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Title: A new PV wave making more efficient use of the solar spectrum
Project summary:   Fundamental and applied scientific research into a whole new generation of PV cells making use of the full spectrum of solar radiation through four new research paths promising a step change in efficiency up to 40% and correspondingly lower costs
Title: Clean Hydrogen-rich Synthesis Gas
Acronym:   CHRISGAS
Project summary:   This project is of vital interest to the transport sector as it will develop and optimise an energy- and cost-efficient method using all the carbon content to produce hydrogen-rich gases from biomass, including residues. The hub of the project will be the Värnamo Biomass Gasification Centre pilot facility in Sweden.
Title: CO2 - from Capture to Storage
Acronym:   CASTOR
Project summary:   CASTOR is an integrated project which addresses capture and storage of CO2 associated with cleaner fossil fuel plants. The overall goal of this IP is develop and validate, in public/private partnerships, all of the innovative technologies needed to capture, at the post combustion stage, transport and store CO2. The target is to enable the capture and geological storage of 10% of the CO2 emissions of Europe which corresponds to about 30% of CO2 emitted by European power and industrial plants.
Title: Crystalline Silicon PV: Low-cost, highly efficient and reliable modules
Project summary:   Research into innovative processes and automation of manufacturing of Crystalline Si PV modules on a large scale with up to 30% higher efficiency and correspondingly reduced costs to reach a competitive level in the longer term
Title: Development of a harmonised "European Hydrogen Energy Roadmap" by a balanced group of partners from industry, European regions and technical and socio-economic scenario and modelling experts
Acronym:   HyWays
Project summary:   HyWays is an integrated project to develop the European Hydrogen Energy Roadmap. It will comprise a comparative analysis of regional hydrogen supply options and energy scenarios, including renewable energies. An integrated toolbox of proven simulation models including E3 database, MARKAL, ISIS, GEM-E3 and COPERT III will investigate technical, socio-economic and emission challenges and impacts of realistic hydrogen supply paths under consideration of technological and economical needs.
Title: Enhanced Capture of CO2
Acronym:   ENCAP
Project summary:   ENCAP is an integrated project whose objective is to develop new pre-combustion CO2 capture technologies and processes for power generation. It aims at technologies which meet a target of at least a 90% CO2 capture rate and a reduction in the cost of capture of 50% compared to present. The results from ENCAP will enable power companies to decide to launch a new design project by 2008-2010 aimed at a large demonstration plant with the potential for wide commercial exploitation in the horizon of 2015-2020
Title: Further Improvement and System Integration of High Temperature Polymer Electrolyte Membrane Fuel Cells
Acronym:   FURIM
Project summary:   High temperature resistant polymer membrane is necessary in order to maximise the efficiency of Polymer Electrolyte Membrane Fuel Cell. Furim Integrated Project will develop a high temperature (above 150°C ) membrane and technological units including fuel cell stack, hydrocarbon reformer, after burner, and power management system. All this subunits will be integrated and tested to confirm the performance and the durability.
Title: Hydrogen Storage Systems for Automotive Application
Acronym:   STORHY
Project summary:   The integrated project STORHY aims to develop robust, safe and efficient on-board vehicle hydrogen storage systems, suitable for use in hydrogen fuelled fuel cell or internal combustion engined vehicles. Three systems are under development - compressed gaseous, cryogenic (liquid hydrogen), and metal hydrides. The aim is to develop systems that are capable of being produced at industrial scale and meet commercially viable goals for cost and energy density and durability. Achieving sufficient hydrogen storage capacity for adequate vehicle range is currently a major technology bottleneck.
Title: In-situ R&D Laboratory for Capture and Sequestration of CO2
Acronym:   CO2SINK
Project summary:   Geological storage of CO2 provides a means for the EU to significantly reduce its CO2 emissions over the next decades. To address and alleviate potential public concerns about the safety and environmental impact of geological storage, a better understanding of the science of CO2 storage is needed. This integrated project aims at developing this basis by injection of CO2 into an onland saline aquifer. It involves intensive monitoring of the fate of the injected CO2 using a broad range of geophysical and geo-chemical techniques.
Title: New Energy Externalities Development for Sustainability
Acronym:   NEEDS
Project summary:   Socio-economic and energy modelling to provide decision makers with innovative tools and data to take account of externalities in analysing the real comparative costs to society of different energy forms. The research focuses on Life Cycle Assessment, internalisation of costs, transferability and generalisation.
Title: Preparing for the hydrogen economy by using the existing natural gas system as a catalyst
Acronym:   NATURALHY
Project summary:   NATURALHY will investigate the performance and safety limits for mixing hydrogen with natural gas and distributing the mix in existing local gas pipeline networks. This integrated project will consider materials and operational limitations for the pipeline systems, as well as investigate the use of hydrogen/natural gas mixes in conventional combustion applications. Membrane separation techniques will also be investigated for separating the hydrogen for example for fuelling stationary fuel cells. NATURALHY is considered to be cost-effective way to achieve near term reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, as the mixed hydrogen may be produced from renewable energy sources.
Title: Realising Reliable, Durable, Energy Efficient and Cost Effective SOFC Systems
Acronym:   REAL-SOFC
Project summary:   The aim of the REAL SOFC Integrated Project is to solve the persisting generic problems of ageing with planar Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) in a concerted action of the European fuel cell industry and research institutions. This includes full understanding on degradation processes, finding solutions to reduce ageing and producing improved materials that will then be tested in Fuel Cell stacks.
Title: Renewable fuels for advanced power trains
Acronym:   RENEW
Project summary:   Research into innovative means of producing bio-fuel from ligno-cellulose feedstock for a range of fuel production chains for motor vehicles. These will be submitted to extensive motor-tests by 4 leading European car manufacturers
Title: The birth of a European Distributed Energy Partnership that will help the large-scale implementation of distributed energy resources in Europe
Acronym:   EU-DEEP
Project summary:   In this Integrated Project, a group of eight leading European energy utilities have joined forces to remove, in the next five years, most of the technical and non-technical barriers which prevent a massive deployment of distributed energy resources (DER) in Europe. In partnership with Manufacturers, Research Organisations, Professionals, National Agencies and a Bank (total 40 partners), they follow a demand-pull rather than technology-push approach. This new approach will provide five "fast-tracks options" to speed up the large-scale implementation of DER in Europe.
Title: Advanced lithium energy storage systems based on the use of nano-powders and nano-composite electrodes/electrolytes
Acronym:   ALISTORE
Project summary:   A number of internationally leading research groups from 7 member states and 3 candidate/associated members working in lithium-ion batteries are join their efforts within this Network of Excellence to reduce redundancy, ensure complementarity, optimize collaboration to achieve vital research objectives, and share expensive facilities and resources in the field of nano-materials applications for battery design. They represent more than 70% of the European Li battery research in the EU-25.
Title: Network of Excellence on Geological Sequestration of CO2
Acronym:   CO2GeoNet
Project summary:   This NoE CO2GEONET contains a critical mass of research activity in the area of geological CO2 storage. The main aim of CO2GEONET will be to integrate, strengthen, and build upon the the momentum of previous and existing European R&D, as well as project European excellence internationally, so as to ensure that Europe remains at the forefront of CO2 underground storage research.
Title: Overcoming Barriers to Bioenergy
Project summary:   Network of Excellence to investigate the dismantling of barriers to bio-energy production. The joint plan of activities will cover all processes, components and methods necessary to establish successful "bioenergy chains" to produce heat, electricity and ...
Title: Safety of Hydrogen as an Energy Carrier
Acronym:   HySafe
Project summary:   The HySafe network of excellence will focus on safety issues relevant to improve and co-ordinate the knowledge and understanding of hydrogen safety and support the safe and efficient introduction and commercialisation of hydrogen as an energy carrier of the future, including the related hydrogen applications. The overall goal of HySafe is to contribute to the safe transition to a more sustainable development in Europe by facilitating the safe introduction of hydrogen technologies and applications.