Energy in Romania at end of the first quarter of 2014

13% Green, 23% Hidro, 18% Nuc, 45% Therm
source : Transelectrica SA
 At the end of the first quarter of 2014, net energy production increased by 7% compared to the previous period of 2013, driven mainly by higher production in photo-voltaic plants.

Net domestic consumption stood at similar levels for both physical perioade. Exchange border export increased from Q1 2014 to Q1 2013 by 53%, while the import decreased by 46%.

The production mix at the Q1 2014 compared to Q1 2013 grow with 3% the share component of renewable energy (wind, biomass, solar) comparative with energy from fossil fuels (coal, oil) which decreased by 2 %.

At end of march 2014 installed power plants using primary source declined compared to the previous year. A significant change was due to increaseing installed capacity in photovoltaic power plants with 1,000 MW from about 29 MW installed at the end of March 2013, about 1,037 MW on March 31, 2014.

Wind power installed capacity (approximately 700 MW) also continued growth were put in small urban and industrial co-generation. Dynamics of installed capacity at the end of Q1 2014, and 2013 is presented below:

28% Hidro, 6% Nuc, 51% Therm,
11% Wind, 4% PV, 0% Biomass
source : Transelectrica SA 

Frimu Ghinea

based on Quarterly Report make by Transelectrica SA

VI INTERNATIONAL INVESTMENT BUSINESS FORUM - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy 2014. Ukraine

Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
4-7 November 2014

Kyiv, International Exhibition Centre
Brovarskyi Avenue 15


November 4
Opening of the exhibition "Energy. Renewable Energy"
Press Conference
Dispute "Decentralization. New push energy efficiency"
Road - show "Energy Efficiency Projects" (presentation of projects to potential investors)

November 5
Seminar on "Insurance wind energy projects"
Open meeting of members of the Ukrainian Wind Energy Association on "Prospects for the further development of wind energy including the territory occupied by the Crimean Peninsula"
Workshop "Technical and financial evaluation conducted by a certified research on wind potential wind farm construction sites

November 6
Work-shop "Energy for All".
Seminar - Training "alternative fuel. The economic feasibility of using in public sector"
Seminar "Development and implementation of plans for sustainable urban development"

November 7
Seminar on "Energy labeling. The experience of the EU"
Seminar "Development and implementation of energy management in the enterprise"


Romania : Five new solar parks and one small hydro have been approved

Five new solar and micro-hydro-power plant was approved by the Regulatory Committee of the National Regulatory Authority for Energy (ANRE) on meeting of 22 July. Thus renewable production reached a total capacity of 4689 MW at the end of Mai and from that wind power projects of 2,829 MW, PV solar parks with a total capacity of 1,200 MW, 560 MW small hydro projects and based biomass 100 MW.

Romania has assumed that 24% of gross final energy consumption in 2020 to come from renewable sources, but ANRE announced that this target has already been reached on 1 January 2014. For 2014 the mandatory quota of green energy procurement remained at 11.1%, as it was in 2013, compared to 15%, as it should be this year because the government decided on July 1, 2013, to defer the period 2017-2020 grant a number of green certificates .

According to GEO 57/2013, photo-voltaic projects receive green certificates per MWh four versus six certificates as it was before 1 July 2013. Projects benefiting only a certified wind two and two certificates of three small hydro-power.

However, new projects entering the system after January 1, 2014 receive fewer subsidies from the start. According to Government Decision 994 of December 2013 photo-voltaic parks receive only half of the grants so far, and three certificates of six.

In the case of wind farms, the number of certificates is reduced to 0.5 in 2017 and 0.25 from 2018. Accordingly, new investors will receive only 1.5 certified green by 2017 and 1.75 certified since 2018. Moreover, small hydro-power receive 0.7% less green certificates per MWh, respectively only 2.3 certified for new plants.

Frimu Ghinea

Energy Week in Armenia

At the beginning of July in Yerevan was Energy Week, event organized by Armenia's Renewable Resources and Energy Efficiency Found with participation of Minister of Energy and Natural Resources from Armenia , Mr Yervand Zakharyan. Idea of week was to show to peoples the new legislative reforms, financing opportunities and new technology from the alternative industry.

In the fair organized with this occasion was companies involved in this new industry from Armenia. For the general public was important to see new technology and make discussion with specialists or local distributors.

Mr Yervand Zakharyan told to the press " we plan to hold a great discussion at the Ministry in the near future related to the renewable energy. During that we will try to understand what the situation is in the world and what tasks we have to do. I'm in favor of the development of solar and wind energy, witch can contribute to the increase of the country's energy resources".

Frimu Ghinea

Decathlon Europe 2014. Romanian participation

At Paris ended Decathlon Europe 2014 competition where 20 teams participated in the competition. Was also five teams outside competition were 6 demonstration teams. From June 28 until July 14 teams was present in the Solar Versailles. Idea of competition appeared in the US in 2002 and then was taken over by Europe. Every two years there is a competition between universities, with companies support to develop concepts for low-energy houses.

This year Romania was represented in the competition by EFDEN (Politehnica University Bucharest) and the reserve team RETROFIX (Politehnica University of Timisoara). As you can see from the competition graphs Bucharest team ranked 19 out of 20 participants. This ranking was mainly due to the time of building of house, the team not benefit by professional help, as other teams in the competition had. Another weakness of the building was regarding his ability to adapt to urban location and to be transported. Basically Roman construction can not easily disassemble and transport, in the opinion of the jury.

These two major weaknesses have led the EFDEN team in this low place. It's good though that the other chapters were the average scores attained competition which shows that the idea and its implementation is reliable when you have a strong logistical support.

Second Romanian team, RETROFIX  ranked three of the five reserves that the show preparation and attention this team showed to project. It should also be noted that the winner team, that of Rome was also the one who received the highest bonus score in the competition which has propelled her the first-place.

Beyond the technical data, the tension and dissatisfaction, important is the fact that Romania by the two participating teams was at the highest level of European competition both in terms of education, the participating universities and in terms of technology used by partners companies.

These two projects will continue to be presented to the public through exhibitions.

In Paris for two weeks these 26 homes wos visited by more than 80,000  experts, students and teachers. They was also the attention of local public interest in alternative energy.

For the next European competition from 2016 four new teams have already announced aparticipations but also others in the intent to do so. Still there is a long time but until then, soon will be established the location of the 2016 competition.

Mihai Vintila

KIC InnoEnergy launches new round of call for proposals for clean tech innovations

Diego Pavia, KIC InnoEnergy’s CEO
KIC InnoEnergy, the European company for innovation, business creation and education in sustainable energy, has announced today the launch of a new call for proposals dedicated to boosting the effectiveness and speed of the go to market process of green innovations in Europe.

KIC InnoEnergy is an organisation that brings together education, research and industry into public-private partnerships to boost sustainable and related energy technology innovations across Europe. KIC InnoEnergy supports research institutions, companies and universities with the last stage of the go-to-market process for innovative sustainable energy products and services, helping them to create public-private consortia that have the ability to take high-potential ideas to the market faster and more effectively, and offer s significant financing schemes.

KIC InnoEnergy was created in 2010 by 27 shareholders from 8 EU countries, all of them key players in the energy field coming from top rank industries, research institutions and universities.  Their public-private support programme, which holds a huge investment portfolio of 400 million Euro per year, will assist organisations with high-potential projects to establish a development and commercialisation consortium, and provide successful applicants with significant financing and business development support.

Diego Pavia, KIC InnoEnergy’s CEO, commented: “Right now in Europe there is a significant gap between research and innovation on one side, and the market on the other side.  Europeans take 18 months to take a product from research to the market; Americans do that in just 3 months.  That’s how we lose our competitiveness.  KIC InnoEnergy’s mission is to fill that research to market gap to boost sustainable energy innovation in Europe”.

KIC InnoEnergy has put together a framework which provides protection against the usual barriers to cooperation such as IP protection, relevant expertise from the partners, talent poaching or lack of test processes.  To be eligible, consortiums must fulfil a number of conditions.  Besides having successfully achieved the proof of concept, they must gather at least 3 European partners from the research and/or industry sectors.

source : KIC InnoEnergy


Romania - Green House Program. So far 5674 contracts have been signed

Resumption of Casa Verde ( Green House ) program by the Minister Attila KORODI is a good solution for the Romanian economy. Following our questions via AFM, from Head of Communication Office Ms Adriana Stroe, we found that at the moment are 23938 cases filed by individuals in the amount of 144418023.19 lei ( approx 33.19 mil euro ). These are the last signed in 2011.

Among them have been analyzed 14162 cases and 11509 cases was accepted and 2653 rejected. Of those accepted 5674 contracts are already signed and the other 5835 are being signed.

We hope that after completing this installment of 2011, to be released next year a new program. This keeps the political factor but hopes are high and market demand from individuals is increased and thence.

Mihai Vintila

Chevron concluded drilling for shale gas exploration in Pungesti, Romania

Chevron in Pungesti, Romania. Photo : RRA 
Chevron company stresses that his priority was to ensure these actions in a safe and responsible towards the environment, according to environmental agreements received. From November 2013 until January 2014, Chevron conducted a campaign to inform residents of the area in which his teams have visited more than 2,250 families.

Guest at Radio Romania News, ştiinţific advisor for Romanian National Committee of World Energy Council, Alexander Pătruţi explained that exploratory procedure consists of several steps: drilling executed by Chevron to Pungesti is a step in the exploration phase. After execution of drilling, the company will analyze samples and interpret the data obtained from geophysical carotajelor performed well. This drilling will be dropped after that, depending on the results, the exploration goes on.

Frimu Ghinea

RoEnergy 2014 – a network today for tomorrow's investments

The fourth edition of the RoEnergy Bucharest 2014 - International Trade Fair of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency was take place between 11 - 13 June 2014 at ROMAERO in  Bucharest - Romania. This was in my opinion the most important industry Event of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency in Romania in this year still now.

Besides the exhibition under the RoEnergy Trade Fair "umbrella" was a series of  events:

International Conference on Solar Energy in Romania
speakers and presentations ( )

Roundtable: Small Hydropower in Romania

Bioenergy in Romania: Biogas, biomass, cogeneration in  farms and factories
speakers and presentations ( )

PV Workshop

In the fair was 48 stands companies coming from 13 countries from 3 continents: Europe (Germany, Italy, Greece, Poland, Spain, Bulgaria, France, Turkey, Hungary, Romania, etc), North America (USA) and Asia (China, South Korea).

International Trade Fair for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, RoEnergy 2014, was held under the patronage of the Romanian Ministry of Environment and Climate Change,  Romanian Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Romanian Ministry of Regional Development and Public Administration.

Mihai Vintila

1 billion euro for clean energy projects across Europe

EU Commission finance projects The European Commission awarded €1 billion funding to 19 projects to fight climate change under the second call of the so-called NER 300 funding programme. The funding for the projects comes from revenues resulting from the sale of emission allowances in the EU Emissions Trading System. This makes the polluters the driving force behind developing new low-carbon initiatives.

The funding will be used to demonstrate technologies that will subsequently help to scale-up production from renewable energy sources across the EU as well as those that can remove and store carbon emissions. The projects awarded co-financing today cover a range of technologies − bioenergy, concentrated solar power, geothermal power, photovoltaics, wind power, ocean energy, smart grids and, for the first time, carbon capture and storage (CCS).

Connie Hedegaard, EU Commissioner for Climate Action, said: "With these first-of-a-kind projects, we will help protect the climate and make Europe less energy dependent. The €1 billion we are awarding today will leverage some additional €900 million of private investment. So that is almost €2 billion of investment in climate-friendly technologies here in Europe. This is a contribution to reducing Europe's energy bill of more than €1 billion per day that we pay for our imported fossil fuels."

The 19 projects will be hosted in 12 EU Member States: Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, France, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

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Romania : Romstal offers free training courses

to Increase of Economic Competitiveness Project in the plants' CALIN is a training employees program aims to provide free training courses for one of the jobs of central heating installers, plumbers plumbing and gas and electrical manufacturer. The program includes workshops ,theoretical and practical training and professional counseling courses. The project is dedicated to employees and will be held in five cities: Bucuresti, Suceava, Targu-Mures, Craiova Deva.

Romstal IMEX SRL project is conducted in partnership with Dekon Business Solutions SRL. The project is financed from the European Social Fund through the Sectorial Operational Programme Human Resources Development 2007-2013, Priority Axis no. 2: Linking lifelong learning and labor market, Key Area of ​​Intervention 2.3: Access and participation in CVT.

For further information please visit the project website:


Competitive Solar in Turkey 2014

The conference Competitive Solar in Turkey, on the 25th of November in Istanbul, is a unique platform for all related stakeholders, and will discuss the latest trends, experiences, market developments and business opportunities.

Latest on regulation and state of market development
International PV market & industry perspective impacting Turkish PV market
Status of the Turkish PV market: “When is the tipping point?”
Vision of a Turkish Energy utility: “Is PV a threat or business opportunity?”

Solar PV Business cases in Turkey
Solar as competitive energy source in the agricultural segment - business case example
Cheap solar energy as competitive solution in the commercial sector - business case example
A commercial PV roof as attractive investment opportunity - business case

Financing of solar projects
What financing solutions can a Turkish Bank offer for commercial PV projects?
Panel with Banks and investors - solar PV financing challenges and opportunities

Visionary market outlook
Debate on stage with politicians (members of parliament) about the future of PV in Turkey

for more info visit

Frimu Ghinea

Solrico 2013 traditonally maps for solar industry

Solrico like in the last 7 years, make new research on the solar producers in the world. When the job was dun they publish four different world maps presenting basic information about distribution, location, production and type of production.

In maps are :
- 201 flat plate collector manufacturers
- 85 vacuum tube collector manufacturers
- 36 air collector manufacturers.

This maps was distributed around the world as a printed poster as part of the international magazine Sun & Wind Energy. Solrico traditionally maps for solar industry from 2013 can be download from the special webpage of organisation

Source :

Frimu Ghinea

German group RWE entered on the electricity market in Romania

German energy group RWE open a branch supply in Romania, after the last three years on the Romanian market sold lectricity by a subsidiary of RWE Energy Ungaria.

RWE Energie SRL have over 100 clients in Romania, from office buildings to agricultural companies said in a press conference one of the CEO's of the company, Zsoltan Nagy. Company is looking for small, medium and large clients.

RWE Energie is owned by RWE East of Prague (Czech Republic), which is controlled by German group RWE AG.

Frimu Ghinea

LEOSPHERE’s FCR technology validated by DTU in Bosnia - Herzegovina

LEOSPHERE, the world leader in LiDAR technology, has announced today the validation of its patented Flow Complexity Recognition (FCR) system upgrade to deliver wind measurement data of superior accuracy on complex wind sites. The strong performance of the FCR-upgraded WINDCUBE V2 LiDAR was field-tested and validated by DTU, on ERS’ 48 MW wind farm located in Bosnia - Herzegovina.

Alexandre Sauvage, LEOSPHERE CEO, explained: “Until now, traditional LiDARs weren’t able to measure the wind speed in complex terrain with sufficient accuracy because the wind speed is not horizontally homogeneous. LEOSPHERE’s Flow Complexity Recognition (FCR) upgrade is the only innovative solution on the market to fix this issue. The FCR technology is essentially an online correction system which can be paired with our WINDCUBE V2 LiDAR. Thanks to the unique fifth vertical beam, it accounts for the impact of the terrain complexity on the measurements. The FCR upgrade combines hardware and software innovations to enable our WINDCUBE V2 LiDAR to reach a measurement difference of only 1.5% compared to met mast based measurements.”

The Hrgud wind farm, chosen for the field validation testing, is a turbulent and complex wind site, located on an oblong 100m high hill about 1.5km North of a 1000m deep and 2000m wide canyon. In this field test, a 77.5m reference met mast was erected and instrumented by COWI to perform the wind resource assessment as part of a larger feasibility study for ERS, the wind farm owner. A WINDCUBE V2 LiDAR was installed next to the met mast in order to provide an additional set of wind data and establish a LiDAR/Met Mast comparison. This measurement campaign, led by DTU, was conducted with both the regular WINDCUBE LiDAR, and the FCR-upgraded machine. The results showed that the use of the FCR option on the WINDCUBE has led to a reduction of the measurement bias from -4.1% to +1.5% compared to the cup anemometer met mast. The greater accuracy of the results is in line with other FCR field tests.

“Until now, in both complex terrain and complex flow situations, all remote sensors on the market have shown a measurement bias due to the lack of flow homogeneity across the measured volume. With our FCR option, we offer a product that significantly reduces this bias. The WINDCUBE V2 provides direct and accurate wind measurements on complex terrain, thereby eliminating the need for CFD-based post-processing or post-correction of data, and saving time and money for project developers.”, continued Alexandre Sauvage.

This measurement campaign proves the unmatched accuracy of the WINDCUBE v2 whatever the terrain configuration, flat or complex. Wind energy developers can use this light, ultra-portable and easy-to-move remote sensor with ease and confidence at all sites for bankable wind measurements, whether in simple or complex terrain.

source : LEOSPHERE


Moldova publish for the first time the electricity production in 2013 from green energy sources

Moldova announced for the first time his production of green energy delivered in to national energy system.

In 2013 this production was 101218 kWh ( that means 8.7 tep ) from PV.
From wind was delivered in to national network 979807 kWh ( 84.2 tep ) and from biomass was 826843 kWh ( 71 tep).

Information was publish by EEA - Energy Efficiency Agency from Chisinau.

Mihai Vintila


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