Power Generating Capacity in 2017: interesting report, facts and figures

Dublin City University (Ireland) is setting up a new Master on Climate Change. Further information can also be found here: For any questions, you can contact Pat Brereton or Diarmuid Torney.

Action member Maria Bostenaru presented COST RELY at ESS Ar: "Women in greening the city: solutions to more self-sufficient and resilient urban communities" Poster can be acced here, abstract; poster

Recruitment of 15 Marie Sklodowska-Curie Early Stage Researchers - More information

Download "The Next Generation of Energy Landscapes" by Mike Pasqualetti in Springer.

New Book: Advocating for Sustainable Energy in Central and Eastern Europe

The aim of current guidebook is to provide guidance on how organisations can develop efficient energy advocacy activities, including stakeholder engagement, roadmapping, marketing and communications, fundraising and policy analysis. These skills will empower and enhance the co-operation in the sustainable energy sector. Finding a path towards sustainable development will require the pooling of diverse perspectives, knowledge and resources. The purpose of this handbook is to be a practical guide targeted for Central and Eastern European countries. The hope is that a wide spectrum of users can take it up and adapt the content to their own circumstances.


Visit a windturbine: In Germany there are several wind turbines open to the public:

1. Next to Aachen (North Rhine-Westphalia): Windfang

 2. Westerholt (East Friesland)

Do you now others? Just give us a hint and we add it to our list.

Eurostat Glossary about Energy

 NRGlab The NRGlab is a laboratory on energy transition initiated by Sven Stremke and Renée de Waal. The NRGlab is based in the Netherlands and linked to the Landscape Architecture Group of Wageningen University.

Energy Landscapes is one of the new Core Research Areas of German National Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN). There several interesting projects and publications dealing with the change of landscape due to RE production - unfortunately so long only in German.

  • Visible landscape and energy transition

The change-over to renewable energies such as the expansion of wind and photovoltaic systems is reflected in the landscape. A study of the aesthetic effects of the energy transition on the landscape and its current handling in planning and approval procedures aims to develop suggestions and recommendations which will further develop current evaluation methods. Link to publications: vol 1, vol 2, vol 3, the publications can be ordered for free.

  • Landscape and power grids

The conversion of our energy systems involves new requirements for power distribution. When planning the expansion of the grid it is necessary to record and evaluate the negative effects on the landscape at a national level. This project is developing a method to do this.

Eau de France Open Glossary on terms related to water which invites everybody to participate, French

LUC independent planning, impact assessment, landscape design and ecology consultancy, working across the UK and internationally.

With a track record spanning 50 years and a team of over 100 skilled professionals, we bring great depth of knowledge and experience to our work across the private and public sectors.

You'll find information about Landscape Assessment, Environmental Impact Assessment, Landscape Management, Landscape Planning, RE:

DEWA Solar Decathlon - COST RELY member Ion Mincu University of Architecture and Urbanism (Romania) among them!

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) announced the namse of the teams selected to participate in the Solar Decathlon Middle East (SDME) 2018. Dubai will host the Solar Decathlon in 2018, and once again in 2010, to coincide with tthe Dubai Expo 2020. For more information

Horizon prize CO2 reuse will reward innovative products

Horizon prize CO2 reuse will reward innovative products utilising CO2 that could significantly reduce the atmospheric emissions of CO2 when deployed on a commercial scale. The prize will induce actors in this field to do more to improve their processes and products in order to reduce atmospheric emissions of CO2. Moreover, the prize aims to mobilise and enhance private R&I investment, attract non-traditional players, create new partnerships and incentivise researchers and innovators to enhance efforts to abate emissions of anthropogenic CO2 in the atmosphere.

Why this Prize?

Preventing dangerous climate change is a key priority for the European Union. The EU is committed to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions substantially while encouraging other nations and regions to do likewise. One way to help these efforts is to make use of the CO2 by integrating it in consumer products. However, CO2 reuse technologies are still facing a number of technical, commercial and financial barriers.

It is expected that the prize will:
◾accelerate innovation in CO2 utilisation technologies, also in SMEs
◾facilitate discovering the real potential of CO2 utilisation to contribute to climate mitigation
◾increase transparency of technology readiness, barriers, costs, environmental performance and innovation needs
◾increase leverage of private finance for innovation
◾provide new business models and value chains in the CO2 utilisation sector


The development of innovative products which reuse CO2 in order to significantly improve net CO2 emissions, while overcoming technical, commercial and/or financial barriers.

More detailed information on the criteria for the contest will be published soon.


The contest has been launched and you can apply until 3 April 2019.

The rules of contest are available online (

This is one of three H2020 prizes in the field of energy.

These prizes will reward innovative approaches to integrating solar energy into historical buildings, using renewable energy in hospitals, and developing products that help cut emissions by reusing carbon dioxide (CO2). They will encourage innovations and finding solutions in the areas of great importance to European citizens, culture and health, and by this contribute to one of the key challenges of Energy Union, which is to put citizens at its core.

Their worth in total is €3.25 million and they are funded under Horizon 2020, the EU's research and innovation programme scheme.

You will find more information about the 3 prizes on the following website pages and infographics:

Contact Info: Brian Azzopardi


EU - aim: 20 % of RE

The EU has committed to obtaining 20% of its final energy consumption from renewables by 2020. You can follow this aim and project on the homepage keep-on-track.

3 RE post-graduate programs in Greece

Three RE post-graduate programs of the School of Science and Technology of the International Hellenic University offers for the upcoming academic year in the field of Energy, relevant for COST RELY Action members.

Applications are open until early October 2016.

The International Hellenic University is located in Thessaloniki and is the first Greek State University where all programmes are taught exclusively in English.
Note that the University offers a significant number of Scholarships for foreign students. There are also Greek State scholarships available for students accepted by Greek State Universities as well as scholarships from the Greek Ministry of Foreign affairs for international students.
Feel free to contact RELY Action member Georgios Martinopoulos <> for any queries you may have.

Call for literature, ideas and participation

Daniel Muenderlein is asking to provide relevant literature for a research project in Germany: “Landschaftsbild und Energiewende” (landscape scenery and energy transition). You can find further information about this project below.

Emerging Energies Emerging Landscapes – EEEL Network

EEEL presentation

Our interest in landscapes of energies has been triggered by the ongoing changes taking place in Europe and more generally at a world wide scale in the energy field. Our goal is to foster empirical and theoretical interdisciplinary research at the energy-landscape cross-road in order to tackle the ongoing changes in this area. The network connects members of several existing networks about landscape and/or renewable energy issues, such as:

An International network on the social (...)


The principal objective of WINERCOST is to collect the existing expertise on the Built environment Wind energy Technology recently developed as a follow-up of the Onshore/Offshore Wind Energy Technology and to investigate effective adoption methods for enabling the concept of Smart Future Cities. In addition, the utmost important issue of the social acceptance strategy will be scrutinized in close collaboration with municipality authorities, industry, manufacturers as well as the international wind energy organisations and platforms.