ERMINEProject reference: 22825
Funded under: FP6-POLICIES
Electricity Research Road Map In Europe
Total cost:EUR 1 301 090
EU contribution:EUR 790 560
Topic(s):POLICIES-3.2 - The development of tools, indicators and operational parameters for assessing sustainable transport and energy systems performance
Call for proposal:FP6-2004-SSP-4
Funding scheme:CA - Coordination action
The various operators of the electricity sector are living very strong changes mostly due to the elimination of monopolia and to the introduction of competition in the electric market. Price volatility and uncertainties in availability of fossil fuels as well as the more and more important environmental constraints are additional factors that call for the innovation of the electric industry. On the other side the operators (mostly utilities and manufacturers) are focusing their research efforts on short-term objectives, aimed to increase their competitiveness; investments on long term objectives able to significantly innovate the electric sector are very limited.
The proposed ERMInE Project intends to help EU authorities in achieving the objectives that follow:
- to get an exhaustive picture of present situation of electricity Research and Technology Development (RTD) efforts in the enlarged Europe;
- to state the specific RTD needs of the European utilities and equipment manufacturers in the next 20-25 years.
The main activities developed in the project in order to fulfil the aforesaid objectives are:
- Wide and extensive collection of data and information: to get a clear understanding of the present status of RTD within the electricity sector, to identify the expected trend and the main objectives and expectations of electric utilities and manufacturers in the undertaken or planned research activities. This step is basically based on the organisation of four workshops each of them in one of the main European areas (North, Centre, South and East) and integrated by questionnaires, interviews and focused meeting.
- Development of an electricity RTD road map to be preliminarily discussed in a Discussion Workshop. A final version will be then prepared and presented in an International Final Symposium. - Main dissemination actions will be also undertaken in the development of different Workshops and of the International Final Symposium.