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Progress on Accelerating Clean Energy Innovation after one year of implementation
Today the European Commission presented the 3rd State of the Energy Union report, which includes the Progress on Accelerating Clean Energy Innovation. This progress report takes stock of the achievements made in the twenty policy actions outlined in a 2016 Commission communication.
These include increased EU funding for energy research and innovation, with over €300 million allocated to InnovFin EDP – a financial instrument for first-of-a-kind energy projects – and around €2 billion dedicated to the four interconnected clean energy research and innovation priorities under the Horizon 2020: renewables, energy efficiency in buildings, energy storage and e-mobility. To further speed up the energy transition, a new approach to selecting and developing projects focusing on disruptive clean energy technologies will be piloted in the last three years of Horizon 2020. In addition, the global leadership of the EU in clean energy innovation continues to grow and harnesses momentum through Mission Innovation.
The launch of the 3rd edition of SOFT Innovation Prize under Euratom Work Programme 2018
Building on the success of SOFT Innovation Prize in 2014 and 2016, the European Commission launches today the third edition of the SOFT Innovation Prize under Euratom Work Programme 2018. Prize contest is open to the world and invites international fusion researchers from all ITER partner countries and any third country, which has a bilateral fusion cooperation with Euratom. It sets no specific category, but is rather interested in any physics or technology innovation related to fusion with a potential for further exploitation.
10th Strategic Energy Technology Plan Conference
2017 marks the tenth anniversary of the European Strategic Energy Technology (SET) Plan that aims to accelerate the development and deployment of low-carbon technologies. To celebrate this occasion a conference will be organised between 29 November and 1 December 2017 in Bratislava under the auspices of the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the EU.
The event, which will be opened by European Commission Vice-President for Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič, will review the progress achieved over the past decade in the transition to a low carbon, innovative energy future and the SET-Plan's key role as the technology pillar of EU's energy research and innovation policy.
The European University Association’s energy platform calls for universities to enhance their contribution to the energy transition
The final UNI-SET conference “European Universities in the Energy Transition: Towards a Clean Energy Future” that took place in Brussels explored how universities can strengthen their contribution towards a zero-carbon Europe. During two days the universities, policy makers, industry and other stakeholders have been discussing the role of higher education in the energy transition and fight against climate change.
Euratom fission info day
Thematic Euratom fission info day will take place on 9 November 2017 in Brussels (DG RTD building, Rue du Champ de Mars 21, rooms SDR1 & SDR2). This meeting will present the fission part of the Euratom Work Programme 2018 (Call for proposals NFRP 2018), planned to be adopted by the Commission on 27 October 2017, as well as horizontal issues related to the implementation of the programme.