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Social gaming for better energy efficiency in public buildings

Social gaming for better energy efficiency in public buildings
Tackling the energy inefficiency of public buildings, TRIBE developed a mobile game to educate and change behaviour. Its simulation draws on real data to demonstrate the human aspects of building use, such as ingrained attitudes and the pursuit of comfort. According to European Commission figures, approximately 40% of energy consumption comes from buildings, which are also responsible for 36% of the EU’s CO2 emissions.
25th July 2018

Solid particles to harness the Sun's energy

Solid particles to harness the Sun's energy
Scientists replaced the conventional molten salts in solar technologies with a suspension of solid particles that can capture and store heat at higher temperatures. Solar energy is an important alternative renewable resource that helps mitigate the negative environmental impact from carbon dioxide emissions. Concentrated solar power (CSP) uses mirrors to concentrate sunlight and capture it as heat, which then drives an engine or turbine.
22nd December 2016

An alternative technology for instant hot water

An alternative technology for instant hot water
Electrical water heaters continue to grow in popularity among consumers, but the conventional types waste energy. An EU initiative developed an energy-efficient alternative. Up until 2020, estimates show that about nine million water heaters will be installed yearly in new buildings. One million of those will be instantaneous electrical water heaters – models that combine a heating element through which hot water is produced on demand.
1st November 2016


LED lighting panels and solar cells are flexible and efficient

The EU TREASORES project has created flexible lighting foils produced in a roll-to-roll method that could hold the potential for the large scale production of low-cost LED lighting panels and solar cells. The project set out to find innovative solutions and develop new technologies to reduce the manufacturing costs of LED lighting panels, solar cells, and other organic electronic devices.
18th March 2016

Online platform could improve energy efficiency

The platform, designed for city planners, industry and energy stakeholders, assesses and maps buildings' energy behaviour, and can also remotely control public street lighting. The platform has already succeeded in cutting energy use in several cities across Europe where it has been tested. In Ferrara, Italy, about €2 million was saved in energy certification costs for 10,000 buildings. Overall there were total savings equal to around €450 per year in public buildings, such as schools.
18th February 2016


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