recharge.green: balancing Alpine energy and nature

Sep 30, 2015

The Alps offer great potential for renewable energy production. This reduces carbon emissions, but also increases the pressure on nature. The partners in the international recharge.green project have found ways to ensure this balancing act succeeds. They discussed their findings with about 100 persons at the final conference on 20-21 May 2015 in Sonthofen, Germany. >>

Youthful ideas for “My Green Alps”

Mar 27, 2015
This year’s YPAC held at Kamnik in SIovenia saw young people discuss conservation in the Alps. © Tabea Tandler press group ypac

This year’s YPAC held at Kamnik in SIovenia saw young people discuss conservation in the Alps. © Tabea Tandler press group ypac

What will it take for residents of the Alps to take responsibility for their own habitat? Participants of the Youth Parliament of the Alpine Convention provided some 300-209 answers at Kamnik in Slovenia.

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The importance of testing theoretical instruments and models

Jan 15, 2015
Alenka Petrinjak, Triglav National Park, leader of the work package "Testing and implementation"

Alenka Petrinjak, Triglav National Park, leader of the work package “Testing and implementation” (c) Alenka Petrinjak

The recharge.green project is now in its final phase. Over the next six months our experts will be finalising maps of renewable energy potentials in the Alps. They have developed and continue to refine instruments and models for testing the potential impacts of renewable energy use on nature and ecosystem services. >>

Evaluating the impact of renewable energy use on nature

Jan 15, 2015
2_quiet zones TNP

Quiet zones for wildlife have been included into the maps of the decision support system in the Triglav National Park. The interpretation of the results is still in progress. (c) Triglav National Park

To what extent can renewable energy be reasonably used? And how can conflicts with the biodiversity conservation be minimized? >>

Hydropower Scenarios for the Alps

Jan 15, 2015

The recharge.green results indicate that hydropower production can be increased by 10percent in an economically and environmentally viable way. (c) IIASA

Hydropower is considered one of the most promising sources of renewable energy in the Alps. With many new plants currently being planned, it is vital to consider not only the cost of their construction and associated infrastructure, but also their likely impact on Alpine ecosystem services. >>

Participatory energy planning in the Maritime Alps

Jan 15, 2015
The recharge.green project has allowed the most suitable renewable energy sources to be identified for the Gesso and Vermenagna Valley area

The recharge.green project has allowed the most suitable renewable energy sources to be identified for the Gesso and Vermenagna Valley area. (c) Martime Alps Nature Park

The region of the Gesso and Vermenagna Valleys in the Maritime Alps Nature Park is one of the six recharge.green pilot areas. The Renewable Energy Institute at EURAC is supporting energy planning in the valley, in particular as regards the development of forest biomass energy and hydroelectric power by applying a decision support system. >>

New hydropower potentials in the Northern French Alps

Jan 15, 2015

Drinking water and waste water pipes networks can be used to produce hydropower. The examples from the pilot sites in the French Alps show how this can be done economically, by taking the environment into account and by avoiding conflicts of use.

In the French Alps, the most favourable sites for hydroelectricity production are already used. >>

“Biodiversity plays a growing role in renewable energy”

Jan 15, 2015

Interview with Matteo Cesca of ARPAV (c) Matteo Cesca

Interview with Matteo Cesca of ARPAV, recharge.green project observer

  1. What motivated ARPAV (the Veneto Regional Agency for Prevention and Environmental Protection) to become a project observer?

ARPAV decided to become a project observer, working in particular with the Veneto region, in order to ensure the sustainable management of water resources, exchanges of data relating to watercourse flows, databases on hydroelectric plants and technical information on hydroelectric power. >>