UNEP Risø Centre (URC) works to promote a more modern and efficient energy supply in the developing countries. An efficient energy supply contributes to creating sustainable local development – and to reducing global warming. Thanks to more than 20 years of experience and an international team of almost 30 employees, the URC holds a key position in relation to international institutions working for the UN objectives of sustainable development and climate improvements.
New partnerships encourage sustainable development
In two Indian states, life for approx. 100,000 poor people has been made a bit easier. Via the Indian Solar Loan Programme, which is supported by UNEP Risø Centre, they have been given access to loans which can finance the purchase of solar cell systems. This means access to a reliable and renewable form of energy, with a positive impact on social and economic development.
IPCC assesses costs of CO2 reductions
It will cost about 1% of the Gross Global Product in 2050 to keep the expected temperature increases in the period up until 2100 below 3 degrees. The good news is that new technology often both reduces CO2 emissions and pays.
GNESD is a knowledge network that works to achieve the UN’s Millennium Development Goals
The Global Network on Energy for Sustainable Development (GNESD) is a knowledge network of Centres of Excellence, i.e. research institutions and knowledge centres renowned for their work on energy, the environment and sustainable development. The network, which includes UNEP Risø Centre, has 20 members from industrialised and developing countries all over the world.
Web tools from UNEP Risø Centre help developing countries gain access to Carbon Finance
UNEP Risø Centre (URC) recently launched two new web tools, CDM Pipeline and CDM Bazaar. The tools are designed to help the developing countries in their project planning for sustainable energy development and in financing such projects.
Energy to create development
Access to energy in African villages can alleviate poverty, improve health and create new jobs. But energy in itself is not enough. Together with six countries, UNEP Risø Centre has developed an evaluation method which can document whether energy benefits the people.
Urban public transport in Latin America: Many birds with one stone
The number of cars is exploding in Latin America’s polluted cities. Improved public transport can reduce travel time and benefit public health and the environment. UNEP Risø Centre paves the way.
Sustainable energy for isolated communities in the Arctic
Isolated communities in the Nordic and Arctic regions may pioneer the introduction of sustainable energy systems based on renewable resources. A new Nordic network will strengthen collaboration and the exchange of knowledge between local communities, scientists and industry.
DTU advises national and international authorities
Activities at all departments at the Technical University of Denmark naturally involve advising the authorities in Denmark, the EU and internationally. The scope of these activities is set to increase in the coming years.
Energy experts agree: Action needed NOW if climate change is to be reduced
Risø has concluded a three-day international energy conference attended by 140 energy experts from around the world. The conclusion was clear: The world is facing a gigantic energy challenge, but we can handle it if action is taken NOW.
More sustainable energy in Egypt
Last autumn, Risø completed eight years of work mapping out Egypt’s wind climate and wind resources. The result was a 260-page Wind Atlas for Egypt. Thanks to this, Egypt will be able to increase the share of renewable energy.
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A multi-institutional research collaboration has created a novel approach for fabricating three-dimensional micro-optics through the shape-defined formation of porous silicon (PSi), with broad impacts in integrated optoelectronics, imaging, and photovoltaics.
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In experiments with magnetic atoms conducted at extremely low temperatures, scientists have demonstrated a unique phase of matter: The atoms form a new type of quantum liquid or quantum droplet state. These so called quantum droplets may preserve their form in absence of external confinement because of quantum effects. The joint team of experimental physicists from Innsbruck and theoretical physicists from Hannover report on their findings in the journal Physical Review X.
“Our Quantum droplets are in the gas phase but they still drop like a rock,” explains experimental physicist Francesca Ferlaino when talking about the...
The Max Planck Institute for Physics (MPP) is opening up a new research field. A workshop from November 21 - 22, 2016 will mark the start of activities for an innovative axion experiment. Axions are still only purely hypothetical particles. Their detection could solve two fundamental problems in particle physics: What dark matter consists of and why it has not yet been possible to directly observe a CP violation for the strong interaction.
The “MADMAX” project is the MPP’s commitment to axion research. Axions are so far only a theoretical prediction and are difficult to detect: on the one hand,...
Broadband rotational spectroscopy unravels structural reshaping of isolated molecules in the gas phase to accommodate water
In two recent publications in the Journal of Chemical Physics and in the Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, researchers around Melanie Schnell from the Max...
The efficiency of power electronic systems is not solely dependent on electrical efficiency but also on weight, for example, in mobile systems. When the weight of relevant components and devices in airplanes, for instance, is reduced, fuel savings can be achieved and correspondingly greenhouse gas emissions decreased. New materials and components based on gallium nitride (GaN) can help to reduce weight and increase the efficiency. With these new materials, power electronic switches can be operated at higher switching frequency, resulting in higher power density and lower material costs.
Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE together with partners have investigated how these materials can be used to make power...
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