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Abstract

All countries are facing the increasing challenges of climate change, depletion of fossil fuel resources and growth of global energy use. Europe competes with USA, Japan and other industrialised countries for finding the new energy technologies which their market will need, ensuring them technological edge and economic benefits.
In this context, this study provides a view of future trends, risks and opportunities for the short, medium and long term and a picture of Europe�s comparative strengths and weaknesses in key energy technology areas, especially with respect to the USA and Japan. These key technologies are:
- Fuel cells and hydrogen technologies
- Photovoltaic technologies
- Biomass-based technologies (utilisation of biofuels and biomass)
- Use of fossil fuels for heat and power (including technologies for carbon dioxide
capture and sequestration technologies).

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Authors: No Author stated, European Commission, DG Research, Brussels (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 21612 EN (2005), 155 pp. Free of charge
Availability: EUR-OP reference: KI-NA-21612-EN-C Available from: Documentation Service of DG Research Fax: +32 2 295 8220 E-mail: research@ec.europa.eu
ISBN: ISBN: 92-894-9168-X
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