Coordinating energy research for a low Carbon Europe
Thanks to cutting-edge research and development, renewable energy technologies are offering an increasingly competitive alternative to fossil fuels. In 2013, about 72 % of all new electricity generating capacity in Europe came from low-carbon, renewable energy sources.
The European Energy Research Alliance (EERA) is helping to coordinate a massive public research effort to push these renewable technologies forward – developing more efficient and cheaper for example wind turbines and solar panels, building a “smart” electricity grid, harnessing energy from the oceans and underground heat sources, as well as finding new ways to store and use energy instead of wasting it.
EERA is the public research pillar of the Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET-Plan), launched by the European Commission and Member States in 2007, as part of its commitment to building a low-carbon economy. This is a tightly focused strategy to accelerate the development and market uptake of key low carbon technologies.
Through our coordinated research programmes EERA is helping to make sure that the billions of euros invested in low carbon technologies each year are spent on the best possible solutions available.