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New KIC InnoEnergy Hires to Bring Innovators and Industry in East and West Europe Closer Together



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KIC InnoEnergy, the innovation engine for sustainable energy across Europe, has made a number of new appointments in Poland and Germany.

In Poland, Jakub Miler has been appointed as CEO and Marcin Lewenstein has been appointed as Clean Coal and Gas Thematic Leader.
In Germany, Dr Roland Doll is to take over as Business Manager for Innovation Projects.
All of the roles will be pivotal in the company’s ongoing drive to connect industry with innovative products and solutions across east and west Europe.
Speaking of his appointment, Jakub Miler said: “The energy industry in Europe has come a long way to harness the powers of innovation – but there is still much to be done. This new role will allow me to make use of KIC InnoEnergy’s fantastic European network to show the west the potential that exists in the east, and to provide opportunities for eastern European start-ups across the continent.”
Marcin now heads up KIC InnoEnergy’s clean coal and gas thematic field – a key area as Europe moves towards its 2020 emissions commitments, while still using its sizeable heritage coal plants. He explained: “After COP21 people believe that coal will quickly decline, but you can’t just turn it off like a switch. Coal will have a role to play in Europe for a while yet, it is up to us to find the best innovations to make sure that this role is carried out as sustainably as possible.”
In Germany, Roland Doll’s role will see him sourcing and fostering innovation projects across Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
Doll, who holds a doctorate in physics, joins KIC InnoEnergy following a number of senior positions in the clean tech sector across Germany.
He explained: “This is an exciting time to be joining KIC InnoEnergy and to be bringing my knowledge of the energy sector and what innovative companies need to succeed to the table.
“Part of my role will also be to create awareness for our unique offering among companies in clean tech and to help small and medium enterprises in particular to benefit from them. KIC InnoEnergy doesn’t just provide financial support, it becomes an actual partner in the commercialisation of new concepts. Getting that message across will be one of my key priorities going forward.”
Diego Pavia, CEO of KIC InnoEnergy, said: “These new appointments will help to cement KIC InnoEnergy’s position as a bridge both between industry and innovations and between eastern and western Europe.
“In Poland, Jakub and Marcin both have the knowledge, commitment and enthusiasm to support KIC InnoEnergy’s mission to help drive innovations to commercialisation in eastern Europe and across the continent.
“In Germany, Roland will help develop KIC InnoEnergy’s profile across the German, Austrian and Swiss markets. As he spent much of his career in start-ups, he already understands the challenges they face in developing their products and growing as a business.
“Our job is to connect innovations with utilities and manufacturers so that their concepts can be fully commercialised. We provide the link between ideas and industry, innovators and business partners. I’m delighted that Jakub, Marcin and Roland will be putting their considerable experience and talent behind new ideas to the European energy market.”


7 New Technologies That Could Radically Change Our Energy Consumption



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Most of our focus on technological development to lessen our environmental impact has been focused on cleaner, more efficient methods of generating electricity. The cost of solar energy production, for example, is slated to fall more than 75 percent between 2010 and 2020.

This is a massive step forward, and it’s good that engineers and researchers are working for even more advancements in this area. But what about technologies that reduce the amount of energy we demand in the first place?

Though it doesn’t get as much attention in the press, we’re making tremendous progress in this area, too.

New Technologies to Watch

These are some of the top emerging technologies that have the power to reduce our energy demands:

  1. Self-driving cars. Self-driving cars are still in development, but they’re already being hailed as potential ways to eliminate a number of problems on the road, including the epidemic of distracted driving ironically driven by other new technologies. However, even autonomous vehicle proponents often miss the tremendous energy savings that self-driving cars could have on the world. With a fleet of autonomous vehicles at our beck and call, consumers will spend less time driving themselves and more time carpooling, dramatically reducing overall fuel consumption once it’s fully adopted.
  2. Magnetocaloric tech. The magnetocaloric effect isn’t exactly new—it was actually discovered in 1881—but it’s only recently being studied and applied to commercial appliances. Essentially, this technology relies on changing magnetic fields to produce a cooling effect, which could be used in refrigerators and air conditioners to significantly reduce the amount of electricity required.
  3. New types of insulation. Insulation is the best asset we have to keep our homes thermoregulated; they keep cold or warm air in (depending on the season) and keep warm or cold air out (again, depending on the season). New insulation technology has the power to improve this efficiency many times over, decreasing our need for heating and cooling entirely. For example, some new automated sealing technologies can seal gaps between 0.5 inches wide and the width of a human hair.
  4. Better lights. Fluorescent bulbs were a dramatic improvement over incandescent bulbs, and LEDs were a dramatic improvement over fluorescent bulbs—but the improvements may not end there. Scientists are currently researching even better types of light bulbs, and more efficient applications of LEDs while they’re at it.
  5. Better heat pumps. Heat pumps are built to transfer heat from one location to another, and can be used to efficiently manage temperatures—keeping homes warm while requiring less energy expenditure. For example, some heat pumps are built for residential heating and cooling, while others are being used to make more efficient appliances, like dryers.
  6. The internet of things. The internet of things and “smart” devices is another development that can significantly reduce our energy demands. For example, “smart” windows may be able to respond dynamically to changing light conditions to heat or cool the house more efficiently, and “smart” refrigerators may be able to respond dynamically to new conditions. There are several reasons for this improvement. First, smart devices automate things, so it’s easier to control your energy consumption. Second, they track your consumption patterns, so it’s easier to conceptualize your impact. Third, they’re often designed with efficiency in mind from the beginning, reducing energy demands, even without the high-tech interfaces.
  7. Machine learning. Machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies have the power to improve almost every other item on this list. By studying consumer patterns and recommending new strategies, or automatically controlling certain features, machine learning algorithms have the power to fundamentally change how we use energy in our homes and businesses.

Making the Investment

All technologies need time, money, and consumer acceptance to be developed. Fortunately, a growing number of consumers are becoming enthusiastic about finding new ways to reduce their energy consumption and overall environmental impact. As long as we keep making the investment, our tools to create cleaner energy and demand less energy in the first place should have a massive positive effect on our environment—and even our daily lives.

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Responsible Energy Investments Could Solve Retirement Funding Crisis




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Retiring baby-boomers are facing a retirement cliff, at the same time as mother nature unleashes her fury with devastating storms tied to the impact of global warming. There could be a unique solution to the challenges associated with climate change – investments in clean energy from retirement funds.

Financial savings play a very important role in everyone’s life and one must start planning for it as soon as possible. It’s shocking how quickly seniors can burn through their nest egg – leaving many wondering, “How long your retirement savings will last?

Let’s take a closer look at how seniors can take baby steps on the path to retiring with dignity, while helping to clean up our environment.

Tip #1: Focus & Determination

Like in other work, it is very important to focus and be determined. If retirement is around the corner, then make sure to start putting some money away for retirement. No one can ever achieve anything without dedication and focus – whether it’s saving the planet, or saving for retirement.

Tip #2: Minimize Spending

One of the most important things that you need to do is to minimize your expenditures. Reducing consumption is good for the planet too!

Tip #3: Visualize Your Goal

You can achieve more if you have a clearly defined goal in life. This about how your money can be used to better the planet – imagine cleaner air, water and a healthier environment to leave to your grandchildren.

Investing in Clean Energy

One of the hottest and most popular industries for investment today is the energy market – the trading of energy commodities. Clean energy commodities are traded alongside dirty energy supplies. You might be surprised to learn that clean energy is becoming much more competitive.

With green biz becoming more popular, it is quickly becoming a powerful tool for diversified retirement investing.

The Future of Green Biz

As far as the future is concerned, energy businesses are going to continue getting bigger and better. There are many leading energy companies in the market that already have very high stock prices, yet people are continuing to investing in them.

Green initiatives are impacting every industry. Go Green campaigns are a PR staple of every modern brand. For the energy-sector in the US, solar energy investments are considered to be the most accessible form of clean energy investment. Though investing in any energy business comes with some risks, the demand for energy isn’t going anywhere.

In conclusion, if you want to start saving for your retirement, then clean energy stocks and commodity trading are some of the best options for wallets and the planet. Investing in clean energy products, like solar power, is a more long-term investment. It’s quite stable and comes with a significant profit margin. And it’s amazing for the planet!

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