It is my pleasure to introduce the second Newsletter of the ALPHEUS research project to you. With the so-called “Green Deal” the EU adopted quite ambitious targets of climate neutrality in Europe by 2050 and a reduction of net greenhouse gas emissions of at least 55% by 2030, compared to 1990 levels.
When the first Newsletter had been published in December 2021, no one has foreseen the political developments of this year and their impact on the energy sector with dramatically increasing prices for energy and electricity and the need to secure the energy supply without endangering the overall emission targets. The EU’s answer to the current political situation is the REPowerEU Plan, providing for among other measures an increase of the 40 % target of the renewables’ share in the energy production mix to 45 % by 2030. At the same time the EU continues promoting a sustainable economic growth helping industry to be resilient and competitive on a long–term basis.
Key driver for the transformation of the energy and industry sector will be innovation. And here, the ALPHEUS project can help: with a technology allowing countries without significant altitudes to use the pump storage technology and to contribute to the target of “clean energy”.
Since the Newsletter 2021, the work of the Consortium has well advanced. I would like to thank all members of the Consortium and their collaborators for the enormous research work they have done.
The Newsletter presents the recent research results and gives you an insight view from the design of the turbines to the dam design and the discussion on finding suitable sites. Enjoy the reading!
Bettina Geisseler, GEISSELER LAW / Germany, Chairman of the External Advisory Board