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EUROPA - Research and Innovation: What's New in Energy
EUROPA - Research What's New in Energy. This RSS feed includes the most recent updates to the European Commission's Research and Innovation web site on Europa in the area of Energy. The last (or, in some news readers, the first) item of this feed will take you to the EU Energy web site. For more RSS news feeds visit

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20 Nov 2017 at 4:00am
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Research Headlines - Wastewater, an underexploited resource
15 Nov 2017 at 4:00pm
Processing urban wastewater is typically limited to cleaning it up for release into the environment. This is a shame, because it contains compounds that could be put to good use - as could the water itself. EU-funded researchers have tested promising innovations to advance resource-efficient processing, recovery of substances, and re-use.

Research Headlines - A breath of fresh air for concentrated solar power
14 Nov 2017 at 4:00pm
By directing sunlight from a large surface towards a much smaller one, concentrated solar power (CSP) plants can produce temperatures of more than 1000°C. Better heat transfer fluids are needed to capture this bounty. EU-funded researchers have developed a solution involving ceramic particles suspended in air.

Research Headlines - On course to reduce shipping emissions
13 Nov 2017 at 4:00pm
EU-funded researchers have designed an online planner to help shipping operators reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. The planner provides an optimum speed that takes account of likely weather and sea conditions as well as possible delays at ports.

Research Headlines - New techniques target protein clumps linked to Alzheimer...
12 Nov 2017 at 4:00pm
An EU-funded project has gained new insights into abnormal protein deposits linked to some 40 diseases, including Alzheimer's, diabetes, and cancer. The cutting-edge research has contributed to promising new techniques to treat these potentially devastating diseases.

Events - 10th SET-Plan conference - 29 November - 1 December 2017, Bratislav...
8 Nov 2017 at 4:00pm

2017 is the tenth anniversary of the SET Plan, the European Strategic Energy Technology Plan that aims to accelerate the development and deployment of low-carbon technologies. This conference will review the progress achieved over the past decade in the transition to a low carbon, innovative energy future and the SET Plan's key role as the technology pillar of EU's energy research and innovation policy. It will focus on:

• The implementation process of the Energy Union strategy, with a special focus on its Research and Innovation dimension and the current state of negotiations under the "Clean Energy for All Europeans" package • The role of innovative low-carbon technologies in boosting European competitiveness, progress in developing new technologies and smart energy systems for efficient use of energy, and the growing share of renewables in the primary energy consumption of EU member states • Current trends in electro-mobility, the safe use of nuclear energy, enhanced energy storage, and other crucial technologies for the transformation of the EU energy system • The role of Central European countries and their contribution in implementing the Energy Union's and the SET Plan's goals.

Ten main panels will cover the priorities of the Energy Union and the SET Plan and three parallel thematic evening sessions will focus on related subjects. Side events will also be held the day before.

The SET Plan Conference is held under the auspices of the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the EU. It will be opened by European Commission Vice-President for Energy Union Maroš Šef?ovi? and bring together researchers and policy-makers from EU countries, particularly Central Europe, in addition to stakeholders and representatives from business, international organizations, science and innovation, civil society and regional and local government research organizations. It will run in conjunction with the 11th annual Central European Energy Conference (CEEC).

Research Headlines - Ensuring Europe's nuclear fuel supply
8 Nov 2017 at 4:00pm
Energy security is getting a boost from EU-funded research on an alternative, European supply of the fuel assemblies used in Russian-made nuclear reactors.

Research Headlines - Europe concentrates on solar power
6 Nov 2017 at 4:00pm
More efficient solar power plants using concentrated sunlight are a step closer to reality thanks to an EU-funded project which fosters an innovative and competitive solar energy industry in Europe.

Research Headlines - New tools to boost solar energy sector efficiency
2 Nov 2017 at 5:00pm
European researchers have developed models and tools to boost the performance, reliability and lifetime of commercial photovoltaic (PV) systems. Their results, which are already being used by energy operators, were validated using data analysed from diverse installations across Europe.

Events - Innovating grid technologies for sustainable energy - 22 November 20...
30 Oct 2017 at 5:00pm

Join Best Paths’ experts in Madrid, Spain on 22nd November 2017 for the workshop “Best Paths: Innovating grid technologies for sustainable energy” to share experiences and learn more about the latest developments in the state-of-the-art technologies for electricity grids.

With nearly 40 leading organisations from research, industry, utilities, and transmission system operators, the EU-funded Best Paths project aims to develop novel network technologies to increase pan-European transmission network capacity and electricity system flexibility.

Success Stories - Legumes see new life in flowerpots
18 Oct 2017 at 5:00pm
Each year in Europe, the food industry discards millions of tonnes of vegetable residue and legumes. In Italy, scientists are using these leftovers to make bioplastics, an innovative and ecological material.

Success Stories - Solar scientists gather to calibrate the sun's strength
21 Sep 2017 at 5:00pm
How much solar power does a photovoltaic solar power unit produce? The answer isn't obvious. The strength of sunshine changes depending where you are in the world and what time of day it is, affecting the energy output of solar panels and cells.

Events - Horizon 2020 Energy Info Days - 23-25 October 2017, Brussels, Belgium
19 Sep 2017 at 5:00pm

The Horizon 2020 Energy Info Days present the new funding opportunities offered by the Work Programme 2018-2020. This year the content of the event is structured across three days:

• Day 1: 23 October introduces the overall policy background, launches the work programme and covers Global Leadership for Renewables, Decarbonisation of Fossil Fuels, and cross-cutting issues • Day 2: 24 October guides the participants on Smart Cities & Communities and Energy Systems • Day 3: 25 October focuses on Smart & Efficient Energy

In addition, there will be two different brokerage events, which will allow the participants to network and find project partners:

• 24 October 2017: An overarching event organised by the National Contact Points for Energy will cover all thematic areas • 25 October 2017: A second event will take place during the Smart and Efficient Energy day

The Horizon Energy Information Days will:

• Update you on the European Energy policy; • Present you the energy priorities of the H2020 2018-2020 calls for proposals "Building a low-carbon, climate resilient future: Secure, Clean and Efficient Energy"; • Provide you guidance on how to apply for funding; • Give you an opportunity to network and find project partners.

Who should attend?

More than 800 participants coming from the research and innovation community, including SME associations, businesses, European and national trade associations, chambers of commerce, European institutions, universities, research centres, financial institutions, etc. are expected.

The event will be web-streamed. After the event, you will be able to watch the recordings of all the sessions on your computer. The presentations will also be available for download.

Research Headlines - Next-generation electric motor hits the road
12 Sep 2017 at 5:00pm
Is it possible to produce electric cars on a very large scale? At the moment, this can depend on costly materials that must be imported. More specifically, this concern relates to the rare earth magnets on which their motors tend to rely. EU-funded researchers have developed promising technology that works without them.

Success Stories - An underwater kite built to harness tidal energy
4 Sep 2017 at 5:00pm
It looks like a big toy, but it's a technological jewel designed to produce energy from the tides. It is a prototype kite, very different to those used for flying. Its design allows it to glide underwater at speeds up to ten times faster than the tides themselves.

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