TEN-T Innovation & New Technologies

The overall objective of opening TEN-T support to Innovation and New Technologies has grown since 2008 and has become an important element of TEN-T policy. A key feature is the "market-sided" approach focusing on market introduction.

For the first time, the 2010 Annual Call directly supported the development of an integrated and environmentally friendly transport system. In line with the priorities of the Transport White Paper released by DG MOVE in spring 2011, more emphasis has been given over the past year with 6 innovation calls until end 2013 under the TEN-T Programme (2007-13). Based on the success of this market-sided approach and the about 50 innovative projects "on the ground" the new TEN-T Regulation (2014-2030) and the Connecting Europe Facility (2014-2020) rewarded this activity with becoming a horizontal priority (CEF Annex 1, page 1) and a dedicated article on innovation (Guidelines, Art.33).

On 11 September 2014 calls for new projects were launched for the first time under the CEF with a total budget of €310 million

2014 CEF Transport Calls for Proposals

For the first time also works, i.e. very large projects addressing a role out of innovation and new technologies may be supported. The essential features of TEN-T projects on innovation and new technologies:

  • Focus of TEN-T Innovation & New Technologies: Only new technologies ready for deployment, - neither research nor demos are eligible!
  • Studies (preferably) with integrated deployment: Pilot activities opening the markets, but still of "experimental nature"
    • Real-life trials (not just a demo) – business-client relation, billing, roaming, etc, selling a package to the end-user (a citizen, a business person; targeting of niches allowed, however, aim for interoperability!)
    • Two equally important elements of such a trial:
      • (1) Innovation on new technologies (testing/optimisation on sufficiently large scale!) – E.g. bring down unit costs!
      • (2) Innovation of processes: Testing/optimisation of business-client relations, i.e. integration of a clearly elaborated consumer-oriented business model
    • Aiming for viability (replace by cost-efficiency if viability makes no sense, e.g. for noise reduction) – add socio-economic Cost-Benefit-Analysis for works!
    • Study at the end of trial: lessons learnt & analysis on how to scale-up to mass application – and integrate dissemination activity!
    • Advice: Short duration, aim for 2-3 years max, first results after 1 year
    • Management: Business people should be (mainly) driving the trial, in order to address and understand the needs of the (potential) clients.

Works: "experiments are over, people know what they are doing" (only supported by CEF for projects from 2014 onwards)

  • Roll-out on (significant part of) corridor… into the market! BUT still no profit (in case of grants)!
  • Utilization of the innovative financial instruments of the CEF and the European Fund for Strategic Investment (EFSI) are particularly encouraged (bonds, loan guarantee, risk facility, financial blending). In order to facilitate their utilization the European Investment Bank (EIB), who is charged to manage EFSI for the EC, has created an Advisory Hub to assist project promoters. More info may be found at:
  • EFSI fact sheet of the European Commission:  

As an outcome of the 2014 CEF call for innovative transport projects, the total list has been increased to a total of 91 projects. They are listed in the table below. The table contains links to the projects summary sheets, which in turn feature links to further project related information. The map gives an overview on the implementation of alternative fuel recharging and refueling stations funded by TEN-T/CEF until end 2015. A more detailed set of maps is in preparation and will show all such stations, regardless of funding source.

On 5 November 2015 two further calls for innovation projects for the transport sector have been published by the EC (submission deadline 16 March 2016): one call under the general budget envelope (ie for all 28 EU Member States) and one only for the Member States eligible to cohesion funds. These calls have as usually identical texts, except that the max. funding intensity for real-life trials is increased from 50% to 85% for the cohesion call. The selection procedure is still ongoing, with results expected to be adopted around July 2016.


Project Code Project Title Type Transport Mode(s) Actual start date Commission Support in €
2010-EU-91117-P Greening European Transportation Infrastructure for Electric Vehicles Study ROAD 2010/09/ 4,950,000
2011-ES-92136-S Gas as an Alternative for Road Transport - GARneT Study ROAD 2012/04/ 1,936,000
2011-ES-92138-S Blue Corridors enhance through the Application of Natural Gas Energy Study PORT 2012/06/ 1,108,000
2011-EU-92130-S HIT (Hydrogen Infrastructure for Transport) Study ROAD 2012/04/ 3,468,000
2011-EU-92145-S International Green Electric Highways Study ROAD 2012/04/ 2,119,000
2011-EU-92151-S GREENCRANES Study PORT 2012/08/ 1,844,000
2011-FR-92026-S LNG bunkering station at the port of Dunkirk Study PORT 2012/09/ 1,150,000
2011-SE-92148-P Fjalir project Work PORT 2012/04/ 261,000
2011-EU-21002-M On Shore Power Supply - an integrated North Sea network Study PORT 2012/04/ 1,007,950
2011-EU-21005-S LNG in Baltic Sea Ports Study PORT 2012/01/ 1,697,020
2011-EU-21007-S COSTA Study PORT 2012/02/ 1,521,291
2011-EU-21010-M Green Bridge on Nordic Corridor Study PORT 2011/01/ 19,829,297
2011-EU-92079-S Make a Difference Study GREENING 2012/06/ 1,247,000
2013-NL-92007-S Pilot deployment of emissions reduction technologies on general cargo vessels on North Sea and Baltic MoS corridors Study GREENING 2014/03/ 4,529,109
2012-BE-92063-S Shore Power in Flanders Study IWW 2013/04/ 1,222,000
2012-DE-92052-S Tackling the environmental impact of shipping: Pilot implementation of a shore-side electricity supply for ships with increased energy demand Study PORT 2013/03/ 3,550,000
2012-ES-92034-S Flexible LNG bunkering value chain in the Spanish Mediterranean Coast Study PORT 2013/09/ 1,044,000
2012-ES-92068-S Hub de GNL en el Noroeste de la Peninsula Iberica Study PORT 2013/04/ 602,000
2012-ES-92177-S NEREIDAS Study PORT 2013/08/ 911,000
2012-EU-13066-S Accelerating the introduction of Electric Vehicle Rapid Charging by studying adoption and use along PP axes 13 and 26 in the UK and Ireland Study ROAD 2013/01/ 3,679,000
2012-EU-18067-S LNG Masterplan for Rhine-Main-Danube Study IWW 2013/01/ 40,260,000
2012-EU-18089-S High-performance GREEN PORT GIURGIU Study IWW 2013/07/ 400,000
2012-NL-92008-S Sustainable multimodal transport chain Study IWW 2013/03/ 6,517,000
2012-UK-26061-S Study to test the potential of Bio-LNG to contribute to European renewable energy targets based on a pilot refuelling and storage network trialled with HGV fleet operators in the UK. Study ROAD 2012/04/ 5,743,,000
2013-BE-92037-S Greening road transport - LNG refuelling infrastructure network deployment Study ROAD 2014/03/ 520,000
2013-DE-92041-S Innovative LNG-powered hopper barge deployed under real-life conditions in the ports of Bremen and Bremerhaven Study PORT 2014/03/ 1,653,750
2013-DE-92056-S Realizing, real-life demonstration and market introduction of a scalable, multi-modal LNG-terminal in the seaport of Bremen for the reliable supply of LNG as alternative fuel to all transport modes Study PORT 2014/03/ 2,475,000
2013-DE-92079-S Pilot development of an LNG propulsion system for combined passenger and freight transport with a view to provide year-round supply to the peripheral region of Helgoland Study PORT 2014/03/ 4,175,000
2013-DK-92032-S Greening NEAR - Greening Northern European Road Corridors Study ROAD 2014/03/ 1,115,000
2013-DK-92046-S Nationwide Fast Charge network - upgrade of existing network to meet European standards Study ROAD 2014/03/ 1,161,600
2013-DK-92060-S Pilot Project to promote the use of LNG fuel: Installation of 200 tons LNG tank and filling facility at the port of Hirtshals, Denmark for fuelling of passenger/cargo vessels with a view to later establishment of a larger tank at the port Study PORT 2014/03/ 1,305,374
2013-ES-92006-S LNG feeders, a solution for archipelagos far from LNG storage plants Study PORT 2014/07/ 489,560
2013-EU-92020-S Boxreload: Sustainable Road Freight Study ROAD 2014/06/ 569,268
2013-EU-92043-S European Long-distance Electric Clean Transport Road Infrastructure Corridor (ELECTRIC) Study ROAD 2014/03/ 4,211,075
2013-EU-92045-S LNG uptake in the UK: a real-life trial with the first small scale bunkering infrastructure in Teesport and innovative LNG vessels Study PORT 2014/03/ 4,302,012
2013-EU-92055-S CORRI-DOOR Study ROAD 2014/04/ 4.853.250
2013-EU-92069-S Central European Green Corridors - Fast Charging Cross Border Infrastructure for Electric Vehicles, Connecting Austria, Slovakia, Slovenia, Germany and Croatia Study ROAD 2014/03/ 3,562,000
2013-EU-92077-S HIT-2-Corridors Study ROAD 2014/03/ 3,389,262
2013-EL-92080-S Sustainable Maritime Transport with LNG between Greek mainland and islands in the Archipelagos (ARCHIPELAGO-LNG) Study PORT 2014/10/ 573,090
2013-FR-92008-S SAFE SECA - Study for Alternative Fuels and Experiment in the SEine and Channel Area Study IWW 2014/03/ 493,000
2013-FR-92010-S PEEPOS Study PORT 2014/03/ 406,600
2013-IT-92050-S Study for the development of the green mobility in the port of Civitavecchia through the implementation of the pilot technology REWEC 3 Study PORT 2014/03/ 607,500
2013-NL-92062-S Study including pilot deployment to determine the viability of LNG as an alternative fuel for medium and long distance road transport (LNG4Haul) Study ROAD 2014/03/ 3,910,000
2013-NL-92070-S Electricity Connection Points - Greening the European temperature controlled transport network Study ROAD 2014/03/ 1,391,000
2013-PT-92081-S Fast tracking the deployment of a European low carbon transport system: the Portuguese Roadmap for LNG in TEN-T corridors Study ROAD 2014/04/ 153,044
2013-SE-92044-S Biomethane and LNG in the North for growth and competitiveness in EU (BioGaC) Study ROAD 2014/03/ 2,221,219
2013-SK-92040-S Commercial deployment of inter-urban EV freight logistics infrastructure, including comparison study of battery swap and fast charge technology Study ROAD 2014/03/ 851,988
2014-BE-TM-0170-S Pilot deployment of a smart (bio-) LNG/CNG network in Flanders, investigating an innovative "mobile CNG pipeline" concept Study PORT 2015/01/ 1,466,500
2014-BE-TM-0578-S Watertruck+ Study PORT 2014/01/ 11,507,400
2014-DE-TM-0105-S Decarbonised passenger transport at European Airports Study GREENING 2014/10/ 559,332
2014-DE-TM-0414-S Railway Infrastructure Optimisation - Deployment of an innovative rail infrastructure-vehicle interface system Study RAIL 2014/01/ 1,798,300
2014-ES-TM-0593-S LNG Technologies and Innovation for Maritime Transport (GAINN 4 Ship Innovation) Study PORT 2015/01/ 7,512,782
2014-ES-TM-0674-S Viability analysis on the harmonisation of common data type categories for the road and public transport network (HARMONY) Study ROAD 2015/11/ 644,185
2014-ES-TM-0711-S Cleanport - Alternative Fuels and Solutions for Port's Cold Ironing Study PORT 2015/01/ 3,174,529
2014-EU-TM-0196-S Fast-E (DE/BE) Study ROAD 2014/09/ 8,759,850
2014-EU-TM-0210-S Pilot implementation of an Upper Rhine traffic management platform Study IWW 2014/07/ 992,500
2014-EU-TM-0318-S Connecting Hydrogen Refuelling Stations (COHRS) Study ROAD 2015/09/ 12,977,787
2014-EU-TM-0383-S Pilot LNG-powered multipurpose Ro-Ro ship Study PORT 2014/01/ 3,740,000
2014-EU-TM-0477-S GREAT (Green Region for Electrification and Alternative fuels for Transport) Study ROAD 2015/01/ 6,999,514
2014-EU-TM-0503-S Small-scale liquefaction and supply facility for Liquefied Biogas as alternative fuel for the transport sector Study PORT 2014/06/ 6,836,750
2014-EU-TM-0579-M Unit-e Study ROAD 2015/07/ 1,783,200
2014-EU-TM-0630-S Connect2LNG Study ROAD 2015/10/ 4,546,250
2014-EU-TM-0643-S H2Nodes - evolution of a European hydrogen refuelling station network by mobilising the local demand and value chains Study ROAD 2014/03/ 14,503,000
2014-EU-TM-0686-S e-Freight Implementation Action (e-Impact) Study PORT 2015/07/ 3,900,000
2014-EU-TM-0729-S Boosting Energy Sustainable fuels for freight Transport in European motorWays (BESTWay) Study ROAD 2014/09/ 3,856,633.5
2014-EU-TM-0732-S CORE LNGas hive - Core Network Corridors and Liquefied Natural Gas Study PORT 2014/01/ 16,647,880
2014-FR-TM-0031-W BioMovLNG Study ROAD 2015/01/ 2,204,754
2014-NL-TM-0394-S Breakthrough LNG Deployment in Inland Waterway Transport Study PORT 2016/01/ 21,048,544
2014-PL-TM-0341-S Development of LNG infrastructure in Poland - the pilot project Study ROAD 2015/03/ 507,250
2014-UK-TM-0388-S Study of Innovative Natural Gas Solutions for Road Transport in North West Europe with Pilot Deployment in UK and Netherlands Study ROAD 2014/01/ 5,003,965
2014-EU-TMC-0568-S FAST-E (SK\CZ) Study ROAD 2014/09/ 2,171,835
2014-HU-TMC-0629-M PAN-LNG Project Study ROAD 2015/06/ 14,435,796
2014-PL-TMC-0220-S Study optimising the functioning and deployment of alternative fuel stations of the TEN-T core network Study ROAD 2015/04/ 1,518,950
2014-FI-TA-0119-S Development of LNG/L-CNG network in Finland Study ROAD 2015/01/ 2,648,557
2014-FR-TA-0519-S EAS-HyMob Study ROAD 2016/01/ 4,047,750
2014-UK-TA-0656-S Grain LNG Small Scale Reloading Study with Integrated Deployment Study PORT 2015/07/ 5,000,000
2014-BE-TA-0621-W LoNofts - "Low Noise freight transport solution" Study RAIL 2015/05/ 608,561.20
2014-DE-TA-0389-W LL Retrofit 16000 - Retrofitting rolling stock with composite brake blocks to reduce noise in densely populated areas Study RAIL 2014/01/ 5,626,664
2014-ES-TA-0473-M Universal Accessibility in Passenger Stations Study RAIL 2014/09/ 1,571,367.3
2014-EU-TM-0066-M The Northern ScanMed Ports - Sustainable Maritime Links Study PORT 2014/01/ 2,650,000
2014-EU-TM-0087-M Twin-Port 2 Study PORT 2014/01/ 29,300,000
2014-EU-TM-0095-W ReaLNG: Turning LNG as marine fuel into reality in the North Sea-Baltic region Study PORT 2014/01/ 13,082,775
2014-EU-TM-0120-W HEKLA - Helsingborg & Klaipeda LNG Infrastructure Facility Deployment Study PORT 2015/01/ 10,195,241
2014-EU-TM-0206-S STM Validation Project Study PORT 2015/01/ 21,488,717
2014-EU-TM-0489-S Zero Emission Ferries - a green link across the Oresund Study PORT 2014/01/ 13,150,000
2014-EU-TM-0520-M Motorway of the Sea Rostock-Gedser - Part 2 Study PORT 2014/01/ 6,331,500
2014-EU-TM-0544-S Med-Atlantic ecobonus Study PORT 2015/07/ 771,919
2014-EU-TM-0673-S Poseidon Med II Study PORT 2015/06/ 26,639,702.5
2014-EU-TM-0698-M Sustainable LNG Operations for Ports and Shipping - Innovative Pilot Actions (GAINN4MOS) Study PORT 2015/01/ 19,191,067
2014-EU-TM-0723-M Study and deployment of integrated gas & water cleaning system and biofuel-MGO blend for Atlantic Corridor upgrade Study PORT 2015/03/ 3,187,500