In late November, right after the European Solar Prize awards in Luxembourg, delegates from EUROSOLAR sections all over Europe gathered in the head office in Bonn. In the ancient building near the river that has hosted the organisation since 1999, the delegates from Austria, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Russia and Spain met to update one another on recent developments in their countries and to determine EUROSOLAR’s strategy for the next four years.
Prof. Peter Droege encouraged the delegates to engage in political action and to build networks and movements to increase EUROSOLAR’s political impact. One of the main ideas is addressing young people and implementing activities at a European level. Through a structural reform, the president intends to enhance the cooperation between EUROSOLAR’s section. “We have to focus on both rapid change and the proliferation of renewables to create a culture of sustainability”. He presented EUROSOLAR’s innovative initiatives for 2020, emphasising the launch of the two new conferences. The first one, called “Solar City”, will be an international conference on comprehensive urban integration of renewable energies, while the second one will focus on combining renewables and agriculture in Europe under the heading “Energy and resource - farming 4.0”.
Josep Puig from Barcelona described the current situation in Spain, details on the protests in Catalonia and its impact on Renewable Energy Politics. Wolfgang Hein from Austria pointed out that there is no real government in his country at the moment which could be a chance for a “renewable future”. Milan Smrž reported on the growing nuclear activities in the Czech Republic as well as vast amounts of coal being exported from there.
Axel Berg as head of the German section gave an introduction into the German energy sector and climate laws and called for a more forward-looking legislation to keep the energy transition going. Eliana Cangelli talked about the increasing role of gas in the Italian energy sector. She pointed out that her government has no Renewable Energy program and stressed the necessity for closer cooperation of sections.
George Kekelidze reported on the Renewable Energy market in Russia that has been evolving from stagnation to a rather dynamic situation for Renewable technologies. Opportunities are multiplying, especially small projects because of the amount of remote areas without any grid connection. Meanwhile, there are government-subsidized projects as well as private cooperate projects, large wind farm, small hydro power plants and bio energy plants developing.
Most importantly, the delegates elected the new board and President as well as a new treasurer. Professor Peter Droege DI TUM MAAS MIT was elected President on the Board/Executive Committee of EUROSOLAR.. The assembly voted for the acceptance of the proposed candidates and approved all nine candidates as vice-presidents.
The new Board consists of:
• Prof. Peter Droege, President, Liechtenstein
• Dr. Eliana Cangelli, Italy
• Stephan Grüger, MdL, Germany
• DI Wolfgang Hein, Austria
• Rosa Hemmers, Germany
• Dr. Fabio Longo, Germany
• Dr. Josep Puig, Spain
• Dr. Brigitte Schmidt, Germany
• Milan Smrz, Czech Republic
• Prof. Dr. Tanay Uyar, Turkey
Wera Tschekorsky Orloff was elected as the new treasurer of EUROSOLAR.
The Board is pleased to take up its work, looks forward to the coming years with optimism and thanks all members and supporters.