Open CALL - Adaptation of existing fuel cell components and systems from road to non-road applications

The low temperature PEMFC technology for road applications are gaining more and more traction and investment, and these activities can have a very positive impact on other segments by making available components and systems of lower cost and more robustness to the market – along with increased sales volumes. The goal of this topic is to facilitate that these benefits are transferred to early niche markets within other applications. It is important to dedicate specific focused activities to make this happen.
An advanced level of technology readiness has been achieved for specific non-road transport applications, within material handling vehicles. These are close to market introduction in Europe, although in other markets about 6,000 vehicles are reported to be in operation, with significant public financial support for demonstration before market introduction. These are a not priority for this Pillar in view of their limited contribution to meet key transport policy objectives. The low temperature PEMFC technology and components developed for road transport may be used as the basis for other non-road applications. This could lead to a significant cost reduction, improved affordability and reliability. These systems and components from road transport need to be adapted to the specific non-road special needs. Identification of the needed adaptation of specific FC road vehicle drive train components for main propulsion for any vehicles but passenger cars and buses should be addressed in this topic.

Investment Plan for Europe to support renewable energy and strategic infrastructure projects

New investment in energy efficiency, renewable energy, and strategic energy infrastructure, was among the more than EUR 8 billion of financing approved by the European Investment Bank board meeting today.
The EIB Group’s Board of Directors approved loans for a total of 21 projects, including four projects earmarked, subject to agreement by the European Commission, for support from an EU budget guarantee under the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) once it is formally established. Approval by the board represents a key milestone prior to final negotiation of the loans.
“The EIB Group is moving fast in rolling out the Investment Plan for Europe, as requested by Governments, the European Parliament, and the Commission when the Plan was launched. Investment in renewable energy and measures to cut energy bills are urgently needed. The projects approved by the EIB this week also reflect the EU Bank’s focus on climate action. EFSI will allow us to do more of the good work the EIB has done in the past unlocking investment needed to reduce energy use and cut emissions. Projects earmarked today for EFSI guarantee support complement the EIB Group’s support for projects in innovation, social infrastructure, and SME funding beyond EFSI as part of its ordinary activity. The EIB Group’s support for the EU’s economy remains substantial and consistent, and the Investment Plan for Europe builds upon that support.” said Werner Hoyer, European Investment Bank Group President.

Electrica – „Energy deal of the year”

Electrica S.A. won the Energy Deal of the Year prize at the Romanian Energy Awards 2015. On behalf of Electrica S.A. the prize was received by Alexandra Borislavschi, Managing Director of Corporate Finance and Governance.
Leaders in energy market celebrated at this year’s edition of Romanian Energy Awards 2015. The Diplomat Bucharest organized the fourth edition of the Romanian Energy Awards 2015, on 12 May, at Crowne Plaza Hotel Bucharest. At this gala the winners were communicated and celebrated together with over 200 top leaders of the energy industry sector in Romania, related industries decision-makers and public authorities responsible for regulation and control. The audience was composed mainly of top managers from active companies in Romania.

Romania Energy Status - 14/05/2015






Source: Transelectrica

Forthcoming CALL - Improved electrolysis for Off-grid Hydrogen production

It is estimated that 1.2 billion people will be without electricity access globally by 2025. A further 1 billion people are connected to unstable networks and are regularly exposed to power outages. It may thus be considered that 2.4 billion people (i.e. around 35% of the global population) are “under electrified”.
When the connection of a major distribution network to the transport network is not a feasible option from a technical and economic perspective, onsite energy is generated off-grid.
 Hybrid Energy SystemIslands are particularly concerned by this type of situation. Indeed, electricity generation there is guaranteed by diesel generating units, despite their high production costs and pollutant emissions simply due to the absence of simple and feasible alternatives.
This is a significant market, part of which is represented by installed diesel production capacity of 600GW, whose half is installed on off-grid sites.

COMFRAC R&D PROJECT EXPERT

The vision of our company is to allow researchers to do their work in a private environment, using both the know-how and the experience of a group with significant results in their activities carried out in different institutions belonging to the national research system, pursuing the objective of a relevant advance in applicative innovation and transfer of new technologies to production and the market.
COMFRAC R&D PROJECT EXPERT has specialists in various areas of expertise:COMFRAC
  • Mechanical engineers;
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  • Electronics and automatics engineers;
  • IT and computer science engineers;
  • Environmental protection engineers
COMFRAC R&D PROJECT EXPERT benefits from the exceptional qualification and expertise of their staff as well as numerous outside collaborators, individuals and accredited commercial companies in research and development fields, specialists from other domains. Working with them allows us to cover all the requirements of our clients.

New entries in March 2015

128 new entries in OPCOM market places during March 2015
PHOTOVOLTAIC GREEN PROJECT (CMBC-EA, CMBC-CN), SIFEE SPV (CMBC-EA), ENEX (CMBC-EA, CMBC-CN), TIS ENERGY (CMBC-EA), STATKRAFT MARKETS GmbH (CMBC-EA), DELTA & ZETA ENERGY (CMBC-EA), ACV SOLAR TECHNOLOGY (CMBC-EA), GAMA & DELTA ENERGY (CMBC-EA), TCV IMPEX (CMBC-EA), CORABIA SOLAR (DAM, CMBC-CN), POWER L.I.V.E. ONE (DAM, CMBC-CN), ENERGO-PRO TRADING EAD (CMBC-CN), ENEL TRADE ROMANIA (CMBC-EA, CMBC-CN), HIDROELECTRICA DEL UCEA (DAM, IDM), CRASNAHYDRO (CMBC-EA), TRANSEASTERN VISTEA HIDROELECTRICA SPV IV (CMBC-EA), PAJO HOLDING (GCM), IVANOV I. MIRELA (GCM), ELCYROM REALTY & DEVELOPMENT (GCM), ROTT ENERGY (CMBC-EA), EP WIND PROJECT (ROM) SIX (CMBC-CN), INTERENERGO, ENERGETSKI INZENIRING d.o.o. (DAM, IDM), ARCELORMITTAL GALATI (CMBC-EA), FLAVUS INVESTITII (CMBC-EA), BUDUSEL HIDRO (GCM), BIOENERGY GREEN PODARI (CMBC-EA), GREENLIGHT SOLUTIONS (CMBC-EA, CMBC-CN), HALMAGEL ENERGY (CMBC-EA), ZAGRA HIDRO (CMBC-EA), ELECTRIC PROD (CMBC-EA), SOLAR FUTURE ENERGY (CMBC-EA),
 CASA CRANG (CMBC-EA), FORT GREEN ENERGY (CMBC-EA), SAPIEM CONTROL (CMBC-EA), COMPANIA DE APA SOMES (CMBC-EA), GPSB SOLARIS 48 (CMBC-EA), UZINA DE AGENT TERMIC SI ALIMENTARE CU APA MOTRU (CMBC-EA), CIS ENERGY (CMBC-EA), HOLZINDUSTRIE SCHWEIGHOFER (CMBC-EA), CHEREJI (GCM), APASERV SATU MARE (GCM), SUNSOLEO (CMBC-CN), DONAU CHEM (CMBC-EA), TERRA MUNTENIA (DAM, IDM, CMBC-EA), AMPER (CMBC-EA, GCM), PHOTOVOLTAIK FARM URMENIS (CMBC-EA), MET ROMANIA ENERGY TRADE (IDM, CMUS), ENERGOFOTOINSTAL (CMBC-EA) G&T GRUNE ENERGIE (GCM), NOVA ESSATA (CMBC-EA), GREEN ELECTROVEST (CMBC-EA), 

2014, the year of transaction records and of new mechanisms development/implementation

2014, the year of transaction records and of new mechanisms development/implementation – IDM with continuous trading mechanism, Centralized Market for Bilateral Contracts of Green Certificates CMBCGC, Centralized Market with double continuous negotiation for Electricity Bilateral Contracts CM-OTC and DAM by respecting price market coupling mechanism
The short term markets – Day-Ahead Market (DAM) and Intraday Market (IDM)

This year DAM has also answered to the opportunities and needs for balancing the participants obligations one day before the delivery day, in a context characterized by maintaining the consumption at 2013 similar level and by an increased generation of electricity compared to the earlier year. In the last month of 2014 an absolute record number of 171 participants were active on DAM platform, contributing to establish an absolute record related to the monthly average trading of 2,987 MWh/h and to enhance the yearly average of the hourly traded volume, positioned for the first time above the 2,000 MWh/h threshold.

Fast Track to Innovation Pilot

Specific challenge: Innovation is fostered when new ideas can emerge and easily translate into socio-economic value. Working together, partners with complementary backgrounds, knowledge and skills, and in new and established value-chains, can turn these ideas into sustainable innovative products, processes and services that both address societal challenges and/or are highly competitive in global markets. FTI aims to accelerate this commercialisation process by providing extended funding opportunities through an open and agile scheme nurturing bottom-up ideas from innovative constituencies across Europe.
Scope: The FTI pilot supports projects undertaking innovation from the demonstration stage through to market uptake, including stages such as piloting, test-beds, systems validation in real world/working conditions, validation of business models, pre-normative research, and standard-setting. It targets relatively mature new technologies, concepts, processes and business models that need a last development step to reach the market and achieve wider deployment. To this end, if a proposal involves technological innovation, the consortium must declare that the technology or the technologies concerned are at least at Technology Readiness Level (TRL)[1] 6. Projects can be interdisciplinary.

State Aid: Commission launches sector inquiry into mechanisms to ensure electricity supplies

The European Commission has launched a state aid sector inquiry into national measures to ensure that adequate capacity to produce electricity is available at all times to avoid black-outs (so-called "capacity mechanisms"). The inquiry will gather information on capacity mechanisms to examine, in particular, whether they ensure sufficient electricity supply without distorting competition or trade in the EU Single Market. It complements the Commission's Energy Union Strategy to create a connected, integrated and secure energy market in Europe. Please refer to the Factsheet for more detailed information.
An increasing number of Member States are introducing capacity mechanisms to encourage investment in power plants or provide incentives that power plants continue to operate, with the purpose of ensuring the supply of electricity meets demand at all times. The Commission recognises that such public measures may in some situations be justified and its 2014 Guidelines on state aid for environmental protection and energy for the first time provided criteria for the assessment whether capacity mechanisms are in line with state aid rules. Member States in the first place have to be able to demonstrate that the measures are necessary. In addition they need to ensure that capacity mechanisms are designed in a way that they do not distort competition in the EU's Single Market – for example, they should not unduly favour certain producers or types of technology, or establish barriers that hinder electricity from flowing between one EU country and another.

Energy Efficiency CALL - Project development assistance for innovative bankable and aggregated sustainable energy investment schemes and projects

Specific challenge: Significant efforts are required to mobilise all relevant stakeholders, draw up investment inventories, develop feasibility studies, financial engineering instruments, and to address legal and procurement issues.
In this context, it is necessary to support project promoters through dedicated project development assistance facilities and capacity building and thus demonstrate the viability and positive impacts of aggregated, sustainable energy investments.
Scope: Project development assistance support will be provided to public and private project promoters such as public/private infrastructure operators, energy service companies (ESCOs), retail chains, cities and SMEs/industry, leading to innovative, bankable and aggregated sustainable energy investment schemes and projects of EUR 6 million – EUR 50 million. The support will be conditional on mobilized investments.

Environment: Commission takes ROMANIA to Court over failure to amend packaging waste legislation

The European Commission is referring Romania to the EU Court of Justice over its failure to enact revised EU legislation on packaging waste into domestic law. The revised Packaging Directiveupdates rules on packaging and packaging waste, with a view to reducing their impact on the environment.
Member States had to bring into force the laws necessary to comply with this Directive by 30 September 2013. After it missed the original deadline, Romania was sent a letter of formal notice on 29 November 2013, followed by a reasoned opinion on 11 July 2014. More than one year and a half after the deadline, the Directive is still not enacted into domestic legislation. The Commission has thus decided to call Romania before the EU Court of Justice.

Horizon 2020: 915 proposals seek funding for new environment projects

The European Commission has received 915 proposals seeking funding for projects in the area of climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials by the calls' deadline on 21 April 2015.
An indicative budget of € 320 million is reserved for the Societal Challenge "Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials" in 2015 under the Horizon 2020 programme (ie. H2020-SC5-WASTE-WATER-2015 calls).
234 proposals were submitted for one- and two-stage calls on "Growing a low carbon, resource efficient economy with a sustainable supply of raw materials", 319 address waste-related questions, and 362 propose water-innovation projects.

Next steps

In May/June independent expert panels will evaluate proposals submitted for one-stage calls selecting the best ones for funding. The Commission will then inform all applicants – within five months of the call deadline – whether or not their proposal has been successful.