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UNIVERSITY COLLEGE CORK - NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, CORK

Marine Renewable Energy Research Infrastructure

  • 2 Million
  • Ireland
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Marine Renewable Energy Research Infrastructure
Company Name UNIVERSITY COLLEGE CORK - NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, CORK
Funded By 38
Country Ireland , Northern Europe
Project Value 2 Million
Project Detail

The objective of MARINERG-i is to become the leading internationally distributed infrastructure in the Marine Renewable Energy (MRE) sector. Its integrated nature and co-ordinated approach will accelerate the research development and deployment of offshore wind, wave, tidal and combined energy technologies and help maintain Europe as a global leader in this industry. In addition MARINERG-i will strengthen European, scientific and engineering excellence and expertise as it’s combined facilities represent an indispensable tool to foster innovation across a large variety of MRE technologies and systems and through all key stages of technology development (TRL’s 1-9). The purpose of this INFRADEV proposal is to undertake development work which will ensure MARINERG-i is effectively positioned to attain the criteria necessary for being successful in a future ESFRI roadmap application. MARINERG-i made an application to the 2016 roadmap and was identified as an emerging RI of EU significance. Since making the bid to the ESFRI 2016 roadmap, the consortium has continued to evolve and collaborate, culminating in the submission of a proposal for a second MaRINET project (MaRINET2) under Horizon 2020 [Infra-IA]. This proposal takes on board the comments and recommendations provided in feedback from the ESFRI 2016 reviewers and has also analysed and updated the positioning of the MARINERG-i concept based on the current status of the sector. In this context it is proposed to: • Broaden the number of member states involved • Create a design study and scientific plan • Develop a business plan including governance, legal, financial and strategic issues • Secure further national support from partners • Create and agree an implementation plan that will bring the proposal to the roadmap. The consortium consists of partners from Ireland, UK, France, Spain, Portugal, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Netherlands, Germany, Belgium and Italy all of whom will become national nodes.

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Company Name UNIVERSITY COLLEGE CORK - NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, CORK
Address Western Road T12 Yn60 Cork
Web Site https://cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/207639/factsheet/en

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FUNDACION TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION

Towards Smart Zero CO2 Cities across Europe

  • 32 Million
  • Spain
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Towards Smart Zero CO2 Cities across Europe
Company Name FUNDACION TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION
Funded By 38
Country Spain , Western Europe
Project Value 32 Million
Project Detail

SmartEnCity’s main Objective is to develop a highly adaptable and replicable systemic approach towards urban transformation into sustainable, smart and resource-efficient urban environments in Europe through the integrated planning and implementation of measures aimed at improving energy efficiency in main consuming sectors in cities, while increasing their supply of renewable energy, and demonstrate its benefits. The underlying concept of the proposal is the Smart Zero Carbon City concept, where city carbon footprint and energy demand are kept to a minimum through the use of demand control technologies that save energy and promote raised awareness; energy supply is entirely renewable and clean; and local energy resources are intelligently managed by aware citizens, as well as coordinated public and private stakeholders. This approach will be firstly defined in detail, laid out and implemented in the three Lighthouse demonstrators (Vitoria-Gasteiz in Spain, Tartu in Estonia and Sonderborg in Denmark). The three cities will develop a number of coordinated actions aimed at: • Significant demand reduction of the existing residential building stock through cost-effective low energy retrofitting actions at district scale. • Increase in RES share of energy supply, through extensive leveraging of local potentials. • Enhance the use of clean energy in urban mobility, both for citizens and goods, by means of extensive deployment of green vehicles and infrastructure. An extensive use of ICTs is planned to achieve integration and consistency in demo planning and implementation, and to enable further benefits and secure involvement of citizens. These actions will be aligned to city-specific Integrated Urban Plans (IUPs), and the process will be replicated in two Follower cities: Lecce, (Italy), and Asenovgrad (Bulgaria) to ensure adaptability and maximize the project impact. Additionally, a Smart Cities Network will be setup to support project replication at European scale.

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Company Name FUNDACION TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION
Address Parque Cientifico Y Tecnologico De Bizkaia, Astondo Bidea, Edificio 700 48160 Derio Bizkaia
Web Site https://cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/200259/factsheet/en

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ADVANCED SUBSTRATE TECHNOLOGIES AS

Mushroom and biogas production in a circular economy

  • 5 Million
  • Denmark
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Mushroom and biogas production in a circular economy
Company Name ADVANCED SUBSTRATE TECHNOLOGIES AS
Funded By 38
Country Denmark , Western Europe
Project Value 5 Million
Project Detail

The problems: Biogas is important for the European renewable energy transition as it turns waste streams such as manure and sewage into biogas, and provides CO2-neutral energy. But the efficiency is low because the methane producing bacteria in the biogas digester have trouble accessing the energy locked in fibrous materials such as cellulose and lignin. This fraction passes through the biogas plant unused and is incinerated or spread on agricultural land. At the same time, mushroom producers must buy substrate to grow mushrooms and pay to discard it after use. The solution: The AST technology creates a resource cycle between biogas production and mushroom production, reducing costs of mushroom production by up to 50% and utilizing also the fibrous fraction in biogas plants. The innovation is a technology where the fibrous fraction from biogas is used for growing mushrooms, and then returned to the biogas plant, offering improved economy as well as significant environmental benefits to both the mushroom and biogas industry. The project: The AST concept has already been proven in pilot scale, and the next step is a full scale demonstration plant. In this project two AST plants are scaled up and integrated with mushroom production facilities and a biogas plant, respectively. It is essential for the market introduction and thus the commercial success to demonstrate such commercial operation for customers to invest in such plants. Impact: The project will increase the competitiveness of the European mushroom industry currently under strong pressure from China, as well as the biogas industry, suffering from high operational costs. The market: Biogas plants are rapidly being established to support the renewable energy transition with more than 15,000 plants currently in operation in Europe. The European mushroom industry uses about 3 m tons of substrate annually and grows with 10%. The market for the innovation is large, has a growing trend and strong drivers.

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Company Name ADVANCED SUBSTRATE TECHNOLOGIES AS
Address Niels Pedersens Alle 2 8830 Tjele
Web Site https://cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/212144/factsheet/en

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ORGANISATION FOR ECONOMIC CO-OPERATION AND DEVELOPMENT

International Energy Agency Joint Work Programme with the Kingdom of Morocco to support the transition away from to a decarbonized energy system.

  • 140,193
  • France
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International Energy Agency Joint Work Programme with the Kingdom of Morocco to support the transition away from to a decarbonized energy system.
Company Name ORGANISATION FOR ECONOMIC CO-OPERATION AND DEVELOPMENT
Funded By 38
Country France , Western Europe
Project Value 140,193
Project Detail

The proposed Action will support analytical work carried out in the context of the IEA-Morocco Joint Work Programme (JWP) that will run from 2017-2019. Under the JWP, which came into effect on 28 June 2017, the IEA will provide technical support and advice to assist Morocco in developing a strategy to design an integrated assessment of long-term low carbon energy transition pathways. The IEA-Morocco work programme will include capacity building and training in data and statistics; modelling and support for the de-carbonisation programme. The IEA will also provide advice on further energy price liberalisation and energy security in the oil, gas and electricity sectors. It will also advise the Moroccan Ministry of Energy, Mines and Sustainable Development (MEMDD) and related stakeholders on optimal technologies and best practices that can be implemented to help Morocco attain its Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy targets. It is anticipated that EU support will cover the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy work streams outlined in the JWP. In addition to on-site visits, IEA experts will host interactive webinars in English with Moroccan energy efficiency stakeholders on mutually agreed priority areas. The IEA could also assist MEMDD and the Moroccan Agency for Energy Efficiency (AMEE) in assessing the economic and other conditions for a push towards clean, electric cooking. The main purpose of this activity would be to ensure that energy efficiency measures are accelerated and run parallel with renewable energy deployment. This proposal relates to item 57 in the Horizon 2020 Work Programme for 2016-2017. This action will be instrumental in supporting Morocco’s transition to a reliable, sustainable and competitive energy system, in particular in Horizon 2020 priority areas such as reduction in energy consumption and carbon footprint; generation and transmission of lower-cost, low-carbon electricity; new knowledge and technologies;

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Company Name ORGANISATION FOR ECONOMIC CO-OPERATION AND DEVELOPMENT
Address Rue AndrÉ-Pascal 2 75775 Paris Cedex 16
Web Site https://cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/218281/factsheet/en

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AALBORG UNIVERSITET

New energy Consumer roles and smart technologies – Actors, Practices and Equality

  • 2 Million
  • Denmark
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New energy Consumer roles and smart technologies – Actors, Practices and Equality
Company Name AALBORG UNIVERSITET
Funded By 38
Country Denmark , Western Europe
Project Value 2 Million
Project Detail

The transition to a low-carbon society is vital and requires major changes in everyday life for European households, including new prosumer roles linking renewable energy production and household consumption by use of smart technologies. This implies major alterations in the materiality as well as the social organisation of everyday life. To guide this low-carbon transition, new theory development on the role of technological systems in everyday life is needed. Practice theories represent a strong approach in this; however, they have developed in opposition to understanding actors and structures as mutually interlinked. This means that major drivers, as well as consequences, for sustainable transition are being overlooked. This project will contribute with important new theory development to understand and promote a low-carbon transition as well as to ensure that this transition does not indirectly become a driver of gender and social inequality. Three theoretical lines within theories of practice will be developed: 1. The importance of gender and social structures when studying household practices, including how these social structures influence formation of practices and how, in turn, social structures are formed by the development of practices. 2. The role of the ethical consumer in developing new practices, including how learning processes, media discourses and institutionalised knowledge influence formation of practices. 3. The inclusion of non-humans as carriers and performers of practices, rather than seeing the material arrangements only as the context for practices, especially when dealing with automated and internet connected technologies. Quantitative and qualitative empirical research guided by these theoretical approaches will contribute with work on how future low-carbon living can be achieved and the theoretical developments will form an essential foundation for policy development towards a mandatory low-carbon transition.

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Company Name AALBORG UNIVERSITET
Address Fredrik Bajers Vej 7k 9220 Aalborg
Web Site https://cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/216144/factsheet/en

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SINTEF AS

Understanding of the Physics of Wind Turbine and Rotor Dynamics through an Integrated Simulation Framework

  • 4 Million
  • Norway
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Understanding of the Physics of Wind Turbine and Rotor Dynamics through an Integrated Simulation Framework
Company Name SINTEF AS
Funded By 38
Country Norway , Western Europe
Project Value 4 Million
Project Detail

Wind energy is the largest of the new renewable energies and traditional wind turbine design has reached maturity, but still improvements can be done through better understanding of the physics for the entire wind turbine system. At the same time demand for more green energy, requires new turbine designs with improved environmental characteristics, adaptable to new locations, etc. In the UPWARDS project the goal is by the help of high performance computing (HPC) to develop a simulation framework, which will incorporate a more complete description of the wind field, turbine, the support structure, etc. and their interaction in order to better understand the physics of the entire system. The complex wind field will be calculated adding interactions from nearby turbines, waves, terrain, etc. The simulation framework will yield more accurate prediction of the forces acting in the system and thus the energy captured by the turbine. In addition, it will better predict acoustic phenomena, and materials issues related to the turbine blades, etc. The platform will be modular and new design will be relatively simple to introduce. An important part of the project is to evaluate the socio-economic impact and to bring user communities into the project development. Altogether this will improve the design development process and allow for faster implementation of new and more advanced designs with less environmental impact. It will also improve the accuracy in power production. The methodologies and major results from the project will be published in open access journals or freely accessible reports. In addition an open database containing relevant results and raw data will be established. This will enable other researchers and turbine developers to utilise the results for further studies.

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Company Name SINTEF AS
Address Strindvegen 4 7034 Trondheim
Web Site https://cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/214056/factsheet/en

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THE UNIVERSITY OF WARWICK

Wind farm - grid interactions: exploration and development

  • 4 Million
  • United Kingdom
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Wind farm - grid interactions: exploration and development
Company Name THE UNIVERSITY OF WARWICK
Funded By 38
Country United Kingdom , Western Europe
Project Value 4 Million
Project Detail

The WinGrid (Wind farm - Grid interactions: exploration and development) consortium aims to train the next generation of researchers on future power system integration issues associated with large-scale deployment of wind generation, focussing on the modelling and control aspects of wind turbine design, and the system stability issues and supervisory structures required for robust implementation. The volume of wind installations is growing rapidly, giving rise to various concerns about future power system stability. More sophisticated modelling capability is required to fully assess the growing complexity as we advance towards a 100% RES resilient power system, while new wind generation technologies are emerging which may radically impact how the future system evolves, against a background of more stringent grid code requirements and emerging system service markets. Highly-skilled researchers, capable of solving such problems, are scarce and in high demand by industry. WinGrid comprises an expert group of 10 academics from 8 beneficiary organisations including 7 leading universities and one large company DNV GL across 6 countries. It also has 8 internationally renowned industrial partners (e.g. ABB) ranging from wind turbine developer, transmission system operator, power system analysts and renewable energy consultants from 6 countries. Combined together we provide wide-ranging expertise in power electronics converters, control theory, system stability analysis, power system operation and electricity markets. The ESRs will enjoy a highly integrated, multi-disciplinary training environment, including access to specialist software and hardware-in-the-loop test environments, enriched through secondments with the network of industrial partners. WinGrid will enable critical learning across all training aspects, in order to ensure that comprehensive, robust and implementable solutions are obtained and validated to face the grid integration challenges of the future.

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Company Name THE UNIVERSITY OF WARWICK
Address Kirby Corner Road - University House Cv4 8uw Coventry
Web Site https://cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/224837/factsheet/en

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AALBORG UNIVERSITET

Integrated Modular Power Conversion for Renewable Energy Systems with Storage

  • 219,312
  • Denmark
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Integrated Modular Power Conversion for Renewable Energy Systems with Storage
Company Name AALBORG UNIVERSITET
Funded By 38
Country Denmark , Western Europe
Project Value 219,312
Project Detail

The research proposal addresses the challenges of optimum architecture, power production and operation for distributed renewable energy systems with storage. The proposal explores the efficient arrangement of decentralized power plants using photovoltaic panels and battery storage for a long-term increase of renewable generation. The critical issues such are the increased energy yield, minimization of cost of energy and availability will be addressed. A detailed techno-economic analysis will be performed to identify the cost effective superior distributed architecture suitable for integrated photovoltaic and battery systems. Multi-objective optimization study and validation will be performed that ensures actual optimization of energy production in the integrated environment. An integrated diagnostic method will be developed for real-time performance monitoring to improve the availability of the complex integrated energy system. Two secondment partners are identified to obtain necessary data and expertise in the field of research. The action will result in identifying an optimum solution in terms of control, operation and availability, especially for local renewable energy generation and storage. Novel algorithms for optimization for the operation and control of the modular energy sources with storage will be proposed. A real-time monitoring and diagnostic algorithm for performance monitoring, early failure detection and aging of integrated PV and battery solution will be developed. The research will provide newer insights on optimized power flow and control operation in complex interconnected distributed renewable energy sources considering the storage. Besides the technological significance and scientific value, the proposed research project is opportune and timely placed within the EU renewable energy directive and focuses on the core issue in line with the aims of EU energy research projects.

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Company Name AALBORG UNIVERSITET
Address Fredrik Bajers Vej 7k 9220 Aalborg
Web Site https://cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/222923/factsheet/en

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HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM DRESDEN-ROSSENDORF EV

Towards the Bottom of the Periodic Table

  • 1 Million
  • Germany
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Towards the Bottom of the Periodic Table
Company Name HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM DRESDEN-ROSSENDORF EV
Funded By 38
Country Germany , Western Europe
Project Value 1 Million
Project Detail

Actinide and lanthanide chemistry is currently experiencing a renaissance, due to the prospects of obtaining novel materials relevant for applications in chemical synthesis, electronics, materials science, nanotechnology, biology and medicine. Most of the fascinating properties of the lanthanide and actinide materials are related to the partially filled 4f/5f valence shell and in contrast to the rest of the periodic table, are poorly understood. This includes the surprising reactivity, magnetic and crystal structure properties and, the rather unpredictable, covalent or ionic nature of their bonds. It is now possible to study the chemistry of the f-block elements using state-of-the-art techniques that were not available before. Two new synchrotron-based techniques, high energy resolution fluorescence detection (HERFD) X-ray absorption spectroscopy and resonant inelastic X-ray scattering (RIXS), can now provide unprecedented detailed information on processes such as the electron-electron interactions, hybridization between molecular orbitals, the nature of their chemical bonding, and the occupation and the degree of the f-electron localization. Therefore, I propose to apply these cutting-edge techniques to advance the fundamental understanding of the lanthanide and actinide nanoparticles, an outstanding problem in materials science, chemistry and environmental science technology. The research will be conducted at the European Synchrotron (ESRF), at the Rossendorf Beamline (ROBL) dedicated to actinide science, where we recently installed a novel X-ray emission spectrometer with ground-breaking detection limits. The experimental work will be complemented by electronic structure calculations. The combined experimental and theoretical data will provide an essential knowledge of lanthanide and actinide chemistry, significant for topics of high societal relevance, like green chemistry, renewable energy and catalysis.

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Company Name HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM DRESDEN-ROSSENDORF EV
Address Bautzner Landstrasse 400 01328 Dresden
Web Site https://cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/212332/factsheet/en

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WIRTSCHAFT UND INFRASTRUKTUR GMBH & CO PLANUNGS KG

Hydropower solutions for developing and emerging countries

  • 3 Million
  • Germany
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Hydropower solutions for developing and emerging countries
Company Name WIRTSCHAFT UND INFRASTRUKTUR GMBH & CO PLANUNGS KG
Funded By 38
Country Germany , Western Europe
Project Value 3 Million
Project Detail

The renowned European hydropower industry and its know-how can foster the transition into a more sustainable energy system in parts of the world that still need support to develop the sector. While the European hydropower market does not allow huge developments, some countries present a big potential. HYPOSO will provide strategic support and tools for the European hydropower industry to boost their export of products and services to markets in Africa and Latin America, especially those with a high market potential hydro sector, i.e. Bolivia, Cameroon, Columbia, Ecuador and Uganda. The project will develop solutions which can be easily implemented for overcoming barriers to the broad deployment of hydropower solutions in these export markets. The consortium will bring representatives of the European hydropower industry together with their counterparts and politicians from Africa and Latin America. It will provide political, legal, technical and strategic advice while considering the regional specificities, socio-economic, spatial and environmental aspects all along the life-cycle of hydropower projects. Experts of the consortium will identify pilot hydropower projects and provide capacity building for local stakeholders and politicians. Communications activities such as brochures, events, and workshops highlighting European state-of-the-art technology will complement these measures. Moreover, a website will be created. It will serve as an information hub for the European hydropower industry and useful source of information for hydropower stakeholders worldwide. The outcome of the HYPOSO project will contribute to the promotion of the European hydropower industry, paving the way for better investment conditions in the targeted countries and increasing the share of renewable energy in these regions. It will support the development of policies, market supports and financial frameworks at the local, national and regional level for hydropower facilities.

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Company Name WIRTSCHAFT UND INFRASTRUKTUR GMBH & CO PLANUNGS KG
Address Sylvensteinstrasse 2 81369 Muenchen
Web Site https://cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/224284/factsheet/en

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