Since many years, the O.Oe. Energiesparverband is carrying out European projects on different topics in the field of renewable energy and energy efficiency. Besides European projects, the international conference World Sustainable Energy Days is one of the main activities on international level.
Overview of recent European projects, coordinated by the O.Oe. Energiesparverband:
Solar Process Heat
While solar heat for domestic and service applications has increasing market shares across Europe, solar process heat is very much in its infancy. The potential is enormous: about 30% of the total industrial heat demand is at temperature levels below 100°C which can be provided with commercially available solar thermal collectors. However, only about 70 installations in Europe were identified by the IEA Task 33 Solar Heat for Industrial Applications. The project will therefore trigger the starting-up of markets for solar process heat by carrying out targeted market development activities, including training of professionals, information for industrial decision makers, pilot projects and the development of new services for solar contracting.
Project website for more details: www.solar-process-heat.eu
Boosting efficiency in the electricity use in 8 European regions
Electricity consumption is rising, in some areas with alarming speed. As the increases in electricity consumption are not limited to one specific area - they happen in domestic and non-domestic areas, in buildings as well as in industry - the project took a cross-sectoral approach and put a focus on increasing the efficiency of electricity in 8 European regions. It analysed and tackled areas with specific growth rates by developing regional action plans and by implementing targeted promotion and dissemination activities.
Project website for more details: www.efficient-electricity.info
World Sustainable Energy Days
The World Sustainable Energy Days, the largest annual conference in this field in Europe, offer a unique combination of events on sustainable energy production and use, covering energy efficiency and renewable energy sources for buildings, industry and transport.
Different conferences and seminars - which present the latest technology trends, outstanding examples and European strategies - and the "Energiesparmesse", an important energy exhibition, offer ideal opportunities to establish new partnerships. The conference makes an important contribution to awareness raising for green energy and energy efficiency.
Conference website for more details: www.wsed.at
Boosting green electricity in 11 European regions
The project aimed at boosting electricity production from renewable energy sources and the use of green electricity in 11 European regions by defining concrete regional RES-e targets and developing and implementing regional RES-e strategies. The main barriers (such as administrative obstacles, public opposition, grid access, lack of information, frequent changes in funding regimes) were identified and addressed them by well targeted information and promotion activities, thereby significantly increasing regional RES-e shares.
Project website for more details: www.res-regions.info