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Call for proposal H2020 Tools and technologies for coordination and integration of the European energy system


 

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Specific Challenge:

The increasing share of variable renewable energy sources and the 2020 and 2030 targets for the reduction of greenhouse gas emission in the EU are calling for important changes in our energy system: more flexibility, more active involvement of all stakeholders and more collaboration. If no actions are taken, the power system will face several risks such as, poor quality of the electricity supply, congestion, lack of stability, excessive levels or curtailments, impossibility to cope with electro mobility demand, etc. The challenge is therefore to create and deploy common tools for planning, integration and operation across the energy system and its actors.

Expected Impact:

Proposals must demonstrate that they are relevant, compatible with the broad EU energy policy context such as Climate-Energy packages, Energy Union. Where relevant, they should also indicate if and how they will contribute to:

  • ongoing policy developments in the field of the design of the internal electricity market, of the retail market, ongoing discussions on self-consumption,
  • enhanced interconnections between Member States and/or between energy networks.

Proposals must demonstrate if and how they contribute to the following impacts.

  • Optimized grid planning and design at European level, maximizing the capacity of the grid to host variable renewables, take full advantages of a pan-European grid for stability and security
  • Safe, secure, efficient and coherent data handling, enabling more cross border trading and real time balancing
  • Enabling new flexibility services to the grid associated with new business opportunities, offering the access to cheaper energy for the consumers and maximising the social welfare
  • Increasing the potential of exchanges between energy networks, enhanced security of supply, create business opportunities, avoidance of curtailment, offering new services to the grid
  • Account for human behaviour in the design of infrastructure and demand-response to avoid blockages due to social acceptance, placing the consumer at the center of the energy system.
  • Finally, proposals will also include ad-hoc indicators to measure the progress against specific objectives of their choice which could be used to assess the progress during the project life.

 

Indicative timetable for evaluation and grant agreement:

Information on the outcome of single-stage evaluation: maximum 5 months from the deadline for submission. Signature of grant agreements: maximum 8 months from the deadline for submission.

Budget: 30,000,000

Types of action: RIA Research and Innovation action

Deadline: 14/02/2017

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Call for proposal H2020 Market uptake of renewable energy technologies


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Scope:

One of the following technology-specific challenges has to be addressed:

  1. PhotovoltaicsTackling the bottlenecks of high penetration levels of PV electricity into the electric power network:PV electricity is not necessarily generated when mostly needed. Furthermore, small distributed PV systems feed into the grid possibly all at the same time challenging grid stability. To enable the effective and efficient integration of growing shares of PV power into the grid, the idea of PV producers becoming “prosumers” – both producers and consumers of energy – is gaining ground while “self-consumption” is becoming a major driver for the installation of small distributed PV systems. To facilitate this to happen, the following sub-challenges need to be addressed:
    1. Development of solutions for innovative system-integration and power-management for households/larger buildings (in general small distributed PV systems) including storage, particularly addressing the impact of self-consumption on the operation of the grid and the value of PV electricity when aggregated and offered to the wholesale market;
    2. Based on these solutions, elaboration of business and management models, including cost-benefit analysis and assessing economic feasibility for the European urban landscape.
  2. Heat PumpsAccelerate the penetration of heat pumps for heating and cooling purposes: Heating and cooling represents almost 50% of the final EU energy consumption and cooling demand is increasing. The cost associated with the purchase and installation of heat pumps remains an obstacle for a wider penetration on the market. In order to accelerate the penetration of heat pumps for heating and cooling purposes, proposals should address the following challenges:
    1. identification of the most promising cost reduction options for CAPEX, installation costs, and OPEX as well as development of EU wide scenarios of deployment; proposed prioritisation of R&I investments;
    2. development of solutions for innovative system integration and integrated power management for household/industrial buildings.
  3. CSPFacilitating the supply of electricity from CSP plants in Southern Europe to Central and Northern European countries– By means of CSP Southern European countries could supply renewable electricity on demand to the entire European energy market, including Central and Northern European countries – in particular, the Renewable Energy Directive foresees cooperation mechanisms to this end to allow Member States to meet their national targets cost-efficiently. The exploitation of this possibility would greatly facilitate the market uptake of CSP, but this has not happened so far. The challenge is to identify all issues (technological, legal, economic, political, social, financial, etc.) that may constitute an obstacle to the supply of renewable electricity on demand from CSP plants to Central and Northern European countries (other than those bottlenecks related to building new physical interconnections), and to identify possible solutions and propose options for addressing the issues in the context of a concrete project case.
  4. Wind energyIncreasing the market share of wind energy systems:One of the following specific sub-challenges need to be addressed: i) Develop spatial planning methodologies and tools for new onshore wind and repowering of old wind farms taking into account environmental and social impacts but also the adoption of the latest developments in wind energy technology; ii) Identify the bottlenecks for further deployment in Europe and the regulations which limit the adoption of technological innovation and their deployment possibilities; iii) Increase the social acceptance and support for wind energy in ‘wind energy scarce regions’ using, with solid involvement of social sciences and humanities and local communities and civil society to understand best practices and to increase knowledge about social and environmental impact of wind energy.
  5. Geothermal energyTackling the bottlenecks of high penetration levels for geothermal energy systems:Geothermal energy suffers from a level of penetration that is limited compared to its potential and there are growing concerns regarding the environmental and the social impact of geothermal installations. The challenge is to remove environmental and social concerns that pose barriers limiting the contribution of geothermal energy to the energy mix. The challenge is to assess the nature of public concerns and the elements that influence individual and group’s perception of geothermal installations, to increase the understanding of the socio-economic dimension of geothermal energy, and to promote change in community responses to new and existing geothermal installations. Different technologies and possible technological solutions, with particular reference to reinjection of incondensable gases in deep geothermal plants, are key elements of the environmental and social impact assessment. Specific challenges related to deep and shallow geothermal energy require separate considerations. Risk management strategies and adequate technology selection, for example induced seismicity or emission reduction should be addressed, when relevant.
  6. Sustainable Fuels: Facilitating the market roll-out of liquid advanced biofuels and liquid renewable alternative fuels:The challenge is to enable commercialisation of advanced biofuels to help meeting the 10% target for Renewable Energy Sources in the EU transport energy consumption by 2020 and then contribute to the EU targets of 27% share of Renewable Energy Sources in the EU energy consumption and of 40% GHG reduction by 2030. Fossil fuels and biofuels produced from starch, sugar and oil fractions of food/feed crops are excluded. Proposals shall address one or several of the following sub-challenges:
    1. Development of tools for predicting the fuel cost in relation to different supply and demand scenarios taking into account technology performance, economies of scale, feedstock costs, market demand, socio-economic aspects, etc. and including sensitivity analysis through conceptual engineering and cost estimation for the most common conversion routes;
    2. Development and implementation of innovative crop rotation schemes for the production of lignocellulosic biofuels with improved sustainability;
    3. Development of numerical tools for prediction of fuel and fuel blend properties and model validation to facilitate the certification process in the transport sector;
    4. Development of communication strategies to increase the public acceptance for advanced biofuels for the most common conversion routes;
    5. Setting up sustainable and cost-effective European biomass supply chains for the industrial production of advanced biofuels;
    6. Actions aiming at development and implementation of common standards and certification schemes for fuels at EU-level;
    7. Actions aiming at harmonization of national standards and certification schemes for fuels at a European level;
    8. Development of tools and actions for capacity building among relevant stakeholders of all steps in the advanced biofuel value chain aiming at substantially reducing biofuel costs at large scale.

Indicative timetable for evaluation and grant agreement:

Information on the outcome of single-stage evaluation: maximum 5 months from the deadline for submission. Signature of grant agreements: maximum 8 months from the deadline for submission.

Budget: 15,000,000

Types of action: CSA Coordination and support action

Deadline: 05/01/2017

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Call for proposal H2020 Development of next generation biofuel technologies


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Specific Challenge:

New sustainable biofuels technologies need to be developed that improve performance, notably with regards to the following sub-challenges:

  •  improving the technology competitiveness by upgrading the conversion efficiency and possibly diversifying the technology;
  • improving the feedstock supply by reducing the supply costs and possibly diversifying the biomass feedstock.

Expected Impact:

The new developed technology pathways should improve the economic, environmental and social benefits of biofuels. Favourable energy and GHG balances are expected, as well as a significant cost reduction, which would permit these fuels to compete favourably with conventional biofuels. A favourable performance on secure and affordable energy supply and diversified, cheap feedstock supply are expected. In addition, positive impacts on enhancing Europe’s competitiveness should be anticipated where appropriate.

 

Indicative timetable for evaluation and grant agreement:

Information on the outcome of single-stage evaluation: maximum 5 months from the deadline for submission.Signature of grant agreements: maximum 8 months from the deadline for submission.

Budget: 10,000,000 euro

Types of action: RIA Research and Innovation action

Deadline: 16 February 2016 17:00:00

 

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EuropeAid Call for proposal European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR) Country Based Support Scheme (CBSS) – Eritrea


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Objective

The global objective of this call for proposals is to support civil society in supporting the promotion of human rights and fundamental freedoms.

The specific objective(s) of this call for proposals are:

  1. To promote and protect economic, social and cultural rights of the most vulnerable groups, in particular related to:
    1. Rights of persons with disabilities;
    2. Rights of orphans and vulnerable children (OVC);
  2. To promote gender equality;
  3. To prevent human trafficking and smuggling and to protect the victims.

Applicants are not expected to present an application covering all specific objectives.

The following elements are considered of added value for the proposed activities:

  1. Encouragement of different types of partnerships between more and less experienced entities (eg. with other Eritrean, African and European entities) to facilitate capacity spin-offs;
  2. Enhancement of inclusiveness and pluralism of civil society;
  3. Strengthening interventions in the dialogue process on the areas identified by the call’s objectives;
  4. Targeting particularly remote areas;
  5. Innovative approaches.

Value added elements referred above will be given weight in the evaluation undertaken by the evaluation committee.

Budget

The grant may cover the entire eligible costs of the action if this is deemed essential to carry it out. Any grant requested under this Call for Proposals must fall between the following minimum and maximum percentages of total eligible costs of the action:

  • Minimum percentage: 50% of the total eligible costs of the action.
  • Maximum percentage: 95% of the total eligible costs of the action

The budget is both a cost estimate and an overall ceiling for ‘eligible costs’.

The reimbursement of eligible costs may be based on any or a combination of the following forms:

  • actual costs incurred by the beneficiary(ies) and affiliated entity(ies)
  • one or more simplified cost options.

Simplified cost options may take the form of:

  • unit costs: covering all or certain specific categories of eligible costs which are clearly identified in advance by reference to an amount per unit.
  • lump sums: covering in global terms all or certain specific categories of eligible costs which are clearly identified in advance.
  • flat-rate financing: covering specific categories of eligible costs which are clearly identified in advance by applying a percentage fixed ex ante.

Types of activity

The following non-exhaustive list of actions may be financed under this call:

  • Capacity building, trainings and support measures related to the objective
    • Information and advocacy measures related to the objectives Support actions aiming at fighting discrimination and improving the participation of people with disabilities;
    • Support actions aiming at fighting discrimination and violence against women in all aspects of life;
    • Support actions aiming at enhancing the role of persons with disabilities and women in public life and gender equality;
    • Support actions aiming at fighting human trafficking and smuggling and protecting the victims;
    • Income generating activities (such as, but not limited to, small business promotion, job creation schemes, sustainable production methods, sewing circles, credit and savings groups and youth training programmes) aiming at achieving the objectives Measures to support citizens to be involved in the design and implementation of policies related to the objectives;
    • Research activities related to the objectives;
  • Actions that present ways to support the implementation of Treaties and Conventions signed and/ or ratified from Eritrea relevant to the objective of the call for proposals;
  • Networking activities to develop cooperation with and between organisations and civil society members in the areas of interest of the call for proposals;
  • Workshops and educational activities in the areas of interest of the call for proposals, with the exception of one-off events, as described above.

Deadline: 09 November at 12:00 (Brussels date and time).

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H2020 Prize Low carbon hospital – € 1 million


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Scope:

This inducement prize will reward a hospital that has an innovative and within its premises perfectly integrated combined heat and power (CHP) installation. This installation has to use at least three different European renewable energy technologies, include energy storage component(s) and be able to provide 100% of hospital’s annual needs for energy consumption. In this context any renewable energy source is allowed. The prize will induce innovative renewable energy solutions integrating several technologies into one energy system. Installing such kind of integrated equipment in the ecosystem of a hospital would not only ensure the security of its energy supply, but would also raise public awareness on renewable energy. Moreover, the prize aims to mobilise and enhance private and public investments for replication of similar solutions in Europe and worldwide.

Expected Impact:

The prize winner will be the entrant (a hospital) that has installed and operated in its premises a new combined heat and power system integrating at least three different renewable energy technologies and with an innovative energy storage component. The proposed energy system solution shall be adaptable and replicable to other sites. Clear energy security and economic benefits shall be proven to assure these replications. The prize will accelerate the introduction of renewable energy sources at larger scale. It will also encourage new venues for installing flexible and reliable CHP units from different renewable energy sources with zero carbon footprint. The contest gives as well a good opportunity to local small and medium-sized enterprises to demonstrate their expertise and know-how.

Deadline: 3 April 2019 at 17:00:00 CET

Participants can moreover declare their intention to participate by registering as ‘contestants’ via the functional mailbox EC-LOWCARBON-PRIZE@EC.EUROPA.EU  before 31 March 2017 with a short summary of their application including a brief description of the system to be installed and envisaged activities in the pursuit of the prize aim (no more than 2000 characters).

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2016 Call for proposals for LIFE Grants


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The call covers proposals for both LIFE sub-programmes.

 “Traditional” projects cover the following priority areas:

 Under the sub-programme for Environment:

  • LIFE Nature & Biodiversity
  • LIFE Environment & Resource Efficiency
  • LIFE Environmental Governance & Information

Under the sub-programme for Climate Action:

  • LIFE Climate Change Mitigation
  • LIFE Climate Change Adaptation
  • LIFE Climate Governance and Information
  •  Traditional” projects may be best-practice, demonstration, pilot or information, awareness and dissemination projects (ie similar to LIFE+ Nature, Biodiversity, Environment and Information projects), depending on the priority area.
  • Preparatory projects (sub-programme for Environment) address specific needs for the development and implementation of Union environmental or climate policy and legislation.
  • Integrated projects under the sub-programme for Environment are projects implementing on a large territorial scale (regional, multi-regional, national or trans-national scale) environmental plans or strategies required by specific Union environmental legislation, developed pursuant to other Union acts or developed by Member States’ authorities, primarily in the areas of nature (including Natura 2000 network management), water, waste and air, while ensuring involvement of stakeholders and promoting the coordination with and mobilisation of at least one other relevant Union, national or private funding source.
  • Integrated projects under the sub-programme for Climate Action are projects implementing on a large territorial scale (regional, multi-regional, national or trans-national scale) climate action plans, strategies or roadmaps required by specific Union climate legislation, developed pursuant to other Union acts or developed by Member States’ authorities, primarily in the areas of climate change mitigation and adaptation, while ensuring involvement of stakeholders and promoting the coordination with and mobilisation of at least one other relevant Union, national or private funding source.
  • Technical Assistance projects (sub-programme for Environment and sub-programme for Climate Action) provide, by way of action grants, financial support to help applicants prepare integrated projects.

 

The deadline is different for each project category.

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EU Aid Volunteers call for proposal – Certification mechanism for sending and hosting organisations


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The overall objective is to contribute to support implementation of the EU Aid Volunteers initiative by establishing a certification mechanism for sending and for hosting organisations ensuring that these organisations comply with the standards and procedures referred to in Article 9 of Regulation 375/2014, the programme legal base.

The specific objective of the present call is to compile a list of certified sending and hosting organisations.

 Eligibility:

Requests for certification may be submitted by organisations applying for certification as Sending Organisations in the framework of the EU Aid Volunteers initiative. Sending organisations shall be eligible for certification, if:

  • they adhere to the standards and procedures referred to in Article 9 of Regulation (EU) 375/2014;
  • they are active in the field of humanitarian aid as defined in point (d) of Article 3 of Regulation (EU) 375/2014; and
  • they belong to any of the following categories:
  • non-governmental not-for-profit organisations formed in accordance with the law of a Member State and whose headquarters are located within the Union,
  • public law bodies of a civilian character governed by the law of a Member State,
  • non-governmental not-for-profit organisations established in the countries referred to in Article 23 under the conditions laid down in that Article and the agreements mentioned therein, (iv) public law bodies of civilian character established in the countries referred to in Article 23 under the conditions laid down in that Article and the agreements mentioned therein,
  • the International Federation of National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

Requests for certification may be submitted by organisations applying for certification as Hosting Organisations in the framework of the EU Aid Volunteers initiative.

Organisations in third countries (i.e. non EU countries) shall be eligible as hosting organisations if:

  • they adhere to the standards and procedures referred to in Article 9 of Regulation 375/2014; b) they are active in the field of humanitarian aid as defined in point (d) of Article 3 (Regulation 375/2014); and
  • they belong to any of the following categories:
  • non-governmental not-for-profit organisations operating or established in a third country under the laws in force in that country,
  • public law bodies of a civilian character governed by the law of a third country,
  • international agencies and organisations.

 Deadline: 30/09/2020 – 12:00 (CET/CEST, Brussels time)

Each eligible organization may submit their application anytime before the deadline.

Within six months of receipt of the application, the Agency shall inform the applicant sending organisation about the outcome of the certification, specifying also opportunities for technical assistance. Organisations which have not been awarded certification will have priority in being considered for technical assistance in order to strengthen their capacity to comply with the standards and procedures of the EU Aid Volunteers initiative.

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