Community Research and Development Information Service - CORDIS


Electricity is one of the most critical strategic infrastructures in our society today. Its direct importance in reliably delivering energy to point of use enables every other major technological infrastructure in our society. In the European Union, satisfying future energy needs is crucially linked to the security of energy supply and environmental issues. The development of distributed power generation (DG) and renewable energy resources (RES) is essential to obtaining these goals. However, the integration of RES and DG into existing and future unified electricity systems represents an enormous technological challenge.

Energy research is the mainstay of any long-term energy policy, providing scientific knowledge and technical options to make energy systems more efficient, affordable, accessible and environmentally friendly. This brochure demonstrates the actions being taken by the European Commission, alongside the electricity industry and research institutions, to meet this challenge and provide Europe with the new ERA for sustainable electrical energy.

Additional information

Authors: No author stated, European Commission, DG Research, Brussels (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 20901 EN (2003), 32pp. Free of charge
Availability: EUR-OP reference: KI-NA-20901-EN-C Available from: Documentation Service of DG Research Fax: +32 2 295 8220 E-mail:
ISBN: ISBN: 92-894-6262-0
Follow us on: RSS Facebook Twitter YouTube Managed by the EU Publications Office Top