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Focal Topic
Energy Efficiency

This focal topic comprises:
Sustainability Fields: 2.1 - Raw Material Production and Energy Generation ;

Programmes assigned to this field

RPV MŽP Efficient utilization of energy and renewable energy resources (Racionální využití energie a obnovitelné přírodní zdroje )
The closed R&D programme of the Ministry of the Environment aimed at research of the renewable energy resources potential and the (...)
The closed R&D programme of the Ministry of the Environment aimed at research of the renewable energy resources potential and the efficient utilization of energy.
The focus of the proposed project might be following:
Utilization of renewable energy resources;
Progressive technology for energy production, for utilization of renewable energy resources and for energy conservation;
Utilization of biomass, geothermal energy, solar power, wind energy, water energy;
Solution of effective links and co-operation between renewable energy resources and other energy resources with aim to suggest information, economic and legislative tools of effective renewable energy resources utilization;
Principal contribution to energy intensiveness reduction of production processes and services.
Czech Republic Details
UI-Richtlinie Funding of Environmental Innovations (Förderung von Umweltinnovationen)
Das Land Schleswig-Holstein fördert im Rahmen des Zukunftsprogramms Wirtschaft Umweltinnovationen, die zukunftsorientierten Techniken und Verfahren (...)
Das Land Schleswig-Holstein fördert im Rahmen des Zukunftsprogramms Wirtschaft Umweltinnovationen, die zukunftsorientierten Techniken und Verfahren zum Durchbruch und zur Akzeptanz am Markt verhelfen.
Unterstützt werden insbesondere Vorhaben, die
– den betrieblichen Stoffeinsatz optimieren,
– der Verbesserung von Messtechniken dienen,
– den Energieverbrauch von Produkten und in Produktionsprozessen senken,
– zur stofflichen Nutzung von nachwachsenden Rohstoffen und organischen Reststoffen führen,
– Verwertungsverfahren für Abfälle erproben oder
– ein offensives Umweltmanagement einführen.
Germany Details
RPV MŽP - SP3 Research of environmental technologies (SP3 – Výzkum environmentálních technologií)
The third research sub programme of the Ministry of the Environment of the Czech Republic (MoE) addresses the single issue: SP3g - (...)
The third research sub programme of the Ministry of the Environment of the Czech Republic (MoE) addresses the single issue:
SP3g - Environmental Technologies, rational
energy use and renewable energy sources (RES).

The sub programme objectives are:
- To achieve better use properties of renewable energy sources (RES) with special attention to energy use of biodegradable waste and new structures of crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells.
- Develop effective energy storage systems, with special attention
alternative technologies for hydrogen production based on renewable energy sources.
- Create better conditions for achieving energy savings, with special attention
wider application of RES for renovations and new construction of buildings.

The sub programme wins: 
- Improving the position of RES in competition with conventional sources.
- Increased production of biogas while processing difficult to recoverable
organic waste.
- Increased functionality of silicon structures in photovoltaic articles.
- Facilitating the integration of RES in the existing system with conventional energy
resources.
- Organic production of hydrogen.
- Creating better conditions for achieving energy savings and wider application of RES
for renovations and new construction of buildings.
Czech Republic Details
EdZ Energy Systems of Tomorrow (Energiesysteme der Zukunft)
"Energy Systems of Tomorrow" is a subprogramme of the Austrian Programme on Technologies for Sustainable Development, which aims at supporting the (...)
"Energy Systems of Tomorrow" is a subprogramme of the Austrian Programme on Technologies for Sustainable Development, which aims at supporting the economy with future-oriented innovations and developments. It initiates and supports trendsetting research and development projects and the implementation of exemplary pilot projects.

Technologies for Sustainable Development is a programme of the Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT) managed by FFG.

Source: http://www.ffg.at/content.php?cid=108

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HdZ Building of Tomorrow (Haus der Zukunft)
"Building of Tomorrow" is a sub-programme of the Austrian Programme on Technologies for Sustainable Development, which aims at supporting the economy (...)
"Building of Tomorrow" is a sub-programme of the Austrian Programme on Technologies for Sustainable Development, which aims at supporting the economy with future-oriented innovations and developments. It initiates and supports trendsetting research and development projects and the implementation of exemplary pilot projects.

Technologies for Sustainable Development is a programme of the Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT) managed by FFG.

Source: http://www.ffg.at/hausderzukunft

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  New Energies 2020 (Neue Energien 2020)
New Energies 2020 is the research and technology programme by the Austrian Climate and Energy Fund. The programme especially supports the achievement (...)
New Energies 2020 is the research and technology programme by the Austrian Climate and Energy Fund. The programme especially supports the achievement of the Austrian energy and climate goals within the EU by 2020.
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  Austrian Programme on Technologies for Sustainable Development (Nachhaltig Wirtschaften)
This five-year research and technology programme has been developed by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT). (...)

This five-year research and technology programme has been developed by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT). It initiates and supports trendsetting research and development projects and the implementation of exemplary pilot projects.

Source: http://www.bmvit.gv.at/en/innovation/sustainable.html

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A3plus Alternative Propulsion Systems and Fuels (Alternative Antriebssysteme und Treibstoffe )
The Austrian impulse programme A3plus is striving to make the transport of the future significantly more energy-efficient and more environmentally (...)

The Austrian impulse programme A3plus is striving to make the transport of the future significantly more energy-efficient and more environmentally friendly by promoting research and development in the field of innovative propulsion technologies and alternative fuels.
Ground-breaking key innovations should trigger technological leaps paving the way to entirely new propulsion concepts with previously unachievable levels of consumption and emissions for surface transport.

Source: http://www.bmvit.gv.at/en/innovation/mobility/a3plus.html

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Projects assigned to this field

EnerKey Energy as a Key Element of an Integrated Climate Protection Concept for the City Region of Gauteng, South Africa (EnerKey)
Energy related questions are seen as key challenge in South Africa from various perspectives: Security of supply is a core topic for the thriving (...)

Energy related questions are seen as key challenge in South Africa from various perspectives: Security of supply is a core topic for the thriving industrial nation. Energy poverty and social equity ("electricity for all") has high relevance on the post-apartheid political agenda. Local emissions from coal burning are an important health issue. Poor cooking devices form a severe threat due to the risk of large shack fires in informal settlement. Lately the issue of climate change has become more and more important - South Africa relying almost entirely on coal and being number 12 globally of the biggest CO2 emittants. It emits roughly 40% of the CO2 emissions of the African continent.

 

Germany Details
SQCB Sustainability Quick Check for Biofuels
Das Ziel dieses Projektes ist die Konzeption und Umsetzung eines webbasierten, datenbankgestützten Instruments zur schnellen Beurteilung der (...)
Das Ziel dieses Projektes ist die Konzeption und Umsetzung eines webbasierten, datenbankgestützten Instruments zur schnellen Beurteilung der Nachhaltigkeit bei der Herstellung von Biotreibstoffen. Es soll ein Instrument geschaffen werden, mit dem ein Nutzer die relevantesten Faktoren seiner Biotreibstoffkette manipulieren, und die daraus resultierenden Umweltauswirkungen im Vergleich zu den definierten Zertifizierungsrichtlinien einsehen kann.
Germany Details
  Development of Multifunctional Materials Heterostructures for Hydrogen Fuel Cells
 Changes of microstructure, phase composition and surface morphology to be investigated, surface topography analyzed. Coupling processes (...)
 Changes of microstructure, phase composition and surface morphology to be investigated, surface topography analyzed. Coupling processes occurring  to be registered and correlated with hydrogenation properties. Impact of surface to be analyzed.
Lithuania Details
BIOSKALESTER Design and evaluation of ageing-resistant biodegradable esters with controllable flammability (Kontroliuojamo degumo ir atsparių senėjimui bioskalių esterių kūrimas ir įvertinimas)
Sizeable polymer plants “Orion Global PET” and Joint Stock Company “Neo Group” are operating in Lithuania along with the lubricant manufacturer “SCT (...)
Sizeable polymer plants “Orion Global PET” and Joint Stock Company “Neo Group” are operating in Lithuania along with the lubricant manufacturer “SCT Lubricants”, all being interested in local suppliers. As raw materials in plastics and lubricants, various esters, manufactured by traditional chemical methods, are often used. Manufacture of biodiesel, which is also an ester, is growing in Lithuania. Since it is subsidized by government, it is important to diversify this production and offer the technology for the products of higher value, because the biodiesel subsidies will be reduced and eliminated eventually. This project is devoted to development of new technologies for producing higher value added products utilizing biotechnological synthesis from oils, fats and other renewable resources. Most promising samples will be selected and new manufacturing technologies will be introduced for production and evaluation of pilot scale experimental products: low flammability ageing-resistant biodegradable esters. Esters’ suitability for two applications will be investigated: 1) as plasticizers, used in manufacture of plastics, and 2) as base oils, used in manufacture of biolubricants. Plasticizers influence not only mechanical elasticity and durability of plastics, but also their odor, toxicity in contact with food, flammability due to exposure to fire, and consumer safety. Base oils are used for manufacturing of lubricants by dissolving functional additives in them. They dictate most lubricant properties, among those flammability and resistance to ageing. Both plasticizers and biolubricant base oils are made from organic esters, manufactured using chemical methods. Broad experience of lipase-based synthesis is accumulated in Lithuania and can be used in biotechnological synthesis of esters. The process conditions will be selected in such manner that esters, produced using glycols, would target the most important technical requirements, specified for polymer plasticizers and biolubricant base oils. Transesterification reactions using glycols will be carried out, along with lipase-based modification of alkyl chains. Acyl chain structure will be controlled by choosing selective lipases, interacting differently with specific fatty acids. Also the investigations will involve screening for selectivity towards fatty acids by carrying out the biotechnological synthesis in emulsions, replacing lipases with their producers and concurrently evaluating the influence of emulsifiers on lipase inactivation. Such selectivity would give an opportunity to control the flammability of obtained biodegradable esters. In addition to the studies of synthesis directions, experimental methodologies will be developed with the purpose of rapid testing of material’s suitability for plasticizers and biolubricant base oils. Not only their flammability and ageing will be evaluated, but also the volatility, hydrolysis and interaction between comparison samples with functional additives and system components. Most promising directions of biotechnological synthesis will be supplemented with appropriate processing stages, which would improve technical parameters of biodegradable esters. It will be attempted to evaluate the quality of experimental production from the pilot scale manufacture by providing its samples to potential users. Developed technology of biodegradable ester production will be optimized by reducing the manufacturing costs. Research conclusions will be made available to interested organizations, including polymer, biodiesel and lubricant manufacturers in Lithuania.
 
Lithuania Details
SHPCO2 High-Performance Simulation for Geological CO2 Storage (Simulation Haute Performance du Stockage Géologique de CO2)
High-Performance Simulation for Geological CO2 Storage (...)
High-Performance Simulation for Geological CO2 Storage
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HELP High Level Models for Low Power Systems (High Level Models for Low Power Systems)
The HELP project focuses on functional and non-functional high-level models for the design of low-power embedded systems. The need for low-power (...)
The HELP project focuses on functional and non-functional high-level models for the design of low-power embedded systems. The need for low-power systems is now well admitted, in the domain of embedded systems in general. This is particularly true for sensor networks or consumer electronics (mobile phones and all kinds of portable devices), because of lifetime constraints. But this is also true for other (non autonomous) embedded systems, in a world concerned with sustainable development.
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Open-People Open-Power and Energy Optimization PLatform and Estimator (Plateforme pour l’estimation et l’optimisation de la consommation en puissance et en énergie)
The objective is to create a platform for estimating and optimizing the power and energy consumption of complex electronic systems. It must me (...)

The objective is to create a platform for estimating and optimizing the power and energy consumption of complex electronic systems. It must me open (Internet portal, partners club) and extensible (online measurements and model development).

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SESAM Smart multi-source Energy Scavenger for Autonomous Microsystems (Smart multi-source Energy Scavenger for Autonomous Microsystems)
Smart multi-source Energy Scavenger for Autonomous Microsystems. (...)
Smart multi-source Energy Scavenger for Autonomous Microsystems.
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Audit – GIS Web-georeferred representation of power audit results (Rappresentazione georeferenziata dei risultati degli audit energetici tramite piattaforma web)
Audit – GIS aims to create a database using the information gathered during the energy audits of public buildings in small and medium-sized (...)
Audit – GIS aims to create a database using the information gathered during the energy audits of public buildings in small and medium-sized municipalities – a previous project funded under calls for proposals held in 2006 and 2007. Audit GIS database currently includes information related to 2006 and 2007, concerning the use power in about 2400 buildings as well as projects to increase power efficiency proposed for 700 buildings.
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