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Secure, Clean and Efficient Energy

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The Energy Challenge is designed to support the transition to a reliable, sustainable and competitive energy system.

To make the transition to a competitive energy system, we need to overcome a number of challenges, such as increasingly scarce resources, growing energy needs and climate change.

The Energy Challenge is structured around seven specific objectives and research areas:

  • Reducing energy consumption and carbon footprint
  • Low-cost, low-carbon electricity supply
  • Alternative fuels and mobile energy sources
  • A single, smart European electricity grid
  • New knowledge and technologies
  • Robust decision making and public engagement
  • Market uptake of energy and ICT innovation.

A budget of €5 931 million has been allocated to non-nuclear energy research for the period 2014-2020. Out of this figure, more than €200 million is earmarked to support European Institute of Innovation and Technology activities, subject to a mid-term review.
 

Main priorities

The first work programme for "Secure, Clean and Efficient Energy" will be split into the following focus areas:

Energy Efficiency

Energy efficiency is a no-regret option for Europe, addressed by both short-term and long-term EU policies. The EU is aiming to  progressively decrease primary energy consumption by 2020 and 2030. Research and demonstration activities within this area will focus on buildings, industry, heating and cooling, SMEs and energy-related products and services, integration of ICT and cooperation with the telecom sector.
 

Low Carbon Technologies

It is important to develop and bring to market affordable, cost-effective and resource-efficient technology solutions to decarbonise the energy system in a sustainable way, secure energy supply and complete the energy internal market. Research activities within this area will cover: Photovoltaics, Concentrated Solar Power, Wind energy, Ocean Energy, Hydro Power, Geothermal Energy, Renewable Heating and Cooling, Energy Storage, Biofuels and Alternative Fuels, Carbon Capture and Storage.
 

Smart Cities & Communities

Sustainable development of urban areas is a challenge of key importance. It requires new, efficient, and user-friendly technologies and services, in particular in the areas of energy, transport and ICT. However, these solutions need integrated approaches, both in terms of research and development of advanced technological solutions, as well as deployment. The focus on smart cities technologies will result in commercial-scale solutions with a high market potential.
 

Policy driver

Formulation of the energy challenge under Horizon 2020 would not have been possible without the revision of the Strategic Energy Technology Plan – so called SET Plan. Since 2008, the SET Plan has been the centre-piece of our research and innovation policy in the field of energy. It is the reference point for European, national, regional and private investment.

However, the SET Plan needs reinforcing and updating to better respond to new challenges and to better consolidate research and innovation across Europe. The process began in May 2013 when the Commission published a Communication on Energy Technologies and Innovation where the development of an Integrated Roadmap for the SET Plan was put forward. This will define priorities across the entire energy system through one consistent agenda at EU level from research to market uptake.
 

First work programme

As for the underlying principles, there are considerable changes between the previous research framework programme FP7 and Horizon 2020. First of all, work programmes are biannual under Horizon 2020, to allow better preparation of applicants. Secondly, Horizon 2020 takes a challenge-based approach giving the researchers more freedom to come up with innovative technology solutions. Cross-cutting actions have also been introduced under Horizon 2020. Last but not least, Technology Readiness Level (TRL) should be applied under this Programme in order to better specify the scope of activities.

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Events

06/10/2015 - 02:00
Strasbourg, France ,

This event dedicated to Key Enabling Technologies will target upcoming calls for Nanotechnologies and Advanced Materials, Biotechnologies, Advanced Manufacturing and Processing, including Energy efficiency in Buildings (PPP EeB), Factories of the Future (FoF) and Sustainable Process Industries (SPIRE).

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From 14/09/2015 - 02:00 to 15/09/2015 - 02:00
Brussels, Belgium,

The event targets potential applicants to the calls for project proposals under the H2020 challenge 'Secure, Clean and Efficient Energy'.

The new Work Programme for 2016-2017 in the area of H2020 energy research will be presented on 14 September and in-depth sessions on various calls of the Work Programme will be held on 15 September.

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From 28/06/2015 - 02:00 to 01/07/2015 - 02:00
Leiden, The Netherlands,

This year the theme for the conference is Global Outreach: Enabling Cultures and Diversity in Research Management and Administration. This theme reflects the growing need and ambition to reach out and get connected and work together globally. Cooperating not only in the field of scientific research & innovation and higher education but also in the field of research management and administration. Read more

Multimedia

13/02/2014 - 11:53

In this video Paul Timmers (Director of Sustainable and Secure Society in DG Connect) speaks about the funding opportunities in ICT for societal challenges in the recently launched Horizon 2020 framework programme. This is the first video of a series of 7 each one explaining more in detail the funding opportunities for different societal challenges. Read more

17/03/2014 - 15:33

Need ICT4EE funding? Watch this video! Read more

News

28/01/2014 - 16:32

Climawin technology developed by Danish, Irish, German SMEs in EU-funded project

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Project stories

22/05/2015 - 11:54

Developing numerical models for analysing the stability, efficiency and feasibility of floating wind turbines, the future of offshore wind power generation, was the remit of the EU-funded ICFLOAT project. Its innovative techniques are already being used to analyse other types of wind energy devices. Read more

18/05/2015 - 15:11

The EU-funded FUSENET project created new learning opportunities for Europe’s future fusion scientists by developing educational materials, organising internships and bringing academia and industry closer together. While the project may be officially over, the concept has been kept very much alive through the ever-expanding FUSENET Association. Read more

13/04/2015 - 14:32

Carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology has the potential to help the EU significantly cut its greenhouse gas emissions. However, a lack of low-cost and energy-efficient capture technologies is hampering their take-up. EU-funded researchers have developed new CCS technologies to produce efficient and cost-effective electrical power from fossil fuels with near-zero emissions. One solution has been patented, while another is being prepared for market. Read more

Publications

01/04/2015 - 13:30

For three decades, the EU Framework Programmes have been funding breakthroughs across Europe. RTD’s Horizon Magazine looks at the people and events that have helped shape European research policy, taking you behind the scenes during the pivotal moments from the last 30 years of research funding. These articles have been brought together into a special Horizon supplement to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Framework Programmes. Read more

Press Release

08/04/2015 - 18:50

Researchers, businesses and innovators from Ukraine will now be able to fully participate in Horizon 2020, the European Union's research and innovation funding programme, on equal terms with EU Member States and other associated countries. Read more

25/04/2014 - 19:00

An EU-funded research project called SOLAR-JET has produced the world's first "solar" jet fuel from water and carbon dioxide (CO2), a promising technology for a better energy security and turning possibly a greenhouse gas into a useful resource.

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