European Union

AGORES, Global Overview of Renewable Energy Sources
AGORES is the European Commission Website for Renewable Energy Sources. The is designed to be the European information centre and knowledge gateway for renewable energy, helping to promote the European Union's strategy to achieve 12%  of renewable energy sources by 2010.

ALTENER programme
The overall aim of the ALTENER programme is to make an essential contribution to increasing use and market share of Renewable Energy Sources, which are environmentally sustainable and constitute a major component of the Community strategy to abate greenhouse gas emissions. The site gives information about the ALTENER programme and includes information about the Campaign for Take-off for Renewable Energies 1999-2003.

ATLAS
The ATLAS Project is a major initiative aimed at establishing an information base to support energy Research and Technological Development (RTD) strategy, which has been undertaken by the European Network of Energy Agencies (EnR) on behalf of Directorate General XVII of the European Commission. The website provides a comprehensive review of technologies relevant to the whole non-nuclear energy field, with the exception of oil and gas, to a time horizon of 2010. The information presented is intended to provide advice to RTD decision makers at all levels on the priorities and directions for future programmes

CI, Campaign Interactive
This Campaign Interactive aims at sustainable development of and cooperation between European cities. The site offers partnersearch: searching partners in order to start sustainable rural iniatives together.

CORDIS, Community Research & Development Information Service
The site gives information about European-funded research. It features several databases, web services and R&D gateway.

Energy and Transport
The site offers a wide range of energy information  

ESTI, European Solar Test Installation
The European Solar Test Installation (ESTI) belongs to the Renewable Energies Unit of the Environment Institute - Ispra. It is a European centre of excellence in the field of solar energy. A major part of the work at ESTI relates to solar photovoltaics, the direct conversion of sunlight into electrical energy. The mission of ESTI is to provide the scientific and technical base for the harmonisation of standards within the single market of the European Union. The site includes a long list of publications, of which some can be downloaded in pdf-format.

European Financial Guide for Renewable Energy
This guide, with a focus on biomass, offers extensive information on subsidy schemes, low-interest credit possibilities, pay-back arrangements, fiscal incentives, feed-in regulations, set-aside regulations and adresses of public and private investment funds. This project was financed by the European Commission under the Altener programme.

JRC, Joint Research Centre
The Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission is a European scientific and technical research centre established by the European Commission, with headquarters in Brussels. Five sites in Belgium, Germany, Italy, Spain and the Netherlands house eight different institutes, each with its own focus of expertise. The JRC forms an integral part of the Community's development within the scientific research field. Its multiple activities are at the disposal of the Community as a whole and are conducted in close collaboration with research laboratories and industry in the Member States. The different work fields are: The European Solar Test Installation (ESTI), Energy in Buildings, Advanced Storage and Conversion in experimental and theoretical assessment of Technologies and related Renewables Energy Savings.
Besides information about JRC and its programme, the site features publications and provides informaton about the EU programmes.

THERMIE
THERMIE is the Demonstration Component of the Non-Nuclear RTD Programme JOULE-THERMIE. It runs for 4 years (1995-1998) with a budget of 577 million ECU and is managed by the Directorate-General for Energy (DG XVII). THERMIE covers all demonstration activities as well as other activities such as strategy, dissemination, preparatory, accompanying and support measures, concerted actions and technology stimulation for SMEs. It provides a continuity to the previous (1990-1994) programme, also called THERMIE. The site provides information about the THERMIE programme, projects, publications and features a review of activities.

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