Why the EU supports energy storage research and innovation

At any moment in time, electricity consumption and generation have to be perfectly matched.
This balance is necessary in all electricity grids to maintain a stable and safe supply.

Energy storage can stabilise fluctuations in demand and supply by allowing excess electricity to be saved in large quantities.

With the energy system relying increasingly on renewables, more and more energy use is electric. Energy storage therefore has a key role to play in the transition towards a carbon-neutral economy.

Hydrogen

Hydrogen can act as  a fuel, an energy carrier to transport  and to store large quantities of  renewable-sourced  energy over long periods of time, which gives it an important role to play in the clean energy transition. 

The EU promotes several research and innovation projects on hydrogen within Horizon 2020.
These projects are managed through the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU)a joint public-private partnership supported by the European Commission that aims to accelerate the market introduction of these technologies.

More about hydrogen research

On 8 July 2020 the EU hydrogen strategy was adopted. This strategy will explore how clean hydrogen can help reduce the EU economy’s carbon emissions, and make the EU climate-neutral by 2050.

Continuous research and development is required to ensure that hydrogen technologies are technically improved, highly efficient, and as competitive as possible. EU funding framework programmes have supported research and innovation on clean hydrogen for many years, and will continue to do so in the next EU framework programme, Horizon Europe (2021-2027).

More information : “Research and innovation : key driver of the hydrogen strategy

Batteries

With electrification set to be one of the main pathways to decarbonisation, batteries as electricity storage devices will become one of the key enablers of a low-carbon economy.

Global demand for batteries is expected to grow very rapidly over the coming years, making the market for batteries a very strategic one.

More about batteries research

Funding opportunities

  • Horizon 2020 - calls

    Calls for proposal related to energy themes in Horizon 2020. On this page you can find more information, the work programme and a link to the energy related calls.

  • Horizon 2020 - access to risk finance

    Gain easier access to debt and equity financing, such as InnovFin, managed by the European Investment Bank Group and European Investment Fund

  • European structural and investment funds (ESIF)

    Energy research related calls may be found in these funds

  • NER 300 programme

    Funding for innovative low-carbon technology research with focus on environmentally safe Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) and innovative renewable energy technologies

  • LIFE+ Climate Action

    Co-financing for climate change mitigation and climate change adaptation research, supporting the transition to a low-carbon and climate-resilient economy

  • Connecting Europe Facility - energy

    CEF energy funds and finances energy infrastructure projects

  • COSME

    EU Programme for the Competitiveness of Enterprises and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (COSME) aims to make it easier for SMEs to access finance in all phases of their lifecycle

  • Prize for renewable energy islands

    Prize rewarding achievements in local renewable energy production for electricity, heating, cooling and transport on islands.

Collaboration and jobs

Projects and results

Scientific publications, tools and databases

Contact

  • Research enquiry service

    You can contact the research enquiry service to find out more about research in Europe, the EU's research and innovation funding programmes as well as calls for proposals and project funding.  

  • National contact points

    The national contact points (NCP) network gives guidance and information on participating in Horizon 2020. NCPs are established in all EU countries and many non-EU countries.

  • Enterprise Europe Network

    The Enterprise Europe Network is the world’s largest support network for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with international ambitions. 

  • European IP Helpdesk

    Service that offers an intellectual property rights helpline, training and online library.

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