• New EU report on renewables state of art

                March 13, 2012
                by Rocco Panetta

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                The European Commission’s in-house science service, the Joint Research Centre (JRC), has published a new edition of the ”Strategic Energy Technologies” (SET) review.

                This ”2011 Technology Map” describes the state of the art of the different technologies, current and estimated market penetration, barriers to their large-scale deployment, planned research and development efforts to overcome those barriers and reference values for their operational and economic performance.

                The data provided allow policy makers and the research community to identify potential opportunities and gaps to achieve the transition to a low-carbon society.

                A necessary condition for the timely market roll-out of some of these technologies is an acceleration of their development and demonstration.

                The following findings can be highlighted: the wind sector has seen deployment growing in the European Union and globally (29 and 65 per cent), the advanced biofuels will contribute 2.7 Mtoe to the transport sector by 2020 and hydropower is the most widely used form of renewable energy with 3 190 TWh generated worldwide in 2010.

                The ”Strategic Energy Technology” Plan, launched in 2008, aims to increase, coordinate and focus European Union support on key low-carbon energy technologies.

                The ”Technology Maps” are aimed to establishing an open-access information system on energy technologies and their innovation aspects in order to support effective strategic planning, monitoring and assessment of the SET-Plan.

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