Coordinating energy research for a low carbon Europe
This autumn the European Energy Research Alliance celebrated its 5 year anniversary. This was marked with an event at the Representation of North Rhine Westphalia in Brussels on October 24.
The keynote speech was held by Rudolf W. Strohmeier Deputy Director General, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission.
The 100 participants heard Mr. Strohmeier emphasise both the good results EERA has already achieved as well as the need for EERA to step up and realise its full potential.
”You have managed to bring research capacities together working towards a common Agenda. The next challenge lies in how you intend to move forward and manage these capacities in unison, how you will generate more excellence than can be achieved alone, in turn bringing about economies of scale in your research and capabilities? In other words, how, by working together, you can deliver solutions to the energy challenge for Europe? Of course, tangible results are always the best demonstration of success. “ Rudolf W. Strohmeier
Mr. Strohmeier’s talk followed the welcoming speeches by Mr. Steffens, Director of the Representation of North Rhine Westphalia and Prof. Erkki KM Leppävuori, President & CEO, VTT and Chairman of EERA.
In his speech, Mr. Leppävuori brought to attention the challenges in the field of energy research and innovation, and the solutions EERA and its stakeholders can offer.
“Today we should not only look back and reflect on the history, but bravely think on the future.” Erkki K.M. Leppävuori
The event was a good opportunity to take stock of the progress made in the EERA Joint Programmes. The 15 EERA Joint Programmes represent the coordinating efforts of the more than 150 public European research organisations in the field of energy that participate in EERA. At the event, representatives from the EERA Joint Programmes gave their thoughts and reflections on the significance of EERA for the coordination of European energy research. The panel debate was enriched by Patrick Van Hove from DG Research and Innovation, European Commission. We are happy to thank the moderator Andrew Sors (Euro-Tech Universities) and the panellists Peter Hauge Madsen (EERA JP Wind), Julian Blanco Galvez (EERA JP CSP), Luciano Martini (EERA JP Smart Grids) and Patrick Van Hove (DG Research and Innovation, European Commission).
In the spirit of EERA’s mission to strengthen collaboration and networks across Europe, participants took full advantage of the opportunity to network and discuss our current and future challenges to realise a low carbon Europe. EERA would like to thank all our guests at the event for helping to celebrate the occasion.
Rudolf W. Strohmeier, Deputy Director General, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission.
Prof. Erkki KM Leppävuori, President & CEO of VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, EERA Chairman