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THERMIE at the European photovoltaic solar energy conference and exhibition

THERMIE, the European Commission's programme for the promotion of new and innovative energy technologies, will be present at the 12th European photovoltaic solar energy conference in Amsterdam on 11-15 April 1994.

The event aims to provide an overview of the state-of-the-art ...

11 April 1994 - 11 April 1994
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THERMIE, the European Commission's programme for the promotion of new and innovative energy technologies, will be present at the 12th European photovoltaic solar energy conference in Amsterdam on 11-15 April 1994.

The event aims to provide an overview of the state-of-the-art in photovoltaic (PV) solar energy utilization.

Over the period 1979-1989, the EU's energy technology demonstration programmes supported 104 PV projects with an investment of some ECU 20 million. THERMIE, the current energy technology programme, has allocated a further ECU 20 million to 57 PV projects in the period 1990-1993. This reflects the increasing maturity of PV technology and its growing importance as a future power source for Europe.

EU-supported projects now have a total generating capacity in the region of 5 MWp. Hence, assuming an average output of 800-1,000 kWh/year per kWp, these projects can be expected to produce between 4,000 and 5,000 MWh/year of electricity. This is achieved without environmental pollution.

Initial projects involved isolated sites, such as lighthouses, remote islands, mountain refuges and remote houses and farms. As PV generator costs have fallen and European electricity utilities have become increasingly interested in PV power generation, the projects have started to include grid connected PV applications, both in the form of arrays which are architecturally integrated into the facade or roofs of buildings and as large, free-standing PV power stations.

Visitors to the THERMIE stand at the Amsterdam event will see a range of displays highlighting key PV projects supported by the Community, and will be able to learn at first hand how THERMIE disseminates information on European energy technologies and fosters industrial cooperation throughout its network of Organizations for the Promotion of Energy Technology (OPET).
For information on the THERMIE programme, please contact:

European Commission
Directorate-General for Energy, DG XVII
THERMIE
200 rue de la Loi
B-1049 Brussels
Fax +32-2-2950577

For further information on the conference please contact:

Conference secretariat
WIP
Sylvensteinstr 2
D-81369 Munchen
Tel. +49-89-7201232; Fax +49-89-7201291

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