Romania. The program for photovoltaic panels will start in January

Individuals who want to install photovoltaic panels with which to generate electricity can benefit from a new financing program - the Ministry of Environment. And the novelty of the program is that panel owners will be able to deliver the surplus to the national grid by redeeming the investment.

The financing guide has already been published in the Official Gazette and stipulates that any natural person can receive up to 20,000 lei to install photovoltaic panels for his own home. The Ministry finances the purchase of all elements of a photovoltaic system from the panels to the installation project. The program will have three stages. The first part of the calendar provides for the registration of operators who can install such panels.

President of the Environment Fund, Cornel Brezuică, the coordinator of the program, says that this stage will start in January.

Cornel Brezuică: All these investments will be made through these installers, through these economic operators who have the right to operate on the network, to do electricity works. The condition is to have a B-type license from ANRE. We will validate everyone who has the interest to work on the project. They will sign a contract with the Environmental Fund and from that time these plumbers can mount for all individuals who want to access the project.

The second step will be in March, when subscriptions of interested individuals begin to install photovoltaic panels. They will file their file once they have chosen one of the plumbers on the list approved by the Environment Fund. After the validation of the files will follow the final stage, ie installation of the system. The novelty of this program not only concerns the financing of the photovoltaic plant but also the fact that the surplus energy produced by individuals can be delivered directly to the national energy system. In other words, what you do not consume can be delivered to the national system and get money for it.

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In Romania individuals can sign up for the Domestic Appliance Program

From December 19, 2018, individuals can sign up for The Rabbit for Appliances program in the computer software available on the site The Environment Fund Administration - www.afm.ro.

Under the program, individuals benefit from vouchers for the purchase of electrical and electronic household appliances with efficiency
energy class A ++ and A +++, as follows:
- 200 lei (aprox 43 euro) for A ++ energy efficient washing machines;
- 300 lei (aprox 65 euro)for A +++ energy-efficient washing machines;
- 300 lei for air conditioning units with cooling energy efficiency
(A +++ / A ++);
- 300 lei for refrigerators / freezers / freezers / freezers
with A ++ energy efficiency;
- 400 lei ( aprox 86 euro)for refrigerators / freezers / freezers / freezers
with energy efficiency A +++.

After publishing the list of approved individuals on the AFM website, the applicants will be presented to one of the validated traders where they will buy the desired equipment.

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EUR 50m loan to upgrade the country’s transport infrastructure and improve connectivity with the EU

EUR 10m grant agreement via the multi-donor fund E5P to support higher education, complementing  a previous EUR 120m EIB loan
Memorandum of Understanding aimed at increasing the quality of vocational education and training.

At the EU-Ukraine Association Council meeting held today in Brussels, the European Investment Bank (EIB) agreed with the Ukrainian Government on a series of new financing operations. The EU bank will lend EUR 50m to finance transport infrastructure improvements throughout the country. Ukraine and the EIB also signed a EUR 10m grant agreement under the multi-donor E5P fund that supports municipal investments in energy-efficiency and environmental projects in the Eastern Partnership countries. The grant will help finance the implementation of a Ukraine Higher Education Project, which the EIB is already supporting. Furthermore, the EIB concluded a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ukrainian Ministry of Education and Science for the preparation of a project to create several centres of excellence in the country.

EIB Vice-President Vazil Hudák commented: “Together with other EU institutions, the EIB is committed to improve the everyday life of Ukraine’s citizens. The projects signed today will result in faster and safer transport infrastructure, better academic facilities and more resources for higher education programmes, all of which will strengthen the country’s competitiveness”. 

Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman said: “Infrastructure development and large logistics projects are Government priorities for 2019. This is our advantage, and we will develop it. And also educational projects. The Government has been implementing an education reform for a year now, and we consider investment in human capital to be paramount.”

More information on the agreements

The EUR 50m EIB loan to improve connectivity in Ukraine and in the Eastern Neighbourhood provides support for transport projects expected to have significant positive local impacts. Road safety, connectivity, and traffic management and control projects are under consideration, with a view to contributing to the economic development of Ukraine.

The project’s first phase will focus on the development of intelligent transport system on national roads, the construction of a missing section of the northern by-pass around the city of Ternopil forming part of the extended TEN-T (Trans-European Transport Networks), and a number of multi-level railway crossings. Furthermore, the project will support the development of future investment in railway connections between the European Union and Ukraine. The project is backed by a EUR 14m EU grant for the Ternopil bypass investment and a EUR 1.85m EU grant for project preparation and implementation. Both grants are being provided under the Neighbourhood Investment Platform (NIP).

The EUR 10m E5P grant will be instrumental in implementing the Ukraine Higher Education Project that has already received a EUR 120m loan from the EIB and EUR 30m from Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (NEFCO). The grant will be used to finance, in particular, seven universities in the cities of Chernihiv, Kharkiv, Kyiv, Lviv, Poltava, Sumy and Vinnitsa in order to significantly reduce the energy consumption of their buildings with positive environmental impacts. The project is also supported by a EUR 3m EU grant from the Neighbourhood Investment Facility (NIF) to assist implementation arrangements.

The Ukraine Vocational Education and Training Project is expected to improve the quality of vocational education and training in Ukraine. The project promoter is the Ministry of Education and Science (MOES). With the signature of the Memorandum of Understanding, EIB and MOES have agreed to prepare a project that would focus on infrastructure investments to create several centres of excellence throughout Ukraine. The format and content will be developed in line with the reform agenda being prepared and implemented by the Government of Ukraine in this sector. An EIB loan to support the project is envisaged, subject to the approval of the Bank’s governing bodies.

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EIB supports extension of Romania’s natural gas transmission infrastructure

The European Investment Bank (EIB) is lending EUR 50 million – the first tranche of an approved loan of EUR 150 million – to TRANSGAZ, Romania’s public gas transmission company, to finance a new pipeline. This transaction is backed by the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), the financial pillar of the Investment Plan for Europe, or "Juncker Plan".

The new pipeline will link Romania’s natural gas resources on the Black Sea shore with both the national gas transmission network and the BRUA gas transmission corridor (linking Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary and Austria), thus connecting the transmission systems of South-East Europe and Central and Western Europe. This connection to the European gas transmission grid will allow gas exports to neighboring European countries.

This project involves the construction of a new 308 km-long transmission pipeline, along with the associated above-ground infrastructure. The new pipeline will be connected to the existing gas transmission system and the new BRUA transmission corridor in Podisor, located at the west of Bucharest.

As part of the project, the EIB, via the European Investment Advisory Hub, which is the advisory pillar of the Juncker Plan, will support Transgaz in drafting a Strategic Environmental Assessment for its 10-year Development Plan.

EIB Vice President Andrew McDowell commented: “This project, supported by the Juncker Plan, is significant for to multiple reasons: it will facilitate the utilisation of newly identified natural gas resources in the Black Sea, located in the EU. It strengthens links with the Western European gas transmission network and hence, contributes to the diversification of gas supplies. Finally, it will strengthen the competitiveness in the gas sector with positive impacts on EU citizens and economy”.

European Vice-President in The Commission’s Vice-President in charge of the Energy Union, Maroš Šefčovič, said: "I welcome this new project supported by the Investment Plan for Europe, as it will help achieve greater energy security and diversification in the region, already characterised by severe vulnerability to its gas supplies. It is yet another brick in the construction of our Energy Union, making energy in the EU more secure, affordable and sustainable. This is also great news for consumers, who will eventually see their gas bills decrease."

Transgaz' Director General, Ion Sterian, stated: “The fruitful cooperation between the European Investment Bank and Transgaz aims at ensuring financing for the company’s investment projects, i.e. strategic investments facilitating the achievement of the European Union's goals for the sustainable and competitive development of gas transmission infrastructure, the diversification of gas supply sources, and the strengthening of energy security and solidarity. Last year, the EIB signed two financing contracts with Transgaz, worth EUR 50 million each, for the implementation of the first phase of the project of common interest (BRUA). It is of strategic importance for Black Sea produced gas to be incorporated into the National Gas Transmission System and transported to the Romanian and EU markets so as to increase the security of gas supply to Romania and the EU and to safeguard the security of gas supply for Romanian consumers. The financial support of the EIB will contribute significantly to the extension of the national gas transmission infrastructure.”

This project represents a continuation of the fruitful cooperation between the EU bank and Transgaz. Earlier in 2017, the EIB signed two contracts with Transgaz – for EUR 50 million each – also receiving EFSI guarantees for financing the first phase of the Romanian sections of the BRUA project.

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France’s first tidal energy plant gets smarter with QOS Energy’s data intelligence platform

Sabella, a pioneering tidal and ocean stream turbine developer, has partnered with QOS Energy to improve the performance monitoring of its ground-breaking Ushant tidal energy project. The first 1MW tidal turbine of the plant, immersed 55 metres under water off the west coast of France, is equipped with more than 100 sensors gathering data every 5 minutes. It now uses QOS Energy’s powerful data intelligence platform to identify, assess and anticipate potential failures.

Sabella’s 1MW D10 turbine was initially commissioned in 2015 in the Fromveur Passage, a strait that lies between Ushant Island and the Molène archipelago, off the coast of the French region of Brittany.  After undergoing key technology upgrades, the tidal turbine was redeployed for the second time in October 2018. Once again, the 400-tonne machine lies on the French seabed and captures the tide to provide renewable power to the 800 inhabitants of Ushant island. To optimise the turbine’s operation, QOS Energy and Sabella closely collaborated to develop specific data acquisition techniques and innovative analytics tailored to the constraints of the demanding sub-marine environment.

“Operating and maintaining a utility-scale tidal turbine at such depth is particularly challenging, and data collection and analysis plays a vital role in doing so successfully. QOS Energy’s data intelligence platform enables our O&M team to visualise critical KPIs such as water pressure, temperature, swell energy prediction, rotor speed or torque compared to power produced. We need this cutting-edge monitoring capability to be able to fully understand performance, and effectively control potential failures,” explained Jean-François Daviau, CEO of Sabella.

Sabella is among the very few companies in Europe that can provide commercially-ready tidal energy technology. Its D10 machine is designed to thrive in the harsh marine environment, and to be maintainable long-term. It boasts a simple and robust design, relying on key components redundancy to ensure a very high level of availability. Sabella’s technology can be deployed as part of large tidal commercial arrays, as well as answer the energy needs of remote off-grid island communities.

“Tidal turbine technology has great potential for off-grid islands that can now harvest their abundant tidal resources,” said Daviau. “Unlike most other sources of clean power, tidal energy produces renewable power in a regular and predictable manner, enabling operators to reliably forecast power production over the full life-cycle of a project.”

Off-grid tidal energy represents a considerable and largely untapped market, considering that about 11,000 islands worldwide are permanently inhabited by a population in excess of 730 million people in total. In most cases, off-grid island communities that are also among the first victims of climate change, rely on expensive and polluting diesel-powered technologies to ensure power supply. With an energy cost of energy per MWh that can be 5 to 10 times higher than in interconnected areas, tidal energy, potentially associated to other renewable sources and storage capabilities, is emerging as a sound economic model for off-grid islands.

“QOS Energy strongly believes that tidal energy will play an important part of the future clean energy mix, so we are very pleased to innovate with a pioneering company such as Sabella and make progress in the important field of tidal O&M. We believe that effective plant monitoring and optimisation will be instrumental in bringing this emerging technology from the margin to the mainstream,” concluded Jean-Yves BELLET, VP-CTO of QOS Energy.

Sabella aims to deploy tidal projects in France, as well as in Southeast Asia and North America. With its innovative technology backed by successful pilot projects, the French company has acquired strong international recognition on the 75 to 100 GW global tidal market, which is expected to take off by 2020.

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Romania - Hidroelectrica has modernized the Bereşti Hydroelectric Power Plant

The state-owned company Hidroelectrica put into operation on December 13, 2018, the Hydro-aggregate II from the Bereşti Hydroelectric Power Plant, Bacau County, after modernization works.

Present at the inauguration of the investment, Robert Tudorache, Secretary of State in the Ministry of Energy, said:

"Hidroelectrica shows in recent years that it is the new champion of the energy system. He is well run and has tremendous financial performance. It is a company that has the capacity to engage deeply in renewing the system and these are our expectations of it. We now have an energy strategy, so we have created the framework for development, the main lines of energy policy. We know where we are and what we want in the next few years: we want renewal and refurbishment for new capabilities, we want new projects to be implemented."

The investment, amounting to 18.2 million lei (3.9 million euros), was carried out with SSH Hidroserv and contributes to the extension of the operation period of the plant.

The Bereşti Hydroelectric Power Plant is a dam station, located along the Siret River. The Bereşti power plant has an annual average energy output of 110 GWh.

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Cities of Tomorrow # 7.Romania

The seventh edition of the Cities of Tomorrow, which will be held on March 26, 2019 at JW Marriott Bucharest Grand Hotel, will be dedicated to both the business community and civil society and the importance of its involvement in the sustainable development of regions and cities.

Dialogue between public authorities and the business environment is important, but the involvement of civil society is at least as necessary. For this reason, the key element for sustainable development is the TRIALOGUE.

Event Structure: National and international speakers will talk about their successful projects and methodologies.

The event will host 8 roundtables and the already well-known market where sponsors will have the opportunity to present their solutions and technologies for modernizing and improving the city and regions, together with representatives of local authorities (Regional Development Agencies, County Councils, City Halls) and communities, who will come forward to present their concrete projects they want and where they seek the support of private actors.

Cities of Tomorrow # 7 will also host a pitching contest!

9 participants, 3 categories: public administration, civil society and the business environment. 1 jury: from representatives of central and local authority, architect / town planner, NGO, journalist, international expert.

The focus will be on urban development projects, examples of good practices and solutions for intelligent cities in Romania, to be presented as convincingly as possible over a 5 minute pitch. It will be judged by the jury, and the winners of each category will receive prizes to encourage the future development of their projects.

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WOOLF NAMED AS CES 2019 INNOVATION AWARDS HONOREE – “WEARABLE TECHNOLOGIES”

WOOLF is proud to announce that it has been named as CES® 2019 Innovation Awards Honoree in the segment Wearable Technologies. The announcement was made during CES Unveiled New York, an invite-only tech event bringing together top media, exhibitors and industry leaders for a sneak peek of the products and trends expected at CES 2019, which will run January 8-11, 2019 in Las Vegas, NV.

An annual program that celebrates outstanding design, the CES Innovation Awards recognizes honorees across 28 product categories. A panel of judges, including designers, engineers and members of the tech media, reviews submissions based on design, functionality, consumer appeal, engineering and how the products compare with competition.

WOOLF/Moto is the simplest and most functional high-tech “driving assistant” and the first wearable notification device available in the worldwide automotive market. It alerts the exceeding of the speed limits, red light cameras, speed cameras and more without any visual or auditory distraction thanks to increasing vibrations to the driver’s wrist. It’s the first wearable technology able to satisfy the bikers’ needs thanks to Machine Learning algorithms GET CLOSERâ, which constantly improves the GPS precision, avoiding irrelevant warnings. 100% Made in Italy, WOOLF/Moto is made of genuine and water-resistant leathers. It doesn’t consume gigabytes ad it works without continuous internet connection. Long life Lithium battery with over 1-month duration. WOOLF/Moto connects via BluetoothTM with the WOOLF App and works with every smartphone (both iOS and Android). It works within 70 countries with more than 120.000 alert points, constantly updated. www.woolf.bike

“WOOLF/Moto is a project born from our passion for the world of two wheels. We have dedicated a lot of energy in order to bring it to light in a very short time. This prestigious achievement rewards our diligence and makes us very proud”. Federico Tognetti – Co Founder & CEO.

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Energy efficiency through subsidized programs in Ukraine brings results

Ukrainian authorities in cooperation with the State Department for Energy Efficiency of Ukraine, help the population to improve housing by allocating additional funds to local energy co-financing programs.

For example, the budget for the Zhytomyr region has increased from 1 million UAH (almost 32,000 euros) to 5 million UAH (alamost 159,000 euros). At present, the possibility of allocating additional funds is being considered.

With 2.8 million UAH (almost 89,000 euros) was financed the program in the city of Kherson The total budget of the program until 2018 is 3.1 million UAH (almost 99,000 euros).

An additional allocation of 1.8 million UAH (almost 57000 euros) was allocated in addition to the local program in the city of Berdyansk. The demand for the program was so large that already the total amount of funds reached 2.5 million UAH (almost 79000 euros).

Effective cooperation between local authorities and the public is done to:

- reducing energy consumption
- improving the energy efficiency of housing
- increasing the well-being of families.

In total, 163 local energy efficiency programs with a total budget of about 150 million UAH (almost 2.76 million euros) have been launched.

Mihai VINTILA

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Energy Transition Conference 2018

Between October 30-31, 2018, the second edition of the Energy Transition conference organized by the Romanian Association for Wind Energy was held. Zoltan Nagy-Bege, Vice President of ANRE, participated in the discussions on the development of the energy transition, the expectations and challenges of the renewable energy sector in the 2030s and the positioning of renewable energy as a pillar of sustainable development.

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Results of Solar Decathlon ME 2018 contests

At Solar Decathlon ME 2018 contests  was teams from United Arab Emirates, Australia, France,
Italy, Malaysia, Netherlands, Palestine, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan and United States.

The 2018 edition of this competition is organized by DEWA, in Dubai at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park. SDME consists of 10 contests that will follow the lines of those in previous editions of the competition, although having the necessary customization to challenge the teams to adapt their designs to the heat, dust & high humidity that we experience in the Middle East. The projects are developed by multidisciplinary teams, giving the students the opportunity to learn about technical issues, teamwork, communication skills, and sustainable lifestyle and socio-economic issues in order to ensure the viability of their project.



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RoEnergy Fair in Bucuresti, Romania 2019

ENERGY EFFICIENCY  IN BUILDINGS
energy efficiency solutions in buildings
energy management
building management system (BMS)
heating, ventilation, air conditioning (HVAC)
LED technology
monitoring and control energy system
energy infrastructure
passive house and insulation

SOLAR SYSTEM
photovoltaics, solar thermal
• mono- & poly-crystalline, amorphous PV modules
• AC inverters
• cabling components for PV systems
• mounting structures for PV systems
• turn-key grid-connected PV plants
• solar tracking PV plants
• roof-integrated PV plants
• façade-integrated PV plants
• PV systems & hybrid systems for off-grid applications
• PV street lighting
• flat plate, evacuated pipes, unglazed & air solar collectors
• solar boilers, piping & components for solar thermal system
• complete natural & forced circulation DHW systems
• combined space heating & DHW solar systems
• combined solar thermal & gas systems
• solar cooling
• concentration systems for solar thermal power

BIOENERGY
biomass, biogas, liquid biofuels
• Woodlogs, woodchips & woodpellets gasification boilers
• biomass district heating
• combined solar thermal & biomass systems
• steam cycle, gasification, Stirling engine biomass-fired CHP
• farm, landfill & sewage biogas plants
• biodiesel & vegetables oil burners

WATER & WIND
hydropower, windpower, geothermal energy
• turbines, components & turn-key mini- hydro plants
• large-hydro plant refurbishment
• offgrid & grid-connected small-scale windpower
• windfarms
• turn-key geothermal heating & cooling plants
• geothermal well drilling
• heat pumps

Cogeneration, Trigeneration
• biogas- & natural gas-fired ICE CHP plants
• natural gas microturbines
• diesel- & biofuels-fired ICE CHP plants
• tri-generation plants
• industrial cogeneration

LED Technologies
• energy efficiency
• long-term life
• color
• shock resistance
• size

HYENERGY
hydrogen and fuel cells
• distributed generation with fuel cells systems
• fuel cells vehicles
• hydrogen-fuelled internal combustion engine vehicles

CONSULTING, DESIGN, SERVICES, CARBON TRADING, R&D
• renewable energy planning, resource assessment
• project development & design
• green labelling, renewable energy trading
• performance contracting, third party financing
• renewable energy heat service & leasing schemes
• green energy banking & financing schemes
• carbon management, carbon trading, joint implementation
• technology information & transfer
• R&D, demonstration, testing & certification

PASSIVE HOUSE & INSULATIONS
 
ENERGY SAVING
PRESS, MINISTRIES, UNIVERSITIES
ASSOCIATIONS, INSTITUTIONS

more details on http://bucuresti.roenergy.eu/

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Drives like a family car, flies autonomously, for door-to-door commute

NFT Inc. a Silicon Valley developer of autonomous commuter transportation solutions, will present the concept of their state of the art 2 or 4-seater eVTOL (electric Vertical Landing & Takeoff) at CES 2019 Eureka Park (Booth 51701).

Key differentiators of the NFT eVTOL:
Fly and Drive Door-to-Door eVTOL with target of 500 km autonomous flight and 100km drive
Easily parks and charges in a garage or on-street parking, no heliport or special airstrip needed Enables people to live outside a major city and have a short, convenient door-to-door commute to work.

NFT’s innovative edge is a crack team of engineers, experts in their field and problem-solvers who love challenges, who have combined experience of 20–34 years in developing world leading aircraft, drones and UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles).

The company’s vision is to significantly reduce transit congestion in and out of urban areas and turn daily door-to-door commutes into an easy, stress-free experience, leading to reduced environmental impact and a higher quality of life in mega-cities. The manufacturing model for the NFT drive and fly vehicle, which bridges automotive and aviation, will enable it to be priced in the range of a family car, making autonomous commuting an affordable reality.

Guy Kaplinsky, Co-founder and Chairman, comments: “People like to have privacy, convenience, and quality time in their commuting experience. We’re addressing that by offering a unique drive and fly vehicle that you can pull out of the garage and drive down the street. Then stop the car, program your destination, and take off vertically. Sit back and enjoy a quick and easy commute to work – the ultimate door-to-door solution.” 

Frimu Ghinea

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