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.


Proposals are requested to address the reduction of the cost of PV electricity by optimising the PV system energy yield and lifetime and decreasing cost at module (encapsulation materials, glass, and antireflective layers, anti-soiling layers, module architecture, etc.), balance-of-system component (electronics, inverters, tracking systems, etc.) or system configuration levels. 


The challenge is to drastically reduce water consumption. In spite of the improvements in recent years, water consumption remains a crucial barrier to the deployment of CSP plants especially in arid areas. 

Projects shall demonstrate cost-effective technical solutions which significantly reduce or replace the water consumption of CSP plants. The demonstration shall take place in a region with very good solar resource values.


The potential for the use of solar heat for industrial purposes is still largely untapped. The challenge is to reduce the technical complexity and develop cost effective solutions.

Proposals shall demonstrate less complex and cost effective technical solutions, which significantly increase the share of solar heat in industrial processes and which can be easily integrated into existing industrial plants. 


The challenge is to demonstrate and construct now a full scale >10MW turbine and provide proof of a significant cost reduction potential. 

The development of large scale (>10MW) turbines will have intrinsically logistical requirements regarding handling, installation, operation and maintenance, constituting a large part of the levelised cost of energy (LCOE). Improved handling (storage, loading, transport, etc.) on land, in the harbours and/or at sea, as well as improved logistics around operations and maintenance have to be taken into account in this innovation action. 


The challenge is to develop and demonstrate new advanced tools based on the first experiences of ocean energy arrays. 

Design tools for array of wave and tidal energy converters have been developed. Single devices have already been deployed and the first arrays are planned for 2016 onwards. Based on the experience with the first ocean energy arrays, the design tools can be developed further and a 2nd generation of advanced tools is foreseen, which will have a significant positive effect on future devices and arrays. 


The challenge is to demonstrate the cost-effectiveness and efficiency of geothermal systems for heating and cooling in individual installations being retrofitted. 

Proposals shall target easy to install and efficient underground coupling systems for retrofitting existing types of buildings or adaptable to existing types of buildings, including historical buildings, to make geothermal energy a standard source of heat and cold in building renovation.  


Proposals should aim at testing EGS systems to ensure reservoir productivity in different geological settings and energy production at competitive costs. Proposals could propose up-scaling existing EGS systems. 


It is essential to diversify the technology portfolio and feedstock basis to allow competitive production of advanced biofuels for use in transport. The following sub-challenges should be addressed in proposals: 

Improving the technical and economic feasibility of the production of new and advanced liquid biofuels;
Demonstrating the feasibility of using feedstock particularly suitable for transport energy purposes. 


The specific challenge is to enable commercial production of sustainable and cost-competitive advanced biofuels aimed for use in the aviation sector. In particular, supporting the accomplishment of pre-commercial plant(s) for advanced biofuels for aviation based on sustainable biomass feedstock is essential. 

Projects should target the most promising advanced aviation biofuel production pathways incorporating upgrading technologies and valorisation of co-products that improve the economic viability of the fuel production.  

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