Fair (FER) solutions for better community project has secured the Youth category prize at the EUSEW Awards.
It has been recognised as one of the most outstanding projects for inspiring young citizens to drive forward Europe’s clean energy transition.
Energy poverty is a social and environmental issue that places terrible physical and mental burdens on households. A lack of adequate heating and insulation or poorly fitted windows can cause mould, dampness and drafts, leading to respiratory illnesses and other ailments. In Zagreb, Croatia, the Fair (FER) solutions for better community project is tackling these challenges by teaching electrical engineering students how to carry out household audits and identify energy-saving solutions.
“We really wanted them to develop new communication skills (…) Many of the people they are dealing with are elderly or have disabilities,” says Ivana Rogulj, FER project manager and representative of the Croatian NGO Society for Sustainable Development Design (DOOR). “But unless they visit real houses, they won’t really know what living in energy poverty is like.”
REMOTE has won the Innovation prize at the 2020 EUSEW Awards.
It has been recognised as one of the most outstanding projects for its innovation in the sustainable energy sector. It supports remote communities in Europe to become self-sustainable.
The Remote area Energy supply with Multiple Options for integrated hydrogen-based Technologies (REMOTE) project started in Italy, Greece and Norway – true to its name, in areas that face unique challenges when it comes to accessing and storing renewable energy. The project is rolling out its hydrogen and battery-based energy storage technology in test sites across Europe.
“We’re testing our concept in a wide range of conditions, from sunny, hot southern Europe to windy and cold Scandinavia, and we’re expecting all sites to experience an almost complete substitution of fossil fuels,” says Domenico Ferrero from the Politecnico di Torino. “[…] Many people are happy to move away from dependency on diesel generation and save money by being able to store the renewable energy they generate.”
CLEAR 2.0 has taken home the top prize in the Engagement category.
It has been recognised as one of the most outstanding projects for inspiring citizens to play a proactive role in Europe’s energy transition.
The CLEAR 2.0 project helps people become producers and consumers – ‘prosumers’ – of renewable energy by addressing the reasons behind their hesitations, better informing them and supporting them through all the steps of converting to renewable systems. Aiming to overcome these barriers, the CLEAR 2.0 lab tested home-based renewable energy technologies (e.g. solar panel rooftops, heat pumps) in Belgium, Czechia, Italy, Portugal, Slovenia and Spain.
“Our project motivated nearly 30,000 households in 6 different EU countries to go for renewable energies in their homes, triggering a total investment of €129 million,” says Giorgia Caroli, Programme Manager of CLEAR 2.0.
A special prize, the Eastern Partnership Award, was given to “Green Light Moldova! Modernisation and Saving Energy in Street Lighting”. Second and third place prizes went to Armenia to “EU4Civil Society Energy Efficiency in Armenian Communities” and to Georgia from “Biomass Energy and Energy Efficient Technologies”.
Additionally, over the last month energy enthusiasts from all around Europe casted their vote for their favourite project. The 2020 Citizens’ Award went to cVPP project, a European project based in the Netherlands that helps local communities take charge of their renewable energy generation (more info).
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