Homemade energy gets boost to go mainstream
New rules and initiatives to support communities wanting to produce their own renewable energy could help ordinary people play a key role in the European Union's transition to clean energy. These moves, which include new EU legislation and the rollout of so-called living labs around Europe, look set to bolster people's growing push to get involved in producing clean energy.
Auto industry reacts to deal on CO2 targets for cars and vans
The European Automobile Manufacturers' Association takes note of the final deal on the CO2 regulation for cars and vans, setting targets for the years 2025 and 2030, which was struck by the EU member states and the European Parliament.
Voting on the EU Renewable Energy Directive
The European Parliament voted on 13 November 2018 on the post-2020 EU Renewable Energy Directive (RED II).
Portugal reaches 100% renewables mark
Portugal produced more power from clean energy sources in March than it actually needed, marking the first time in the 21st century that renewables have topped 100% of its production.
Robots and AI: MEPs call for EU-wide liability rules
EU-wide rules are needed for the fast-evolving field of robotics, e.g. to enforce ethical standards or establish liability for accidents involving driverless cars, say MEPs in a resolution voted on Thursday.
Robots: Legal Affairs Committee calls for EU-wide rules
EU rules for the fast-evolving field of robotics, to settle issues such as compliance with ethical standards and liability for accidents involving driverless cars, should be put forward by the EU Commission.
Energy Storage in Germany: A report from the BVES end-of-year meeting
On Thursday, the 8th December, the members of the German Energy Storage Association (Bundesverband Energiespeicher, BVES) gathered in Berlin to learn about the progress made by the group and get a glimpse of the activities in place for 2017. IDTechEx was invited as a prospective member for the year 2017.
Fly Nano Oy
FlyNano OY in Lahti Finland develops and has flown an ultralight electric single-seater water aircraft intended purely for fun and targeted at ""Warm countries such as Italy, Mediterranean Region, Middle East". It is eye-catching and absolutely unique. Deliberately, there is no windshield, let alone cowl, and so the pilot must wear wet protection and goggles reminiscent of flight one hundred years ago.
EC cuts greenhouse gas emissions from the shipping industry
The European Commission proposed legislation which will require owners of large ships using EU ports to monitor and report the ships' annual carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.
East of England charging towards an electric vehicle revolution
Government backs region's major project to install electric vehicle plug-in points