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SECOND CALL FOR THERMIE PROJECTS

A second call for Thermie project proposals under the EU's current non nuclear programme was issued September 15. Deadline for submissions is February 1, 1996 and projects can receive a subsidy of up t 40% of their capital costs. Eligible proposals for energy projects must be "designed to advance or implement innovative techniques, processes or products for which the research and development phase has, for the most part, been completed." As well as renewables, including wind, Thermie covers rational use of energy and fossil fuels. Within renewables, wind has to compete with solar, biomass, waste, small scale hydro and geothermal energy technologies. A call for proposals made under a Thermie sub section, Type B Actions, in December 1994 remains open until December 17, 1997. This continuous call is for projects in the areas of energy research and technology demonstration strategy, dissemination of energy technologies, preparatory, accompanying and support measures, and technology stimulation for small and medium sized enterprises. Thermie has a total budget of ECU 532 million ($665 million) for 1994-1998 and aims to improve energy efficiency, to promote renewables, to encourage clean coal technology, and to optimise exploitation of EU coal and gas reserves.

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