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1/10/2005 (Renews 4) – Information Day Organised by DG Transport and Energy

The Directorate-General for Transport and Energy organised an Information Day on 21 September on the Fourth Call for Proposals for short- to medium-term research and demonstration actions in Sustainable Energy Systems. (…)

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1/10/2005 (Renews 4) – EU Green Week

The EU Green Week conference, from 31 May to 3 June 2005, organised by DG Environment attracted thousands of visitors to the Commission's Charlemagne Building in Brussels. It included a session on 'Renewable energy, beyond the experiments', in which the DG RTD New and Renewable Energy Sources Unit participated (...).

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1/10/2005 (Renews 4) – First Steps towards a European Biofuels Technology Platform

The establishment of a European Biofuels Technology Platform is high on the European agenda for the development, promotion and implementation of biofuels.

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1/10/2005 (Renews 4) – First International Biorefinery Workshop

The first international biorefinery workshop was held on 20-21 July 2005 in Washington, US. The event was jointly organised by the EC Directorate-General for Research and the US Department of Energy. (…)

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1/10/2005 (Renews 4) – SYNBIOS Conference Second Generation Biofuels

On 17-18 May 2005, the SYNBIOS conference on biofuels was held in Stockholm. The two-day event addressed second generation automotive biofuels, including biofuels produced from the synthesis gas as well as lignocellulosic ethanol. (…)

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1/10/2005 (Renews 4) – Advanced Prediction, Monitoring and Controlling of Anaerobic Digestion Processes Behaviour towards Biogas Usage in Fuel Cells ? AMONCO

This is a good example of cooperation and complementary work going on between two projects funded under the energy programme, one a shared cost research project, AMONCO, and the other a Marie Curie Industry Host Fellowship, PROBAT. The primary objective of both projects was the cost-effective utilisation in fuel cells of biogas from anaerobic digestion.

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1/10/2005 (Renews 4) – CHRISGAS: Integrated Project on Hydrogen from Biomass

The transport sector is the largest oil user and the largest producer of greenhouse gases in the world. Reducing the dependence of the transport sector on fossil fuels by increasing the share of biomass-derived motor fuels can improve security of supply, give better price stability, and lower CO2 emissions, opening the way to a cleaner and more sustainable future. This is where the CHRISGAS Integrated Project comes in.

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1/10/2005 (Renews 4) – Advances in New Transport Fuels Made by the CLEAN and AFFORHD Projects

Transportation is almost entirely dependent on crude oil derived fuels – gasoline and diesel. Changing the fuel supply pattern, from crude oil based fuels to other energy sources, will be a very slow process. Even if there were consensus today regarding preferred routes to new fuels, it would take twenty to thirty years to make a change.

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1/10/2005 (Renews 4) – Biomass Fuel Cell Utility System – BIOCELLUS

The BIOCELLUS project addresses the technical aspects of combining biomass gasification systems with solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs). The first part of the project aims to determine the necessary purity of the gaseous fuel by carrying out tests on SOFC membranes at six different biomass gasification sites.

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1/10/2005 (Renews 4) – SOFC Fuel Cell Fuelled by Biomass Gasification Gas – Green Fuel Cell

The technical objective of the project is to develop a tar decomposition and gas cleaning system that can be integrated with woody biomass gasifiers, in order to produce a gas with suitably low tar content for solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) applications.

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1/02/2005 (Renews 3) – Poland: High potential for RES

Recently, Poland has seen a considerable increase in interest in utilisation of renewable energy sources. The current share of green energy in the total energy balance in Poland is around 2.5% and is growing steadily. The process has been accelerated by actions at central government level and political support for the whole renewable energy sector.

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1/02/2005 (Renews 3) – Information day for proposers

Researchers and industry representatives interested in participating in the latest call for proposals in energy research (FP6-2004-ENERGY-3) had the opportunity to meet with fellow participants and European Commission staff at an information day in Brussels.

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1/02/2005 (Renews 3) – Media event in Uppsala

Following a successful media briefing last March in Almeria, Spain (see RENEWS Issue 2), DG Research organised a media briefing in November 2004 on developments in renewable energy. The one-day briefing was held at the University of Uppsala in Sweden. Attendees were able to enjoy a ride on a biogas-fuelled bus, and a visit to a local biomass-powered district heating plant.

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1/02/2005 (Renews 3) – Bio-energy workshop in Russia

An EU-Russia workshop on bio-energy was organised by the Energy Directorate of DG Research in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation on 7-8 October 2004. The aim of the workshop, hosted at the All Russian Thermal Institute in Moscow, was to explore the opportunities for Russian participation in “Sustainable Energy Systems” activities in FP6.

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1/02/2005 (Renews 3) – EU and China share experience on biofuel

A two-day workshop on liquid biofuels in Beijing during November brought together a 20-strong group from Europe and 80 of China’s leading experts and researchers to identify current technical challenges and ways to enhance RTD co-operation opportunities between the EU and China.

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1/02/2005 (Renews 3) – Biofuels on the road

Biofuels provide alternative fuels for the transport sector, which is currently almost completely dependent on one fuel – oil – and accounts for more than 30% of final energy consumption in the European Union. In the EU, 70% of the oil is imported, which makes us dangerously dependent and vulnerable to the fluctuations in the world oil markets.

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1/02/2005 (Renews 3) – The biorefinery concept

Before the widespread adoption of the internal combustion engine at the beginning of the 20th century, and the subsequent growth of the petrochemical industry, agriculture was the primary source of raw materials for energy, food and a wide range of everyday commodities.

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1/02/2005 (Renews 3) – Clean hydrogen rich synthesis gas – CHRISGAS

CHRISGAS is an integrated project that aims to demonstrate, within a five-year period, the production of a clean hydrogen rich synthesis gas from biomass. This will be based on steam/oxygen blown gasification of biomass, followed by hot gas cleaning to remove particulates, and steam reforming of tar and light hydrocarbons to further enhance the hydrogen yield.

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1/07/2004 (Renews 2) – Hungary: ready for green energy

In 2003, renewables had a 3.6% share of Hungary’s total primary energy supply, but the share of renewables in electrical power supply was only 0.5%. Hungary aims to achieve 5% of total primary energy and 3.6% of the power supply from renewables by 2010. Currently, investment in renewable energy technology is small – the concept of environmental protection is fairly new and research funding in general is low: Hungary spent only 1% of its GDP on RTD in 2003.

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1/07/2004 (Renews 2) – Alternative Fuels Directive

The European Commission is drafting a Directive aimed at putting more pressure on EU states to increase the share of greener, alternative automotive fuels up to 2020.

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1/07/2004 (Renews 2) – Rome good for biomass

The 2nd World Conference and Technological Exhibition on Biomass for Energy, Industry and Climate Protection gave a clear message: count on biomass to achieve the medium-term Kyoto Protocol targets and the objectives of the European Union Directives.

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1/07/2004 (Renews 2) – Bioenergy in Jönköping

The first World Bioenergy Conference and Exhibition was held in Jönköping, Sweden, from 2 to 4 June 2004. The event was a professional focal point for major players in the global bioenergy industry and offered an opportunity to examine the lessons learnt and the experiences gained from around the world on the use of biomass for energy generation.

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1/07/2004 (Renews 2) – Integrated Project profile: RENEW

The RENEW integrated project (IP) aims at developing transport fuels that are both sustainable and efficient. The cost target is 70 cents/litre gasoline equivalent and the time frame is relatively short – the emphasis is placed on technologies that will be able to use the present distribution infrastructure.

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1/07/2004 (Renews 2) – Network of Excellence profile: NoE BIOENERGY

The Bioenergy Network of Excellence (NoE) was launched in January 2004. The NoE’s official title is ‘Overcoming barriers to bioenergy’ and its initial role will be to integrate the activities of its partner organisations to form a deep, durable and coordinated programme of bioenergy research.

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1/07/2004 (Renews 2) – Overcoming barries to bioenergy – NOE-BIOENERGY

The Bioenergy Network of Excellence (NoE) will support, through technology development and implementation, policy actions and market strategies.

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1/07/2004 (Renews 2) – Renewable fuels for advanced powertrains – RENEW

The RENEW integrated project aims to develop, compare and (partially) demonstrate a range of fuel production chains for motor vehicles.

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1/07/2004 (Renews 2) – Ash and aerosol related problems in biomass combustion and co-firing – BIOASH

BIOASH focuses on RTD concerning ash-related problems in biomass combustion and co-firing of biomass in coal fired plants.

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1/07/2004 (Renews 2) – Renewable energy from crops and agrowastes – CROPGEN

CROPGEN aims to produce from biomass a sustainable fuel source that can be integrated into the existing energy infrastructure in the medium-term and, in the longer-term, will also provide a safe and economical means of supplying the needs of a developing hydrogen fuel economy.

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1/07/2004 (Renews 2) – Synergy effects of co-processing of biomass with coal and non-toxic wastes for heat and power generation – COPOWER

COPOWER aims at determining the limits of the optimized operation that could be beneficial in getting rid of waste, promoting biomass for energy, and is environmentally acceptable.

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1/01/2004 (Renews 1) – Renewable Energy Research Strengthened

The First Call in the priority thematic area of “Medium to Long Term RTD for Sustainable Energy Systems” attracted over 250 research proposals. Many of them were excellent and 103 (41%) managed to pass the evaluation thresholds.

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1/01/2004 (Renews 1) – RESEARCH PROJECTS

FOR RENEWABLES FULLSPECTRUM, CRYSTAL CLEAR, RENEW,CHRISGAS, NOE-BIOENERGY

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1/01/2004 (Renews 1) – FP5 BIO-ENERGY PROJECT SYNOPSIS PUBLISHED

Altogether 100 bio-energy projects were funded by the Commission in FP5 between 1998-2002. The just-published brochure “European Bio-Energy Projects” (EUR 20808, ISBN 92-894-4831-8) covers all the research and demonstration projects, as well as the supporting activities, like networks, standards and studies. The synopsis offers scientific and technological information and lists the participants and contact points.

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1/01/2004 (Renews 1) – Bio - Energy : Enlarged Perspectives

The Future Member States play a key role in establishing the European Research Area (ERA). The conference on Bio-Energy organised in Budapest aimed to integrate and increase the active role of the accession and candidate countries in bio-energy research in the Sixth Framework Programme.

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1/01/2004 (Renews 1) – South Europe Aims for Bio - Energy Chains

The availability of environmental friendly biomass energy and the corresponding demand do not often go hand in hand. However, this does not have to be the case and with proper planning scientists can make them meet: this is exactly what the DG-RTD funded project “Bio-energy chains from perennial crops in South Europe” aims to do.

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