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28 octobre 2015 3 28 /10 /octobre /2015 11:55
Atlas des énergies mondiales: quels choix pour demain ?


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Atlas des énergies mondiales: quels choix pour demain ? - de Bertrand Barré et Bernadette Mérenne-Schoumaker

150 cartes et infographies pour appréhender la complexité des enjeux énergétiques de XXI° siècle.

Cet atlas vous propose un tour d'horizon des différentes énergies et des contraintes actuelles (fluctuation des prix, gestion des pollutions et des déchets...) avec une approche géopolitique.

À découvrir au plus vite aux Editions Autrement !

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14 octobre 2015 3 14 /10 /octobre /2015 06:45
EDA installs energy management equipment at EUTM Mali camp


Mali - 13 October, 2015 by European Defence Agency

The European Defence Agency (EDA) last week successfully installed energy management equipment at camp Koulikoro, the location for the European Union’s Training Mission (EUTM) in Mali. The equipment is part of EDA’s Smart Camp Technical Demonstrator project which analyses the benefits of integrating new technologies into traditional power grids for deployed camps.


The elements installed include fixed solar photovoltaic panels on a test building (16KWp), flexible soldier portable solar photovoltaic panels as well as monitoring and metering equipment for water and electricity. The test building is occupied by the Belgium contingent who will provide valuable feedback regarding end-user experience with energy demand management. 

Objective of Demonstrator

The demonstrator will be installed initially for a test phase of twelve weeks. The objectives are to:

  1. Test efficiency of various types of photovoltaic panels in specific climatic conditions;
  2. Test the integration of renewables with battery storage in a deployment scenario;
  3. Test demand management technology and its impact, if any, on inhabitants;
  4. Raise awareness of energy efficiency and renewable energy as a military capability;
  5. Encourage energy efficient behaviour among troops;
  6. Collect reliable data for analysis and sharing with other Member States and further work;
  7. Collect data to develop benchmarks for planning support tools for CSDP operations.


Further Opportunities for Energy & Environment Management

Following the test phase, further work can be envisaged including an upscaling of the equipment installed to provide more renewable power to the camp, water management technologies, waste management technologies including waste to energy conversion and further efficiency measures. A full report will be presented at the next Energy & Environment working group meeting on 12 and 13 November in Brussels.


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23 octobre 2014 4 23 /10 /octobre /2014 16:50
HMS Trafalgar (library image) - Picture Darren MacDonald, UK MoD

HMS Trafalgar (library image) - Picture Darren MacDonald, UK MoD


16 October 2014 Ministry of Defence and Philip Dunne MP


Five UK nuclear facilities have been confirmed as potential sites to store waste from decommissioned nuclear-powered submarines.


A public consultation process will run from 14 November 2014 until 20 February 2015 to help determine which site is selected.

The sites, which already hold radioactive materials, are either owned by MOD, the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) or industry. They are:

  • the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) sites at Aldermaston and Burghfield in Berkshire which are owned by MOD and run by AWE plc
  • Sellafield in west Cumbria, owned by the NDA
  • Chapelcross in Dumfriesshire, owned by the NDA
  • Capenhurst in Cheshire, which is run by Capenhurst Nuclear Services 

Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology, Philip Dunne, said:

When the submarines in the Royal Navy fleet reach the end of their lives we need to dispose of them in a way that is safe, secure and environmentally sound.

This open and transparent public consultation process provides the opportunity to work closely with local communities near to potential sites to listen carefully to their views with the aim of delivering a solution that achieves these objectives.

We value the views of those who have something to say about the submarine dismantling project. All of them will be considered properly as part of our decision-making process.

After consultation we will publish a report on our findings and after we have selected a site, we will explain why we reached that decision.

The submarine dismantling project will oversee the disposal of 27 Royal Navy nuclear submarines that are due to have left Naval service by the mid 2030’s and be defuelled, including 19 submarines that have already left service and are stored afloat at Rosyth and Devonport.

The submarines can only be completely dismantled once reactor components, which are categorised as radioactive waste, have been removed. The initial dismantling process will support up to 60 skilled jobs.

There will be a series of exhibitions and workshops close to all 5 sites - which were previously announced on a provisional shortlist on 13 February 2014, plus 2 national workshops.

The site chosen will be used for interim storage of reactor components until after 2040, when the UK Geological Disposal Facility is planned to come into operation.

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11 septembre 2014 4 11 /09 /septembre /2014 17:50
More EU Sanctions Against Russia Set To Begin


Sep. 11, 2014 - By JULIAN HALE – Defense News


BRUSSELS — Further sanctions against Russia agreed to by European Union countries on Monday will enter into force tomorrow, an EU official said here Thursday. The measures will cover the capital market, dual use (civil and military) goods and the energy sector.


EU nationals and companies may no more provide loans to five major Russian state-owned banks. At the same time, trade in new bonds, equity or similar financial instruments with a maturity exceeding 30 days, issued by the same banks, has been prohibited. The same restrictions have been extended to three major Russian defense companies and three major energy companies. Providing services related to the issuing of the above financial instruments, e.g. brokering, is also included in the prohibition.


The EU official refused to name the three Russian defense companies ahead of publication of the sanctions in the EU’s Official Journal tomorrow.


An existing ban on exporting dual use goods and technology for military use in Russia has been extended to also include a list of nine mixed defense companies that must not receive dual use goods from the EU. Again, the EU official would not name the companies and would only say that there were “around 20 items” on the list but was unable to give specific examples.


“The measures to be published tomorrow were prepared at the end of August by EU countries in response to the flow of arms from Russia to Ukraine,” said the EU official.


In a press statement, the European Council’s President, Herman Van Rompuy, said that the Permanent Representatives Committee (COREPER) of EU countries will carry out a comprehensive review of the implementation of the [Russia-Ukraine] peace plan on the basis of an assessment carried out by the European External Action Service (EEAS) before the end of the month.


“Work on that is ongoing,” said the EU official, who added that “she expected it to be an internal assessment.”


“We have always stressed the reversibility and scalability of our restrictive measures. Therefore, in the light of the review and if the situation on the ground so warrants, the Commission and the EEAS are invited to put forward proposals to amend, suspend or repeal the set of sanctions in force, in all or in part,” said Van Rompuy in his statement.

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4 décembre 2013 3 04 /12 /décembre /2013 18:50
Success of the EURidea Initiative for Novel Defence Research

Brussels | Dec 04, 2013 European Defence Agency

Ideas and research go hand in hand. Novel ideas, experiments, new paths, new ways is what research needs. Also defence research.

For first time through EDA’s EURidiea initiative, the R&T community experiments with a forum where new ideas are tested with policy-makers, administrators and experts. EDA invited researchers throughout Europe to submit new ideas for new technologies for defence. 

Researchers of 13 different countries reacted to our call, and sent in a total of 63 proposals.  33 were selected to be presented in the EUR-idea forum with a breakdown of 13 on Unmanned Systems and Technologies, 10 on Energy, and 10 on Materials and Nanotechnologies. The full list of proposals is available here.

This week, 6 December, researchers can convince decision-makers in this unique environment: the challenge is to win support and investment for the idea!


Success of the EURidea Initiative for Novel Defence Research
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18 octobre 2013 5 18 /10 /octobre /2013 11:50
EURidea for Novel Defence Research


Brussels | Oct 17, 2013 European Defence Agency


Innovation is at the core of defence technology. The European Defence Agency promotes European cooperation in innovative technologies. EURidea is your new forum to pitch novel ideas for defence research.


Research and innovation have a critical role to play in the creation of the next-generation of technologies that will underpin the capabilities for our armed forces. Europe benefits from a leverage effect when innovation is done with partners across the continent. Industry and academics can reduce risks and gain critical mass for innovation when work is conducted between trusted partners across sectors. It is a win-win situation when the best minds work together to tackle major challenges we are facing, now and in the future.


We invite you to propose ideas in critical areas that impact the following three technology areas: 


1. Materials and Nano technologies

The areas of material and particularly nanotechnologies is moving very quickly at the moment. Nano-scale technologies that exploit materials and electronic and optronic components for military but also civil applications (dual use) are of interest to EDA. Especially those technologies which are critical, key enabling or cutting-edge technologies. European supply chain deficiencies, technology dependency risks, standardisation needs or industrial production capabilities can be addressed. We are interested in ideas that are an evolution of the current state of the art but we are also open to ideas that look disruptive (ie not necessarily an evolution of current trends). These may be combinations of new technologies and could be applicable to any domain.


2. Energy

Achieving energy efficiency by novel energy supply technologies working alongside conventional and smart grids across all services (land, sea and air) covering all systems levels down to nano level. Focus areas: fossil fuel dependencies, renewable / alternative energy sources, energy / power storage, efficient distribution and conversion, energy management and efficiency components.


3. Unmanned systems and technologies, including sensor networks

All components or (sub)systems that can be of importance for the autonomy of a system. Unmanned System to be concerned: land, air, naval (surface and underwater). Technology or function to be concerned: high level order follow up, “auto-pilot”, guidance/control, obstacle detection, automatic sense & avoid and “back-home” mode, stress/health monitoring.


We invite ideas from Research Institutes, Universities, Industries, Laboratories and SMEs. 


You can pitch your new, creative and innovative solution to an audience of experts and governmental decision makers from Europe. 


If you like to participate, please submit the enclosed form. The EDA will select the best ideas to be presented at the EDA R&T conference on 5 and 6 December 2013, in Athens, Greece. You will be requested to present your idea in a 5 to 10 minutes speech.


How to participate?

1) Fill in the attached form (EURIDEA application form)

2) Send the form to the EUR-idea@eda.europa.eu by 19 November 2013

3) If your proposal is selected, you will present it during the 2013 R&T conference

4) Your proposal will also be forwarded to the relevant CapTechs


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23 septembre 2013 1 23 /09 /septembre /2013 12:20
Energy Dept. awards $30M for improved protection against cyberattacks

Sep 20, 2013 (UPI)


Washington - Eleven projects will share $30 million to help better protect the electric grid and oil-and-gas infrastructure from cyberattacks, U.S. energy officials said.


With support from the federal Energy Department, energy organizations in California, Georgia, New Jersey, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and Washington state will develop new systems, frameworks and services that help move forward the department's vision of more resilient energy delivery control systems, the Energy Department said Thursday in a release.


"Keeping the nation's energy flowing is vital to the safety and well-being of Americans, our economic prosperity, and modern society as a whole," Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said. "To meet the challenges of today's evolving cyber landscape, we must continue investing in innovative, state-of-the-art technologies."


The 11 projects, which will combine advanced expertise in power system engineering and cybersecurity, include testing of the new products to demonstrate their effectiveness and interoperability, Energy Department officials said. Energy delivery control systems are designed and operated specifically to control the physical processes that result in the delivery of continuous and reliable power.

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1 juin 2013 6 01 /06 /juin /2013 11:50
Brussels | May 31, 2013 European Defence Agency

As part of the Military Green effort EDA launched a study in 2012 to address the dependency on fossil fuels in operations. The study, now concluded, sheds light over the actual consumption and proposes concrete measures to increase energy efficiency and in doing so reduce the overall fuel consumption.

Military Green Helps Shake the Fossil Fuel Addiction

Using fossil fuels comes with an addiction that is hard to shake and we rely on them heavily to get through the day. Diesel and petrol power our cars and busses while coal and oil help us keep warm in the winter and cool in the summer. The latter types of fuels also help power the metro systems and the overhead railway lines to take us longer distances. To take us really long distances kerosene is what propels us all the way up into the Jetstream.

The defence domain is no less susceptible. On the contrary, over the years the dependency has grown and although it mainly concerns logistic fuels, they are nonetheless fossil. But as shown by this Workshop there is room for change and improvements can be made today, some aided by technology others through spreading awareness.

Reducing energy consumption and increasing energy efficiency of our deployed systems will reduce the overall need for fuel. Subsequently the number of convoys needed to be sent into high threat theatre can be reduced. By doing so, the exposure to risk by personnel can be reduced.

The reduction in fuel consumption also results in lower materiel life-cycle costs. Furthermore the sheer reduction in overall combustion of fossil fuels reduces the hazardous emissions. These aspects are not only relevant to high threat areas but also to the other extreme in terms of CMOs, disaster relief. Also, if we can reduce fuel consumption in theatre, we can most likely do the same in the homeland.

Contracted to Spanish company ISDEFE, the study with the acronym Fuel-D provides a statistical picture of overall energy consumption in operations as well as specific data associated with selected camps in theatre. The statistics have been analysed in order to identify trends and opportunities for reducing consumption. Fuel-D has further developed a software tool to allow mission planners to better understand how capabilities can be enhanced by reducing energy consumption and how this affects the cost burden positively. In addition Fuel-D has shown how camp designs can be optimised through the introduction of novel and renewable energy technologies. This is in particular feeds straight into EDA and Member States expert work in developing Best Practices for Energy Supply Systems for Camps.

The successful conclusion of the Fuel-D study feeds into the continued work on energy and environment that EDA Member States are undertaking. The upcoming workshop series Military Green 2013 to be held in early June will be the first step in exploiting the results of the Fuel-D study.


More information:

  • A leaflet on Military Green can be found here
  • More information on the Military Green 2012 conference and outcome is available here.
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