The 9th SET-Plan Conference Energy Union: towards a transformed European energy system with the new, integrated Research, Innovation and Competitiveness Strategy has been scheduled from/for 30 November to 2 December 2016, in Bratislava.
This 11th European Conference on Industrial Furnaces and Boilers is the latest in a series of very successful Conferences which have been held in Portugal since 1988. These have been attended by a large number of delegates from over 30 countries and approximately 90 papers have been presented at each Conference.
Researchers have developed an offshore wind turbine system that can be completely pre-assembled and pre-commissioned in controlled harbour conditions. Although wind power is highly regarded as an important source of sustainable energy, the costs of installing the necessary turbines have always been an obstacle to its widespread adoption.
Through a unique training programme that brought industry and academia together, the EU–funded MARE-WINT project has helped to fill a significant skills gap in the burgeoning offshore wind energy sector. The end result of the MARE-WINT project has been impressive.
The EU-funded TOWERPOWER project is developing reliable new techniques to continuously monitor the structural condition of offshore wind turbines. Optimising maintenance and inspections is a key way to help the sector achieve cost efficiencies.
Environmental Impact Assessments – which generally tend to be completed before offshore renewable energy plants can be built – could be delivered much more cost-effectively through applying a risk-based approach, say EU-funded researchers.
Researchers have combined sugar alcohols with carbon nanotubes to create a material capable of storing renewable energy as heat. As scientists and researchers continue to seek new ways to reduce dependency on fossil fuels and decrease the amount of CO2 put into the air, one area that is sometimes overlooked is how heat is stored.
The EU-funded ATBEST project has recently hosted its final international conference from 7 to 8 September 2016 in Linköping, Sweden, where it outlined its toolbox of innovative solutions to support and promote the future growth and sustainability of the European biogas sector.
EU-funded researchers are combining high-performance computational power with hardware and servers in order to build a more efficient, heterogeneous cloud. Whether it’s sharing files via Dropbox, saving images on Google Drive or placing an order with Amazon, we all use what is commonly referred to as ‘the cloud’ for our basic computing needs.
Research partly supported through the EU-funded EXPEER project has found that plants are increasingly adapting to increasing atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2), which could have important implications for global food security and nature conservation.