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Solar roadmap 2000-2025

Overkoepelend project: Research action SPSD-II: Second scientific support plan for a sustainable development policy, meer
Referentie nr.: CP/23
Periode: December 2001 tot November 2003
Status: Afgelopen
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Instituten (4)  Top | Publicatie 
  • 3E N.V. : Electrical Engineering and Equipment Company, meer, coördinator
  • Interuniversitair Micro-Elektronica Centrum (IMEC), meer, partner
  • Fondation Universitaire Luxembourgeoise (FUL), meer, partner
  • Université Catholique de Louvain; Unité de thermodynamique; Groupe Energie Biomasse (GEB), meer, partner


The European Commission published in 1997 the White Paper ‘Energy for the Future: Renewable Sources of Energy’. The target proposed consists in producing 12% of the gross inland consumption of the EU from renewable energy sources by 2010. For the moment, the current EU contribution amounts to about 6%.
Belgium has integrated the European targets concerning electricity coming from renewable sources within its regional and federal legislation. Belgium aims at producing 6% of its electricity consumption using renewable sources by 2010.
The actual contribution of renewable sources in Belgium is limited to about 1% of the electricity consumption.

Project description


The work proposed consists of an analysis from a 'macro-perspective' of the past 25 years of renewable energies in Belgium and an outlook towards the next 25 years ahead. It aims at an in-depth analysis of policy, technology and market performances in Belgium and internationally, allowing a benchmarking of Belgian policy:

  • Analysis of the support schemes, technology and market development, and its contribution to the primary energy consumption in Belgium of the envisaged renewable energy technologies in the 25 years after the first energy crisis.
  • Benchmarking the Belgian support schemes, technology and market development using performance indicators to allow comparison with relevant international examples, and extract recommended practice for Belgium
  • Definition of a solar roadmap of the coming 25 years of market development of the envisaged renewable energy technologies based on the analysis of the potential and the above mentioned benchmarking.

Note that the envisaged technologies are based on solar-derived resources:

  • Wind energy (on-shore and off-shore).
  • Solar Thermal and Photovoltaics.
  • Biomass.


The proposal "Solar Roadmap 2000 - 2025" consists of 4 main tasks:

  1. Policy analysis on energy and renewable energy in particular in Belgium and on international level.
  2. Review of market and technology development in Belgium and on international level.
  3. Benchmarking of the Belgian policy.
  4. Development of a "Roadmap" for the future policy.

A stakeholder forum discussion is foreseen to review the interpretation of the research team and to strengthen the relevance of the results.

Expected results and/or products

The objective of the proposal is to rationalise the policy efforts in the field of renewable energy. The exploitation of the results will be done by active involvement of a wide range of stakeholder, sharing the insights and integrating feed-back from different stakeholders into the final results.
The success of this research work can measured to the extent by which local, regional and federal public authorities take into account the recommendations in their future policy.
The "Solar Roadmap 2000 - 2025" has to become a reference guide for rational policy making in the area of renewable energy. It has the ambition to assist the Belgian policy makers to become a prominent and pro-active player in renewable energy on an international level.

Publicatie  Top | Instituten 
  • Palmers, G.; Dooms, G.; Shaw, S.; Neyens, J.; Scheuren, C.; André, P.; de Stexhe, F.; Martin, J. (2004). Renewable energy evolution in Belgium 1974-2025: Final report. Belgian Science Policy: Brussel. 140 pp., meer

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