Final project meeting at the NSR Annual Conference

On Tuesday 16th, 2015 the North Sea SEP PLUS partners went CO2-free by bycicle (see picture 1) to their final project meeting at the congress center “De Nieuwe Kolk” in Assen (NL), where at the same time the participants for the NSR Annual Conference met for registration.

During the project meeting representatives from the partners reflected about the project results. So Nick Lyth from GAS (Scotland) described the future role of CO2 monitoring whereas Dominek Vandewiele (Leiedal, B) and Boris Schonfeldt (Veilje, DK) informed about the analysis, development and adaption of the CO2 calculator tool and the CO2 monitors in use in their home regions. Tony Christensen from Alexanderson Institute (S) presented the Toolkit for increasing the impact of CO2 calculation – a major project outcome, which can also be looked at in the download area of the homepage. Stefan Nicolaus (Jade University, Oldenburg, GER) introduced the CO2 App, which was develloped under participation of students from the Jade University, to the partners. And finally Hans-Peter Ratzke from Jade University gave an outlook about follow up project possibilities to be realised with the existing partnership. The new project ideas focuss very much on implementation of measurements and pilots for the reduction of CO2 and interested parties are herewith invited to participate.

At the Annual Conference itself Dominiek Vandewiele managed the workshop “Sustainable Energies” in which questions like “Do we need product innovation or process innovation? How do we provoke breakthroughs in the field of sustainable energy in all sectors and with all potential users?” have been discussed based amongst others on the results of North Sea SEP PLUS.

icon_jpg_32x32 CO2 free transfer from the hotel to the conference
icon_jpg_32x32 The project team

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North Sea SEP PLUS on the Energy Bike Ride in Oldenburg

On Friday, May 15th at 20.00 o`clock the Energy Bike Ride started in Oldenburg and ended on Saturday, May 16th at 20:00 o’clock. The goal of this event was to produce such much CO2 free electrical energy by spinning bikes in this 24 hours, that an E-Car can drive more then 105,6 km – the actual world record. 120 teams from the region but also from other regions in Germany as well as from Switzerland, Belgium, USA and Malaysia participated to set up a new world record and to promote E-Mobility.

And one of these teams was the North Sea SEP PLUS team with Tim Brandt, Matthias Gottwald, Tim Grzabka, Heidi Hastedt, Enno Kromminga, Dörthe Perbandt, Katja Pollow, Katja Rau, Hans-Peter Ratzke, Dörthe Schneider, Steffen Stahlberg, Martina Weisensee, Manfred Weisensee and Hermann Zacharias.

In addition to the spinning activity, North Sea SEP PLUS presented the project to regional and local political decision makers and public with an information stand, where project flyers were distributed and interested visitors were informed about the project ideas. The technology to collect the energy from the bikes and store it in a battery was developed and operated by Prof. Rolf Renken and a team of students from the Jade University. After 24 hours the new world record, officially documented by the Guiness World Records Organisation, was set: the E-Car completed 120 km.

A video documentation can be looked at here.

The whole event was under the patronage of Olaf Lies, the Minister for Economics of Lower Saxonia, who drove the E-Car to the world record.

icon_jpg_32x32 Energy Bike Ride in Oldenburg (Picture 1)
icon_jpg_32x32 Energy Bike Ride in Oldenburg (Picture 2)
icon_jpg_32x32 Energy Bike Ride in Oldenburg (Picture 3)
icon_mp4_32x32 Energy Bike Ride in Oldenburg (Video)

North Sea Sep PLUS participates in World Record attempt

120 teams with up to 24 cyclists will try to break a World Record during a 24 h spinning event on May 15th/16th, 2015 in Oldenburg (Germany):

The spinning bikes shall produce so much electrical energy, that an e-car (Volkswagen E Up) can drive more then 105,6 km with this CO2 free energy only.

The whole event is under supervision of a law firm and the result will be published as official Guiness World Record. Patron of the event is the Minister for Economics of Lower Saxonia, Mr. Olaf Lies, who will attend the event and will drive the e-car to the record. Jade Hochschule participates with two teams in this event: A North Sea Sep PLUS Team will operate one spinning bike over 24 h to produce as much energy as possible and a second team from the department of engineering will be responsible for the whole infrastructure to collect and to store the electrical energy.


Jade University successfully presented North Sea Sep PLUS at the Hannover Industry Fair

From Monday, April 13th to 17th 2015 Jade University presented the North Sea Sep PLUS project at the Hannover Industry Fair, the world largest industry fair. The project was presented at the group stand of Lower Saxonia in Hall 27 which was the fair’s center for renewable energies and related themes. Appr. 300 exhibitors only in this hall informed about their technical and nontechnical solutions in the field of future energy production and supply.

On the booth national and international representatives from politics, administration and industry were introduced in solutions developed by research organizations and private companies from Lower Saxonia. Guests have been e.g. Minister for Environment from Lower Saxonia, the Commissioner of the King from the Netherlands, international delegations from Europe and overseas as well as several delegates from the parliament of Lower Saxonia.

icon_jpg_32x32 North Sea Sep PLUS at the Hannover Industry Fair
icon_pdf_32x32 North Sea Sep PLUS, Handout

North Sea SEP PLUS at the Hannover Industry Fair

Jade University will present North Sea SEP PLUS at the Hannover Industry Fair (April 13th – 17th, 2015) in Hannover (Hall 27, Stand E 50). The project will be presented at the stand of Lower Saxony under the headline “Energy and (Electro) Mobility from Lower Saxony”. Project staff from Jade University will be in Hannover all the time and will present the project to interested public and experts from industry, administration and sciences.

Information on the Hannover Messe, the world’s leading Trade Fair for industrial Technology.

Energiewende lokal gestalten – designing the energy change locally

The congress „Energiewende lokal gestalten“ at the Hannover Congress Centrum on March 4th, 2015 was organized by IP Syscon GmbH, a private GIS and CAFM-Software company, in cooperation with Klimaschutz- und Energieagentur Niedersachsen and addressed the public sector as well as scientists and representatives of enterprises and also interested citizens. The aim of the congress was to give information on the status of the German Energiewende and to stimulate and encourage further local activities by presenting best-practice examples.
In arrangement with the organizers the congress gave the opportunity to inform about the Interreg-project North Sea SEP PLUS to almost 500 attendees and mostly from the public sector. Parallel to the congress Jade University presented the project North Sea SEP PLUS to several representatives of regional cities and counties and distributed material, flyers and brochures also from our previous project North Sea SEP. Jade University could renew and also make new regional contacts for further activities and new projects on GHG-reduction and the application of CO2 calculation tools.

Furthermore, Jade University arranged to participate at the Internationaler Kommunaler Kongress IKK that was announced by Lower Saxonian Secretary of the Environment and will be hosted in Hannover in October 2015.

Article and video about the congress.

Webinar with Norwegian Climate Management Expert and Swedish SMEs

On Tuesday, March 3rd, Alexanderson Institute (SE) hosted a webinar with Swedish SMEs and the Norwegian climate management consultant firm CO2focus. The aim of the webinar, titled Profitable CO2 calculation, was to increase awareness on the benefits and methods of CO2 calculation in businesses.

In order to keep down the CO2 emissions generated from this project, the meeting was arranged as a webinar with a video link between Varberg (SE) and Oslo (NO). Webinars and video conferences are both efficient measures to reduce CO2 emissions in projects as well as in businesses and public sector.

Alexanderson Institute initiates exploration study with Swedish SMEs

In February the Alexanderson Institute initiated a survey study investigating attitudes to CO2 calculation and climate management among SMEs in the Halland region of Sweden. The aim of the study is to get a clearer picture of current status in order to develop more efficient support measures for SMEs interested in getting involved with climate issues in their businesses.

A final report from the study is expected in April, a summary in English will be published on this site. Stay tuned for more information.

Study visit to the Green Tech Centre in Denmark

A two day study visit took place from 17th – 18th February at the Green Tech Centre (GTC) in Vejle, Denmark. A team composing of three partners of the NSSEP Plus partnership had two inspirational days at the GTC. The aim of the visit was to review the Green Tech Center, to understand the application of its work in relation the work of the NSSEP PLUS project and its contribution to the principles behind carbon calculators, and furthermore, to take the opportunity to promote and discuss several aspects of the NSSEP Plus project.

Valuable insights into the nature of Living Labs – how all aspects of energy delivery and consumption are monitored and recorded in real time – were gained. These newly gained in-depth insights have shown that this approach is a very fruitful way to develop carbon calculations in relation to energy usage and buildings. Furthermore, GTC is also a powerful demonstration site for the benefits of the new technologies and how they offer solutions to energy problems and challenges, which will reduce carbon emissions.

Links between research approaches which are followed by the GTC and the NSSEP Plus project were discussed in detail and offered all participants valuable insights.