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ENGAS — Result In Brief

Project ID: 506502
Funded under: FP6-INFRASTRUCTURES
Country: Norway

Giving Europe’s brightest the opportunity to shine

The global warming effects of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are increasing at an alarming rate and the consequences may soon be irreversible. An EU-funded initiative provided outstanding scientists working in the field of renewable energy the opportunity to conduct research at world-class facilities they might otherwise have missed due to financial and geographical difficulties.
Giving Europe’s brightest the opportunity to shine
One of the main contributors to GHGs is the production of electricity by power plants. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the United States has previously reported that 72 % of emissions in 2010 were due to power plants, primarily coal-fired plants. Obviously, developing alternative sustainable forms of energy has the potential to drastically reduce GHG pollution from the energy source to the end user.

The ‘Environmental gas management research infrastructure’ (ENGAS) project was initiated to support qualified scientists working in the field of clean energy production, storage and transport. In particular, the ENGAS project facilitated access to world-class experimental gas facilities.

The ENGAS team selected research proposals based on scientific assessments by at least two ENGAS members. In the case of equal ratings, the selection committee used secondary criteria such as presence of women or first-time facilities users to make a final decision. The programme also allowed access to scientists from Hungary, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia and Turkey. Overall, 33 proposals were submitted, 27 granted and more than 10 countries represented. The EC provided a five-year extension to the project.

The overwhelming importance of new developments in sustainable energy is obvious and far-reaching, from the simple view of cheaper and more reliable availability of energy to stopping the imminent irreversible imbalance in nature’s ecosystem with drastic consequences for future generations. The ENGAS project gave some of Europe’s brightest the opportunity to shine and the tangible benefits may be just around the corner.

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