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Biodiversity of Energy Solutions: Paving the Way for a Sustainable Future for All

Discover with us the EU new key objective to ensure optimal energy transition and accessible energy prices for all.

Since 1945, the European Forum Alpbach1 has served as an interdisciplinary platform for addressing the socio-political issues of our time. This year, Windcity had the privilege to actively engage in and contribute to the discussion on the energy transition and the future of green energy in Europe.

During the Euregio Days 2023, held on August 19 and 20, entrepreneurs and innovators from the Euregio Tyrol-Alto Adige Trentino showcased their research on “energy transition and security of energy supply” as part of an international competition.

Windcity stood out on this occasion, securing the first Euregio Innovation Prize for its project, “Energies from a Variable Nature”2, thus marking the culmination of years of dedicated research in the field. The project impressed the judjes for its innovative approach to the mechanics of mini wind turbines, featuring passive variable geometry technology. This unique solution enables mini wind turbines to revolutionize energy conversion by more efficiently harnessing low-altitude and urban winds for energy production.

As the winner, Windcity, represented by founder Tommaso Morbiato – alongside the other projects on the podium – was invited to present at the European Forum in Alpbach. This opportunity allowed interaction with scientific and institutional experts in green energy, gaining insights into the perspective and direction that the European Union is advocating for in the energy market: a market centered on the biodiversity of energy solutions.

The winners of the Euregio Innovation Prize on the podium

The recent crisis in natural gas supplies, resulting from the Russian-Ukrainian conflict in February 2022, has highlighted that, despite the EU having a significant share of renewable solutions in energy production, unforeseeable spikes in the price trends of fossil fuels could lead to a substantial—and partly unjustified—rise in energy component prices. This situation could potentially jeopardize the entire production chain, even interfering significantly with private supply3.
In order to mitigate future price shocks, the EU is implementing a radical reform of the energy market, focusing precisely on long-term solutions that can ensure a stable and, above all, sustainable energy supply4. This EU initiative aims to address various gaps in the market, highlighted by the energy crisis of 2022, programmatically emphasizing the need for a diversification of energy sources5.

During her speech at the European Forum in Alpbach, Mechthild Wörsdörfer – deputy director general for the European Commission Directoral General for Energy (DG ENER) – emphatically underscored a key objective: to promote the biodiversity of solutions for energy supply. This involves fostering a system where various proposals can coexist and significantly contribute to a genuine energy transition. The identified goal is not to unilaterally favor green solutions at the expense of traditional ones. Instead, the focus is on expanding the array of options to promote self-sufficiency and independence. This approach aims to provide a diverse, widespread network capable of delivering energy to every user at a fair and reasonable cost.

Windcity wholeheartedly embraces this philosophy. Windcity’s vertical-axis small wind turbines precisely align with this market segment, positioning themselves as a suitable solution for the autonomous and small-scale segment of the energy market where traditional solutions fall short. Moreover, in alignment with the European initiative focused on the biodiversity of energy sources, Windcity’s small wind turbine serves as a complementary solution to photovoltaics. It’s wind turbines can in fact be easily installed by directly connecting it to the inverter of the photovoltaic panels, eliminating the necessity to acquire additional components. This integrated approach establishes a system capable of ensuring continuous energy production, wherein wind and photovoltaic elements synergize to compensate for each other’s limitations.

Furthermore, the ethical principles upheld by Windcity align with another primary goal of the European Community: advancing the wind energy market. Despite the historical success of the large-scale wind energy sector, its utilization and prospective expansion face a series of pressing challenges, including uncertain demand, intricate authorization procedures, limited access to raw materials, and increasing competition from international counterparts6.

This specific scenario necessitates immediate intervention, as emphasized by President Ursula Von der Leyen in her recent State of the Union address7. To address these challenges, the European Commission presented a “European Wind Power Action Plan”8 on October 24, with the objective of ensuring that the transition to clean energy is concurrent with industrial competitiveness, thereby sustaining the success of wind energy in Europe.

Windcity has the opportunity to integrate seamlessly into this context by introducing biodiversity to the wind energy sector and providing a distributed solution across the territory. This approach supports the big wind turbines market, which is currently facing difficulties, contributing to the broader objectives outlined in the European action plan.

In conclusion, Windcity’s proposed innovative technology provides state-of-the-art solutions that align with the EU’s objectives for innovation and sustainability in the energy sector. This contribution aids in establishing an energy system that is maximally diversified and, consequently, more sustainable. Windcity does not seek to replace existing energy sources; rather, it targets an underserved market segment, presenting an additional operational solution that, when integrated with other existing solutions, can contribute to achieving energy self-sufficiency. This approach, ensuring biodiversity in energy production, is crucial for taking increasingly significant strides toward a greener future characterized by stable and accessible energy prices for all segments of the population.

  1. https://www.alpbach.org/
  2. https://www.europaregion.info/it/euregio/progetti/istruzione-ricerca/premio-innovazione-delleuregio/
  3. https://www.consilium.europa.eu/it/policies/electricity-market-reform/
  4. https://www.consilium.europa.eu/it/press/press-releases/2023/10/17/reform-of-electricity-market-design-council-reaches-agreement/
  5. This specific point is highligthed in the REPowerEU Plan, EU master plan for the reform of the energy sector
  6. https://italy.representation.ec.europa.eu/notizie-ed-eventi/notizie/la-commissione-definisce-azioni-immediate-sostegno-dellindustria-europea-dellenergia-eolica-2023-10-24_it
  7. https://state-of-the-union.ec.europa.eu/index_en
  8. https://energy.ec.europa.eu/publications/european-wind-power-action-plan_it

    Cover picture credits: Land Tirol/Sedlak

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