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[en] The thermal solar energy production is a promising and strongly growing sector. However, these technologies must be integrated to electric power systems, i.e. coupled with fossil-fired or biomass-fired plants, and the energy must be stored. This production can be either centralised or decentralised: this corresponds to different situations, different markets, different technologies and equipment (rows of mirrors to concentrate solar heat on a tube, linear Fresnel reflectors to concentrate solar heat on a tube, heliostats or mirrors which concentrate heat at the top of a tower, and parabolic disks which produce electricity with a Stirling gas engine at their focal point). This road-map focuses on electric power generation, and discusses key variables of the present market, proposes a vision for 2050, identifies objectives to be reached by 2015, and barriers to be removed, outlines the needs of demonstrators and their administrative framework.
[en] Since 2010, the ADEME has been managing four programmes within the scope of 'Future Investments'. Groups of research experts from various industrial fields, research bodies and research programming and financing agencies are responsible, within the scope of collective works, for producing strategic road-maps. These are used to launch Calls for Expressions of Interest (CEI). With regard to wind energy, the purpose of this road-map is to: - Highlight the industrial, technological, environmental and societal challenges encountered in the development of 'Industrial Wind'; - Draw up middle and long-term coherent, shared visions of the socio-technical systems or technologies in question; - Identify the technological, organisational, environmental and socio-economic obstacles, and therefore initiate (or pursue) the development of high-performance and economically viable technologies; - Promote the research, development and demonstration requirements ('technological demonstrators' to validate innovative technological solutions), experimentation requirements and technology platforms to be deployed ('pilot' projects to be tested under real circumstances: 'pre-commercial' unit prototypes then 'pre-commercial pilot farms') to improve the competitiveness of offers and companies within this sector, to reach the ambitious objectives set within the framework of the Grenelle Environnement and to promote and support the development of a French wind energy industry. These needs can then act as a basis for: - drawing up CEIs; - programming research within the ADEME and other institutions such as the Agence nationale de la recherche (ANR - French National Research Agency), the Comite strategique national sur la recherche energie (French national strategic committee for energy research) and the Alliance nationale de coordination de la recherche pour l'energie (ANCRE - French national alliance for the coordination of energy research). These research and experimentation priorities originate from a coming together of the visions and obstacles, but they also take account of French capacities in the fields of research and industry. This road-map shall also include an international comparison mainly focusing on public policy initiatives related to the wind energy industry