The European Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET Plan) sees energy technologies as crucial in combating climate change and securing energy supply at the European and global level in the long term. Successful achievement of Europe’s 2020 and 2050 targets and visions on greenhouse gas emissions strongly hinges on the development and deployment of novel technologies designed to increase energy efficiency and enable large-scale integration of renewable energy.
The European Energy Research Alliance (EERA) is a joint effort of leading European research institutes which have taken up the challenge of accelerating the development of these new energy technologies to pave the way towards a low-carbon Europe. The key focus is on streamlining and coordinating national and European research activities and pooling resources in order to maximise synergies and optimise pan-European energy research capabilities and infrastructures. EERA’s two-pronged approach involves the sharing of world-class national facilities in Europe and the implementation of joint research programmes in support of the SET Plan priorities.
The EERA Joint Programmes constitute strategic, permanent collaborations between major research organisations and institutes to form a virtual centre of excellence. They are designed to address the key topics of Europe’s energy future and currently involve close to 3000 researchers from over 150 public research centres and universities. The topics addressed in these Joint Programmes range from photovoltaics, wind energy, fuel cells and hydrogen to smart grids and smart cities.