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Commission calls for energy research

The European Commission has announced a call for proposals under the Fifth Framework Programme (FP5) for Research, Technological Development and Demonstration (RTD) activities for the period 1998 to 2002.

The call invites proposals for indirect RTD actions under the specific programme for RTD on "Energy, environment and sustainable development (1998 to 2002)" and opens Part B of the Programme, calling for work related to energy, under Key Actions 5 and 6 of the Programme.

The call texts, together with all the documentation necessary to make a proposal, are accessible via:


The call relates to proposals called by a fixed deadline, following which evaluation will not take place.

Those eligible to participate in indirect RTD actions under the specific programme are invited to submit proposals that address the parts of the work programme outlined below.

- Key Action 5: "Cleaner Energy Systems, including Renewable Energies":
- - Large scale generation of electricity and/or heat with reduced CO2 emissions from coal, biomass and other fuels, including combined heat and power:
- - - Cleaner fuels by substitution and treatment;
- - - More efficient energy-conversion processes or cycles, including combustion efficiency;
- - Development and demonstration, including for decentralised generation, of the main new and renewable energy sources, in particular, biomass, wind and solar technologies, and of fuel cells:
- - - Biomass (including waste) conversion systems;
- - - Wind energy optimization;
- - - Cost-efficient photovoltaics;
- - - Solar thermal concentrating systems;
- - - Other renewable energies;
- - - Efficient, reliable and cost-effective fuel cell systems;
- - - Integration of new and renewable energy sources into energy systems;
- - Integrating renewable energy sources into the grid and stand-alone systems:
- - - Hybrid systems;
- - - Improving the acceptability of renewables;
- - - Cost-effective environmental abatement technologies for power production;
- - - Reduction of local and global environment degrading emissions;
- Key Action 6: "Economic and Efficient Energy for a Competitive Europe":
- - Technologies for the rational and efficient end use of energy:
- - - Spatial integration;
- - - Building sustainability;
- - - Efficient space heating, cooling, ventilation, lighting systems and domestic appliances, and integration of renewables into buildings;
- - - Hybrid and electric drivelines, and energy storage and conversion devices;
- - - Proving innovative public and private transport means;
- - - Efficient cross-sectoral technologies and better managed industrial processes;
- - Technologies for the storage of energy on both macro and micro scale:
- - - Intermittent storage of energy, including heat and cold storage;
- - Cost-effective and more efficient exploration and production of hydrocarbons:
- - - Reduced environmental impact and improved safety in exploration and production;
- - Improving the efficiency of new and renewable energy sources:
- - - Cost-effective wind turbine components;
- - - Cost-effective components for photovoltaic module systems and solar thermal concentrating systems;
- - - Cost-effective components for biomass and waste;
- - - Other renewable energy sources;
- - The elaboration of scenarios on supply and demand technologies in economy/environment/energy (E3) systems and their interactions and the analysis of the cost effectiveness (based on whole life costs) and efficiency of all energy sources:
- - - Technological change anticipation;
- - - Prospective and policy-impact analysis;
- - - Market changes and technology absorption.

The indicative budget available for Key Action 5 is 95.4 million euro.
The indicative budget available for Key Action 6 is 109.1 million euro.

Information on the rules for participation in the Programme and how to prepare and submit proposals is given in the European Commission's Guide for Proposers, which can be obtained, along with the work programme and other information relating to the call, from the address below.

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