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The Feed-in-Tariff is Closing, but Renewable Energy Funding Remains

Solar Power Training UK
The Feed-in-Tariff (FiT) was one of the most popular government support schemes for Renewable Energy. Established with the aim of promoting the uptake of renewable and low-carbon electricity generation technologies, the scheme required participating licensed electricity suppliers to make payments to green energy producers. The FiT is set to end, but new funding opportunities are available for those with the knowledge to take advantage of them. The Department of Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has announced that as of 1 April 2019, the FiT scheme will close to new applicants. As a result of a 2018 consultation, BEIS concluded that, “Growth in the small-scale low-carbon generation sector must be sustainable; driven by competition and innovation, not direct subsidies” and the closure “reflects our desire to move towards fairer, cost reflective pricing and the continued drive to minimise support costs on consumers”.
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Prospects for Solar Photovoltaic Installations in 2019

Participants on a past renewable energy course.
2019 provides many opportunities to advance your career in the Renewable Energy industry.  The intensive 2-day Solar Photovoltaic course at the EEC provides expert teaching on technology and trends regarding solar power, and qualifies you to sit the exam for a key industry qualification. The Expert Lecturer for the Solar Photovoltaic course shares their outlook for the sector in 2019: Solar panels are now firmly established as an option for electricity generation in many countries, and it is timely to take a short overview of progress in 2018 and what further changes there may be in 2019.
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Opportunities in the Renewables Industry – 2019 Outlook

Participants at Renewable Energy training with the European Energy Centre
There has never been a better time to expand your knowledge and gain the necessary skills to move into the renewable energy sector. This rapidly changing landscape is actively looking for people with experience and the relevant skills to help, both in the UK and overseas.  The intensive 2-day Renewable Energy and Management and Finance course provided by the EEC provides you with the key information and skills you will need to advance your career in 2019.
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EEC partners important Renewable Energy government workshop in Kuwait

Kuwait Government Workshop EEC
The European Energy Centre (EEC) was pleased to act as a leading partner at the Kuwait Government's workshop, which was organised with the objective to forge partnerships between the EU and the Gulf, inviting high-level stakeholders from the EU (European Union) and the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council). Leading global experts discussed the latest developments in Solar Energy technologies and the options which are suitable for the Gulf region, to disseminate exchange best practices and ultimately to encourage collaboration and mutual benefits between EU and GCC actors. The EEC acted as an important workshop partner and one of the EEC's leading experts was invited to speak regarding his expertise in Solar Energy,  and take part in panel discussion sessions.
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EEC Alumnus Spotlight – Brazil State Government, Guilherme Castro

Guilherme Castro
The European Energy Centre (EEC) is pleased to focus on the achievements of those who have attended EEC courses and attained the internationally recognised Galileo Master Certificate to further their careers in the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency sectors. The EEC, which works with the United Nations Environment Programme and major universities to promote best practice in Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, this month is delighted to speak with Guilherme Castro, who attended the London Renewable Energy Week.
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EEC Praised for Groundbreaking New York City Course

New York Renewable Energy Course
The European Energy Centre (EEC) has expanded its international courses by delivering the Renewable Energy Market Trends and Finance course in central New York City. The course was highly successful, and received praise from the diverse group of industry professionals in attendance, joining the EEC's network of participants from 149 countries worldwide.
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Energy Storage for Electric Vehicle Batteries

Car Battery Jump Start
Electric Vehicles (EV) are projected to become increasingly prominent in the Transport industry; due both to consumers’ desire for a smaller carbon footprint, as well as improved Electric Vehicle technology. According to Goldman Sachs’s predictions, battery demand will grow at an annual rate of 32% for the next 7 years. As a result, there is a pressing need for battery technology, key in the effective use of Electric Vehicles, to improve. As the lithium ion material platform (the most common in Electric Vehicle batteries) suffers in terms of weight, energy density, and cost; current research is being undertaken into…
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Blockchain for the Renewable Energy Industry

Blockchain technology is changing the Renewable Energy Industry, for the better. Blockchain is what underpins the Bitcoin virtual currency: it’s what’s known as decentralised ledger technology. Blockchain enables a transaction between two parties, but bypasses the need for a third party, which exist to establish trust between the two – and are paid for the privilege. Institutions such as banks, lawyers and utilities usually have to be a part of a transaction, but Blockchain technology bypasses this. How does this affect the renewable energy industry and energy transactions? Fundamentally, it will let people trade energy amongst themselves, putting control into…
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EEC Alumnus Spotlight – Accenture Digital’s Richard Hackforth-Jones

Richard Hackforth-Jones
The European Energy Centre (EEC) is pleased to focus on the achievements of those who have attended EEC courses and attained the internationally recognised Galileo Master Certificate to further their careers in the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency sectors. The EEC, which works with the United Nations Environment Programme and major universities to promote best practice in Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, this month is delighted to speak with Richard Hackforth-Jones, who attended the Electric Vehicles course in London from Accenture Digital.
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A Free Future for Renewables

Renewable Energy Management and Finance
The future looks bright for renewable energy, as Solar and wind farms grow in both size and popularity. According to a recent study in the Financial Times, they could cost almost nothing by 3030. “In 2010, using solar power to boil your kettle would have cost you about £0.03,” the analyst writes: “By 2020, according to estimates by our research team at UBS, the cost will have fallen to half a penny.” After that, they estimate that the price will reduce to almost zero. So what does this mean for the solar industry? Well, when previously wind and solar relied on subsidies,…
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