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-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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