Energy Efficiency and Renewables - SUPporting Policies in Local level for Energy
The project aim is to make town of Titelmore greener by efficient use of energy as well as renewable energy and develop supporting policies for energy at local level. During the implementation phase, the Ener-Supply Partnership and Titel: Developed anentire energy balance according to the instructions of Covenant of Mayors (Baseline Emissions Inventory) and identified the total emissions of Municipality (more than 157 miles MWh and 67 miles CO2 tons); Elaborated 8 energy audits in public buildings; Concluded the analysis of energy supply of the Municipality; Set up an Energy Day and information campaign; and Developed feasibility studies on the installment of 6 MW district heating biomass plant.
Adaptability of renewable energy resources in Latgale region, Utena and Panevezyscounty
The issues of climate change and the use of renewable energy resources (RER) has become, and still are, everyone's concern due to international discussions among companies, organizations, politicians and the general public. Our climate is changing at an alarming rate. Our habits and lifestyle influence these changes dramatically, but at the same time we can come together, learn from each other and share the best ways to find the most efficient solution. By 2020, renewable energy should account for 20% of the European Union's (EU) final energy consumption. Following these important issues, five partners from small settlements in the border area of Latvia and Lithuania are taking part in the project “Renewable Energy” in order to explore the potential of adapting RER by increasing energy production from domestic energy sources, decreasing the use of fossil fuels and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Within the project “Renewable energy” solar collectors, an LED lighting pole with solar panel and wind turbine, run flow water reheating equipment and geothermal heating systems were installed in public buildings and along the streets of the project partners’ municipalities. Additionally, technical designs for geothermal heating systems for different series of apartment houses, schools and public buildings are being prepared as well as a thermograph kit, which has been purchased in order to detect problematic areas in the buildings.
Hydrogen Economy Cooperation Network for Research -Public Awareness - Business Opportunities across Greek-Bulgarian borders
Hydrogen technologies have the potential to offer enhanced sustainability benefits in terms of energy security, the environment and economic growth. In fact, technologies and applications related to “Hydrogen economy” are constantly evolving and could be at the forefront of the above-mentioned areas in the following years. The HYDECON project aims to promote the use of Hydrogen technologies in society by supporting research efforts, raising public awareness within the cross-border population and depicting economic activities, which can be augmented and assisted by this renewable energy source. These ambitions will be fulfilled by (a) establishing the HYDECON research network (b) conducting awareness raising activities (c) setting up student contests and (d) compiling a feasibility study for hydrogen related business opportunities in the Greece–Bulgaria border region. There is a balanced consortium of expert partners on the issues pertaining to the project as well as well as local self-government partners who will offer opportunities for both the generation and demonstration of related knowledge and applications.
ENERU - Efficient Energy Management in the Barents Region
The Efficient Energy Management in Barents Region – ENERU project compares the practices and decrees in Finland, Sweden and Russia that apply to energy inspections, energy certificates, and construction, heating, air-conditioning and electrification solutions. The preliminary assumption is that Russia does not have as broad an energy inspection model as do Finland and Sweden. There is thus interest to export energy advice expertise to Russia. ENERU is financed out of the Kolarctic ENPI CBC programme, through which EU money and government aid from Finland, Russia and Sweden are channelled to the project.Three cases have been selected for the project from the cities of Apatity and Kirovskin the Murmansk area, comprising properties that act as pilots and examples in the project. Thorough energy inspections and measurements will be conducted at the sites. Energy renovation measures will be planned based on the measurements. The process as a whole provides information on how different factors affect energy efficiency and its development particularly in Russia. The project produces not only energy advice expertise, but also information on the conditions and markets in Russia. The information will be of use to companies operating in the sector in the Barents region and elsewhere and offering energy use management products and services. Contacts to the business sector are available at least through the Municipality of Piteå, Micropolisin Iiand Bionova, which all participate in the project.
Polar Renewables: Independent Energy Supply - POLARIS
The project POLARIS promotes on the local level in Russia the use of wind energy and substitution of diesel fuel with an alternative and more environmentally safe energy resource. By establishing sustainable Finnish-Russian partnership, the project shares best EU practices of wind energy production, accumulation and use.Central activities of the project include: analysis of the wind monitoring results in the pilot municipality; planning, establishing, equipping and launching the pilot windmill generator; training of the personnel directly involved in running the newly established facility and selected municipalities; workshops to disseminate wind energy information and use experience of the projects implemented in cross-border Finnish regions; and publication of analytical and information materials