Irish cities to get their local parcels delivered at zero-emissions

An Post (national postal service operator Ireland) is replacing all 220 local delivery diesel vehicles in the cities with electric vehicles by 2020, and a total of 750 EVs will replace its urban fleet by 2022.

Where Blockchain and Energy intersect

Two DecarbEurope partners are independently investigating the potential positive and negative consequences of Blockchain in the energy community.

EEIP: Blockchain will be the next GDPR

As stated recently by Eurelectric: “Blockchain enabled solutions can be implemented and unlock huge opportunities to have everyone participate and derive economic benefits in the new energy world using ‘simple’ interoperable and convenient platforms”.

With this in mind, an article entitled Blockchain will be the next GDPR on the EEIP (Energy Efficiency for Industrial Processes) website looks at what the potential applications of blockchain technologies could be, and how Blockchain could affect the provision – and the value – of energy services.

100% Renewable Heating and Cooling for a Sustainable Future

Get up to speed with the latest on renewable heating & cooling by attending this one-day event in Helsinki.

The European Technology & Innovation Platform on Renewable Heating and Cooling (RHC ETIP) is organizing the event 100% RHC for a Sustainable Future; the opportunity for RHC experts to learn, network and present their RHC innovative projects.

From a DecarbEurope viewpoint, this event engages four of our key solutions: District heating, Bioenergy, Heat pumps and Solar thermal, as well as the cross-sector application potential in buildings, districts, cities and industries.

Innovative hydrogen cogeneration plant in Hassfurt, Germany

Here’s a great story of at least five DecarbEurope solutions working together. Wind is converted to hydrogen (and stored) which is then combusted in a cogeneration unit. Downstream is electricity and heat, and heat distribution means district heating.

Stadtwerke Hassfurt, a German local utility, has realised a ground-breaking project for regional renewable energy supplies. It generates its own hydrogen from local renewable electricity and uses it in a cogeneration unit to supply regional customers with heat and electricity.

Onshore wind looks set to grow in Poland

In our previous blog post, we discussed a new study indicating the significant potential of solar power in the coal regions of Europe such as Poland. Coming close behind comes the news that onshore wind now looks set for renewed growth in Poland.

The reason is that at the end of July, Poland’s lower house of Parliament approved an important revision to the Renewables Act. On August 2, the Senate – the upper house of the Polish Parliament – passed the law. It is now waiting for the signature of the President.

Huge solar potential in European coalfields

A new study from the EU’s Joint Research Centre (JRC), indicates that solar power has enormous growth and job potential in the coal regions of Europe.

The use of coal for electricity generation is the main emitter of Greenhouse Gas Emissions worldwide. According to the International Energy Agency, these emissions have to be reduced by more than 70% by 2040 to stay on track for the 1.5–2 °C scenario suggested by the Paris Agreement.

A study was conducted to see to what extent the use of photovoltaic (PV) electricity generation systems could help with this transition in the coal regions of Europe. It assessed the solar PV potential in selected regions where open-cast coal mines are planned to cease operation in the near future.