Posts from "September, 2014"

The European Union finances research

finanziamenti europei

Secure, clean and efficient energy is one of the seven priority challenges identified by the EU in Horizon 2020 the biggest research and innovation program ever. For this reason € 5.9 billion have been allocated over 7 years (2014-2020) to support different energy related topics.

The focus on smart cities technologies (one of the three focus topic together with Energy efficiency and Low Carbon technologies) is expected to result in commercial-scale solutions with a high market potential: urban areas will benefit from new, efficient, and user-friendly technologies and services, in particular in the areas of energy (Smart grids), transport and ICT. The keyword is integration: integration among different technologies, among different partners, between public and private bodies. EU funds will be dedicated to develop large demonstrators which are expected to prove the feasibility of innovative approaches and technologies helping to mobilize private investments.

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About Davide Nardi Cesarini

Davide Nardi Cesarini, ingegnere termomeccanico. Mi occupo di innovazione nei settori dell'efficienza energetica, ICT, domotica e Smart Cities

Case History: Group CMS

The Group CMS operates in the fields of mechanical engineering and manufacturing for third parties since 1975. It specifically deals with firms that are leaders in their sectors by designing, developing, testing and supplying high complexity and precision mechanical machineries and components.

Its main application areas are: packaging, railways, automotive and motorcycles, medical and pharmaceutical.Logo CMS

The numbers that characterize the Group are the following:

  • 500 employees
  • 14 palnt
  • 100 millions in revenue in 2013

Loccioni intervention

Loccioni contribution can be classified in four intervention areas: production, measurement, service center and communication.

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The Club of Rome half century after “The limits to growth” and its consequences on today’s world.

(by Ugo Bardi)

Ugo Bardi

We all remember the well known study “The limits to growth” published in 1972 by The Club of Rome. Its memory is often misrepresented from the passing of time and from the many legends that have been built upon its results. Thus, we remember – or we believe we remember – that “The limits to growth” made “wrong forecasts” by saying that we should  have finished this or that resource (oil, gas, copper or whatever) already a long time ago. This is not what happened, of course. But the story was different.

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Development possibilites for electric vehicles market

One of the aims of Europe2020 is the 20% CO2 emissions reduction by 2020. Nevertheless, according to forecasts the total amount of cars worldwide should duplicate by 2030 (moving from 800 million to 1,6 billion vehicles); thus, it is necessary to reduce traditional vehicles (accountable for 15% of polluting emissions in Europe) and promote a sustainable mobility.

Electric vehicles salesThe production of electric vehicles in Europe started in 2010: since then, sales have increased year by year and they got to 50.000 vehicles in 2013. This market is so young that it is difficult to make precise forecasts on future developments; anyway, if the growth will continue with the same trends it had until now, it is possible to say that it is likely that sales will get to 100.000 vehicles in 2015, 500.000 in 2020 and more than one million in 2025.

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Microgrid, the energy future

The microgrid is a system of connected electricity consumptions that manages the energy needs of all its components in order to reach the following objectives:

Microgrid Loccioni
  • energy costs optimization by maximizing the use of locally produced power through the management of energy flows;
  • power quality and reliability improvement through the reduction in the number and duration of power outages;
  • reduction of CO2 emission.

Is it really possible to reach these goals? The answer is yes.
The Energy Management System (EMS) makes it possible to enhance remote data monitoring, advanced building management, energy flows optimization and demand response programs.
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