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Renewables Update N°10 -  December 2012

1. RETS project News
2. Good practice exchange
3. Regional zoom
4. Upcomin events
5. Go to
6. RES News
7. RETS in Europe
 

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In this newsletter, the last one for 2012, we concentrate on the final shared activities of the RETS partners after three years working together.

At the end of September, Vecsés Municipality organised a one day seminar on Geothermal Energy in Hungary. As well as eminent experts on geothermal systems, members of RETS also shared their local experiences during the day (Portugal, the Netherlands and Romania). The RETS partners also had the opportunity to visit another good practice in the south of Hungary the next day, where a small community is developing the use of geothermal energy to supply public buildings.

The project final conference also took place in Strasbourg in October. The objective of the conference was to showcase the main outputs and results of the RETS project and show how the tools developed by the project can help local authority policy makers to make crucial decisions on how to implement an energy-mix. In parallel, an exhibition of collaborative web tools used during the project (wiki, website and business watch), with hands-on stations available for public use, and posters explaining the outputs achieved during the project could
be visited. Over, 140 participants attended the conference, but if you missed it online videos of all the presentations are available.

The day after the conference, the RETS consortium had the opportunity to make an additional study visit in Germany, to the "Morbach Energy Landscape" and to the Environmental Campus Birkenfeld - Zero Emission University. Once again partners were able to see for themselves some of the good practice shared during the project presented by the German partner ZETIS.

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While the core activities of the RETS project will be completed by the end of December 2012. Partners have started working on how to further share and exchange on their outputs and results. Joining the INTERREG IVC capitalisation initiative is one way of doing this. Another is through stimulating exchange between similar networks. A joint seminar linking RETS to the RENREN and IMEDER (Mediteranean Renewable Energy Institute) networks was organised during November in Marseille (France). It is hoped new project ideas and cooperation will be built from the exchanges. More information on this event will
be given in the next newsletter.

The RETS project partners wish all our readers a happy festive season and Renewables Update will be back in 2013 with more news on renewable energy.

 

2. Good practice exchange

International Seminar in Vecsés (Hungary)

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The last International Seminar organised by a RETS project partner, took place in the Vecsés Airport Hotel Stáció on 25th September 2012.
The seminar "Good use of energy from Renewable Sources in the European Union: Present and Future. The use of geothermal energy in Hungary" involved municipalities, renewable energy experts, green energy consultants and universities coming from nine European
countries, and presented good examples of the use of renewable energies.

Among the different seminar presentations the idea was to showcase the Hungarian use of geothermal energy. The seminar brought together Dr. Miklos Antics (France), Member of the Board of the International Geothermal  Association (European Regional Branch Chairman) and
Secretary of the European Geothermal Energy Council, and Hungarian geothermal energy experts including Dr. Béla Ádám, President of the Hungarian Heat Pumps Association, Attila Kujbus Managing Director of Geotermia Expressz, András Bitay, CEO of the Hungarian Drilling
and Water Research Institute (Vikuv).

vecses3.jpgThe Mayor of Vecsés, Mr. Csaba Szlahó, welcomed all the participants, giving a short presentation of the modern Vecsés, and in particular emphasising its dynamic evolution.

Dr. Miklos Antics then presented subject the future of sustainable geothermal development in Europe. Based on more than twenty years of international geothermal experience, he summarised the development, exploitation and use of geothermal - geopower (electric production) and geoheat (heat production) - energy in Europe. In order to meet "geopower" and "geoheat" development targets, new resource and utilisation environments need to be explored and assessed. Efficient production and conversion technologies should be designed.
 

vecses4.jpgThe life cycle of existing and future systems should be extended to secure sustainability requirements. Examples were then given by Dr. Paulo Luís Farinha and António Simões from Sertã Municipality. They illustrated the use of renewable energy in the municipality and presented some interesting statistics about the path taken by Portugal regarding the production and use of renewable energy. They introduced good Portugal examples, for instance "photovoltaic plants", etc. and also financial support measures in the area of renewable energy.

The third lecturer was Dr. Béla Ádam, president of the Hungarian Heat Pumps Association. He presented the current state of development of heat pumps in Hungary and the results achieved so far. He also projected the development conditions up to 2020. Maria Rugina, project manager from ICEMENERG, Romania, then presented the Romanian situation in renewable energy development, in particular through the perspective of reaching more than 24% share in renewable energy for 2020. The biomass power plant in the Ural Mountains was given as an example, showing the new capacities for further romanian biomass production.

The afternoon session began with Attila Kujbus, who focused on the present and future of geothermal industry, as well as their technical and economical contents were summarised. The geological and technological reasons for the excellent geothermal potential of Hungary were also presented. The Sittard Geleen Municipality's (the Netherlands) city urban energy policy and implemented and planned RES projects were then shown by the Alderman Ruud Guyt. There are many renewable energy projects in progress in Sittard Geleen: waste heat recovery, solar panel installation and heat pumps projects. In the Netherlands, most of the local renewable energies initiatives are based on the local environmental conditions. The Hungarian thermal water research was then presented by Endre Bitay. Hungary has between 800-900 units of operating thermal water wells, which gives it a distinguished geothermal position globally. After showing the thermal and geothermal exploration drilling in relation to technological advances in recent years, he pointed out the untapped geothermal potential and the importance of future use of the Hungarian geothermal resources.

The seminar was concluded by Péter Práczki who showed two video experiments on solar and geothermal renewable energy technologies. He also presented the use of renewable energy in the recently built Vecsés Cultural Centre (heat pumps system) and the new Vecsés Kindergarten (solar panels), finishing with good examples of renewable energy in school education.


Study Tour in the geothermal city of Morahalom (West Hungary)

The day after the seminar was consecrated to a study tour. The RETS participants received a short presentation from the Airport Stáció Hotel on their heat pump system. Then they took the bus to visit the small town of Mórahalom in the south part of Hungary. Mórahalom is a small town of 5,838 inhabitants situated 21 km west of Szeged. It is one of the fifty most disadvantaged settlements in Hungary, however its work using geothermal energy during the past decade, has led it to be among the top 10 most dynamically developing towns in the country.

The Town Centre, which aims to be an internationally recognised good practice, maximises the use of local energy (geothermal) sources. The heating of the new Town Hall, various service and public institutions - Mora Cultural Centre, School and Gymnasium, Kindergarten, Day-care Centre Complex, are all based on a geothermal cascade system, financed by the Hungarian Structural Fund. Morahalom alsohas a spa, which attracts both Hungarian and foreign visitors. The cascade geothermal system waspresented by Morahalom's energy manager, József Pásztor. The city intends to use the spin-off gas from the pumped water to produce electrical energy for the city's LED lighting system.

 

RETS final project conference

The Final Conference of the RETS project “Energy-mix challenges for local authorities”was held in Strasbourg, on 16th October 2012, at the Conseil Général du Bas-Rhin. More than 140 people coming from all over Europe participated at the event. A further 30 persons followed the conference online through live-streaming.

Participants were welcomed from midday to take part in a networking lunch and visit the exhibition of collaborative tools for renewable energies, good practice transfer and exchange that was set-up for the occasion.

This exhibition was made up of:

  • a hands-on online platform where it was possible to explore the RETS wiki and website, and find out about the competitive intelligence system.
  • a bilingual French-English poster exhibition illustrating the outputs of the project

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The objective of the conference was to showcase the main outputs and results of the RETS project and show how the tools developed by the project can help local authority policy makers to make crucial decisions on how to implement an energymix. Additional guest speakers were also invited to showcase regional and local examples of good practices and illustrate specific elements linked to the global context of renewable energies.

The afternoon was opened by Mr. Rémi Bertrand, Vice-President of the Conseil Général du Bas-Rhin. A first series of presentations was made by

Mr. Laurent Klein (President of SAF – Agriculteurs de France) where he showed how agriculture can be an answer for the future challenges in the energy domain. This was followed by Mrs. Catherine Ledig, Director of ADEC and RETS project coordinator, who gave an overview of the RETS project challanges and outcomes. In particular, she focused on how information technology was used to facilitate collaboration within the project.

The main results and recommendations coming out of the RETS project were then presented by Mr. Jon Fairburn, from Staffordshire University (United Kingdom). He explained the methodology used for the collection and selection of the good practices, and how a detailed compendium has been produced to showcase the results. Finally, Mr. Ruud Guyt, Alderman of Environmental Affairs in Sittard-Geleen (Netherlands), explained how the RETS project has been useful for the local authorities included in the consortium. He focused on how small local authorithies were able to learn, to build strategies and to implement the knowledge acquired in this domain. He also explained how the Wiki was important for the consortium, and how it can be used by a wider local authority public.

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conf8.jpgIn the second part of the conference, the floor was given to invited speakers. Mrs. Margit Mohr, Member of Parliament and former economic and environmental policy speaker of the SPD-fraction, in Germany, opened this session with a presentation of the "Renewable energy policy in Rhineland-Palatinate".

conf9.jpgMore detailed information was then given on Interregional cooperation by Mrs. Martina Bacova, RETS Project Officer at the INTERREG IVC programme, in Lille (France). After explaining what is the INTERREG IVC programme, how RETS fits inside, and how the project was managed over the three years, she made an overview about the perspectives of interregional cooperation in the next funding period (2014-2020) according the EU 2020 strategy.

The next presentation was given by Mr. Wolfgang Schulz, senior project advisor for the Renewable Energy Regions Network (RENREN), coming from Land Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. He presented in particular the RENREN policy recommendations to support European Goals on Renewables. Over the last two years the RENREN project and RETS have developed together synergies, especially in bringing together policy and viewpoints from the local and regional levels.

conf12.jpgThe final presentation was given by Mrs. Fréderique Berrod, Co-director of the Fédération de recherche L'Europe en mutation at the University of Strasbourg. She concluded by giving the future vision of the energy and renewable energies market, focusing on the objective of a single market in 2014. The overall conclusions of the conference where made by the RETS partner Jake Hollyfield who summarised the afternoon discussions.

In order to further promote and share the afternoon's discussions, the conference was streamed on the internet in English. All the presentations where recorded in their original language and are available for viewing at the following link: www.canalc2.tv/evenements.asp?annee=2012&page=1&idEvenement=644

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Study visit to Morbach - 17th October 2012

The day after the Final Conference on 17th October 2012 the RETS delegation visited the “Energy Landscape Morbach” and the “Environmental Campus Birkenfeld” in Germany.

Morbach is a municipality that belongs to a "Verbandsgemeinde" – a kind of collective municipality – in the Bernkastel-Wittlich district in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. It is also a state-recognised climatic resort (Luftkurort). The community of Morbach has defined its mission statement as follows: To be energy self-sufficient on the basis of renewable energy by the year 2020 and to cut CO2 emissions by over 50 per cent as against the year 2000.

morbach1.jpgSpecial features of the energy landscape Morbach as a Showcase for sustainable energy and industrial are:

  • Energy saving, corporate and cross-functional energy chain of economic processes (use process heat, organic waste etc.)
  • Technology transfer and development of innovative environmental technologies and process improvements
  • Intelligent Material Flow Management
  • Regional value added
  • Real and virtual experience, procurance of energy economical, ecological and environmental contexts, from planning to production and utilisation of waste materials.

The RETS delegation visited the Energy landscape Morbach, which is also an identified best practice in the RETS project.

More information about Morbach can be found in the RETS good practices on the project website.
An online guided tour through the energy landscape Morbach can be found here: http://www.energielandschaft.de/de/v...360-panoramen/

On the second part of the day, the RETS delegation visited the Environmental Campus Birkenfeld, which is a branch location of the University of Applied Sciences Trier and it is among the most successful conversion projects in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate.

Along with an ecologically oriented construction concept, the “Zero Emission Campus” has CO2-neutral energy, heating, and cooling systems with state-of-the-art building services and systems.

morbach2.jpgThe campus consists of 2.600 people, who live, learn, and work on campus as a type of “small village”.  During its young history, the Environmental Campus Birkenfeld has established itself as a flagship project across the borders of Rhineland- Palatinate. The innovative energy concept is a practical example of the sustainable development of conversion areas as well as a role model for students.

Besides the participants got an intensive insight in the work of the Institute for Applied Material Flow Management (IfaS), which is a higher research institute of Trier University of Applied Sciences located at
Environmental Campus Birkenfeld (ECB). IfaS was founded in 2001 thanks to the initiative of a few committed professors from the disciplines of Material Flow Management, Ecology, Business Management, Physics/Process Engineering and Communication/Ethics. The aim of IfaS is to promote the sustainable optimisation of regional and operational material flows in specific and practice-oriented projects worldwide.
 

INTERREG Capitalisation initiative

interreg1.jpgRETS was invited to take part in the INTERREG IVC thematic capitalisation initiative in the working group dedicated to Renewable Energy. This framework has been set-up so that the results of projects working in the same thematic field can be consolidated for the benefit of regional stakeholders.

One of the first actions of the Renewable Energy group was the organisation on a thematic workshop on 29th October 2012 in Brussels. The seminar was led by the INTERREG mandated experts Greenovate! Europe and brought together around 30 participants from 8 INTERREG IVC projects (MORE4ENERGY, RETS, RENREN, GEO-POWER, BIO-EN-AREA, 4 Power, Regions4GreenGRowth, EU2020 Going Local), the JTS, and relevant experts from the European Commission, and European organisations dedicated to the renewables sector. RETS was represented by the project coordinator Catherine Ledig and project manager, Alison Garnier-Rivers (ADEC), and Han Hoogma from the project partner the Municipality of Sittard-Geleen.

The morning session was dedicated to the capitalisation programme framework and objectives and was followed by an in depth presentation of the renewable energy topic by the Greenovate experts. The state of play of renewables and EU level in relation to regional policy was also presented through presentations from the European Renewable Energy Council (EREC) and the experts Observ'ER and the LandesenergieVerein Steirmark (LEV). After the break interview style discussions were made with 3 INTERREG projects in order to draw from their experiences and outcomes in developing their projects, so that other projects and regions can build on the work already completed. Catherine Ledig, coordinator of RETS, explained how good practice transfer is not easy and can not be achieved simply by transferring one practice from one region to another.

There are too many external influences linked to the territory to make a one step transfer possible. It is therefore important to think of good practice transfer in a more global "economic developer" approach. Each practice must be broken down, or decomposed, into building blocks. In a second stage, these building blocks can be taken and transferred in parts into the benefiting regions. The capitalisation initiative experts Greenovate! Europe have asked RETS to prepare a paper that describes in more detail this approach.

In the afternoon, the workshop participants were split into 3 groups, linked to 3 development stages, and were asked to provide through their experience the most suitable regionsal policies and instruments for each stage. The 3 stages were :

  • "Pre-investment" policy tools
  • Investment
  • Market maturity

The workshop was concluded by a summary of the days discussions.
The RETS project members will continue work with the thematic capitalisation group on renewables in 2013.
For more information on the initiative: http://www.interreg4c.eu/Capitalisation.html

  

RETS outputs

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  • 57 good practices
  • 10 regional seminars
  • 6 study visits
  • 3 international conferences
  • 10 newsletters
  • 85 articles on RES
  • A compendium of good practices
  • A results brochure
  • Project website: www.rets-project.eu
  • Project wiki: www.rets-community.eu

All of the project outputs can be consulted on the project website or the project wiki: www.rets-project.eu / www.rets-community.eu


 

3.  Regional Zoom

ADEC - Association pour le Développement des Entreprises et des Compétences

adec1.jpgTechnopole within the Retis Innovation network, the ADEC is an economic development association specialised in information and communication technologies (ICT), as well as sustainable development and renewable energies (RES), andis partner of the Lower Rhine Council (Conseil Général du Bas Rhin).

 

 

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ADEC’s objective is to accelerate the successfulness of IT or sustainable development projects through specific activities:

  • Business services: ADEC provides a convivial working environment for developing new projects. Entrepreneurs can set up new businesses within the 1500m² working space in ready to use networked offices. Shared secretarial services as well as a high-tech infrastructure and computer services, based on fibre optics, are available, as is a 3 ha real-estate reserve. In 2012, a co-working area was made available to develop telework.
  • Support to innovative projects and skills network: strategic position, help in Business Plan set-up and access to funding, and regular monitoring linked to the Alsatian innovation network. ADEC relies on public/ private partnerships combining local, cross border (Germany/ Switzerland) and European resources in particular those linked to clusters. ADEC is especially involved in the action plan ICT and HEALTH of the Lower Rhine Council, developed to enable elderly people to stay at home.
  • Competitive intelligence service: definition of the challenges, expertise, shared knowledge management. Our priority themes are: ICT, open-source software, e-health, e-government, e-business, green IT, eco-materials, Renewable energies ...
  • European cooperation: as coordinator or partner, ADEC has participated over 18 years in more than 30 European projects. Endowed with a network of over 250 partners in 20 countries, ADEC has developed significant know-how in the area. From 2010 to 2012, ADEC is coordinator on a European level of IT2RHINE www.it2rhine.com and RETS www.rets-project.eu , as well as being partner in the project GREENOV www.greenov.net.
  • Partnership with the university: ADEC has strong links with the following Master 2 diplomas: "Law and management of the digital economy" and “Management and Law of Energies and sustainable development” in the Faculty of Law, University of Strasbourg. In addition, ADEC has been involved since the beginning in the project ETENA, Pôle Etudiant Entreprenant en Alsace (Centre for Student Entrepreneurs in Alsace), www.etena-univ.eu.

ADEC and the RETS project.

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As initiator and lead partner of RETS, ADEC has a key role in the project. Over and above the tasks linked to the daily management and coordination of an INTERREG IVC project, the main role of ADEC within RETS was both to stimulate the uptake of ICT and ICT tools within the project partnership and at the sametime show how ICT tools can support the development of the renewable energy sector.

From the beginning of the project, a project wiki was developed both as a platform for the project management and a canvas for joint project work. Through the different project activities, the wiki now contains an immense tool box of information and raw educational material. Some of this structured information has been opened up to a wider audience, with the possibility for external actors to become a member of the wiki an in turn benefit from the knowledge. The other raw information should be enhanced and valorised according to different targets audiences, such as in the educational field, perhaps through a future project.

A competitive intelligence business watch tool was also developed. This tool, in the first place, was dedicated for the expert project partners. A specialised data mining software was installed that according to predefined keywords and sources, crawled the web, reaping information and news on renewable energies. The expert partners then sorted, rated and selected information that could be beneficial to local authorities. In a second stage, electronic newsletters dedicated to specific renewable energy technologies or themes were compiled and sent to the local authority partners.

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Dedicated trining workshops on how to use the collaborative tools.

Through its role as lead partner, ADEC has also put much effort into sharing information and good practices with other projects and networks working in the area of renewable energies. Successful cooperation has been developed with the INTERREG IVC project RENREN (Renewable Energy Regions Network: www.renren-project.eu) managed by the Schleswig- Holstein regional government. RENREN is particularly complimentary to the RETS approach focusing on policy measures at the regional level. Links have also been created with the IMEDER, network of mediterannean organisations working in renewables.

As a result of this work in extending the RETS network, RETS, RENREN and IMEDER are planning a joint seminar in November 2012 allowing their different members to discover, exchange, and build on renewable energy experiences and practices. It is hoped through this networking event, new projects and initiatives can be born.

For more information:
ADEC, 37, rue d’Engwiller - 67350 La Walck - FRANCE
Tel. +33 3 69 20 29 10 - Fax +33 3 69 20 29 19
info@adec.fr / http://www.adec.fr

 
 

4. Upcoming events

24-28 June 2013 - EU Sustainable Energy Week in 2013
EU Sustainable Energy Week is a wide and popular European movement launched by the European Commission in 2005 to encourage sustainable energy. The 2013 event will run from 24-28 June 2013 and will bring together thousands of events taking place all over Europe.
For more information: http://www.eusew.eu/

3 new Issues of Renewables Update in 2013
While the main actions of the RETS project will be completed by the end 2012, RETS will continue in 2013 through the publication of 3 issues of Renewables Update.

 

 

5. Go to

In each newsletter issue, the RETS project team will suggest links to other European and national funded projects dealing with similar themes.

events1.jpgGreenovate! Europe E.E.I.G.

Open innovation for sustainable business

Greenovate! Europe (G!E) is an independent European expert group, with headquarters in Brusels, dedicated to open innovation for sustainable business. Its members are experienced professionals with business and technical expertise able to facilitate innovation processes for environmental technologies along the entire innovation value chain from research to market. G!E provides innovation support services at EU level to research laboratories, technology developers, companies willing to acquire or spin-out new technologies, and investors.

The core expertise of Greenovate! Europe relates to:

  • knowledge identification and acquisition: technology scouting, licensing-in and spinning-in ventures
  • collaborative innovation: customer and lead user involvement, R&D collaboration, expert knowledge
  • knowledge commercialisation: marketing R&D and technologies, licensing out, spinning-out new ventures and technology sale
  • cross-cutting services: strategic analysis, technical and commercial evaluation of knowledge and technologies, legal services and IPR management, access to finance, and open Innovation training

Sectoral focus: all technologies and services that have a positive life-cycle impact on the environment, such as renewables, energy efficiency, sustainable construction, water and waste water, land and soil remediation, clean production processes, bio-based products, etc.

Greenovate! Europe is a non-for-profit membership organsiation, independent from the European institutions or any other larger structure. It has been set up to enable the cooperation of its members in and around green innovation projects for public or private clients. Its members come from all parts of the innovation value chain since their philosophy is to pool all the expertise that is needed for technology and service developers to bring their research results successfully to the market and for policy makers to create an environment in which eco-innovative businesses can thrive.
Greenovate! Europe was assigned to lead the capitalisation excercise on renewable energy for the INTERREG IVC programme.
Their role in particular is to analyse the selected INTERREG IVC projects' features and results so as to identify their added value for the RES field.

For more information, contact:
Greenovate! Europe EEIG
Rue d'Arlon 63-65 - 1040 Brussels - Belgium
http://www.greenovate-europe.eu/

 

 

6.  RES news
 

Local authority news

Non-Reimbursable Investment in Solar Energy Conversion in Mizil - Romania

The Ministry of Economy has provided non-reimbursable financing on a contract basis to the Local Council of Mizil for the implementation of the project “Photovoltaic power plant for producing electricity by solar conversion” in Mizil, a town from the Prahova County.

The total value of the project submitted in 2010 amounts to Ron 46, 458, 212, of which the maximum eligible nonreimbursable value from public funds is RON 34, 868, 926 (representing 98% of the total eligible value of the project of Ron 35, 580,537). The implementation of the project will take 23 months.

The development of a photovoltaic power plant in Mizil will cover the energy consumption of the objectives managed by the Local Council, reduce the costs of electricity paid from its own budget, create new work places and reduce CO2 polluting emissions by 1192 tonnes per year. This contract is included in the Sectoral Operational Programme “Increase in Economic Competitiveness”, Priority Axis 4, “Increasing Energy Efficiency and Security of Supply in the Context of Combating Climate changes”, operation “Support to investments in upgrading and building new power and heating production capacities by valorisation of renewable energy sources: biomass, micro hydro (in units with an installed power under or equal to 10 MW), solar, wind, bio fuels, geothermal resources and other renewable resources”.

TEU news

RENEXPO® SOUTH-EAST EUROPE 2012

Between 21st and 23rd November, 2012 in Bucharest (Palace Hall) will take place the trade fair RENEXPO®(Renewable ENergy EXPOsition) SOUTH-EAST EUROPE which is not only Romania's largest and most significant event on renewable energies but also creates the energy platform for the South-Eastern European region.
The event which is at its Vth edition also includes 7 specialised conferences (Wind, Bioenergy, Solar, Hydropower, Energy Efficiency, Cogeneration, Photovoltaic Designers and Installers Forum), organised in parallel to the trade fair. The conferences will enable international and Romanian experts to meet and exchange know-how, present experiences from their practice and offer advice gained through research and development, thus ensuring that this knowledge is quickly transferred into action.

The participants in these conferences will have the opportunity to attend presentations about the new innovation theories and technologies, gain experience from practice and listen to top-class speakers from economics and research. The conferences will also represent an international meeting place for the decision - makers and experts.

In 2011 there were 120 exhibitors (39% international from 15 countries) and 4000 visitors (15% international). The international interest in the conference was also relevant. The organisers of this year’s edition are planning to attract even more international participants.

Tech News

World's largestpower-to-gas plant for methane production goes into operation.
ZSW has finished a 250-kilowatt research facility for green energy storage.


Another hurdle on the path to commercial viability of the power-to-gas technology is overcome: On 30th October 2012, the Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg (ZSW) has opened a research facility with a rated electrical output of 250 kilowatts. The facility funded by the Federal Environment Ministry converts green electricity into hydrogen and methane. With a possible methane production of up to 300 cubic meters per day, it is the largest facility of its kind in the world and ten times more powerful than the test facility that was developed three years before at the ZSW. This moves the scientists from Stuttgart closer to the industrial application of the new power storage technology.
During the operation, the ZSW researchers, their colleagues from the Fraunhofer IWES and the company SolarFuel want to optimise the technology further. So the upscaling of power-to-gas plants in future will be facilitated in the energy industry relevant range of 1 to 20 megawatts. An evaluation of the future storage requirements is also the subject of R&D work.

More information of the technology: SOLARFUEL : http://www.solar-fuel.net/en/home/home
 

7.  RETS in Europe

RETS dissemination

12/09/2012: Presentation of RETS collaborative tools to SAF- Agriculteurs de France, a national Farmer's Association and think tank, Paris, France.

Catherine Ledig was invited by the SAF to present the RETS project and in particular the links between energy and agriculture. She also illustrated how the project has built collaborative tools (wiki, watch system, websites, social networks...) and how it is creating online a RETS community.


19/09/2012: MediaMit 2012 – the business fair in Kaiserslautern, Germany.


The Project RETS was presented at the big event “MediaMit 2012 – the business fair in Kaiserslautern” with a project stand.

The MediaMit presented for the first time a platform for B2B oriented companies. About 500 people visited over 60 exhibitors: providers of finance, corporate governance, corporate communications, information and communication technology (ICT), office or commercial outfitters and scientific and public institutions. In more than 20 short lectures the exhibitors presented their products and services in the Business-plaza.

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05/10/2012: Workshop ROBUST project, Romania
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On 5th October, 2012 in Jassy, Romania, took place the second Regional Workshop organised within the Build-up Skills Project Romania ”Platform and roadmap for the workforce qualification in the field of energy efficiency and utilisation of renewable energies in buildings for carrying out the 2020 objectives” (ROBUST).

The event represented an opportunity for presenting the RETS project focusing on the workforce qualification issues that were also approached during the international RETS seminar RETS organised in Bucharest in 2011. During the RETS Seminar in Bucharest an entire module was dedicated to this topic.

08/10/2012: RETS at the INTERREG IVC programme Exhibition during the OPENDAYS 2012

opendays1.jpgThe results of 204 projects conducted under the Interreg IVC in t erregional cooperation programme were displayed during the OPEN DAYS. Ten stands on good practices, based on specific themes ranging from Innovation, Research & Technological Development and Employment, Human Capital and Education to Water Management and Energy and Sustainable Transport showed the main outputs. The RETS project featured on the stand for ENERGY, and was represented at the exhibition by Catherine LEDIG and Alison Garnier-Rivers from ADEC and Peter Prascki from the Municiaplity of Vecsés.
 

romania1.jpg24/10/2012: Stakeholders consultation workshop "Opportunities for Romania to use its biomass potential in cooperaton mechanisms with other EU member states"

The workshop was organised within "Cost - Efficient and sustainable deployment of renewable energy sources towards the 20% target by 2020, and beyond - RES4LESS" project. The main objective of the project is to develop a Roadmap to a cost effective deployment of renewable energy sources (RES) by stimulationg cooperation mechanisms between EU member states. Maria Rugina, representing RETS consortium, was invited to contribute to this workshop with a presentation of the RETS project.

 

 

Contributors

Catherine LEDIG (ADEC)
Alison GARNIER-RIVERS (ADEC)
Margarida SILVA (ADEC)
Jon FAIRBURN (IESR, Staffordshire University)
Paulo FARINHA LUIS (Município da Sertã)
Maria RUGINA (ICEMENERG)
Carmen FILIMON 5ICEMENERG)
Viktoria BRAUN (IHK Zetis GmbH)
Markus BAUER (IHK Zetis GmbH)

Photo credits  RETS consortium