This 2009 document is the contribution from ESTELA (European Solar Thermal Electricity Association) to the European Commissionâ€™s Strategic Energy Technology Plan. The report gives a good overview of the strategic benefits of focusing on solar thermal and connects it with its socio-economic benefits.
This document underlines the potential solar thermal has for the European Union in general and for contributing to the 20% target of renewable energy sources by 2020 in particular. Through enhanced research, the industry initiative also wants to enhance market penetration and consolidate the European industry global leadership.
5 main objectives have been set to reach the above mentioned goals:
(1) Increase efficiency
(2) Reduce cost
(3) Increase Dispatchability
(4) Reduce Environmental Impact
(5) Educational and Training Programs
For each objective, the report sets out key performance indicators and milestones which are also linked to budgetary requirements.