Thematic Fields

Developing a sustainable energy future is one of the biggest challenges facing Europe today. We must ensure the energy supply to all our citizens without compromising safety and security of the infrastructure. That is why we are working with entrepreneurs, innovators, industry and universities in eight critical thematic fields.

Clean coal and gas technologies

To ensure the most efficient use of primary energy sources, future energy production will rely on the optimal combination of power generation and chemical production. Coal, gas, and their chemical derivatives therefore still have a major role to play in creating a stable, long-term energy supply for Europe.

Energy storage

Thanks to the increasing penetration of renewable and distributed generation, growing trade in electricity, and new demand patterns, energy storage has an important role in future energy systems.

Energy efficiency

Energy efficiency is the most cost-effective way to reduce emissions, improve energy security, make energy consumption more affordable, and enhance competitiveness.

Energy from chemical fuels

Chemical fuels have a critical role in the future energy mix. Sectors such as transport, heating, and energy-intensive industry rely on supply from chemical energy carriers.

Renewable energy

Renewable energy plays an essential role in reducing dependence on fossil fuels, increasing energy security for Europe, and decreasing greenhouse gas emissions.

Smart buildings and cities

The built environment accounts for 40 per cent of the world’s energy consumption. Creating smart buildings and cities is therefore key to sustainable development.

Smart electric grid

The electricity grid is showing its age. Increased use and volume, intermittent and distributed energy resources, and new market and regulatory structures have created significant challenges in the operation and control of the power system.

Nuclear instrumentation

Nuclear power remains an important part of a sustainable energy mix, with 60 nuclear reactors under construction around the world.