An EU-funded project has achieved some of the highest efficiencies ever recorded for a solar module, paving the way for broader commercial deployment of concentrator photovoltaic systems to help drive Europe's transition to renewable energy.
Competition starts today: new prize to reward islands for local renewable energy production
The European Commission is launching the first edition of the RESponsible Island Prize, which is dedicated to islands with innovative and sustainable local renewable energy production for use in electricity, heating, cooling and transport. The three winners will receive a cash prize of €500,000, €250,000 and €100,000, respectively.
Tracking clean-energy innovation performance of EU Member States
Tracking progress in clean-energy innovation through indicators is key to showing that policies are delivering in terms of the technology development. Indicators help policy makers analyse and compare performance at the global level as well as among members of international energy organizations, and can be very useful tools for determining policy priorities. DG RTD in collaboration with the JRC will co-ordinate a study to develop a composite indicator to track clean energy innovation progress of EU member states and Mission Innovation members.
InnovFin: EU supports clean tech company in Estonia with €12 million
The European Investment Bank (EIB) is lending €12 million to Estonian manufacturer Elcogen for bringing its highly-efficient fuel cell technology to the mass market. The loan is provided under InnovFin Energy Demonstration Projects, a joint initiative of the EIB Group and the European Commission, which supports research and innovation to transform the energy systems in Europe. This scheme is backed by Horizon 2020, the EU’s research and innovation programme.
Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, said: "This deal with Elcogen is a good example that the future of innovation is science-based. We are now making headway in the transition to a resource-efficient and climate-resilient future and we need to bring more ideas like these to market with the help of EU funding."
13 May 2019, Online - VicInAqua webinar: Turning water and energy challenges into opportunities (free)
22 May 2019, Berlin, Germany - Städte als Keimzellen der Energiewende in Europa gefördert in Horizon 2020