Innovation and Networks Executive Agency

€70 million awarded to H2020 energy projects

Creation date: April 30, 2019

INEA has signed grant agreements with 15 projects selected for funding under the Horizon2020 Low-Carbon energy calls. They will receive a total of €70 million.

The successful projects will demonstrate innovative solutions in the spheres of renewable energy sources and technologies. They will also help develop integrated local energy systems (energy islands) and decarbonise energy systems of geographical islands.

Most of the funding – €57.5 million – will go to 12 projects selected under the LC-SC3-RES-4-2018 and LC-SC3-RES-11-2018 calls.

The remaining amount will go to three projects of the reserve list under the LC-SC3-ES-3-2018-2020 and LC-SC3-ES-4-2018-2019-2020 calls.

All projects will start their activities by 1st of May 2019.

Project examples:

Renewable energy systems integrated at the building level

The project RES4BUILD received €5 million from the Horizon 2020 programme to develop renewable energy-based flexible solutions, in terms of type, size, use and location, for decarbonising the energy use in buildings.

The project builds on an innovative multi-source heat pump with a cascading configuration, including a magnetocaloric (bottom cycle) and a vapour compression heat pump (top cycle), driven by PV/T collectors (photovoltaic + solar thermal) and borehole thermal energy storage.

The project plans to use advanced modelling and control techniques to be integrated in a Building Energy Management System that, allowing the interaction with the users, will also allow smart appliances and smart charging of electric vehicles to reach their full potential.

The project's ambitious goal is twofold. On the one hand, the reduction of the dependence on fossil fuels for providing electricity, heating and cooling in buildings. And on the other, to achieve cost competitiveness with traditional solutions by 2025.

Topic: LC-SC3-RES-4-2018

Cheaper and more performant renewable energy technologies

The project FLOTANT received €5 million from the Horizon 2020 programme to develop an innovative and integrated Floating Offshore Wind solution, optimised for deep waters (100-600m) and to sustain a 10+MW wind turbine generator.

The project will develop prototypes of novel mooring, anchoring and dynamic cable components, and a scaled model of the hybrid offshore wind floating platform. These prototypes will be tested and validated within the scope of the project in three environments, including testing facilities in Spain, the Netherlands and the UK.

By 2030, the project will have contributed to the ambitious target of reducing the capital expenditures of floating wind solutions by 60% and the operation expenditures by 55%, leading to levelised cost of electricity values between 85-95 €/MWhe.

Topic: LC-SC3-RES-11-2018

Decarbonising Islands

The project INSULAE received €10 million from the Horizon 2020 programme to foster the deployment of innovative solutions for the EU islands decarbonisation.

INSULAE will contribute to the Clean Energy for EU Islands Initiative by providing an Investment Planning Tool (IPT) able to create action plans for the islands to generate their own sustainable and low-cost energy.

The project will develop a set of interventions at three Lighthouse Islands (located in Croatia, Denmark and Portugal). The results obtained will be replicated at three follower islands (located in Spain, Germany and Greece) for the development of four associated Action Plans.

By means of RES-based systems 40-70% cheaper than diesel generation, INSULAE will contribute to more than 10% reduction of the fossil fuel consumption at the selected islands.

Topic: LC-SC3-ES-4-2018-2020

Background

How were the projects selected for EU funding?

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. €5.3 billion of this amount will be managed by INEA resulting in approximately 800 projects.