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Consumer energy flexibility

Consumer energy flexibility

There are two things that have nothing to do with each other but that in real, they have to: the perplexity of a roe deer in the foothills of the Torozos hills when she founds a fence surrounding a photovoltaic park and that the 64%1 of the Spanish people do not know...

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How can we improve energy efficiency at home?

How can we improve energy efficiency at home?

When we hear energy efficiency, we always think in improving productive process in facories where we work, in the means of transport we use to move... but never in daily chores in our home. Actions as common as choosing an appliance or the cooking way, establish the...

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Nature returns to Valladolid!

Nature returns to Valladolid!

During the confinement, we have witnessed how nature quickly returned to the cities in our absence. Wild flora took over the corner of our cities, growing in every available crevice and gradually recovering lost space. It became visible that the streets also belong to...

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Blockchain for a better planet

Blockchain for a better planet

Blockchain technology has been explained in a previous entry of this Blog, and another entry about Blockchain and the electric market customers is also available. This new entry is again focused on this technology but, in this case, it will be focused on all the...

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From consumer to prosumer

From consumer to prosumer

Most users have been consuming electricity in the same way our entire lives. We simply know that we can plug in the electrical device wqe want at any time, and that, in return, at the end of the month, we get a bill (for many, more difficult to understand than an...

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Is sustainable mining possible?

Is sustainable mining possible?

Mining activity has defined civilization since its inception and in approximately 90% of our daily activities we use chemical and mineral elements extracted from the interior of the earth. Currently, mining contributes to sustainable processes, such as the European...

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From natural gas to biogas and biomethane

From natural gas to biogas and biomethane

In the arduous path towards sustainable development, research to obtain alternative fuels to fossils is presented as a key point. In this framework, two interesting actors have emerged to stay: biogas and biomethane. Before going into the subject, let's dig a bit into...

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Welcome, self-supply!

Welcome, self-supply!

Undoubtedly, the electric sector in Spain has evolved during the past years, especially with regard to self-supply aspects. Time has elapsed since 2004, when the premium regime for the renewable energies was established. Gone are the first regulations about...

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Is there natural radioactivity in drinking water?

Is there natural radioactivity in drinking water?

In our daily life, we are surrounded by radioactivity, from natural or artificial origin. Most of the radioactivity in the environment results from natural elements. In fact, there are radioactive elements in many foods and drinking water. But… How do these elements...

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The beginning of Valladolid as Smart City

The beginning of Valladolid as Smart City

R2CITIES, the Smart City project with which our city began the road towards efficiency and sustainability, has come to an end. Five years of project, and some more until it materialized, have been necessary to design, implement and evaluate the energy rehabilitation...

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What to think to invest in infrastructures?

What to think to invest in infrastructures?

It is weekend. Dinner with friends at home and the dishwasher is damaged. After washing the dishes by hand, I set out a question: ‘what do you value most when buying a dishwasher? This is one of the situations where it is clear that the dishwasher exists because there...

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Creating more liveable cities using nature

Creating more liveable cities using nature

More than a year ago, we invited you to think green and it has been almost two years since we presented the concept "re-naturing cities”. Time waits for no man and it is a great achievement for us to ascertain how these concepts, which we study theoretically, become...

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How do we achieve a smart and sustainable city?

How do we achieve a smart and sustainable city?

For some years, we have been listening to talking about smart cities, more sustainable environments… but, in some cases we do not know what kind of strategies could do our city to turn into one of them. When we refer to Smart City, we talk about cities concerned with...

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A pilot experience with a constructed wetland

A pilot experience with a constructed wetland

Aquamundam project was briefly introduced in the previous chapter of this constructed wetland series. CARTIF is currently participating in the pilot setting and analysis within Aquamundam project. One of the main approved actions in this cross-border project is the...

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Plastic planet

Plastic planet

Oceans have become plastic soups and garbage patch, where 8 millions of tonnes of plastic are discharged every year and consequently remains floating in the seas, moreover tonnes of this material are accumulated in dumps. Plastic gets to forests, rivers and are found...

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Does my car pollute?

Does my car pollute?

Anti-pollution measures, speed limits, parking restrictions, even the grey sky colour, and very, very alarming data. These are the consequences of the circulation of our cars in big cities. According to the European Environment Agency (EEA), more than 13% of the...

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Strategic urban planning

Strategic urban planning

According to the United Nations, in 2014 more than half of the world’s population was living in urban areas and two third of the world’s population will be living in an urban area by 2050 being Europe the most urbanized continent (URBACT, 2015). The forecast for 2050...

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Are we ready for electric self-consumption?

Are we ready for electric self-consumption?

That the self-consumption is a real option and that is going to grow little by little is evident. But are we really prepared? The next few lines describe some steps to establish it in our homes. In the subject of self-consumption there is a concept that we must never...

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Extracting the juice from energy

Extracting the juice from energy

'Energy cannot be created or destroyed, it can only be changed from one form to another'. This is the most commonly known formulation of the First Principle of Thermodynamics. However, we often forget that energy is degraded to a greater or lesser extent when it...

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About recycling, celebrations and children

About recycling, celebrations and children

Last June 15 was a double celebration day in CARTIF. On the one hand, we celebrated the 25th Anniversary of the LIFE Programme, the EU’s funding instrument for the environment and climate action. It has passed 12 years for us since the first time we applied our first...

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Think green

Think green

We are opening this post providing a written record of we are not sponsored by a well-known beer brand. We dare to make you a direct request because we would like to urge you to do exactly what the title says: think green. At the end of last year, Pantone® company (an...

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Tag me!

Tag me!

The Cambridge dictionary defines the noun “label” as "a piece of paper or other material that gives you information about the object it is attached to." An active social network user would explain us tags are one of the most famous ways people use to find content on...

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Transforming our cities

Transforming our cities

One of the most important challenges that our society must face is how to transform our cities into more accessible, sustainable and efficient places. Our cities are, at this moment, in the very initial stages of this transformation, trying to get adapted to the new...

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How to recover the forest biomass?

How to recover the forest biomass?

It is likely that many of us have taken advantage of weekends to take a walk in the forest or the mountain. When we return home, impressed by the beauty of the landscape, we may have reflected with sadness on the enormous damage that forest fires cause in these...

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Where do R&D projects come from?

Where do R&D projects come from?

Have you ever wondered how a R&D project arises? How is it possible, for example, to be able to apply a photocatalytic treatment in the heart of a big city like Madrid? Ensuring respect of the environment through R&D requires a detailed plan of action, which...

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The re-naturing of our cities

The re-naturing of our cities

Currently, the 54% of world population lives im cities, and it is foreseen this figure rises by 70% in the middle of this century. Cities have been converted in denatured places in which is difficult to find interconnected nartural surroundings. Current urbanistic...

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Is our food security at risk?

Is our food security at risk?

Food security of two-thirds of the world s’ population depends on the availability and use of fertilizers. In the transition from a fossil reserve-based to a bio-based economy, it has become a critical challenge to close nutrient cycles and move to a more effective...

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Energy renovation in residential buildings

Energy renovation in residential buildings

In the European Commission, there is a clear interest in improving the energy and environmental conditions of the building sector, and to reduce the impact of this sector in terms of energy consumption and CO2 emissions. That interest is materialized in funding...

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