To organise work within the association and realise its strategy, EERA operates 18 joint research programmes.
AMPEA stand for "Advanced Materials and Processes for Energy Applications". Its members work on basic materials science, physical chemistry of processes, heat and mass transfer phenomena, and develop powerful tools to characterise materials and energy devices.
The current generation of biomass conversion technologies is expensive and uses feedstock that is associated with sustainability issues. JP Bioenergy works on sustainable value chains, encompassing feedstock production, conversion technologies, stationary Bioenergy and integrated assessment.
Carbon dioxide capture and storage (CCS) is a key element in decarbonising the power and energy-intensive industry sector and thus reducing anthropogenic CO2 emissions.
The Joint Programme contributes to achieving the following targets: support the STE industry; cluster European R&D activities on CSP/STE; define a priority of targets in each CSP/STE technology; increase the integration of CSP into the energy system; address all previous challenges in the context of aligned European and Member States Research and Innovation objectives.
The transversal Joint Programme (tJP) Digitalisation for Energy (DfE) aims to define key priorities for DfE that will derive in research activities as well as act as contact point with major European initiatives on supercomputing, big data, artificial intelligence, open science, etc.. The tJP DfE will also tackle the European Digital Strategy, which is strongly pushing the mentioned IT services.
The Joint Programme on Economic, Environmental and Social Impacts of the Energy Transition (e3s) sets out to understand the complex interactions in socio-technical-economic systems, which include, among other things, consumer behavior and engagement, market dynamics, collective action, innovation and technological change, and policy frameworks.
Energy efficiency in industry is rising towards the top of the EU and the Member States/Associated Countries agendas for several compelling reasons. Among others are economic reasons, such as unstable energy prices and reliability of supply; environmental reasons, i.e. the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and intergovernmental reasons, as the industrial sector is becoming a frequent target of recommendations for international action.
The Joint Programme on Energy Storage strongly fosters the efficient development of new energy storage technologies. It supports the SET-Plan objectives and priorities by pooling and integrating activities and resources including international partners on all levels of the value chain.
This Joint Programme in Energy Systems Integration seeks to bring together research strengths across Europe to optimize our energy system, in particular by benefiting from the synergies between heating, cooling, electricity, renewable energy and fuel pathways at all scales. The energy elements of the water and transport system are also included as is the enabling data and control network that enables the optimisation.
The Joint Programme on Fuel Cells and Hydrogen aims to accelerate and harmonise long-term research on fuel cells, electrolysers and hydrogen handling in Europe.
EERA Geothermal has the potential to provide an outstanding contribution to the growth of geothermal energy utilisation in Europe and worldwide, bringing together all major European research organisations in a strategically oriented endeavour. The participants of EERA Geothermal are active in geothermal energy research ranging from low to high TRL and have active international collaboration across sectors.
JP Hydropower spans the entire energy chain from water catchment to system integration, and it includes cross-cutting elements such as markets and market design as well as environmental impacts, effects of climate change and policy and societal issues.
The Joint Programme Nuclear Materials provides research and development for the structural and fuel materials needed for the development and implementation of advanced nuclear reactors in Europe.
The Joint Programme Ocean Energy is based around six key research themes: resource; technology; deployment and operations; economics and costs; environmental and socio-economic impacts; education and training. These themes have been developed based on existing research roadmaps which identify the critical areas of research required for the successful growth of the industry.
The objective of this Joint Programme is to accelerate the development of Photovoltaic Solar Energy to an energy technology that can be implemented at a very large scale through Joint Programming activities by key research institutes in Europe. It focuses primarily on cost reduction of PV systems, through enhancement of performance, development of low-cost, high-throughput manufacturing processes, and improvement of lifetime and reliability of PV systems and components.
The main objective of the Joint Programme Smart Cities is to develop strong research and innovation for smart planning, design and operation of urban energy systems, firmly integrated with cities’ social, cultural, innovation, economic, regulatory and legal perspectives, to achieve the SET-Plan highly ambitious target of developing 100 Smart Positive Energy Districts in Europe by 2025 (Action 3.2).
The Joint Programme Smart Grids, coordinated by RSE and ENEA from Italy by means of an extended cross-disciplinary cooperation involving many Research and Development (R&D) participants with different and complementary expertise and facilities, aims at addressing in a medium to long-term research perspective one of the most critical areas directly relating to the effective acceleration of smart grid development and deployment.
The Joint Programme on Wind Energy provides strategic leadership for medium to long-term research and supports the European wind energy industry and societal stakeholders. It brings together all public research organisations in Europe with substantial research and innovation efforts in wind energy.
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