Innovation and Networks Executive Agency

€240 million awarded to Horizon 2020 energy projects

Creation date: October 10, 2017

INEA has signed grant agreements with all 32 projects selected for funding in the smart cities, smart grids and storage and six other energy topics (incl. next-generation of biofuels, RES technologies market uptake and carbon capture) of the 2016 - 2017 Competitive Low-Carbon Energy call. The projects will receive in total €240 million from the EU's Horizon 2020 programme to develop new clean energy solutions.

Three projects were selected in the Smart Cities and Communities topic for a total funding of €52.6million. They aim to make European cities greener and more liveable and to propose innovative solutions which can be replicated in different urban spaces around Europe. (More info: announcements of the call submission results and of the call evaluation results.)

Fourteen projects will be funded under the Smart Grids and Storage topics. They received in total almost €113 million to help modernise the European energy grid. (More info: announcements of  the call submission results and of the call evaluation results).

Fifteen other projects were also selected for funding under the Horizon 2020 energy challenge. They will focus on next-generation biofuels, market uptake of renewable energy technologies, carbon capture and storage, safer subsurface operations, and increased flexibility of traditional power plants as a back-up for intermittent renewables. Altogether, they received almost €74 million from the EU budget. (More info: announcements of the call submission results and of the call evaluation results).


Examples of projects:

IRIS –smart solutions for European cities  

The project unites the lighthouse cities of Gothenburg (Sweden), Nice (France) and Utrecht (the Netherlands), and the follower cities of Alexandroupolis (Greece), Focsani (Romania), Santa Cruz de Tenerife (Spain) and Vaasa (Finland). The IRIS consortium plans to deliver sixteen smart integrated solutions across the energy, mobility and ICT domains to make the cities more sustainable and to improve the quality of life of its inhabitants. The solutions will be designed in such a way that the cities will be able to mix and match them according to their specific needs.  For example, IRIS will enhance grid flexibility and foster roll-out of e-buses and e-cars, develop new business models for clean energy and encourage citizens to become energy prosumers.

Project full title: Integrated and Replicable Solutions for Co-Creation in Sustainable Cities

EU contribution: €17.99 million

Total cost: € 20.70 million

Topic:  SCC-1-2016-2017

Duration: October 2017 - September 2022

Partners from: Sweden, Spain, France, the Netherlands, Greece, Germany, Romania, Finland, Belgium


CROSSBOW – Sharing resources among TSO's

Transmission system operators (TSOs) in the energy grid are at the heart of the project. CROSSBOW will develop a set of technological solutions that could enable and increase the shared use of resources among them. In particular, the solutions will help foster cross-border management of renewable energy and its storage in the energy transmission network. For example, the project will propose new energy storage solutions offering ancillary services to virtual energy plants and new-generation ICT solutions for the transmission network that improve its observability.

EU contribution: €17.3 million

Total cost: € 22.1 million

Topic:  H2020-LCE-04-2017

Duration: November 2017 - October 2021

Partners from: Serbia, Romania, Spain, Montenegro, Austria, Greece, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, the United Kingdom, Germany


CLEANKER – A game-changer for less CO2 in the cement industry

Calcium looping (CaL) is recognised as the most promising emerging technology for CO2 capture in cement plants. The project will integrate the CaL concept in a new demo plant in Vernasca (Italy), which will treat 4.000 m3 of flue gas per hour. If successful, the CLEANKER solution will enable capturing over 90% of the plant's CO2 emission, becoming a game-changer for the whole cement industry.

Project full title: Clean clinker production by calcium looping process

EU contribution: €8.97 million

Total cost: €9.23 million

Topic: H2020-LCE-29-2017  

Duration: October 2017 - September 2021

Partners from: Italy, Spain, Germany, Finland, Switzerland, Estonia and China


How were the projects selected for EU funding?

All projects were selected under the Competitive Low-Carbon Energy calls for proposals.

The submitted proposals were evaluated by external experts drawn from the European Commission's independent expert database. Grant agreements were signed with the successful applicants within eight months of the submission deadline.


How will the projects be managed?

The projects are each implemented by a consortium of European partners. INEA will monitor their progress throughout the entire project life-cycle.

Overall, €12.2 billion has been earmarked for transport and energy research in Horizon 2020, the main EU's funding programme for the 2014-2020 period. €6.7 billion of this amount will be managed by INEA resulting in approximately 800 projects of an average size of €7 million.


More information

Horizon 2020 'Secure, Clean and Efficient Energy' challenge

Ongoing Horizon 2020 projects in the area of energy and transport

Stay tuned! The new Horizon 2020 work programme will be published at the end of the month!