South Africa - Municipal Energy Efficiency and Demand Side Management

In order to shore up energy supply following national shortages and blackouts, the Government of South Africa introduced a series of measures promoting energy efficiency. One scheme – the Municipal Energy Efficiency and Demand Side Management – is providing investment subsidies to municipalities to carry out energy efficiency interventions including more efficient traffic signals and street lighting.

Green Ship of the Future

Green Ship of the Future is an industry-driven network which aims at minimising the carbon footprint by developing and demonstrating eco-innovations for the maritime industry in Denmark. The focus is on joint projects and studies on near-to-market solutions for energy efficient design and low carbon solutions in ship manufacturing and maritime transport operations. 

SOMABAT: Novel SOlid MAterials for high power Li polymer BATteries for the manufacturing and recycling of automotive batteries.

An environmental friendly and low cost Li polymer battery with high energy density was developed. Synthetic carbon and other materials coming from agricultural wastes were obtained to make up the anode. Novel nanostructured cathode materials based on lithium iron and manganese phosphate allowed maximum energy storage in minimum space. And polymeric materials made up the electrolyte, thereby avoiding safety issues (e.g. issues related to leakages, short circuits, overcharge).

Ultra Low dust: small-scale biomass combustion technologies with ultra-low emissions

An ensemble of three innovative technologies covering the whole range of residential biomass heating appliances defines a new State of the art regarding ultra-low emission biomass combusting systems. These technologies are: ultra-low emission pellet and woodchip boilers; new stove technology based on optimised air staging and on automated control system; new electrostatic precipitator system (ESP) for old stoves and boilers.

An energy efficient container ship

The Triple-E is the world's largest and most efficient vessel. The vessel reduces emissions and fuel consumption through the combination of its two engines, efficient shape and an advanced waste heat recovery system. The combination of these factors can reduce CO2 emissions by 50 percent per container moved, compared to industry average on the Asia-Europe trade.

24/7 heating and cooling from highly efficient solar collectors

Climatewell offers high efficiency solar energy solutions that also address the problem of the solar energy’s intermittency.

Energy efficient skyscraper as an element of sustainable urban development

Called the world’s most energy efficient skyscraper at the time of its preparation, the Pearl City Tower has taken the novel approach of producing electricity for its own use from renewable energy sources. Many other characteristics of the building help to lower its energy consumption.

INNOV’R – boosting eco-innovation in the French Rhône-Alpes region

INNOV’R is an ongoing call for projects that awards grant funding to businesses of the French Rhône-Alpes region seeking to implement eco-innovation projects. Since the support to business was launched in 2008 over 237 projects have benefited from public grant partial funding for R&D with in total 14m Euro in the form of grants and repayable advance public funding for R&D and demonstration.