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Crowdfunding platforms for renewable energy investments: an overview of best practices in the EU

Wouter De Broeck
This paper takes a closer look at EU crowdfunding platforms offering investment in renewable energy (RES) projects, how they are exposed to an lead with investor risk. We analyze the platforms’ business model and the resulting risk types, as well as their assessment, mitigation and communication based on an in depth document review and on a survey taken among the platform’s representatives. The resulting overview shows that RES-crowdfunding activity thrives on stable long term policy...

The price of wind power generation in Iberia and the merit-order effect

Nuno Carvalho Figueiredo & Patrícia Pereira Da Silva
Renewable energy generation depresses electricity spot prices, which is often used as argument to justify incentives provided to renewables. In the so-called “merit-order effect”, renewable power reduces the load available for conventional power and displaces higher marginal cost generation out of the market.  In this study, we estimate the value of the “merit-order effect” due to wind power generation in the Iberian market, in the period between 1st January 2008 and 31st October 2016. This...

Energy markets, financing and accounting – Special issue from the 2017 International Conference on Energy & Environment

Isabel Soares, Paula Ferreira & Poul Alberg Østergaard
This editorial introduces the 15th volume of the International Journal of Sustainable Energy Planning and Management. The volume is a special issue from the 2017 International Conference on Energy & Environment, Porto, Portugal and it presents work on energy markets, energy financing and accounting of energy projects.

Potential Impediments to Long-Term and Low-Carbon Investment: The International Accounting Standards at Stake

Sandra Rigot & Samira Demaria
    This paper[i] aim to understand the role of today’s accounting requirements for financial intermediaries (banks and insurers), to be aware of their limitations and to underscore the need for reform in order to foster long-term and then low-carbon capital spending in Europe. The paper shows that International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) can affect long-term asset allocation of banks and insurance companies. International accounting standards do not differentiate between low and carbon intensive investment...

Introduction

Alexandre Cesar Cunha Leite & Xing Li
Introduction for the 2018 Special Issue of the Journal of China and International Relations.

A Decade of Emergence

Leonardo Ramos, Ana Garcia, Diego Pautasso & Fernanda Cristina Ribeiro Rodrigues
The article aims at presenting a discussion about the processes of institutionalization and the expansion of the BRICS through its eight summits. Two issue areas will be emphasised: (i) international political economy – particularly international development – and (ii) international security. The hypothesis is that the BRICS forum has passed through an institutional densification process – see the New Development Bank and the Contingent Reserve Agreement. In such a process, despite the increasing relevance of...

New Globaliser in the Hood

Diego Trindade D'Ávila Magalhães
During most of the 19th century, the UK was the primary driver of economic globalisation in Brazil. In the early 20th century, the US surpassed the British as Brazil’s main economic partner. Since 2009, China has become Brazil’s most important trade partner. Nowadays, Washington pushes for deglobalisation, while Beijing paves the way to reinforce globalisation. Accordingly, the global interconnection of the Brazilian economy increasingly depends on China. This article analyses how China is globalising the...

New Institutions on the Block

Fernanda De Castro Brandão Martins
The rise of emerging markets and the creation of the BRICS group point to changes in international governance. This paper takes into account the initiatives that have emerged within the BRICS grouping regarding global financial governance, and considers the possible impact of these institutions. Brazil and China are very different countries, even though both are part of the BRICS and share common interests regarding the promotion of development and greater influence for developing countries over...

Brazil-China Energy Cooperation

Philipe Pedro Santos Xavier, Elia Elisa Cia Alves, Andrea Q. Steiner & Fabíola Faro Eloy Dunda
Is it possible to infer that the BRICS has boosted energy cooperation between Brazil and China? If yes, how did it happen? Here, we attempt to answer these questions by analyzing all of the statements from the eight summits promoted under the BRICS (2009-2016), as well as thirty-four energy related bilateral international acts promoted among BRICS countries between 1994 and 2015. Among the main results, we found that, while bilateral energy relations between Brazil and...

Defense Economy and National Development

Sabrina Evangelista Medeiros, Rita De Cassia Oliveira Feodrippe & Laura Martucci Benvenuto
This paper aims at describing the manner through which both Brazil and China have invested in the defense economy as an instrument for national development. It assumes that investments in the industrial sectors can leverage the full productive chains of the civilian economy, based on the premise that the impact of defense economics is also responsible for spillovers and spin-offs that are not purely economic. In this sense, our hypothesis is that the Chinese and...

Brazil, China and Internet Governance

Louise Marie Hurel & Maurício Santoro Rocha
The Internet has continuously been drawing the attention of states. Governance became a central aspect to negotiating tensions between state and non-state actors involved in the Internet ecosystem. This paper draws a comparative analysis between China and Brazil – with a particular emphasis on the latter – in the negotiations on global Internet governance. The primary objective of this work is to identify similarities and differences between both countries’ cyber-policies lying at the intersection of...

The Concept of Business Model Scalability

Morten Lund & Christian Nielsen
Purpose: The purpose of the article is to de ne what scalable business models are. Central to the contemporary understanding of business models is the value proposition towards the customer and the hypotheses generated about delivering value to the customer which become a good foundation for a long-term pro table business. However, the main message of this article is that while providing a good value proposition may help the rm ‘get by’, the really successful...

Introduction

Alexandre Cesar Cunha Leite & Xing Li
Introduction to the Special Issue on Brazil and China at the BRICS for the journal of China and International Relations (Volume 6, Number 1: 2018).

A Decade of Emergence

Leonardo Ramos, Ana Garcia, Diego Pautasso & Fernanda Cristina Ribeiro Rodrigues
The article aims at presenting a discussion about the processes of institutionalization and the expansion of the BRICS through its eight summits. Two issue areas will be emphasised: (i) international political economy – particularly international development – and (ii) international security. The hypothesis is that the BRICS forum has passed through an institutional densification process – see the New Development Bank and the Contingent Reserve Agreement. In such a process, despite the increasing relevance of...

New Globaliser in the Hood

Diego Trindade D'Ávila Magalhães
During most of the 19th century, the UK was the primary driver of economic globalisation in Brazil. In the early 20th century, the US surpassed the British as Brazil’s main economic partner. Since 2009, China has become Brazil’s most important trade partner. Nowadays, Washington pushes for deglobalisation, while Beijing paves the way to reinforce globalisation. Accordingly, the global interconnection of the Brazilian economy increasingly depends on China. This article analyses how China is globalising the...

New Institutions on the Block

Fernanda De Castro Brandão Martins
The rise of emerging markets and the creation of the BRICS group point to changes in international governance. This paper takes into account the initiatives that have emerged within the BRICS grouping regarding global financial governance, and considers the possible impact of these institutions. Brazil and China are very different countries, even though both are part of the BRICS and share common interests regarding the promotion of development and greater influence for developing countries over...

Brazil-China Energy Cooperation

Philipe Xavier, Elia Elisa Cia Alves, Andrea Q. Steiner & Fabíola Faro Eloy Dunda
Is it possible to infer that the BRICS has boosted energy cooperation between Brazil and China? If yes, how did it happen? Here, we attempt to answer these questions by analyzing all of the statements from the eight summits promoted under the BRICS (2009-2016), as well as thirty-four energy related bilateral international acts promoted among BRICS countries between 1994 and 2015. Among the main results, we found that, while bilateral energy relations between Brazil and...

Defense Economy and National Development

Sabrina Evangelista Medeiros, Rita De Cassia Oliveira Feodrippe & Laura Martucci Benvenuto
This paper aims at describing the manner through which both Brazil and China have invested in the defense economy as an instrument for national development. It assumes that investments in the industrial sectors can leverage the full productive chains of the civilian economy, based on the premise that the impact of defense economics is also responsible for spillovers and spin-offs that are not purely economic. In this sense, our hypothesis is that the Chinese and...

Brazil, China and Internet Governance

Louise Marie Hurel & Maurício Santoro Rocha
The Internet has continuously been drawing the attention of states. Governance became a central aspect to negotiating tensions between state and non-state actors involved in the Internet ecosystem. This paper draws a comparative analysis between China and Brazil – with a particular emphasis on the latter – in the negotiations on global Internet governance. The primary objective of this work is to identify similarities and differences between both countries’ cyber-policies lying at the intersection of...

Re-focusing the Creative Process: Blending Problem-Based Studio Practice and Online Reflection

Ben John Cunningham
To promote the development of greater creativity in my students’ design work, I created an online tool—called Reflective Inquiry (RI)—that accompanies all of my open-ended assignments  and that I require students to submit with each project.  The RI is composed of a series of prompts that students must respond to, almost daily, to explain and illustrate their thinking processes and decisions.  I ask students to think critically about questions such as “what don’t you understand...

Factors Affecting the Team Formation and Work in Project Based Learning (PBL) for Multidisciplinary Engineering Subjects

Ahmad Sedaghat
The main challenges facing a project based learning (PBL) facilitator in Australian College of Kuwait (ACK) is addressed here in team forming for multidisciplinary PBL subjects of diploma students in mechanical and civil engineering. These challenges include the type of projects, how to team up students, how to proceed with planning, how to swap planning outputs among teams, and how to proceed with implementation of a project. Having executed several multidisciplinary subjects over few years...

Clinic for Rehabilitation and Disability Psychology: A Psychological Master Degree Programme Resting on Problem-Based Learning

Chalotte Glintborg & Tia G.B. Hansen
Problem-based learning (PBL) is widely recognised as a pedagogical approach across disciplines. However, the relevance and application of PBL in psychology has received limited attention. Therefore, this article presents a PBL-based master degree programme for psychologists. The article is divided into three sections. First, we present the rationale and need for developing this programme. Secondly, the programme curriculum is described in details and, third, the programme’s practical and theoretical aspects and potentials are discussed in...

A Case Study of Formative Assessment Using Mobile Applications and Peripherals to Encourage ‘Real-Life’ Critical Analysis in the Biosciences

Daniel J Peart, Orrin J Fairhead & Keyleigh A Stamp
This paper shares a practice of encouraging critical analysis in science students by comparing mobile applications and peripherals to traditional tools to record physiological variables such as heart rate and blood pressure. A progressive series of case studies is described with learning outcomes mapped to the benchmark statement for Bioscience from the United Kingdom's Quality Assurance Agency. A student reflection and staff commentary of the practice is also offered.

STABILITY ASSESSMENT OF INVERTER-FED POWER SYSTEMS

Yanbo Wang
The PhD Series of the Faculty of Engineering and Science, Aalborg University

Short-Circuit Instabilities in Silicon IGBTs and Silicon Carbide Power MOSFETs

Paula Diaz Reigosa
The PhD Series of the Faculty of Engineering and Science, Aalborg University

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