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At the request from the President of the European Commission, the European Group on Ethics (EGE) on Science and New Technologies accepted to write an Opinion on the ethical impact of research on different energy sources. The Opinion of EGE was presented at the symposium on 'Benefits and Limitations of Nuclear Fission for a Low Carbon Economy' in February 2013.
The Materials Roadmap aims at contributing to strategic decisions on materials research funding at European and Member State levels and is aligned with the priorities of the SET-Plan. It is meant to serve as a guide for developing specific research and development activities in the field of materials for energy applications over the next 10 years.
The European Commission's Joint Research Centre and the Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN) organised an expert workshop on 'Learning Curves for Policy Support' in Amsterdam on 8 March 2012. It aimed to assess the challenges in the application of the two-factor learning curve, or alternative solutions in supporting policy decision making in the framework of the European Strategic Energy Technology Plan, and explored options for improvement.
The Institute for Energy and Transport of the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission has conducted a study to assess whether there could be any potential bottlenecks to the deployment of low-carbon energy technologies in the EU due to the shortage of certain metals. The study examined the use of metals in the six low-carbon energy technologies of SET-Plan, namely: nuclear, solar, wind, bioenergy, carbon capture and storage and the electricity grid.
Presentation outlines EU activities on storage development, large-scale applications in support of RES, and market and regulatory drivers and barriers.