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Solar energy faces up to a challenge
Better feeds to the electricity grid, energy storage and smart grids in combination with solar cells and less expensive solar equipment. These are a few of the items on the agenda to ensure that solar energy will become an energy solution to be reckoned with in the future.
- Innovation Systems of Wind Power in Denmark and Sweden: Close but Different
Renewable Energy Park - RE-Park
Use of green energy generated by solar and wind power technologies would help contribute to a clean and secure energy future for Sweden compared to conventional fossil energy resources. Along with the EU-directive for renewable energy of July 2009, Sweden declared that its primary national target is at least 50% of its total energy use would be from renewable energy resources by year 2020, and out of that, there would be at least 10% in transport sector. Combining renewable energy with modern energy saving techniques and IT-applications will necessarily lead to significant energy-efficient decisions that would profit the consumer and secure the competitiveness of the Swedish industries. Several studies have estimated the general saving potential to be in the range of 20-40% of the total energy costs in addition to the reduced impact on the environment. The concept of the Renewable Energy Park (RE-Park) will play an increasingly important role in the nation energy portfolio targeting the renewable energy integration in smart city with net-zero energy housing and healthcare facilities. The RE-Park is an assembly of small power-generating modules, energy storage system and energy management protocols in order to improve the operation of the electricity and heat supplying system in both presence and absence of a grid connection facility. The project involves the development of communication protocol over the internet which is ready for smart grid applications to monitor, control and manage the RE-Park for electricity and heat delivery options.
Buys KTH spin-off for SEK 100 million
TranSiC, founded in 2005 by KTH Professor Mikael Östling, together with Martin Domeij, at the time researcher at KTH, and the entrepreneur Bo Hammarlund, has been bought by the global semiconductor giant Fairchild Semiconductor. The price tag for the Swedish company is a little more than SEK 100 million.