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No life without water, nor without energy. Sustainable energy is energy made from sustainable sources like biomass, wind, sun and water. For Belgium and The Netherlands there are some eight sources for sustainable energy.
These are bio-energy, wind energy, environment heat (heat pumps), thermal sun energy, photovoltaic sun energy, water power, energy storing and earth heat.
The use of sustainable sources is important to prevent CO2-exhaust and to be less dependent on the terminable fossile stores ( earth oil, earth gas and coal ) and nuclear fuel.
Again, the United Nations rang the alarm-bell years ago. Energy, even more than water, is big business.The American oil and energy sector and their by them sponsored government, refuse adamantly to sign the agreements of the UN, and will certainly not carry them out.
The European Union has already issued the necessary directives, which must be applied by the member states. Special attention is given to the sustainable use of electricity, the so called Green Current.

Once again it is obvious that the Dutch approach is much more thorough and systematic than the Belgian. We do not have a hundred percent equivalent of an organisation like the Dutch Project Bureau for Sustainable Energy.
“The Project Bureau Sustainable Energy (PDE) is an initiative of the government, the energy sector and the Dutch trade and industry. Its main purpose is to promote the publicity, the production and the consumption of sustainable energy. This is being done by PDE as they act as driving force, bridge maker and national reference point .”
For those who want to know more about this subject:
Everyone can make use there online of, a calculating programme to get a simple and global indication of the attainability of applications of bio-energy in a specific situation.

In Belgium we have another problem: we use much more nuclear-produced energy. The previous government, put under pressure by the Greens, decided to stop this gradually, at least when they find an alternative. A job for Freya…

Nuclear energy will of course be on the agenda of the SDIT training at Mol, when we visit the company Belgoprocess. As a matter of fact, the first nuclear reactors of Western Europe were built at Mol, and almost all nuclear experts were trained there in the European Centre for Nuclear Energy.

VITO too has expertise in the field of sustainable energy, namely Heat Power Coupling (WKK) and Cold–Heat storage
A WWK-unit produces as much power (electricity) as warmth. Essential for the idea WWK is that both products are being applied usefully and that the warmth is not cooled off.
Cold-heat storage uses the available winter cold and the summerwarmth of the air, which is stored in the ground water. It works as a closed system that uses ground water but does not consume it. This sustainable energy can be used for cooling in summer and for pre-heating ventilation air in winter.

In the project meeting of SDIT partners at Messina, volcano experts will illustrate how the Italians have plans and experiments to get energy out of magma. Although it will be more difficult to transport Etna than oil!

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