Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: ENERGY.2008.5.2.2 | Award Amount: 2.42M | Year: 2009
This project aims at paving the road towards large-scale, Europe-wide infrastructure for the transport and injection of CO2 from zero-emission plants. The project will prepare for the optimum transition from initial small-scale, local initiatives towards large-scale CO2 transport and storage that is to start around 2020, with key stakeholders in the field of carbon capture, transport and storage. This transition, as well as the development of CO2 infrastructure will be studied by developing the business case in a number of realistic scenarios. The project will result in a roadmap for CO2 transport infrastructure, with 2020 as the target year for start of large-scale CCS in Europe. The roadmap will be defined for all levels considered in the project, ranging from technical to organizational, financial and societal.
News Article | April 19, 2016
While humans are now scarce in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, continued studies--including a just-published camera study--validate findings that wildlife populations are abundant at the site. The camera study is the first remote-camera scent-station survey conducted within the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, or CEZ.
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Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: ENERGY.2010.7.1-1 | Award Amount: 52.26M | Year: 2011
Grid4EU project is an innovative SmartGrid project proposed by a group of Distribution System Operators (from Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Sweden), in close partnership with a set of electricity retailers, manufacturers and research organizations. Adopting a systemic approach and organized around large-scale demonstrations networks located in six different countries, its structure is built to facilitate dynamic knowledge sharing, technical assistance and review. The project will run over a 51 month period. Grid4EU aims at testing in real size some innovative system concepts and technologies in order to highlight and help to remove some of the barriers to the smart grids deployment and the achievement of the 2020 European goals. These barriers may be technical, economic, societal, environmental or regulatory barriers. It focuses on how distribution system operators can dynamically manage electricity supply and demand, which is crucial for integration of large amounts of renewable energy, and empowers consumers to become active participants in their energy choices. Ultimately, these innovative concepts and technologies should cost-effectively increase the networks reliability, flexibility, and resiliency.
News Article | April 21, 2016
Wild animals are thriving in Chernobyl 30 years after the nuclear accident, a new study has revealed. A camera study conducted by researchers from the University of Georgia's Savannah River Ecology Laboratory (SREL) validated previous findings that wildlife continues to flourish in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone (CEZ), decades after the nuclear mishap. Early observations that used animal tracks have established that the CEZ is teeming with wildlife, but the new study is the first remote-camera scent-station survey that documented prevalent species in the CEZ. The team is lead by James Beasley, an assistant professor at SREL and Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources. Their camera study found that the levels of radiation do not have an effect on animal distribution. Beasley said their observations substantiate what previous studies have found - wildlife in the exclusion zone are adapting and benefitting from long-term radiation exposure. "For this study, we deployed cameras in a systematic way across the entire Belarus section of the CEZ and captured photographic evidence - strong evidence - because these are pictures that everyone can see," Beasley said. The team covered 94 sites where they remotely set up 30 cameras, equipped with fatty acid scent to attract the animals, on a tree or tree-like structures for seven days in each location. To prevent animals from visiting more than one station a day, the team placed the camera stations 2 miles apart. The observation lasted for five weeks. Using this remote camera scent-station method, the researchers were able to document the species and its frequency of visits. Sarah Webster, a graduate student at SREL and Warnell said that their monitoring focused on carnivores due to its hierarchy on the food chain, making them susceptible to contamination. She added that only a few studies investigated the effects of contamination levels in carnivores. "Carnivores are often in higher trophic levels of ecosystem food webs, so they are susceptible to bioaccumulation of contaminants," Webster said. The researchers were able to document that the highly contaminated areas were frequented by 14 mammalian species, which includes Eurasian boar, gray wolf, red fox, and a canid species common in Europe and East Asia. Beasley concluded that the animals prefer to visit areas that have their basic necessities such as water and food. He added that more studies should be done to assess wildlife density and the wildlife survival rates. The study was published in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. On April 26, 1986, the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant located in Ukraine exploded due to a flaw in the reactor's design. The fire and steam explosion released 5 percent of the radioactive reactor core into the atmosphere. Although the area was fully contained, the accident still contributes to a number of health and environmental issues. © 2016 Tech Times, All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.