Energy
Scientists cheer Macron’s victory but must await his plan for R&D
As a former investment banker, Macron understands venture capital and what it takes to promote innovation. He wants to push on with university reform and improve science teaching, but the exact shape of his agenda hangs on parliamentary elections
Right R&D investments are good bets for both climate and economies
A meta-analysis of the latest research and reports on public investment in green energy points to areas with biggest returns for the economy and the climate
PRACE’s 14th call drives forward broad range of research
The Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE) has opened up greater access to supercomputer time for researchers around Europe
Americans used more clean energy in 2016
The US used more renewable energy in 2016 than 2015, according to data published this week by the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Overall, energy consumption was nearly flat.
Innovation Intelligence
The Renewable Power Dilemma: Making electricity grids fit for wind and solar power
Europe is determined to lead the world in the shift to green energy. A key policy goal in the European Commission’s 2050 Energy Roadmap is an electricity system based nearly entirely on renewable energy sources.
Gas: Too much of a good thing?
Over the past five years, the US shale gas boom has brought about dramatic changes in the North American energy landscape, prompting economic and environmental debate in Europe and other parts of the world.
New ideas for managing scarce resources and energy
Report of a high-level academic policy debate resource innovation, containing key ideas and recommendations on how to manage scarce resources and energy in Europe.
Getting carbon capture and storage technologies to market
The capture and storage of industrial carbon dioxide can help Europe create a low-carbon economy by 2050, but a radical overhaul of Europe's strategy is necessary say Science|Business symposium participants.
How to plan Europe's energy future
At the third in a series of high-level academic policy debates on the energy R&D challenge, The Energy Difference, key ideas and recommendations have emerged on how to plan a sustainable and cost-effective energy future for Europe.
Biofuels: The Next Generation
At the second in a series of three high-level academic policy debates on the energy R&D challenge, The Energy Difference, key ideas and recommendations have emerged to accelerate the deployment of sustainable biofuels.
12 Steps to getting more effective, more efficient energy R&D policy
This Science|Business report summarizes the first in a series of three high-level academic policy debates, focused on the energy R&D challenge. Twelve key ideas and recommendations emerged to better leverage Europe's research potential and speed the development of new energy technologies.
Formula for a breakthrough: hard work and long-term stable funding
As the European Research Council turns 10, grantee Ben Feringa, winner of the 2016 Nobel Prize for Chemistry, gives Science|Business his recipe for success. The secret ingredient? Funding for the long haul in the lab
‘Know-Nothing’ Trump cuts science funding – and opens a door for Europe
Budget cuts proposed in Washington ignore what we know about the value of science. To support science everywhere, join us April 22 on the streets, at Science March Brussels
Alaska is a case study on the perils of ignoring global warming
Climate change is happening, as Alaska vividly demonstrates. Now is time to prepare, says US ecologist Richard Boone, offering the Netherlands as one role model

Renewable power in Europe – Why we need a better approach

Institutional issues and a lack of system thinking are hampering progress toward resolving Europe’s renewable energy dilemma, says Mark O’Malley, professor of electrical engineering at University College Dublin. More comprehensive and objective analysis would help.

Integrating Renewables: The Flexibility Challenge

The successful integration of renewables could cut Europe’s energy bill by as much as €50 billion annually, says Goran Strbac, professor of electrical energy systems at Imperial College London. First, however, the market must start rewarding investment in flexible power generation, demand-side response and energy storage.

Surge in smart grid projects in Europe

EU’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) counts 459 smart grid initiatives in its yearly stock-taking report

European energy utilities increase spending on R&D

Despite a challenging market environment, the 16 European energy utilities analyzed in the ESMT Innovation Index increased their aggregate R&D budget by 3 per cent between 2010 and 2012.

Any country can reach high shares of wind, solar power cost-effectively, IEA study shows

Transformation of power systems is necessary to guarantee flexibility over long term, but this will be more difficult in some markets than in others

Biomass industry needs to prepare for water constraints

"The debates surrounding the sustainability of bioenergy will only grow louder as big urban areas start running out of water."

New research blows away claims that ageing wind farms are a bad investment

Wind turbines can remain productive for up to 25 years, making wind farms a good long-term choice for energy investors, according to new research.

How to tap the sun’s energy through heat as well as light

New approach developed at MIT could generate power from sunlight efficiently and on demand.

Seafloor carpet catches waves to generate energy

New UC Berkeley research project unlocks the potential to gain energy from oceans.

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Energy clustering event: Science & Skills for Renewables Integration
Registrations are now open for the 5th UNI-SET Energy Clustering Event
InnoEnergy appoints new education director
Frank Gielen appointed to boost digital learning and links in sustainable energy
Licensing Opportunity: Novel architecture for high-power mode-locked thin-disk lasers avoiding present energy limitations
ETH researchers propose a novel laser design can be used in precision laser machining as well as academic tabletop experiments.
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