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2016/07/19 - Europos energetikos tyrimų aljanso (EERA) naujienlaiškis (2016 liepa)

July 2016

EERA Newsletter

A look into what´s new at EERA and what will happen next. Have a nice summer!




Interview with Kari Larjava, Executive Vice-President at VTT and member of the EERA Executive Committee

Kari Larjava is Executive VP at VTT (Technical Research Center of Finland). He has been involved in EERA as member of the Executive Committee and link for the Joint Programme (JP) Bioenergy for the past two years. We interviewed him just after the EERA Summer Strategy Meeting in Trondheim on 28-29 June and asked about his experience in EERA and how he sees the present and the future of the organisation.

Kari, we had the EERA Summer Strategy Meeting last week: what is your impression of the meeting?

KL: I think we had an excellent meeting in Trondheim, with a lot of opportunities for discussion. It was really good that the representative of the European Commission - amongst the other guests – joined most of the meeting and was very nice to hear from her that EERA is seen as ”the real backbone of the SET-Plan”. This shows real progress, that EERA has become better in the dialogue with key decision makers. The Secretary General, who will be appointed soon, will also help to develop these links further, which is very important for EERA´s progress.

The main theme of the meeting was alignment: of objectives and resources at national and EU level but also in EERA, particularly within and across the JPs. In your view, what could help to support alignment further?

KL: Energy is a very wide field, therefore connecting players and resources is crucial and EERA can play a big role in that. We need more integration and collaboration across the JPs, not only on technical but also on other issues, for example social and economic aspects. The JPs Energy System Integration and E3S (Economic, Environmental and Social Impacts) are very important in this respect. The same for initiatives such as the Mobility Task Force, recently launched by EERA, which could also build on EU support instruments. Talking about resources, I think that the ECRIA (European Common Research and Innovation Agendas) call in Horizon2020 is a good instrument to support collaboration in energy research, bringing national and European objectives and projects on the same page


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At the SINTEF high-voltage lab. From the left: Petter Støa (SINTEF), Nils Røkke (SINTEF), Teresa Ponce de Leão (LNEG), Gwennael Jolliff-Botrel (Head of Unit Energy Strategy, DG RTD, European Commission), Angelo Moreno (ENEA), Hervé Bernard (CEA, EERA Chairman). Photo Rune Petter Ness

Moving forward on European energy research collaboration: EERA Summer Strategy Meeting, Trondheim (NO), June 28-29

EERA members (Joint Programme Coordinators, Executive Committee, Personal Representatives and members of the Secretariat) met in Trondheim on June 28 and 29 to discuss status and future strategy of collaboration in European energy research. The meeting gave also the opportunity to share views with other key stakeholders at EU and national level: Fritjof Unander, Executive Director from the Division for Energy, Resources and the Environment at the Norwegian Research Council (RCN); Gwennael Joliff-Botrel, Head of Unit Energy Strategy at DG RTD, European Commission;

Tor Ivar Eikaas, Special Adviser from the RCN and EU National Contact Point for Energy; and Torbjørn Digernes, Chair of the European University Association (EUA).

Alignment was the key theme of the meeting: how can European and national resources be aligned to support collaboration in energy research and through what instruments? What is the role of EERA and its Joint Programmes to support alignment in line with the SET-Plan objectives? How can EERA further develop cooperation with stakeholders – particularly with industry – and internal synergies within and across Joint Programmes to better support alignment and coordination?


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EERA first Annual Conference (24-25 November): registration, sponsorship opportunities and call for abstracts are open

The EERA first annual conference will take place in Birmingham on 24-25 November. The event will be scientific at its core: targeted to and led by EERA Joint Programmes (JPs), it will be the opportunity for the researchers from EERA´s 175+ organisations and across energy fields, to discover about each other´s challenges and identify topics of joint interest. By involving industrial stakeholders and policy makers, the event will also facilitate the collaboration with them, and provide a forum for discussion and contribution to the objectives of the SET-Plan and to the EU policy priorities in energy research.
Besides the opening and closing sessions, which will mainly focus on overall strategic and policy messages, the conference is structured into four technical/scientific parallel sessions - energy systems, materials, standardisation coordination and earth underground energies - led by JPs, and a fifth one coordinated by the industry. Each session will host invited speakers and speakers selected via a call for abstracts, with submission open until August 22.

Preliminary programme and practical information

Registration (early bird fee until September 15)

Call for abstracts – submission open until August 22

Sponsorship opportunities for industry


Energy Systems Integration Joint Programme started its activities

The Energy Systems Integration (ESI) Joint Programme had its kick-off meeting in May in Dublin.

Coordinated by Prof. Mark O´Malley from University College Dublin, the ESI JP aims at developing the technical and economic framework that governments and industries will need to build the future efficient and sustainable European energy system. Fully aligned with the SET-Plan Integrated Roadmap, its potential impact includes increased reliability and performance, minimisation of cost and environmental impacts and, in particular, increased penetration of renewable energy sources.


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EERA and EMIRI signed cooperation agreement

Hervé Bernard (EERA Chairman), Frédéric Chandezon (Coordinator of EERA Joint Programme Advanced Materials and Processes for Energy Applications, AMPEA) and Fabrice Stassin, Managing Director of EMIRI (the Energy Materials Industrial Research Initiative) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for increased cooperation in the field of energy materials at the EERA Annual Reception in Brussels, on April 4. The MoU currently involves the EERA Joint Programme AMPEA but can be extended to other areas of interest for both parties.


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EU stakeholders discussed cooperation in energy research at EERA Annual Reception 2016

What does it take to increase coordination of European energy research to help the transition to a low-carbon Europe? How can EERA, and the other energy stakeholders, work together and contribute to the EU energy goals?

These issues were at the core of the EERA event on April 4 in Brussels, which gathered over 100 EU energy stakeholders from the scientific and the policy community. Key speakers were Hervé Bernard, EERA Chairman, Claude Turmes, Member of the European Parliament (Group of the Greens), and Marie Donnelly, Director for Energy Renewables, Research and Innovation, Energy Efficiency at the Energy Directorate General, European Commission.


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Latest news on Horizon2020

Three prizes for energy innovation launched

On July 5, the European Commission launched three Horizon2020 prizes for energy innovation. With a total budget of €3.25M, the prizes will reward innovative approaches to integrating solar energy into historical buildings, using renewable energy in hospitals, and developing products that help cut emissions by reusing carbon dioxide (CO2).

Read more on the call, deadlines for applications and links to relevant documents.


Info day on 'Smart cities and communities' (23 September, Brussels): registrations are open

The event targets potential applicants to the Smart Cities & Communities topic of the 2016-2017 Horizon2020 Work Programme ‘Cross-cutting activities’, and in particular the 2017 call.

More on the programme and link to registration


EERA in the news

Mark O`Malley, JP Energy Systems Integration, on Portugal running solely on renewable energy for four days: ”Portugal Ditched Fossil Fuel Power for 4 Days. Can We Go Longer?” - National Geographic, 27 May 2016

On the EERA Summer Strategy Meeting, June 2016 (article in Norwegian): ”In Trondheim to cooperate on EU energy research”- Adresseavisen (Norway), 30 June 2016


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