Monday, May 20, 2013

CCRES Neighborhood Program

Did you ever stop to think about what makes your community a good place to live? On the other hand, it may be you don't think you live in a good community. If you don't think so, what is it about the community you don't like? Is it the people, the traffic and congestion, the housing, the services, a combination-what is it?

Being homeless for example can be a temporary point in time,
or it can be a long, lonely, fearful, stressful and hungry time. Not all people
that are living on the street are the ones that you see as you walk down the
street or pass at an intersection. There are many, some say well over a thousand,
which are on the street due to an issue that sent them to the streets that they
had no real control over.

The economy may have had a role; the loss of a house
due to a bad mortgage; job loss due to layoffs; the list goes on and on. We are
not here to expound on all of the people issues that plague our towns, we are
here for one simple purpose:

 CCRES Neighborhood Program 

CROATIAN CENTER of RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES believe that giving turns ordinary money into change, a change for the better.
That's why we ask each of our CCRES partner to think about what they can do in their community to give.
Whether it's volunteering for a community event, helping out a neighbor in need, or making a donation, the act itself doesn't matter. Even the smallest act of giving can spark change.

In neighborhoods all across the Croatia, the CCRES Neighborhood Program is also helping families and business owners make energy efficiency upgrades that are saving them money and improving the comfort of our buildings.

CCRES continues giving, we urge you to do the same. Ask yourself the question:

What can you do?

Here are a few ideas to get you started:

Offer your skills.
Consider offering your skills rather than goods. Help an elderly neighbor with household fixes, offer to repaint a community playground, rake leaves or mow the lawn of a neighbor who is unable to do it. Often these skills are needed just as much, if not more than money or goods.

Give to Charity.
It doesn't have to be about money.

Inform yourself  for volunteer activities in your community.
Check out for many well-known organizations.

Visit a nursing home.
Take some of your free time and visit a nursing home. Read a book with an elderly person, talk about topics in the news, play cards and bring a little joy into both of your lives. You will probably come out with a new friend!

Help a school in your community.
Offer to help distribute school lunches, check or grade papers for teachers, help during recess, or manage school activity functions.

Clean up your community.
Participate in a local environmental clean-up day or start your own with family and friends. Go to your local parks, beaches, or hiking trails and pick up litter.

Send Holiday mail for Croatian heroes.
During the holiday season you can send a card to a Croatian soldier through the partnership between CCRES and HVIDRA.

Volunteer at a church.
Offer to help with the day care, cleaning the church, bringing fresh flowers for the services, or offer to do office work at the church administration office.

Donate clothing.
Are your clothes too tight, too loose, tags still on something you never wore? Give it away. You can stop by your local RED CROSS or KARITAS , and many communities have drop-off boxes where you can leave your donated goods.

Give a new Toys .
Donate a brand new toy to your local children nursery to help bring joy to a child in need. Contact your children nursery to learn how you can donate.

Give to a local food bank.
You can donate a few of the canned goods you currently have in your pantry. With the recent economic crisis, food banks aren't being given as much from donors and more people are needing to be served. Contact your local food bank today to find out how you can donate or visit

Donate books.
If you have books that have not been read in over a year, chances are you are not going to ever read them again. Give them away! Donate your used books to libraries, schools, or shelters so someone else can enjoy them like you once did.

Without generous private donations the CCRES would be unable to continue the valuable work it does in bringing objective information to an often overheated debate.

Making a donation is simple: 
a cheque payable to CROATIAN CENTER of RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES can be posted to the following address:


Medarska 24,

10 000 ,Zagreb,


or on:


BANK ACCOUNT 2484008-1105745975

IBAN HR0324840081105745975


More info at:

We also believe that the restoration of dignity is a
critical part of the solution. We look forward to your
questions and assistance.

Who are we and where did we come from:
 We are a not for profit educational organization located in Zagreb. All
of the proceeds from this project will go towards our mission and the expansion
of our mission.

The area was selected for many reasons; first it will be the launching site for a
regional and national roll out when we are successful with the first site.
Second it is where we live currently and we see the issues every day here as
well as other places, but here is where we can be most effective at this time.

As an ongoing support we will partner with local
and region organizations, both for profit and those not for profit organization
that we can team with for solutions. We will also provide a job for our clients
both as staff at the locations as well as assistance to our partners when and
where it is available.

We are concerned business people, members of the community, former
homeless people, caring individuals and maybe your next door neighbor.
We have begun at 2011 an organization called CCRES, it is a not for profit
Combined with all of our resources we have many years of business, life, community, 
and family experience.
All of which will be put to work on this project, we will succeed and we will
see this project to the successful completion of the opportunity to assist.

CCRES offers annual memberships for research institutions, public and private sector organizations, individual associates and students. Memberships are provide access to E-Newletters and invitations to CCRES seminars and other events.

 Annual Memberships:
 To become a member, please click JOIN NOW!  

Additional Benefits: 
Invitations to CCRES seminars, tours, lunches and other special events. Advance notice of joint-funding opportunities. Access to CCRES facilities. Receipt of E-Newsletter. Recognition and logo presence for CCRES websites. Ability to sponsor additional fellowships, meetings or seminars. A seat on the CCRES Advisory Board. Exclusive invitations to events. Listing on the CCRES webpage and blogs. High-profile inclusion in CCRES marketing materials.
By sharing best practices on things like workforce development and financing options, local efficiency programs can dramatically increase the number of Croatian homes that are energy efficient.
We will, with your help, make a difference in the community.
Thank you.

Sunday, May 5, 2013



HCOIE radionica i stručni seminar je dvodnevni događaj koji smo održali u prostorijama strukovnog Udruženja HCOIE na temu mogućnosti primjene fotonaponskih, odnosno sustava za pretvorbu Sunčeve u električnu energiju, te pretvaranje solarne energije u toplinsku.


Ovakvim tipom radionica i seminara željeli smo upoznati stručne suradnike, članove, studente, male i srednje tvrtke, obrte, ali i druge pravne i fizičke osobe koje su zainteresirane za proizvodnju energije Sunca s aktualnostima iz struke kako bismo doprinijeli povećanju kvalitete obrazovanja te omogućili svima zainteresiranima priliku za širenje znanja. 


Na radionici je bilo riječi o teoretskim osnovama i mogućnostima primjene istih, a potom su u praksi bili prikazani najuspješniji primjeri iz prakse, odnosno ostvareni projekti, o čemu su govorili predstavnici investitora, odnosno proizvođača i isporučitelja opreme. 


Namjera je i ove radionice bila organizirati edukaciju na kojoj će se polaznicima omogućiti visok stupanj interakcije s predavačima te upoznavanje s opremom.


Ukoliko želite sudjelovati na nekoj od budućih HCOIE radionica i seminara, molimo popunite pristupnicu koja se nalazi na stranicama HCOIE nakon kojeg ćete biti obaviješteni o programu i datumima narednih seminara i radionica.


Friday, May 3, 2013

News and Events by CCRES May 03, 2013


Croatian Center of Renewable Energy Sources 

News and Events May 03, 2013

Energy Department Offers $13 Million to Advance Ocean Energy Technologies


The Energy Department on April 30 announced up to $13 million in funding to develop and test advanced components and technologies to boost the performance of marine and hydrokinetic (MHK) energy systems. The Energy Department plans to select up to 10 awards aimed at developing advanced controls, power systems, and device structures specifically for MHK applications, which harness energy from waves, tides, or currents.
Through the new funding opportunity, the Energy Department intends to support projects that increase the power-to-weight ratio of MHK devices or improve system reliability through investment in three component technologies. The Department will select up to six projects to develop advanced control systems, including software or hardware, and perform numerical modeling or testing to assess performance improvements; up to two awards will be selected that focus on developing lighter, more compact, and more efficient power take-offs (PTOs) to increase system and component reliability and modularity and to make PTOs longer-lasting and easier to repair; and up to two projects will develop and test an advanced device structure that minimizes the loads transmitted to other components and increases the device’s ability to withstand extreme conditions. See the funding opportunity announcement at the Water Power Program Financial Opportunities Webpage.
The Energy Department also launched a new Energy 101 video on a range of innovative MHK technologies and the Department’s research and development efforts to improve performance and lower costs. Additional information on these efforts is available through Open Energy Information’s new Water Power Gateway. See the Progress Alert and the Water Power Gateway.

New Battery Design Could Help Solar and Wind Power the Grid


Researchers from the Energy Department's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford University have designed a low-cost, long-life “flow” battery that could enable solar and wind energy to become major suppliers to the electrical grid. The research is a product of the new Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR), an Energy Department Energy Innovation Hub. Established last November and led by Argonne National Laboratory with SLAC as a major partner, JCESR is one of five such Hubs created by the Energy Department to accelerate energy research.
While solar and wind power make a substantial contribution to the nation’s energy supply, they also create significant power fluctuations, which can sometimes exceed the tolerances of the electrical grid. “Flow” batteries can smooth those fluctuations. Typically, flow batteries pump two different liquids through an interaction chamber where dissolved molecules undergo chemical reactions that store or give up energy, and have a membrane that only allows ions not involved in reactions to pass between the liquids while keeping the active ions physically separated. The new flow battery uses a simplified design without a membrane, and is a less expensive design compared to other batteries, which may improve its scalability and cost-effectiveness. In laboratory tests, it also demonstrated excellent energy storage performance through the equivalent of more than five and a half years of daily charge and discharge cycles. See the Energy Department press release and the JCESR website.

Report Assesses Potential U.S. Hydropower Upgrades


The Energy Department on April 22 announced a new study outlining key improvements that can be made to hydropower production in the United States to provide more efficient and cost-effective electricity to homes and businesses. Developed with funding from the Energy Department, the Electric Power Research Institute's (EPRI) report, "Quantifying the Value of Hydropower in the Electric Grid," identifies and assesses the quantifiable benefits from potential improvements. The report cites potential upgrades such as installing turbines that can operate with lower water levels, utilizing new power plant designs that can increase revenue and efficiency, and monetizing the services hydropower provides to the nation's electric grid.
Hydropower supplies about 7% of U.S. electricity generation and is currently the nation's largest source of renewable electricity. Hydropower is widely valued for the ancillary services, or flexibility, it provides to the power grid—allowing storage capabilities, enabling fast stops and starts, and responding rapidly to imbalances of supply and demand to maintain power system stability. For example, pumped storage hydropower plants can pump water uphill when electricity supply exceeds demand, such as during nighttime hours or times when renewable energy sources are generating more power than consumers are using. This ability to store energy until it is needed—and to absorb excess renewable energy generation—lowers electricity prices and enables the generation of more renewable electricity.
The researchers looked at improvements that could boost the efficiency and output of hydropower plants and at pumped storage hydropower systems, particularly in their potential to be integrated with variable renewable sources such as wind and solar power. According to the report, hydropower plants could see their largest revenue and efficiency increases by deploying new hydropower technologies, making operational improvements, utilizing hydropower's flexibility more in grid resource planning, and monetizing the energy storage capability of pumped storage. Among the key findings from the report: relying more heavily on hydropower to address changes in electricity supply and demand could provide more flexible reserve power options and reduce wear and tear on conventional thermal-generating equipment; and expanding the effective operating range of hydropower units by reducing the minimum amount of water needed to use the turbines stably can increase the production value of plants by 60%. EPRI also published nine accompanying case studies and supplemental reports that discuss the elements covered in the final report in greater detail. See the Energy Department Progress Alert and the complete report PDF.

EIA Opens New State Energy Portal Online for Consumers


The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) announced on April 11 that it has launched a publicly available, comprehensive online view of the U.S. government's national and state energy data and information. The agency designed the new online portal with a range of users in mind, including policy makers, energy analysts, and the general public, who want to locate and compare state energy data and rankings and customize their own maps and charts, using an assortment of interactive tools.
Users can view an array of energy facilities and resources, including information about renewable resource potential for wind, solar, biomass, and geothermal energy. In addition to customizable maps, the portal summarizes each state's ranking of its energy production, consumption, prices, and more. The state energy portal adds a unique visual dimension to each state's energy resources and infrastructure. See the EIA press release and the state energy profile website.


  special thanks to U.S. Department of Energy |

A Renewable Boost for Natural Gas


The race to transition to cleaner, greener natural gas power plants is getting a boost from an unlikely source—solar energy. A new system developed by the Energy Department's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) converts natural gas and sunlight into a more energy-rich fuel called syngas, which will allow hybrid solar-gas power plants to use about 20% less natural gas to produce the same amount of electricity while also lowering the plant's greenhouse gas emissions.
The system works through concentrating solar power, which uses a reflecting surface to concentrate the sun's rays like a magnifying glass. In the case of the new system from PNNL, a mirrored parabolic dish directs sunbeams to a central point, where a device absorbs the solar heat to make syngas.
The four-foot-long, two-foot-wide device contains a chemical reactor and several heat exchangers. The concentrated sunlight heats up the natural gas flowing through the reactor's channels, where a catalyst helps turn the natural gas into syngas. The heat exchangers recycle leftover heat from the chemical reaction gas, increasing the efficiency of the system. In fact, tests on an early prototype of the device demonstrated that more than 60% of the sunlight hitting the parabolic dish was converted into chemical energy contained in the syngas. For the complete story, see the Energy Blog.

Croatian Center of Renewable Energy Sources (CCRES)