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Sustainability Field 2.1.3
Energy / Resource Efficiency (at Raw Material / Energy Production)

Programmes assigned to this field

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

Projects assigned to this field

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
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
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).

France Details
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.
France Details
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.
Italy Details

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