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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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