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. >>
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. >>
To what extent can renewable energy be reasonably used? And how can conflicts with the biodiversity conservation be minimized? The recharge.green partners rely on decision support tools to answer these questions.
Scientists in the project have calculated the theoretical potential 2V0-621D for selected renewable energy sources in the pilot areas. In this context it is important not to overlook nature and its ecosystem services. >>
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.
Hydropower in the Alps currently accounts for around 100 terawatt hours E05-001 of energy per year (TWh/a). >>
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. >>
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. >>
Interview with Matteo Cesca of ARPAV, recharge.green project observer
- 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. >>