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08/05/2015
EHPA advocates for heat pumps to be acknowledged as a technology that is key to achieving Europe’s climate and energy goals. read more
17/02/2015
What are some of the advantages (and disadvantages) of thin film Photovoltaic (PV) technologies over the more conventional crystalline silicon panels that make up most of the market? Just to put things into perspective, conventional crystalline... read more
16/02/2015
What is the role of EuroGeoSurveys (EGS) and how does its work contribute to the security of Europe’s supply of critical materials? The role of EGS is to provide public Earth science knowledge to support the EU’s competitiveness, social well-being,... read more
16/02/2015
Mr Pellegrini, you are Head of Unit of Raw Materials, Metals, Minerals and Forest-based Industries within the European Commission's Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs. What is your mission? read more
09/02/2015
Could you please explain briefly what the White Rose CCS project is and what progress has been made so far? The White Rose Carbon Capture and Storage Project (White Rose) is a proposal to build a new ultrasupercritical coal-fired oxy power plant of up to 448 MW (gross)... read more
29/10/2014
The need to decarbonise the energy system and to slow down climate change is too urgent: we simply cannot afford to exclude any available or envisaged low-carbon technology from the portfolio. As the environmentalist James Lovelock put it a few... read more
29/10/2014
FORATOM, full name European Atomic Forum, is the trade association for Europe’s nuclear industry. read more
27/06/2014
According to the expectations contained in the National Plans for Renewable Energies, the target is for bioenergy to contribute about 11% of the primary energy consumed in the EU in 2020, or more than 50% of the total primary energy from renewable... read more
26/06/2014
Support through a number of policies has boosted the production of renewable electricity in Europe, but often at a high cost. read more
26/06/2014
The European Pellet Council is an umbrella organisation representing the interests of the international pellet industry. read more
20/03/2014
The European grid was not designed with intermittent energy sources in mind. What is being done to ensure that the grid becomes sufficiently reactive to accommodate the levels of renewable energy foreseen in the SET-Plan? The management of... read more
20/03/2014
Could you please explain what ENTSO-E is, why and when it was set up and its role, for example in the European Electricity Grid Initiative (EEGI)? read more
27/02/2014
EERA celebrated its fifth anniversary in 2013. Has this milestone served as an occasion for reflection and, if so, can we expect to see any changes in how EERA will develop over the next five years? The fifth anniversary was indeed a milestone and we were happy to celebrate... read more
16/12/2013
You recently said that storage is the ‘weakest link’ in Europe’s electricity chain today. Could you explain why that is? Our electricity chain, or indeed our whole energy chain, is integrated in a very complex way. Everybody treats it as if it were... read more
16/12/2013
How significant a role will batteries play in helping Europe achieve its energy and climate goals? read more
25/09/2013
Despite the recent controversy between the DESERTEC Foundation and Dii, Dii Managing Director Paul van Son remains upbeat in an interview with SETIS. Dii Managing Director Has the withdrawal of the DESERTEC Foundation from Dii resulted in a revision of the Desert Power... read more
19/09/2013
Member of the Supervisory Board of SMA Solar Technology AG and management representative to EPIA, currently president. read more
15/05/2013
Ocean energy’s contribution to the overall EU energy mix is currently quite small; do you see any potential to significantly increase this share in the near future? Yes, although it would be unreasonable to expect ocean energy to increase at a faster rate than technologies... read more
15/05/2013
Wave Power – what goes around comes around? read more
16/04/2013
The Nordsee Ost project is scheduled to start operating in 2013 – is everything going to plan and will the wind farm start operating on schedule?Due to the grid connection delay we unfortunately had to adjust and optimise our original construction schedule for our offshore... read more

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