Relevant Links / miscellaneous
In the following you will find related links towards renewable energies.
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NRGlab stands for energy landscapes and beyond. 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
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, 416p.in French
LUC is an 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: http://landuse.co.uk/sectors/energy-infrastructure/
DEWA announces names of teams selected to participate in 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 (https://ec.europa.eu/research/horizonprize/index.cfm?prize=co2reuse)
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.
- MSc in Energy Management, brochure
- MSc in Energy Systems, brochure and
- MSc in Energy Building Design, brochure
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 <email@example.com> 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
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.