The EU-Russia Energy Technology Centre (ETC) - OPET Russia, based in Moscow, was established in the framework of the RTD actions under the specific programme for research, technological development and demonstration on "Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development" (part B Work Programme for Energy of the 5th Framework Programme of the EU). It serves as a contact point for Russian and European companies active in the field of hydrocarbons, coal and electricity as well as renewable energy and energy efficiency and should facilitate co-operation and technology transfer between the European Union and the Russian Federation. EREC provided expertise in the field of renewable energy sources. Two Co-Directors were appointed for the Technology Centre: Torsten Woellert as EC Co-Director and Yuri Malakh as Russian Co-Director.
The creation of the ETC is an integral part of the EU-Russia Energy Dialogue started in October 2000 at the Paris Summit. In the corresponding Synthesis Report endorsed at the EU-Russia Summit in October 2001, the creation of the ETC was mentioned as a priority action.
The Ministry of Energy of the Russian Federation provided its strong support for the establishment of the Energy Technology Centre (ETC) as one of the actions for technology co-operation.
The efforts of the experts working in the ETC were aimed at the achievement of:
Enhanced co-operation between EU and Russia on new energy technologies
Contributing to the long-term EU energy strategy in ensuring a stable, secure, diverse, cost-effective and environmentally-friendly supply of energy to the European Union
2004 activities according to working programme
Round Table: "Solar Thermal - Perspectives in Southern Russia" on 17 May 2006. Despite its commercial viability, solar thermal has not found its way onto the Russian Market yet, however the one-day event clearly showed the increased interest of Russian market players in this area and the willingness to collaborate with the European solar thermal industry. The roundtable attracted more than 50 high-level experts. The presentations were followed by a stimulating debate. The roundtable focused on highlighting the prospects for implementing the solar thermal technology in the Southern regions of the Russian Federation as well as on showcasing concrete applications for solar thermal heating and cooling technologies such as the Renewable Energy House in Brussels.