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.
The overall theme in Horizon 2020 Energy calls is ‘Building a low-carbon, climate resilient future: Secure, Clean and Efficient Energy’. This includes topics such as:
- Global leadership in renewables
- Smart and clean energy for consumers
- Smart citizen-centred energy system
- Smart Cities and Communities
- Enabling near-zero CO2 emissions from fossil fuel power plants and carbon intensive industries
In the cross-section between energy and ICT, the focus of ‘Transforming the Energy Sector Through Digitisation’ is central.
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.
Below are the upcoming deadlines for Horizon 2020 Energy. Expect 1-2 months for the proposal writing process.
LC-SC3-RES-17-2019: Demonstration of solutions based on renewable sources that provide flexibility to the energy system
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.
There is a large potential to integrate substantial shares of renewable energy generation in district heating systems. Innovative approaches are needed to exploit this potential in the different geographical regions of Europe, also considering the options of combining two or more renewable energy technologies and integrating excess heat.
Support will be given to cost-effective solutions for district heating systems which allow satisfying at least 50% of the energy demand of the system by the use in the district of one or more renewable energy technologies.
The EU PV manufacturing industry has faced strong foreign competition in the last years, which has led to a dramatic reduction of its production capacity. The challenge is to develop innovative manufacturing solutions, spanning the entire production chain, that substantially improve competitiveness of the EU PV manufacturing industry.
Proposals should aim at demonstrating manufacturing innovation as well as product innovation for highly performing PV technologies (e.g. crystalline-silicon, thin-film and concentration PV).
The aviation transport sector is growing fast and is expected to be responsible for more than 10% of the global greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Advanced biofuels achieve direct emission reductions and, as drop-in fuels, are the only alternatives for reducing the carbon foot-print of aviation in the long-term. Due to the absence of a market, the specific challenge is to boost commercial availability of advanced biofuels for aviation.
Proposal will demonstrate pre-commercial production of sustainable and cost-competitive advanced biofuels for aviation for boosting their market up-take.
The COP21 Paris Agreement recognises cities' role and calls them to step up their efforts in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to climate change.
Proposals should pay particular attention to: positive project contribution to the overall city goals and focus on mixed use urban quarters; the solutions' ability of being replicated/gradually scaled up (to city level); make energy communities an integral part of the solution strategy to ensure durability and sustainability of Positive Energy Blocks/Districts; and other areas.
LC-SC3-ES-2-2019: Solutions for increased regional cross-border cooperation in the transmission grid
Today wholesale prices may vary significantly across the different market zones in Europe showing that the wholesale market is not operating under optimal conditions while some interconnectors are underutilised. More cooperation between TSOs, in particular at regional level (i.e. involving a group of countries), is an element that is promoted in the future market design to contribute to improving this situation.
Proposal will demonstrate integrated solutions for the transmission grid and in a regional context.
Today, a large share of variable generation electricity sources are connected to distribution grids that were originally designed to distribute electricity supplied by large centralised power generation plants through the transmission grid.
Proposals will develop and demonstrate integrated solutions which will allow the distribution grid to function in a secure and stable manner with large shares of variable renewables.
A number of tools and future technologies need to be developed, matured and tested to cover gaps and/or to prepare the energy system of 2030 and beyond. Proposals must address partially or entirely only one of the 3 mentioned subtopics.
The specific challenge of this topic is to develop innovative EGNSS based applications. These should lead to low emission (CO2 and air pollutants), safer, more secure, lower cost and higher performance mobility, and transport solutions that respond to the increased mobility needs of people and goods whilst improving transport service continuity. Proposals may be submitted in any of the transport areas or propose a multi-mode approach.
The combination of digital technologies (big data, Internet of Things, 5G, high-performance computing etc.) with other advanced technologies and service innovation offers huge opportunities for increasing industrial competitiveness, growth and jobs. Location Based - Services (LBS) segment represents a large and fast-growing market, both in terms of number of devices and of cumulated downstream revenues. Actions should deliver new innovative applications, with commercial impact and a clear market uptake perspective.
SU-SPACE-EGNSS-3-2019-2020: EGNSS applications fostering societal resilience and protecting the environment
The aim of this topic is to develop innovative EGNSS applications to support societal resilience, safeguard the well-being of EU citizens, improve emergency and disaster management as a response to climate-related, natural and man-made disasters and ensure green growth that protects the environment while generating economic growth. The challenge is to make these applications more affordable, easy to use and integrated with other solutions and technologies, including for example earth observation, e .g. Copernicus services, in order to enable new targeted innovative solutions.
Copernicus data and information are mainly made available on a free, open and full basis. This is expected to unleash unique market opportunities. It is important to foster market development, exploiting the added value of integration of Earth observation (EO) technologies (both satellite, airborne and ground-based) other data from different sources and across different market segments through the development of applications, and encourage their insertion into the market. Proposals should address a wide variety of applications stemming from the use of Earth observation and its smart integration with other related technologies. Copernicus should be considered as part of the solution which may include other space or non-space inputs. This should lead to greater value, opportunities and especially market uptake.
The challenge is to mature application-oriented technologies in the domains of Earth Observation (EO) which are expected to underpin competitiveness and contribute to the integration of space in society and economy. The overarching objective is to improve the performance of EO systems, building on previous activities supported by the Union, Member States and ESA. The aim of this topic is to demonstrate, in a relevant environment, technologies, systems and subsystems for EO. Proposals should demonstrate significant improvements in such areas as miniaturization, power reduction, efficiency, versatility, and/or increased functionality, and should demonstrate at the viable extent complementarity to activities already funded by the Member States and the European Space Agency. Proposals should also ensure system readiness for operational services and provide leverage on industry competitiveness, particularly on export markets.
The space sector is a strategic asset contributing to the independence, security and prosperity of Europe and its role in the world. Europe needs non-dependent access to critical space technologies, which is a sine qua non-condition for achieving Europe’s strategic objectives. "Non - dependence" refers to the possibility for Europe to have free, unrestricted access to any required space technology. Reaching non-dependence in certain technologies will open new markets to our industries and will increase the overall competitiveness of the European Space sector.
DT-SPACE-06-EO-2019: International Cooperation Copernicus – Designing EO downstream applications with international partners
Cooperation with international partners is key to promoting the uptake of Copernicus globally, exploiting possibilities for integrating into - situ, space data and information technologies. Building the Copernicus full, free and open data policy, the Commission seeks to facilitate access to Copernicus data and information for interested international partners. Proposals shall address a wide variety of applications stemming from the use of Earth observation and their smart integration with other related technologies. Copernicus should be considered as part of the solution which may include other space or non-space inputs. This is likely to lead to greater value, opportunities and especially market uptake.
LC-SPACE-04-EO-2019-2020: Copernicus evolution – Research activities in support of cross-cutting applications between Copernicus services
Copernicus produces a wealth of data and information regarding the Earth subsystems ( land, atmosphere, oceans) and cross-cutting processes (climate change, emergency and security). The wealth of information delivered by the Copernicus operational programme is not fixed but needs to evolve further with recognised and emerging user requirements and state of the art methodologies.
Proposals shall demonstrate the technical operational feasibility of one specific cross-cutting thematic application. The proposers are expected to demonstrate that their proposal is relevant for the enhancement of Copernicus core services and capitalise from the corresponding product portfolio.
LC-SPACE-05-EO-2019: Copernicus evolution – Research activities in support to a European operational monitoring system for fossil CO2 emissions
Proposals shall support the development of a European operational monitoring system for fossil fuel CO 2 emissions and shall provide the appropriate and suitable support to activities identified as priorities by the CO 2 monitoring task force. These activities should, therefore, address all components of the system, e.g., atmospheric transport models, reanalysis, data assimilation techniques, bottom-up estimation, in - situ networks, ancillary measurements needed to address the attribution of CO 2 emissions.
The challenge of this strategic research cluster (SRC) is to enable major advances in Electric Propulsion (EP) for in - space operations and transportation, in order to contribute to guarantee the leadership through competitiveness and non-dependence of European capabilities in electric propulsion at world level within the 2020 - 2030 timeframe, always in coherence with the existing and planned developments at national, commercial and ESA level. A disruptive electric propulsion technology is a technology that disrupts a status quo in the space sector. It could replace the dominant technology by providing radical improvem ents in performance or costs which are perceived as valuable by a customer or part of the market, or it opens up new opportunities not possible with the incumbent technology.
Access to space is an indispensable element of the entire value chain of space and has been recognised as an area of strategic importance towards the direction of Europe's non-dependence. Each proposal shall address only one of the following two subtopics:
- Innovative concepts for low-cost launch system and services for mini -, micro -, nanosatellites and CubeSats:
- Launch system advanced manufacturing (e.g. tooling and machines) and modern infrastructures (including ground infrastructures for low-cost European launch sites for mini, micro nanosatellite launch system):
SPACE-18-TEC-2019-2020: In-orbit validation/demonstration – Mission design, integration and implementation
One of the main objectives of the Space strategy for Europe is to foster a globally competitive and innovative European space sector in particular by improving support to technological maturity, for subsystems, equipment and technologies, including in-orbit demonstration and validation activities, to reduce time to market. To ensure European non-dependence and competitiveness in technologies, there is a clear need for a regular, sustainable, cost-effective and responsive IOD/IOV service in Europe. In order to bring these innovations to maturity and market applicability, the activities shall comprise all the necessary tasks to prepare, provide and operate spacecraft(s), together with the related ground segment, which accommodates the preselected IOD/IOV experiments.
Space weather must be monitored and forecasted just like the terrestrial weather. However, current space weather services are generally not capable of forecasting events over several days. A longer forecasting horizon would require access to data from new observation infrastructure re-coupled with new and improved modelling capabilities. Proposals shall address the development of modelling capabilities and/or the delivery of prototype services able to interpret a broad range of observations of the Sun’s corona and magnetic field, of the Sun-Earth interplanetary space and of the Earth magnetosphere/ionosphere coupling relying on existing observation capacities.
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.
LC-SC3-CC-1-2018-2019-2020: Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) aspects of the Clean-Energy Transition
The clean-energy transition doesn't just pose technological and scientific challenges; it also requires a better understanding of cross-cutting issues related to socioeconomic, gender, sociocultural, and socio-political issues.
Proposals in 2018 should address the energy transition that has given rise to various forms of social innovation, such as the emergence of energy cooperatives or that of energy "prosumers" consuming but also producing energy.
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.
LC-SC3-RES-16-2019: Development of solutions based on renewable sources that provide flexibility to the energy system
The specific challenge is to increase the potential and performance of dispatchable technologies to provide flexibility services to the energy system by improving their technological characteristics.
Proposals will address issues such as bioenergy carriers, hydropower and/or virtual power plant.
LC-SC3-RES-23-2019: Development of next generation biofuel and alternative renewable fuel technologies for aviation and shipping
The specific challenge is to increase the competitiveness of next generation biofuel and renewable fuel technologies in aviation and shipping, compared to fossil fuel alternatives.
Proposals will develop next generation non-food/feed drop-in biofuel and alternative renewable fuel technologies for aviation and shipping transport, which improve substantially beyond the state-of-the-art the performance regarding conversion efficiency, cost and feedstock supply
CCUS in industrial applications faces significant challenges due to its high cost and the fierce international competition in the sectors concerned.
Projects will address the full CCUS chain, from demonstrating the capture of CO2 from industrial (non-power) installations to the detailed planning of its subsequent transport, utilisation and/or underground storage.
LC-SC3-NZE-4-2019: Integrated solutions for flexible operation of fossil fuel power plants through power-to-X and/or energy storage
With a growing share of energy produced from renewable resources (RES), fossil fuel power plants will have to increasingly shift their role from providing base-load power to providing fluctuating back-up power in order to control and stabilise the grid.
Validation and pilot demonstration of flexible operation of fossil fuel power plants through the integration of energy storage and/or use of excess energy (including via power-to-X), as well as a better integration of combined production of heat and power into the overall system.
LC-SC3-EE-14-2018-2019-2020: Socio-economic research conceptualising and modelling energy efficiency and energy demand
In the European Union Strategy, Energy Efficiency was recognised as a resource in its own right which should be enabled to compete on equal terms with generation capacity and to have primary consideration across all policies. However, the structure of energy demand as well as the real value and the (energy and non-energy) impacts of energy efficiency are still not well understood with the effect that benefits of energy efficiency are not sufficiently taken into account in financial and political decision making, and planning.
In 2018 the research projects should help to make the Energy Efficiency First principle more concrete and operational and to better understand its relevance for energy demand and supply and its broader impacts across sectors and markets.
In 2019 the aim of the action is to deepen the demand side-related parameters in existing models and to include new aspects and data sources (e.g. by tapping DSOs modelling for forecasting of distributed loads).
All EU countries have established independent energy performance certification systems supported by independent mechanisms of control and verification. However, current practices and tools of energy performance assessment and certification applied across Europe face a number of challenges.
In 2018 proposals should involve relevant stakeholders (including national and regional certification bodies) to stimulate and enable the roll-out of next-generation of energy performance assessment and certification. In 2019 proposals should address the definition and demonstration of innovative approaches for the assessment of building energy performance.
LC-SC3-EE-4-2019-2020: Upgrading smartness of existing buildings through innovations for legacy equipment
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.
LC-SC3-EE-13-2018-2019-2020: Enabling next-generation of smart energy services valorising energy efficiency as energy resource
Energy Efficiency services are available on the market already for quite some time. However, there is a big untapped potential in sectors and with actors not yet engaged in services triggering energy, CO2 and cost savings.
Actions should allow different market actors to get together and focus on developing integrated concepts and models. In 2019 projects should focus on demonstrating and testing innovative services in a real environment, across several market segments and across different actors in the value chain.
LC-SC3-EE-1-2018-2019-2020: Decarbonisation of the EU building stock: innovative approaches and affordable solutions changing the market for buildings renovation
The market for deep renovation of buildings needs to be transformed in terms of technologies, processes and business models.
Proposals should demonstrate solutions of building fabric and/or systems that ensure faster and more cost-effective deep renovations that result in high energy performance. Proposals should include innovations in technology and in design and construction methods with low embodied energy and on-site works organisation, industrialization and lowering cost of energy retrofitting.
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