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Bazilian M.,United Nations Industrial Development Organization | Cordes L.,United Nations Foundation | Nussbaumer P.,United Nations Industrial Development Organization
Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability | Year: 2011

Approximately three billion people do not have access to modern cooking fuels and technologies. This has clear impacts on social and economic development, adverse health consequences, and gender impacts. Although household energy for cooking tends to get less public policy attention than electrification, both areas are fundamental to achieving universal access to modern, clean energy services by 2030. Despite some good precedents and many programs and technology developments over the last three to four decades, the scale of the issue remains enormous, and there is a need to dramatically alter the pace at which it is addressed. The international community has a key role in supporting the policies and measures of countries and regions. To that end, we provide a brief overview of two key emerging partnerships - one in the area of fuels and one focused on improved cook stoves. © 2011 Elsevier B.V.

Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: JTI-CP-FCH | Phase: SP1-JTI-FCH.2009.4.1 | Award Amount: 4.68M | Year: 2011

Materials handling vehicles are currently powered by either electric motors based on lead-acid batteries or combustion engines employing diesel or liquefied petroleum gas. A number of disadvantages have been encountered with these current power systems and many efforts have been undertaken to find new ways to power the vehicles.. Here, fuel cells offer advantages over the competing electrochemical technology, including sustained high performance over the operating period and faster time to return the system to a full state. The overall purpose of the SHEL project is to demonstrate the market readiness of the technology and to develop a template for future commercialization of hydrogen powered fuel cell based materials handling vehicles for demanding, high intensity logistics operations. This project will demonstrate 10 FC forklift trucks and associated hydrogen refuelling infrastructure across 4 sites in Europe. Real time information will be gathered to demonstrate the advantages of using fuel cells to current technologies and fast procedures will be developed to reduce the time required for product certification and infrastructural build approval. Moreover, to ensure the widest dissemination of the results, the project will build a comprehensive Stake Holder Group of partners to pave the way for wider acceptance of the technology.

Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-CA | Phase: INCO.2013-1.5 | Award Amount: 3.36M | Year: 2013

The research and innovation landscape of the Pacific is extremely diverse, ranging from Pacific Island Countries and Territories with little or no ST&I capacity, Overseas Countries Territories with strong capacities, to New Zealand and Australia, which have numerous networks of research and innovation institutions. The EU, which maintains a long standing relationship with the Pacific, aims for enhancing its profile and reinforcing cooperation in ST&I with the region, in the perspective of the forthcoming Horizon 2020 Programme, and promote the development of mutually beneficial partnerships Considering the results of past and ongoing initiatives supporting the EU-Pacific ST&I cooperation, PACE-Net Plus will: - Support the EU-Pacific policy dialogue in ST&I, including dialogue on innovation issues. - Reinforce the EU-Pacific ST&I cooperation, focusing on 3 major societal challenges: 1) health, demographic change and wellbeing; 2) food security, sustainable agriculture, marine and maritime research and the bio-economy; and 3) climate action, resource use and efficiency, and raw materials; Encourage the coordination between the EU and Member States ST&I programmes and policies targeting the Pacific by promoting the implementation of joint actions. - Enhance the cooperation on innovation issues, by helping in bridging the gap between public and private sectors. The project will promote the idea of innovation as an essential mean for tackling global challenges and will respond to the objectives of the Europe 2020 strategy and its Innovation Union Flagship Initiative. - Strengthen the Pacific-EU research cooperation partnerships, through the promotion of EC and MS&AC programmes, especially Horizon 2020, among Pacific research community, as well as the Pacific opportunities for European researchers.

News Article | February 23, 2017
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SANTA CLARA, CA--(Marketwired - February 23, 2017) - IoT Summit today announced its 2017 program consisting of talks by experts covering key areas related to the Internet of Things (IoT) technology, market, design, service, and applications. The 6th IoT Summit is the premier forum to present, highlight and discuss the latest products, applications, development, and business opportunities in IoT. The market for IoT, sensors, wearables, cloud, and related technologies is expanding at a phenomenal rate. The conference brings together researchers, developers, and practitioners from diverse fields including scientists and engineers, research institutes, and industry. IoT Summit convenes Thursday March 16th, through Friday March 17th, 2017 at Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, CA. To learn more and register, please visit www.IoT-Summit.org. Stanley Chum, CNTD (KEYNOTE) Uniform Classification and Identity of Things, and Ubiquitous Data Rapid Access in IOT Cyberspace Timothy Saxe, QuickLogic (KEYNOTE) Solving the SoC Design Dilemma for IoT Applications with Embedded FPGA Reiner Kappenberger, HPE Security-Data Security IoT Driving the Need for More Secure Big Data Analytics Oliver Cockcroft, Ayla Networks Using sensor data to learn from and control the smart home Michael Beamer, goTransverse Success in IoT: Turning your IoT service into a profit Joseph Bradley, Uptake A New Model for the Industrial Internet of Things Randall Frantz, Esri Delivering Connected World Benefits: Why Location is the missing link in the IoT Ecosystem Ravi Srivatsav, NTT Innovation Institute IoT and Healthcare - Designing a New System to Predict Adverse Reactions Arthur Lozinski, Oomnitza What to Expect in Next Generation IT Tallis Blalack, Arch Systems Intelligence at the Edge: Empowering a Next Generation of IoT Developers Rich Goldman, Global Technology University The Challenges that Lie at the Heart of IoT For information and registration see http://www.IoT-Summit.org *Please note the list of speakers and program is subject to minor changes. Panel Discussion: Business and Career Opportunities in Internet of Things Rozalia Beica - Dow Electronic (Chair and Moderator) Renil Paramel - Gartner Other Panelists to be announced soon. Space is limited so register online now: Registration fee includes the permission to attend all technical sessions, panel discussion, exhibits, IoT workshops, as well as lunch and coffee/tea breaks. 5th IoT Summit is a forum to present, highlight and discuss the latest products, applications, development, and business opportunities in IoT. The market for IoT, sensors, wearables, cloud, and related technologies is expanding at a phenomenal rate. The conference brings together researchers, developers, and practitioners from diverse fields including scientists and engineers, research institutes, and industry. IoT Summit is the 5th event is produced and sponsored by the International Society for Quality Electronic Design. Financial sponsorship has been by Keysight Technologies, QuickLogic, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Synopsys, Innovotek, and Silicon Valley Polytechnic Institute. A limited number of sponsored panelist and exhibit tables are available. See http://www.iot-summit.org/English/For_Sponsors/Exhibitor_Opportunities.html All trademarks and trade names are the property of their respective owners.

Bazilian M.,United Nations Industrial Development Organization | Rogner H.,International Atomic Energy Agency | Howells M.,KTH Royal Institute of Technology | Hermann S.,KTH Royal Institute of Technology | And 7 more authors.
Energy Policy | Year: 2011

The areas of energy, water and food policy have numerous interwoven concerns ranging from ensuring access to services, to environmental impacts to price volatility. These issues manifest in very different ways in each of the three "spheres", but often the impacts are closely related. Identifying these interrelationships a priori is of great importance to help target synergies and avoid potential tensions. Systems thinking is required to address such a wide swath of possible topics. This paper briefly describes some of the linkages at a high-level of aggregation - primarily from a developing country perspective - and via case studies, to arrive at some promising directions for addressing the nexus. To that end, we also present the attributes of a modelling framework that specifically addresses the nexus, and can thus serve to inform more effective national policies and regulations. While environmental issues are normally the 'cohesive principle' from which the three areas are considered jointly, the enormous inequalities arising from a lack of access suggest that economic and security-related issues may be stronger motivators of change. Finally, consideration of the complex interactions will require new institutional capacity both in industrialised and developing countries. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd.

Bazilian M.,United Nations Industrial Development Organization | Bazilian M.,International Institute For Applied Systems Analysis | Onyeji I.,United Nations Industrial Development Organization | Onyeji I.,African Institute for Applied Economics | And 8 more authors.
Renewable Energy | Year: 2013

This paper briefly considers the recent dramatic reductions in the underlying costs and market prices of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, and their implications for decision-makers. In many cases, current PV costs and the associated market and technological shifts witnessed in the industry have not been fully noted by decision-makers. The perception persists that PV is prohibitively expensive, and still has not reached 'competitiveness'. The authors find that the commonly used analytical comparators for PV vis a vis other power generation options may add further confusion. In order to help dispel existing misconceptions, some level of transparency is provided on the assumptions, inputs and parameters in calculations relating to the economics of PV. The paper is aimed at informing policy makers, utility decision-makers, investors and advisory services, in particular in high-growth developing countries, as they weigh the suite of power generation options available to them. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd.

Engstrom K.,Lund University | Ameer S.,Lund University | Bernaudat L.,United Nations Industrial Development Organization | Drasch G.,Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich | And 5 more authors.
Environmental Health Perspectives | Year: 2013

Background: Elemental mercury (Hg0) is widely used in small-scale gold mining. Persons working or living in mining areas have high urinary concentrations of Hg (U-Hg). Differences in genes encoding potential Hg-transporters may affect uptake and elimination of Hg. Objective: We aimed to identify single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in Hg-transporter genes that modify U-Hg. Methods: Men and women (1,017) from Indonesia, the Philippines, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe were classified either as controls (no Hg exposure from gold mining) or as having low (living in a gold-mining area) or high exposure (working as gold miners). U-Hg was analyzed by cold-vapor atomic absorption spectrometry. Eighteen SNPs in eight Hg-transporter genes were analyzed. Results: U-Hg concentrations were higher among ABCC2/MRP2 rs1885301 A-allele carriers than among GG homozygotes in all populations, though differences were not statistically significant in most cases. MRP2 SNPs showed particularly strong associations with U-Hg in the subgroup with highest exposure (miners in Zimbabwe), whereas rs1885301 A-allele carriers had higher U-Hg than GG homozygotes [geometric mean (GM): 36.4 μg/g creatinine vs. 21.9; p = 0.027], rs2273697 GG homozygotes had higher U-Hg than A-allele carriers (GM: 37.4 vs. 16.7; p = 0.001), and rs717620 A-allele carriers had higher U-Hg than GG homozygotes (GM: 83 vs. 28; p = 0.084). The SLC7A5/LAT1 rs33916661 GG genotype was associated with higher U-Hg in all populations (statistically significant for all Tanzanians combined). SNPs in SLC22A6/OAT1 (rs4149170) and SLC22A8/OAT3 (rs4149182) were associated with U-Hg mainly in the Tanzanian study groups. Conclusions: SNPs in putative Hg-transporter genes may influence U-Hg concentrations.

Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: JTI-CSA-FCH | Phase: SP1-JTI-FCH.2009.5.1 | Award Amount: 432.12K | Year: 2011

Todays technicians and students are the next generation of potential fuel cell users and designers, and education now is a critical step towards the widespread acceptance and implementation of hydrogen fuel cell technology in the near future. Development of training initiatives for technical professionals will be started aiming to secure the required mid- and long-term availability of human resources for hydrogen technologies. The future initiatives have to be carried out for various educational levels and including industry, SMEs, educational institutions and Authorities. Coordination and cooperation are key factors to fulfil the objective: develop a well-trained work-force which will support the technological development. Contact with other educational programs like Leonardo will be sought.

Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: JTI-CP-FCH | Phase: SP1-JTI-FCH.2009.4.2 | Award Amount: 5.29M | Year: 2010

A total of 19 market-ready fuel cell systems from 2 suppliers (ElectroPS, FutureE) will be installed as UPS/ backup power sources in selected sites across the EU. Real-world customers from the telecommunications and hotel industry will utilize these fuel cell-based systems, with power levels in the 1-10kW range, in their sites. These units will demonstrate a level of technical performance (start-up time, reliability, durability, number of cycles) that qualifies them for market entry, thereby accelerating the commercialisation of this technology in Europe and elsewhere. The demonstration project will involve the benchmarking of units from both fuel cell suppliers according to a test protocol to be developed within the project. It will employ this test protocol to conduct extensive tests in field trials in sites selected by final users in Italy, Switzerland and Turkey. The performance will be logged and analysed to draw conclusions regarding commercial viability and degree to which they meet customer requirements, as well as suggesting areas for improvement. A lifecycle cost analysis using data from the project will be carried out to determine economic value proposition over incumbent technologies such as batteries or diesel generators. The system producers use the results to obtain valuable first hand feedback from customers, optimise their systems as needed, and demonstrate commercial viability. On the other hand, final users from the telecommunications and hotel industry will experience first-hand the advantages of fuel cells for their applications under real world conditions. The optimisation potential is expected from the production process itself, from the installation of a significant amount of fuel cell systems and from the testing. The project will also develop a certification procedure valid in the EU27 under the lead of TV Sd.

Onyeji I.,United Nations Industrial Development Organization | Onyeji I.,African Institute for Applied Economics | Bazilian M.,United Nations Industrial Development Organization | Bazilian M.,International Institute For Applied Systems Analysis | Nussbaumer P.,United Nations Industrial Development Organization
Energy for Sustainable Development | Year: 2012

This paper presents statistical findings from research focusing on factors that may help explain electricity access levels in emerging countries. It focuses on why SSA countries are lagging behind with regard to the provision of electricity services, despite reforms in the electricity sector. Poverty levels, gross domestic savings, energy-related gross fixed capital formation, rural population and population density are used as independent variables in the econometric analysis. We find that some factors characterizing electricity access levels in SSA countries have a different impact than those in other developing economies. Our results show that the size of rural population plays a more important role in SSA countries than in non-SSA countries. Furthermore, government effectiveness appears to explain more of the variation in electricity levels in SSA countries than in non-SSA countries. The requirements for clear political commitment and leadership with a strong focus on providing electricity access to the rural poor are underscored. © 2012 International Energy Initiative.

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