The College of Members’ meeting, which took place last December 2015, decided to open EUREC membership to industry members. This is part of the EUREC strategy 2016- 2018 which aims at fostering partnership with the renewable energy industry along three lines:
Involvement of the renewable energy industry in EU co-funded project proposals, developed by EUREC and its members
Cooperation with renewable energy industry associations, via participation to regular meetings, and support to joint statements on upcoming legislative proposals in the area of renewable energy and energy efficiency
Direct involvement of research-oriented companies in the work of EUREC
Currently, EUREC’s membership base is mainly composed of private and public research centres, as well as universities. A limited number of companies are also direct members. EUREC’s strategic direction for the period 2016- 2018 targets private companies with a strong focus on research activities in the area of renewable energies, in order to strengthen its membership base.
With this initiative, EUREC aims at confirming its role as the voice of renewable energy research (both science-based and industry-based) in Europe.
Hydrogen, as a potential substitute for fossil fuels, is free of CO2 emissions if generated from water using renewable energy sources. Conventional water electrolysis, as the state-of-the-art technology, has a low overall efficiency as it demands the generation of electricity. On the other hand, direct thermal splitting of water would require temperatures in excess of 2000 °C in order to yield sufficient amounts of hydrogen. Therefore, thermochemical cycles are introduced to lower the process temperature to a technical manageable level of about 1000 °C. One of the most promising process is the Hybrid Sulphur Cycle (HyS), which is investigated in the European research project SOL2HY2 (Solar to Hydrogen Hybrid Cycles).
The project consortium is led by the Italian scientific consultant company EnginSoft with participation of the DLR Institute of Solar Research, the Finnish university Aalto, the Italian research center ENEA, the Finnish technology company Outotec, the Swiss ceramics company Erbicol and the Finnish gas company Woikosky. SOL2HY2 is funded by the European Commission (FCH JU) and started in June 2013 with duration of three and a half years.
Joint statement on a binding renewable energy target
EUREC has issued a joint statement together with other European associations on a binding renewable energy target for Europe.
In October 2014, 28 EU Heads of State agreed that a binding target for renewables should be set at EU level to meet their collective climate and energy ambition. Since then, the European Parliament has consistently backed a binding renewable energy target for 2030, most recently in June 2016.
The post-2020 renewable energy directive must act as a spine for the renewable energy target and hold Member States to account.
Mere reporting by the Member States, while an important part of the governance of the Energy Union, will not ensure delivery of the target.
The upcoming renewable energy package must include:
National renewable energy benchmarks to ensure a fair and transparent delivery of the target;
Measures to incentivise Member States to define ambitious renewable energy contributions to the target; and
Measure to be activated in case the Member States fail to collectively deliver the target.
Besides EUREC, the associations signing thestatement were AEBIOM, EGEC, EHPA, EREF, ESTELA, ESTIF, Ocean Energy Europe,Wind Europe and Solar Power Europe.