The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) engages through regional partnerships, as well as bilaterally with individual countries in the European region. In addition to the regional partnerships described below, EERE Technology Offices engage in bilateral research partnerships with countries in Europe, including Denmark, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.
U.S.-European Union Energy Council
The EU-U.S. Energy Council was created in November 2009 to deepen the transatlantic dialogue on strategic energy issues and establish low carbon energy sources, while strengthening scientific collaboration. The Energy Council has created three working groups that focus on Global Energy Security and Markets, Energy Policy, and Technology Research, Development and Demonstration (RD&D). EERE participates in two activities under the Policy working group (energy efficiency and electric vehicles) and in one activity under the Technology RD&D working group (hydrogen and fuel cells).
EERE and the EU-U.S. Energy Council are helping to bring together subject-matter experts from Europe and the United States to coordinate activities and share information. This cooperation will propel energy policy and deployment, and to accelerate the development of clean energy technologies.
Collaboration on the Solar Decathlon Europe
Through a series of MOUs, DOE licensed the highly successful U.S. Solar Decathlon student competition to European counterparts. Spain hosted the event in 2010 and 2012. The 2014 Solar Decathlon Europe competition will take place in Versailles, France.
The Solar Decathlon is a biennial competition that challenges teams of university students to design, build and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient and attractive. The winner of the competition is the team that best blends affordability, consumer appeal, and design excellence with optimal energy production and maximum energy efficiency.