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etc Bulletin 27

Send date: 2010-07-10 10:01:47
The First Hydrogen Power Plant Become Operational at Porto Marghera (Venice)
On the 12th of July the World’s first hydrogen power plant was officially opened in the industrial area of Porto Marghera, near Venice.
The plant, built by Enel, will produce 16 megawatts of power, providing power for approximately 20,000 households thus saving 17,000 tons of CO2 emissions compared to a coal plant.
Call for Bio-waste Directive!
At the beginning of July, the Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) discussed bio-waste and its treatment throughout all European countries.
National Contest for Sustainable Cities
The Italian Ministry for the Environment, Land and Sea (IMELS) and the National Institute of Urban Planning (INU) are promoting a competition for sustainable cities within the framework of the Sustainable Energy for Europe (SEE) campaign in Italy.
Lake Turkana Wind Power (LTWP) Project
A consortium of Kenyan and Dutch based companies conceived the idea of building a wind farm in Kenya, this project is now being realized with the collaboration of several European partners.
The wind farm will be located near the Lake Turkana over an area of 66,000 ha.
Transgreen: a Network to Transport Solar Energy From North Africa to Europe
North Africa is on its way to becoming one of the most significant exporters of solar energy.
On the 5th of July in Paris, 12 companies, under the leadership of French energy giant EDF, launched the first phase of TransGreen project, with the aim to build an underwater network of electrical cables to carry solar energy from North Africa to Europe.
Italy Publishes the National Renewable Energy Action Plan
The Italian National Renewable Energy Action Plan was published by the Ministry of Economic Development on the 10th of June, 2010. The document was drawn up with the help of the Ministry for the Environment, Land and Sea and the Ministry of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies.
New Technology for Treating Municipal and/or Industrial Wastewater with Low Environmental Impact
The SBBGR system (Sequencing Batch Biofilter Granular Reactor) is a new form of technology developed from the Water Research Institute of Bari (Irsa – Cnr) used to treat municipal and/or industrial wastewater, with low sludge production.
EU Certification Scheme for Biofuels
The European Union has recently set up a certification system for biofuels with the aim to improve the implementation of the Renewable Energy Directive.
Vacuum Cleaner from Garbage Patch
Plastic waste is present everywhere; in the world’s oceans it is accumulating in some particular areas known as the “Garbage Patch”, characterized by exceptionally high concentrations of very small plastic debris that have been trapped by the currents.


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