A promising 2016 for European Renewable Energy Research
EUREC’s 2016 is off to a great start! In the previous meeting in December last year, EUREC members agreed on the organisation of the next two College of Members: one in Bolzano (IT) on 31st May and 1st June 2016 dedicated to "The role of energy efficiency in the Energy Union”, and another one in November/December 2016 in Freiburg (DE) with celebration for the 25th anniversary of EUREC. The College of Members is the main gathering where EUREC members can meet fellow partnering organisations to discuss renewable energy technologies and policies.
During the meeting, our member organisations discussed the need of involving EUREC with the setting up of a European Innovation Council. On this respect, EUREC published a position paper on a European Innovation Council (EIC) on 20 January 2016. The document was prepared from the perspective of researchers in the energy field and the suggestion of course is intended to cover all fields of applied research. The proposal is to be seen in the context of the Horizon 2020 mid-term review, which is an opportunity to find funding for new initiatives. It comes as ‘Mission Innovation’ is launched at the COP21 climate talks, which challenges the governments of the world to double their funding towards energy R&D in five years. Part of this increase should be delivered in the form of grants from a ‘European Innovation Council’.
Currently, EUREC brings together 45 research centres, renowned for their expertise in the field of renewable energy, representing the majority of EU Member States. A very large part of ongoing renewable energy research in Europe is taking place at EUREC member organisations.
To ensure that EUREC grows in a controlled way towards a representative association of high quality research centres, a series of criteria for new Members has been defined:
Only single research entities can be accepted, not complete universities
The research facilities should be visited by a EUREC delegation
The research group should have at least 10 full-time equivalent research staff active in the field of renewable research
The research group should demonstrate its stability, such as by having existed in the same form for at least five years, or by having a substantial research capacity and output, as supported by proposing members, and endorsed by the College of Members
EUREC workshop on "Shapes on the Horizon: Ideas for Horizon 2020's Mid-Term Review and a Look Beyond" was successfully held in Brussels
The EUREC workshop on "Shapes on the Horizon: Ideas for Horizon 2020’s Mid-Term Review and a Look Beyond” successfully took place in Brussels (Belgium) on 3 December 2015 as part of the programme of the College of Members 49.
Several EUREC members presented their experiences with Horizon 2020 calls up to now.
The presentations were followed by panel debate moderated by Greg Arrowsmith, in which the members discussed their views on the current framework programme with Dr Rudolf Strohmeier, Deputy Director-General in the EC’s DG RTD.