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The Materials Information System (MIS) has been established to provide relevant information on the materials used in SET-Plan technologies, including background information on the technology itself, the material’s supply chain, which materials and how much material is used in each technology, descriptions of the materials themselves, both scientific and technical, as well as a library of relevant references, links and other literature.
Move the cursor over a technology below, which will unfold to give a very brief description of the technology, plus the option to look at the technology itself in more detail and the materials used within that technology or the option to go directly to the materials used. 

wind energy

Wind energy is plentiful, renewable, widely distributed, clean and produces no greenhouse gas emissions. The rotors of the turbine trans­form the kinetic energy of the wind into mechanical energy, and then into electricity. Wind turbines are normally grouped together in wind farms in order to obtain economies of scale.

concentrated solar power

Concentrated solar power (CSP) technologies produce electricity by concentrating the sun’s rays to heat a medium (usually a liquid or gas) that is then used in a heat engine process (steam or gas turbine) to drive an electrical generator.

solar photovoltaic

Solar photovoltaic (PV) energy is a large, rapidly developing industry. Photovoltaic technology is poised to help Europe make good on its goal of sourcing 20% of its energy needs from renewable energy by 2020. Recent progress has led to rising efficiencies, better reliability and falling prices.

electricity grid

A smart electricity grid is an upgraded active electricity network that can intelligently integrate the actions of all users connected to it (producers, consumers and so-called prosumers, or producer-consumers), in order to ensure an efficient, sustainable electricity supply, with lower losses, greater reliability and security of supply.


Bioenergy is renewable energy made available from materials derived from biological sources. Biomass is any organic material which has stored sunlight in the form of chemical energy.

carbon capture and storage

Carbon capture and storage (CCS), (carbon capture and sequestration), refers to technology attempting to prevent the release of large quantities of CO2 into the atmosphere from fossil fuel use in power generation and other industries...

nuclear energy

Nuclear power is the use of sustained nuclear fission to generate heat and electricity. Nuclear power plants provide about 6% of the world's energy and 13–14% of the world's electricity.