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1/10/2005 (Renews 4) – Energy Futures Seminar

The Commission's Charlemagne building was due to be full of energy on 21 September 2005, when two important energy meetings were to take place. Reports on the two events will appear in the next issue of the RENEWS newsletter.

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1/10/2005 (Renews 4) – First International Biorefinery Workshop

The first international biorefinery workshop was held on 20-21 July 2005 in Washington, US. The event was jointly organised by the EC Directorate-General for Research and the US Department of Energy. (…)

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1/10/2005 (Renews 4) – Information Day Organised by DG Transport and Energy

The Directorate-General for Transport and Energy organised an Information Day on 21 September on the Fourth Call for Proposals for short- to medium-term research and demonstration actions in Sustainable Energy Systems. (…)

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1/10/2005 (Renews 4) – IPHE Renewable Hydrogen Workshop

By the time of publication of this newsletter, this International Partnership for the Hydrogen Economy (IPHE) workshop will have taken place in Seville in October 2005. (…)

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1/10/2005 (Renews 4) – World Geothermal Congress 2005

The World Geothermal Congress was held in Antalya, Turkey, on 24-29 April 2005. The event was attended by around 1,350 people from over 80 countries. (…)

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1/10/2005 (Renews 4) – UNIDO MARINE CURRENTS CONFERENCE

The conference was organised on 14-15 September 2005 by UNIDO (United Nations Industrial Development Organisation) and Ponte di Archimede in Messina.

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1/10/2005 (Renews 4) – EU Green Week

The EU Green Week conference, from 31 May to 3 June 2005, organised by DG Environment attracted thousands of visitors to the Commission's Charlemagne Building in Brussels. It included a session on 'Renewable energy, beyond the experiments', in which the DG RTD New and Renewable Energy Sources Unit participated (...).

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1/10/2005 (Renews 4) – SYNBIOS Conference Second Generation Biofuels

On 17-18 May 2005, the SYNBIOS conference on biofuels was held in Stockholm. The two-day event addressed second generation automotive biofuels, including biofuels produced from the synthesis gas as well as lignocellulosic ethanol. (…)

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1/10/2005 (Renews 4) – 20th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference

The major European conference for photovoltaics was held in Barcelona, on 6-10 June 2005. Over 2,100 people attended the event at the International Convention Centre.

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1/10/2005 (Renews 4) – Editorial RENEWS 4

Editorial RENEWS 4

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1/10/2005 (Renews 4) – Commission Proposes FP7 Specific Programmes

The Commission published its proposed specific programmes for FP7 on 22 September 2005. This article describes the overall structure and objectives of the Framework Programme and its different themes, before going into more detail on the parts relevant to renewable energy research.

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1/10/2005 (Renews 4) – FIRST ENERGY RESEARCH INFRASTRUCTURES WORKSHOP

This workshop was held in Brussels to help prepare ideas for FP7 actions to support research infrastructures for sustainable energy technologies.

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1/10/2005 (Renews 4) – Fourth Call for Proposals for Sustainable Energy Systems:

Research activities having an impact in the medium and longer term

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1/10/2005 (Renews 4) – New set of Renewable Energy Projects Selected under the Third Call for Proposals

As for the earlier calls, the research topics opened in the call were defined in consultation with stakeholders, notably through an Expressions of Interest exercise in April 2004.

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1/10/2005 (Renews 4) – Large-scale Integration of RES-E and Cogeneration into Energy Supplies in Associated Candidate Countries – CEERES

This Specific Support Action examines the challenges that the eight Central European Member States face in meeting the EU targets for electricity and co-generation from renewable energy sources.

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1/02/2005 (Renews 3) – Information day for proposers

Researchers and industry representatives interested in participating in the latest call for proposals in energy research (FP6-2004-ENERGY-3) had the opportunity to meet with fellow participants and European Commission staff at an information day in Brussels.

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1/02/2005 (Renews 3) – More money needed for renewables research

An analysis of research spending on renewable energy has highlighted the need for increased funding from private sources and maintenance of significant public support. The REDS Specific Support Action, funded by the EU under FP5, undertook an analytical survey of R&D expenditure on renewable energy sources (RES) in the Union as a whole and in individual EU-15 Member States.

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1/02/2005 (Renews 3) – New Energy Externalities Developments for Sustainability – NEEDS

The objective of the NEEDS Integrated Project is to evaluate the full costs and benefits of energy policies and of future energy systems. The project will evaluate the internal and external energy costs at both national level and for the enlarged EU as a whole.

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1/02/2005 (Renews 3) – Bio-energy workshop in Russia

An EU-Russia workshop on bio-energy was organised by the Energy Directorate of DG Research in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation on 7-8 October 2004. The aim of the workshop, hosted at the All Russian Thermal Institute in Moscow, was to explore the opportunities for Russian participation in “Sustainable Energy Systems” activities in FP6.

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1/02/2005 (Renews 3) – EU and China share experience on biofuel

A two-day workshop on liquid biofuels in Beijing during November brought together a 20-strong group from Europe and 80 of China’s leading experts and researchers to identify current technical challenges and ways to enhance RTD co-operation opportunities between the EU and China.

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1/02/2005 (Renews 3) – Biofuels on the road

Biofuels provide alternative fuels for the transport sector, which is currently almost completely dependent on one fuel – oil – and accounts for more than 30% of final energy consumption in the European Union. In the EU, 70% of the oil is imported, which makes us dangerously dependent and vulnerable to the fluctuations in the world oil markets.

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1/02/2005 (Renews 3) – Renewable energy in Denver

The 8th World Renewable Energy Congress – Linking the World with Renewable Energy – took place in Denver Colorado between 29 August and 3 September 2004. The conference was hosted by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and attracted 915 participants from 82 countries.

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1/02/2005 (Renews 3) – Poland: High potential for RES

Recently, Poland has seen a considerable increase in interest in utilisation of renewable energy sources. The current share of green energy in the total energy balance in Poland is around 2.5% and is growing steadily. The process has been accelerated by actions at central government level and political support for the whole renewable energy sector.

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1/02/2005 (Renews 3) – Media event in Uppsala

Following a successful media briefing last March in Almeria, Spain (see RENEWS Issue 2), DG Research organised a media briefing in November 2004 on developments in renewable energy. The one-day briefing was held at the University of Uppsala in Sweden. Attendees were able to enjoy a ride on a biogas-fuelled bus, and a visit to a local biomass-powered district heating plant.

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1/02/2005 (Renews 3) – European Wind Energy Conference in London

The 2004 European Wind Energy Conference took part in London between 22 and 25 November. The maturity of the sector was apparent from the impressive 4 000 people attending and almost 250 companies in the exhibition.

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1/02/2005 (Renews 3) – PV vision report shows way ahead for technology platform

Photovoltaic (PV) technology can make a major contribution to future global sustainable energy supply. Today, use of PV is increasing, but a coherent research, development and deployment strategy is required to achieve its full potential. A vision report launched on 28 September in Brussels outlined the potential for PV in 2030 and beyond. Central to this report is the need to establish a European Technology Platform to coordinate and strengthen research activities and deployment issues for PV over the long term.

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1/02/2005 (Renews 3) – Editorial RENEWS 3

Editorial RENEWS 3

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1/02/2005 (Renews 3) – MARIE CURIE FELLOWSHIPS

The 14th Energy Marie Curie Fellowships Conference took place from 23 to 27 October 2004, starting at Fraunhofer-ISE in Freiburg and ending at the IVD Institute at the University of Stuttgart.

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1/07/2004 (Renews 2) – Energy in 2030: renewables at stake

Planning for a sustainable energy future requires detailed foresight studies. The World Energy Technology and Climate Policy Outlook (WETO) positions Europe in a global context providing decisionmakers with easy-to-read energy scenarios. The study addresses energy, technology and environment issues up to 2030 and supports long-term European policymaking.

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1/07/2004 (Renews 2) – International cooperation in the Sixth Framework Programme (FP6)

As a contribution to the European Research Area’s opening up to the world, INCO activities represent an important element of the Sixth Framework Programme.

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1/07/2004 (Renews 2) – International cooperation within Sustainable Energy Systems (SES)

In the field of renewable energy technologies, the most interesting and rewarding way for third country partners to be involved is direct participation in the FP6 projects.

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1/07/2004 (Renews 2) – CLOSER EU-CHINA COLLABORATION ON RES RESEARCH

The meeting was organised in connection with the 5th EU-China Energy Conference, which was held in Brussels in the second half of May. The purpose was to discuss and review the potential for closer collaboration between the EU and China on long-term research for sustainable energy systems.

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1/07/2004 (Renews 2) – Hungary: ready for green energy

In 2003, renewables had a 3.6% share of Hungary’s total primary energy supply, but the share of renewables in electrical power supply was only 0.5%. Hungary aims to achieve 5% of total primary energy and 3.6% of the power supply from renewables by 2010. Currently, investment in renewable energy technology is small – the concept of environmental protection is fairly new and research funding in general is low: Hungary spent only 1% of its GDP on RTD in 2003.

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1/07/2004 (Renews 2) – Almeria gives RES a media boost

Some 40 journalists were given an intensive briefing on renewable energy systems utilising solar, wave and geothermal sources at the Almeria Solar platform in Spain in March.

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1/07/2004 (Renews 2) – Rome good for biomass

The 2nd World Conference and Technological Exhibition on Biomass for Energy, Industry and Climate Protection gave a clear message: count on biomass to achieve the medium-term Kyoto Protocol targets and the objectives of the European Union Directives.

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1/07/2004 (Renews 2) – Bioenergy in Jönköping

The first World Bioenergy Conference and Exhibition was held in Jönköping, Sweden, from 2 to 4 June 2004. The event was a professional focal point for major players in the global bioenergy industry and offered an opportunity to examine the lessons learnt and the experiences gained from around the world on the use of biomass for energy generation.

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1/07/2004 (Renews 2) – PV progress in Paris

The 19th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition was held in Paris from 7 to 11 June 2004. The scientific committee received a record number of abstracts from which 45 plenary presentations, with an additional 220 detailed oral presentations and over 900 poster presentations, were selected.

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1/07/2004 (Renews 2) – Foreword RENEWS 2

Foreword RENEWS 2

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1/07/2004 (Renews 2) – EoI report published

The Commission has published a report on the Expressions of Interest (EoI) submitted between November 2003 and March 2004 in response to an invitation issued by the European Commission for the medium- and long-term research actions in the field of Sustainable Energy Systems.

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1/07/2004 (Renews 2) – European Technology Platforms

In areas where research has a vital role to play in addressing major economic, technological or societal challenges, European Technology Platforms can provide a means to foster effective public-private partnerships between the research community, industry and policy-makers.

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1/07/2004 (Renews 2) – Consultation on future European research policy

The European Commission has presented its ideas for the development of the future European Union programme supporting research activities and policies.

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1/07/2004 (Renews 2) – Environmental Technologies Action Plan

Further development of photovoltaics is one of the key measures in the Environmental Technologies Action Plan (ETAP) that was announced by the Commission in January 2004 to encourage the development and wider use of environmentally friendly technologies.

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1/07/2004 (Renews 2) – Bringing a global aspect to European renewable energy research

In January 2000, the European Commission launched an initiative to create a European Research Area (ERA). The objective of this important policy initiative was to make the best possible use of scientific capabilities and material resources in Europe by creating a common market for research allowing knowledge and researchers to circulate freely within the EU.

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1/07/2004 (Renews 2) – Bonn important for renewables

The recent governmental conference ‘Renewables 2004’, held in Bonn in the first week of June, saw government delegates representing countries from all continents adopt a declaration containing an International Action Programme and policy recommendations to boost the share of renewable energy in the total energy supply – an achievement which reflects our joint vision of a sustainable energy future for the entire world.

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1/01/2004 (Renews 1) – Renewable Energy Research Strengthened

The First Call in the priority thematic area of “Medium to Long Term RTD for Sustainable Energy Systems” attracted over 250 research proposals. Many of them were excellent and 103 (41%) managed to pass the evaluation thresholds.

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1/01/2004 (Renews 1) – Bio - Energy : Enlarged Perspectives

The Future Member States play a key role in establishing the European Research Area (ERA). The conference on Bio-Energy organised in Budapest aimed to integrate and increase the active role of the accession and candidate countries in bio-energy research in the Sixth Framework Programme.

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1/01/2004 (Renews 1) – PHOTOVOLTAIC TECHNOLOGY INAUGURATION MEETING

Commissioner for Research, Philippe Busquin, launched a new initiative on 4th December in Brussels, to promote Photovoltaic technology in the European Union.

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1/01/2004 (Renews 1) – EU-RUSSIA COOPERATION IN PHOTOVOLTAICS

The Ioffe Institute in St Petersburg, where one of the first solar cells in the world was created, hosted a workshop “Efficient use of solar spectrum in photovoltaics” on 4th November 2003.

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1/01/2004 (Renews 1) – Contractors ’ Meeting

The 5th Framework Programme (FP5) is supporting the development of photovoltaics technology in many areas, including material science, new concepts and the next generation of PV. A recent event in Ljubljana highlighted all completed and ongoing FP5 projects, and gave ideas for the next calls.

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1/01/2004 (Renews 1) – Foreword RENEWS 1

Foreword RENEWS 1

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1/01/2004 (Renews 1) – Energetic Mobility for Young Scientists

Non-nuclear energies were in focus at the 2003 Marie Curie Fellowship Conferences.

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