The AFRETEP team at Renewable Energy Unit (Ispra, JRC) has performed a
preliminary analysis comparing PV and diesel minigrid electricity costs in
Africa. A presentation with the results was done at the 25th European Solar
Energy Conference in Valencia (Spain). The slides used can be download from
here .The results were also published in the proceedings (the abstract,
publicly available within the platform  and also at the Conference web
We would like to invite to all the members of the platform to give us their
opinion on this study. Do you find the results useful? Do you see any
application for this type of study? Do you have further data that could
enrich this type of evaluation? Do you have any idea in how it can be
We are really looking forward to hearing from your opinion and ideas.
The mandate of the European Training Foundation (ETF) is to support the development of its partner countries in the area of human capital, with a specific focus on vocational education and training (VET).
The 2015 edition will promote the latest energy developments and encourage
their large-scale implementation in South-East Europe as well as speed up
foreign investment in the regional economy. It is a great networking place
for the international and local industry players.*
The World Water day is on the 22 March and The World Water Day 2009 website
 is now online. This year the theme for World Water Day is "Shared Water -
Shared Opportunities". Special focus will be placed on transboundary waters
Please note that a lot of new material is now available, including the World
Water Day brochure in English, French, Spanish, Arabic and Chinese - and even
*People from all over the world have contributed with information about
events and sent us photographs.*
Keeping pace with the market trends and demand ‘Save the Planet’
Exhibition encourages the waste and recycling technology transfer to
South-East Europe. It will provide participants with a quick market entry and
opportunity to meet face-to-face state and municipal representatives e.g.
government officials, mayors, ecologists; branch associations; investors and
entrepreneurs; executives from the sectors: waste management, recycling,
ecology and related industry branches.
*29-31 May 2013, Sofia, Bulgaria. Organizer: Via Expo* 
The exhibition will put on display new waste-to-energy technologies and
equipments for waste collection, treatment, landfill and composting,
transport vehicles, recycling systems, environmental monitoring & protection
services, etc. The Conference program will include the following sessions:
Waste prevention, Recycling/Resource Recovery, Energy and resource recovery,
Landfilling and Environmental aspects of waste treatment technologies.
*29-31 May 2013, Sofia, Bulgaria. Organizer: Via Expo*
*Profile: Solar PV & Thermal Systems and Technologies*
The solar industry enters a new phase of its development and is taking the
lead in the global energy mix. The excellent solar irradiation indicators on
the Balkans and the interest of leading companies in the sector led to the
launching of the SEE Solar Exhibition. It will be held parallel to the 9-th
edition of the annual SE European Exhibition on EE & RES for the second time.