The National Park Mljet located in the island of Mljet in the Dubrovnik Neretva County is on the path to become CO2. They have installed charging stations for the electric vehicles, purchased electric and hybrid vehicle, electric bikes and two electric trains. There was developed energy independent block for tourist that will serve as shop, restaurant, kiosk, toilet, etc. In the next phase 41.5 kW photovoltaic rooftop system will be installed and 3 electric boats will acquired. All projects that National Park Mljet is implementing are result analysis and energy strategies provided by the experts from the University of Zagreb, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture

 More about the green technologies on Mljet island

On 17 May,2016 within the framework of BEAST projectCanary Islands Institute of Technology Las Palmas organized a workshop with university professors and studentsEnergy Planning of Island Systems for Maximum Renewable Energy Penetration

Hereby we provide an insight into it.

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Friday 13th May, at the presence of local authorities, along with the inauguration of the Outdoor Education House at the Pescaia Island falling within the project "Teaching in the River along Sentiero Valtellina" sponsored by the CMM, also the official opening event of the cycling lane was held, as foreseen by BEAST STEER local action.

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Coopenergy project comes to an end in April 2016  and  a  new guide has been  published for local and regional public authorities to help them work closer in partnership on their sustainable energy planning.

The guide is a culmination of  Coopenergy project work over the past three years to test collaborative methods of working, using an approach called ‘Multi-Level Governance’ (MLG). MLG approach has been applied the to the field of sustainable energy.

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Zagreb, 11th April 2016

 Every seat was taken on Monday at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture, University of Zagreb on the first from a series of lectures on the Croatian Energy Transition. There was exceptional interest from experts, students, and reporters, which confirmed the assumption under which this initiative was launched. This is a unique place for expert discussion on energy topics in Croatia, the direction of development and the importance of the present moment for our society. The first roundtable gathered more than 90 people which only shows the need for discussion and the exchange of ideas and opinions.

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The BEAST project partners have recently issued the 4th newsletter of the project. Have a good time reading it!

BEAST project NEWSLETTER No.4 March 2016

 

 

On 9th March 2016  Mjölby municipality participated in ESEA's http://www.energiost.se/110-roadshow-for-el-fordon-och-laddinfrastruktur-i-mjolby and BEASTs Road Show for electric vehicles and charging infrastructure. 40 politicians, managers and other decision makers listened to a program that offered development in the market, technology and the future of electric vehicles and electric bicycles, procurement issues and how to overcome prejudice. All were invited to test drive electric cars. The response was very positive, which bodes will go for that, it might soon be electric cars in Mjölby Municipality's fleet. The coming week 4 different municipal businesses will use the cars in their daily work to evaluate themselves if electric cars are the future and the electric bikes will be tested in the childcare.

 

One of the BEAST projects in the Outer Hebrides, ‘Hebrides Energy’, was featured at the Convention of the Highlands and Islands when this met in Stornoway on 7th March, 2016.  Cllr Angus Campbell, Leader of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, gave a presentation to attendees on Fuel Poverty in the islands, and some of the actions being undertaken to address this issue, which includes the creation of a local energy company and the roll out of external wall insulation to island homes.

 The Convention of the Highlands and Islands was attended by around 50 representatives of Scottish local authorities, public bodies and economic agencies. Representatives of the Scottish Government included Energy Minister Fergus Ewing and Deputy First Minister John Swinney. 

 John Swinney, Depute First Minister of the Scottish Parliament, commended the Comhairle for their progress with a Local Energy Economy and highlighted the BEAST supported local energy company as an exemplar for all other Local Authorities in Scotland.

In an article in the newspaper ÖSK NEWS No. 1 2016, the Energy and climate adviser in Atvidaberg and Kinda Municipality, Joakim Svensson (member of the group for electric cars and the charging infrastructure administered by BEAST) writes about how the development  of electric vehicles and charging stations look like in the region of Östergötland. - It is encouraging to see that it is very much going on thanks in Energy Agency Eastern Götaland and project BEAST who for more than a year has gathered interested municipalities and other stakeholders in an electric car group to increase knowledge and share experiences of electric vehicles and charging infrastructure. Some of the results is that we have received our first charging station in Atvidaberg and we'll put up the first in Kinda Municipality thanks to the project.

 

 

The News in whole (in Swedish)

 

On January 12, 2016, at the University of Zagreb, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture has held a Croatian-Japanese workshop on Geothermal Energy. The workshop took place in Faculty Council Hall and gathered interested parties from this field in Croatia. Japan delegation was led by prof. dr. sc. Hikari Fujii from Akita University, one of the best researchers in this field. After the workshop, there was organized study visit to the new test system of the ground source heat pump at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture which was financed through IPA Geothermal Mapping project, Research and promotion of the use of shallow geothermal potential in Croatia. 

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