A short EU Update (2012-08-23)

A short EU Update (2012-08-23)

Includes the following topics (read as PDF)

A game-changer
The energy efficiency directive has been seen as a game-changer because it imposes an annual 1.5% reduction on the amount of energy utilities charge to their customers. Its compulsory measures are also expected to trigger a major revamp of the EU’s existing building stock.
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Pushing back the technical boundaries
Researchers expect two advances with batteries in the next generation of vehicles.  First, improved manufacturing to reduce the cost of production and thereby support larger batteries in vehicles to extend range.  Secondly, improved chemistry and design to extend range and reduce charging time.”
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Electrical vehicles on the move
Roadmap: Sweden aims to develop a strategy for introducing electric vehicles on a large scale to reach the national 2030 goal. The Roadmap will show the Swedish business case for vehicle electrification – how it will affect competitiveness, job creation and the environment.
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Industries and cities together for innovation
The Smart Cities and Communities European Innovation Partnership proposes to pool resources to support the demonstration of energy, transport and information and communication technologies (ICT) in urban areas. This will enable innovative, integrated and efficient technologies to roll out and enter the market more easily, while placing cities at the centre of innovation. The funding will be awarded through yearly calls for proposals: €365 million for 2013.
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