Innovation and Networks Executive Agency

Over €135 million awarded to Horizon 2020 energy projects

Creation date: December 2, 2016

Yesterday, INEA signed grant agreements with 14 projects selected for funding in the Smart Cities and Communities and Smart Grids and Storage topics of the 2016 Low-Carbon Energy call. They will receive in total €135 million from the EU's Horizon 2020 programme to develop new clean energy solutions.

Two projects were selected in the Smart Cities and Communities topic for the total funding of €36 million. 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.

Twelve projects were funded under the Smart Grid and Storage topics. They received in total €99 million to help modernise the European energy grid through developing solutions integrating renewable energy, new business models and retail markets.

So far in 2016, INEA has signed 43 grant agreements for Horizon 2020 energy projects worth almost €275.5 million.


Examples of selected projects:


InterFlex – Improving flexibility of energy grid

InterFlex will test different scenarios for empowering distribution network operators (DSOs), who distribute energy among individual consumers, in the transition to more flexible local energy systems. The project plans to carry out six demonstrations in five European countries: Czech Republic, France, Germany, Netherlands and Sweden. It will test the flexibility of distribution networks, innovative IT solutions and increased network automation. InterFlex will also analyse results of the demonstrations to assess if and how they could be replicated.

Project full title: Interactions between automated energy systems and Flexibilities brought by energy market players

EU contribution: €17 million

Total cost: €22 million

Topic: LCE-02-2016 - Demonstration of smart grid, storage and system integration technologies with increasing share of renewables: distribution system

Duration: January 2017 - December 2019

Partners from: Czech Republic, France, Germany, Netherlands, Sweden

Ruggedised – Clean energy for European cities

The project will create urban spaces powered by secure, affordable and clean energy, smart electro-mobility, smart tools and services. It will deliver 32 innovative solutions in the lighthouse cities of Glasgow (UK), Rotterdam (Netherlands) and Umeå (Sweden), which will be then adapted for the use of the follower cities of Brno (Czech Republic), Gdańsk (Poland) and Parma (Italy).

Project full title: Rotterdam, Umea and Glasgow: Generating Exemplar Districts In Sustainable Energy Deployment

EU contribution: €17.7 million

Total cost: €19.6 million

Topic: SCC-1-2016-2017 - Smart Cities and Communities lighthouse projects

Duration: October 2016 - September 2021

Partners from: Netherlands, UK, Sweden, Czech Republic, Italy, Poland


EnergyKeeper – Novel battery for improved energy storage

The project will develop and test a sustainable and cost-competitive battery, which size will be adaptable to the needs of the community using it. EnergyKeeper will also propose an intelligent storage solution based on the battery to help communities optimise their energy demand and supply. Finally, the project is planning to develop different business models for various types of communities to show that the novel storage system can bring economic advantages to consumers while providing stability to the electricity grid.

Project full title: Keep the Energy at the right place!

EU contribution: €4 million

Total cost: €4 million

Topic: LCE-01-2016-2017 - Next generation innovative technologies enabling smart grids, storage and energy system integration with increasing share of renewables: distribution network

Duration: January 2017 - December 2019

Partners from: Lithuania, Germany, Spain, Israel, Italy, Netherlands


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

Horizon 2020 funding opportunities in the area of energy

Horizon 2020 funding opportunities in the area of Smart Cities and Communities

Ongoing Horizon 2020 projects in the area of energy and transport