Innovation and Networks Executive Agency

€93 million awarded to Horizon 2020 Energy projects

Creation date: July 30, 2020

INEA has just signed grant agreements with 15 projects selected for H2020 Energy funding with topics relating to renewable energy solutions. The funded projects represent a mix of demonstration actions and market uptake support actions, and most of them will start just after the summer break. 

The successful projects will contribute to the Competitive Low Carbon Energy LC-SC3-2020-RES-IA-CSA H2020-call (topics LC-SC3-RES-9-2020, LC-SC3-RES-19-2020, LC-SC3-RES-33-2020, LC-SC3-RES-35-2020 and LC-SC3-RES-28-2018-2019-2020. They will receive around 93 million EUR of EU funds.


Examples of funded projects

FLAGSHIP: demonstration of reduced LCOE for an offshore 10MW wind turbine in the North Sea

The aim of the activities is to validate and demonstrate an innovative and cost-effective 10MW Floating Offshore Wind Turbine (FOWT) in the Norwegian North Sea. The developments and technological innovations will ensure a levelised cost of energy (LCOE) reduction to 40-60 EUR/MWh by 2030, to be achieved by economies of scale and competitive supply chains. 

The consortium will develop and manufacture a semi-submersible concrete floating platform, which includes a novel easy-to-install anchoring design, a novel mooring design and configuration, and new dynamic cable designs. Optimized installation and life management procedures will also be studied in the project, as well as manufacturing methods for highly automated production processes. The project aims at delivering a substantial LCOE cost reduction compared to current prices. 

This innovative demonstrator will be the starting point for the large-scale 500 MW future commercial floating wind farms, ensuring their feasibility and possible replication in other locations in the Atlantic Ocean, Mediterranean and Baltic seas.

Project full title: FLoAtinG offSHore wInd oPtimization for commercialization.

EU contribution: €24.9 million.

Total cost: €34.9 million.

Topic: H2020-LC-SC3-2020-IA- RES-19-20-Floating Wind.

Duration: 48 months.

Partners: Spain, Norway, Denmark, France, United Kingdom, Germany.


Trust PV: towards better performance and reliability of PV components and systems

TRUST-PV will demonstrate increase in performance and reliability of PV components and PV systems in large portfolios of distributed and utility scale PV. The activities will cover the development and improvement of module Operations and Maintenance (O&M) friendly design, inverter enabled O&M solutions, coatings, extended testing, accurate yield models and assessment and data-driven mitigation measures.

The project results will be tested and demonstrated from a digital fabrication space to field and all data gathered along the value chain will flow into an Artificial Intelligence (AI) enhanced decision support systems. The innovation at component level in TRUST-PV will be driven by the needs of stakeholders who usually intervene at a later stage of a PV project, i.e. Asset managers, EPC and O&M operators. 

The innovation at system level will fully exploit the digitalisation of the PV sector by linking 3D design with BIM concepts, developing more accurate models for yield assessments, and closing the gap between performance and failure detection through monitoring and field inspection. The project will deploy tailored strategies for the residential sector and the utility sector with the final aim of improving the hosting capacity and increase stability.

Project full title: Increase Friendly Integration of Reliable PV plants considering different market segments.

EU contribution: €9.9 million.

Total cost: €13 million.

Topic: H2020-LC-SC3-2020-RES-IA-CSA RES-33-20-PV Plants.

Duration: 48 months.

Partners: Italy, Belgium, Cyprus, Germany, Greece, Lithuania, France, Netherlands, UK.

BECoop: fostering community bioenergy projects in the heating and cooling sector

BECoop’s ambition is to foster a broad deployment of bioenergy technologies in the heating and cooling sector across Europe. This will be done by providing all the necessary conditions and support tools for unlocking the underlying market potential of community bioenergy.

By using BECoop support services and tools, energy communities and authorities will be able to (i) mobilize citizens around existing or new community bioenergy initiatives, (ii) boost local bioenergy demand by improving its image and social acceptance, and (iii) increase feasibility of their endeavors by identifying suitable technical, business and financial solutions, as well as by pooling expertise and partnerships from the wider EU bioenergy ecosystem. To showcase and validate the BECoop approach, the project’s actions will be deployed to a complementary set of 4 cases across the EU, targeting existing energy communities, seeking to include bioenergy heating projects, and local/national authorities aiming at initiating novel bioenergy community structures in support of their clean energy transition goals. 

BECoop will move beyond local challenges and replicate its concept to more EU cases, thus, improving the robustness and attractiveness of community bioenergy investments. BECoop will also create links between the international Bioenergy Community, increase its audience, and foster new partnerships. Relevant policy and regulatory structures will be empowered with empirical evidence indicating ways to transfer the community energy approach in bioenergy and heating. 

Project full title: Unlocking the community energy potential to support the market uptake of bioenergy heating technologies.

EU contribution: €3 million.

Total cost: €3 million.

Topic: H2020-LC-SC3-2020-RES-IA-CSA RES-28-20 – Market Uptake Support
Duration: 36 months.

Partners: Belgium, Italy, Spain, Greece, Denmark, Poland, Netherlands.