EBRD : Pilot project in Dnipropetrovsk to establish regulatory and legal framework for future investments

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is providing a loan of up to €10 million, with an option to increase the loan to €20 million in the future, to finance energy efficiency measures in public buildings in the city of Dnipropetrovsk, one of Ukraine’s largest municipalities.

The project, which is co-financed by a €2.5 million grant from the Eastern Europe Energy Efficiency and Environmental Partnership (E5P)* – to which the EU is the largest contributor – will establish a pilot scheme of regulatory and contractual arrangements for financing energy performance contracts through private companies and banks.

It is expected that this pilot project will help replicate similar projects across Ukraine, where many other municipalities have already expressed interest in this initiative. With over 10 million buildings, the country has one of the largest housing stocks in Europe. Public buildings, including residential dwellings, which have suffered from decades of underinvestment, are a significant part of this stock. Dnipropetrovsk has over 700 public buildings and will become the first municipality in the country to test energy performance contracts. The city aims to engage private contractors to plan, finance and implement energy-saving measures, the cost of which will be covered by the energy savings achieved.

The Bank will provide funds to Dnipropetrovska Municipalna Energoservisna Kompanya (DMEK), a communal enterprise specifically established to develop and manage energy efficiency projects in the city of Dnipropetrovsk. DMEK will use the loan to finance energy efficiency measures that will be carried out by privately-owned energy service companies (ESCOs). In return for providing these investments, the city will pay DMEK the equivalent of the full energy cost savings achieved as a result of these measures.

Technical assistance for the project was provided by the government of the Czech Republic, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency and the EBRD Shareholder Special Fund. It will be used to prepare documentation for energy performance contracts, and tenders, as well the adjustments of newly established guidelines with the Ukrainian legislation.

The EBRD is the largest financial investor in Ukraine. As of 30 November 2013 the Bank had committed more than €8.7 billion (US$ 11.9 billion) through 318 projects in Ukraine.

source : http://www.ebrd.com

Revolve Special Edition : Heat Pumps

Can read Revolve Special Edition : Heat Pumps from the link below. In this edition you can read about how heat pumps work, about European market and perspective. report is full of useful information.

Revolve Special Edition : Heat Pumps (pdf).

RWE Serbia 2014 - International trade fair for renewable energy

Organisation decided to merge  two specialized Exhibitions SOLAR & BIOMASS into one. With new logo we combine all areas renewable energy under one Brand, RWE – International Exhibition for Renewable Energy; Logo RWE in 2014 will use parallel with trademarks Solar & Biomass, from 2015- RWE will be trademark alone

RWE promote solar energy, biomass, wind, photovoltaic, biogas and biofuels, geothermal and hydropower.

RWE encourages and promising new market offer, promote the use of renewable energy sources, provides comprehensive information on the latest developments, trends, services and products.

RWE will give an opportunity to the technical and professional experts to share the same platform and to exchange new and innovative ideas, thoughts and views with each other.

source : www.icm.si

EBRD – strengthens focus on sustainable energy

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has adopted a new strategy that will guide its investments in the energy and natural resources sector for the next five years.

In this strategy the Bank – already the largest investor in renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in its region of operations – sets out a commitment to helping its countries of operations move toward a sustainable energy future.

The EBRD region, which stretches from Morocco to Mongolia, is faced with a challenge of providing sustainable, secure and affordable energy. The energy strategy identifies energy efficiency as the first and best response to this challenge.

EBRD Managing Director for Energy and Natural Resources, Riccardo Puliti, said: “Our region of operations is dealing with the legacy of decades of command economies, which created some of the most wasteful energy sectors on the planet. What the EBRD brings to this challenge is our focus on structural reform. We have learnt from our work that, when properly channelled, market forces can be harnessed to make energy sectors more sustainable – environmentally, economically and politically.”

The new strategy also sets out the EBRD's revised policy in two key areas. In the document, the Bank builds on its well-established support for the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative by requiring clients operating in the extractive industries sector to disclose subsoil contracts and licenses as well as all payments they make to local and national authorities.

In the case of coal-fired generation the strategy supports the move to lower-carbon fuel sources in response to the challenge of climate change. In alignment with other IFIs, the EBRD will not finance any coal-fired power generation projects except in rare and exceptional circumstances in which there is no feasible alternative energy source.

The strategy also reinforces the EBRD's growing support for renewable energy, which will include financing both energy-generating capacity and key infrastructure such as transmission lines and backup generation.

Riccardo Puliti added: “We place great importance on combining our investments in renewables with policy dialogue and technical cooperation. For example, we have worked with countries that are highly dependent on fossil fuels – such as FYR Macedonia, Kazakhstan, Serbia, and Ukraine – to develop renewable energy projects and regulation that allows them to develop a cleaner, more diverse energy mix. We have also developed and invested in the first wind farm in Mongolia – where it was also the first new energy generator in 30 years.”

The EBRD strategy is the first to be adopted for the energy sector since the Bank began working in the southern and eastern Mediterranean (SEMED) countries of Egypt, Jordan, Morocco and Tunisia. It focuses on the challenges and opportunities these countries face, in particular, how to meet rising demand, reduce energy subsidies, minimise water consumption and exploit the superb wind and solar resources in the region.

Since 2006 the EBRD has invested €8.8 billion in the energy and natural resources sector. Over that period the Bank has made direct investments worth more than €2 billion in the renewables sector, with an additional €760 million channelled via local banks. The EBRD has also invested over €675 million in energy security projects in Europe, such as Polskie LNG or gas storage in Hungary, Serbia and Croatia.

Coal-related projects – mostly dedicated to improving the efficiency of existing plants –accounted for 6 per cent of the Bank’s work in the sector.

The EBRD is also actively engaged in helping countries to switch from coal to gas. In the latest deal to address this issue the Bank arranged a loan in roubles equivalent of €280 million to Russia's InterRAO to move away from using old coal-fired plants in the Urals by decommissioning them and switching to a much more efficient and environmentally friendly combined-cycle gas turbine.

Under the EBRD's Sustainable Energy Initiative, which includes the energy and natural resources sector as well as other sectors such as infrastructure, the Bank has invested over €12 billion since 2006 in energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.

source : EBRD

EBRD invests in energy efficiency and renewable energy in Moldova

Investments by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in energy efficiency and renewable energy in Moldova have reached €100 million under the EBRD’s Sustainable Energy Initiative (SEI).

This milestone will be announced in Chisinau during the Moldova Eco-Energetică awards ceremony on 6 December that celebrates the best initiatives in Moldova’s sustainable energy sector.

Moldova Eco-Energetică – staged by the Moldovan Economy Ministry, with support from the European Union and the United Nations Development Programme – brings together high-level officials as well as representatives from the diplomatic community, international organisations, civil society and academia.

Octavian Costaș, the acting head of the EBRD’s Resident Office in Chisinau, said: “Strong dependence on energy imports is one of the biggest challenges facing Moldova. Helping the country address this by investing in alternative energy sources and improving energy efficiency, in both the corporate and residential sectors, is at the core of the EBRD’s strategy in Moldova. Our energy efficiency agenda encompasses a wide range of sectors: we are working with businesses, banks, utilities, municipalities and households to help them move towards their own energy independence and enhance their energy efficiency, which will save them both energy and money.”

To date, around 100 private companies have received financing from the EBRD via Moldovan partner banks, under the extended Moldovan Sustainable Energy Financing Facilities (MoSEFF I and II), which brings EBRD financing for energy efficiency in corporate sector to almost €25 million, of almost €40 million available under the facilities.

In addition, almost 100 small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) have received advice from specialised consultants on how to save energy, as part of the Energy Efficiency Initiative of the EBRD’s Business Advisory Services, and backed by the Swedish government.

Furthermore, households are saving energy and paying lower bills thanks to EBRD financing, via partner banks, of energy-saving improvements in their homes under the €35 million Moldovan Residential Energy Efficiency Financing Facility (MoREEFF).

Both MoSEFF and MoREEFF are supported by comprehensive technical assistance, and by incentive grants for partner banks and sub-borrowers. This support is provided by the European Commission through the Neighbourhood Investment Facility (NIF) and TACIS funds administered by INOGATE, and by the Swedish government through SIDA.

Beyond positively reflecting on businesses and people’s lives, these investments bring significant environmental benefits. Sustainable energy projects in Moldova are expected to reduce annual CO2 emissions by 95,000 tonnes.

In order to promote the Moldovan energy agenda, the EBRD has been engaged in an intensive policy dialogue with the government and regulators. In 2011 the Bank signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the government to scale up investments in the sustainable energy sector, improve the business environment for such investments and remove key barriers to market development.

The efficient use of energy and sustainable energy investments could be significantly boosted with an improvement in policies and regulations. The EBRD is supporting the Ministry of Construction and Regional Development in amending the Law on Energy Efficiency and the Housing Codes. This cooperation is aimed at creating a legal framework that will facilitate home-owners’ associations and condominiums to gain access to funding from partner banks for investments in more efficient materials and equipment. The Bank is working with ANRE – Moldova’s energy regulator – on introducing the feed-in tariffs methodology for renewable energy. Furthermore, the EBRD is co-chairing the recently created advisory body to the Ministry of Economy, which brings together policy-makers, SMEs and donors to coordinate energy efficiency efforts, which is aimed at helping Moldova become less energy intensive.

Most recently, Moldova has joined the Eastern Europe Energy Efficiency and Environment Partnership (E5P) in a move designed to significantly boost support for energy efficiency and reduce harmful emissions. The partnership, which is managed by the EBRD, will soon be able to implement its first projects in Moldova.

Investing in sustainable energy is one of the EBRD’s top priorities in Moldova. In 2013, 25 per cent of the Bank’s projects signed in the country were sustainable energy projects.

source : EBRD 

Report on changes of support scheme for PV in Europe

The photovoltaic (PV) technology has grown over the past decade at a remarkable pace, becoming a major source of energy globally. The world's cumulative PV capacity surpassed the impressive 100-gigawatt installed electrical power mark at the end of 2012, capable of producing as much annual electrical energy as 16 coal power plants or nuclear reactors of 1 GW each.

In spite of this, over the past years the European solar PV sector has been continuously
facing retrospective measures directly attacking the stability and viability of existing PV
installations in a number of European countries. Such measures, as well as unexpected and sudden  support scheme changes and other negative measures, seriously damage the investment climate for  PV. They also have a negative impact on PV at European and global levels, as they artificially turn PV  into a risky investment, while it is normally not, thanks to its fuel independency.

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Energy Revolution In Romania In 2014 - discussion with Cosmin Trif, Marketing Strategy R.E.S. Group, organizer of the RoEnergy Romania Trade Fair

Why will be a Energy Revolution In Romania In 2014?
Thus, according to ANRE, private households  and small businesses will benefit, starting with 2014, of subsidies  for the installation of small production units of renewable energy (solar PV, wind, small hydropower, biomass, biogas), which will cover their consumption needs.

According to the Agency for Energy Regulation (ANRE), the feed in tariff would be around 200 euros / MWh, and subsidies will be given for 15 years.

Also in 2014, analysts estimate that fundings to increase energy efficiency, both in industry and in the residential and social, will considerably increase. Therefore, will increase investments in photovoltaic, biogas, biomass, cogeneration and hydropower as sustainable alternative fulfillment of long-term economic  aspirations.

Would you want to be updated with the Romanian renewable market?
The simplest way is to attend at the fourth edition of the RoEnergy Bucharest 2014 Trade Fair-International Trade Fair of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency which will take place in 11, 12, 13 June 2014 at ROMAERO, district  1, in Bucharest, the most important industry Event of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency in Romania, returns  to the capital of Romania with a new interactive and a more diversified approach.

Besides the Exhibition, under the  RoEnergy Trade Fair "umbrella"  will be a series of events from which we are mentioning few: Solar Conference in Romania ( Thermal and PV sector), German Day at RoEnergy,  Italy Day at RoEnergy, Workshop AREL, Economic Missions, Greece  Day at RoEnergy, Bioenergy Conference etc.

From 2010 until present  the RoEnergy Trade Fair facilitated thousands of contacts with the local and foreign companies and also with the authorities from Romania. Basically, in most cases we can say that the RoEnergy Trade Fair was the gateway to Western companies entering Romania. There were cases in which some companies did not know anything about Romania until participating to the RoEnergy Trade Fair. And the greatest satisfaction of ours is to see that those companies currently hold significant  RES investments in the Romanian market - said  Mr.Cosmin Trif, Marketing Strategy R.E.S. Group, organizer of the RoEnergy Romania Trade Fair.

RoEnergy Bucharest Trade Fair 2013 Retrospective
At the previous RoEnergy Bucharest Trade Fair had  stands companies coming  from 13 countries from 3 continents: Europe (Germany, Italy, Greece, Poland, Spain, Bulgary, France, Turkey, Hungary, Romania, etc), North America (USA) and Asia (China, South Korea).

The RoEnergy Bucharest 2014 Themes
Trade Fair Themes (selection): solar(PV and thermal), bioenergy (biogas, biomass, biofuels, CHP), wind energy, hydropower, energy efficiency, energy infrastructure.

Info regarding ReEnergy: 
tel/fax : +40.357.436.266
mobil: +40.772.262.915
e-mail press@roenergy.eu
SC R.E.S. Group SRL

From 2014, a new opportunity for energy companies to invest in Romania

 After the solar and wind farms boom  and solar thermal tow years ago in Romania is expected to take place the real energy revolution: energy production, in small installations, for their own consumption. ANRE will approve rules that will encourage the installation of small production capacity of green energy up to 1 MW for wind, solar and small hydro plants and up to 2 MW for biomass and biogas plants.

On the other hand solar thermal in 2014 will be not sow popular. Local program Green House, stopped in 2011 will be not open next year and this will make to be a low market for thermal.

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EFA launches Renewable Energy Programme-Rondine

Environment Fund Administration, as Programme Operator for ”Renewable Energy RO06” – Rondine, launching of the Programme funded under the EEA Grants 2009-2014.

The event brought together representatives of the Norwegian Embassy in Romania, the Ministry of Industries and Innovation in the Republic of Iceland, the Ministry of Environment and Cli-mate Change, Ministry of European Funds, representatives of Programme Partners form Donor States and other Programmme Operators, and potential beneficiaries from Romania with Norwe-gian and Icelandic partners.

Grant amount allocated to the program, including national contribution is 8,387,406 euros, to be supplemented with 4.27 million euro funding from Donor States.The programme has two components: hydropower and geothermal.

The hydropower component aims to achieve initial investment and refurbishment of hydropower plants, with the purpose of extending the production capacity of electricity from renewable sources. The geothermal component aims to achieve initial investments and reengineering of the thermal energy production plant that use geothermal energy, for the purpose of extending (in-creasing) the capacity for thermal energy production from renewable sources. Projects intended for locations where a heat distribution system is already in place will be eligible, including con-nections users, requiring only a connection to a geothermal source.

The eligible applicants for the hydropower component are public or private commercial entities. For the geothermal component, the eligible applicants are public or private commercial entities and/or local administrative units/authorities.
Also, during the seminar organized between potential beneficiaries from Romania and Norway and Iceland entities, possibilities for strengthening bilateral relations and facilitate the develop-ment of partnerships were discussed.

The Enviroment Fund Administration (EFA) has as main objective the implementation and fi-nancing of several types of programmes for sustainable development of Romania that will con-tribute to improve environmental infrastructure.

In recent years, EFA has funded from the Environment Fund programmes that have increased the implementation and use of renewable resources in pursuit of solar panels, wind, solar, biogas or biomass, hydro and geothermal plants.

Since 2012, by signing the Memorandum of Understanding with the governments of Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein for the implementation of the EEA and Norway Grants 2009 – 2014, the general framework for the allocation of funds has been established on assistance granted by them on the following period.

The Environment Fund Administration has been designated Programme Operator on October 18, 2012, to promote the renewable energy use.

Through the European Economic Area (EEA) Agreement, three non-Member States of the Euro-pean Union, namely Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein, part of the European internal market contribute to regional cohesion through programmes such as the EEA and Norway Grants. Of these, Norway is the largest donor, contributing with 97 percent of the total. EEA and Norway Grants are also intended to strengthen bilateral relations between the Donor States and Romania.

South-East European Exhibition on Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy 2014

In the context of the dynamic climate changes and continuously rising prices of conventional energy sources, now more than ever a necessity of urgent upgrade of the global energy systems with aim to make ready it for meeting the numerous future challenges comes to the fore.

The improving of the energy efficiency and green energy are key priorities in the policies of the countries of South-East Europe, which will ensure energy independence, reducing the negative impact on the human health and environment.

For the 10th consecutive year Sofia will host the Exhibition on Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy with a geographical focus South-East Europe. It corresponds to the  world trends and presents latest energy efficient solutions, systems for energy storage, technologies for the production of bio-, hydro, solar, geothermal and wind energy, energy from waste and electric vehicle innovation.


Date: 5-7 March 2014
Frequency: Annual
Sequence: 10th edition
Organizer: Via Expo
Venue: Sofia, Inter Expo Center

More info on link : http://viaexpo.com

Feed-in-tariffs for PV in Greece

Information regarding feed-in-tariffs for PV in Greece can see on this file.

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Romania : Roundtable on the impact of new provisions / tax on renewable energy projects

The Diplomat – Bucharest, the leading English language business magazine in Romania organizes on Tuesday December 10, 2013, starting 9:00 AM, at InterContinental Hotel - Rapsodia Hall, the “Accounting and Financial Reporting for Green Incentives” exclusive roundtable.

Representatives of the Romanian Ministry of Public Finance and of the national energy regulatory bodies will meet top players in renewable energy to share their views on how the actual energy tax regulations might be optimized. In this open discussion informal meeting we will address practical issues related to the impact of new provisions / tax on renewable energy projects, changes in RES-E legislation and support scheme.

9:00 - 9:30 - Registration and Welcome coffee
9:30 to 9:50 Opening address
Dan Manolescu , State Secretary , Ministry of Public Finance
9:50 to 11:30 Open Discussions
Moderator: Valeriu Binig , Director Energy & Resources, Deloitte Consulting

Topics to discuss:
Current market conditions and future potential of renewable energy projects:
- Overview on the legislative and regulatory framework for electricity produced from renewable sources
- National renewable energy targets till 2020, changes in RES-E support scheme, impact of new energy balancing market regulations
Accounting and taxation, trade operations:
- Taxation in spot market operations / energy balancing market operations taxation / financial reports of license holders
- Tax on assets

11.30-12.00 Questions and answers
12.00 Networking lunch

The event will be attended by authorities, local, regional and international renewable energy projects developers of suppliers and equipment suppliers, consultants, lawyers, etc.

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EU imposes definitive measures on Chinese solar panels. Tow years with duties taxes.

The Council  backed the Commission’s proposals to impose definitive anti-dumping and anti-subsidy measures on imports of solar panels from China. In parallel, the Commission confirmed its Decision accepting the undertaking with Chinese solar panel exporters applied since the beginning of August.

The Council confirmed the level of the duty for those Chinese exporters of solar panels who cooperated with the investigations. The duties stay unchanged at an average of 47.7% and will apply for two years as of 6 December 2013.

The imposition of definitive measures needs to be seen in the context of the amicable solution reached with China which resulted in the undertaking. This undertaking, applied as part of the anti-dumping proceedings, is now confirmed and has been extended to the anti-subsidy proceeding. Hence, the final anti-dumping and anti-subsidy duty rates will apply only to those exports from China which do not meet the conditions set out in the undertaking. Those Chinese exporters that participate in the undertaking are exempt from paying the anti-dumping and anti-subsidy duties.

More on European Commision.


Baxi Romania Enters Insolvency

In November 2013, it became clear that Baxi Romania, part of BDR Thermea, entered insolvency after the Ilfov Court approved its request. According to data published by the court, the company’s legal administrator is Cabinet Individual de Insolventa (CII) Giurgiu Calin Dan.

Last year, Baxi Romania reported a turnover of around RON 12.9 million (EUR 2.9 million), but with losses of RON 590,700 (EUR 133,200).

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DOCTORIS ATH.SA seminar in Thessaloniki

The seminar will take place this Saturday, 07.12 at 10.30 in room TCG / SCM Electrical Engineers Association building located in Northern Greece Alexander Avenue 49 (coastal) in Thessaloniki.

The new generation of heat pumps THERMOCOLD
- Heat pumps high temperature double compression cycle DUO 80C Light-Heavy
- High Temperature Heat Pumps 90C CO2 (R744) ECO2
- Applications - examples
- Presentation of products DAESUNG CELTIC
- Discussion, questions

For more info please send email to info@doctoris.gr

PV Platform Romania 2014

REECO - International trade fair and conference organiser for renewable energy and energy efficiency all over Europe- is happy to invite you to the 2nd International PV Platform in Romania, 9-11/04/2014 Expo Arad International! The event expects:        

- Over 50 exhibiting key players    
- more than 2000m2 exhibition space    
- 120 conference participants    
- 2000 visitors to a unique and central event in the border triangle between Romania, Hungary and Serbia.

Meet the market at one place!          
Photovoltaic energy sector in Romania has one of the highest growing potential in Europe due to the law that offers for investors in this sector 6 green certificates for each MWh installed until the 1st of January 2014. This is one of the sectors with more and more investments and Romania is seen in this respect as the next target country for the start of photovoltaic projects.

Trade Fair      
Between the 9-11/04/2014 PV Platform Romania expects the most important business players to a high quality exhibition on more than 2000m2 in the third-largest convention centre of Romania. The city of Arad is an ideal trade fair location due to its position in Romania and South-East Europe: 5 capitals are in-between 500km: Belgrade, Budapest, Vienna, Bratislava, Sarajevo and the infrastructure is highly built out with highways. PV platform Romania creates the bridge and binding point between the national market players and international investors through its complex event structure and networking possibilities.

In the framework of the 2 days international PV Conference – Changes & Risks the participants can get informed from 1st class speakers about the latest trends on European level, the news in Romanian legislation; can get practical information about the development of multinational companies, and can receive a compact market view on the Romanian PV market.

Side Events
PV Platform Romania creates an ideal meeting point for PV experts from Romania and abroad to exchange know-how, get in touch with key persons from PV field Romania and present their products and services on the Romanian Market. The side events consist of specialist forums and meeting  and also professional networking evenings and city tour.          

Event Target Groups
Chief executives, product managers and project developers of module and cell manufacturers, producers of inverters and power components, suppliers of foundations, substructures, cabling and other components
Planners, contractors, installers, engineering and construction companies
Utilities and manufacturing / service companies from the conventional power industry
Sales managers responsible for large-scale systems
Insurance companies, brokers and agencies
Investment banks and investors
Political representatives
Energy agencies
Attorneys involved in large-scale PV projects
Journalists addressing economic, technological and energy issues

More info on www.enreg-expo.com

Greek PV Market Statistics Jan-Sep 2013

Hellenic Association of Photovoltaic Companies ( HELAPCO ) publish statistics regarding photovoltaic market in Greece.

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Aqua-Therm Kyiv 2014 - the largest and best-known trade exhibition in Ukraine for the HVAC industry

Taking place on 13 - 16 May 2014, at the International Exhibition Centre (IEC) in Kyiv, the event features hundreds of domestic and international industry players who are keen to promote their latest products and technologies to industry specialists such as installers, dealers, engineers, architects, regional distributors and municipal buyers.

In 2013, the event was attended by 37,794 specialist trade visitors. Furthermore, 636 exhibiting companies represented 28 countries worldwide.

For more information visit http://aquatherm-expo.com/kyiv/home.aspx

The Renewable Energy Market in South-East Europe Gathered at the 6th Edition of RENEXPO® SOUTH-EAST EUROPE

The biggest event on renewable energy and energy efficiency in Romania, RENEXPO® SOUTH-EAST EUROPE proved for the sixth time the importance of renewable energy and scored another success in the area. Since 2008, RENEXPO® creates history and returns each time with news from renewable energy sector. The event changed its image and location, taking place in the most modern exhibition centre in Romania - EXPOROM - Bucharest, between the 20th - 22nd of November 2013 and presented many products, services, opportunities and energetic solutions on a large scale.

"RENEXPO®, the successful event came back this year in a new location EXPOROM-Bucharest and presented to participants a different view of the renewable energy event. RENEXPO® has exceeded this year the expectations of exhibitors and gave them a quality fair thanks to the large space for building and personalizing booths and an environment proper for business. Over 6000m² were occupied by national and international companies. We would like to thank all the partners, sponsors and exhibitors who honoured us with their presence and contributed to the success of this event", says Timea Szanto, Project Manager RENEXPO® SOUTH-EAST EUROPE.

RENEXPO® SOUTH-EAST EUROPE presented its new sub-brands: RENEXPO® SOLAR, RENEXPO® WIND, RENEXPO® HYDROPOWER and RENEXPO® BIO&CO. Exhibitors were placed on areas which facilitated to visitors to identify then easier. RENEXPO® hosted for the 2nd time the German Common Both, on a surface of about 100m², with important companies like: Schletter GmbH, MWM, Dach und Sonne GmbH, Kanne&Joos and Dreyer &Bosse organised by the Romanian-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

A number of 131 well known and appreciated national and international companies from 15 countries on 2 continents, presented their products and services on a surface of 6000m², to approximately 3000 visitors on the three days of the event. The event provided "a great opportunity to get to know key players in the renewable energy sector and to establish new opportunities for collaboration" (said Dragoș Vasile, Eximprod Grup). RENEXPO® reached a specialized elite public this year.

The official opening ceremony was attended by important personalities in the sector: Mr. Radu ION - Minister Advise for Water, Forests and Fisheries; Nicolae MATEI - President of Romania's Towns Association, Mayor of Navodari City, Romania; Brigitte EBLE - Vice - President Romanian-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry, General Director Bosch Romania; Johan-Georg RÖHM - CEO REECO Company, Germany and Avena GALL-TAMAS - International Business Development, REECO Company, Germany.

In parallel with the trade fair 9 international conferences, workshops and forums took place on several topics: solar energy, wind energy, biomass, hydropower, cogeneration and energy efficiency.

The RENERGY AWARD was given for the 2nd time during the Professional Networking Evening, on the 20th of November 2013 at Solange Ballroom. The award was offered in two categories, to an Outstanding Personality and to an Innovative Technology. The winner of the Outstanding Personality was Mr. Havrilet Niculae - President of ANRE, and the winner of the award for an Innovative Technology was Altius Fotovoltaic company.

Hellenic Association of Photovoltaic Companies have a new website

Hellenic Association of Photovoltaic Companies, HELAPCO is a non profit organization, established in 2002, representing the major PV companies active in the production, trading, installation and maintenance of photovoltaic systems in Greece.

HELAPCO represents the domestic market in international meetings and fora, and is a member of the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA).

Organisation just open a new website on http://www.helapco.gr

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Thessaloniki, Greek forum : Promoting the use of photovoltaic systems through an optimal energy clearing

Aristotle University was organized in november 20 in Centre of Research Results AUTH (Kedesh-AUTH) a Workshop on "Promoting the use of photovoltaic systems through an optimal energy clearing" .

This are part of European research project "Promotion of photovoltaic energy through optimization of energy clearing - Promotion of PV Energy Metering Optimization through net (PV-NET)" , co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund for Transnational Cooperation Mediterranean Area MED, Lab of Power Systems, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Conference provide a step fruitful dialogue and reflection among stakeholders of photovoltaic power generation systems with the aim of objectively assessing. The current situation, best practices for the rational expansion of and reach actionable conclusions is other major theme of discussion.

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Croatian forum : Energy renovation of apartment buildings housing 360

The panel is intended to professionals, building managers, representatives of the construction sector and financial institutions, local government and other relevant institutions and companies.

The goal is to bring together all stakeholders whose involvement is essential for the successful implementation of energy renovation of residential buildings. Participants were representatives of relevant Croatian institutions and associations, and their positive experiences, in such projects presented by experts from Estonia and Slovenia.

Participation is free, but places are limited.
For more information's and program make click hire.

Date: 29/11/2013
Venue: Westin Hotel,  Croatia

Bucharest : RENERGY Award 2013

RENERGY Award 2013 was given for the second time in the series for Networking Professional on November 20 at Solange Ballroom from Exporom Bucharest. The award have tow categories, an outstanding personality and innovative technology.

Winner for outstanding personality was Mr. Havrilet Niculae - ANRE President(Romania) and Award for Innovative Technology was awarded to Altius Photovoltaic (Romania).

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In 2014, starts in Romania the Energy Revolution

After the solar and wind farms boom in Romania is expected to take place the real energy revolution: energy production, in small installations, for their own consumption. ANRE will approve rules that will encourage the installation of small production capacity of green energy up to 1 MW for wind, solar and small hydro plants and up to 2 MW for biomass and biogas plants.

Thus, according to ANRE, private households  and small businesses will benefit, starting with 2014, of subsidies  for the installation of small production units of renewable energy (solar, wind, small hydro, biomass, biogas), which will cover their consumption needs.

Also in 2014, analysts estimate that fundings to increase energy efficiency, both in industry and in the residential and social, will considerably increase. Therefore, will increase investments in photovoltaic, biogas, biomass, cogeneration and hydropower as sustainable alternative fulfillment of long-term economic aspirations.

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RoEnergy Bucharest 2014 Trade Fair

The fourth edition of the RoEnergy Bucharest 2014 - International Trade Fair of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency which will take place between 11, 12, 13 June 2014 at ROMAERO, sector 1, Bucharest, the most important industry Event of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency in Romania, returns  to the capital of Romania with a new interactive and a more diversified approach.

Besides the exhibition, under the  RoEnergy Trade Fair "umbrella"  will be a series of events from which we mention few: German Day at RoEnergy,  Italy Day at RoEnergy, Workshop AREL, economic mission, Greece  Day at RoEnergy, Solar Conference in Romania, Bioenergy Conference etc..

RoEnergy Bucharest Trade Fair 2013 Retrospective
At the previous RoEnergy Bucharest Trade Fair had  stands companies coming  from 13 countries from 3 continents: Europe (Germany, Italy, Greece, Poland, Spain, Bulgary, France, Turkey, Hungary, Romania, etc), North America (USA) and Asia (China, South Korea).

How much costs an exhibition stand?
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The RoEnergy Bucharest 2014 Themes
Trade Fair Themes (selection): solar, PV, thermal, bioenergy (biogas, biomass, biofuels, CHP), wind energy, hydropower, energy efficiency, energy infrastructure.

RoEnergy , www.roenergy.eu

EU in search of a green jobs strategy

In to the UN Conference on Climate Change, held in Warsaw this period, the Romanian Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Rovana Plumb, attended, along with his counterparts from Britain, Denmark , Croatia and Slovakia, in an informal discussion with Group representatives Economic Growth (Green Growth Group / GGG ) .

The discussions focused on the future framework 2030 in energy and climate change, focusing on the benefits of actions to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases will have on economic growth and citizens .

It also highlighted the role that it can be GGG in terms of providing a framework for the exchange of information and best practices in the implementation of measures to combat climate change.

Lead Rovana Minister stressed , in context , the importance of defining a strategy for the creation of green jobs as part of sustainable development.

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Romania : investors in renewable energy continues to seek approval for new projects in a sustained rhythm

Investors in renewable energy continues to seek approval for new projects in a sustained rhythm , although the government has reduced subsidies for this sector and announced new cuts in the next period . Romanian Government postponed from July 1 part of green certificates are granted to producers of renewable energy , which they expected to recover in the period 2017-2020 . However, investors continue knocking authorities to obtain the necessary approvals of starting new projects.

Transelectrica expects 20,000 MW projects to obtain approvals for connection to the network. Similarly, the Energy Regulatory Authority (ANRE ) continues to endorse the same rate all kinds of projects , especially solar . Regulatory Committee of ANRE has weekly meetings in approving such projects. For example, in the last session of 6 November regulator ANRE forum granted 12 licenses for setting energy projects , including new solar , small hydro and two wind project .

Data published by Transelectrica show that if the December 31, 2012 were in Romania photovoltaic parks with an aggregate capacity of 49.3 MW , after nine months of 2013 were in operation 553 MW projects , so ten times more .
In total, 30 September 2013 , in Romania were in operation producing energy capacity of 3,393 MW from renewable sources in total , as follows: 2,307 MW wind turbines , photovoltaic panels of 553 MW , 480 MW small hydro and biomass projects 53 MW .

Target assumed by Romania in accordance with the European directive on energy from renewable sources in final energy consumption in 2020 , 24 % was achieved in 2010 at 23.6 % . Romania was ranked 2nd among EU Member States on the progress of the proposed target .

The share of renewable energy in final consumption of electricity in the first four months of 2013 was 39.4 %, above the assumed target for 2020 of 38% , according to the Department of Energy .

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Apricus Solar evacuated tube and assembly installation process

Overview of Apricus evacuated tube solar collector assembly and installation process.


Energy Always a Challenge IV

New international workshop will open in Bucharest in this days. Energy Always a Challenge will brings together big names and addresses energy in an interactive new trends regarding renewables in Politehnica University from Bucharest .

The event will run from November 20 to 29, 2013. Workshop program will include in the first week, for three days , conferences , meetings and presentations to the Romanian students , all of the games theme market power, green certificates and renewable energy sources .

In the second week, over a period of five days shall be in specialized laboratories integration of renewable energy sources in the national power system. These practical sessions are aimed not only familiarity with the work environment integrated SCADA software, but also to develop participants' knowledge and teamwork.

The workshop will bring together both foreign participants - 15 to 20 students at technical universities across Europe and a total of 100 students from the Polithnica University of Bucharest. It's worth mentioning that both conferences and labs, speakers and special guests will be present .

More information about the workshop can be found on the event website : www.eestec.ro / energy

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EnergyExpo Belarus 2013, pictures

Pictures from EnergyExpo Belarus 2013.


Energy 2013, Belarus

From 15 to 18 October 2013 in Minsk was XVIII Belarusian Energy and Ecology Forum , which took place in the XVIII International Specialized Exhibition "Energy. Ecology . Energy saving. Electro " ( " Energy 2013 " ) and XVIII Belarusian Energy and Ecology Congress .

The purpose of the forum - review the latest achievements of science , engineering and technology in the field of energy , energy efficiency , automation, electronics , environmental protection , renewable energy sources.

The exhibition "Energy" attracted the attention of leading Belarusian and foreign producers of equipment, technologies and materials for energy, environment , energy and electrical engineering and is one of the largest on the subject in the countries of the CIS and Baltic countries.

In 2013, the exhibition has been presented production of more than 360 companies and organizations from 18 countries (Belarus, Russia , Ukraine , Moldova , Lithuania , Estonia , Poland , Czech Republic , Germany , Austria , France , Switzerland , Italy , Denmark , Sweden , Finland, China , USA).

The structure of the exhibition industry have been prescribed sections of the Ministry of Energy, Ministry of Industry, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection, Ministry of Housing and Public Utilities, the State Committee on Science Technology , the Department of Energy of the State Committee for Standardization.

At the joint stand of the Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Belarus presented their exposure enterprise "Belenergo " - JSC " Belenergoremnaladka " RUE " Belelektromontazhnaladka " RUE " BELTEI " plant " Power Plant ", JSC " Elektrotsentrmontazh " RUE " Beloozerskij electromechanical plant ." With their products , known both in our country and abroad, introduced visitors businesses and organizations that make up the GPO " Beltopgas" : NP RUE " Belgaztekhnika " JOINT VENTURE " Brestgazoapparat ", "Novogrudok Gas Equipment Plant ".

The collective stand of the Ministry of Industry has united some 30 industrial enterprises of the republic . Among them METZ them . V. Kozlov , Raton , BMZ , BelAZ , Atlanta, Belvtromet , Brest Electromechanical Plant and other enterprises. The State Committee for Science and Technology, presented the latest research and development of Belarusian scientists . Subject energy found its reflection in the stands of the Department of Energy and the State Standard of the Ministry of Housing and Communal Services .

Among the regular participants of the exhibition "Energy" of such large organizations as the Belarusian Company " Energopromis ", CJSC " Tauris Electric power supply ", LLC " Beleltika ", a group of companies SIMATEK, JV " Torimeks " LLC, a group of companies FEC SPC " Spetssistema " Plant electrical products and many others.

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Strategic Research Agenda for Solar Thermal Electricity 2020 - 2025

ESTELA has launched its first Strategic Research Agenda, which is highly welcomed and considered by the DG for Research & Innovation of the European Commission.

The Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) sets out the strategic priorities for European research on solar thermal electricity in order to identify clearly the bottlenecks, milestones and challenges of this emerging technology through the accomplishment of three clear objectives: to increase efficiency and reduce costs, to increase dispatchability and to improve the environmental profile.

The SRA is the most in-depth analysis to date of the research requirements of the STE sector, and is based on one year of work, collaboration and discussions by the Scientific and Technical Committee of ESTELA, which constituted by ten highly qualified researchers and experts in Europe.

The STE research priority topics encompass the four main STE  technologies, Parabolic Troughs Collectors, Central Receiver, Linear Fresnel Reflectors and Dish Stirling Systems, with a dedicated chapter for cross-cutting issues, as well as some chapters attributed to what make the asset of solar thermal electricity stand out among other technologies: storage, hybridisation and international standards, since an efficient and concrete reduction of costs is not possible without their proper implementation.

Download PDF version hire.

Green label in EU

Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) No 811/2013 of 18 February 2013 supplementing  Directive 2010/30/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council with regard to the energy labelling of space heaters, combination heaters, packages of space heater, temperature control and solar device and packages of combination heater, temperature control and solar device .

Can read regulation hire .

Polysun 6.2 new version for end customers

Leading software provider Vela Solaris introduces Polysun 6.2, the latest version of its established design and simulation software. With Polysun 6.2, users have access to the latest developments in the renewable energy sector, resulting from a variety of research projects. So, for example, battery life is also taken into account when it comes to the dimensioning of an electric storage system.

Self-consumption optimization and heat pumps

This year’s EU PVSEC Conference, which was held in Paris at the beginning of October, saw the presentation of the results from a number of current research projects on PV self-consumption optimization. These results are the product of a collaborative research effort carried out jointly by Vela Solaris and the Swiss Federal University of Technology in Zürich (ETH Zürich) with the funding support of the Federal Office for Energy and Swisselectric Research. Only a few months after their first release, these results are now being made available to a wide audience of users with the Polysun Update 6.2. Simulations show the limits as well as the benefits of these now widely debated storage solutions consisting of a combination of thermal and battery storage.

A prerequisite to ensure that reliable results are obtained is the use of programmable controllers (available in Polysun from Version 6.1) as well as realistic profiles (a new feature in the 6.2 version: profiles with 15-minute time-steps). According to the type of solar system, the type of building and consumption profile, a heat pump with intelligent controller or a battery are proposed as the optimal solution.

Catalogue update Polysun 6.2 have :
- 1741 new PV modules
- 284  new certified solar collectors
- 154  new PV Inverters
- New company templates

more about this new version hire.

Heat Pump Implementation Scenarios until 2030 in Europe

An analysis of the technology's potential in the building sector of Austria, Belgium, Germany, Spain, France, Italy, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

In this study three scenarios are calculated, which all comprise the same very ambitious energy efficiency measures on the demand side, but different implementation shares for heat pumps on the supply side. In the scenario with the highest heat pump implementation shares (“HP++”) the overall CO2-eq emissions for heating, cooling, hot water and auxiliary energy in buildings can be reduced by 47% from 2012 until 2030.

Can read ECOFYS report in pdf hire.

EU to grant Ukraine $100 mln for energy efficiency projects

The European Union will provide financial assistance to Ukraine in the amount of USD 100 million to implement energy saving projects by the end of this year. Ukraine also received a USD 130 million investment from the EU in the framework of implementation of energy efficiency projects.

Walter Tretton, Head of Operations Section “Energy, Transport and Environment” of the EU Delegation to Ukraine, said this at the opening ceremony of the VI International Trade Fair “Energy Efficiency. Renewable Energy 2013” in Kyiv on Tuesday.

"Ukraine has received from the EU a USD 130 million investment in energy efficiency projects, and another USD 100 million as grants from the European Union will come by the end of the year," Tretton said.

According to him, the EU plans to continue to work with Ukraine to implement energy efficiency projects.

In turn, Chairman of the State Agency on Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving of Ukraine Mykola Pashkevych, who came to the exhibition in the electric vehicle together with Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Finland to Ukraine Arja Makkonen, noted the growth in demand for energy efficient technologies.

Pashkevych told reporters that electric cars are already being used as vehicles in Ukrainian corporations.

source : Ukrinform

Apricus and Cyclon Tech SRL at RENEXPO 2013

In recent years Cyclon Tech SRL was a constant presence at the International Renewable Energy RENEXPO largest and most important event dedicated to alternative energy in Romania . Already in its sixth edition, the fair is a meeting platform for the most influential players in the market, leading companies and manufacturers of photovoltaic panels, wind turbines and other equipment from the production of green energy.

Cyclon Tech SRL invites you to vist his booth HA- E7 exhibition on the exhibition space, which is waiting for the best equipment , photovoltaics , Apricus evacuated tube solar panels for hot water production, inverters for photovoltaic systems and heat pumps.

In fair you can meet Mr Mihai Vintila, Apricus Eastern Europe Relationship Manager.
You can receive our free invitation hire.

Cyclon Tech Company SRL is on the renewable energy market for over 8 years and offers complete systems for residential and commercial applications .

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Ukraine : Domestic facilities of renewable energy generate almost 1,000 MW

The capacity of renewable energy facilities in Ukraine as of October 1, 2013 is 960.7 MW. Its annual growth rate reached 36%. Chairman of the State Agency on Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving of Ukraine Mykola Pashkevych said this while presenting a draft National Action Plan on Renewable Energy until 2020.

"As of October 1, 2013 the installed capacity of renewable energy facilities was 960.7 MW. This year, 315 MW has been commissioned. This is 36% more than last year. Over the past 9 months, Ukraine has produced more than 1 billion kW/hours of electricity, which made it possible to replace the energy resources in the amount of 400,000 tonnes of fuel," Pashkevych said.

According to him, in 2020 the share of energy sources produced from renewable energy sources shall be not less than 11% of the total final consumption of energy resources. "It is possible to meet the goal. This is proved by the rate of development of this sector, there is a capacity and government support," he added.

source : Ukrinform

6th International Conference - Small Hydropower Plants in Romania

Rivers in mountain areas of Romania can provide, through facilities relatively simple, low cost electricity with reduced or positive impact on the environment. It is true that the installed unit it is small, but if you multiply this with 1000 - the approximate number of possible arrangements - national installed power become significant!

Besides the production of renewable energy, clean, relatively uniform spread on the mountainous area of the country, small hydropower (MHC) have as advantages:

- regulation of watercourses, prevent flooding and landslides;
- providing water for villages located near the MHC;
- new jobs;
- increase economic activity in the area;
- source of energy for powering isolated settlements who do not have today access to electricity;
- opportunity for the improvement of roads, enhance the local tourism potential;
- opportunities for fishing;
- water removal from the supply pool of MHC, for irrigation or other water uses.

In the support of the hydropower potential capitalization through the construction of MHC, come also the allocation of green certificates proved to be strong incentives for the investors, together with the availability of low-cost source.

Informing the investors about the current status, regulations and funding possibilities for small hydropower from south-eastern Europe region has become a necessity.

Therefore, The 6th International Conference - Small Hydropower in Romania, keeps the tradition of the past  two years and will bring under the same roof experts and people in the small hydropower area in Romania and Europe.

In 2013 among the topics are:
- Renewable energy legislation, namely SHP
- Minimizing SHP impact on the environment
- Classic and newer techniques and technologies for SHP
- SHP Project Management
- Experiences of investors, developers, manufacturers and suppliers of SHP Equipments
- Experiences of owners / SHP Operators
- SHP Projects market

22nd of November 2013, EXPOROM-Bucharest
Str. Biruinței, No.98, Bucharest Belt Driveway

for more info visit http://www.renexpo-bucharest.com/hydropower-conference.html

Renewable Heating at Intersolar Europe 2014

The world’s largest exhibition for the solar industry and its partners is intensifying its support of the energy transition within the heating sector by expanding its spectrum of topics. The range of information showcased at Intersolar Europe was previously divided into the areas of photovoltaics, PV production technologies, energy storage and solar thermal technologies. The field of solar heat generation is being extended from 2014 to include other renewable heating systems, such as wood-chip and pellet heating systems, mini combined heat and power plants, cogeneration systems and heat pumps. The new area of focus of renewable heating is set to be complemented by a three-day forum on the topic in hall C4 of the exhibition center.

With its wider range of technical topics, Intersolar Europe aims to reflect market developments even more closely and highlight future trends, thus presenting complete solutions for heating, which take climate protection and the finite nature of resources more into account. In this way, Intersolar Europe mirrors visitors’ demands and the products offered by exhibitors, particularly in the areas of energy consulting, planning, installation and maintenance.

The signals for change within the heating market look set to green! The prices of fossil energy sources are constantly on the rise, and technologies such as heat pumps and pellet heating systems have gained a foothold in the market of smaller residential buildings. The revised version of the European Directive on Nearly Zero-Energy Buildings (NZEB) passed in May 2011 requires new buildings to have greatly reduced levels of energy consumption, which should be at “nearly zero”, from 2020. This can only be attained by combining very low demand with efficient, renewable energy generation in the buildings. From 2015, the new EU Regulation on eco-design requirements for water heaters and hot water storage tanks – in short, energy labeling – will provide additional triggers for growth in the renewable heating systems market. All products in the sector will have to fulfill the minimum requirements laid down in the Regulation and bear an energy label from 2015. In this way, the energy efficiency classes of various heating systems will be more transparent for the consumer. The solar thermal sector will benefit from this, as only solar water heaters are able to earn the highest label, A+++.

Special requirements for existing buildings

New builds only make up a small proportion of the buildings in Europe. They are far outnumbered by existing buildings – even in the context of building activities. Older buildings are constantly being refurbished, extended and renovated. In fact, new builds only accounted for 25% of all construction work in Germany in 2011. The possibilities for optimally integrating solar thermal technology into existing buildings are limited. For instance, if the nature of the location only allows for the drinking water to be heated by solar energy, intelligent complete solutions are often required for the heating system, which are tailored to the specific building and optimally integrate other generators and systems in addition to solar thermal technology. Highly diverse combinations of solar thermal technology, wood-chip or pellet heating systems, mini combined heat and power plants, cogeneration systems and many more are therefore possible. Even electrical heating systems such as heat pumps, accessories such as outside air heat exchangers and technologies for using geothermal heat must be considered in order to achieve optimal renewable heat generation.
To this end, heat generation, storage, distribution and transfer, as well as heating regulators, must be considered together as an overall system and proportioned correctly. Planning a heating system based on renewable energy therefore requires a comprehensive knowledge of the various technologies available and the best ways of combining them. By visiting Intersolar Europe, architects, energy consultants, installers and planners can benefit in future from a comprehensive overview of all the available systems.

Organic development of the areas on show

In 2012, only 10.4% of the heat generated in Germany was produced using renewable energy – a proportion that is only growing slowly. There are numerous incentive schemes and subsidies for heating with renewable energy, such as the market incentive program for this technology from the German Federal Office of Economics and Export Control (BAFA). It is also possible to receive funding for mini combined heat and power plants from the German Federal Ministry for the Environment under the guidelines on the promotion of CHP plants. KfW Bankengruppe also provides loans and subsidies for the modernization of heating systems.

By extending its areas of focus, Intersolar Europe aims to contribute to propelling the energy transition within the heating market. In recent years, Intersolar Europe has repeatedly pointed the way for renewable heating and showcased trends with initiatives such as the Solarhaus 50+ special exhibit or the Solar Thermal Roadmap in cooperation with the German Solar Industry Association (BSW-Solar). From the organizers’ point of view, extending the range on offer is the next logical step towards achieving the goal of using 100% renewable energy to generate not only electricity but also heat in private households, commerce, industry and municipalities.

Intersolar Europe News, Intersolar Europe Press Releases

6th International Conference - Biomass in Romania

Bioenergy was declared from a leader newspaper in Romania the “Business of the Decade” for the country, a business branch that is not exploited enough. There is a huge potential for bioenergy in Romania from the forestry and agricultural side as well. The total area of forests in Romania is about 63.700 km² out of which 60% is in the mountains. The total volume of wood in the Romanian forests is about 1.6 billion m³. From the agricultural point of view Romania is about 148.000 km², of which 94.200 m² is arable land.

The residues from agricultural crops could be entirely utilized as fuel. Biomass is the biodegradable fraction of products, waste and residues from agriculture, including vegetable and animal substances, forestry and related industries, as well as the biodegradable fraction of industrial and municipal waste. Biomass is the most abundant renewable resources on the planet, including all the organic matter produced by the metabolic processes of living organisms.

Biomass potential of Romania is considerable. Balancing power capacities are necessary along with fast growing wind sector and the PV expected to follow. Biomass power is one of the most logical alternative for balancing power.  Austrian Holzindustrie Schweighofer already opened 22 MW biomass CHP plant in the country. Romita Energie Verde plants to invest 41 million in biomass power plant with 10 MW electrical and 19 MW thermal capacity in Cluj County. Romanian biomass market has all chances to exceed 210 MW biomass power plants in the next 2 years.

The Romanian Biomass & Cogeneration sector is still at the beginning. Experts say that if there is a sector which may explode in 2013-2014, it will be energy production through cogeneration.

Opportunities for biomass utilization have been developed in the last few years as Romania has adopted the primary legislative framework for promoting renewable sources. That is why REECO, Renewable Energy Exhibition and Conference Organiser all over Europe, plans to organize the traditional one day event: 6th International Conference –Biomass in Romania also with news themes.

21st of November 2013, EXPOROM-Bucharest
more info on http://www.renexpo-bucharest.com/biomass-conference.html

ANRE: Investments in renewable energy exceeding 4.4 billion euros in Romania

Romania has so far attracted investments of over € 4.4 billion in renewables sector , said , deputy National Regulatory Authority for Energy , Emil Calota. "It is known that , up to now , we have more than 4.4 billion investment in the field," he said in a debate organized profile of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry .

According to the commitments that Romania has undertaken towards the European Commission for 2020 is 24% of total energy from renewable sources relative to total electricity consumption . However, given that 2013 is considered a renewable energy boom in our country is very close to achieving the 2020 targets for green energy not only through investments, but amid gross electricity consumption low.

"I think it would be interesting for the energy strategy to think that Romania in the year 2013 - 2014 is very close to achieving the 2020 targets for green energy but not necessarily for the investment went very well , but also because unfortunately gross electricity consumption and total consumption decreased on the one hand because of the general recession , and on the other hand because of the large economic destructuring consumers in Romania " .

Calota : wind " went pretty well," boom is given by solar energy

ANRE Vice President added that , according to the latest data , we now have 3,150 MW as tire accredited with the support scheme in accordance with the law .

" I had you on the last meeting of the Regulatory Committee , where I had a chapter on the authorization , licensing and accreditation of new capacities of electricity produced from renewable sources. At this point , we have 3,150 MW as tire accredited with the support scheme in accordance with the law .

The technological structure , it is worth noting that the exact areas that Romania had the prerequisites of development - for natural resources as comparative advantage in relation to the global energy market they had exactly these two domains - are left behind , that the best technologies are lagging biomass , biogas and geothermal , and hydro , "said Emil Calota .

He noted that wind energy "went pretty well " because now there are nearly 2,000 MW , the boom in renewable energy photovoltaic capacity is given by where , until now, almost 650 MW are accredited .

"We still work 33 MW that are only authorizations for the establishment and are in various stages of making samples and count them to achieve the plan ( of action in the field - no) , so will reach 680 MW ," he ANRE representative said .

Regarding the legal framework , the only one who still finds the law in question, on the one hand, the European Commission , on the other hand debate in Parliament is law approving Ordinance 57 .

"We are now presenting the promotion system . Which Romania supported through support by an estimated budget to support the 15-year period , a total budget of about 14-15 billion, is found in a number of certificates awarded to each MWh produced and delivered to the national grid .

The generous support of the four core technologies photovoltaic technology has just six green certificates for each MWh produced and delivered , "said vice president of ANRE.

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Heat Pump - Best Practice Guide for Europe 2013

European best practice examples showing pathways to successful and sustainable heat pump markets, jointly published by EHPA & DELTA-EE.

You can read this guide hire in pdf.

The European Heat Pump Association represents the majority of the European heat pump industry. Its members comprise of heat pump and component manufacturers, research institutes, universities, testing labs and energy agencies. Its key goal is to promote awareness and proper deployment of heat pump technology in the European market place for residential, commercial and industrial applications.

Visit www.ehpa.org for more informations.

EFdeN solar prototype for Solar Decathlon Europe 2014

EFdeN proposal was presented: an energy efficient solar house, modular and adaptable to site and user needs, intended for urban densification as a solution to the problem of housing and mobility.

A dwelling which aims to bring nature closer to the individual, even in the middle of town, by integrating a green space. Dedicated to the concept of "urban farming", this area is the central architectural element, a generator communities in semi-public space, but most importantly, by integrating the emissions hybrid gets its perfect innovation in energy-efficient construction.

The official launch EFdeN was only a first step. At the beginning of 2014 to begin construction of the prototype, because in April it is open to the public in Romania. The culmination of the project will be, but in June 2014 when the house will be installed in solar village of Versailles.

EFdeN represent Romania at the International Solar Decathlon Europe 2014, the most prestigious competition dedicated integrated solar architecture and technology students.

Mihai Vintila

skytron energy ensures 115 MWp dispatchable power from Romanian solar power plants

skytron energy, one of the world’s leading developers of monitoring, control and supervision systems for renewable energy power plants, has been awarded a 50 MWp photovoltaic project by LSG Building Solutions, a major Romanian EPC company for utility-scale renewable energy projects. 

Following on from two PV projects already completed by the skytron energy and LSG team - a 45 MWp plant and a 20 MWp plant, both in the Romanian Giurgiu district, - the new 50 MWp project, scheduled for commissioning by the end of this year, will also meet the special requirements of the Romanian grid system.  In particular, the requirement for power feed directed by local dispatchers and the need for frequency support by providing balancing power, are now mandatory in Romania, with retrospective effect. 

These new Romanian requirements have been taken on by skytron energy in their skycontrol power plant controller.  For balancing power, the controller adapts the active power feed into the grid in response not only to changes in the grid frequency, but also with respect to the photovoltaic power the plant can generate at that instant.  This requires calculating the available PV power on the basis of the plant status information provided by skytron’s real-time condition monitoring system.  This frequency stabilization function is unique in that it has been implemented without the need for expensive energy storage facilities.  This is a first for photovoltaic power generation. 

In all three plants, the skycontrol power plant controller provides closed-loop active and reactive power control.  In addition, its control functions have been specially enhanced to allow external commands for power dispatching using the IEC 60870 telecontrol protocol.  The power plants feed into Transelectrica’s 110 kV high-voltage grid and communicate with the grid operator’s own SCADA system.

A pivotal aspect of skytron energy’s success lies in their flexibility to adapt their power plant controller to specific national grid requirements and integrate such complex control schemes with their comprehensive monitoring solution.

The challenging Romanian specifications for the construction of photovoltaic power plants could not have been met without a close working relationship between the two partners, skytron energy and LSG Buildings Solutions.  “We are now realizing our third major project with skytron energy.  Initial teething troubles were quickly solved by skytron’s dependable cooperation and willingness to provide all the support and training necessary.  skytron energy were able to complete the final commissioning of 50 MWp, including the complex controllers, in just two days.  All of this convinced us about skytron’s proficiency”, confirms Gerhard Lipkovich, LSG’s General Manager for Romania.

For further information please visit www.skytron-energy.com

Symposium on Energy Efficiency in Industrial Processes and Logistics

New Symposium "Energy efficiency in industrial processes and logistics" which will be held at Hotel Radisson Blu, Bucharest, Romania, Atlas Room 1 (Calea Victoriei 63-81 ) on 12 November 2013 from 09:00 to 17:00 .

The event, initiated and funded by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology of Germany, addresses German and Romanian companies interested in developing bilateral business energy efficiency in industrial processes and logistics and aims to promote local products and services in the German sector.

In this context, the event will be attended by representatives of the federal government with German and Romanian experts who will present both the current legislative issues as well as technical solutions and practical experiences on energy efficiency in industrial processes and logistics.

The event is structured in three modules: one order Genaral , one focused on energy efficiency in industrial processes , and the third, logistics and energy efficiency opportunities in this field. In addition to, will be presented good practices and solutions in Romania and Germany.

The seven German companies interested to enter the Romanian market , namely to consolidate its position in Romania , will briefly present innovative products and systems for energy efficiency .

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Toshiba invests 37 million euros in two solar parks in Brasov, Romania

Toshiba Transmission and Distribution Company , a subsidiary of Japanese corporation Toshiba, two parks built in Brasov energy production from photovoltaic sources Energreen Investment Company in Luxembourg Europe .

Investment in the construction of two photovoltaic parks amounted to about 37 million, and projects are conducted through companies Vis Elisolar and Solaris , both controlled by Energreen Investment Group.

Elisolar is building an approximately 5 MW solar park in town Halchiu , Brasov, and the company has an ongoing Vis Solaris 17 MW photovoltaic project in Hoghiz same county .

"Toshiba is the entrepreneur works. We hope to Halchiu photovoltaic park to be completed by the end of this year, " said  Cristian Blaj Elisolar administrator .

Toshiba Transmission and Distribution Company provides electricity distribution equipment for factories , residential and energy production units .

Frimu Ghinea

International Conference on Solar Energy in Romania, Third Edition in Timisoara: Present and Future in Solar Energy in Romania

Wednesday, November 5 th, 2013, Conference Room, at Pavilion Expovest, Calea Lugojului,  7 , Timis

Economic crisis, but also the increasingly need to save resources, oblige the search for new ways of energy saving and a more efficient use of it. According to the industry studies, the S-E part of Romania has a remarkable potential in terms of solar energy. New EU regulations and trends require that Romania must raise the standards of energy efficiency in buildings.

Purpose:  Finding new ways to, technology and energy saving products.

At the RoEnergy Conferences you can participate in debates on specific topics, projects' presentations conducted by academics, researchers, developers RES, businessmen, representatives of public authorities.

The more you get in touch with multiple connections, the greater the chances that the RES projects come true.

 - Investors, developers in RES domain
 - Manufacturers
 - Professional associations, public authorities

 Organizer: R.E.S. Group


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