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Renewable Energy for Europe – Research in Action

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European Commission, Charlemagne Building
21-22 November 2005

Logo Renewable Energies for Europe – Research in Action


The conference aimed to present the important role that renewable energy research plays in Europe, and to enhance awareness among stakeholders of the opportunities ahead. Key European success stories were analysed, and the existing and planned European renewable energy technology platforms on PV, biofuels and wind were presented.

A particular emphasis was placed on learning from national research programmes and examining possibilities to stimulate coordination.

The potential of the different renewable energies was put in the wider context of the renewable energy portfolio and market conditions.

Programme outline

21 November 2005

9.30 – 10.30
Welcome and Introduction
Chairperson: B. Thomsen – ITRE Committee vice-chair, European Parliament

  • Opening address, J. Potočnik Commissioner for Research and Science PDF icon [190 Kb]
  • Keynote address, M. Wicks UK Minister for Energy (EU Presidency) PDF icon [606 Kb]

11.00 – 12.30
Success stories – Industrial perspectives
Chairpersons: A. Zervos – EREC, M. Catinat – EC, DG Enterprise

Sum-up by M. Catinat - EC, DG Enterprise PDF icon [114 Kb]

14.00 – 15.45
Renewable energy in Europe. Research coordination and policy
Chairpersons: D. Mayer – EUREC, P. Fernández Ruiz – EC, DG RTD

Sum-up by P. Fernández Ruiz - EC, DG RTD PDF icon [114 Kb]

16.15 – 18.00
Renewable energy in Europe. Socio-economic challenges
Chairpersons: M. Askew – CSL, J. Delbeke – EC, DG Environment

22 November 2005

09.30 – 12.00
Renewable energy research in the international context
Chairpersons: V. Schwarz – ADEME, L. Werring – EC, DG TREN

13.30 – 14.40
European technology platforms – Future EU research
Chairperson: M. Altmann – L-B-Systemtechnik, H. Ossenbrink – EC, DG JRC

14.40 – 15.00
Closing address: A. Mitsos – EC, DG Research PDF icon [86 Kb]


A series of stands presented the European renewable energy industry associations as well as comprehensive information on EU renewable energy research activities and associated initiatives.

>> List of stands with contact details PDF icon [679 Kb]

A poster session displayed complementary information on activities currently under way in centres of research the new Member States and Candidate Countries.

>> List of posters with contact details PDF icon [465 Kb]