Innovation and Networks Executive Agency

INEA signs energy research grant agreements worth €455 million

Creation date: March 18, 2016

51 Horizon 2020 projects in the field of energy research and innovation will receive nearly €455 million EU funding to advance the use of sustainable energy sources, as well as provide combined energy, transport and ICT solutions for smart cities and communities.


All 51 projects were selected under two calls for project proposals open in 2015. They cover a large variety of R&I fields ranging from alternative fuels, to renewable energy sources and storage. A number of projects are bringing renewable energy solutions closer to the market and working on their implementation in European cities.


Examples of selected projects


Developing and demonstrating key technologies to overcome the barriers for linking off-shore wind parks with on-shore grids

EU contribution: €39 million

Participating countries: Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom



Scaling up an innovative technology to produce sustainable advanced jet fuel from water, sunlight and CO2

EU contribution: € 4.5 million

Participating countries: France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland



Developing a highly-replicable systemic approach to make smaller European urban areas sustainable, smart and resource-efficient

EU contribution: €27.9 million

Participating countries: Bulgaria, Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Italy, Spain



Developing and installing a full-scale wave energy converter in an offshore wind farm on the Belgian coast

EU contribution: €20.7 million

Participating countries: Belgium, Denmark, France, Spain, United Kingdom 



Demonstrating three innovative "Power-to-Gas" concepts in Germany, Italy and Switzerland that convert excess electricity produced from renewable energy sources to methane gas

EU contribution: €17.9 million

Participating countries: Austria, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Switzerland



Building a pilot plant to demonstrate direct separation calcining technology applied to the lime and cement industries, allowing to capture over 95% of the process and 60 % of total CO2 emissions

EU contribution: €11.9 million

Participating countries: Australia, Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, United Kingdom



Developing solutions to drastically reduce water consumption in the operation of Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) plants

EU contribution: €5.9 million

Participating countries: Belgium, Germany, Italy, Morocco, South Africa, Spain



Two topics are currently open for submission under the 2016 Competitive Low Carbon Energy call and one under the 2016 Smart Cities and Communities call (deadline on 5 April 2016). More funding opportunities in these and other H2020 energy areas will open later this year, please visit the Participant Portal for more information


How will the projects be managed?

The projects are each implemented by a consortium of European partners. INEA will monitor their progress throughout the project life-cycle. Take a look at all H2020 projects managed by INEA on the Agency’s website.


Overall, €5.9 billion have been earmarked for energy research in Horizon 2020, the main EU's funding programme for the period 2014-2020, out of which €3.8 billion will be managed by INEA.