Horizon 2020 Energy

Provides 1 - 5M € in subsidies for research, development, and demonstration within:

About Horizon 2020 Energy

With support from Horizon 2020 you will be able to conduct international research projects in support of EU policies for energy. With a successful application to the program, companies will receive:

  • 1-5M EUR for technology and product development
  • IPR - Intellectual Property Rights
  • A network of partners
  • Access to new markets
  • Technology and knowledge transfer

The purpose of Horizon 2020 Energy is to increase European competitiveness and create new jobs.

Possibilities with Horizon 2020 Energy

Horizon 2020 Energy offers opportunities for SMEs as well as large companies, regardless of industry and technological level. It offers interesting possibilities for traditional production companies as well as high-tech companies; the key factor is that the company is facing a technological challenge or has a project idea for the solution of a technological/societal challenge. With Horizon 2020 Energy, the company can receive co-financing from the EU for project research and development.

Horizon 2020 Energy calls will be offered to projects within the following categories (see current calls below):

  • Low carbon technologies, such as solar, wind, ocean, hydro, geothermal, heating and cooling, energy storage, biofuels, alternative fuels, and carbon capture and storage
    • Renewables: Next generation development and demonstration etc.
    • The EU electricity grid: Meshed offshore grids, transmission and wholesale, distribution and retail
    • Storage technologies: Small and large scale, and next generation technologies
    • Sustainable bio- and alternative fuels: Next generation technologies, technology demonstrations etc. 
    • Decarbonization of fossil fuels: Power sector and energy intensive industries, etc.
  • Energy efficiency:
    • Buildings and consumers: Prefabricated modules, high energy performing buildings, ICT-based solutions, etc.
    • District heating and cooling technology
    • Industry and products: Energy efficiency innovation, technology for heat recovery throughout the energy cycle etc.
  • Smart cities and communities: Integrating energy, transportation, and ICT sectors, etc.

Requirements for Horizon 2020 Energy

There are three primary requirements for a project to be eligible for support from Horizon 2020 Energy:

  • Height of Innovation - the project/technology must be novel and solve a European energy problem.
  • Large market potential or socioeconomic impact - min. 100M EUR over 5 years.
  • The project demands three partners from three countries.

Upcoming deadlines

Below are the upcoming deadlines for Horizon 2020 Energy. Expect 1-2 months for the proposal writing process.

31
jan
2018

Achieving or maintaining global leadership in renewable energy technology requires that the innovative solutions are affordable at the same time. Therefore cost reductions remain a crucial necessity for existing or new technologies. 

Proposals will address one or more of the following subjects: Floating Wind, Onshore Wind, Ocean, Geothermal, CSP, Hydropower and/or Bioenergy.

31
jan
2018

An increased penetration of renewable energy in the energy mix and the decarbonisation of the heating sector are amongst the most important priorities set in the Energy Union Strategy. To this aim, solutions that integrate several technologies based on one or more renewable energy sources should be made available and the highest possible share of renewable energy should be achieved. 

The proposal will provide a combination of different renewable energy technologies to cover the highest possible share of electricity, heating and cooling needs of a multi-family residential or commercial or public or industrial building.

13
feb
2018

Renewable, local energy sources have a great potential to drastically reduce the use of primary energy for both heating and cooling in residential and commercial buildings. In order to stimulate the uptake of solutions that harness these sources, it is necessary to make existing technologies more performant. 

The proposal is expected to address aspects such as: Optimisation of the different components of a renewable heating and cooling system; Development of tools and systems to optimize the design and monitoring of the different components of a heating and cooling system; Development of integrated control systems for the smart operation of a heating and cooling system.

13
feb
2018

BIPV need to satisfy multiple building functions such as mechanical rigidity and structural integrity; primary weather impact protection; energy economy; thermal insulation; in addition to architectural and aesthetic considerations, so as to replace roofs, facades and shading devices. At the same time, a control system for building management functions, grid-feeding, self-consumption and local storage needs to be considered.

Support will be given to: a) new BIPV product concepts to meet these requirements and cost-efficient production techniques and; b) demonstration of these concepts into a BIPV energy system that guarantees the building functionalities and energy needs.

13
feb
2018

Progressive replacement of fossil fuels used in the heat and power sectors by means of renewable energy sources can increase energy security, energy price stability as well as independence from imported sources.

Proposals will address one of the following sub-topics: biomass based combined heat and power (CHP); Or geothermal plants.  

13
feb
2018

The cost of electricity generation from renewable sources has significantly come down in the recent years. However, additional efforts are needed to also bring the costs of electricity generation from other renewable sources to a competitive level.

Proposals will address one of the following issues: Offshore wind, deep geothermal or CSP.

13
feb
2018

Current biofuel and renewable fuel technologies are still not competitive compared to technologies of fossil fuel alternatives. This impedes their further development and market penetration. The specific challenge is to increase the competitiveness of next generation biofuel and renewable fuel technologies while diversifying the fuel supply pathways.

Support will be given to next generation drop-in biofuel and alternative renewable fuel technologies for energy and transport, which improve substantially beyond the state-of-the-art the performance as regards conversion efficiency, cost and feedstock supply, as well as end use compatibility.

05
apr
2018

Commercialization of advanced biofuels depends on up-scaling of the technologies. The specific challenge is to overcome the high cost and high risk of the installation of industrial plants for advanced biofuels.

Proposals will demonstrate cost-efficient advanced biofuel pathways which improve the economic viability and reduce capital expenditure (CAPEX) and operating expenses (OPEX). This is to be done through retrofitting of existing industrial installations with necessary innovation specific to the proposed advanced biofuel pathway.

05
apr
2018

The legislative proposals on the energy market that the Commission adopted on 30 November 2016 (the so-called winter package), promotes that network operators procure balancing, congestion management and ancillary services from assets connected to the network both at transmission and at distribution level, based on cooperation among them.

The focus is on projects that demonstrate at a large-scale how markets and platforms enable electricity TSOs and DSOs to connect (in particular through data communications and common architectures) and procure energy services from large-scale and small-scale assets connected to the electricity network.

05
apr
2018

The fast growth of the energy production from renewable energy sources offers new and economically attractive opportunities for decarbonising local energy systems on the mainland (e.g. isolated villages, small cities, districts, rural areas with weak or non-existing grid connections).

Proposals will develop and demonstrate solutions which analyse and combine, in a well delimited system, all the energy vectors that are present and interconnect them where appropriate.

19
apr
2018

The challenge is to take exceptionally promising and innovative energy solutions with high potential impact to real breakthrough and market application. Boosting the breakthrough of particular promising technologies requires both a focused and adaptive approach, to secure that investment brings innovation that is taken up by the market - or discontinues an investment that has too limited expected impact.

Proposals are invited in (only) one of the following two sub-topics: Photovoltaic windows ('transparent' solar cells); Or bionic leaf technology

06
sep
2018

Commercial deployment of CCS requires a significant reduction of the energy intensity of the capture process for power plants or other energy-intensive industries, and a substantial decrease of the cost of capture. A continuous effort is needed to develop and demonstrate new and advanced capture technologies, including new materials.

The objective is the validation and pilot demonstration of advanced capture technologies that have shown a high potential for reduction of the energy penalty and a significant overall improvement of cost-efficiency of the whole capture process, but that are not yet commercial.

06
sep
2018

Conversion of captured CO2, for example using hydrogen made from renewable energy, to produce fuels is not only a means to replace fossil fuels, but also a promising solution for seasonal energy storage. There are still relevant and significant scientific and technological challenges to be able to exploit the CO2 as a chemical and fuel feedstock in a systematic manner.

Scope: Development of energy-efficient and economically and environmentally viable CO2 conversion technologies for chemical energy storage or displacement of fossil fuels that allow for upscaling in the short to medium term.

06
sep
2018

The energy system in Europe will follow a transition to a low-carbon future in accordance with the COP21 agreements and the European Union targets and objectives set for 2020, 2030 and 2050. Energy models that are currently used to plan, support and verify the energy policies at national and European level do not fully encompass all the new challenges posed by this transition.

Proposals must target the development of a suite of modelling tools and scenario building exercises that will contribute to a better understanding of the following issues: A better representation of recent and future aspects of the European energy system in transition; Greater transparency and access to assumptions, data, model outputs and to tools used in modelling exercises; And a better representation of the investment determinants, barriers and impacts of actors.

16
oct
2018

Renewable electricity technologies still require optimisation in several key processes of the respective value chains in order to achieve a more efficient conversion of their primary energy source into electricity, as agreed with the sectorial stakeholders in the context of the SET-Plan and stated in the respective Declarations of Intent.

Proposals will address one of the following issues: Monitoring system for marine energy (ocean and offshore wind, geothermal fluids, and/or photovoltaics.

16
oct
2018

The renewable energy technologies that will form the backbone of the energy system by 2030 and 2050 are still at an early stage of development today. Bringing these new energy conversion solutions, new renewable energy concepts and innovative renewable energy uses faster to commercialisation, taking into account social acceptance and secure and affordable energy supply, is challenging.

Proposals are expected to bring to TRL 3 or TRL 4 renewable energy technologies that will answer the challenge described.

11
dec
2018

The specific challenge is to increase the potential of renewable dispatchable technologies in providing flexibility to the energy system. Different technologies are suitable to address this challenge.

Proposals will address one of the following issues: Intermediate bioenergy carriers, hydropower and/or thermal energy storage in Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) plants.

02
apr
2019

Tomorrow's energy grids consist of heterogeneous interconnected systems, of an increasing number of small-scale and of dispersed energy generation and consumption devices, generating huge amounts of data. The electricity sector, in particular, needs big data tools and architectures for optimized energy system management under these demanding conditions.

Innovation Actions targeting large-scale pilot test-beds for big data application in the electricity sector. The aim is to develop/pilot and deploy a reference architecture for large-scale multi-party data exchange, management & governance and real-time processing (including distributed/edge processing) in the electricity sector and to translate this reference architecture into an open, modular data analytics toolbox for the safe and effective operation of grids and provision of innovative energy services.

27
aug
2019

The potential of applying solar energy for industrial purposes is still largely untapped. Using solar energy to provide the heat or cooling necessary to industrial processes that need high reliability and high quality heat and cooling and continuous operation requires innovative advances in solar energy technology.

Support will be given to solutions that cover by means of solar thermal energy the highest possible share of the heating and/or cooling demand of one or more industrial processes.

03
sep
2019

An essential part of Europe's clean energy transition is the changing role of buildings from energy consumers to active contributors to the energy system, ensuring distributed energy generation from renewable energy sources, energy storage, load reduction through energy efficiency and load shifting through demand response.

Proposals should demonstrate cost-effective technological solutions to manage energy within existing buildings and interact with the grid providing energy efficiency, flexibility, generation and storage, based on user preferences and requests.

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