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TOPIC : Horizon prize for Integrated Photovoltaic System in European Protected Historic Urban districts

Topic identifier: LCE-Prize-PhotovoltaicsHistory-01-2016
Publication date: 05 July 2016

Types of action: IPr Inducement Prize
Opening date:
05 July 2016
Deadline: 26 September 2018 17:00:00

Time Zone : (Brussels time)
  Horizon 2020
Topic Description
Specific Challenge:

In Europe, architectural and planning rules for protected historic buildings lead to major technical constrains in integrating renewable energy such as photovoltaic. These problems call for innovative and creative solutions for building integrated photovoltaic that must combine aesthetic and photovoltaic technology applied in historical buildings that represent the artistic and cultural heritage of a city.


This inducement prize will reward a European protected historic urban district that has perfectly integrated in its buildings a photovoltaic system to generate and supply electricity for its own consumption. In this context the photovoltaic system includes all the necessary components to supply power within a district.

The prize will induce the integration of new photovoltaic systems in protected historic urban districts. It will also foster the development of the best suitable architectural and aesthetic design in combination with optimal technical solutions delivering the least visible impact and a minimal intrusion to the structure of the buildings. The prize aims as well to mobilise and enhance private and public investment for replication of similar solutions in Europe.

The specific rules of the contest will be published in 2016 by the European Commission, which will directly launch and manage the contest and award the prize based on the judgement of independent experts.

Indicative prize amount: EUR 0.75 million.

Expected Impact:

The prize winner will be the entrant (a community) that has installed and operated in the protected historic urban district in Europe a new building integrated photovoltaic system (BIPV) to provide electricity corresponding to at least 50% of the required electricity consumption of the district. The suggested energy solution shall be adaptable and replicable to other districts. Clear energy security and economic benefits shall be attained to assure replications.

It is expected that the prize will accelerate the innovation in photovoltaic technologies and architectural enhancement needed for sustainable use of European protected historic urban districts. Integrating photovoltaics in this type of districts will create new industrial expertise. It will also give a good opportunity to local small and medium-sized enterprises to develop new ideas and demonstrate their know-how.

Delegation Exception Footnote:

This activity directly aimed at supporting pilot activities is excluded from the delegation to INEA and will be implemented by the Commission services.

Topic conditions and documents

Please read carefully all provisions below before the preparation of your application.

  1. List of countries and applicable rules for funding: described in part 8 of the Rules for Contests.

  2. Eligibility and exclusion criteria: described in part 8 of the Rules for Contests.

    Proposal page limits and layout: Please refer to the application template.
  3. Evaluation and award criteria and procedure: described in part 3 of the Rules for Contests.

  4.  Indicative timetable for evaluation and award of prizes: described in part 3 of the Rules for Contest.

  5. Application templates and evaluation forms for prizes under this topic:

    Application template for inducement prizes is available after entering the submission tool below.
    Evaluation form for inducement prizes

  6. Additional provisions: described in the Rules for Contests.

    The general rules for Prizes
    are described in part F of the General Annexes of the Work Programme.
  7. Additional documents:

    Legal basis: Horizon 2020 - Regulation of Establishment
    Legal basis: Euratom Horizon 2020 - Regulation of Establishment
    Legal basis: Horizon 2020 Rules for Participation
    Legal basis: Horizon 2020 Specific Programme


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