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The European Energy Research Alliance (EERA) is a body founded in 2008 by the 10 principal European organisations concerned with research in the field of energy production. The founding bodies were CEA, CIEMAT, CRES, ECN, ENEA, Helmholz Association, LNEG, Riso – DTU, UK-ERC and VTT. The main aim of the EERA is to help fast-track development of technology in the field of energy production, through the formulation of joint research programmes, and to support activities delimited in the Strategic Plan for Energy Technologies (SET-Plan). EERA has the primary target of strengthening and optimizing research and development in the EU as a result of joint technology sharing. It further concentrates on the direct application of knowledge gained from base research in the industrial sphere. In short there is a manifest desire specifically to co-ordinate public funding to R&D in energy production in the EU (which will avoid duplication of efforts and will in addition protect unfunded but strategic areas).

The activities of the EERA are defined by these research fields, approved for funding:

  • Basic Science for Energy
  • BioFuels
  • Clean Coal – CO2 capturing
  • Clean Coal – CO2 storage
  • Clean Coal – other aspects (e.g. Coal to Liquid)
  • Concentrated Solar Power
  • Electric power storage transportation & networks
  • Fuel Cells a hydrogen
  • Geothermal Energy
  • Marine Energy
  • Materials for Nuclear
  • Solar Photovoltaic
  • Transmission and distribution network for the future
  • Wind Energy

Subsequently concrete research programmes were formulated. Each research program is administered by the institute and by a co-ordinator, who manages the activities of the program. The majority of programmes are further connected with sub-programs.

The activities of individual institutions within the framework of EERA are financed from the EU budget and member states (on the basis of existing research projects). In 2010 the Alliance was enlarged from 10 to 15 organisations. Centrum výzkumu Řež was admitted as a regular member to the Executive Committee with the possibility of influencing the preparation and approval of programmes, as well as the activities of the Alliance.

In the near future it is expected that the EERA will play an important role in the management of European research funding.

Download EERA Press Release on Horizon 2020 in PDF.