Valutazione del potenziale delle tecnologie legate alle energie rinnovabili

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Projects such as this are helping the EU to become a smart, sustainable and inclusive economy by 2020, as set out in the EU 2020 growth strategy. The EU is facing some tough challenges, including an ageing population, an insufficiently qualified workforce, the need for greater innovation, striking a balance between economic growth and environmental degradation, and ensuring secure, clean energy supplies. Regional policy projects across the EU are playing an active role in dealing with these and many other challenges, by undertaking projects designed to generate employment, raise educational achievement, develop renewable energy sources, boost productivity and give all citizens access to opportunities. The projects and the regions play a pivotal role in this, as they generate real results that contribute to achieving the strategy’s key goals.
With the support of EU funds, Valle d'Aosta tested the performance of ‘thin film’ photovoltaic and ‘micro wind’ technologies on the roofs of two separate buildings both strategically located at a former freight terminal area. The aim was to assess the potential and impact of each technology on the area, particularly on industrial and crafts activities.
Thanks to the significant water resources of this mountainous region, until now, Valle d'Aosta has been able to rely primarily on hydroelectric as a source of energy. However, in order to achieve a balance of energy for the future, the region is now looking to diversify into other renewable energy sources.The two technologies chosen for testing, thin film photovoltaic and micro wind, were selected because they suit the geographical conditions and needs of the region. For example, the thin film technology has an increased capacity to turn diffused sunlight – typical of the chosen area – into electric power; it is less dependent on temperature and is easily integrated into architectural structures.