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R&D funding for energy, environment and sustainable development

Connect, no. 104, January/February 2000, p.3

Previous Connect articles have given an overview of the EC Framework 5 programme (1999-2002) which funds collaborative R&D, Technology Transfer and Training projects across Europe (Nov/Dec 1998) and of two significant components of this programme. CRAFT is concerned with funding research and development projects for small companies (Jul/Aug 1999) and CSG covers the R&Dmp;D funding of major industrial projects (Oct/Nov 1999).

This article summarises the scope and structure of a further component which is of major relevance to a number of TWI Member companies - EESD (R&Dmp;D funding for Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development).

More than £1.4bn (Euro 2bn) is available to support projects in six key actions concerned with environmental, sustainable development and energy. The latter is of most immediate relevance to Member companies as it includes work on:

Cleaner energy systems

  • cleaner energy systems, combustion efficiency, efficient gas turbines, GHP systems and renewable biomass, wind, solar photovoltaic and fuel cell technologies

Economic and efficient energy for a competitive Europe

  • efficient space heating, alternative transport fuels, hybrid transport energy, batteries, gas transport
  • more efficient exploration, extraction and production technologies for hydrocarbons, deepwater, marginal fields, new frontiers (Arctic etc), reduced environmental impact, safety
  • efficiency of new and renewable energy sources (wind turbines, solar cells, biomass)

Teletest being used on site to screen pipework for metal loss by corrosion or erosion. The technology was originally developed under an EC Framework 4 programme, THERMIE, for the inspection of pipework under insulation coatings. Those interested in the technique should contact Plant Integrity Ltd, Granta Park, CB1 6AL (Tel: +44 (0) 1223 893994 e-mail: )

Any company wishing to discuss the suitability of a topic for submission and details of the proposal procedure and content should contact Keith Johnson or Dosten Baluch. E-mail: or

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