Tag Archive: clean energy

  1. Open invitation for the Hello CleanTech 2.0 Startup Challenge 

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    Source: EU-Start-ups, A.L.Escárzaga

    In a major stride towards advancing clean technology, EIT InnoEnergy, in collaboration with industry leaders, has officially opened applications for the second iteration of the Hello CleanTech Startup Challenge.

    The online, equity-free program, running from November 1 to December 15, 2023, seeks to not only significantly impact the global energy industry but also provides a unique platform for startups, entrepreneurs, innovators, and researchers to connect with international corporations, fostering potential collaborations and paving the way for future advancements in clean technology.

    The Hello CleanTech 2.0 Startup Challenge is not a mere competition but rather a collaborative effort to connect cleantech startups with industry leaders and investors. Participants selected for the program will gain access to strategic partnerships with top corporations, expert technology support, mentoring by industry leaders, and an exclusive fast track to investment process facilitated by InnoEnergy and its partners.

    The program is open to startups and entities developing environmentally friendly technological solutions in various areas, including energy storage, green hydrogen, carbon tech, heat decarbonization, renewables, battery recycling, smart grid, circular economy, bioeconomy, and digital solutions.

    Key benefits for participants include integration into a global Venture Capital Community, sandbox opportunities for access to relevant infrastructure and industrial collaborations, and a chance to present at the Demo Day, pitching to top investors for selected teams.

    The application deadline for the Hello CleanTech 2.0 Startup Challenge is December 15, 2023. The evaluation phase will take place from December 21, 2023, to January 31, 2024, culminating in the Demo Day on March 21, 2024.

    This program is particularly well-suited for entities developing effective technological solutions poised to positively impact the European Union’s economy. It is free of charge, and presentations are expected to be conducted in English. For more detailed information and to apply, visit here.

  2. Guidance to ISO standards for controlling energy consumption and bills

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    Source: NBN

    Energy prices and the cost of living remain high on the agenda for most. However, there is help to be found for reducing your organisation’s energy outgoings, including a recently published standard for achieving net zero energy.

    There’s little doubt that we all wish to use less energy and reach zero emission status. To aid our quest, there is a new standard using an ISO 50001 energy management system, offering guidance on achieving net zero energy to organisations with an energy management system in place.

    What is net zero energy?

    Net zero energy is the balance between the amount of energy used and the amount of clean, renewable energy generated. Those organisations aiming for net zero energy, which already have an energy management system in place, should consider ISO/PASS 50010:2023.

    Several articles and guidance texts have been written to aid all aspects of energy management, including the following:

    Get your energy consumption down with ISO 50001

    ISO 50001 is the standard for more efficient and effective energy use, key for helping to better manage your organisation’s energy usage. Those applying for ISO 50001 should expect to receive several benefits with the system in their quest for better energy management:

    • Your organisation’s costs will be lower
    • Your environmental impact will be reduced
    • Your reputation will be improved
    • Your competitiveness will be increased

    Those wishing to get started with ISO 50001 should read about it here.

    Better energy management direction

    Even for smaller organisations without limited resources, an energy management system can still be adopted. ISO 50005 offers step-by-step guidance on how to do it. Read more here.

    Perfect your energy management system

    If your energy management system is already active and simply needs improvement, the ISO 50004 will help. If you wish to save money and the environment, details on how to make improvements are here.

    More reading about ISO 50001 and other energy standards can be found here.

    Documentation purchases can be made here.

  3. Copenhagen police e-scooters hailed a success

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    Source: TheMayor.eu, T.V. Iolov

    Although many cities regard electric scooters as somewhat of a nuisance, police in Copenhagen are becoming quite accustomed to the two-wheeled vehicles.

    Initially celebrated by cities and deemed a solution for sustainability and clean, urban mobility, e-scooters have progressively become less-favoured. Problems caused by irresponsible parking and perception of the vehicles a danger to other road users and pedestrians alike have been particularly significant. However, police in Denmark’s capital have welcomed e-scooters into their expanding fleet, and celebrate the local benefits.

    The western suburbs of Høje Gladsaxe and Ishøj have been targeted by the police units and the adoption has already been hailed a success. The e-scooters have enabled mobility where it might otherwise not have been possible by way of historical four wheeled transportation. This has allowed the police to give a better service to the community.

    What’s more, the new transportation vehicles have created a closer bond with the public. Inspector Allan Nyring from Copenhagen Vestegns Police commented, “Police on scooters elicit more smiles and pleasant comments than the bicycle, and the officers feel that they get closer to the citizens than in a patrol car.”

    Being more welcoming and more accessible are regular interests for many police forces, and the adoption of e-scooters certainly aids in this pursuit.

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