The European Commission's public consultation on research and innovation on fuel cells and hydrogen in Horizon 2020
The purpose of the consultation is to prepare Horizon 2020, the European Commission’s new multiannual framework programme for research and innovation. The 7th Framework Programme is coming to an end and Horizon 2020 is expected to start in early 2014.
In 2008 the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU), a Public Private Partnership between the European Commission and the industry was set up through the Council Regulation (EC)521/2008. The research community later joined the initiative. Its objective was to significantly accelerate the market introduction of the fuel cell and hydrogen technologies, in order to realise their potential as an instrument to achieve a lower carbon energy system.
The consultation aims to collect the views of the wider public on the fuel cells and hydrogen sector, on research & innovation in this field in Europe, and in particular on the possible continuation of the FCH JU for the implementation of FCH research in Horizon 2020.
The consultation is open until 4 October 2012. All EU citizens and organisations are invited to contribute. Contributions are particularly sought from fuel cells and hydrogen stakeholders including industry, research organisations and universities.
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It will bring together the entire geothermal sector (science, research, education, industry, finance, investors, policy-makers and authorities) to one place for a 5-day event. The agenda will include conference sessions, workshops and seminars to present and discuss new developments in science, technology, industry, and policy of geothermal energy in Europe.
The participants will exchange their knowledge and discuss their experience in the area of large-scale integration of wind power into power systems and transmission networks for offshore wind farms. The event will focus on both theoretical discussions and practical applications.
The event will be held in conjunction with the International Workshop on Large-scale Integration of Wind Power into Power Systems as well as on Transmission Networks for Offshore Wind Power Plants.
Participants will discuss a variety of issues, including the role of the ENTSO-E ten-year network development plan (TYNDP) regarding environmental protection and practical experiences with environmental enhancement in the grid sector.
Following on from an Energy Storage Task Force launched by the European Commission in 2009 and the results of the final workshop, a group of leading European energy players came together to form EASE.
The new website contains information about:
- The EASE association and its members
- Energy storage technologies and applications
- Policy work and important EU legislation
- Publications and events related to energy storage.
The website is a living instrument that reflects the association’s evolution.
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The scheme particularly aims to assist small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), including start-ups.
The first phase of the initiative has about EUR 20 million (GBP 16 million) in grants for SMEs, which will be allocated following a call for tenders that closes on 31 October. Up to GBP 10 million (about EUR 12 million) will be available to support energy efficiency technologies such as building control systems, advanced lighting systems, and space heating and cooling technologies.
There is also up to GBP 6 million (about EUR 8 million) available for power generation and energy storage technologies including fuel cells, biomass boilers and heat pumps. A further GBP 19 million (about EUR 24 million) will be available in a second phase that will build on the outcome of Phase 1.
According to DECC, “the aim of this funding is to speed up the development of low-carbon technologies towards commercialisation, helping cut carbon in the UK, supporting jobs and creating export opportunities.”
For further details of the fund and how to apply:
The conference will feature some 337 keynote, plenary and oral presentations and over 1300 visual presentations, alongside parallel events and a large industry exhibition.
On September 25, in parallel with the event, the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA) will host the 9th European PV Industry Summit.