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Sustainable Energy Systems (SES) in the European Union (EU) form part of the European Commission’s (EC) Sixth Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP6), which spans the period 2002-2006.
SES research programme objectives
SES research Activities
RTD into sustainable energy systems is divided into two areas –
Research in this area is focussed on bringing innovative and cost competitive technologies onto the market by demonstration projects and research into technical, institutional, financial and social issues.
This part of the Thematic Priority is managed by DG Energy and Transport
Research activities having an impact in the medium and long term
In the longer term the aim is to develop new, clean energy sources and carriers which are affordable and can be integrated into energy supply networks.
This part of the thematic priority is managed by DG Research.
Further information on the NNE programme:
Full details of the content and implementation of the Energy Research Programme can be found on CORDIS– the online Community R&D Information Service.
Programme Overview: including the programme objectives, strategy, structure and content.
More about FP6 research activities:
The Sixth Framework Programme (FP6) sets out the priorities for the European Union’s research, technological development and demonstration (RTD) activities for the period 2002-2006. Much of the €17.5 bn budget will be spent on seven thematic priority areas:
One of the main aims of FP6 is the establishment of the European Research Area (ERA). To this end, part of the budget has been allocated to the co-ordination of research activities, and developing research and innovation policies. In addition to this money, the following activity areas have been set up to help structure the ERA:
There is also special support for multi-sector research activities involving Small and Medium Size Enterprises (SMEs) and for international co-operation activities. In addition to this a part of the budget has also been set aside for the EURATOM framework programme, which co-ordinates research into nuclear energy.
The Research Programme of the Research Fund for Coal and Steel (RFCS) is complementary to and managed outside the Framework programme. It supports research in the fields of coal and steel.