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Posted: Apr 08, 2011
The EERA: 1000 researchers are currently working on the development of next generation energy technologies
(Nanowerk News) A total of more than 1000 researchers coming from more than 70 major European research institutes in the field of energy are involved in the different EERA Joint Programmes. These scientists are working to accelerate the delivery to industry of a new generation of energy technologies to contribute to achieving the 20-20-20 targets. For Europe, this is an unprecedented cooperation in the area of strategic energy research that will accelerate the development of energy technologies, give individual research groups enhanced access to knowledge and facilities, and provide optimal conditions for doing what they are best at.
This impressive collaboration effort, which will continue to grow over the next few years, has been facilitated thanks to the European Energy Research Alliance (EERA), one of the instruments defined by the EU in the frame of the Strategic Energy Technology Plan–SET-Plan (set up by the European Commission to reach the energy and climate targets for 2020).
Two years after its launch EERA can be considered a reality. It has created European Joint Progammes of research in which key European research stakeholders collaborate by sharing knowledge and resources. EERA is making defragmentation and concentration of efforts in energy research a reality, thus leading to the achievement of accelerated results.
As of today, seven Joint Programmes within the fields of Smart Grids, Geothermal, Photovoltaic, Wind, Carbon Capture and Storage, Materials for Nuclear and Bioenergy have been estabished.
More Joint Programmes will soon be finalized and launched. Programmes in the fields of Concentrated Solar Power, Marine Energy, Smart Cities, Advanced Materials and Processes for Energy Applications and Energy Storage are in fact under preparation.
All the EERA Joint Programmes are open to new participants in order to create a real and active European research area in the field of Energy. To facilitate their participation, European universities are organised under the European Platform of Universities Engaged in Energy Research (EPUE) launched by the European University Association (EUA).
The initial results of the EERA Joint Programmes will be presented at the first EERA Annual Congress that is planned for the 11th and 12th of April in Brussels, during the EUSEW, European Union Sustainable Energy Week.
The event will be concluded with a high level political session at the European Parliament opened by Mr Jerzy Buzek, President of the European Parliament and Mr Günther Öttinger, European Commissioner for Energy, as well as two Members of the European Parliament, Mr Antonio Cancian (member of the Group of the European People's Party) and Mrs Edit Herczog (member of the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats). The Chairman of the European Energy Research Alliance, Mr Henrik Bindslev, director at DTU, Mr Giovanni Lelli, CEO of ENEA, and Mr Hervé Bernard, deputy CEO of CEA, will underline the growing importance of energy research in the current political framework. A Round Table will include Mr Rudolph Strohmeier, Deputy Director General DG R&I, European Commission, Mr Knut Kübler, Member of the SET Plan Steering Group for Germany and Mr Stephane Andrieux, Scientific Director, EDF Research and Development. Mr Antonio Tajani, European Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship, will close the 1st EERA Annual Congress.