Stimulating the innovation potential of SMEs for a low carbon and efficient energy system
SMEs play a crucial role in developing resource-efficient, cost-effective and affordable technology solutions to decarbonise and make more efficient the energy system in a sustainable way. They are expected to strongly contribute to one or a combination of more than one of the challenges outlined in the legal base of the Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge ‘Secure, Clean and Efficient Energy’, in particular with regard to: Reducing energy consumption and carbon footprint by smart and sustainable use (including energy-efficient products and services as well as ‘Smart Cities and Communities’); Low-cost, low-carbon electricity supply (including renewable energy as well as carbon capture and storage and re-use); Alternative fuels and mobile energy sources; A single, smart European electricity grid; New knowledge and technologies; and Robust decision making and public engagement. The SME instrument consists of three phases, including a coaching and mentoring service for beneficiaries. Participants can apply to phase 1 or directly to phase 2.