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World's first magma-enhanced geothermal system created in Iceland

In 2009, a borehole drilled at Krafla, northeast Iceland, as part of the Icelandic Deep Drilling Project, unexpectedly penetrated into magma (molten rock) at only 2,100 meters depth, with a temperature of 900-1,000 C. The January 2014 issue of Geothermics is dedicated to scientific and engineering results arising from that unusual occurrence.

Posted: Jan 23rd, 2014

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NPL to lead 7 new energy and environment projects

The National Physical Laboratory in the UK will lead seven new European collaborative projects, following the final round of project calls from the European Metrology Research Programme (EMRP) before the proposed introduction of its successor, the European Metrology Programme for Innovation and Research (EMPIR) in 2014.

Posted: Jan 22nd, 2014

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Climate change research is globally skewed

The supply of climate change knowledge is biased towards richer countries - those that pollute the most and are least vulnerable to climate change - and skewed away from the poorer, fragile and more vulnerable regions of the world. That creates a global imbalance between the countries in need of knowledge and those that build it.

Posted: Jan 22nd, 2014

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Largest Danish research award goes to energy pioneer

Frede Blaabjerg, Professor in Energy at Aalborg University, is the recipient of the largest individual Danish research award, the Villum Kann Rasmussen Annual Award for Technical and Scientific Research of DKK 5 million (EUR 0.67 million).

Posted: Jan 22nd, 2014

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Clean energy investment falls for second year

Investment in renewable energy and energy smart technologies dropped 11% in 2013, after falling 10% in 2012. Japan was the most significant among several countries seeing increasing activity.

Posted: Jan 21st, 2014

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Making e-mobility user friendly

How can companies break into the electromobility market faster and more effectively? In what way can innovative services help to focus electromobility solutions on users' needs? What shape should IT support take? And what will the mobility markets of the future look like? DELFIN project develops innovative services and methods.

Posted: Jan 20th, 2014

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EU could cut emissions by 40 percent at moderate cost

The costs of achieving a more ambitious EU climate target are estimated to be moderate. Upscaling greenhouse-gas emissions reduction from the current 20 percent by 2020 to 40 percent by 2030 would be likely to cost less than an additional 0.7 percent of economic activity.

Posted: Jan 16th, 2014

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Global food markets: Climate impacts would be more costly than bioenergy effects

Ambitious greenhouse-gas mitigation consistent with the 2 degrees target is likely to require substantial amounts of bioenergy as part of the future energy mix. Though this does not come without risks, global food markets would be affected much more by unmitigated climate change than by an increased bioenergy demand, a study led by scientists from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) now finds.

Posted: Jan 15th, 2014

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