Community Research and Development Information Service - CORDIS

Previous programme


Successor programme


Programme funding

EUR 105 million

Official Journal Reference

L 231 of 1979-09-13

Legislative Reference

79/785/CEE of 1979-09-11
To reduce the Community's dependence on energy imports by continuing to provide financial support for research and development in the field of domestic and industrial energy conservation and the exploitation of new sources of energy, such as solar power and geothermal energy.


Covered by the Council Resolution of 14 January 1974 on an initial outline programme of the European Communities in the field of science and technology and by the Council Resolution of 17 December 1974 concerning Community energy policy objectives.

This second R&D programme on non-nuclear energy was related to the multiannual research programmes of the Joint Research Centre (JRC) on Solar Energy (1977-1979 and 1980-1983).


Five subprogrammes:

- Energy conservation:
. Residential and commercial applications;
. Industry;
. Transport;
. Energy transformation;
. Energy storage;

- Production and utilization of hydrogen:
. Thermochemical production of hydrogen;
. Electrolytic production of hydrogen;
. Transportation, storage and utilization of hydrogen;

- Solar energy:
. Solar energy applications to dwellings;
. Thermomechanical solar power plants;
. Photovoltaic power generation;
. Photochemical, photoelectrochemical and photobiological processes;
. Energy from biomass;
. Solar radiation data;
. Wind energy;
. Solar energy in agriculture and industry;

- Geothermal energy:
. Integrated geological, geophysical and geochemical investigations in selected areas;
. Subsurface problems of natural hydrothermal resources;
. Surface problems related to the use of hydrothermal resources;
. Hot dry rocks;

- Energy systems analysis and strategy studies:
. Improvement of the medium and long term Community energy models;
. Development of new concepts for energy system representations;
. Better communication between model builders and model users;
. World energy modelling.


The Commission, assisted by Advisory Committees on Programme Management (ACPM), was responsible for implementing the programme and for keeping the Scientific and Technical Research Committee (CREST) informed.

Information was disseminated in accordance with Council Regulation (EEC) No 2380/74 of 17 September 1974 (Official Journal No L 255 of 20.9.1974), adopting provisions for the dissemination of information relating to research programmes for the European Economic Community.

The programme was reviewed in 1981. A report thereon was drawn up for the European Parliament and the Council.
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