The News section provides the most recent news and announcements on related energy issues, as well as interviews with key stakeholders in the energy field and regular articles on SET-Plan activities and related low-carbon technologies.
The European Commission has appointed 15 groups of independent experts to advise on priorities for Horizon 2020, the next EU research and innovation programme, with the groups being the most diver
The European Commission has provided guidance to Member States on state intervention in the functioning of electricity markets, in a Communication on delivering the internal electricity market and
This report presents the very first overview of research, development and demonstration projects on energy storage in Europe. A total of 14 countries are covered, together with activities sponsored directly by the European Commission. Over the past five years almost 1 billion€ has been invested in this field spread over 391 distinct projects.
Spurred by a renewed interest in power storage, the JRC provided several recommendations in a recently published report on how to improve assessing the economic value of storing electricity. Drafted in cooperation with the R&D Department of Electricité de France (EDF), it presents an overview of the current research on the economic drivers or barriers for electricity storage.
The European Energy Research Alliance (EERA) marks a decisive break from the past in terms of how research capacity is used in Europe and is an excellent example of joint programming in the field
The 2013 edition of the Capacities Map has been prepared by the Commission’s Strategic Energy Technologies Information System (SETIS), specifically by the Institute for Energy and Transport of the JRC. It provides an overview of the public and private RD&D investments in the SET-Plan portfolio of technologies: wind, solar (Photovoltaics and Concentrated Solar Power), electricity grids, bioenergy, carbon capture and storage (CCS) and nuclear fission.
The deployment of smart grids will play an essential role in ensuring that Europe achieves its shared goals of energy security, economic competitiveness and climate change mitigation, European Par
The European Renewable Energy Council (EREC) has joined 77 European companies and associations in requesting a legally binding carbon reduction target for 2030.
The European Commission has adopted a list of some 250 key energy infrastructure projects, seen as "projects of common interest" (PCI), which will benefit from accelerated licensing procedures and
Abstracts should be submitted by 28 October 2013 for the 22nd European Biomass Conference and Exhibition (EU BC&E), which is to be held in Hamburg, Germany, on 23-26 June, 2014.
The PV Status Report 2013 provides an overview of the global PV market with a particular focus on manufacturing policies and implementation worldwide. Global production of PV cells grew by 10% in 2012 compared to 2011 despite a 9% decline in solar energy investment. Europe remained a leader in newly installed capacities accounting for 51.7% (16.8 GW) of the 30 GW installed capacity worldwide.
Shale gas developments may pose a threat to the development of renewable energy sources (RES) by diverting private and public investments.
Intermittent power generation sources, such as wind and solar, played an increasingly important role in the power mixes of many European countries during the second quarter of 2013, according to t
A recent report published by the Zero Emissions Platform (ZEP) has warned that unless the EU urgently invests in transport infrastructure for CO2 Capture and Storage (CCS) technology, it will fail
Some of Europe’s largest private enterprises are calling on EU Energy Ministers to support an ambitious EU-wide binding energy savings target for 2030, arguing that a weak proposal for efficiency
The process for the development of the Integrated Roadmap continued with the kick-off meeting of the Working Group organised on 1st October 2013, in Brussels and chaired by the JRC/SETIS. The Working Group is tasked to formulate the content of the different parts of the Integrated Roadmap.
A follow-up study to the one conducted in 2010/11 on "Critical Metals in Strategic Energy Technologies" has been recently published as a JRC Scientific and Policy Report, entitled "Critical Metals in the Path towards the Decarbonisation of the EU Energy Sector"