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The NEWCOMERS project launched Our Energy, an online platform for education and awareness-raising for citizens and energy communities
li [dot] strandberg [at] iiiee [dot] lu [dot] se (Li Strandberg)
- published 3 December 2020
NEWCOMERS (New Clean Energy Communities in a Changing European Energy System), an EU Horizon 2020 project, has launched Our Energy, an online platform for education, awareness-raising, and networking, focusing on new clean energy communities, energy transitions and related topics. Our Energy offers short, interactive, multimedia presentations to educate, advise and inspire its users about energy and energy-related topics.
Our Energy (our-energy.eu) primarily targets energy communities, their members, and other interested EU citizens, as well as policy-makers and decision-makers, corporate actors, researchers, and other key stakeholders involved in the achievement of low-carbon energy transitions. The mission of the platform is to convey long and complicated, often academic texts into shorter, easily digestible chunks of knowledge, promoting energy-related knowledge and supporting energy communities in their path to success. Besides the findings from the H2020 NEWCOMERS project also other H2020 sister projects and other organisations are involved and invited to share their knowledge. New content will be added regularly and all interested stakeholders are invited to subscribe to the e-newsletter (either on the our-energy.eu or on the NEWCOMERS project website www.newcomersH2020.eu) to be informed about new content and developments on the Our Energy platform.
The platform offers interactive, short (5 to max. 15-minute long) multimedia presentations, enriched with videos, infographics, statistical data, quizzes and other dynamic means of sharing knowledge. All content is expert-reviewed and enriched with short statements by subject-matter experts. It is freely accessible to all users without registration but the registered users are entitled to additional benefits. Selected parts of the multimedia presentations are downloadable as open resources so that they can be translated, adapted or in other ways reused by interested stakeholders.
With regularly updated content, Our Energy’s purpose is to educate, advise and inspire all those interested in community energy, and even more broadly, in energy transitions. More developments and features are planned for the platform in the following year, including the networking function among interested EU citizens, energy communities and subject-matter experts who want to learn or share their knowledge and experience.
IIIEE and Jenny Palm is wp leader for wp 3, where a comparison is done between the energy systems in the six included NEWCOMERS countries. IIIEE is also leading the work with the three Swedish energy communities included in the project. At IIIEE the following researchers participate: Nancy Bocken, Katharina Reindl, Daniela Lazoroska and Klara Emitrem Holmgren.
NEWCOMERS is a Horizon 2020 funded project, exploring new clean energy communities using a highly innovative holistic approach - drawing on cutting-edge theories and methods from a broad range of social sciences coupled with strong technical knowledge and industry insight. The goal of the NEWCOMERS project is to deliver practical recommendations about how the European Union, as well as national and local governments, can support new clean energy communities to help them flourish and unfold their potential benefits for citizens and the Energy Union. Learn more about NEWCOMERS here: https://www.newcomersh2020.eu/about-us/