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Meik Wiking, Happiness Research Institute: Happiness at Work Can Lead to Higher GDP for NationsPhoto: www.happinessresearchinstitute.com

Meik Wiking, Happiness Research Institute: Happiness at Work Can Lead to Higher GDP for Nations

November 11, 2019 | Alenka Lena Klopčič
Economy

Yes, happiness at work can lead to higher GDP for nations, agrees Meik Wiking, the CEO of the Happiness Research Institute and a New York Times bestselling author of books about happiness, adding that “the topic of happiness at work and higher GDP is also an ethical question, wherein should we being looking at happiness for the sake of happiness or happiness for productivity to increase GDP?”....


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Blaž Kirn, ELES: The MIGRATE Project Addresses the Challenges of RES IntegrationPhoto: ELES

Blaž Kirn, ELES: The MIGRATE Project Addresses the Challenges of RES Integration

November 4, 2019 | Alenka Lena Klopčič
Electricity | RES and EE | New technologies | Economy

One of the findings of the MIGRATE (Massive InteGRATion of power Electronic devices) project is that when it comes to integrating renewable energy sources (RES) into the grid, the challenges that we encounter are not only technical in nature but also systemic, Blaž Kirn, Head of the project’s fifth work package (WP5) (led by the Slovenian TSO ELES) which addresses power quality in the...


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Saša Djokić, University of Edinburgh: Community Energy Projects Can Democratise Energy Systems, Among OthersPhoto: www.eem19.eu

Saša Djokić, University of Edinburgh: Community Energy Projects Can Democratise Energy Systems, Among Others

October 28, 2019 | Alenka Lena Klopčič
RES and EE | Energy policy | New technologies | Economy

“Driven mainly by the prospect of long-term income, community energy projects help support local development, ‘democratise’ energy systems, reduce energy costs and tackle the issue of energy poverty,” believes professor Saša Djokić of the School of Engineering at the University of Edinburgh. Professor Djokić was one of the speakers at September’s 16th International Conference on the...


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Roman Bernard, NGEN: We Provide New Solutions for Energy IndustryPhoto: NGEN

Roman Bernard, NGEN: We Provide New Solutions for Energy Industry

October 21, 2019 | Alenka Lena Klopčič
Electricity | RES and EE | New technologies | Economy

NGEN is pushing back the boundaries of energy storage: in a special ceremony on Thursday, 10 October, the company launched a 12.6 MW battery energy storage system, currently the largest Tesla Powerpack in Europe, as part of an investment valued at EUR 15 million. The event was attended by representatives of Tesla, where NGEN’s activity is monitored closely. By developing its own software...


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James Watson, Eurogas: Energy Sector Decarbonisation Not Viable Without GasPhoto: Eurogas

James Watson, Eurogas: Energy Sector Decarbonisation Not Viable Without Gas

October 14, 2019 | Tanja Srnovršnik
Electricity | Natural gas | Energy policy | New technologies

The European gas association Eurogas supports the European Commission’s 2050 climate neutrality ambitions. The gas industry recognises it will have to go through its own change and become more decarbonised, said James Watson, the Secretary General of Eurogas, in an interview with Energetika.NET. In this context, Eurogas is working on a study looking at the long-term potential and production...


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Amaia González Garrido, IKERLAN: Energy Storage Systems Are Being Recognised as One of the Key Flexible TechnologiesPhoto: IKERLAN

Amaia González Garrido, IKERLAN: Energy Storage Systems Are Being Recognised as One of the Key Flexible Technologies

October 7, 2019 | Alenka Lena Klopčič
Electricity | RES and EE | New technologies | Economy

At September’s International Conference on the European Energy Market (EEM19) in Ljubljana, which Energetika.NET supported as a media partner, there was a lot of talk from market players about the fast evolving energy communities, current market trends, and the energy situation in South East Europe. Some very interesting scientific papers were also presented, among them one on an advanced energy...


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Rok Vodnik, Petrol: Sharing Economy Will Be a Vital Part of Our Business by 2022Photo: Petrol

Rok Vodnik, Petrol: Sharing Economy Will Be a Vital Part of Our Business by 2022

September 30, 2019 | Alenka Lena Klopčič
RES and EE | Transport | Economy | Startup

“Energy companies, as well as car companies, want to become carbon neutral; they are facing technological development and digitalisation,” said Rok Vodnik, Board Member at the Slovenian energy company Petrol, at the recent International Conference on the European Energy Market (EEM19), organised by the Laboratory of Energy Policy at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of...


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Allan Mayo: A Smart City Is One Which Anticipates Problems Rather Than Just Responding to ThemPhoto: Valerija Hozjan

Allan Mayo: A Smart City Is One Which Anticipates Problems Rather Than Just Responding to Them

September 23, 2019 | Valerija Hozjan
Electricity | Energy policy | New technologies | Ecology

“Cities are Darwinian. They need to be adaptable and resilient to change,” according to Allan Mayo, a civil servant at the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) in the British government, with whom Energetika.NET spoke at the conference titled ‘Smart Cities 2019: Resilient Cities: between the digital and physical world’, held in Ljubljana last week. Mayo was responsible for...


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Danijel Levičar, GEN energija: Slovenia Cannot Afford a Power ShortagePhoto: GEN

Danijel Levičar, GEN energija: Slovenia Cannot Afford a Power Shortage

September 17, 2019 | Alenka Lena Klopčič
Electricity | Energy policy | New technologies | Economy

Danijel Levičar entered the energy business exactly three years ago, shifting from his role as the Director of the Energy Directorate at the Ministry of Infrastructure of the Republic of Slovenia to a member of the Management Board of GEN-I, the biggest regional energy trader. In his capacity as the Business Director of GEN energija, a post he was appointed to in late July 2019, one of his...


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Gürkan Kumbaroğlu, IAEE: Alternative Energy Sources Can Make Some Fears VanishPhoto: Alenka Lena Klopčič

Gürkan Kumbaroğlu, IAEE: Alternative Energy Sources Can Make Some Fears Vanish

September 9, 2019 | Alenka Lena Klopčič
Natural gas | RES and EE | Energy policy | Economy

The IAEE was initially named the International Association of Energy Economists, however, it was quickly realised that the members included many engineers, physicists, geologists and others that were not formally economists, said Dr Gürkan Kumbaroğlu, who has been on the board of the IAEE for almost a decade under various positions serving as vice president and president of the association. Dr...


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