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Desert solar farms in Morocco

The Government of Morocco initiated the development of a giant solar power plant, by setting up a public-private partnership with independent power producers. By supporting technology adopters the partnership enabled the procurement of eco-innovation in the shape of pioneering concentrated solar power (CSP) technology. The Noor plant has a capacity of 580 MW and will go a long way to helping Morocco achieve its goal of 42% renewable energy penetration by 2020.

Public procurement of solar power systems in India

Indian Railways consumes 2% of the country’s electricity, and was traditionally heavily reliant on fossil fuels. The Indian Railways Solar Mission plans to overhaul this by installing 1,000 MW of solar power generation capacity by 2020. Public-private partnerships will enable developers to utilise rooftops and spare land for the installation of photovoltaics, with the electricity generated being sold back to the Railways.

The ASEM Inclusive Eco-Innovation Programme in Cambodia

To accelerate rural electrification in Cambodia, the ASEM Inclusive Eco-Innovation Programme is providing tailored training in solar power technologies to foster the creation of eco-innovate SMEs. By also promoting market intelligence amongst producers, and raising consumer awareness of these solutions, the programme aims to create a sustainable solar market from nothing, bringing economic, environmental and social benefits to local communities.

PROSOL: Financing Solar Water Heating in Tunisia

The PROSOL programme stimulated the market for solar thermal heaters in Tunisia, where 270,000 new systems were installed between 2005 and 2015. The programme enabled consumers to purchase solar water heaters with minimal upfront costs by providing investment subsidies on a loan with a duration of 5 years. The programme worked with banks to reduce their risk by having the electricity utility acting as a debt collector, helping to increase the supply of finance available for the systems.

Microfinance for Solar Home Systems

The Bangladesh Solar Homes Programme aimed to expand energy access in the country, in line with the UN’s Millennium Development Goals. The country has a great number of homes which are not connected to the grid, and decentralised energy solutions were seen as a good way to electrify rural areas. The programme was providing demand subsidies and concessional microloans, making solar energy installations affordable for households. As a result of the programme, Bangladesh has the fastest growing off-grid solar PV home system program in the world.

Training farmers to use Solar-Powered Irrigation Systems

In Pakistan, solar powered irrigation represents a clean and affordable water conservation solution for the agricultural sector. In order to promote the uptake of these systems a series of training programmes have been organised with farmers to familiarise them with solar powered pumping issues. By betterinforming and supporting technology adopters, the scheme hopes to accelerate the nationwide uptake of solar powered irrigation. 

Green growth triggered by Environmental Science and Technology Parks in Taiwan

To sustain its industrial growth and in line with the environmental trend of the world, Taiwan has been actively constructing and integrating Environmental Science and Technology Parks (ESTPs), expected to trigger the growth of green industry, initiate a recycle-based society and develop a globe-oriented environmental market. 

Green agricultural and island communities’ programme for Greece’s remote and island areas

The ‘Green agricultural and island communities – new development model’ programme (“ΡΑΣΙΝΕΣ ΑΓΡΟΤΙΚΕΣ ΚΑΙ ΝΗΣΙΩΤΙΚΕΣ "ΚΟΙΝΟΤΗΤΕΣ": ΝΕΟ ΠΡΟΤΥΠΟ ΑΝΑΠΤΥΞΗΣ”) provides support to municipalities. The €50 million programme promotes renewable energy systems and energy efficiency measures in Greek remote and island areas with fewer than 1000 inhabitants. The first call for applications was launched end of 2012, the projects are running between 2013-2015.

 

Tenerrdis, a flagship new energy technologies cluster in the Rhône-Alpes region

Tenerrdis is a competitiveness and innovation cluster located in the French Rhône-Alpes region. It specialises in new energy systems, with 150 members from industry (55% SMEs), research and higher education sectors. Its goal is to help maintain and improve their position in the global market for clean energy. 

SymbioCity, Sweden's approach to sustainable urban development all over the World

SymbioCity is the trademarked term for Sweden's approach to sustainable urban development. The overall aim of the SymbioCityApproach is to promote Sweden's knowledge and experience on sustainable urban development internationally – and encourage these developments primarily in low and middle-income countries. 

Innovative noise barriers in urban development; a novel application for solar panels

The Noisun project is an effort to reduce noise from road and rail traffic in the city center of Lerum in Sweden, including demonstrating the use of solar panels as noise barriers. Integrating solar collectors in noise barriers decreases noise levels, whilst providing solar energy for the local district heating network.

Stirling engine technology

The Stirling engine is a unique technology that is efficiently used when converting gas and solar into heat and electricity. In recent years, the Stirling engine has seen a resurgence as the market has many benefits such as its flexibility to run on any available heat source. One unique application is in the conversion of gas and solar energy into heat and electricity. Since the stirling engine does not rely on internal combustion, it can be powered by low-grade methane gas that is today just being flared or released right into the earth’s atmosphere.

European Green Cities Network (EGCN)

The European Green Cities Network (EGCN) is a forum for dissemination of sustainable urban housing initiatives. It is comprised of a network of cities, organisations and companies focusing on contributing to sustainable development in Europe [1].By providing support to one another and being active in new projects, participants of the EGCN work to promote the right conditions to create sustainable cities in Europe.

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.

Novel solutions for LED lighting through nano-substitution

Ecospark AB provides a planar light source technology that allows for large area white light sources at a lower cost per lumen to the global lighting industry. The technology is based on ZnO nanowires grown with a wet chemical method at low temperature. The technology is a spinout from Linköping university.

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.