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Action number 13102 Last updated 18/02/2011 09:29:54 Year 2011
Title Assessment of Energy Technologies and Systems
Acronym ASSETS
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Institute JRC.F Institute for Energy and Transport (Petten/Ispra)
Leader TZIMAS Evangelos JRC.F.6   E-Mail
1 Prosperity in a Knowledge intensive society
1.3 Energy and transport
Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
International Energy Agency
SET-Plan Community
Customer DGs CLIMA - Climate Action
ENER - Energy
ENTR - Enterprise and Industry
RTD - Research
Energy technology, techno-economic assessment, energy resources, carbon capture and storage, electricity transmission and distribution grids, wind energy, nuclear fission, nuclear fusion, geothermal energy, hydro-power, ocean energy
Rationale
The energy and climate change policy of the European Union (EU) has set ambitious targets to simultaneously reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases, guarantee a safe, reliable and sustainable supply of energy to EU consumers and improve the efficiency of the EU energy market. Realising the pivotal role of low-carbon energy technologies in meeting these targets, the EU is implementing the European Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET-Plan) as a vehicle to accelerate technology development and demonstration, which will lead to large scale deployment of low carbon technologies in the European energy system. A key element for the success of the SET-Plan is its information system (SETIS). The objective of SETIS is to provide, on a continuous basis and in a timely manner, validated, harmonised and up-to-date information on the state-of-the-art of low-carbon energy technologies and assessments of their potential contribution to the goals of the European energy and climate change policy, whilst facilitating the monitoring and review of SET-Plan activities.
The ASSETS Action plays a central role in the operation of SETIS by participating in the coordination and contributing to SETIS tasks together with other JRC Actions within the JRC SETIS Work Group (SETIS WG). More specifically, ASSETS provides scientific and technical knowledge (data and techno-economic analyses) on energy technologies and infrastructures in the areas of energy resource exploitation and transformation, power and heat generation, the electricity grid and other energy networks, and end-use industrial applications, for sound policy decision making in the context of the SET-Plan. As such, the Action underpins the recommendations of the technology pillar of the Strategic European Energy Review (SEER) and in particular, plays a pivotal role in the design of a common, robust and efficient monitoring and review methodology for the SET-Plan activities, which has been entrusted to SETIS.
The Action also provides support to DG ENER and DG CLIMA in the form of expert scientific advice and pertinent analysis on selected low-carbon technologies. This work is described in the memoranda of understanding (MoUs) between the JRC and these Commission Services.
ASSETS strives to provide policy support based on robust scientific work. To this end, the Action continuously expands its analytical and modelling capacities to assess low-carbon energy technologies; in particular the electricity grid, carbon capture and storage (CCS), innovative renewables including wind, hydropower, geothermal and ocean energies, and new nuclear energy concepts; and disseminates the outcome of its work in peer-review publications. In this frame, ASSETS also participates in competitive research projects of strategic importance for the European energy policy goals, with renowned European research and industrial partners.
Summary of the activity
The support to the implementation of the SET-Plan and the operation of SETIS is the prime objective of ASSETS in 2011. In particular, the Action will coordinate the SETIS WG for the update of the SETIS Technology Map, which is essential for the execution of systemic modelling assessments performed by the ESEA and the SYSTEM Actions. In this context, the Action will assess selected low-carbon technologies such as geothermal, hydro-power, ocean and wind energies, nuclear fission and fusion, and the power grid in close collaboration with the SETIS WG, following the successful paradigm of the update of the Technology Map in 2009. Furthermore, ASSETS will provide input to the methodology for the monitoring of the KPIs of four European Industrial Initiatives (EIIs) of the SET-Plan, namely the CCS-EII, the Wind-EII, EEGI (electricity grid) and ESNII (nuclear fission); analyse inputs from their implementation and quantify them into KPI measures; assess the impacts on the overarching KPIs; and make revisions to the KPIs as needed. These activities will be performed in close collaboration with the SYSTEM Action for the overall monitoring and review framework, the CLEANCAB Action for the CCS-EII, the SES Action for the EEGI; and MATTINO, FANGS and POS for the ESNII. Finally, ASSETS will provide the necessary operational support to the SET-Plan Steering Group; interact with the Research Alliance (EERA) and international organisations, most notably the IEA, and lead the continuous update of the SETIS website with SYSTEM.
The Action will also provide substantial scientific and technical support to DG ENER and DG CLIMA in the frame of the EU energy and climate change policy cycle, as envisaged in the corresponding MoUs between the JRC and these two services. In particular, the Action will analyse the development of modern integrated electricity grids, assess the optimal deployment of a European CO2 transport infrastructure and contribute to the implementation of the Administrative Arrangement with DG ENER on cogeneration of heat and power (CHP). In addition, ASSETS will identify and analyse the role of critical supply chain bottlenecks, such as rare metals, in the large scale deployment of low-carbon energy technologies, in support of related activities of DG ENTR.
To perform its tasks, the Action will reinforce its capacities to assess energy technologies by developing the necessary methodologies. This work will provide the JRC with the capacity to analyse the development of modern integrated electricity grids, assess innovative CCS technology options for the energy intensive industry, evaluate the barriers to the commercialisation of ocean technologies, evaluate the impact of large scale wind energy penetration on the European electricity system and identify the potential role of innovative nuclear energy technologies, which are critical elements for the decarbonisation of the European society by 2050.
Furthermore, ASSETS will continue engaging with the International Energy Agency (IEA) for the review of publications, the analysis of progress in energy technology innovation, the collection and validation of information for SETIS and the organization of common scientific events; the Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum (CSLF) representing the European Commission; and with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in the area of nuclear energy technology modelling, within the frame of the corresponding MoU.
 
  1
Contribute to the operation of the SET-Plan Information System (SETIS) as envisaged in the relevant Commission Communications and the March 2010 Council conclusions and agreed with the European Community Steering Group for Strategic Energy Technologies.
  1.1
Coordinate and contribute to the update of the Technology Map in close cooperation with the JRC SETIS Work Group. Monitor the various initiatives of the SET-Plan as agreed by the EII Teams in line with the SETIS mandate, in collaboration with other related JRC Actions (SYSTEM, CLEANCAB, MATTINO, FANGS, POS, SES).
Set of 7 Chapters of the 2011 update of the Technology Map and the Energy Technology Database on wind energy, hydropower, geothermal energy, ocean energy, nuclear fission (in collaboration MATTINO, FANGS and POS), nuclear fusion and CCS.
30/09/2011
CAT2 - Policy support documents
Synthesis Report "Technology Map - 2011 Update: Part I: Technology Descriptions" based on the Technology Chapters provided by the JRC SETIS Work Group
16/12/2011
CAT2 - Policy support documents
Report on KPI definition and quantification in support of the SET-Plan monitoring and review, in collaboration with the SETIS Work Group.
30/12/2011
CAT2 - Policy support documents
Terms of reference of the JRC involvement in the execution of the "Energy Research Knowledge Centre" project.
15/12/2011
CAT2 - Policy support documents
  1.2
Provide the necessary operational support to the Steering Group; interact with the Research Alliance (EERA) and international organisations, most notably the IEA, and lead the continuous update of the SETIS website, with the SYSTEM Action.
A continuously updated SETIS website, in collaboration with the SYSTEM Action.
30/12/2011
CAT5 - Other policy support products and services
Peer-review publication on the link between R&D expenditure and energy technology innovation, in collaboration with the ERA Policies Action.
20/12/2011
CAT7 - Scientific publications
  2
Support Commission services in policy initiatives beyond the SET-Plan, focusing on the implementation of the MoUs between the JRC and DG ENER and DG ENTR and the collaboration with DG CLIMA.
  2.1
Analyse the development of modern integrated electricity grids, in support of DG ENER and DG RTD activities, as envisaged in the stock taking document for a new energy strategy for Europe 2011-2020
Peer-review paper on the design of new electricity grid architectures for the North Sea offshore wind fields, to facilitate the large scale deployment of offshore wind farms in the region whilst ensuring the reliability of the electricity network, in collaboration with the SES Action.
31/10/2011
CAT7 - Scientific publications
Reference Report "EU 27 Electricity Grid Outlook", giving a comprehensive description at EU level of present assets and future developments of: legislative frameworks, networks and infrastructure, technologies and standards, grid codes and regional markets, in collaboration with the SES Action. Particular attention will be given to interconnections, interoperability and harmonization, as necessary steps towards structuring an internal electricity market as well as on a Technology Roadmap for smart grids.
23/12/2011
CAT2 - Policy support documents
  2.2
Assess the optimal deployment of a European CO2 transport infrastructure for the facilitation of the large scale deployment of CCS, for DG ENER, DG CLIMA and DG RTD, in support of the implementation of the Trans-European Energy Networks for energy and the EEPR.
Peer-review paper with a technical-spatial-economic analysis of the CO2 transport infrastructure (pipelines and ships) that could be developed in Europe by 2050.
30/09/2011
CAT7 - Scientific publications
GIS-based database with CO2 sources and sinks, as requested by DG ENER, in collaboration with SYSTEM.
30/12/2011
CAT5 - Other policy support products and services
Contribution to the annual review of the CCS projects funded by the European Energy Programme for Recovery (EEPR), in support of DG ENER.
30/12/2011
CAT2 - Policy support documents
  2.3
Identify and analyse the role of rare metals as critical supply chain bottlenecks to the large scale deployment of low-carbon energy technologies, in support of DG ENTR in the aftermath of the Communication on Raw Materials and DG RTD in its upcoming initiative on Materials for the SET-Plan.
Peer-review paper on the role of rare metals as critical supply chain bottlenecks to the large scale deployment of low-carbon energy technologies
31/10/2011
CAT7 - Scientific publications
Technical note on the possible expansion of ongoing JRC work on critical raw materials to include green/emerging technologies
30/06/2011
CAT2 - Policy support documents
Scientific assessment of bottlenecks and suggested solutions from a materials point of view in the fossil fuel and wind energy sectors.
30/06/2011
CAT2 - Policy support documents
Materials roadmap and overall assessment.
30/09/2011
CAT2 - Policy support documents
  2.4
Evaluate the role of unconventional indigenous European hydrocarbon resources in the future European energy system, for DG ENER, as envisaged in the stock taking document for a new energy strategy for Europe 2011-2020
Peer-review paper on the techno-economic assessment of unconventional hydrocarbon sources in Europe, in collaboration with the SOS Action.
23/12/2011
CAT7 - Scientific publications
  3
Support DG ENER for the implementation of the Cogeneration Directive through an Administrative Arrangement
Deliverable  3.1
Execution of tasks from the Administrative Arrangement with DG ENER on cogeneration of heat and power together with the SYSTEM Action and IPTS, as defined in autumn 2010.
30/12/2011
CAT2 - Policy support documents
  4
Expand the analytical and modelling capacities of the Action for the assessment of low-carbon energy technologies and systems and build new capacities as required, with the aim to support current and anticipated policy initiatives and promote scientific excellence.
  4.1
Analyse the development of modern integrated electricity grids using advanced infrastructure planning modelling tools
Peer review publication on the benefits arising from increasing synergies between the electricity grid infrastructure and its components and ICT technologies, in collaboration with the SOS and SES Actions.
30/09/2010
CAT7 - Scientific publications
Peer review publication on the evolution of ancillary services and reserves in the European power system for potentially ensuring the reliable operation of the power grid at reduced reserve margins, considering high levels of penetration of renewable energies, in collaboration with the SES and SYSTEM Actions.
30/11/2011
CAT7 - Scientific publications
Peer review publication on the role of active demand and the impact of energy efficiency policies on electricity grid operation under high renewable energy deployment, in collaboration with the SES Action.
30/11/2011
CAT7 - Scientific publications
  4.2
Assess innovative technology options for the heavy industry using process flow modelling
Peer-review publication on the assessment of technological options for the deployment of innovative technologies such as CCS in the energy-intensive industry, in collaboration with the SYSTEM Action.
30/11/2011
CAT7 - Scientific publications
  4.3
Study ocean energy technologies, which can assist the transition to the decarbonisation of the European society beyond 2020
Peer review publication on the technological barriers to the commercialisation of ocean technologies in Europe.
23/12/2011
CAT7 - Scientific publications
  4.4
Identify the potential role of innovative nuclear energy technologies in the European energy system, using nuclear energy technology modelling tools
Peer review publication on the suitability of small modular nuclear reactor concepts for the European energy system.
29/07/2011
CAT7 - Scientific publications
Peer review publication on the economic and sustainability implications from fast neutron reactors using recycling, in collaboration with FANGS.
30/09/2011
CAT7 - Scientific publications
Peer review publication on the potential benefits of cogeneration of electricity and heat from nuclear energy systems, in collaboration with FANGS.
23/12/2011
CAT7 - Scientific publications
  4.5
Evaluate the barriers to the large scale wind energy penetration in the European energy system
Peer review publication on the impact of high renewable energy penetration on the electricity mix
29/07/2011
CAT7 - Scientific publications
Peer review publication on the impact of large scale wind energy penetration on reducing opportunity costs in European wholesale electricity prices
23/12/2011
CAT7 - Scientific publications
  5
Promote international cooperation and strengthen the links of the Action with renowned research organisations with the aim to contribute effectively to understanding and resolving issues in the field of scientific research into low-carbon technologies
  5.1
Implement the Memorandum of Understanding with the Department of Energy and Environment of Chalmers University
Implementation of the 2 annexes of the MoU of the JRC with Chalmers University on the deployment of CCS infrastructure in Europe and the validation of databases related to the CCS infrastructure
30/12/2011
CAT7 - Scientific publications
  5.2
Contribute to the works of the Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum
Representation of the European Commission to the technical / scientific committees and work groups of CSLF, providing expert advice and contributing to the preparation of documents, as required.
30/12/2011
CAT2 - Policy support documents
  6
Execute competitive research projects
  6.1
Implement the Work plan of the ECCO FP7 integrated project, which aims at assessing early opportunities for the deployment of CO2 value chains in Europe
ECCO Report D2.3.5: "Impact assessment of the deployment of CO2 value chains on the European policy goals"
31/08/2011
CAT2 - Policy support documents
Contribution to the ECCO reports: (i) D2.2.2: Recommended issues and revised CO2 chain case studies; (ii): D2.3.6: Evaluation of ECCO as a basis for strategic decision making; (iii) D3.4.3: Report summarizing the final results of the simulation of the case studies with the final version of the complete tool
31/08/2011
CAT5 - Other policy support products and services
  6.2
Implement the Work plan of the RealiseGrid FP7 integrated project, which focuses on the development of an optimal trans-European electricity transmission grid infrastructure.
RealiseGrid Report 1.3.2 'Asynchronized synchronous machines'
29/04/2011
CAT5 - Other policy support products and services
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