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) contributes to coordinate a massive public research effort to develop more efficient and cheaper low carbon energy technologies. 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 EU Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET-Plan). This tightly focused strategy aims at accelerating the development and market uptake of key low carbon technologies.
Through our Joint Programmes EERA contributes to make sure that the billions of euros invested in low carbon technologies each year are spent on the best possible solutions available.