Sustainable Energy

A new survey issued in the Eurobarometer investigates the attitudes of the Europeans to the environment. The survey is interesting and encouraging reading. The Europeans are distinctly prepared to rise to their responsibility towards environment and climate, and for a sustainable future. Not less than two thirds say that they consider that environmental protection to… » read more

Posted by Hans Nilsson

Based on a Discussion Webinar, Friday 29 February 2008 The EU’s Energy End-use Efficiency and Energy Services Directive came into force in April 2006. The directive prescribes that all Member States should present a series of National Action Plans of which the first one was due for June 2007. These 27 action plans produce for… » read more

Posted by Ingenheiro

Based on a Discussion Webinar, Friday 15 February 2008 Two major concerns exist about our electrical power system. The first one is the reliability and quality of the electrical power, summarized under the term ‘Power Quality’ (PQ). Poor PQ affects the profitability and the productivity of our economy. The second concern is the energy efficiency… » read more

Posted by Hans De Keulenaer

LEAP, the Long range Energy Alternatives Planning System, is a software tool for energy policy analysis and climate change mitigation assessment. This article is the result of an e-mail interview & exchange with Charlie Heaps, LEAP Developer and COMMEND Manager at the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI).

Posted by Hans De Keulenaer

Will CSP and Ocean Energy become the next booming technologies? Mention renewable energy and the first examples most people think of are hydroelectric power, wind power, photovoltaic panels, and various types of biomass. These are indeed the renewable technologies that have been implemented on the largest scale in recent years. But with the ever increasing… » read more

Posted by Bruno De Wachter

This discussion webinar takes place on Friday, March 7th, from 14h30 to 15h30. Content Renewable energy technologies are going through a learning cycle. Their costs are going down as a long-term trend. Meanwhile, energy prices are going up. Another factor is the price of carbon. Solar electricity was typically more than 5 times more expensive… » read more

Posted by Hans De Keulenaer

Biofuel goes sky-high!

With some noise Virgin Air and Boeing announced that they were doing a commercial flight on biofuel. Well it was only a short-haul, London-Amsterdam and it was only one of four tanks that had the new fuel and it was only 20% of the blend in that one tank that came from bio. But we… » read more

Posted by Hans Nilsson

Energy Commissioner Piebalgs joined the blogosphere last Friday with his first weekly post. He’s actually the 9th Commissioner starting up a blog. The initiative could be significant for various reasons: Participation of policy makers to the energy blogosphere  has been lagging other sectors. Mr Piebalgs’ example hopefully inspires other policy makers to reach out beyond… » read more

Posted by Hans De Keulenaer

Based on a Discussion Webinar, Friday, 1 February 2008 Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) is not a new technology. A CSP plant in the California desert has been functioning effectively for fifteen years. Until recently however this technology has been somehow overshadowed by photovoltaic solar energy. This has started to change as CSP is attracting increasing… » read more

Posted by Bruno De Wachter