Raw materials | Chinese companies dominate the world

Let's transform to a Circular Economy becoming less independent of Chinese industries

Let’s transform to a Circular Economy becoming less independent of Chinese industries

Chinese companies dominate the supply chain on raw materials.

For instance, the Chines control the cobalt supply chain that begins at mines in Congo. But not only cobalt is getting scarce.
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HEROES project removes barriers PV-Grid Integration

HEROES project tackles PV-Grid Integration

The EU HEROES project removes barriers PV-Grid Integration in various countries

The European HEROES project in which seven European countries participate intents to remove barriers to the integration of solar power into the grid.

The kick-off will take place in The Hague on 19 and 20 September.

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EU Roadmap Energy Storage 2030

EU Roadmap Energy Storage 2030

EU Roadmap Energy Storage 2030 recommends options to boost the share of renewable energy in the European energy storage market

This Roadmap and recommendations aim to describe the future European needs for energy storage in the period towards 2020-2030. It also gives recommendations on which development will be required to meet the needs. Read More

By 2025 Norway all-electric

By 2025 Norway all-electric

This ferry the ‘Ampere’ is the first full electric Norwegian ferry. A study has shown that 127 of the 180 ferries could be driven using battery power or a hybrid propulsion system and still remain profitable.

Norway goes for all-electric cars by 2025. The country will ban all petrol cars.

The Progressive Party is well advanced in negotiations with coalition partners to reach agreement on it.

This news was reported by the big Norwegian newspaper Dagens Næringsliv. Read More

EU Grid for renewables

EU Grid

Interconnections are necessary to ensure the continued security of supply in the European electricity market and to secure the the supply of renewable electricity between European Countries.

The EU (European) Grid for renewables is connecting more and more countries. At this moment an interconnector is build from the Netherlands to Germany.

The Dutch Grid company TenneT uses a new proprietary ‘Wintrack Mast’. This ‘Wintrack Mast’ has a much smaller electromagnetic field than conventional masts and – because of its sleek design – it fits better in the living environment. Read More

Power-to-Gas Energy Storage is booming

energy, green, renewables, methane, biological, gas generator, smart grid, storage, hydrogen, gas network, EU

the Power-to-Gas (P2G) approach can facilitate a transition from natural gas to a ‘green’ mixed gas by making use of both of the existing energy grids on a global scale

Power-to-Gas is the process of converting surplus renewable energy into hydrogen gas by rapid response electrolysis and its subsequent injection into the gas distribution network. One of the most promising energy storage systems to storage renewables into the existing EU gas infrastructure.

The hydrogen produced is injected into the natural gas system to displace natural gas, so reducing greenhouse gas emissions and reliance upon fuel imports.

If the power is derived mainly from renewable power sources, only low-carbon hydrogen will be produced. Thereby the Power-to-Gas (P2G) approach can facilitate a transition from natural gas to a ‘green’ mixed gas by making use of both of the existing energy grids on a global scale.

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Research and innovation to accelerate Europe’s energy transformation

renewables, funding, smart grid, storage, technology, EU, Plan 2020, integration, green electricity, Gemini, Wind Energy

The SET-plan is about maximizing the potential of the innovations that already are happening by better linking it together. More cross-border, cross-sector integration.

Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete told the audience in his speech last week that Europe needs a more targeted,integrated, and transparent approach to solve the Energy demands of the future. 

Cañete: A rapidly changing energy and climate landscape requires realignment in the way we work.

His SET-Plan is based on three principles: Read More

Textile industry can save 90% on water

Textile, jeans, wastewater, water recovering

Workers at a jeans factory must search through wastewater every morning to scoop out the stones, which are washed with the fabric in industrial washing machines to make stonewash denim.

With a new technique, the water consumption in the textile industry can be reduced to 90%.

Other benefits include are a lower energy consumption. For this application process, there are no adjustments required. Read More

European Circular Economy Is Growing Fast

circular economy, reuse, recycle, remanufacture, eco-design, EU, Netherlands, UK

Resource productivity in the EU grew by 20% between 2000 and 2011. And another 30% is expected by 2030, resulting in an additional 2 million jobs.

The circular economy in Europe is growing fast. Products are remanufactured, reused, repaired and recycled.

Closing the Loop – from waste to raw materials.

It’s great to see how many materials are saved and how many jobs this circular economy is creating. Both the Netherlands and the UK are leading in the continent.

The benefits are clear: more jobs and a healthier environment.

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Tool calculates amount of renewables from biomass

bio-ethanol, BioFuel, biomass, climate change, CO2, emission, EU, fossil fuel, government, green economy, Greenhouse gas, innovation, sustainable

Biomass power plants—in some cases, biorefineries—work much like a fossil fuel power plant. A plant-based product, such as wood scraps, trees, switchgrass, corn stover, hemp, sugarcane, corn, yard clippings or even garbage, is combusted to heat water into steam. That steam spins an electric turbine and electricity is created.

Six EU-countries have developed a calculation tool for suppliers of renewable energy from biomass.

The tool allows them to create an insight of the emission-savings if electricity and heat are conversed from biomass. Read More

Netherlands Leading Role in EU Energy Market?

Smart Grid, Renewables, Hydro, Wind, Geothermal, Nuclear, Solar, CCS, Biomass Power, electricity

Sun, wind and wave-powered: Europe unites to build renewable energy ‘supergrid’

Building on its strengths, the Netherlands, has an unique position to play a pivotal role in the Europe Energy market.

Why? Because of its physical infrastructure, geographical location, its strong business acumen and scientific strengths.

The University Delft has made a model for the Netherlands, how to take the leading role in the European Energy Market.

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Isn’t BioMass Sustainable For Renewable Energy?

biofuel, biomass, greenhouse gas, emission, CO2, sustainable, green economy, innovation, climate change, government, EU

Encourage biomass is used as raw material for high-quality materials. Only burn remnants which can’t be used elsewere

3 scientists criticize the ecological benefits of bio-mass in the energy production. Bio-fuels doesn’t decrease Greenhouse gas emissions.

This is the conclusion in the vision document ‘Biofuel and wood as energy sources‘ (in Dutch) published today at the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences (KNAW). Read More

EU smart water management market will double in 2018

Water leakage detection, monitoring, sustainable infra, climate change

City water leaks wasting millions of tax dollars

The Europe smart water management market is expected to grow from $1.73 billion in 2013 to $3.46 billion in 2018 at CAGR of 14.9% for the period 2013 to 2018.

The market is primarily driven by advancement in technology in the region and smart meter compliances.

 

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America Renewable Energy Policy Handbook 2014

Climate change, CO2 emission

An atlas of pollution: the world in carbon dioxide emissions

This Renewable Energy Policy Report 2014 presents an in-depth analysis of the renewable energy policies across the major countries in North and South America namely the US, Canada, Argentina, Brazil and Mexico.

It also presents the major renewable policy frameworks in place in some of the major states in the US and Canada.

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EU Report: costs and subsidies energy technology

Irena report renewable energy to 2030

A new report, “Global Bioenergy Supply and Demand Projections for the Year 2030,” examines the biomass potential in world regions and with different technologies for rapid and sustainable scale-up of this vital renewable energy resource

A presented report from the EU ‘Progress towards completing the Internal Energy Market‘ shows the total value of public interventions in energy in the EU were €122 billion.

It estimates on external costs across power generation technologies. Not all costs can be reflected in market prices.

Think of costs of environmental and health impacts and the costs of climate change. It puts the figure of external costs of the EU’s energy mix in 2012 at between €150 and 310 billion. Read More

EU speeds up creation of common energy market

BetterWorldSolutions Trending: Booster Program

BetterWorldSolutions gives great new concepts a boost

The political conflict with Russia because of the Ukraine conflict gives a boost to European Union (EU) plans for the creation of a common energy market. The main stated reasons for creating a common energy market are the benefits that would go along with a broad shift to a low-carbon economy (renewables), and the need for greater energy security for the European block.

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EU Emissions -/- 40% by 2030

 

EU Emissions -/- 40% by 2030

Climate change needs new thinking

Reconsider proposed 40% cut by 2030 if governments fail to agree on a binding deal, says Gunther Oettinger, EU’s energy chief.

In October 2015, EU leaders are expected to sign a package of targets for 2030 that will include:

  • 40% cut in Europe’s emissions
  • legally enforceable Europe-wide targets of a 27% market share of renewables
  • 30% improvement in energy efficiency

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Europe Renewable Energy Policy Handbook 2014

groene globe kleinThe Report presents an in-depth analysis of the Renewable Energy Policies of Wind, Solar, Geothermal, Biopower and Biofuels. The involved countries are: Germany, France, Italy, the UK, Spain, Austria, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Sweden and Turkey. Read More