By CEO Søren Hermansen from the Energy Academy
Energy is good and spirits are high at the Energy Academy!
Version 2.0 is rolling and the transition on Samso from fossil fuel to renewables are proceeding as planned. Watch the latest film where many local stakeholders are sharing their thoughts about the work needed for the plan to be realized here.
Samso Energy Academy is a healthy organization with 12 staff members. We will very soon open a new office in Aarhus. This is happening to enforce the connection to Aarhus city and to “Central Denmark”, the region Samso belongs to. The project is called EU cultural capital 2017.
Samso is selected to be an important actor in the planning process. We will be responsible for the connection between the city and the rural areas of the region, and in strengthening the effort to be more sustainable.
We will in cooperation with the 19 municipalities and we are optimistic for the work with energy and culture in new combinations. We hope to use the experiences from the Samso Energy island project and combine the work with the new fossil energy free island plan by for 2030.
The board of the academy has made a brush up of the bylaws. The plan is to invite new organizations to be member of the academy. If your organization is interested you can call +45 87921011 or mail to kd.te1524219965imeda1524219965kaigr1524219965ene@o1524219965fni1524219965
New exiting folder on Samso as Fossil Free Island
Get it here.
GROCERYSTORE “SUPER BRUGSEN” will be able to save around 60.000 DKK a year, with almost no investment
Project manager Jan Jantzen and Michael Kristensen
SuperBrugsen, a local supermarket, in Tranebjerg has it all: space heating and cooling, refrigeration and freezers, ventilation and light. Therefore, SuperBrugsen has been our main example.
Energy Checked focuses on the setback, because the daily life is very busy, and it is difficult to change the daily routines (the behavior). On the other hand, we can adapt the technique to store behavior by adjusting the setback.
See the report at Night Hawks page for SuperBrugsen
ELEKTRIC CARS festival
By Daily manager Michael Larsen
At the Energy Academy, the use of videos is a very important part of the dissemination of our projects according to information and documentation.
Later we have produced a video about Electric Vehicles funded by the Danish Energy Agency, where we have studied solutions promoting Electric Vehicles on Samso in relation to private and public transportation.
The Energy Academy have discovered that the project has supported the mindset and ownership of the people living on Samso concerning the concept “First Movers Pioneers in order to become a Fossil Free Island.
Watch the video and learn about the economic benefits in changing a car run by petrol or diesel into an electric car here (in Danish).
RETHINK 2017 DK
Project manager Peter Christensen
Samso Energy Academy has just received funding from Aarhus 2017. The academy shall build up the capacity of cultural projects within the field of sustainability and citizen participation and help to strengthen the European dimension of the cultural capital project.
In the future, the Academy will be connected to 2017 as a strategic sustainability adviser.
This will be marked with a kick-off workshop on the island, the 11th and 12th of September.
Further information on Aarhus 2017: http://www.aarhus2017.dk/en
NORDIC PILOT EDUCATION READY WITH 22 ADMITTANS
Project manager Malene Annikki Lundén
Education of Tomorrow…
Shaping the Education of Tomorrow. 2012 Report on the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development. Abridged. DESD Monitoring and Evaluation. UNESCO 2012, p. 5:
“ESD is emerging as the unifying theme for many types of education that focus on different aspects of sustainability,(…)ESD is increasingly perceived as a catalyst for innovation in education(….)Boundaries between schools, universities, communities and the private sector are blurring due to a number of trends. ESD is often at the heart of new creative multi-stakeholder configurations involving these ESD-stakeholders.”
With the challenge of sustainable development as considerable as ever, recognition is growing that technological advances, legislation and policy frameworks are not enough. These need to be accompanied by changes in mind-sets, values and lifestyles, and the strengthening of people’s capacities to bring about change.”
SAMSOE: World’s First 100 Percent Renewable Energy-Powered Island Is a Beacon for Sustainable Communities
By Business Manager Jesper Roug Kristensen
The 9.of April 2014 the CEO for EcoWatch Stefanie Spear visited Samso community focusing at sustainable energy and ecology solutions implemented at Samso local community.
Also see the Huffington Post article here.
PEAK in The Energy Academy’s new digital treasure box
By Project Manager Jacob Wenzel
Under the working title “The Energy Institute” The Energy Academy and a number of partners has been working to develop a platform that can collect, organize, categorize and distribute the valuable information and data that is being harvested in the processes of energy transformation on the island of Samso and with The Energy Academy partners worldwide.
“The Energy Institute” contains all the reports, documents, video and audio clips, manuals, publications and all other digital resources documenting how Samso succeeded to become self-sufficient in renewable energy at only 10 years, and how it will be possible to be free of fossil fuels in the plan for a “Fossil Free Island”.
We chose to build the platform in the open source software EPrints. In addition to being able to read and search the contents all of the many files and documents, it also allows users to collaborate around the content or create search agents amongst other things.
The platform is now almost ready, and we at the Academy hope that it can become a tool for students and researchers in renewable energy or a source of inspiration for projects in energy conversion in other local areas. We anticipate launching first of August, but “The Energy Institute” is already available on the web so the curious can peek at the platform, although it is still under construction.
IMPORTANT DATES FOR MEETINGS AND CONFERENCES
RETHINK Århus 2017 kick off Workshop
The 11th and 12th of September on Samso
GREEN EMBASSY COPENHAGEN MEETING
September 5 and 6 on Samso.
Sign up through the website
EU SMILEGOV PROJECT MEETING
September 29 and October 2
USA COLLEGE OF THE ATLANTIC – SAMSO ENERGY ACADEMY EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM
September 14 through October 3
ENERGY EXHIBITION ON SAMSO
18th and 19th of October
NORDIC PILOT EDUCATION PROGRAMME ON SAMSO: “SUSTAINABILITY”
November 21 to November 23