European Photovoltaic Technology Platform : Implementation Report [4,5 MB]
The Implementation Report was drafted by the European Photovoltaic Technology Platform (EU PV TP). It complements its Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) by quantifying the R&D needs, by recommending adequate instruments for R&D funding, by describing interactions with other technology sectors that may help to accelerate innovations in the PV sector and by making recommendations for attracting people to work in the industry. The EU PV TP is an initiative supported by FP6 which aims at mobilising all the actors sharing a long-term European vision for photovoltaic; realising the European Strategic Research Agenda for PV for the next decade(s) and give recommendations for implementation; ensuring that Europe maintains industrial leadership.
Monitoring progress towards Gender Equality in the Sixth Framework Programme [5 MB]
A study "Monitoring gender equality in the 6th Framework Programme ", coordinated by the Science and Society Directorate, has just been completed. The study covers all RTDareas including Sustainable Energy Systems (Sub-priority 6.1) and looks at the performance of European funded research from the twofold perspective of women participation in research (research by women) and the integration of gender relevant issues in research content (research for women). Here you can find the executive summary for energy. The report shows that although this is a male dominated field, the concern on the environmental, economic and social impacts of energy offer many opportunities to integrate gender issues in research content, clearly enhancing scientific excellence.
The synthesis report (covering also nanotechnologies, transport, aerospace, and Euratom) can be found at
EU funded Research and Technology Development (RTD) is moving from supporting a wide range of projects with very specific technology objectives to structuring the European Research Area. Despite of this change in focus, maximising the return to the European economy and society – by ensuring that research results are eventually taken up by the market – remains a priority.
This is all the more valid for energy research as the important challenges, with respect to security of supply, reduction of green house gases and competitiveness are to be met urgently.
The study identifies documents and compares best practices and existing tools and mechanisms in the domain of support to innovation and technology transfer developed by the EU and Members States with respect to energy technologies.
This publication reports the main outcome of the HyWays project, the "European Hydrogen Energy Roadmap". The Roadmap analyses the potential impacts on the EU economy, society and environment of the large-scale introduction of hydrogen in the short- and long- term (up to 2050).
HyWays is an integrated project, co-funded by research institutes, industry, national agencies and by the European Commission under the 6th Framework Programme under contract n° 502596.
European funded research on Hydrogen and Fuel Cells review assessment future outlook [797 KB]
The 2007 European Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Review Days were held on 10-11 October in Brussels. The event was organised by the European Commission with the logistic support from the European Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology Platform Secretariat. The main objectives were to promote information exchange, review the achievements of the project portfolio and provide orientations for future actions.
This publication is a compilation of synopses of the most relevant
European projects in the electricity field (around 60 funded by
the Sixth Framework Programme and 13 by the Intelligent Energy
Europe Programme), giving a comprehensive view of European funded
activities in this area. For each project, basic information is
provided with regard to the scientific and technical scope, expected
impact, the participating organisations and contact points.
Capture and Storage Projects
This publication is a compilation of synopses of the projects
funded under the Sixth Framework Programme in the field of CO2
capture and storage. It gives a comprehensive view of European
funded activities in this area. For each project, basic information
is provided with regard to the scientific and technical scope,
expected impact, the participating organisations and contact points.
Strategic Research Agenda for Photovoltaic Solar
The Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) was published in June 2007
by the EU Photovoltaic Technology Platform. The document sets
out the short, medium and long-term R&D issues deemed necessary
for continued cost-reduction of photovoltaic systems. This SRA
aims to serve as a common framework for decision makers at national
and European level, in order to increase the coordination of research
programmes throughout Europe.
Research Agenda For Europe's Electricity
Networks Of The Future
Following the publication of the SmartGrids vision the Advisory
Council, supported and advised by 200 professionals from research
institutes, universities, industry, regulators and utilities,
have developed this Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) to be a resource
for European and National programmes.
Energy Technologies - Long Term
Research in the 6th Framework Programme 2002 | 2006
The use of renewable energy sources in Europe will increase, leading
to a more sustainable energy
mix, reduced greenhouse gas emissions and a lower dependency from
oil. In pursuit of the Kyoto
protocol and the revised Lisbon strategy the European Union has
set itself the ambitious goal to
derive 12% of its total energy consumption from renewable energy
sources by 2010.
State and Prospects of European Energy Research Comparison of
Commission, Member and Non-Member States R&D Portfolios
This work is an attempt to map and compare the publicly funded
research efforts carried out by the EC and Member States in the
EU and those undertaken in the US and in Japan in all fields of
non-nuclear energy research. It sheds light on the various research
agendas and the coordination and links between these, and provides
leads for further collaboration both at European and international
Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Projects
This publication is a compilation of research, technological development
and demonstration projects and other supporting actions on Hydrogen
and Fuel Cells. The projects include those funded under the Thematic
Area “Sustainable Development, Global Change and Ecosystems” of
the Sixth European Research Framework Programme (2002-2006), as
well as under other Thematic Areas and programmes. The booklet
also includes the direct actions relating to Hydrogen and Fuel
Cells undertaken by the Joint Research Centre of the European
Futures: The role of research and technological
This publication aims to give an overview of the methods and results
concerning the future challenges in energy. Using various tools
for energy foresight – quantitative models, Delphi survey and
back-casting approach – Energy futures analyses Europe in a world
context. It also highlights the importance of research in the
energy ﬁeld. Finally, it presents EU projects in this ﬁeld at
the cross roads of technology and socio-economy.
Vision for Zero Emission Fossil Fuel Power Plants
Climate change is one of the most serious single challenges faced
by humankind today. The formation of the European Technology Platform
on Zero Emission Fossil Fuel Power Plants (ZEP) confirms the EU's
continued commitment to its leadership role in reducing CO2 emissions
and the immense challenge of keeping the average global temperature
increase below 2°C relative to pre-industrial level.
in the European Union - A Vision for 2030 and
In an effort to better prioritise, co-ordinate and implement future
research and development of biofuels, the Commission invited a
group of high level experts representing widely different sectors
of the biofuel chain. The mission of this group was to develop
a foresight report – a vision for biofuels up to 2030 and beyond,
which should address all the issues that are relevant to ensure
a breakthrough of biofuels and increase their deployment in the
as an energy carrier
The purpose of this publication is to inform the community about
current initiatives within the European research framework which
are aimed at ensuring that safety issues and regulatory input
for approval of hydrogen-based technology systems are rigorously
examined and that fundamental societal issues related to public
perception of hydrogen as a fuel are also being carefully considered.
n° 5 - May 2006
This issue of RENEWS reports on the European Technology Platforms
in the renewable energy sector. These industry-led fora bring
together stakeholders so they can agree on the way forward, develop
new knowledge and technology, and transfer the results into improving
energy security, the environment and growth.
Energy Newsletter - Issue 4 - October 2005
Newsletter - Issue 3 - February 2005
Newsletter on calls, events, developments and publications in
the field of Renewable Energy Sources.
Newsletter - Issue 2 - July 2004
Newsletter - Issue 1 - January 2004
Technology Platform - SmartGrids Vision and
Strategy for Europe’s Electricity Networks of the Future
Europe’s electricity networks have provided the vital links between
electricity producers and consumers
with great success for many decades. The fundamental architecture
of these networks has been developed
to meet the needs of large, predominantly carbon-based generation
technologies, located remotely from
demand centres. The energy challenges that Europe is now facing
are changing the electricity generation
Smart Power Networks – Lessons learned from
European research FP5 projects
The electricity grids that serve European consumers today have
evolved over more than a hundred years. They have been built up
to perform efficiently and effectively. But now they face new
challenges in parallel with major technological breakthroughs.
This calls for research and fresh thinking to take advantage of
new technologies and changing business frameworks.
Biomass - Green
energy for Europe
The brochure provides an overview of the current situation and future
prospects for bio-energy in Europe taking into consideration the
overall picture and different uses of biomass resources. It explains
the beneﬁts of using biomass for energy purposes, the high-technology
nature of today’s processes and equipment, and the roles of
research and policy-making in the full development of this sector
in the future.
Wind Energy at the dawn of the 21st century,
Research funded under the Fifth Framework Programme [1 Mb]
This brochure provides an overview of research in the field of Wind
Power, describing the current state of the art and the results achieved
in EU-funded research and demonstration projects under the Thematic
Programme ‘Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development’
of the Fifth Framework Programme (1998-2002). The projects, which
have been compiled into six research areas, from turbine technologies
to demonstration of wind power applications, are summarised giving
the scientific and technical objectives and achievements of each,
plus contact details for the participating organisations.
and Technological Indicators and
Indicators are needed to monitor the status of research and technological
development, related research and industrial evolution and to
define realistic targets or objectives. They are useful tools
for policy drivers, decision-makers, programme managers, potential
investors, bankers, end-users, etc. The preliminary set of indicators
presented here, based on the present state of the art, characterise
the major bottlenecks to be overcome or the main challenges to
be addressed in energy research.
Information Systems in the ERA [4.6
Reliable and easily accessible information on European energy
R&D is a crucial factor for the implementation of the European
Research Area. Numerous national and international information
systems, varying with respect to target groups, scope, geographical
coverage, language and conditions for access exist, but up to
now they have not been well interlinked. This study analyses existing
systems for the first time, compares them with user’s needs
and makes recommendations on how to improve European energy RTD
Opportunities and Threats in
Energy Research [2.2
All countries are facing the increasing challenges of climate change,
depletion of fossil fuel resources and growth of global energy use.
Europe competes with USA, Japan and other industrialised countries
for fi nding the new energy technologies which their market will
need, ensuring them technological edge and economic benefi ts. In
this context, this study provides a view of future trends, risks
and opportunities for the short, medium and long term and a picture
of Europe’s comparative strengths and weaknesses in key energy
technology areas, especially with respect to the USA and Japan.
Research in Europe – A comparative
2 (Country Reports A - I)
3 (Country Reports L - U)
Building a European Research Area for Non-Nuclear Energy calls for
co-operation among EU Member States, Associated States and the EU
going beyond the mere EU Framework Programmes. But this requires
a detailed knowledge of European energy research. This report describes,
compares and analyses the energy RTD systems of 33 European countries,
looks at existing multilateral co-operation schemes and provides
a synthetic picture of actors, structures, priorities and priority-setting
Vision for Photovoltaic Technology
This report by the Photovoltaic Technology Research Advisory Council
(PV-TRAC) reviews the current status of photovoltaics, a technology
which provides renewable solar electricity, and presents a vision
of photovoltaic technology for 2030 and beyond.
The Advisory Council recommends the creation of a European Technology
Platform and the implementation of a Strategic Research Agenda.
This publication is a valuable tool for all stakeholders in the
sector to ensure that efficient and coordinated actions are taken,
at both national and European levels, to enable photovoltaics
to reach its full potential in the sustainable energy portfolio
of the future. Final version
Executive Summaries available in other EU languages:
Solar hybrid gaz turbine electric power
This brochure is the final publishable report of the project SOLGATE
funded under the fifth RTD Framework programme (1999-2002). The
project demonstrated the technical feasibility of a new solar-hybrid
power system. Solar radiation is used to heat air up to 800°C
that is send to the combustion chamber of a gas turbine.
project for the exploitation of marine
This brochure is the final publishable report of the project SEAFLOW
funded under the fourth RTD Framework programme (1995-1998). The
project demonstrated the technical feasibility of converting energy
from tidal current stream to electricity using conventional technologies
in a rough under water environment. A 300 kWe prototype was installed
near Lynmouth in North Devon (UK).
research spending for renewable energy
This publication aims to give a clear picture of the Research, Technological Development and Demonstration (RTD&D) spending in the field of renewables in Europe. Based on a questionnaire methodology, it provides data on the public and private sectors, on the national and EU spending and on the number of personnel involved in renewable energy RTD&D. This report also highlights issues such as the ratio between renewable research spending and GDP and the correlations between thepublic and the private spending for each Member State.
on Concentrated Solar Thermal
This brochure provides an overview and a compilation of research areas in the field of concentratedsolar thermal systems. The overview will inform on the current state of the art, development andimplementation of concentrated solar thermal technologies in Europe and the world. The research areas defined correspond to a compilation of projects funded under the Thematic Programme "Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development" of the fifth RTD Framework Programme (1999-2002) and previous research Framework Programmes. For each research area,basic information is provided with regard to scientific and technical scope, the participating organisations and contact points.
European Hydrogen and Fuel Cell projects [896 Kb]
This compilation of project synopses covers research and demonstration projects on hydrogen and fuel cells, as well as supporting activities such as Co-ordination Actions and Specific Support Actions. The projects concerned are those funded in the first half of the Sixth Framework Programme, mainly, but not exclusively, under the Thematic Priority 6 "Sustainable Development, Global Change and Ecosystems". For each project, basic information is provided with regard to the scientific and technical scope, expected impact, the participating organisations and contact points.
European distributed energy resources projects [407 Kb]
This compilation of project synopses covers research and demonstration projects on distributed energy resources, as well as supporting activities such as Co-ordination Actions and Specific Support Actions. The projects concerned are those funded in the first half of the Sixth Framework Programme under the Thematic Priority 6 "Sustainable Development, Global Change and Ecosystems". For each project, basic information is provided with regard to the scientific and technical scope, expected impact, the participating organisations and contact points.
European CO2 Capture and Storage projects [564 Kb]
This compilation of project synopses covers research and demonstration projects on CO2 capture and storage, as well as supporting activities such as Co-ordination Actions and Specific Support Actions. The projects concerned are those funded in the first half of the Sixth Framework Programme under the Thematic Priority 6 "Sustainable Development, Global Change and Ecosystems". For each project, basic information is provided with regard to the scientific and technical scope, expected impact, the participating organisations and contact points.
European Photovoltaics Projects report [4.4 Mb]
The report is a compilation of synopses which covers research and demonstration projects in the area of photovoltaics as well as supporting actions related to the candidate countries, networks, pre-normative research and studies. The projects included are those funded under the Thematic Programme “Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development” of the Fifth RTD Framework Programme (1999-2002). For each project, basic information is provided with regard to scientific and technical scope, the participating organisations and contact points. The projects cover the whole range of activities from basic material research, through production techniques for cells and modules, building integration, concentration, balance of system, to life-cycle assessment including recycling.
- Clean, Safe and Efficient Energy for Europe [summary report: 400 Kb]
- Synthesis Report [ 598 Kb]
- Thematic Report (Vol III) [ 916 Kb]
Impact Assessment of non-nuclear energy projects implemented under the Fourth Framework Programme (1994-1998)
For the first time, a major impact assessment of energy research, technological development and demonstration has been carried out at programme, thematic and project levels.