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Energy research and innovation – powering Europe’s future

Construction workers on-site at ITER, France. From approximately 200 people on-site currently, worker numbers will rise to 1 000 at the end of the year, before climbing to 2 000, then 3 000 at the peak of construction activities. © ITER Organization
Construction workers on-site at ITER, France. From approximately 200 people on-site currently, worker numbers will rise to 1 000 at the end of the year, before climbing to 2 000, then 3 000 at the peak of construction activities. © ITER Organization

This issue of Horizon looks at the research and technology that is helping Europe generate more energy while emitting less greenhouse gas.

During October, Horizon looks at wind turbines that can float far out to sea, and innovative materials to make solar panels that can generate more energy from the sun. We report from the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) in the south of France, where world powers are collaborating on a nuclear fusion reactor which will operate at temperatures ten times hotter than the core of the sun.

Horizon also examines some of the innovative ideas that are helping Europeans save more energy in the home, and explores the world’s most sustainable office building.

This video gives an overview of what the EU is doing in the field of energy research and innovation.

These videos give you more information about specific areas of energy research:

Cheaper and greener electricity at home

Exploring the effects of low-dose radiation

From biofuels to bioplastics

Green buses for European cities

Innovative photovoltaic modules

Large scale carbon capture for cleaner air

New solar system for improved energy-efficiency

Next generation biofuels

Next generation wind turbines

Remote handling from fusion research