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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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SECAM Conference 2019

The first international conference on Sustainable Energy and Climate in African Municipalities (SECAM 2019) will take place from 22nd to 25th of October 2019 at the ENSTP (Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Travaux Publics); Yaoundé, Cameroon.Local authorities, business leaders and experts from Africa and other sustainable energy and climate research institutions throughout the world will gather in Yaoundé from 22nd to 25th of October 2019 at the ENSTP (Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Travaux Publics) to discuss ways to increase access to quality, affordable housing for every household in the African municipalities. The Conference will also look to improve public and scientific knowledge about the following UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): (Goal 7) Affordable and Clean Energy, (Goal 11) Sustainable Cities and Communities, (Goal 12) Responsible Production and Consumption, (Goal 13) Climate Action.
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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 – 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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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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Solar power and climate change: a silver lining for colder countries?

Wind Power
This year the UK, a country famous for its cool, drizzly climate, had one of its hottest summers of all time. With a temperature of 32C or more recorded for 15 consecutive days, Britain matched countries with far hotter average temperatures, leading to a chaos of melting pavements and hosepipe bans. However, power-outputs from Bristol’s solar park showed an interesting spike. The city’s Avonmouth solar park generated 797,112 kWh between 1 May and 25 July 18, – enough to power 257 homes for a whole year. This was over 120,000 kWh more than the same time period last year, which…
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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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Tesla, Supercharging the Electric Car Market?

Electric Vehicles, Tesla car
Over a million electric vehicles were produced in 2017, representing a 60 percent growth on the previous year, with further rapid growth expected in the industry. Electric vehicles have a number of benefits over conventional ones such as their greater level of efficiency, over 90 percent compared to around 15 percent for an internal combustion engine, and reducing air pollution. When the cradle to grave inputs required for an electric vehicle are compared to a conventional one they also have a substantially smaller carbon footprint, even if they are run on electricity generated from a largely fossil fuel based electric grid.
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Blockchain means big change for the Renewable Energy Industry

Wind Power
Blockchain is an innovative technology which is set to change the renewable energy industry. Essentially, blockchain works as a digital ledger which allows people to trade among themselves. In the context of energy, this means that transactions can take place on small scales with energy transferring when needed, and people can buy this energy straight from the provider, cutting out the need for large energy providers. In turn, this means that it will be far easier for the National Grid to buy energy from these smaller providers opening up the energy market to microgrids from solar, wind…
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