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EU launches Green-X project aimed at cheaper renewables generation

The European Commission has approved a research project aimed at increasing electricity generation from renewable sources with minimal costs to European citizens. A key part of the two-year project will be a computer based tool box dubbed Green-X, with a range of capabilities. These include a database to calculate the potential and costs of a renewable energy supply, cogeneration production, efficiency improvement and fuel switching in the electricity sector as well as the corresponding greenhouse gas reductions. Green-X will also include a computer model linking and simulating different scenarios between renewables, cogeneration, demand-side activities and greenhouse gas reduction in the electricity sector. It will be able to examine the impact of selected strategies on total costs and the financial benefits or disadvantages for EU citizens, according to the European Renewable Energy Council (EREC) in Brussels. The project will be implemented by nine partners and co-ordinated by the Vienna University of Technology. The other organisations participating are Britain's IT Power, Dutch Kema, Denmark's Risø laboratory, Spain's Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas, Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Angewandten Forschung of Germany, Austria's Wienstrom, Swiss Elektrizitätsgesellschaft Laufenburg and EREC, the umbrella organisation of the leading European renewable energy industry and research associations.

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