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Energy research and innovation plays an important role in order to satisfy constantly increasing energy needs while fighting climate change.

Cooking a meal, heating a house, lighting a street, keeping a hospital open, running a factory, driving a car – energy is at the heart of everybody's life. It is also a crucial factor for economic competitiveness and employment.
The current fossil-fuel based energy system is unsustainable, not only due to scarce resources, but also because of a negative impact on climate change. Therefore, the European Council has unanimously decided that the EU requires to largely decarbonise its energy system by 2050.

Energy research and innovation has an essential role to play in addressing the challenge of satisfying security of energy supply, competitiveness of the EU industry and ensuring affordable prices for the citizens, whilst at the same time combating climate change. While doing this, we are looking for synergies with other sectors, e.g. telecoms and ICT industry.

To provide European citizens with the widest energy source choice, while respecting the right of Member States to decide on their own energy mix, several energy and ICT technologies need to be available. In parallel, we need to stay in line with:

  • the commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20% by 2020;
  • the objective of a further reduction up to 80-95% by 2050.

Therefore, the energy research is a very complex area including various technologies and covering the following fields:


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Events

From 14/09/2015 - 02:00 to 15/09/2015 - 02:00
Brussels, Belgium,

The event targets potential applicants to the calls for project proposals under the H2020 challenge 'Secure, Clean and Efficient Energy'.

The new Work Programme for 2016-2017 in the area of H2020 energy research will be presented on 14 September and in-depth sessions on various calls of the Work Programme will be held on 15 September.

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From 28/06/2015 - 02:00 to 01/07/2015 - 02:00
Leiden, The Netherlands,

This year the theme for the conference is Global Outreach: Enabling Cultures and Diversity in Research Management and Administration. This theme reflects the growing need and ambition to reach out and get connected and work together globally. Cooperating not only in the field of scientific research & innovation and higher education but also in the field of research management and administration. Read more

30/06/2015 - 02:00
London, UK,

Timed to examine Government's post-election plans for UK science and innovation policy, and informed by the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee's inquiry on Priorities for science, this seminar will bring together key stakeholders from the academic community and R&D-intensive industries with policymakers.

Keynote address by Dr Jack Metthey, Director, Policy Development and Coordination: "Making the most of Horizon 2020 ‐ UK involvement in EU science programmes"

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Multimedia

26/11/2014 - 12:13

Many scientists point out that the goal of social sciences is not simply to understand how people behave in large groups, but to understand what motivates individuals to behave the way they do. Could this fundamental insight be transformed in a step forward towards the solution of important societal challenges like traffic congestion or the sustainability a fully electrified transportation system? Among others, those are the questions that DATASIM project tried to address. Read more

27/05/2014 - 17:51

This short video animation will guide you through the first steps you will need to take to apply to Horizon 2020. Read more

27/05/2014 - 17:32

Find out more about Horizon 2020 in this three minute animation clip which will give you a general overview of the programme specifics. Read more

News

25/07/2014 - 18:52

Research partnerships between the EU, the private sector and Member States presented their first calls for projects and partners under Horizon 2020, the EU's €80 billion research and innovation programme, at an event in Brussels on 9 July 2014. Read more

11/07/2014 - 19:10

The new contract for JET facilities has been signed on 6 June 2014 between the European Commission and the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy. It is a major EUR 283 million contract, under Article 10 of the Euratom Treaty that enables exploitation of JET - the world’s largest experimental magnetic fusion device - to continue until the end of 2018. Read more

Project stories

22/05/2015 - 11:54

Developing numerical models for analysing the stability, efficiency and feasibility of floating wind turbines, the future of offshore wind power generation, was the remit of the EU-funded ICFLOAT project. Its innovative techniques are already being used to analyse other types of wind energy devices. Read more

18/05/2015 - 15:11

The EU-funded FUSENET project created new learning opportunities for Europe’s future fusion scientists by developing educational materials, organising internships and bringing academia and industry closer together. While the project may be officially over, the concept has been kept very much alive through the ever-expanding FUSENET Association. Read more

13/04/2015 - 14:32

Carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology has the potential to help the EU significantly cut its greenhouse gas emissions. However, a lack of low-cost and energy-efficient capture technologies is hampering their take-up. EU-funded researchers have developed new CCS technologies to produce efficient and cost-effective electrical power from fossil fuels with near-zero emissions. One solution has been patented, while another is being prepared for market. Read more

Publications

01/04/2015 - 13:30

For three decades, the EU Framework Programmes have been funding breakthroughs across Europe. RTD’s Horizon Magazine looks at the people and events that have helped shape European research policy, taking you behind the scenes during the pivotal moments from the last 30 years of research funding. These articles have been brought together into a special Horizon supplement to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Framework Programmes. Read more

Press Release

05/02/2015 - 16:40

With the support of the European Research Council (ERC) "Proof of Concept" grants, 59 researchers in Europe will now get the chance to turn their inventions into viable products. Read more

05/12/2014 - 18:33

Today (5 December 2014) the European Union and Switzerland signed a comprehensive international agreement associating Switzerland to parts of Horizon 2020, Research and Training Programme of Euratom and the ITER project. This will see Switzerland participate in project consortia in eligible programmes on an equal footing with EU Member States, while financially contributing to these programmes with an estimated €400 million until the end of 2016. Read more

25/04/2014 - 19:00

An EU-funded research project called SOLAR-JET has produced the world's first "solar" jet fuel from water and carbon dioxide (CO2), a promising technology for a better energy security and turning possibly a greenhouse gas into a useful resource.

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