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Questions and answers on SETIS (SET-Plan Information System)
Q: What is SETIS?
A: SETIS is the online Information System for the European Strategic Energy Technology (SET)-Plan ( ). It provides support for the effective strategic planning, conception and implementation of the European Energy Technology policy. It enables monitoring of the SET-Plan actions and activities, assessment of its impact on policy and the identification of corrective measures if needed.
Q: Why SETIS?
A: The 2007 SET Plan communication "Towards a low carbon future" [COM(2007) 723 final] called for "regular and reliable information and data" for effective strategic planning in the field of low-carbon strategic energy technologies. In order to support the definition of energy technology objectives and build consensus around the SET-Plan programme an "open-access information and knowledge management system" was to be established. SETIS is the outcome.
Q: What is the objective of SETIS?
A: The mission of SETIS is to support the European Energy Technology policy (SET-Plan).
In this respect, it has 2 key objectives:
Q: Who is behind SETIS?
A: The SETIS community is led by the European Commission, through its Joint Research Centre (JRC). JRC works in close collaboration with other Commission services and the Member States and also with European stakeholders such as the European Technology Platforms, industrial stakeholders, trade associations, the European Energy Research Alliance, the European Industrial initiatives and international organisations as well as the finance community.
Q: What can I find online in SETIS?
A: SETIS provides validated up-to-date information and analyses on energy technology innovation through two core activities:
A "bubble" graph gives a comprehensive overview of the status and potential of energy technologies in a time span that covers from 2010 to 2050, showing as well the potential leverage effect of the SET Plan.
Besides the results of these two activities the following can also be accessed in the SETIS website:
Q: Why is SETIS relevant? What is its added value?
A: SETIS represents a common tool for information and data exchange on energy technologies and capacities for innovation between the European Commission, Member States, research community, international organisations and other actors in the energy sectors.
The data and analysis of SETIS that are also presented online are based on undisputed and transparent scientific research through methodologies that allow comparison of the energy technologies in the EU 27. What used to be a fragmented patchwork of data (R&D investment, foreseen cost of technologies, market potential, etc…) can now be found online, in a comparable and transparent format, with accompanying information on the methodologies and tools used.
For instance, thanks to the analysis done for the Capacities mapping, SETIS has found out that 99% of the aggregated national R&D budgets on SET Plan priority technologies originate from 11 Member States (France, Germany, Italy, the UK, Denmark, Spain, the Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden, Finland and Austria, with the first three accounting for two thirds). The ultimate objective of the R&D investment research behind the Capacities mapping is to offer a benchmark on R&D spending to serve as a basis for comparison with the future R&D investments that will be needed.
Q: How can I read the results of the "bubble" graph?
On the Technology mapping, the research done by SETIS and summarised in the "bubble" graph shows for each technology:
The data and figures underpinning the 'bubble' graph will be periodically updated.
Fig1: SETIS bubble graph for the SET-Plan driven potential scenario in 2050
Q: How can the results of the energy cost calculator be interpreted?
A: The energy cost calculator is a valuable tool to forecast the competitiveness of a given technology within the energy system and its evolution in time. The calculator uses a common methodology for all technologies ensuring that they are compared and treated the same way. The main elements contributing to the cost of production can be easily identified (capital investment, fuel cost, etc.) thus, helping to identify where efforts should be focused.
For instance, in onshore wind farms, the cost of production is expected to decrease from an European average of about 85 €/MWh in 2007 to 70 €/MWh in 2020 due to decreasing capital expenditure and the improved operation and maintenance expense, which corresponds to the forecast of a rapid development of this technology by 2020.
Q: What methodology has been used for the energy cost calculator?
The current and future production costs of electricity and heat from state-of-the-art facilities throughout their lifetime have been calculated based on the capital costs of each technology, the fixed and variable operating costs, fuel and carbon costs, as well as taking into consideration the financial interest during construction, construction time, the capital recovery factor and the lifetime of each facility. In the case of CCS plants the cost of CO2 transport and storage is also considered.
For further information on the methodology and key assumptions please visit:
Q: Monitoring and evaluation of the SET-Plan implementation by SETIS – how will it be done?
A: The "Investing in the Development of Low Carbon Technologies" Communication contains provisions for the periodic evaluation of the SET-Plan actions and activities to ensure that the necessary financial resources area mobilised and most efficiently used.
SETIS will continuously monitor the public and private R&D investments in low-carbon energy technologies and report periodically in the Capacities maps. It will also monitor the impact of the financing and its analysis will be published annually in the Technology Maps. In addition, there will be regular reviews of the specific technology developments performed under the SET-Plan initiatives – European Industrial Initiatives, European Energy Research Alliance joint programmes etc. – based on agreed Key Performance Indicators (KPIs).
Q: What methodology has been used for the capacities maps?
The current Capacity Map s estimate current public and corporate R&D investments in SET-Plan priority technologies in the EU. The approach used capitalises on existing information to the extent possible and combines this with an assumption-based methodology to derive at a reasonable estimation of corporate R&D investments by technology.
Q: What methodology has been used for the technology maps?
SETIS has developed a common assessment framework that treats each technology objectively on a transparent and agreed basis. This assessment framework is the supporting analytical tool for the Technology map s and will evolve as additional needs arise.
For this purpose, SETIS has developed methodologies:
In addition, SETIS is currently performing a systemic analysis based on the POLES (Prospective Outlook for the Long term Energy System) model to simulate the effect of the SET-Plan in the power sector up to 2030 that will be released in the up-coming 2009 edition of the Technology Maps due by the end of the year.
The main criteria used by SETIS for the selection and development of its tools are the following:
For more information please visit: